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    twangster got a reaction from rjac in Anthem Bermuda ???   
    Just be aware they sometime reverse to do maintenance like painting the hull or lowering life boats to run them.  There are no guarantees which side will be against the pier.
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    twangster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Show reservations needed for Voyager class?   
    Entertainment reservations are used on Oasis and Quantum class only.  On the mega ships the guests count far exceeds the capacity of the venues by a significant factor so reservations are used to manage the crowds. 
    On all other classes this isn't an issue so it's first come, first seated. 
    On Indy they did hand out tickets for the ice shows but that is the only non-OA/QU class use of tickets/reservations I've seen. 
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    twangster reacted to coneyraven in Recap: Grandeur 9 Night Bermuda & Bahamas August 2017   
    Here's a couple more awesome Grandeur Pictures..... The first of it coming into Nassau last year, the second was in the fog arriving back in Baltimore


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    twangster got a reaction from Todd W in drink package discounts   
    As far as cancel and repurchase I do that all the time.  In the cruise planner at the top is "Order History".  From you can cancel anything you previously purchased. 
    April is a good bit off.  I have a number of cruises booked and over Black Friday few of them dropped in price (drink package that is).  Follow @Matt on twitter or facebook as he usually posts when ever sales are happening. 
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    twangster got a reaction from Todd W in drink package discounts   
    I think the folks who set the drink packages prices have been testing the drink packages at work.  There is no consistency across the fleet or even for a particular ship. 
    I'm not sure if they have some sort of automated revenue management script that adjusts pricing on a per cruise basis based on sales or if someone is drunk or high on something and willy nilly adjusting prices.
    I expect a sale July 4th, then Labor Day.  Possibly some surprise sales in between.
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    twangster got a reaction from Orange Crush in RC CORP IT GENIUSES Strikes Again!   
    I'd love to see RCI adopt Celebrity's pick 2 or pick 4 marketing campaigns.  Hopefully with merging the two websites towards a common feel they don't Royalize the packages on Celebrity.
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    twangster got a reaction from henrysea13 in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    You can't always, but there are certain signs such as asking the concierge some very dumb question and taking 30 minutes of their time doing so that illustrates a complete lack of cruise history or applying some profiling techniques such as people in their 30s that are possibly pinnacle but unlikely. 
    Like the guy in his early 20s looking like something that just spent 6 nights on the streets of NY on a formal night in the Suite Lounge.  There is after all a dress code suggestion.  I'm guessing it wasn't a pinnacle doing their best impression of a barefoot homeless person while everyone else was at least wearing long pants (and shoes). 
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    twangster got a reaction from Boston Babe in RC CORP IT GENIUSES Strikes Again!   
    I'd love to see RCI adopt Celebrity's pick 2 or pick 4 marketing campaigns.  Hopefully with merging the two websites towards a common feel they don't Royalize the packages on Celebrity.
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    twangster got a reaction from henrysea13 in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    I'm not saying you haven't drop some coin, but so have Pinnacles over their years of loyalty.
    It is the same which is why RCI has the policy that they do - both of you are allowed in the Suite Lounge.  Diamond Plus are not as they haven't earned it. 
    If its that important to you maybe it's time to try MSC since they have a wall separating suite guests from non-suite guests.
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    twangster got a reaction from whitsmom in drink package discounts   
    As far as cancel and repurchase I do that all the time.  In the cruise planner at the top is "Order History".  From you can cancel anything you previously purchased. 
    April is a good bit off.  I have a number of cruises booked and over Black Friday few of them dropped in price (drink package that is).  Follow @Matt on twitter or facebook as he usually posts when ever sales are happening. 
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    twangster got a reaction from coneyraven in It's Official!!   
    Check out @tiny260 ! Nice round numbers 500/1000.
    Congrats on 1,000 posts

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    twangster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in It's Official!!   
    Check out @tiny260 ! Nice round numbers 500/1000.
    Congrats on 1,000 posts

