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  1. 4 hours ago, Coinich said:

    Great info on MDR.

    Can I add to this by asking - does anyone know if Izumi, Jamies, or Chops has a Vegan menu option?   (Sailing on Mariner in April)  And how is the Windjammer situated for vegan diners?

    I would like to add our experience when ordering vegan in the MDR. The first night was slow, but the food was delicious. Before we left, we were presented with the next evening's menu and were asked to select our options. Selecting the next evening's options continued each night of our cruise. Also, our food continued to not be in sync with the non-vegan meals, but it wasn't a big deal for our group.

    I have not seen any vegan menu's outside of the MDR. For Izumi, we were able to enjoy edamame as an appetizer and the chef prepared vegetable sushi for us. It was not on the menu, but he seemed familiar with the request. For Jamie's, they offer a limited amount of vegetarian items that we were able to customize to our taste. Honestly, I would not recommend Chops. We went there for lunch (had The Key) and they were unable to provide us anything outside of a couple of sides. It is a steakhouse so I'm not surprised.

    We like eating in the Windjammer as they do have a variety of items available. Not everything is clearly labeled or even labeled correctly so if you are in doubt, ask one of the chefs and they are happy to provide guidance on your options. If you want a veggie patty, just ask at the burger station. If they have them available, they will cook them fresh upon request.

  2. 17 hours ago, SteveinSC said:

    Before I see the remarks....yes, were doing exactly what everyone says NOT to do, and we booked one interior room for my family of 4. Im curious what the room configuration will be? Im guessing my wife and I will be separated under each "bunk" bed for our boys? Anyone have experience with this?  

    We did an interior stateroom earlier this year on Mariner with two young kids and we had the pullman beds. When we entered the room, our beds were together making a queen bed. After the first night, we decided the room was too cramped so we asked for our bed to be split up under the pullman beds. We feel this gave us much more space in the room. Talk to your stateroom attendant to see which option is best for you and your family.

    Also, my youngest was 5 at the time and the stateroom attendant was able to provide a wooden railing that was much taller then the built-in railing. He said he grabbed the last one so I'm not sure how many (if any) will be available on your sailing. If you are interested, be sure to ask the first change you see your stateroom attendant.

  3. 4 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

    There is a website (but I can never remember what it is !!!) where you can go and see if you are eligible to bid on an upgrade (hopefully someone else will chime in and provide that website) but from what I have heard and read, you are not permitted to bid unless you have received the RoyalUp email.

    Here's the link for the Royal Up website: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/experience/cruise-room-upgrade

  4. On 4/28/2019 at 12:21 PM, Mel40 said:

    Other than 2 bottles of wine, are you allowed to take a case of water bottles or can of soda on board on embarkment day?

    Hi Mel40, you are allowed to bring up to 12 non-alcoholic beverages per stateroom in the form of standard (17 oz) cans, bottles or cartons.


  5. 2 hours ago, monctonguy said:

    Ok...so the 30 day window is the key part to all of this...which should work out in my case as our cruise is Nov 17-24 and she will be picking her vacation around Dec 10th....so in that perfect scenario...we should be able to change dates or ship if need be....and not lose the deposit or the OBC?


    I just want to make sure I have it straight and don't end up doing something I regret or cost me more in the end....since they changed it to 2 different deposit plans..its hard to keep all the options straight..

    Last year, we booked a cruise and received $100 OBC (balcony) for booking through NextCruise plus $100 OBC from the promotion Royal was running at the time. Once we got home, we realized we could save money by moving the date to a different month.

    We were told we could keep the extra OBC offered by NextCruise and deposit as long as we kept the same room type (i.e balcony in our case) and we made the change within 30 days of booking. We could have lost the $100 OBC from the promotion Royal was running when we booked but we were also able to keep this too since the promotion was still going on.

    You are making the change in different months, so be prepared to lose or gain OBC depending on the promotion Royal is running at the time you book versus when you modify the booking.

    For example, a different cruise we booked through NextCruise was recently repriced for the Kids Sale Free promotion. We had $100 OBC for booking a balcony through Next Cruise plus $175 OBC for the promotion Royal was running at the time.

