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Nashville, TN
578 Posts
Joined May 2005
Just note if you book a private excursionthat is running late getting back to the ship, you are on your own. Royal is not obligated to get you back to the ship if it sails.

Personally, i always book privately but just make sure you are aware of island vs. Ship time!

For families that need more than 1 bathroom especially on formal nights, you can always use the gym showers. They are bigger and the guys dont seem to mind going there so the ladies can gussie up.
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Wishin' I was
Knee deep in the water somewhere
got the blue sky, breeze and it don't seem fair
the only worry in the world
is the tide gonna reach my chair

Holiday July '05
Enchantment Sept '08
Fascination Sept '10
Allure Sept '12 (last minute cancelation )

icon: in my happy place, Half Moon Cay, '10
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Joined Aug 2007
Originally posted by aloha of the seas
It is very common for passengers to use a CPAP and RCI will gladly help you. Generally there are no outlets near the night tables next to the bed. You will need an extension cord. Most times your cabin steward will provide it as soon as he sees that you have a CPAP. To be safe, you can always ask.

If you use Distilled Water for your Humidifier, it is best if you ask the Special Needs Dept ahead of time. They can best reached at [email protected] or (866) 592-7225.
Allure and Oasis have outlets behind the bed next to the nightstand - a perfect place to plug in the c-pap or bi-pap!
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Diamond Plus Amenity List(s)

For 175 - 349 cruise points you can select 1 amenity from List A

For 350 - 524 cruise points you can select a total of 2 amenities from either List A or B

For 525+ cruise points you can select a total of 3 Amenities from either List A, B or C

"Bonus gift of your choice will be chosen from a pre-selected list for each stateroom. No bonus gift will be delivered on sailings less than 3-Nights. Only one bonus gift will be delivered on sailings between 3- and 6- Nights. All orders need to be placed up to 5 days before a US based sailing and 7 days for an internationally based sailing. All Diamond Plus members can go into the secure Crown & Anchor section of the website and select your preferences and keep them up to date; or, Diamond Plus members and their travel agents can contact a Loyalty Specialist within 14 days of their departure to select an amenity and arrange timing for delivery to either their stateroom or dining room by calling (800) 526-9723 and pressing 9 at any time during the greeting message. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. (ET)".

List A: 175 - 349 cruise points

Cheese Tray
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Fruit Basket and Cheese Tray
Light and Delightful Fruit Basket
Wine Truffles (blend of Chocolate and Wine)

Micro-Fiber Tote Bag (1 per relationship/stateroom)
Royal Caribbean Terry Slippers
Woven Beach Towel (1 per relationship/stateroom)

SR or DR - Asti Spumante, Martini and Rossi
SR or DR - Cabernet Sauvignon, Solaire by Robert Mondavi
SR or DR - Cabernet, Caliterre Tributo,Chile
SR or DR - Chardonnay, Castle Rock
SR or DR - Chateau Ste Michelle Brut, Calif.
SR or DR - Non-Alcoholic Sparkling Wine
SR or DR - Pinot Grigio, Danzante Italy
SR or DR - Sauvignon Blanc, Caliterra Chile
SR or DR - Zinfandel, Ravenswood

List B: 350 - 524 cruise points

Chateau Ste Michelle Brut & Strawberries
Cup Cakes (4 per Pack) - Red Velvet
Cup Cakes (4 per Pack) - Vanilla
Fruit Basket & Cabernet
Fruit Basket & Chardonnay
Fruit Basket & Chateau Ste Michelle
Fruit Basket & White Zinfandel
Non Alcoholic Sparkling Wine & Strawberries

4 bottles San Pellegrino Sparkling Water (25 oz. each)

Dual Sports Bottle/Thermos
8 X 10 Picture Frame
Element Bag (Black w/shoulder strap)
Micro-Fiber Tote Bag (2 per relationship/stateroom)
Photo Album
Waist Pack
Water Bottle Holder
Woven Beach Towel (2 per relationship/stateroom)

English Garden Basket
One Dozen Roses

SR or DR - Cabernet, Caliterra Tributo, Chile
SR or DR - Chardonnay, Castle Rock
SR or DR - Cardonnay, Penfolds SE Australia
SR or DR - Malbec, Familia Rutini Argentina
SR or DR - Merlot, Mont Gras Reserve
SR or DR - Rioja, Bodegas Sierra Cantabria, Spain
SR or DR - Shiraz Rosemount Estate, SE Australia
SR or DR - Viognier, Cline
SR or DR - White Zinfandel, Beringer

List C: 525+ cruise points

Domain Chandon & Strawberries

Terry Wrap Men (one size fits most)
Terry Wrap Women (one size fits most)

SR or DR - Cabernet, Robert Mondavi, Winery Napa
SR or DR - Cabernet Sauvignon, Solaire by Robert Mondavi
SR or DR - Carmenere, Arboleda, Chile
SR or DR - Chardonnay, Mer Soleil
SR or DR - Chateau Ste Michelle
SR or DR - Chardonnay Sutter Home
SR or DR - Domain Chandon, Brut, California
SR or DR - Fume Blanc, Ferrari-Carano
SR or DR - Merlot, Blackstone
SR or DR - Pinot Grigio Santa Margherita
SR or DR - Woodbridge Cabernet
SR or DR - Woodbridge Zinfandel

SR = Stateroom Delivery
DR = Dining Room Delivery
Lafayette, IN
247 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
This may be helpful for new people on CC. This was copied from the Holland America board. I know this helped me a lot when I was a newbie. There are more Acronyms that people can contribute specfic to RCCL..

