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14 minutes ago, marci22 said:

Start your own thread. Title it: Actual Key Reviews

 

In the first post, describe what you want.

 

Realize that you can't fight the internet.

 

it seems that when new threads on the Key are started they get lumped into the original thread.

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Just off the 4/20 Symphony and had The Key.   Was able to book it for $20 pp per day. 

 

My apologies on regurgitating the commentary from others here but the long and short of it is for Oasis Class out of Miami.  I wouldn’t bother.  For us that is.

 

The boarding and disembarkation process in

Miami is so good streamlined that we didn’t even use any perks.  We checked all our bags so we had nothing to checks at the Theater. 

 

We had a late breakfast so Chops lunch wasn’t of use. 

 

Priority hours were limited (1 hour per venue for the week) and late.  

 

Reserved theater seating was nice, but both times we wanted to use it, our dinner ran long and while we able to get in, didn’t use the seating.  (Yes, it was my issue for only scheduling 1.5 hours for dinner).

 

The only “new benefit” (at least that I knew of) is unlimited towel access.  You don’t have to check in/check out towels.   As someone who is a stickler to the towel process already, it’s not a huge perk.  But I was able to use it to diffuse a towel argument while on an excursion.  “Here, take mine” made a tense situation in foreign country disappear.   Good perk.

 

Departure breakfast was good, but nothing unlike the dining all week.   Although I may have been “foodied out” after 7 days. 

 

YMMV and I give Royal credit for trying to provide new and innovative services (even if it costs $).  But for our upcoming Oasis Class ships out Miami, we will pass on the Key.

 

I did not see any negative impact to other customer’s experiences as a result of our Key access. 

 

If you feel it may a value to you buy it, buy it.  If you don’t, don’t.  

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2 hours ago, ZoeyVictoria said:

 

So, if you had dropped off your luggage with the porters instead of carrying it on, you would need to have long pants and socks in your carryon to take advantage of ice skating.  How many people keep long pants in their carryon for a Caribbean cruise in April?  If you had your schedule in advance, you could have done just that.  But, am I correct in understanding that the letters are received in the cabin, after the starting time of the scheduled activity?  Is there one bit of common sense applied to this process?

You are correct. Letter was in cabin and we had access to our cabins at 130 and 3/4 bags arrived in about an hour. 

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Received the fruit plate that has been mentioned previously. It’s interesting that RC literature says nothing about that perk. 

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31 minutes ago, Tree_skier said:

Received the fruit plate that has been mentioned previously. It’s interesting that RC literature says nothing about that perk. 

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No fruit plate for us...  not that we needed it.  Vitality Spa and Park Cafe were each 1 floor away. 

 

Out of curiosity, did they deliver it daily? Or just once?

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5 hours ago, blueridgemama said:

 

it seems that when new threads on the Key are started they get lumped into the original thread.

Try it and see. This thread is relatively old.

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This is a three day cruise. This is day two. Nothing yesterday. 

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4 hours ago, MichiganMan4 said:

Just off the 4/20 Symphony and had The Key. 

 

Do you have your sheet still with the actives and times still that you could post?  If not do you recall how many times Flowrider was on it.   Where you able to get priority access to activities during regular hours like people have talked about before on Symphony?

 

Going on the same ship in 30 days or so and trying to see if I should keep the Key. Or should we just drop it and get our money back. 

 

Thanks for the current review on Symphony with the Key.

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On 4/24/2019 at 11:48 AM, Biker19 said:

This may have changed since January, but at that time Key customers went in the Suite line, it may not be so obvious outside the terminal and even inside the signs may not reflect that, but we observed Key holders being directed at that line.

People have continuously reported going to the far right where the suites go. That is where I am heading next week.

On 4/24/2019 at 6:42 PM, LiamsMommy2008 said:

We are on the Symphony Thanksgiving cruise as well 🙂 May or may not keep the Key I purchased for that trip, depending on how our Harmony cruise w/ Key goes in June.  I purchased for both cruises back in February at 19.99. Glad now that I did! 

 I also purchased a long time ago for 2 cruises. Pretty glad I did. I can always cancel if I want.

7 hours ago, ZoeyVictoria said:

 

So, if you had dropped off your luggage with the porters instead of carrying it on, you would need to have long pants and socks in your carryon to take advantage of ice skating.  How many people keep long pants in their carryon for a Caribbean cruise in April?  If you had your schedule in advance, you could have done just that.  But, am I correct in understanding that the letters are received in the cabin, after the starting time of the scheduled activity?  Is there one bit of common sense applied to this process?

This is something I would pitch a fit about. I always drop my luggage at the curb. I come on the ship with a beach bag. I want to ice skate. I would be down demanding some credit after that. That is really poor planning on their part. No one arrives in jeans and socks and a sweater.

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So, Day 12 from the Ovation.  The DW tried to book another Ifly and told it was full, showed her card with the key and we now have a 1:20PM tomorrow.  We were on the first tender yesterday with a private excursion, Patrick’s Tour (Maohi Nui).  

 

Odd thing the key sessions are in stone when you board, so today since key was at 10AM, and advanced stand-up at 9AM.  There were 4 of us when everyone else had to quit, IE 10 quit.  1 showed up with 15 minutes left.  After the key the line was starting at 18.  I checked out.  

 

JC

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42 minutes ago, xpcdoojk said:

The DW tried to book another Ifly and told it was full, showed her card with the key and we now have a 1:20PM tomorrow. 

