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We're not typically bingo players, but DH and I wandered in thinking we'd play the win-a-cruise bingo game -- I mean, who wouldn't love to WIN a cruise! He went to get cards for us, and he said they were $35 -- wow, what a huge price! Are ALL the bingo games this expensive? I'd like to hear details about costs for all bingo games.

 

Yes they are-I've heard they are 4 games for $29 on some cruises now.

 

We play most days and have won on every single cruise. We usually win $200-$300 and that funds buying more bingo cards...

 

We had our Alaskan huskies on the the last caribbean cruise and everyone was jealous since they only got the little brown regular dogs. I hear they may be doing away with the dogs altogether-what a shame...

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The little girl at the table next to me special ordered macaroni and cheese. It looked so good I wanted some too but didn't dare ask. Now I wonder why I didn't dare. All the waiter could do would be refuse.

 

There's no harm in asking for what you want. If they say no, they say no, but they just MIGHT say yes.

 

they will make you whatever you want.

 

DW special orders ALL the time and everyone else at the table gets jealous. She tends to like plain pasta with olive oil and fresh herbs and plain caesar salads and has a great time

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Yes they are-I've heard they are 4 games for $29 on some cruises now.

 

 

 

 

:eek: That seems high !

 

Last August on CCL we played one bingo session for 10.00 pp - it was 3 boards - so hubby and I had 6 boards for 20.00 for 2 of us. How much would one bingo session with 6 boards be on RCCL for 2 people?

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And a tip dealing with ship excursions (though personally I'm a big fan of independent excursions): I wasn't aware until we got on the ship that the FIRST excursion of the day sometimes gets a "freebie". For example, we considered doing the waverunners on Labadee, but having just bought a new car, we were feeling frugal and opted for a simple beach day. Once we were on the ship, we saw that the earliest time slot (probably the most difficult one to fill) gets a free passenger ride for every paid driver. If we'd realized this earlier, we might've been willing to pony up the money!

 

 

Has anyone else heard of this? I will be on the Sovereign in May and it would be awesome if this deal was offered for the Waverunner tour on CocoCay!:D

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We took the earliest rider goes free on both CoCo Cay and Labadee. I think its usually offered but not positive.

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Originally Posted by Silque1964

The casino pays out more money on the first night of a cruise, then the winners slow down on subsequent nights. This gives people a false sense of how "easy" it is to win money. Folks win a bit on the first night, then lose it and more by the end of the cruise.

 

This is actually not possible. Once a slot machine has a program, you can't reprogram it remotely. You have to switch out the actual chip. They are designed this way to comply with Nevada gaming regulations, which are pretty much industry standard. There is simply no mechanism to reprogram slots from one day to the next.

 

Now, the chip may be programmed to pay anywhere from 50% - 100%+ and individual machines can be programmed differently from others; but, I would gamble that most cruise slots are programmed in the 80%-95% range, with the majority below 90%. This is significantly lower than Vegas, where the average probably runs about 95%.

 

Oh, one more thing, if you ask a slot attendant (maybe with a tip in hand?) they might be able to direct you to the higher paying slots.

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Someone on an earlier post mentioned that the local shore excursions are much cheaper than those booked through RCL....that is true, but be aware that if you get back to the ship too late for boarding, tough luck! If an RCL excursion is late getting back, the ship will wait. My sister and I took a local 4 hour bus trip into the rain forest above Mazatlan, Mexico. It would have gotten us back in plenty of time, except that after a stop 'way up in the mountains, the driver couldn't get the bus started again. After MANY tries, he finally was able to start it by letting it drift down the road. There were four VERY relieved RCL passengers on that bus, and yes, we were able to make the ship. If he hadn't been able to start the bus, by the time a replacement bus got up to where we were and took us back down the mountain, we would have missed it.

 

On another cruise, one of our table mates happened to mention to the waiter that her favorite dessert was creme brulee. The next night he brought one to everyone at our table!

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Does anyone know if there are any special spa offerings. I know on Celebrity you can pay a flat fee for use of the spa room (sauna, mineral pool, showers) and have unlimited use? Is this available on RCCL?

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The posts telling you to go to the Purser's Desk are correct, but be careful. On our last cruise it was very evident to everyone that waiting to get off that instructions were not followed for one particular family (4 kids and Mom & Dad). Dad was being told to pay the over $800 the kids had charged before leaving the ship! If it were me, I'd check the bill periodically with the Purser's Desk to make sure that your instructions are followed!

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You are so right about the ship leaving!! We always book excursions through RCI for that reason. Once the ship is ready to leave port you always hear them paging different folks--apparently the ones who's Seapass cards were not scanned back in!

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The posts telling you to go to the Purser's Desk are correct, but be careful. On our last cruise it was very evident to everyone that waiting to get off that instructions were not followed for one particular family (4 kids and Mom & Dad). Dad was being told to pay the over $800 the kids had charged before leaving the ship! If it were me, I'd check the bill periodically with the Purser's Desk to make sure that your instructions are followed!

