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Not always, we tried this on our last cruise when the ship was several hours late getting to the port (due to a medical emergency a few days earlier). We really need to get off as as soon as possible due to other travel arrangments (not a flight). They gave us a higher up colour but not the kind that would get us off asap. Luckily we had some friends who were kind enough to give us their luggage tags, we managed to get off straight away and just made it in time for our other travel plans.

 

If you are in a hurry to get off then get up early and walk off. It sures beats waiting for the colors to be called. (Pack lightly though, as you will have to carry your own bags)

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: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?

 

 

It seems high, but it is for 4 games (or 5 if they are still doing the 5 for $35)... on Carnival you get the 3 boards for $10 for 1 game. On RCCL, you get 4 (or 5) games to play, and on each sheet you get 6 boards for each game.

I liked my Carnival cruise, but was very disappointed in the bingo. I mean, it was one quick game. On Royal, it is 4 (or 5, whatever they are doing now) at each session, alot more fun.

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Hi JPackerfan,

 

Did you ever comsider going on a cruise with Packer Players? It's a blast! :)

 

I have considered it, but it looks like the last few have been on NCL. I've been loyal to RCCL for some time, and would consider it if the Pack would sail on Royal Caribbean. Instead, I just wear my Packers (or Brewers) gear on every cruise and show everyone my cheesehead colors.

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Some things I have learned:

 

1. The tap water is just fine to drink. We learned this from the doctor on board the Explorer in the Atmospheric and Oceanographic Lab. This is not just on the Explorer but all the cruise ships. Therefore, we bring our own water bottles and just refill them.

 

2. This is not a secret - just good sense: Book your next cruise while on board and get onboard credit for the new cruise.

 

3. I did not know this before: When you book your next cruise, you are entitled to two "friends and family" certificates. Your friends then have 30 days in which to book their own next cruise and receive OBC as well. Wish I had known that before.

 

And this is definitely not a secret--RCCL has A TERRIFIC reward program for loyal cruisers.:) :)

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I have considered it, but it looks like the last few have been on NCL. I've been loyal to RCCL for some time, and would consider it if the Pack would sail on Royal Caribbean. Instead, I just wear my Packers (or Brewers) gear on every cruise and show everyone my cheesehead colors.

 

You missed our last one then. It was on AOS! Check out Fuzzy Thurston's site. We used to cruise with Packer Fan Tours then the TA left and a whole bunch of us left with her.

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Not sure how much of a "secret" this is, but it's worked for three cruises in a row...

 

For you bingo players, arrive 10-15 minutes before the session and sit up front near the bingo caller. Once the session begins that caller will ask for a volunteer to be the "bingo commissioner." Raise your hand immediately, and you'll probably get picked. Your responsibility is to simply walk up, introduce yourself to the crowd, and confirm that all of the bingo balls are there (B-O, 1-75)

 

For his, I've received the "drink of the day" in a souvenir hurricane glass, a t-shirt, and a keychain each time.

 

Usually works best on the first day of the cruise, as regular bingo players catch on to this. Plus, this only works once a cruise as they almost always choose a different commissioner for each session.

 

In yet another crappy move you no longer get the drink of the day.

 

We've won on every single cruise we've been on.

 

This last time we were "playing just for fun" - there weren't enough folks to play for $ and ---you guessed it--- I won!

 

T Shirt and a keychain!

 

well at least my record is unbroken...

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In yet another crappy move you no longer get the drink of the day.

We've won on every single cruise we've been on.

 

How does win a RCCL mouse?

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I don't know if this is true on other ships, but on Mariner, look for the Peek-a-boo Deck. This is a little-publicized spot on Deck 11 from which you can watch the goings-on on the bridge. Not quite the same as a tour, but probably as close as I'll ever get, and it was fascinating.

 

kingsgirl: Being nice MUST be a secret -- so few people seem to know it anyway. :D

 

Do they have this on the Adventure of the Seas?

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We've never asked for one, but on our Alaska cruise that we just returned from the Cruise Director said they are not allowed to give tours anymore for security reasons. On the Radiance they had a talk called "Captain's Corner" (my brother-in-law went) where they showed video of the bridge and other areas and the captain was there to answer questions.

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How does win a RCCL mouse?

 

They were prizes at our Meet & Mingle gathering, along with sea pass holders, lanyards, and tote bags.

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In yet another crappy move you no longer get the drink of the day.

 

When did they stop this? They were giving out the drink of the day during my last VOS cruise in November, 2007.

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Oh yeah! The Peek-A-Boo bridge is what they call it on the Explorer! Deck 11! It's right by the Solarium and during all the times I've gone there to read, make phone calls, or see what Captain Ryan was up to, I never saw a single soul...except for one of the ship's singers, but that was it.

 

The secret is out, I'm afraid. They now have it marked on various signs throughout the Explorer. I went out three or four times, and never was alone. Someone was already there, or soon joined me after.

 

Even on my tour of the actual bridge on Friday July 11th, I looked up and took photos of people looking down in at us :cool:

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Has anyone ever received a bridge tour on RCCL?

 

I read elsewhere on here that you can write to the captain a few months before your cruise and request one. This may work...

 

I also found out that they give out invitations to VIPs, Diamond+, etc. for the recipients to go to a 30 min. tour of the bridge - usually held on at sea days.

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Has anyone ever received a bridge tour on RCCL?

 

 

I was on the Serenade, June 11th, and they gave away this tour as part of raising money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. Basically they had a auction for it and other items or tours around the ship. One of the items was dinner with the cruise director and a few others (not sure if the captain was included or not).

