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    twangster got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in 💥 U.S to Re-open Land Border with Canada in early November! 💥   
    Add  " and Canadians are heading to cruise ships" and the media will run it. 
    Anything with cruise ship in the title, related in even a minor way to the pandemic, will be front page.   
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    twangster got a reaction from IRMO12HD in Asking for help on easiest way to get Covid test on Saturday. My pharmacies are booked. TY   
    The Walgreen ID NOW test now includes a QR code option I haven't seen before.
    Results in under 2 hours today.
     
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    twangster got a reaction from MrMarc in The 4 free drinks per day really change the math for the UBP if you are Diamond or above   
    There is something liberating about having the DX/DBP. 
    Enjoying a special coffee like a latte in the morning, a few mimosa to start the day, a beer at lunch, a few bottles of water and you can consume your diamond vouchers before noon.  
    People often focus on the financial goal of "breaking even" when deciding about the package, but it is nice when on vacation to put it out of mind and just enjoy what you feel like living in the moment.  When i don't have the package it's always on my mind.  "Am I going to have two glasses of wine tonight?" Hmmm.  Better save a voucher even though I feel like a beer right now.  
    Even if you don't break even there is value not having it always on your mind and just living in the moment while on vacation.
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    twangster got a reaction from cruisellama in Lost my cabin due to social distancing. *cry*   
    Looks like 8644 is a J3 that can sleep 4.
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    twangster got a reaction from IRMO12HD in Lost my cabin due to social distancing. *cry*   
    We can all take turns camping out in the hall to see the celebrity they have put in your cabin.  🙂 
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    twangster got a reaction from Rene Desmarais in Windjammer Opens For Dinner - Freedom   
    On the Oct. 8, 2021 sailing we have 3,300 guests on board so the WJ is open for dinner!

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    twangster got a reaction from Chadster in My cruise is leaving without me, or it's Back to the Future   
    Please let us know if the onboard prices and percentage off figures matched up once you get back to our time.
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    twangster got a reaction from LifesEz in The 4 free drinks per day really change the math for the UBP if you are Diamond or above   
    There is something liberating about having the DX/DBP. 
    Enjoying a special coffee like a latte in the morning, a few mimosa to start the day, a beer at lunch, a few bottles of water and you can consume your diamond vouchers before noon.  
    People often focus on the financial goal of "breaking even" when deciding about the package, but it is nice when on vacation to put it out of mind and just enjoy what you feel like living in the moment.  When i don't have the package it's always on my mind.  "Am I going to have two glasses of wine tonight?" Hmmm.  Better save a voucher even though I feel like a beer right now.  
    Even if you don't break even there is value not having it always on your mind and just living in the moment while on vacation.
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    twangster got a reaction from LifesEz in The 4 free drinks per day really change the math for the UBP if you are Diamond or above   
    Adoption of the beverage package was just over 20% typically before the pandemic for a typical cruise.  Typically new to Royal were 50 - 60% of those on board a typical cruise.  Most C&A on board are gold.  The next biggest group is platinum followed by Emerald for a typical cruise.  The numbers of Diamond drink eligible cruisers isn't as big as you think relative to the non-Diamond eligible on board.  
    Diamond drinks used to suffice for a number of eligible guests.  Between buying a few during the day and drinking during happy hour a number of eligible guests never bought the drink package before.  I did for 30% of my cruises according to my spreadsheet.
    What's changed now?  A few more might not buy it now, but it won't be huge numbers relative to the bulk of guests who were the primary type of guests acquiring the drink package.  
    Plus, did you ever see the number of wine bottles they went through before each night on every ship in the fleet?  The old program was not free, it had a hefty cost to it.  They are probably saving money overall.  
    For those that get value out of the drink package most still will.  
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    twangster got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Suite Lounge   
    Bruichladdich so Islay.  
    "SUPER-HEAVILY PEATED ISLAY SINGLE MALT WHISKY"
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    twangster got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Lost my cabin due to social distancing. *cry*   
    We can all take turns camping out in the hall to see the celebrity they have put in your cabin.  🙂 
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    twangster got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Captain Kate new captain of Beyond   
    She is also clearing a lane and actively giving other woman an opportunity to take the helm and follow in her wake.  Not just leading by example, she has created momentum for them.
