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    Pooch got a reaction from jbrinkm in Can I hole punch seapass on Harmony of the seas   
    Yes but then the Supreme Court would strike it down and half the states would ban women’s pockets.
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    Pooch got a reaction from jbrinkm in Can I hole punch seapass on Harmony of the seas   
    Pockets are frequently lacking in womenswear.
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    Pooch reacted to Riley in Auto gratuities   
    Well, this is a spicy thread.
    Under the "you do you" theory, I enjoy tipping a little extra, especially on my drink vouchers. Being generous to hard-working servers is a result of MY many years' hard work, including at every possible restaurant and bar job ever invented. 
    Is it an extra perk that by Day 3 my double pour at the Schooner Bar is closer to a quadruple? That the last time the Dearly Beloved asked for a shot of Bailey's as a nightcap she ended up with about a third of the bottle? Sure... but I tip because I enjoy doing so, and because I remember how much an extra $1 would sometimes save my night... 
     
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    Pooch reacted to JBC in Auto gratuities   
    I'll start off by saying I always auto pay my gratuities, I just consider it part of the cruise fare.  I would never have them removed.  Then I will tip extra cash to the wait staff, room attendant, bartenders as I go, blah blah.  I've never really had bad service on a cruise.  However, tipping culture and expectations have gotten way out of hand in the US.  I get waiters and waitresses, they have to be tipped.  With inflation driving up the cost of your average restaurant tab though, along with 20% being the new minimum tip, most servers are doing just fine. They are making no where near the minimum wage.  So we need to dispel the myth that anyone working as a waiter or waitress is barely making ends meet because of their job.  That said, we need to go back to tipping being for a service provided that exceeds expectations.  The Dunkin Donuts worker handing me coffee at the drive thru window doesn't need to be tipped.  They really can't exceed the expected service level.  Same goes for the majority of other positions that now have tip jars and gratuity options on payment screens.  Another cruise related one is luggage porters, I throw them a few bucks mostly because I feel like I am supposed to, and so they don't "accidentally" leave my bag off the cart because I didn't tip them. But in reality, them taking my bags from me and putting them on a cart to take to the ship is their only job. There is nothing they can really do to exceed that expected service level.  So I kind of feel like I shouldn't have to tip for that, even though I do.  At the end of the day though, I won't let an extra $50 or $100 in tips negatively affect my $10,000 vacation.         
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    Pooch reacted to smokeybandit in Auto gratuities   
    Make it a service fee that's baked into the cruise fare and be done with it.
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    Pooch reacted to BennyandBo in Auto gratuities   
    Yes, we should all do this. It's Royal Caribbeans way to help it's customers save some money. Now you know. Thank you so very much for asking.
    (Sarcasm for starting this in the first place) I wasn't serious.
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    Pooch got a reaction from The Fox in Can I hole punch seapass on Harmony of the seas   
    Yes but then the Supreme Court would strike it down and half the states would ban women’s pockets.
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    Pooch got a reaction from HeWhoWaits in Late night and young kids at adventure ocean   
    Then you should plan to pick said child up around 9.
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    Pooch got a reaction from ScottD in Can I hole punch seapass on Harmony of the seas   
    Or just use the darn lanyard
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    Pooch got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Adding a person to your room   
    Call and ask (or call your TA).  They can check what the potential outcome might be and then you can decide.  We had a JR suite for 3 on our last cruise & our daughter could not get the time off.  I emailed my TA and she was able to remove her without having to move us or reprice the room.  AND her deposit was applied to our balance.  Now that was the best of all outcomes & might not happen all the time but it’s worth asking them to check.
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    Pooch reacted to twangster in Food: 30,000 Meals p/d and $1M budget p/w   
    "Excuse me, that coupon has a limit of 5.  You'll need to put the other 495 back". 
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    Pooch got a reaction from Neesa in My time dining ruined?   
    At home I don’t have to pull myself away from the comfy lounge chair in the solarium and take a shower before dinner.  If our dining time is 5:30, I have to get my butt moving by 4ish which is too early.  With a 6:45 reservation, I can hang out til closer to 5:30.
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    Pooch got a reaction from DDaley in My time dining ruined?   
    At home I don’t have to pull myself away from the comfy lounge chair in the solarium and take a shower before dinner.  If our dining time is 5:30, I have to get my butt moving by 4ish which is too early.  With a 6:45 reservation, I can hang out til closer to 5:30.
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    Pooch got a reaction from rjweber3 in My time dining ruined?   
    At home I don’t have to pull myself away from the comfy lounge chair in the solarium and take a shower before dinner.  If our dining time is 5:30, I have to get my butt moving by 4ish which is too early.  With a 6:45 reservation, I can hang out til closer to 5:30.
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    Pooch got a reaction from rjweber3 in My time dining ruined?   
    I guess the Royal restaurant gods like me.  2 cruises last year with MTD scheduled for 6:45 each night.  Escorted/walked right to our same table ever night with no wait.  Ok 1 night we took a 10 minute stroll around the promenade.  Have the same schedule for Harmony in May.  I don’t know why my experience has been so different.
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    Pooch got a reaction from Srp431 in Issue Unresolved - RC Customer Service...Bad   
    I like the upgraded cabin idea.  Try a balcony!  AC issues or not, interior rooms feel like caves to me.  I need sunlight & fresh air!  If the room is too warm, the balcony will be more comfortable than sleeping in the Centrum!!!
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    Pooch got a reaction from FireFishII in Email Addy for CD - Ana Ribiero?   
    Yet another reminder of how old I am!
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    Pooch reacted to fireclan in No baby monitors allowed?   
    Is this your first baby? You'll probably hear every peep even on the balcony. I generally didn't start ignoring mine until the third or fourth came along...
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    Pooch reacted to Mark_A in C&A Lapel Pins   
    I am Diamond and have never gotten any pins....
    Not sure what I would actually do with them though...
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    Pooch got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Email Addy for CD - Ana Ribiero?   
    Yet another reminder of how old I am!
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    Pooch got a reaction from FireFishII in Cruising for loyalty points with C&A   
    We sucked it up and took an 8 night ABC cruise in October to get to Diamond.  2 cruises, 15 nights total in suites during Covid double points promotion = 60 points, gold to Diamond in 2 cruises.
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    Pooch got a reaction from jbrinkm in Cruising for loyalty points with C&A   
    We sucked it up and took an 8 night ABC cruise in October to get to Diamond.  2 cruises, 15 nights total in suites during Covid double points promotion = 60 points, gold to Diamond in 2 cruises.
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    Pooch got a reaction from sleepy425 in Royal King vs Queen Bed Size   
    I don’t think he cared!
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    Pooch got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Royal King vs Queen Bed Size   
    Not sure but a 10 year old grandson fit pretty comfortably between his grandparents on Mariner !😄😄
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    Pooch reacted to sleepy425 in Royal King vs Queen Bed Size   
    The 10 year old was comfy, but were the grandparents😜
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