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  1. most sales result in the same price.  the offsets sometimes come in the form of on board credits.

    however, their is a fare gaurantee, so if the price does drop, you can request an adjustment.  With the caveot that if the price drops after your final payment is due (typically 90 days out), the credit comes as an OBC rather than cash.  This isn't the worst thing in the world, since you'll at very least be able to use it for your gratuity (which is a good reason not to prepay gratuity, but rather to accept the default amount when you are on the ship using any excess OBC)

  2. On 8/27/2019 at 2:46 PM, HeWhoWaits said:

    With the size of new ships, there is room to plan two separate casinos facilities - one smoking, one non-smoking. The first ship to try this would determine whether there is a market for the concept going forward.

    I suspect it has to do with the "environment".  if the casino is too small or too empty, people are not encouraged to stay and gamble.  splitting the crowds could have that effect.

    Id love a non smoking casino, they have a nonsmoking "side", and some pretty strong air currents to keep smoke away, but its obviously FAR from a brick wall between them.

  3. when we sailed a year ago on oasis, we had no clue this was even a thing until we got to our room, even then we had to do some digging to figure out why we had 4 glasses...

    it was not apparent during the booking at any point, didnt flag us when we bought the refreshment package that we already had a soda package.  Nothing at all.

    If they wanted some sort of "credit" for this program that would encourage people to book these inside balconies, maybe they should have mentioned it somewhere...

    It was a wierd program, particularly with soda and wine, things that people often buy on their own with the deluxe beverage package, which leads to varying levels of benefit.

  4. 36 minutes ago, Yo2slick said:

    Wifi and wifi calling are different.  We enabled WiFi and just used the apps.  No danger of the phone coming out of airplane mode or any hidden charges.  I dont believe regular texting works over WiFi.

    imessage on iphones does.  if you have an iphone, the recipient must also have an iphone or you'll be texting into the great blue yonder and they will not receive anything (and I dont believe you'll even know)

    Android does not offer this functionality in its native messaging app. though as mentioned, there are various platform agnostic solutions to fill this role.

  5. 28 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

    Sorry, should have said "the majority" or another term instead of "you". I still stand by my statement, though; I do believe the vast majority choose MTD because they want to eat when they're used to eating at home. And that's naturally going to lead to an hour or 90 minutes that is just insane and makes any kind of attentive service impossible for everyone. Those who don't 

    And full disclosure -- when my wife and I got to enjoy CK last October on Anthem, guess what time we ended up booking every night? Yup, 6:30 PM, right when we're used to eating dinner at home! Only time we changed it was the night we saw Spectra, when we booked for 6:00 instead so that we didn't have to rush our meal. I was honestly stunned when CK was empty all but the last night, even allowing for the fact far fewer cabins can eat dinner there relative to the rest of the ship.

    Usually the "standard" theater shows are done twice to accommodate the two traditional dining times -- earlier show for the late dinner seating, later show for the early seating. But yes, the Broadway shows and comedians and other specialty acts are either one show time or a time that conflicts with late dining. I almost have one on my upcoming Athem sailing, where We Will Rock You starts at 6:30 PM and won't finish until about 8:30, right when our late seating begins. Thankfully that's close enough that I'll just let our wait staff know we'll be a few minutes late that night.

    Ah, I dont often think of eating after the show.  Which would be fine for cruise days, with all the breakfast and lunch, eating at 8:30 would probably be a relief.  but port days, often returning half starved, its nice to get cleaned up and straight to a meal.

  6. 19 hours ago, JLMoran said:

    nd then the late traditional shift comes along.

    Fewer people want this slot. It's a late time to eat for a lot of people; they don't necessarily want to see the earlier show; the late seating doesn't finish up in time for other performances they want to catch, like the adults-only comedian slot; they'd rather have a quick bite in the Windjammer at that point; etc.

    So things naturally slow down, and the staff actually gets to breathe again. Attentiveness returns, food gets prepared better, and the people in this time slot just generally find it a great overall experience.

    What do you all think? Sounds about right, or am I missing something?

    Yeah, I dont do late dinner because it conflicts with pretty much every show.  You have to pretty much not care about shows to do the late dining option.  If you could do a late MTD, maybe that would work for certain nights depending on your schedule, but to commit to it EVERY night?

  7. why would they cancel your cruise?  did they pay for it?  If they did, they could potentially dispute the charge with the credit company which would trump anything else you did (and they might be right to cancel it if they are not on the trip).

    If they are not paying for it, and you are just concerned with them being vindictive, then perhaps simplest solution is to cancel the cruise yourself and rebook without their name involved, then they would have no authority and would not know the itinerary number.

    of course if you are past the 100% refund date, that wouldnt be an option.

  8. do you think you will snorkel at any other ports?  could convince you to bring your own.

    I bought "nice" cressi fins and mask for $70.  the price of some single snorkel excursions.  and Ill have those things for life, so seemed like a good purchase.  You can get lesser sets for $30.

    life vest would be an issue.  but I am a strong swimmer so I take the risk, not like Im snorkeling in remote locations all by myself either, if i had kids with me, obviously would be a different story.

  9. MDR only for me, never eaten at a paid restaurant on the ship, except johnny rockets.

    I am sure they are great, but $30+ for a meal is a lot of money IMO, especially when I already have a great meal easily worth $20-30 waiting for me at the MDR.