So, Key alone got you another Ripcord session ?

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4 hours ago, MichiganMan4 said:

 

No fruit plate for us...  not that we needed it.  Vitality Spa and Park Cafe were each 1 floor away. 

 

Out of curiosity, did they deliver it daily? Or just once?

I believe it's a one time thing.  That's all we got it on Anthem.

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3 hours ago, alexpfsu said:

 

Do you have your sheet still with the actives and times still that you could post?  If not do you recall how many times Flowrider was on it.   

 

Where you able to get priority access to activities during regular hours?

 

Ask and ye shall receive...

 

Good point about priority access, meant to add that.  We were told (nothing in writing) priority access was available but only l on non-sea days.  Which didn’t do us much good as the lines weren’t that long on those days.

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2 hours ago, Biker19 said:

So, Key alone got you another Ripcord session ?

 

Yes, she thought it was blocked out and didn’t think she could get me in.  After I left the Key flowrider session went down, and the person manning the desk is the nice young man on the ship for a month from the home office of the Ifly people, and I told him when he said it is full, that he doesn’t know about the key (he was our flight guy for our flight last week), and that the Mauritian behind him would be able to book it.  Sure enough.  I got added to my wife’s session.  So, yes, the key alone got me that reservation.  I think after we fly we can probably either get another flight thru the Key.  I am now kicking myself for not playing the Key card earlier.  I probably could get Nadia, the Diamond Concierge, to make one too.  That was going to be my next attempt.

 

jc

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1 hour ago, xpcdoojk said:

 

I think after we fly we can probably either get another flight thru the Key.  I am now kicking myself for not playing the Key card earlier.  I probably could get Nadia, the Diamond Concierge, to make one too.  That was going to be my next attempt.

 

Eesh, maybe it's because I could care less about these "perks", but this all sounds so incredibly small and petty to me.

This is the behavior that $20/day per person engenders? Or $35/day??? Oof. NO THANK YOU.  

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On 4/27/2019 at 1:02 AM, Ashland said:

So an average lunch in Chop's....disembarkation breakfast great...but could you have gotten the same without the Key in the MDR?.....and front of the line....And this all cost an extra how much ?? 

Not sure I get how this could be worth it ??

As I stated before, I'm not sure it was worth the $20.00 pp per day. We were on the "Enchantment" which does not have the flowrider. I guess it all depends on the person and what they hope to get out of it. My wife liked it. It was only a weekend cruise so it wasn't that big of an amount. Not sure I would do it for a week long or longer cruise. I could have gotten a regular breakfast menu for the last day. However, as I stated earlier the "Key" breakfast was awesome..... 

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So, wanting to ride the Ifly more makes me petty and small?  OK?  I am just posting facts, 

 

We just made our second flight, and was told can’t book again.  On the Anthem in 2016 I flew 6 times that was a 9 or 10 night sailing.  In 2017 on the Ovation I think we flew 4 times on a 15 night sailing.  On the Ovation this time we flew 2 times on a 16 night sailing.

 

So, you are ok with getting less and less of an activity on board that is mostly not operating all day long?  

 

JC

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22 hours ago, RadioPeri said:

 

Eesh, maybe it's because I could care less about these "perks", but this all sounds so incredibly small and petty to me.

This is the behavior that $20/day per person engenders? Or $35/day??? Oof. NO THANK YOU.  

So why is it you are posting on this thread again?

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1 hour ago, Tree_skier said:

So why is it you are posting on this thread again?

 

 

Just curious did I come across as petty and small?  I am trying to figure out if I am clueless or a jerk?

 

jc

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7 minutes ago, xpcdoojk said:

 

 

Just curious did I come across as petty and small?  I am trying to figure out if I am clueless or a jerk?

 

jc

I didn't think so you are actually giving information that people like myself are wanting I'm doing the same cruise as yours in reverse in September and your post have been very appreciated 

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1 hour ago, Tree_skier said:

So why is it you are posting on this thread again?

 

I missed your witty repartee.

 

💋💋💋

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On 4/27/2019 at 3:04 PM, alexpfsu said:

 

Do you have your sheet still with the actives and times still that you could post?  If not do you recall how many times Flowrider was on it.   Where you able to get priority access to activities during regular hours like people have talked about before on Symphony?

 

Going on the same ship in 30 days or so and trying to see if I should keep the Key. Or should we just drop it and get our money back. 

 

Thanks for the current review on Symphony with the Key.

Here is from Symphony 2 weeks ago.

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On 4/27/2019 at 7:25 AM, mcdni said:

I’m on the Allure at the moment with the key. I’ll post a full review once I’m in the airport with some time tomorrow. 

 

there is a new thread:  Key Reviews.  It is going to be dedicated to just reviews so it would be great if you post your review there.

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Please post all actual Key Reviews in the new thread entitled:  Key Reviews.  The moderators have agreed to delete all posts from that thread that are not actual reviews. This will make it easier for folks to read actual reviews and not just opinions.

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1 hour ago, blueridgemama said:

Please post all actual Key Reviews in the new thread entitled:  Key Reviews.  The moderators have agreed to delete all posts from that thread that are not actual reviews. This will make it easier for folks to read actual reviews and not just opinions.

I think a new thread with only reviews is a great idea.  And the moderator stated she is already deleting posts that are not reviews.  I don't need opinions from someone who haven't used the key, but facts from someone who has actually used the key...

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