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    twangster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Independence CC Video   
    Deck Four - where the photo shop used to be.

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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 Jay in Drink Package Question - Bottled Water   
    Welcome to the message boards!
    There is a blog about drink prices here:
    https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/royal-caribbean-drink-prices
    Figure five or six alcoholic drinks per day to break even.  How much each of us drinks varies.  Sometimes there is value in a drink package and for others not as much. 
    See also this blog post:
    https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2018/01/08/answers-common-royal-caribbean-unlimited-alcohol-package-questions
    and
    https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2017/10/24/8-awesome-reasons-buy-royal-caribbeans-unlimited-alcohol-package
     
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    twangster got a reaction from MikeK in Oasis of the Seas May 20-27   
    I've yet to experience rude or bad crew on any RCI cruise.  I've often wondered how people come to this conclusion.  An unrealistic expectation?  Not really sure.
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    twangster got a reaction from Wilson in Royal Caribbean Incentives Website - FAQ and more   
    I saw this posted in a FB group.  Good FAQ section:
    http://www.royalcaribbeanincentives.com/general-cruise-faqs/
    The site appears to be geared around event planning, such as hosting an event on a ship or even chartering the entire ship.
    Decent fleet guide with downloadable PDFs. :
    http://www.royalcaribbeanincentives.com/ships/
    Have you ever wonder how much it costs to charter an entire ship?  I have.  Interesting.  Anyone have $11M surplus cash to charter Oasis for a week?  If so you and 6,000 of your closest friends can sail in style.

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    twangster got a reaction from Sweety in Recap: Grandeur 9 Night Bermuda & Bahamas August 2017   
    Putting on my "I own the cruise line for day" hat on for the moment...
    I made a point of booking some of the older ships this year and even planned a glass block for Empress.  Why?  I am speculating that there is interest in getting them out of the fleet so I want to sail them while I can.  That is purely speculation on my part, I have no hard facts or inside knowledge to back that up nor can I predict a timeline for my speculation. 
    The dilemma RCI faces is trying to find a buyer that won't turn around and offer dirt cheap Bahamas cruises impacting their strategy to Wow! the short cruise market with Mariner, Navigator, Indy and the Perfect Day at Cococay strategy.   
    Vision class ships are like owning an older car.  It's likely paid off, you don't have a monthly car payment, insurance is cheap but its not as efficient as a new car, lacks some new features and maintenance costs can start to add up.  You might want to sell it off but it runs great and does its job quite handily.  There is a small market for selling older used cars and they don't fetch very good prices. 
    Throw all those factors into a bucket and if the right opportunity comes along, they would be hard pressed to keep them - in my SWAG of an opinion.
    Will they still be here 10 years from now?  I strongly doubt it.
    Will they still be here 5 years from now?  I doubt it.
    Will they still be here 2 years from now? - I just don't know.
     
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    twangster got a reaction from ellcee in Royal Caribbean Incentives Website - FAQ and more   
    I saw this posted in a FB group.  Good FAQ section:
    http://www.royalcaribbeanincentives.com/general-cruise-faqs/
    The site appears to be geared around event planning, such as hosting an event on a ship or even chartering the entire ship.
    Decent fleet guide with downloadable PDFs. :
    http://www.royalcaribbeanincentives.com/ships/
    Have you ever wonder how much it costs to charter an entire ship?  I have.  Interesting.  Anyone have $11M surplus cash to charter Oasis for a week?  If so you and 6,000 of your closest friends can sail in style.

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    twangster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Help me choose a room....please ☺️   
    Mariner and Navigator are different. 
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    twangster got a reaction from hayley_bopp in Royal Caribbean Incentives Website - FAQ and more   
    I saw this posted in a FB group.  Good FAQ section:
    http://www.royalcaribbeanincentives.com/general-cruise-faqs/
    The site appears to be geared around event planning, such as hosting an event on a ship or even chartering the entire ship.
    Decent fleet guide with downloadable PDFs. :
    http://www.royalcaribbeanincentives.com/ships/
    Have you ever wonder how much it costs to charter an entire ship?  I have.  Interesting.  Anyone have $11M surplus cash to charter Oasis for a week?  If so you and 6,000 of your closest friends can sail in style.

