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  1. OP joined, posted this the very same minute, and then immediately logged out and hasn't been on since. Odd behavior for a topic that generates such passion in people, don't you think? Perhaps a good idea to give this topic a rest until he returns. If you get what I'm saying 😎
  2. A lot of times you will get an international satellite feed for sports not on ESPN. The quality might not be full HD but you will likely have it. We watched part of the PAC-12 football championship in our room (wanted to see who the Big 10 would play in the Rose Bowl) and that was on Fox domestically.
  3. If you want to do a live blog, especially with pictures, you are going to need VOOM. You don't have any guarantee you will find fast wifi for free on land and really do you want to spend the time looking for that? An alternative would be to write things up as you go and then just upload after you get home. But no, there is no free wifi on the ship, not even for the crew.
  4. You buy it for the duration and by the night, which is what your cruise is sold as anyway. You can purchase it on the ship after a day or two and save those days, but since you will almost certainly find it at a discount online before the cruise you will rarely save money by skipping a day or two on the ship and buying at full price (exception is if you are Diamond level and get a discount when purchasing onboard). Don't look at it as days or anything else, just calculate your total cost for the package. Then figure out whether you would get any other package if you don't get the Deluxe package and deduct the cost of that (example: if I don't get the Deluxe then I would get the Soda, so I would figure out how much more I'm spending and use that figure in the next part). Then figure out if you would get enough alcoholic beverages/premium coffee/fresh squeezed OJ/bottled water, etc over your entire cruise to make that worth it. Typically it comes out to 3-4 mixed drinks with nothing else, but beer is usually cheaper than that but then also non-alcoholic drinks do add up. For my wife and I on any given day we would often get enough OJ, coffee, and bottled water alone to make it nearly worth it, and then enough alcoholic drinks to also make it worth it by themselves. So for us on a 5-day cruise without the child it was no question a good purchase. That said, on a longer cruise drink fatigue is a real consideration. As is a port extensive itinerary (sea days and private island visits are catch-up days). For me having our child with us would decrease the drinking a bit at least, so something to consider. Start with the most basic math and figure out how many drinks over the entire cruise would make the package "worth it" and go from there. The fixed cost and the ability to try new things without paying extra is also worth something to many people, so even if you don't know if you will come out ahead you might find it worthwhile in other ways. Finally, you can get plenty of use out of the package on embarkation day and I got a coffee on debarkation day morning. If you want to get a dozen coffees before going through customs you can, but they might wonder why you seem so nervous and pick you for enhanced screening 😲
  5. I have to admit to that being one of the things that really gets to me. When someone's first post is just to complain about something it makes me wonder why. Why go to the trouble? When someone joins the day of and posts I can somewhat understand there is still fresh passion and anger, but still, it is not productive. Worse though is when you see someone has been on a forum for a long time but only post when there is something for them to complain about. In all those years they never had a question, never had anything to contribute, never even a "thanks for sharing that" to someone. The moment they feel slighted though, the moment they have something negative to say, that is when the posts get made. It's especially disappointing when their problem is one that could have been solved by reading or asking something on the very forum they are now throwing out "shame on [company]" and looking for sympathy. But the irony of me complaining about others complaining is not lost on me, so I will leave it at that. I have had plenty of disagreements (some a bit heated) with people on this forum but I have a lot of respect for everyone that contributes their knowledge. My first cruise on Royal went very smoothly thanks to the information I soaked in from everyone here, so I owe a lot to everyone who takes the time to share.
  6. Yeah, I hear it gets pretty critical elsewhere 😁 Reminds me of a certain Disney related forum which will remain nameless. Great information to be found there, but it gets just so negative at times that I can't stand being on it. I understand though, people spend a lot of money on a vacation they want (expect?) everything to be perfect. I like to look at it another way though: I spend a lot of money on a vacation so I'm gonna have a good time if it kills me! Like I told one of the bartenders on our recent Indy cruise when we were talking about Coco Cay and the weather, "Well, if we miss it I will be disappointed, but I will just have to have a great extra sea day on the ship!" Luckily we didn't miss it, but I was prepared to have a good time regardless. And thanks to @Matt and this entire forum I knew to order a Coco Loco at the bar and I must say that me and my entire group were thankful for that knowledge. I have a friend carefully experimenting to recreate the exact recipe, he was so enamored with it.