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I read elsewhere on here that you can write to the captain a few months before your cruise and request one. This may work...

 

I also found out that they give out invitations to VIPs, Diamond+, etc. for the recipients to go to a 30 min. tour of the bridge - usually held on at sea days.

 

Not many people knew about this on my Mariner sailing, it was quite peaceful up there and we got a great view of Capt. Johnny's fuzzy dice, hula girl and of course his scooter!

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My brother in law tipped their waiter $20 and all of the 21 in our group were treated to a galley tour on the last sea day. Incidently, this was his 2nd cruise ever and his first on RCI so he is not even "gold" with them yet. So- this is not a perk reserved for the sailing elite.

 

SIgn up for the Meet & Mingle. Our invites never arrived but a call down to the C&A Ambassador resulted in 6 being hand delivered to us the morning of the meeting. We only needed (were entitled to) three. My son (6yrs old) won the "grand prize" of the nice RCI Tote, a Vitality tee shirt (replaces the Ship Shape program) and the really cute RCI Ship Mouse. Lucky him. We all were treated to pretty hor de vours and soft drinks and received the LOTS Magnet as well as the lanyard (slightly better design than the ones we received in Nov. on EOS- it has a zip bag type closure to keep change and your seapass card secure.

 

At the Repeat Cruisers coctail party, you CAN order drinks other than the server tray passed ones. Again, someone in my group slipped the server a $5 and she was back in minutes with 2 Jack and cokes and 2 Royal Beers. The bar in the lounge where our reception was held was closed/gated so there was no place to order from other than the waiters (Sphinx)

 

There are indeed extra tix last minute for the ice shows. Those in my group of 21 who missed the first show were all able to see it by waiting outside the rink until it began and were allowed in. Some even got seats together last minute.

 

LOS now charges 3% for any cash in the casino. No more free $.

 

There is a 50 cent vending machine in the infirmary lobby that is open 24 hrs and has such urgent items such as bacitracin ointment,several sizes of bandages sore throat lozenges, tylenol, asprin and condoms. Yup. Saw them myself. There are also free motion sickness pills avail. in the infirmary as well as from the pursers office. These say they are good for both children and adults FYI. If you do not have quarters, the casino has a machine that will change bills for you and the cashiers gate will also still break a bill for no charge (wink,wink).

 

If you are sailing in the near future, ask your dining room waiter for the handout of Oasis. We saw one hanging near the staff schedules in the galley and asked our waiter about it. He brought us all out this handout-nothing fancy, really like a nicer stock place mat, but it has cool stats and pix on it. He said they are not available to the general public at this point, so it is just something unique to have I guess.

 

In holding onto my streak, the casino was good to me on the last night. On EOS I hit dollar slots for $1750 justs minutes before the casino closed the last night. This sailing, I hit for $200 on dollar Wheel of Fortune and then minutes later hit $750 on quarter 10x machine. I guess my hint here is to win your pots in smaller increments. This time, unlike in Nov. with my bigger win, there was no tax form given to me even though I was hand paid by the attendant (it was under the earnings allowed amt, I think it is either $1200 or $1500 even when the ship is "at sea" I still got the tax form as I am a US citizen.)

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Each night in the dining room the beverage server walks thru the dining room with these little aluminum footed shot glasses with the "after dinner coctail of the day"- they will run you $6.95 each. Some of the "kids"- 20 somethings in my group wanted to collect the whole set as there is a different colored shot glass each evening. One fellow is not a big shot drinker but wanted the glasses. I told him to ask the waiter to sell him just the glass and he was happy to do so at $3 each. A nice souvenier. This also works with any of the drinks of the day as my SIL broke her glass one while washing it and was able to have it replaced (for free when she brought the broken glass back to the bar) and then purchased another one for a set even though it was from the previous days "drink of the day". Sodas for the kids can also be served with the upcharge of $2 for one of the blinking plastic pilsners served for yet another days "drink of the day".

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If you take a really good photo and want to duplicate it, just go to the web site on the back of the folder and enter the info requested to print a form allowing duplication at any photo shop (Wal Mart, etc.). This will be this years' Christmas card!

Always take your photo ID on shore. I lost my sea pass (along with a favorite pair of shorts) in St. Maarten but had no trouble passing security because I had my passport. Please, no questions about how the shorts were lost.

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You might just be the only one.;)

 

Not the only one by far. I would hate to have this feature pulled. It is nice to not have to carry cash with us to use in the casino...

RA

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If you take a really good photo and want to duplicate it, just go to the web site on the back of the folder and enter the info requested to print a form allowing duplication at any photo shop (Wal Mart, etc.). This will be this years' Christmas card!

Always take your photo ID on shore. I lost my sea pass (along with a favorite pair of shorts) in St. Maarten but had no trouble passing security because I had my passport. Please, no questions about how the shorts were lost.

 

So how did you lose your shorts then? ;)

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Is this really a fact or is it rumor/speculation?

 

All slot machines have a Random Number Generator (RNG) on them. This is a chip that is set by the manufacturer of the slot machine, as ordered by the client (in this case, cruise ship). What is affected is the payback percentage. On land, it is illegal and impossible for casinos to change, alter, mess with the RNG chip without the prior approval and on site witness of a State gaming official. (Indian casinos are exempt from this).

I do not know that shipboard casinos are able to alter the RNG, but I'm guessing not. Any of this information is available on the internet. Casino Player or Strictly Slots magazines publish this type of info all the time.

 

Hope this helps !

PS - I still gamble -- I love it - but its a HOBBY.

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