You can view all the charges made to your SeaPass account at any time on your tv on most RCI ships. Very handy!:)

 

You are so right about the ship leaving!! We always book excursions through RCI for that reason. Once the ship is ready to leave port you always hear them paging different folks--apparently the ones who's Seapass cards were not scanned back in!

We were on a RCI excursion to Tulum and we were late getting back. There was one couple who did not return to the bus on time. After waiting for them over a half hour and the guide searching for them we finally left them. It was over an hour bus ride plus a ferry ride back to the ship. The ship did wait for us - I never did find out what happened to the missing couple!

 

My usual rule of thumb is to book RCI excursions on any tour when the excursion will be very long or very far from the ship, or when the time back to the ship would be less than 1 1/2 hours before we are suppose to be back on board. I have booked one or two highly recommended tours that have pushed those limits a bit, but usually err on the side of caution. Some of the better tour operators will guarantee that you arrive back to the ship on time or will pay your expenses to meet up with the ship again. They will make sure you get there, believe me!:p

 

On our next cruise I have 3 ship tours booked and 1 highly recommended independent.

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You are so right about the ship leaving!! We always book excursions through RCI for that reason. Once the ship is ready to leave port you always hear them paging different folks--apparently the ones who's Seapass cards were not scanned back in!

 

We always book RC excursions as well for this reason. The only exception might be a port we've been too several times and are familiar with.

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Has anyone else heard of this? I will be on the Sovereign in May and it would be awesome if this deal was offered for the Waverunner tour on CocoCay!:D

 

 

I'm doubful. In May 06 we were in the first waverunner slot and it was full, we didn't get that offer.

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I think It may vary. If the waverunner prebookings are strong they may not offer it. I saw it first offered several years ago. I have an explorations sheet from Mariner Sept 9 2007 right here. It was offered that sailing.

 

Like I posted before weve done it on both CoCo Cay and Labadee.

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On Voyager class ships when you first enter the WJ there are two buffet lines, one on the left and one on the right. Walk past these (and all the people in line there) and go the back area, which is called the Island Grill. Same food, no line.

 

Also we bought a small pop-up hamper for the smaller dirty clothes.

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I first want to say how much I appreciate all the really informative ideas, but it is no wonder, in my opinion that the cruise lines try to "nickle and dime" people based on some of the comments. Free cards-wow, filling your mug with OJ as much as possible to drink later-wow great idea! I could go on and on. If some of you are so cheap, why not just stay at home and go to BK, Wendy's etc. It is no wonder when we go on some of these ships, there are people that complain about everything and these are the same people that try to "get away" with the free cards and bringing their own booze on board. Try going to a good restaurant in Ny, Miami, LA and paying less than $5 for a drink. Cruising is a great deal, if you can't afford to pay for beer etc , then there is plenty of free water. Once again this is not directed at those people that made many informative comments, but those persons whose comments are just plain stupid, need to understand that most people on a cruise have money and don't need to try to "beat the system", as some of these people seem to think needs to be done.

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We just returned from Liberty. The biggest secret that RCCL won't tell you unless it happens is you are only allowed to be away from your chair by the swimming pool for 30 minutes. If you are away longer your chair can be taken by another guest. We had great chairs in the second row right in front of the dance area where all the pool shows are, we swam say in the hot tubs all morning then went down to get a bite to eat at the windjammer our son stayed at the pool he saw them come take th chairs but being a kid there was nothing he could of done. We were gone 37 minutes and our chairs were taken by the rudest guys from Brazil I have ever met. To make this a short story words were exchanged (mainly in spanish and directed to my wife because I guess in Brazil they attack the weaker sex) to the point we were ready to go to the fists but being the very first day I decided they really werent worth ruining my whole families vacation. Management got involved and they apologised several times for the other people because they were very rude to the staff as well.(This was not pool Management it was the Hotel Mangaement the pool management did'nt know the rule even existed) As for the seats well we lost them because RCCL in fact did aknowledge there is a rule somewhere (they said it was on something we signed?) we lost our seats to the rudest people we have ever met on a cruise ship. At this point I am concidering going back to Carnival. RCCL should of stepped in and solved the situation before it got out of hand.

I want to add that it was overcast and there were many chairs with towels on them all day and not once did anyone sit in them or even come by to check on the towells. We gad 3 bags and drinks on our chairs The Brazilians watched us leave than timed us. So if you have good seats don't stay away longer than 30 minutes(even if you are swimming) because RCCL will not stick up for you they would rather allow the rudest people to enjoy the pool.

 

ON RCCL FOR THE BEST SEATS BRING A TOWELL AND A STOPWATCH AND YOU ARE SET!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Ya know, I can't have any sympathy for you...you're the reason half the ship can't get a chair period, because you feel you're entitled to use one for 45 minutes a day, yet have it be yours the entire day :p

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We are getting side tracked by the 30 min rule ....

 

I got one for ya, even if it says "new bookings only" you can still get the lower price. EVEN on tuesday sales.

 

I don't understand at all. Could you please explain. Thanks!