Here is the URL:

Commonly Used Acronyms on Cruise Critic ( 1 2)

I copied and Pasted for those who don't want to follow the thread

October 20th, 2010, 05:55 PM
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Commonly Used Acronyms on Cruise Critic

HAL - Holland America Line
X - Celebrity Cruise Line
RCI or RCCL - Royal Caribbean International or Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
CCL - Carnival Cruise Line
CC - Cruise Critic
DH - dear or darling husband (depending on mood "D" might stand for a based term *Grin*)
DW - dear or darling wife
DD - dear or darling daughter
DS - dear or darling son
DSiL - dear Son In Law
DDIL - dear Daughter In Law
MIL - Mother In Law
FIL - Father In Law
BF - Boy Friend
GF - Girl Friend
DF - Dear Fiancee or Dear Friend
SO - Significant Other
OP - Original Poster (i.e., the person who started the thread)
FOB - Friends of Bill W
FOD - Friends of Dorothy
IMO - in my opinion
IMHO - in my humble opinion
JMHO - just my humble opinion
YMMV - your mileage may vary (what happens to you may vary as what happens to me)
CD - cruise director
ACD - Assistant Cruise Director
SHOREX - Shore Excursion (office)
HM or HotMan - hotel manager
GRM - guest relations manager
NL - Neptune Lounge
SoE - Signature of Excellence (HAL's new Standards for their ships)
TA - Can stand for either Travel Agent or Transatlntic, depending upon the useage in a Post/Thread
PCC - Personal Cruise Consultant
FCD - Future Cruise Deposit (You pay this while on board a HAL ship)
FCC - Future Cruise Consultant (the person you pay the FCD to while on board ship)
OBC or SBC - On/Ship Board Credits
PG - Pinnacle Grill
MDR - Main Dining Room
MTD - My Time Dining
AYWD - As You Wish Dining
M&G - Meet and Greet
FAQ - Frequently asked question
e-Docs - Electronic Documents
B2B - Back to Back cruises, usually on the same ship
IIRC - If I recall/remember correctly
TIA - thanks in advance
AFAIK - as far as I know
FWIW - for what it's worth
FYI - for your information
BTW - by the way
OTOH - on the other hand
IDK - I don't know
ROF - rolling on floor
ROFLMAO - rolling on floor laughing my a** off
LOL - laughing out loud
VBEG - very big evil grin
GMTA - Great Minds Think Alike
IMCO - In my considered opinion
IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
IRL - In real life
ISO - In search of
JK - Just Kidding
JMHO - Just My Humble Opinion
JMO - Just My Opinion
OIC - Oh, I see!
OMG - Oh My Gosh! or OH MY GOD!!
OT - Off Topic
PITA - Pain in the “a**” (Use this if a board friend has gotten a little heavy handed with acronyms)
POV - Point of View
PTMM - Please tell me more
RE - Regarding
TMI - Too Much Information
TTYL - Talk To You Later
WB = Welcome Back
WRT - With Respect To
YMMV - Your miles may vary (Your view may be different than mine)
Dorset, UK
3,285 Posts
Joined Nov 2005
Just back from Independence of the Seas. There were kettles in the ov cabins.
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Carousel - Med
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Sunbird(2) - Caribbean
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Topaz - Canary Islands
Thomson Spirit(2) - Med
Thomson Celebration - Canary Islands
Ocean Village - Med stay and cruise
Golden Princess(3) - Caribbean / British Isles
Sapphire Princess - Australia and New Zealand
Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean
Sea Princess - Transatlantic
Legend of the Seas - Med
Ruby Princess - Western Caribbean
Dawn Princess - Southampton to Dubai
NCL Jade - Canaries and Morroco
Golden Princess - Alaska
Ocean Princess - Mediterranean
P&O Ventura - Barbados to Southampton
Grandeur of the Seas - Spanish Med 2011
Independence of the Seas - Canaries and Madeira
Crown Princess - Venice, around Adriatic to Rome
P&O Aurora - Southampton to Sydney
Caribbean Princess - New England and Canada with New York pre-cruise
Fred Olsen Braemar - Canaries
Celebrity Constellation - Black Sea and Greece
P&O Arcadia - Sydney to Hong Kong
Queen Mary 2 - Eastbound Transatlantic
P&O Azura - Transatlantic and Caribbean
NCL Epic - Iberia, Canaries and Madeira
Queen Victoria - Greek Islands and Turkey
Princess - Far East and Australia
upcoming 2017: MSC Poesia - Caribbean
upcoming 2017: QM2 - Westbound Transatlantic
Canberra, Australia
179 Posts
Joined Apr 2011
Wow have learned so much, thanks for all your info, very helpful for a 1st time RCI cruiser.

