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    Keeves got a reaction from CarlaB in Kosher food - snacks too!   
    To the extent that we grew up with these beliefs, and that we sincerely believe them, we usually don't feel deprived. There's no denying a certain amount of difficulty on a practical level, but we accept it as a "given", much like the salary that gets withheld from my paycheck for taxes - I don't miss it because I never realistically saw it.
    In any case, I keep reminding myself about people with unusually severe allergies. Compared to them, I have it very easy.
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    Keeves got a reaction from Traveler in Kosher food - snacks too!   
    To the extent that we grew up with these beliefs, and that we sincerely believe them, we usually don't feel deprived. There's no denying a certain amount of difficulty on a practical level, but we accept it as a "given", much like the salary that gets withheld from my paycheck for taxes - I don't miss it because I never realistically saw it.
    In any case, I keep reminding myself about people with unusually severe allergies. Compared to them, I have it very easy.
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    Keeves got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Coffee Cards- wait till ship?   
    I'm not a coffee aficionado (personally, I value the caffeine and the vanilla/hazelnut, and couldn't care less about the other high-falutin' stuff) but if I was, I would take all the above comments very seriously, and this is what I'd do: I would not get a coffee card until I was aboard. Then I'd get my favorite coffee, even though there's no discount. Then, IF I liked it, I would talk to the barista about that ship's policy for how many punches each coffee will cost me. If I still thought that the coffee card was worth it, I'd give the barista a nice tip and ask what her on-duty hours are.
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    Keeves got a reaction from Neesa in First Time sailing RCC, Coastal Kitchen or MDR   
    "Anywhere" includes the Coke Freestyle machines.  You need a Souvenir Cup with the chip inside if you want soda, but for just water any cup will work.
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    Keeves got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Soda   
    When I went on my first cruise, I too was concerned about having to carry the cup around with me everywhere. It turned out to be not nearly as bothersome as I anticipated. And now, many months later, I'm trying to reconstruct why it wasn't a bother. I'm pretty sure that I left the cup in my room for the meals, except when I ate at the Windjammer. And I'm positive that I always took it with me when I went to the pool (where it kept my towel company). The rest of the time, I don't really remember. Maybe I wasn't as thirsty as I thought I'd be. But I love those Freestyle machines!
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    Keeves got a reaction from Pima1988 in rubbish and misleading pre-cruise promotions   
    Many people aren't savvy enough to check prices as well as you do. And another big group just doesn't want to bother. The result is that they end up paying more than you, and are actually subsidizing your low prices. It took me a long time to really appreciate this idea. I was always one of those people who thought that companies should do away with sales and just charge one low price all the time. But in the real world, that's not possible -- it would have to be a medium price or they'd end up losing money. And because there are people who can't or won't pay the medium price, sales would go down. I've been convinced that sales and similar pricing tactics are actually good things, provided (and this is very important) that it's not done in a deceptive cheating manner.
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    Keeves got a reaction from Orange Crush in Hello... about drinking...   
    Was that a typo? Did you mean PAPER straws?
    My plastic straws never get soggy. I chew on them a lot, but that's another story...
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    Keeves got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in No refund but I had a heart attack! What’s one to do ?   
    How do you feel? I hope you are recovering ok!!!
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    Keeves got a reaction from JLMoran in Without a (non-alcoholic) drink package, where can we get drinks?   
    They do look gigantic, and my guess too was about 20-24 ounces. But I got home and measured it to be 16. The illusion results from the thick walls. But still a lot bigger than a glass from the bar.
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    Keeves got a reaction from brianastree in To lose weight   
    I'm glad you wrote this, because I was going to post something similar. Based on this "3 up 3 down" rule, it is a great idea to choose a cabin on a deck that is about halfway up. 
    If your cabin is too high or too low, than many of the trip will involve a LOT of climbing. That's a good thing, if you can handle it. But if the climb is too far, many people will opt for the elevator. Choosing a mid-level deck will help defeat the laziness and enable an "I can do it!" attitude.
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    Keeves got a reaction from cdixon22 in Magnetic Hooks   
    or your nearest 99-cent-type store
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    Keeves got a reaction from hooked-on-cruising in Corkage Fees - Are They Charging?   
    If you bring and use your own corkscrew, then it's not even a charge for them pulling the cork out.
    The correct name of the fee ought to be, "Hey, we're trying to sell wine here, okay? If you insist on bringing your own aboard, okay, we'll let you, but we have to make a little money on it, okay?"
    Hmmm... I guess I was a little heavy on the "okay"s. Sue me, okay?  😁
    (On the other hand, I have to be honest. When I was on Mariner in July 2018, they opened both bottles (one each on two different nights) and didn't charge me for either one.)
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    Keeves got a reaction from NS8VN in Corkage Fees - Are They Charging?   
    If you bring and use your own corkscrew, then it's not even a charge for them pulling the cork out.
    The correct name of the fee ought to be, "Hey, we're trying to sell wine here, okay? If you insist on bringing your own aboard, okay, we'll let you, but we have to make a little money on it, okay?"