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I discovered on the Rhapsody, there is a little known balcony with chairs off of the library/card room that is deserted at night. It's a great place to sneak off to with a nice snifter of cognac to ponder the mysteries of the sea....

 

 

yeah, i found this place too... its a great secret room. You can close off that entire side of the card room also. There is a divider that separates a smaller (mabye adult?) room. This was closed almost all week on our cruise, so we had that entire room and balcony reserved for ourselves.

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The casino cash for the Visa points is one of the BEST ideas Ive heard! But where do you put that kind of cash? Is there a main safe somewhere you can have it held? I wouldnt want to keep that amount of money in the room safe.

 

 

 

Can you pay your sea pass bill with cash while still at sea?? That would be too easy... get cash, pay bill, repeat... :cool:

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Finally, don't sweat the small stuff. I know that sounds so simpleton but really don't center your entire vacation about that one thing, that one little thing..a pool chair, a less than gourmet meal, a crowded elevator, a child being a child. There is so much that every cruise offers. Quality time with your companion or family. Time to watch the sun rise and set. A time to socialize with your neighbor around a dinner table with no TV or phone ringing. No dishes, no errands, no homework, no cleaning. A time to stroll, to breath the cleanest air, to get lost in the endless horizon that contains no smog, no office buildings or strip malls. All that and a chocolate on your pillow every night. This is why I cruise.
This quote is the best posting I have ever read on these boards. I wish I had said it. Cruising is the only true vacation. Room and board, meals and entertainment, sightseeing and sun - all taken care of for you at the price of a good hotel room - and all you have to do is get yourself onboard! :D

 

I just read this entire thread (yes, all 18 pages) and it really gives a person a perspective on American cruisers. We recently sailed (6th cruise with RCCL) on the Voyager out of Galveston (

's last cruise with RCCL), and he was asked why the Voyager was leaving Galveston for the summer. He was very polite and articulate, but the message was clear - Europeans aren't looking for bargains around every corner and under every chair. They fill every cabin without offering discounts. RCCL, like every other cruise line, is a business - and profit is the bottom line. I agree with the poster who suggested that some of you stay at home and go to Burger King. I like bargains as much as the next guy, but if you can't afford, or are not willing to pay on board prices - or to abide by published policies - you should consider another type of vacation.

 

If you are still with me, and still reading this posting, I will add my 2 cents to the topic at hand. (hint: the topic is NOT deck chairs or casino cash) What they don't tell you is that the Internet is excruciatingly S..L..O..W. We had a $7 voucher for the internet on the Voyager, and tried to check email. It consumed the $7 and had not yet opened the gmail homepage! I went to the Purser's Desk, and they were polite about it and credited the $7 back on my account. I figured, well, the ship is moving about 21 knots, so I'll try again in the next port while we're sitting still. No difference. I gave up. It did not ruin my vacation at all. Afterward, I asked myself this question: "What was I thinking about anyway? I took this cruise to GET AWAY from my email for awhile!" haha - So really folks, Don't sweat the small stuff! And if you pay for Internet service, but don't get any service, they will refund your money. They know it is slow.

 

Frank

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The coupon books that repeat cruisers get say "Valid for this Sailing Only", but they are all the same on each cruise and each ship, so you can save them and carry over unused coupons to your next cruise.

 

This is fun for lots of reasons; for example, on our last cruise there was no Johnny Rockets (so we didn't get to use the coupon), but on our next cruise there will be! :)

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I have learned a lot from reading the posts....Here are a few things that Everyone likely knows, but if not:

 

1. Colored Luggage tags for disembarking, go to the pursers desk to get any color you want to leave any time you want, they are very accomodating.

 

2. If you are "picky" about dining tables (as I am), when you board, head right for the dining room, check out your table, if you would prefer another, the Host is usually right ther to assist...do show them some gratitude.

 

3. We had lounge chairs set up on our deck...we requested a table and 4 chairs instead....it was done in 30 minutes...worthy of a good tip.

 

4. Concierge...if staying is a suite they will secure ice show tickets so you do not have to wait in line; they can also purchase your shore excursion tickets.

 

5. if you need a cyber cabin...head right for the purser when you board to get the necessary equipment.

 

6. Ask For extra towels to take on shore excursions...and buy that bottle of water when disembarking the ship...you will likely need it.

 

7. one of our family heads up to the Windjammer in the mornig to pick up a tray of breakfast to take back to the cabin for some breakfast in bed.

 

8. When boarding..you can always board hours earlier than the suggested time, be sure to have a carry on with all of your swim togs so you can hit the pool, it takes a little while for the luggage to arrive.

 

I hope a tip or two was of help....have fun!

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The casino pays out more money on the first night of a cruise, then the winners slow down on subsequent nights. This gives people a false sense of how "easy" it is to win money. Folks win a bit on the first night, then lose it and more by the end of the cruise.

 

Not always. I hit a $6,000 progressive royal flush on the 13th night of a 14 night cruise. The royal had not been hit the entire trip.

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