Children are charged the same amount as adults ie a family eg 2 adults + 2 children is charged the same as 4 adults. It only becomes cheaper when a room contains a 3rd + person(s) and the price reduces. As this applies per person and not per room per se, you can have a family of 4 in 2 interconnecting rooms for the same price as 4 squished (if allowed) into 1 room. This will be great for us as us parents can have our own room and our 3 children will be sharing their room next door.
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Tanya (& Derek)

1st time cruiser on RCCL - Syd - Honolulu in April 2012
Last (and only) cruise so far was February 2005 - Classic International Cruises (Arion) - Straits of Malacca ex Singapore
Cape Coral, FL
432 Posts
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Originally posted by cruisecriticmember
I love this thread. The term FAQ has changed from meaninf Frequently Asked Questuions to. Fast Answers to Questions. Brilliant!
There were lots of answers before, but I was curious as to the question. I hope someone categorizes the info into questions/answers eventually vs relying on the search system. Nice to do this, whatever happens.
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Originally posted by Wolfie469
There were lots of answers before, but I was curious as to the question. I hope someone categorizes the info into questions/answers eventually vs relying on the search system. Nice to do this, whatever happens.
When using the search function within this thread, if you put in a "key" word that describes what you are looking for, you should be successful.
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Patti (& Jim)
Pinnacle Club

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Joined Mar 2010
** There are NO Waxing services in the Spa on the Navigator of the Seas (I can't speak for other RC ships).
** You can bring an empty thermos onto the ship to use to fill with the free water/Lemonaid/iced tea/breakfast juices
** You can bring those little packs of Crystal Lite, or similar, to put into your water if you are not a water drinker and choose not to pay for the soda package.
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RCI Navigator of the Seas, March 2010
RCI Enchantment of the Seas, May 2009
RCI Grandeur of the Seas, January 2009
99 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
If you would like a second helping of something you are eating in the dinning room, just ask the waiter. I have never been refused.

Join the crown and anchor society. It doesn't cost anything and when ever you want answers about anything that you haven't been able to find on these boards, they can help you.
Southampton, NY
246 Posts
Joined Oct 2011
Here's an acronym just saw yesterday and had no idea what it was (didn't find it on any list):
LA - Loyalty Ambassador
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Joined Nov 2004
Towels.... The used towels in your cabin for showers etc. are picked up and replaced by the cabin steward 2 times a day. You do not pay to use these. You normally will have enough of them
(face cloths, hand towels and bath towels) but if not, just ask the cabin steward.
As for towels used at the pool and if you go to a beach, you get them near the pool. You also do not pay for these unless you do not return them. That is where the charge comes in. I think they must scan your seapass and charge your acount if you don't return them. I never had my card scanned. This must be a change since my last cruise. Once done with them at the pool, we use to put them in a bin they had near the pool. When we use to come back from the beach, they checked our Id's where we boarded the ship, and there were bins right there to put our used towels in.
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Joined Nov 2004
Dinning: If you are linked to sit with others at the same table you can talk to the maitre'd on boarding day and see the table plan. If your guest are not listed together he will make the change. I believe he will need their names and cabin numbers. They normally have a special time to do this on boarding day afternoon. If the time is not posted in the cruise compass, check with the guest relations desk . They should know where and when the maitre"d will be available for this. It is better to make the changes at that time then to wait until you arrive at your table at dinner time.
South Carolina
12 Posts
Joined Mar 2007
The Seattle's Best Coffee shop on Monarch of the Seas had complimentary pastries. It's another option foe a shipboard snack that wasn't listed on the Compass.

Attach the pre-cruise luggage tag to one of your bags even if your aren't checking anything. The color of the tag lets the staff know you are a repeat cruiser. When I boarded with my group they sent all of us to the priority check-in line even though some of us were not previous guests because part of our group had the gold member luggage tags. It saved a lot of time waiting in line.

If your itinerary includes a stop at Coco Cay and you are traveling with someone that needs a wheelchair, they have special wheelchairs with wide tires for pushing through sand available on the island.
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Enchanted Isle - March 2000 - Western Carib.
Ocean Princess - July 2001 - Alaska
Monarch of the Seas - February 2012 - Bahamas
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For Voyager Class ships. Deck four walk toward the front of the ship. There will be stairs near the front walk up and if it is not roped off you can access the helipad.