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    twangster got a reaction from Sweety in Help me choose a room....please ☺️   
    I try to avoid hotel stays between ships, they are expensive when you add meals and such.  Makes you appreciate what great value cruising is. 
    Besides my dog is threatening divorce if I book much more.
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    twangster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Royal Caribbean Incentives Website - FAQ and more   
    I saw this posted in a FB group.  Good FAQ section:
    http://www.royalcaribbeanincentives.com/general-cruise-faqs/
    The site appears to be geared around event planning, such as hosting an event on a ship or even chartering the entire ship.
    Decent fleet guide with downloadable PDFs. :
    http://www.royalcaribbeanincentives.com/ships/
    Have you ever wonder how much it costs to charter an entire ship?  I have.  Interesting.  Anyone have $11M surplus cash to charter Oasis for a week?  If so you and 6,000 of your closest friends can sail in style.

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    twangster got a reaction from Boston Babe in Recap: Grandeur 9 Night Bermuda & Bahamas August 2017   
    No worries, it happens.  I'm guilty of it too.
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    twangster reacted to Boston Babe in Recap: Grandeur 9 Night Bermuda & Bahamas August 2017   
    Non-refundable!! LOL Now that we've hijacked @twangster blog! LOL  Sorry!!!
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    twangster got a reaction from ellcee in Help me choose a room....please ☺️   
    I try to avoid hotel stays between ships, they are expensive when you add meals and such.  Makes you appreciate what great value cruising is. 
    Besides my dog is threatening divorce if I book much more.
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    twangster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Help me choose a room....please ☺️   
    I try to avoid hotel stays between ships, they are expensive when you add meals and such.  Makes you appreciate what great value cruising is. 
    Besides my dog is threatening divorce if I book much more.
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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 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 janza in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    Given the number of Pinnacle on most cruises, that isn't really a concern.
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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 JLMoran in Help me choose a room....please ☺️   
    Is that a BOLO?  or BYOLO?
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    twangster reacted to hayley_bopp in Recap: Grandeur 9 Night Bermuda & Bahamas August 2017   
    I think you owe it to us really! ?
     
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    twangster got a reaction from hayley_bopp in Recap: Grandeur 9 Night Bermuda & Bahamas August 2017   
    Day 6 - Nassau
    On this occasion we joined a few other cruise lines in Nassau where we docked right beside the terminal.

    A partial Solarium roof opening to let some heat out and sun in.

    I have to admit I have somewhat avoided Nassau and booked cruises around it for years.  My last stop was in 2002(ish).  A lot has changed and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.   I walked over to the Queen's Staircase and boy was it hot.  I came back to the ship to enjoy an ice cold beer and jump in the pool. 
    Our departure was set for midnight so I had an early dinner in the My Time MDR as I prepared for the sun setting and golden hour.




    With our departure set for after dark I wandered back onto the pier for some more night shots of the ship.


    At some point around 8pm if I recall correctly they opened the casino on board.  They explained they have an agreement with the Bahamas that when they close their casinos for the night ships can open their casinos.  It's one of the few times the casino is open while in port.  At midnight we set sail at a leisurely pace towards our next stop, Cococay.
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    twangster got a reaction from Rose City Cruiser in Johnny Rockets Pricing on Allure   
    In my experience the Royal Burger through room service is much better than JR which is pretty much a WJ burger with a sauce they don't have in the WJ.
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    twangster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Help me choose a room....please ☺️   
    I'd say that's really hard to judge because the sea conditions on each were so different. 
    Looking at OA class in an L1 you are high and well aft of center.  On Allure I felt some minor motion on deck 18 (bedroom).  It didn't bother me but I heard some people mention it.  The point is - it would seem a loft on OA has potential for some motion but would that stop you from booking one? 
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    twangster got a reaction from Matt in Help me choose a room....please ☺️   
    Is that a BOLO?  or BYOLO?
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