    The Kids Sale Free promotion did not include any OBC so we could only keep the $100 OBC you get for booking a balcony with NextCruise. We were okay loosing the other OBC from the prior promotion because we saved over $800 with the Kids Sale Free promotion.

    Hope this helps.

  6. 53 minutes ago, WannaCruise said:

    This may be a silly question as it depends on when you booked and what.  But for those that currently have bookings, do you find you still get price drops?

    I currently have three cruises booked and none of them have had a price drop since I booked them. In fact, my Mariner cruise has rose to three times higher then what I paid but has since dropped to only 2.5 times more.

    I have repriced cruises in the past but agree with you that prices seem to only be going up recently (at least for the sailings I have booked).

  7. On 2/13/2019 at 2:47 PM, spiralqueen said:

    I'd love to hear your thoughts on The Key on a Vision class ship when you get back. I have it for Allure in May and I have a feeling it will be an excellent value. I'm a bit more unsure about the use of getting it for our November Grandeur sailing though. 

    We just returned from 4 nights on Enchantment using The Key. We arrived at the port around 11:00 am and was directed to the Expedited line (guests with passports and a set sail pass) so we didn't use The Key but boarding was super quick. Once on board, we dropped off our carry-on luggage at the theater and then explored the ship before heading to Chops for lunch at 11:30 am. Once the cabins opened up, we made our way to our cabin to find our carry-on luggage safe inside as well as our Voom codes.

    For the shows, the reserved seats where located on the balcony (above the reserved section for Suites and Pinnacle members). We never sat up there because we preferred the seats on the lower level. There were two private sessions for the Rockwall and two private sessions for the Jumpzone (one session each day).

    Like @SpeedNoodles described, there was no one near the tender line for Coco Cay so we just waited in line. Everyone in line was able to board the tender so this wasn't an issue for us. For disembarkation day, we enjoyed our breakfast without being rushed and when finished was able to walk off the ship through the exit labeled with The Key.

    Overall, we enjoyed the benefits of The Key and would consider it again. I definitely see where there could be more value on larger ships with more to do (i.e. Flow Rider, Sky Pad, Perfect Storm, etc).

  8. 17 minutes ago, chill6x6 said:

    Yeah, I have mixed feelings about it too.  Yeah we are gonna purchase drinks when the SL isn't convenient.  Definitely will while at Labadee.  Of course we will bring on a couple of bottles of wine in Port Canaveral.  If we get the drink package I kinda feel like I'm paying for drinks twice for much of the day...  I was just kind of thinking out loud and wondering what others had done while staying in a suite while on one of the ships with the SL/CK arrangement  

    Between the SL and wine you bring on board, how many more drinks do you anticipate consuming each day? My wife and I on average consume 2 to 3 drinks each day which is why we no longer purchase the drink package. Last month on Oasis, we would have needed to drink another $100 worth of drinks each to just break even with the drink package.

    If you would drink enough to justify the cost or prefer the convenience of having the drink package then go for it!

  9. On 11/11/2018 at 7:08 AM, SpeedNoodles said:

    On previous cruises we've purchased alcohol (bottle of whiskey or what have you) in the duty-free shop and were able to open it in the room for just drinking privately.  But we haven't cruised on Royal since 2004.  Is this still something they let you do? If so, I assume there's a corkage fee?

    You may be able to purchase a liquor package on the Royal Gifts website and have it delivered to your cabin for consumption. These packages are not available on all ships though.


  10. Just now, monctonguy said:

    So when I go in Oct...I know I am doing a cruise in the winter but no idea when/where yet...so technically I could just do a dummy booking..get the perk of the OBC on the Oct cruise....and then have 30 days to change it without penalty.......as I wouldn't be booking a suite?!

    That is correct. In March, we stopped by the NextCruise office and booked 2 ocean view balcony cabins for June 2019. When we were back home, we noticed we could save $1,000 if we moved the cruise to September 2019 (same ship & cabin types). Since we were within 30 days of booking at NextCruise, the change fees were waived.

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