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  1. Most times you will be fine with 11:20. We normally choose right after noon. Only one time when the Eurodam responded to a rescue at sea the night before disembarkation where we 2 hours late getting into Ft. Lauderdale. There were a lot of missed flights that day but we made our 12:10 flight just fine. I really think you will be ok, but there are no guarantees.


  2. Yes they know......most cruiselines have revenue goals for each area of revenue like bar revenue, gift shop revenue, excursion revenue etc. They can track it day to day to see if they are on target for specific revenue goals. It will also help them adjust those revenue goals for future cruises.


  3. Welcome to cruise critic.

     

    You used the term "booking agent" Do you mean a TA or a booking agent direct from the cruise line? If you go with a direct approach do as much research as you can before calling..........sometimes the front line people may not know answers to questions you might have. All can help you with the basics of cabin location, early or late seating, anytime dining etc.

     

    For your first cruise I would suggest a TA and you have recieved some good advice from the previous posters. Acessability to a TA, especially on weekends is a must. I have friends who lost out on a weekend price drop because the TA worked M-F.

     

    Good luck


  4. Welcome to cruise critic. Noticed this was your first post. You may also check with a local TA in your area. They have booked transfers I'm sure in the past. We did a google search when thinking of doing a cruise out of Harwich and came up with many options as well........we never got that far and decided on another cruise.

     

    Again welcome.........I'm sure many will be along to help you.


  5. Hlitner, Krazy Kruisers, Sail7Seas and others pretty much hit this on the head.

     

    When you are looking for information, one liners or as I call them FP's (frivoulous posts) can be frustrating.

     

    You have to keep a smile on your face, learn to laugh and learn to skip or skim.......

     

    Funny how the typical one liner's haven't responded to this.

     

    Hank I might add if you cat gets furballs.......that can be very serious:D


  6. JB

     

    First thanks for answering the question..........second you mention "you can take more on board but there will be a corkage fee regardless of where you drink it". I knew this was the policy for Princess but didn't know RC was the same. We haven't sailed on them in several years but now have a cruise booked for 2014..........can abide by anything but want to make sure what the rule really is

     

    I thought it was 2 bottles period! Are you saying I can take more wine as long as I'm willing the pay the corkage fee?

     

    Thanks

     

    Jim


  7. Welcome! These forums are a wealth of knowledge and have certainly helped my family plan some very memorable trips.

    I agree with others who suggest reading and using the search functions. You'll get to know who likes to stir the pot' date=' posters with reliable information, and meet a few people before you even get onboard. Sit back, wait for the next smoking/food review/discussion on children and enjoy the show :D[/quote']

     

     

    Well said..........I was trying to figure out how to say the same thing nicely:D


  8. The difference is with the Princess coffee card, you get 15 specialty coffees. It really does not matter if one person uses all 15 or 15 people use one each. With the alcohol package, one person is getting unlimited drinks. It is priced based on one person using it.

     

    thanks Paul.........I knew that.........just one of those Sr. moments:D


  9. Paul I'm curious about something..........

     

    We don't drink much except for wine in the cabin. Why would this be different than a Princess coffee card? We both share that and if we run out of punches buy another one.

     

    I believe everybody because we never buy a drink package........EVER........but if I had one and DW wanted a drink in the Wheelhouse, as long as you only purchased one drink......would it really matter? I can see not sharing a card at a bar, even to buy 2 drinks.

     

    Again, I believe all the answers. Just a little surprised I guess. Learn something everyday......:)


  10. We have driven twice in all of our cruises, both times to Galveston. We now prefer to fly but we are landlocked. Airfares for us have doubled in the last 3 or 4 years. If we cut back on the number of cruises it will be strictly because of the cost of airfare.

     

    The worst part of driving (at least to us) isn't the drive down.........but getting off the ship and then the LONG drive home........that is the worst to us.


  11. At the end of the day, food and service are very subjective based on your personal experiences on each line. We have done the Panama Canal full transit on Royal Caribbean and a partial on Princess.

     

    I won't even comment on food because it is so subjective. For the service we recieved (which is still subjective to a degree), the best we have had is with Princess.

     

    Let us know what you decide.


  12. The bottom line is nobody knows what is going to happen in the near and far future. I understand that sail7seas was asking for OUR thoughts as to what that future might entail.

     

    I'm sure that as we speak, all cruise lines are in a big think tank as to how they can increase revenues without turning off current customers. That is the nature of public companies that are bottom line oriented.

     

    I agree with sail7seas that we enjoy a fine dining experience.....and certainly not a food court type of atmosphere.

     

    Wherever the powers that be lead the next generation of cruising in an effort to increase profits, we will all be faced with deciding if those changes are what we want in a cruise experience.

     

    I really believe as another poster posted the day will come when you walk into the dining room and everything will have a price. I personally hope it doesn't come to that, but it wouldn't surprise me if it did.

     

    In time, I think each cruiser will have to put a pencil to it and decide if cruising still makes economical sense for the vacation you recieve in return.

     

    I also believe that time may be coming sooner than we think. JMO

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