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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 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 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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    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 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 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 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 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 reacted to Shari3 in The 4 free drinks per day really change the math for the UBP if you are Diamond or above   
    I found having the refreshment package as well as the Diamond vouchers was perfect for me. 
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    twangster got a reaction from JSB_Z51 in Florida $5,000 fines to start September 16   
    If this is true and they pursue these undue fines against any cruise line, this makes Florida a key ally in the CDC's pursuit to shut down and kill and industry.  
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    twangster got a reaction from fishernrex in Lost my cabin due to social distancing. *cry*   
    The CDC doesn't understand the first thing about cruising.  In their minds everyone is in one big cabin sleeping on different bunks.  I think they saw a movie about a Navy ship with dozens crammed into a small space and that is what they think cruise ships are like.  
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    twangster got a reaction from PPPJJ-GCVAB in Shorts in MDR?   
    My shorts are hiking pants with zip on legs.  Shorts by day, long pants for the MDR then immediately back to shorts for the rest of the night.
    I fly with them too.  Planes can be cold but when you land in Florida I can't stand having long pants on while lugging my luggage around so I get off the plane and immediately remove my zip on legs.  
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    twangster got a reaction from CruisingOz in Samba Anyone?   
    Doh.  I was thinking Sabor.  
    Samba for me had a lot of salt in the meat.  
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    twangster got a reaction from CruisingOz in Samba Anyone?   
    Nice selection of margaritas.  It's okay.  I might visit on my next cruise only because they are getting rid of them as ships are refreshed.
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    twangster got a reaction from RWDW1204 in Florida $5,000 fines to start September 16   
    Slower.  Even the older lawyers can catch them.  
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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 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 IRMO12HD in Rough Seas   
    1 - Sleep well
    2- Sleep better
    3 - Sleep really well
    4 - Where is everyone?  Why is the bar half empty?
    5 - Yeehaw!  This is fun! 
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    twangster got a reaction from CruisingOz 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 CruisingOz in The 4 free drinks per day really change the math for the UBP if you are Diamond or above   
    You can save by being smart with your diamond vouchers.
    If you plan to have a beer at lunch and you know you'll have 4 or 5 cocktails/wine/frozen drinks later, beer is usually the cheapest drink you can order, so go ahead and buy that beer at lunch by telling them not to use a diamond drink.  Then you are free to use your diamond drinks for more expensive drinks later.
    Also, don't forget the beer/wine discount of 50% one time.  Use that for a paid beer and save a few bucks more.  
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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 PPPJJ-GCVAB 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 jack_c4321 in Testing for re-entry into Canada   
    I've contacted Royal for my next cruise and they are providing me a PCR test for Canada travel at 7:30am on day 7.
    Go to guest services once on board early in the cruise and arrange it.  
    Royal crew are from all over the world.  They deal with testing a lot just to get to the ship to work and to get home after their contract.  You are dealing with people who live and breath testing for international travel.  They know.  
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    twangster got a reaction from pcvchristine 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 JC Pats in Rough Seas   
    1 - Sleep well
    2- Sleep better
    3 - Sleep really well
    4 - Where is everyone?  Why is the bar half empty?
    5 - Yeehaw!  This is fun! 
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