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    twangster reacted to hayley_bopp in Independence CC Video   
    Just saw this video looking at the new features on RC's Facebook page  
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    twangster got a reaction from JLMoran in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    Quantum when in China has made the Solarium suite only. 
    Spectrum will supposedly take that up a notch with separate elevators for suites and more space dedicated to suites much like MSC has done on SeaSide.
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    twangster got a reaction from Lindsay in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    Quantum when in China has made the Solarium suite only. 
    Spectrum will supposedly take that up a notch with separate elevators for suites and more space dedicated to suites much like MSC has done on SeaSide.
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    twangster got a reaction from Lindsay in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    I'm not saying you haven't drop some coin, but so have Pinnacles over their years of loyalty.
    It is the same which is why RCI has the policy that they do - both of you are allowed in the Suite Lounge.  Diamond Plus are not as they haven't earned it. 
    If its that important to you maybe it's time to try MSC since they have a wall separating suite guests from non-suite guests.
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    twangster got a reaction from Lindsay in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    Its the same.  Casino rates mean you are not paying full suite rates.  Besides the casino operation is a 3rd party.  RCI just gets a cut. 
    The quickest path to Pinnacleness would be 50 cruises solo with an average 7 night duration.  Cruise as a couple and it's a hundred cruises.  A few times a year there are cheaper inside cabins but if you only sail during those times it would take 30-40 years to gain Pinnacleness.  In the real world the typical pinnacle has spent in excess of $100k each and many of them drop money in the casino too and on shore excursions and dining and beverages and so on.  They don't get free drinks like casino people do.
    Cheating you way into a suite lounge through the casino or earning it through years of money spent directly to Royal (not the casino operator) is the same thing. 
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    twangster got a reaction from Lindsay in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    I agree completely.   Generally speaking Pinnacles are (mostly) older people.  That's not to say there aren't younger pinnacles, but generally speaking they tend to look closer to retirement age and many of them love to wear that pin (and some do try to abuse it).  Most of them are the quiet older couple just enjoying each other's company in the corner.
    That mid 30s entitled couple with a toddler watching cartoons on an iPad at full volume so the parents can drink in the Suite Lounge? - I may be wrong but I'm guessing they weren't pinnacles. 
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    twangster got a reaction from Lindsay in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    You can't always, but there are certain signs such as asking the concierge some very dumb question and taking 30 minutes of their time doing so that illustrates a complete lack of cruise history or applying some profiling techniques such as people in their 30s that are possibly pinnacle but unlikely. 
    Like the guy in his early 20s looking like something that just spent 6 nights on the streets of NY on a formal night in the Suite Lounge.  There is after all a dress code suggestion.  I'm guessing it wasn't a pinnacle doing their best impression of a barefoot homeless person while everyone else was at least wearing long pants (and shoes). 
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    twangster got a reaction from Lindsay in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    No Live blog for you!

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    twangster got a reaction from Lindsay in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    I can't keep up this pace.  I really want 340 to get reduced single supplement.  With that achieved I can afford to cruise with Matt in peak season, plus take some more exotic cruises like Hawaii, Norway,  Transpacific, etc.  Right now those are too pricey when paying 200%.
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    twangster got a reaction from SpeedNoodles in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    I've seen plenty of annoying non-Pinnacle suite guests in the lounge.
    I swear if I ever make it to Pinnacle I'm not going to wear the badge but do things to annoy the entitled Pinnacles.  When they complain I'll whip out my SeaPass card like a trump card ?
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    twangster got a reaction from Lindsay in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    As am I, just what are you trying to say? ?
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    twangster got a reaction from JohnUK in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    I'm not saying you haven't drop some coin, but so have Pinnacles over their years of loyalty.
    It is the same which is why RCI has the policy that they do - both of you are allowed in the Suite Lounge.  Diamond Plus are not as they haven't earned it. 
    If its that important to you maybe it's time to try MSC since they have a wall separating suite guests from non-suite guests.
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    twangster got a reaction from SouthernYankee in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    I'm not saying you haven't drop some coin, but so have Pinnacles over their years of loyalty.
    It is the same which is why RCI has the policy that they do - both of you are allowed in the Suite Lounge.  Diamond Plus are not as they haven't earned it. 
    If its that important to you maybe it's time to try MSC since they have a wall separating suite guests from non-suite guests.
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