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    twangster got a reaction from RWDW1204 in The 4 free drinks per day really change the math for the UBP if you are Diamond or above   
    There is something liberating about having the DX/DBP. 
    Enjoying a special coffee like a latte in the morning, a few mimosa to start the day, a beer at lunch, a few bottles of water and you can consume your diamond vouchers before noon.  
    People often focus on the financial goal of "breaking even" when deciding about the package, but it is nice when on vacation to put it out of mind and just enjoy what you feel like living in the moment.  When i don't have the package it's always on my mind.  "Am I going to have two glasses of wine tonight?" Hmmm.  Better save a voucher even though I feel like a beer right now.  
    Even if you don't break even there is value not having it always on your mind and just living in the moment while on vacation.
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    twangster got a reaction from CrimsonCruiser in My cruise is leaving without me, or it's Back to the Future   
    Please let us know if the onboard prices and percentage off figures matched up once you get back to our time.
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    twangster got a reaction from cruisellama in Lost my cabin due to social distancing. *cry*   
    We can all take turns camping out in the hall to see the celebrity they have put in your cabin.  🙂 
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    twangster got a reaction from XtremeGK in covid in Eastern Caribbean    
    Recently when sailing from the US you would have been sailing from a country that the US would classify as level 4 if it rated itself.  
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    twangster got a reaction from HeWhoWaits in covid in Eastern Caribbean    
    Recently when sailing from the US you would have been sailing from a country that the US would classify as level 4 if it rated itself.  
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    twangster got a reaction from Shari3 in The 4 free drinks per day really change the math for the UBP if you are Diamond or above   
    There is something liberating about having the DX/DBP. 
    Enjoying a special coffee like a latte in the morning, a few mimosa to start the day, a beer at lunch, a few bottles of water and you can consume your diamond vouchers before noon.  
    People often focus on the financial goal of "breaking even" when deciding about the package, but it is nice when on vacation to put it out of mind and just enjoy what you feel like living in the moment.  When i don't have the package it's always on my mind.  "Am I going to have two glasses of wine tonight?" Hmmm.  Better save a voucher even though I feel like a beer right now.  
    Even if you don't break even there is value not having it always on your mind and just living in the moment while on vacation.
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    twangster got a reaction from Ampurp85 in Lost my cabin due to social distancing. *cry*   
    We can all take turns camping out in the hall to see the celebrity they have put in your cabin.  🙂 
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    twangster got a reaction from Jax in Lost my cabin due to social distancing. *cry*   
    We can all take turns camping out in the hall to see the celebrity they have put in your cabin.  🙂 
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    twangster got a reaction from cruisellama in Captain Kate new captain of Beyond   
    She is also clearing a lane and actively giving other woman an opportunity to take the helm and follow in her wake.  Not just leading by example, she has created momentum for them.
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    twangster reacted to AshleyDillo in The 4 free drinks per day really change the math for the UBP if you are Diamond or above   
    Not having it is better for my health and my wallet's health. I'm much less likely to sample excessively if I have to pay for it.
    Of course that's a personal thing due to my inability to moderate myself 😆
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    twangster got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Lost my cabin due to social distancing. *cry*   
    If you are bold enough to PM me the original cabin # I can ask my TA to look in their portal for the current designation.
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    twangster got a reaction from 27th Lady in covid in Eastern Caribbean    
    Recently when sailing from the US you would have been sailing from a country that the US would classify as level 4 if it rated itself.  
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    twangster reacted to WAAAYTOOO in The 4 free drinks per day really change the math for the UBP if you are Diamond or above   
    ^^This^^
    I do not drink much alcohol but I [almost] always get the DBP.  I like just knowing that IF I want something to drink (even if it is not alcohol), I can have it.  No questions asked.  No thinking twice about it.  Just do it.  If you don't finish it...oh well....leave it sitting on the table and get another, something-else in a little while.  I also like knowing that whatever expense I have for drinking is already paid and that I will not be surprised by a big bill at the end of the cruise (at least, not from drinks !!).  I am also a Coke snob and if I don't have the DBP or pay-as-I-go, I will get a fountain drink, which is wholly unacceptable to my refined palate.  (that's a joke...reference single malt Scotch and good wine, here).
    Does it make good fiscal sense ?  Almost never.  But I'm ok with that.
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