  7. Just because I wanted to look it up, if it were solid gold then it would be worth (as of today, March 2nd) $310 million dollars. That would be $60 million more than the cost of the entire terminal. Now, who wants to script the heist film? If we make it a sequel to "Like Father" we can probably get a good chunk of the budget from Royal.
  8. Sadly some people take great pride in their misunderstanding of a pretty common term. It has nothing to do with a cork and was not invented by RCCL. https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/charge-corkage-fee Whether it is charged is pretty hit and miss, but the fact is that they can charge you if you drink it outside of your stateroom. Technically if you open it in your stateroom, pour it in your stateroom, and then take the glass in to the hallway you are subject to the corkage fee (though in that particular scenario I give it about 0% chance a crew member will call you on it). If someone tries telling you that already opened bottles or bottles with a twist-off don't count then they are just making up their own stories in their head and expecting reality to conform to them.
  9. If your balcony is facing land then you have a decent chance, but certainly no guarantee. Depending on how far out to sea you are it might also be a pain to get reception and keep it for very long. Advertisers don't sell to fish so transmitters are positioned to to cover as much land as possible, not so much the ocean.
  10. First, welcome to the forum! On the list of prohibited items are ham radios and baby monitors. While FRS radios are strictly speaking neither of those things the people inspecting bags are given pretty broad latitude to confiscate items that are similar to prohibited items. Even if you get them on the ship security can take them away if they decide it is a problem. I would go with a different plan.
  11. For someone replying to your theory with their experience in why it is probably not the case? Really?
  12. Giving your luggage to a porter is less risky than checking it on to an airplane. Since there will only be one ship at the specific terminal there is virtually zero chance of it finding its way on to another ship, as opposed to it ending up on the wrong plane at an airport with dozens of flights leaving every hour. While being able to speak the local language is never a bad thing porters are just putting the luggage on the carts and pointing you towards the check-in area. That said, there are some standard tips: important medication and anything you need for the rest of the day in your carry-on. Errors happen but those are typically of the "luggage ended up at the wrong room so will be a couple hours late" variety. I second Twangster on the luggage tag holders, they will hold up to most anything your luggage might endure. Welcome to the forum and I hope you enjoy your cruise!
  13. I'm personally in team "passport on ship, other ID in port". There are ways to contact RCCL's port agent and have them leave your passport with the port authority if something happens and you are going to miss the ship. It might seem to go against my firm "don't cruise without a passport" stance, but given the possibility of being mugged at any location (also a low chance, all things considered) I would rather not be carrying my passport around. There should be little to no reason to carry it on Coco Cay, it is RCCL's private island. On Nassau, it's just personal opinion. The truth is that thousands of people visit that island every day and many don't even have a passport and get back on the ship in time with no issues whatsoever. The odds of missing the ship, if you are being proactive and staying aware of the time, are low. The odds of missing the ship and having no way of contacting the port agent in this day of cell phones is almost zero. I personally consider the odds of taking the passport on land and having it stolen/damaged/lost to be considerably higher. So anyway, whatever you do with it I hope you have a good cruise. Welcome to the forum!
  14. The actions taken are not troll-like to me. The OP logged in a few hours after posting and saw many of the responses. Most likely they were hoping to see a mob ready to take it to Royal over this situation. When they saw the pitchforks pointed in a much different direction there were 3 options to make: 1, admit emotions were (understandably) at play and maybe they were not entirely right in their assessment of the situation, 2, double down and start arguing, or 3, disappear. Trolls would pick #2 and keep the fun going. Most people pick #3. Then the thread dies, unless someone decides to dredge it up. Why anybody would want their question attached to this kind of topic instead of just starting their own is beyond me.
  15. People get it confused all the time, it's not the Jones Act (Merchant Marine Act of 1920), it is the PVSA (Passenger Vessel Services Act of 1886) that prohibits foreign flagged ships from doing closed-loop voyages that do not visit a foreign port. While the Jones Act might get some waiver to increase commerce, it is unlikely the PVSA would fall under that as there is nothing to really gain by loosening it. We can blame the Cleveland administration all we want, but RCCL is completely capable of flagging a ship in the US to do Hawaiian cruises. They choose not to pay the associated taxes and hire and pay the people they would be required to with a US flagged ship. I'm not saying they are wrong to not want to do that, I really like the international crew on most cruise ships, but they are just as capable of doing it as NCL is. NCL just chose to do it, neither RCCL nor anybody else has at this time. Welcome to the forum!
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