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2Long2NxtCrz

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    Owasso, OK
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    Royal Caribbean (so far)
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    Western Med

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  1. Thanks, that's what I was remembering. Personally I drink mediums cappuccinos, but with an extra shot. Definitely not worth buying the card.
  2. I can't remember the menu prices for a large. Does anyone have a current list? Again, it's trying to do the math, because two punches is ~$6. But when I tried to get a large back in 2017, they wanted to punch the card THREE times. And that's ~$9. Definitely makes the card a losing proposition. I'll never get this and it's probably just me. But the actual coffee portion of these drinks are BY FAR the least expensive part. The milk and the flavors are far more expensive. But they're fixated on espresso shots. I wish they'd just be honest and make it consistent on every ship and then put that policy in plain letters on the website when you buy the thing. Anything else feels like they're trying to get something past the customer.
  3. This has been a problem since at least 2017 when "a coffee drink" is open to interpretation. I complained and got $50 future OBC because of the inconsistency. They know about it. That have known about it, yet are not bothering to clarify the verbiage on the web site when you purchase. You know why? They're still making a huge profit off of it. Most folks won't argue with the barista or complain. And $3.00 for a single shot of espresso, possibly with some milk and flavor? Vastly profitable and it is less expensive than their posted prices. If you're okay drinking singles then the math works. But if you want a double or a triple? The menu prices are less. And that's why I won't bother even finishing the half-used card I have. I'm on vacation. Why am I being forced into doing math for a proper cost-benefit analysis when I just want a morning cappuccino?
  4. Wow! This is great! I really appreciate you sharing something that clearly took a ton of time to compile! I enjoy trying new drinks and maybe discovering a new favorite. This list will be a great opportunity to check out things I hadn't heard of before!
  5. I know you got this to work, but I'll try to explain what's happening so you'll know why... Celebrity's site uses cookies and they store all sorts of information about you. If you go incognito, those cookies are not there. If you clear them, it's like you've never been there before. Just like with the airlines, they work hard to tailor what you see to what they want you to see. But it's not hard to get around. I have three browsers I use for such things. And only on Chrome do I keep any cookies. It's my primary and I just do that for convenience. You can use IE or Firefox and keep those "clean" if you don't want to go Incognito. You could also hit one of the big online TAs since they often show different rooms for booking than the main cruiseline website, depending on how close to sail date you are.
  6. We haven't done a formal 'sitting' or anything like that (I'm honestly far too cheap to pay those prices), but we did purchase a couple of different photos from that cruise. My favorite was the Venetian Masked ball with us dressed to the nines and both holding our Venetian masks. Such great memories! And I, too, am glad cruiselines offer more options. We love dressing up, but it doesn't detract from our experience in any way for others not to. I don't get why that bothers folks. As long as people around me aren't "aromatic", I'm on a cruise! What's not to enjoy?
  7. We like dressing up. Or, well, *I* like dressing up and hubby humors me. We even did the tux rental thing on our 12-night Med cruise, which really? I highly recommend. It was like $100 for the entire cruise and we didn't have to add all that weight into our suitcases (But we still ended up buy a suitcase to carry all the stuff we bought in Italy and Spain).
  8. Your selection of clothes sounds fine for every evening in the MDR. I haven't cruised Alaska on Celebrity yet but noticed evenings in the MDR were more casual than on other destinations (RCCL). We loved our first Celebrity cruise and have two more booked. I'm sure you'll have a fabulous time. And you should write a trip report afterwards and let us know how it goes.
  9. I can vouch for that on the Equinox, too. My husband didn't want to change out of his khaki shorts even though I warned him. He had to go back to the room to change while the rest of us started dinner. And this was just one of the regular nights.
  10. We were on the Equinox in November and they definitely had Ginger Beer. Maybe get a couple of cans to keep in the cooler in the room? You might consider bringing Ginger Tea with you and maybe some crystallized ginger which should be strong enough to settle your stomach. I'd also suggest getting some crackers from the buffet and keep them beside the bed. I found that putting something in my stomach before I got out of bed helped so much. Congratulations and enjoy your cruise!
  11. Our cruise isn't until May 2020 on Liberty and the packages just showed up. The Deluxe is $50 and the Refreshment is $28. I fully expect them to go down. I'll keep checking. Black Friday is usually a good price (but not the only time).
  12. Hubby and I were on a 12-night Med cruise out of Barcelona in 2017 and I have to say the ship and crew along with the ports made it our best cruise to date! Our room was kept immaculate by our steward and everything was top notch. The service and entertainment were all amazing! We love the Radiance class ships and wouldn't hesitate to sail on any one of them again (I actually did sail Radiance last August to Alaska).
  13. You're right. Every cruise is going to have a different dynamic. Lucky you that yours was a little more wild than ours!
  14. We took the Radiance southbound after taking a 3 day land tour up to Denali from Anchorage back in August of 2018. We were the last cruise since Radiance was moving from Vancouver to Hawaii. It was incredible! The weather was amazing, especially since the cruise started on the 31st of August and we'd been warned about possibly weather issues. There was zero nightlife. I can attest to trying to get some folks to dance in the club, but it ended up being just me, my brother, and one couple. On no nights was there anything going on after 11pm. But, really, Alaska's for the scenery and the ports. The food in the MDR was fine. I did find that the food was better on Celebrity Equinox when we went in November. But the service on Radiance was amazing. She was my third Radiance class ship and I've always found that the crew are so helpful and make an effort to get to know you. Maybe because they're a "smaller" class of ship? Sadly, I can't speak to the Millennium, but the Radiance class ships are fabulous for seeing outside. They are truly an ocean-facing ship. Either way, I'm sure you'll have an amazing time!
  15. For our June 2018 cruise on Harmony, I purchased the Deluxe drink package for $45. Just remember that they add in the gratuity (18% still, I think) to that price so that bumps it up as well. I do have to second the folks that say it doesn't take much to get the value at the mid 40s without over imbibing. I love fresh-squeezed juices, premium sparkling water, and specialty coffees and consume a lot of those during a normal day. After that it doesn't take more than a couple of higher-end cocktails or wines to reach the 'break even' point. Just remember to ask for the premium alcohol, because if you don't they'll make the drinks with well booze and you're not getting what you've paid for.
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