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  1. I agree! I am coming from cruising exclusively celebrity for about 5 years and used to an all inclusive experience. Now celebrity prices are getting out of control but I started comparing with Royal and it is difficult to do a side by side comparison. So far it looks like even at the inflated X prices, what you get it is still pretty good value. I was thinking that maybe I am not looking in the right places for Royal. I just turned elite with X, which means Diamond here and trying to understand how / when balcony discount applies. And I am starting to think that I will miss having an included bev package!
  2. Wow, thanks everyone! I am in the US and sign in into my account when looking. I noticed that RC has non-refundable deposits and that is what I found in a TA website for next March. I may have to call to see what tge cost of a refundable deposit is. Celebrity just started this non refundable deposit pricing but the difference is not much in terms of savings. Oh, are there any perks for booking suites? Like a bev package, internet, obc? Good info on this thread!
  3. Thanks @Host Clarea and @Biker19 This is very helpful. Now to go back and check what I would like to do! Last time I was on a Royal cruise was in 2012!
  4. My status with Royal just changed to Diamond due to been Elite with Celebrity. I am now considering Royal cruises but I don't understand how the balcony discount works. I have been looking at some cruises and do not see where the benefit of this discount is shown. Also, if I book through a TA and I mention this benefit, is there a fixed % off that is taken? Thanks
  5. These chairs were at Sunset during my 3.24 sailing and I found them to be very comfy once I got on them. I am 5'4 and I had to get on the top of my toes to be able to sit!
  6. I actually attended both performances of Revelations because we saw them in 2 parts. I found them to be fantastic. My husband thought they were Ok but liked the ambiance so went along with me. So I guess it worked for us. By the way I am not a Gen X and live in Ohio. I am glad I didn't guide my decision to keep my edge sailing on the opinion of what others thought the experience might be like as I would had missed out on what I consider to be one of my best cruises yo date.
  7. I never do reviews but I felt compelled to do one for Edge because I want others to know that Edge is working and appealing to some people. I would agree that current prices are outrageous and got on the way of booking a new cruise. However, it is not just pricing for Edge class but also for S class and lack of interesting Caribbean ports. So now that I am Elite, I did a status match on MSC and I am Gold (used to match to Black till mid of last year) and I am considering a balcony with Yatch class level. Itineraries are about the same as X but the excitement comes from trying the Yatch Club experience, which is running about $1K to $2K lower than X suite class.
  8. Katie that was on my sailing so I am glad it was just on that trip as I am looking forward to booking more Edge cruises!
  9. In my review I stated that I loved the IV and prefer it to traditional balcony. And since another Edge class ship was ordered, I am sure there are positive financial numbers behind it.
  10. I wish I would had thought of taking a picture of the fog/scent machine. It was to the side of the steps that go to the higher floor in Eden. Fragrance started around 7 or 730 but then it diffused (or we just got used to it). Maybe I will check my pics to see if I can see it!
  11. Love your comparison to football! It was just like Hcat said but once you get to the entrance it is "smooth sailing!" I think that getting to the port probably around 11:30 or so is the best time to arrive and board without lines (I always say this is what I would do but then I don't follow my own advise)
  12. We had bed by the veranda and really liked tge setup. We also loved the Infinity veranda. I totally agree with Twodjs on the benefits of an IV.
  13. I am sure you will love your Sunset Veranda!
  14. I didn't know Aqua precedes Concierge. Oh and with this trip I made it to Elite! I can't believe I forgot to mention that!
  15. I just get really excited on boarding day that I can't help it but be at the terminal by 1030 at the latest! So I always see this but I think every one wa so anxious to get on board that it is just a bit chaotic.
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