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  1. Great...We were waiting for this. Just booked the Rhapsody for a 7-nighter to the Greek Islands. Going to the Allure in Fall 2020, will be interesting to see her after the revamp. Was on the Allure back in 2011. But we also love the Rhapsody. One of the smallest in the fleet. But she has her own charm, that's we why chose to sail on her in 2021 (and also did a cruise with her this year).
  2. Thank you for your answer. Looks like actually I wasn't completely off with my wish. Just wanted a plate of Sushi Rolls each at the (empty except for one table) Izumi and then a starter and a steak at Chops. Still ended up paying for Izumi, since I really got tired of asking around (and everybody said no). But - if it's as you stated - I should have gotten what I planned then. But - as you also say - it looks like it depends on the ship and the staff. But that's too bad, I think things like that should be communicated clearly to the staff from the top management. Like this some get what they paid for....and some not.
  3. Hi there, contacted Royal twice about my experiences with the Dining Package on the Rhapsody. One time I didn't get an answer at all, the second time - this time through Crown&Anchor - I got one, but my question hasn't been answered anyways. I hope you guys can help me out. Here's what I'd like to know / what I wrote: "Hi, We had a fantastic - almost perfect - Greek Island Cruise this late September/October on the Rhapsody. Wonderful ship, great ports, fantastic steaks at Chops Grille and really good live music all around. Could go on with the list and name lots of wonderful staff members, but I did that already in the survey after the cruise, where I also addressed some issues, which still are not answered. Firstly I wanna say that we just loved the Chops Grille. Chef, staff, Maitre'D, the setting....and the fantastic quality of the steaks all 10/10. So good we went there 6 times. Only on the last day the Chops Grille was closed due to a wedding. Too bad, but understandable. Just too bad since it was the very last night on the ship that we wanted to celebrate in style. But my biggest question is about the Unlimited Dining Package which we booked in advance. If I may repeat the words in which the Package was formulated in the confirmation e-mail I got at that time: "First things first, the Ultimate Dining Package is now known as the Unlimited Dining Package, and itโ€™s just that, unlimited. Now, you can dine at any of our specialty dining venues for lunch and dinner, and as many times as you want! Your appetite is the limit." And also on the Royal Caribbean Website: "For one low price, you can enjoy multiple entrees and visit multiple specialty restaurants every night of your sailing." I was under the impression after reading these sentences (unlimited...multiple entrees), that we could have - for example - some Sushi / Sushi Rolls at Izumi and then head to Chops Grille to get some steak. But we were told that this is not possible (I asked the restaurant staff as well as at the front desk). What we could do is just pay for our meal at Izumi and then head to Chops for the free/included in the package dinner. Since we really wanted some Sushi Rolls at Izumi before Chops we did that and just paid for it. It's really not about the money, but since I plan to purchase the Unlimited Package again for my next cruise, I just wonder if I misunderstood the guidelines of the Package. Because I don't wanna look like a fool on my next cruise :)" --------- That was my mail. Nobody could straight up answer me, if it is possible - as clearly stated in their own term and conditions - to have let's say two meals in one night. Cause that's what Izumi refused us to give before we went to Chops for the Steak. Even though there was only ONE (!) other table that night when we visited (and paid for). Any answers for me or other experiences. We go back cruising next fall. Back on the Allure (after 8 years). And clearly I will purchase the Unlimited Package again. But I wannna save time and discussions, so I really wonder what's possible and what's not. It would also be great, if they make a reservation system pre-cruise for Unlimited Package Users (Crown&Anchor said they're working on it, but it's not coming that soon). Thanks for any help and thanks to whoever made it through my whole post ๐Ÿ˜€
  4. Thanks a lot! Didn't think about the compasses. Found some cruise compasses quickly....got some ideas now. Thanks for your help.
  5. Hi, just came back from a Cruise on the Rhapsody (Greek Islands), after we loved the Rhapsody so much the year before. We already booked a Cruise on the Allure for September 2020. 7 Nights Mediterranean (from Barcelona to Mallorca, Provence, Pisa/Florence, Rome, Naples and back). The last time we've been on the Allure was back in 2011, so I'm excited to revisit her after her upcoming overhaul in November. But now for my real question. We booked the unlimited Dining package this cruise and were happy about it (except Chops Grille was closed for a private event the last night!). Too bad though we only had one cruising day and we only could spend one lunch at Izumi. So now I really wonder about the Allure and I hope somebody who was there recently can help me out: Do the specialty restaurants on the Allure close on port days as well for lunch? Or can I use may unlimited Dining package as well on some port days for lunch? Because I've been to Pisa, Florence and Rome several times and I might just wanna stay on the ship and enjoy the Allure to its fullest. But if all specialty restaurants close as well for lunch, I might have to rethink buying the unlimited package or not. It's also quite bad that when purchasing an unlimited package, you can't make reservations before the cruise online. That means some restaurants might be booked out when boarding. Happened to some passengers on this cruise. Thanks for any help!
  6. Hi guys, came back a week ago from the Rhapsody (Greece& Croatia Cruise). Loved it and already booked for next year. Just wanna give some feedback and forgot one of the Bartenders name. Did a great job at the Pool Bar. Anybody remembers his name? Must be between 45-50 years old, wearing glasses. African-American or maybe Dom. Rep?? Thanks for any help.
  7. Hi, came back from our cruise and just wanted to give you some feedback about our experience. The shore excursion we booked on the ShoreBee website worked out perfectly. Did cost us 15 Euros each. Departure on time at 8.30am with a boat directly from the port to the Oia port. From there a quick bus ride up to Oia. Arriving at around 9.45am. Then we had time to explore the town completely on our own. Buses back were at 11am, 12noon, 1pm and 2pm. No reservations needed, just show up about 15' before time. They have enough seats and busses ready for the transport to Fira (about 20'). From Fira back to the port you are on your own though (cable car or walking). We walked....took about only 30' and there weren't many donkeys around - it's end of season soon I guess. Great experience all around, well organised and on time. And for that price a real steal.
  8. @Traveler Thanks for the additional info. That's very helpful.
  9. @Matt Hi Matt, thanks for you reply. Yes, I'm referring to the official embarking time I got on my check-in papers. They gave me a time-window (11.30 - 16.30). But in Ft. Lauderdale it was always possible to show up earlier than the official time (window) - but it's been a while, maybe that changed. I just wonder if it's possible to do that in Venice as well.
  10. Hi, going on a cruise with the Rhapsody this month on the 29th. The last few times we embarked in Ft. Lauderdale and were always able to get on the ship early. I wonder if that is also possible in Venice. Officially it starts at 11.30am. I really like to get on the Rhapsody as early as possible, even though Venice is very nice (but we'll stay here for a few days after the cruise). Maybe anybody has some experiences with the embarking process in Venice? Thanks for any help!
  11. Hi, going on a Cruise in September / October this year. Not our first cruise, but it's been a while. And it'll be our first time in Santorini. Arrival is at 7am, departure at 5pm. I checked the shore excursions with independent time in Oia. But it will only give us 90min in Oia. And we really wanna spend more time there. There are busses and of course taxis from Fira to Oia. Which is the better option? Any company I could (or should) book in advance? I know the cable car up to Fira will take lots of our time, so I wonder if it is worth to travel on our own or is the shore excursion still the better option? Thanks for any help and advice!
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