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There's some great information here. I still have many pages to read. Thanks to all the people that contributed to this wonderful thread.

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If you pre-order your wine and have it delievered to your stateroom or cabin you don't have to pay the gratuity for the purchase. Just bring your reciept/gift card to show it was purchased thru RCI so you don't have to pay a corkage fee. We also tip our waiter extra so he doesn't lose out per se...

 

I've pre-ordered a wine & dine package (which lets you get a certain number of bottles in the dining room only). Can you clarify what you mean by having it delivered to the stateroom instead? Do you mean purchasing off the individual wine bottle list and not a wine package? Since the wine was delivered to your room, you just walk your bottle into the dining room? I'd love to save the 15% gratuity fee, because I want to purchase wine for my December cruise..

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Those lanyards are adorable, I'm going to buy one for all the girls in my party, looks more like jewelry than a lanyard!

I purchased a pretty beaded lanyard for my Mom in a shop on Majesty of the Seas in May. It has just enough room for your seapass and maybe some cash. Maybe they'll have them on VOS in September!

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At 3:16am on the third Thursday of the month, seals can be seen on Flow-Rider. They are humble creatures and don't like to show-off.

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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.

 

If you are staying in a suite, ask the Conceirge to put you down for a bridge tour (make sure you ask early). This is how we got one on our last cruise in May. They had numerous tours on the last day at sea.

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At 3:16am on the third Thursday of the month, seals can be seen on Flow-Rider. They are humble creatures and don't like to show-off.

 

:D LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

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Oh, and each morning they like to butter the underside of the elevators. No one knows why, but it doesn't seem to have caused any problems and they don't want to take any chances by stopping.

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Have been on 6 cruises and have never spent a dime in the Casino. On our first cruise, not that long ago,(Nov '06) it was the purser who sent us to the Casino to get cash.

 

I agree, it is good advice, didn't know it was a secret though.

I've known about the ATM secret and we are the same...we don't play in the casino. The machines are way too tight to the point you hear Washington scream everytime you drop a quarter in.

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The biggest secret today is that you can no longer get cash free from the casino. It appears that too many people got money they didn't use in the casino but got the money to increase their points on the RCI credit card. (That is even mentioned on this thread.) So, all of us who really did use the money for the casino are now paying for those who bragged, boasted, etc.

 

( I am not saying those who posted on here boasted about it, but there is one particular man who got his $2k a day so he could get the points and felt that RCI made it available so it's their problem.)

 

There are so many posts on here that are great. I never think to ask for something not on the menu, but I think I just might do it. My husband eats very little, so maybe something from the children's menu might do it for him. I know my dad asks for shrimp cocktail every night, and my brother-in-law asks for escargot to be served more than once.

 

Thanks for all the tips.

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If you are staying in a suite, ask the Conceirge to put you down for a bridge tour (make sure you ask early). This is how we got one on our last cruise in May. They had numerous tours on the last day at sea.

Any Suite? I am in a JS in next year in Alaska?

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Any Suite? I am in a JS in next year in Alaska?

 

No, only GS and above. They don't consider JS suites, just glorified balconies.

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FYI-We were told in June on our Alaska cruisetour that RCI has suspended bridge tours because of security concerns. The Radiance held a talk with the Captain instead and showed videos from the bridge.

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FYI-We were told in June on our Alaska cruisetour that RCI has suspended bridge tours because of security concerns. The Radiance held a talk with the Captain instead and showed videos from the bridge.

Here is another secret, but have not confirmed it yet. Corner Aft JS are aparently covetted. I will find out on our Alaska 09 cruise just why.

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Here is another secret, but have not confirmed it yet. Corner Aft JS are aparently covetted. I will find out on our Alaska 09 cruise just why.

 

because the balcony is bigger and the views are incredible

 

We were second from the corner in a D1 AFT and loved it

 

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Here's an unknown tidbit. Sometimes the performers are lip-syncing. On our last cruise we took the 'behind the scenes' tour and the sound guy said that if the singer is having some voice problem, like maybe a cold, they will substitute a recorded version and the performer will not need to actually sing. They also do this with some of the instruments in the band. If they are missing, let's say a saxophone player, they can insert a recorded saxophone into the audio. I was quite impressed at how advanced these performances are technically. I guess they are just making sure that the show must go on.

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Our last cruise was a back 2 back. On the evening before the last day of our first leg of the cruise, they announced specials in the liquor store and that you could simply take your purchase back to your room with you. We stocked our cabin for the second week. It was great. That can't be considered breaking the rules since they gave it to me. Just a loop hole.

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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, if you won't tell us how the shorts were lost, will you tell us how you made it back to your room without any shorts on? :D

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So, if you won't tell us how the shorts were lost, will you tell us how you made it back to your room without any shorts on? :D

 

Must of been gambling on shore.:eek: :D

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We split a bingo jackpot of over $1200.00, the next year we won a free 7 day cruise at bingo, the next year we won $5500.00 bingo jackpot. We never play except for the snowball. We also won a $800.00 slot jackpot on the 2nd pull, and have never played again (figure we have won our wad there).

 

When we got cash at the casino cashier on our seapass in May there was a 3% fee.

 

Call all employees by name when thanking them and you might get special service, or at least a big smile.

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Our last cruise was a back 2 back. On the evening before the last day of our first leg of the cruise, they announced specials in the liquor store and that you could simply take your purchase back to your room with you. We stocked our cabin for the second week. It was great. That can't be considered breaking the rules since they gave it to me. Just a loop hole.

 

Pretty expensive way to get liquor in your cabin!!:D ;)

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They've never given me a lanyard on RC....only on Carnival. :( (They might have them in the gift shops though).

We just asked for lanyards (the stretchy kind with a key ring on it) at casino cage area. We did this as soon as saw someone in cage area, perhaps they ran out?

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Someone does win at bingo. I was the winner of the $12,000 final pot, then before it closed 2 others yelled bingo. We each were paid $4000 on the spot.

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When we got cash at the casino cashier on our seapass in May there was a 3% fee.

Uh Oh......Is this new? We got cash in April with no fee, but we only took out around $300. Is the fee for a certain amount and above?

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Some things I have learned:

 

 

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.

 

:) :)

actually it is 30 days from when you book your cruise with the next cruise & it is only for the cruise you book

 

Has anyone ever received a bridge tour on RCCL?

 

we just got one last week in Alaska--D+ perk & it lasted about an hour

 

Uh Oh......Is this new? We got cash in April with no fee, but we only took out around $300. Is the fee for a certain amount and above?

 

was charged 3% last week on Rhapsody & don't hthink the amount had anything to do with it because I only got $50.00

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