    Hmmm... I guess I was a little heavy on the "okay"s. Sue me, okay?  😁
    (On the other hand, I have to be honest. When I was on Mariner in July 2018, they opened both bottles (one each on two different nights) and didn't charge me for either one.)
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    Keeves got a reaction from MorganMichelle2001 in Corkage Fees - Are They Charging?   
    If you bring and use your own corkscrew, then it's not even a charge for them pulling the cork out.
    The correct name of the fee ought to be, "Hey, we're trying to sell wine here, okay? If you insist on bringing your own aboard, okay, we'll let you, but we have to make a little money on it, okay?"
    Hmmm... I guess I was a little heavy on the "okay"s. Sue me, okay?  😁
    (On the other hand, I have to be honest. When I was on Mariner in July 2018, they opened both bottles (one each on two different nights) and didn't charge me for either one.)
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    Keeves got a reaction from SpeedNoodles in Pro's and Con's of Embarking Early   
    To me, the biggest advantage of early arrival is to  minimize the odds that a crazy event like a flat tire might cause me to miss the boat literally.
    The biggest disadvantage is having to carry your stuff around. Come to think of it, I think that's the ONLY disadvantage. I concede that the room is not yet ready and a lot of the activities are closed, but that is no worse than whatever other stuff you might have been doing for the morning after leaving your hotel. And if you pack smart and get your stuff into a carry-on that has wheels, even that might not be such a big deal.
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    Keeves got a reaction from Miznikki2u in Pro's and Con's of Embarking Early   
    To me, the biggest advantage of early arrival is to  minimize the odds that a crazy event like a flat tire might cause me to miss the boat literally.
    The biggest disadvantage is having to carry your stuff around. Come to think of it, I think that's the ONLY disadvantage. I concede that the room is not yet ready and a lot of the activities are closed, but that is no worse than whatever other stuff you might have been doing for the morning after leaving your hotel. And if you pack smart and get your stuff into a carry-on that has wheels, even that might not be such a big deal.
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    Keeves got a reaction from tdcackler in Medical Issues   
    Another thing to think about: How do you need the internet constantly, frequently, or occasionally? The wifi connection is not 100% dependable in every single part of the ship. (There are plenty of places on land like this too, but I figured someone should mention it.)
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    Keeves got a reaction from SpeedNoodles in Medical Issues   
    Another thing to think about: How do you need the internet constantly, frequently, or occasionally? The wifi connection is not 100% dependable in every single part of the ship. (There are plenty of places on land like this too, but I figured someone should mention it.)
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    Keeves got a reaction from JLMoran in coffee?   
    But it does NOT include Starbucks if there is a Starbucks shop on board. Those are [Is "independent franchises" accurate?], so you have to pay as if you had no package at all.
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    Keeves got a reaction from jayde43 in Kosher food - snacks too!   
    To the extent that we grew up with these beliefs, and that we sincerely believe them, we usually don't feel deprived. There's no denying a certain amount of difficulty on a practical level, but we accept it as a "given", much like the salary that gets withheld from my paycheck for taxes - I don't miss it because I never realistically saw it.
    In any case, I keep reminding myself about people with unusually severe allergies. Compared to them, I have it very easy.
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    Keeves got a reaction from jayde43 in Kosher food - snacks too!   
    Matt is totally correct. They do get kosher meals from a local place, but RCCL rules require something like 6 weeks notice to make sure that they are ordered and stocked. We boarded about a half hour ago and are now in the Windjammer for lunch. We spoke with the staff, and we already knew that the first lunch is a little crazy; they will try to get some of the catered meals, and I'll let you all know.
    Meanwhile, here's a few photos. The sweeteners all have the OK and there is nice fresh fruit. I didn't look closely at the teas yet.


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    Keeves got a reaction from ellcee in Water, Tea availability not at a meal   
    It has always annoyed me when I am at a buffet and the staff tries to take my empty plate, forcing me to get a new one for more food. I've always felt it to be a waste of dishwashing resources, not to mention pretentious. (Dahling, we're not the kind of people who use dirty plates. / But it's MY dirty plate!) And this is especially annoying when they start to run out of clean plates.
    I consider myself fairly health-conscious, but it never dawned on me that this is required by health regulations. And now that you've educated me, I'm embarrassed that I didn't think of it myself. Thanks!!
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    Keeves got a reaction from Martin-Lynda in Would you be worried if you found this....   
    Definitely! Maybe even the police.
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    Keeves got a reaction from Ashlynne12 in Water, Tea availability not at a meal   
    It drives me crazy when I go into a convenience store at night and there isn't any decaf. I do understand the importance of caffeine for those who need to stay awake. But is there really a bigger market for decaf at 9 AM than at 9 PM?
    (sorry for the rant, but its one of my pet peeves)
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    Keeves got a reaction from 2Mariner in Would you be worried if you found this....   
    Definitely! Maybe even the police.
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