    Ill save that $30 and go out to eat when I am not on vacation.

    though, I dont eat that much food in my normal life.  When I know I am going out to dinner, I will often eat very small meals that day so I am extra hungry to enjoy that dinner.  When I am on a cruise, eating a big breakfast AND lunch, Im already stuffed when dinner comes around, also contributing to my disinterest to spend MORE money on food that I can barely eat.

    also worth noting that I am wierd and do not like steak (not that Im vegan or unable to eat it, just do not enjoy it), so everyones favorite restaurant, chops, holds no appeal to me.

  10. some of those ships are rather old, and lacking in amenities.  They still sail because it is affordable or fills an less popular home port.

    Personally, I look at the opportunity cost, and I would not want to use my limited vacation time to fly north to Montreal to sail on a 28 year old Empress of the seas along the Canadian coast...  



  11. dont ruin your trip due to feeling obliged to over drink to "get your moneys worth".  You likely spend $2k+ to be on a cruise, seeing ports, perhaps more on excursions.  Dont spend half a day or more hugging a toilet.


    There is no cure for a hangover. 

    hydration is important, but mostly it works because if your drinking water, you are not drinking alcohol.  

    drink to a pleasant buzz, then maintain.  Cruises are a blast, make sure alcohol doesnt ruin it.

  12. 3 minutes ago, Pima1988 said:

    @Constantino  Right now for my cruise THRILL is 878.  It is 47 pp for the Thrill full day pass. So, by my math, 6 X 48 pp (thrill water park pass) you are still paying close to 600 for the cabana.  

    Thrill is great, especially if you have kids under 18, since an adult is required, but I have never seen on my planner Thrill for anything south of 849.  Chill and Oasis for my cruise are sold out.  Good sale for Chill was 449-499.  Good sail for Oasis was 649-699.  I am traveling in a group of 5.  Got Chill cabana for 449.  Even when you add in Thrill full day with our Chill cabana we would be at 699, or basically the bottom price I have seen for Oasis and no water park passes, and 150 less than a Thrill cabana.


    oh wow, yeah, my cruise is $52 for a day pass and $472 for a cabana.  

    As best as I can tell based on cruise itineraries, our ship is the only one in cococay on that day, so perhaps that drives the pricing for these things, 2 ships could support higher prices on limited cabanas.

  13. 3 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

    All of the new cabanas appear to be smaller than the old ones.  The old ones had 2 full walls and 2 couches - 1 along each full wall.  Too bad they have only 1 couch now.

    I am hard pressed to call the thrill water park ones cabanas.   There are no hard sides at all !  I consider that a palapa.  No overhead fans at all on these !

    At least everything is nice and new and the addition of the power outlets (on the chill ones, anyway) is a nice upgrade.  I don't see any power outlets on the thrill island palapas.

    the waterpark ones might be small, but they are *relatively* cheap.  they come with 6 free guest passes to the park, thats worth something north of $300.  which for my sailing, means the tent is only about $200.  Maybe not cheap, but less than the others.


    Of course if you dont have 6 people to take advantage of those passes, than its a much worse deal.

    we decided to be frugal, we figure we would rather be nomads and go wherever we wanted, atleast the first time we went anyway.  chairs are apparently plentiful.

  14. my cruise is in September and I cant remember a time that the drink package wasnt on sale for $49.  might have been a day or 2 between at $52...  Seems like the sales pop up every single week, and the worst "sale" is the BOGO50, so not like that was an exclusive offer.  It will probably go on sale again before you sail.

  15. On 5/11/2019 at 9:15 AM, jce2 said:

    If that is true then there really is no way to clearly state this BOGO 50% sale as in reality that is not what it is!  It's actually more of a "25% off sale" (gets you the same prices without the implication you have to buy 2)


    That is exactly what it is, 25% off.  but 50% off 2nd one looks like a bigger discount.

    Just like groceries that advertise buy 3 get $3 off, because simply saying $1 off doesnt grab your attention.


    You will notice the banners have BIG 50% text, and much smaller "buy one, get one".  Thats not a happy coincidence 🙂

  16. is this that popular?

    $420 for 2 people on a 7 day cruise

    You can conclusively value the free lunch at $50 and 2 internet keys, worth $150.

    still at $220 for early embarking, and a private line at ports of call? 

    yeah, private seating at shows and some extra hours on flowrider/rock wall.

    Thats still a lot...

  17. On 5/10/2019 at 3:14 PM, SpeedNoodles said:

    Cool...so occasionally - I'll have to keep my eyes peeled (although I thought I went through every Caribbean cruise and I missed those, so apparently I'm not very good at it).

    luckily they always use a fairly distinctive coco cay picture for any cruise porting there.  So you can relatively easily scan through all carribean destination cruises for anything with that pic, and then glance for labadee.

  18. On 5/10/2019 at 2:05 PM, Hutcherl said:

    I agree with the $20 for the refreshment package bring a good price.  

    I know of some that get there liquor smuggled in in all sorts of ways.  Even some kind of sealing device that can reseal a wine bottle like it was never opened.  They empty the wine and add their liquor of choice.  

    No matter what I would do to disguise, I would get busted no matter how clever I would think I was being.  Then my wife would absolutely want to throw me overboard!  Too much stress for me! Lol

    yeah, in reality, I do the wine bottle thing, its pretty fool proof, I always carry my luggage onto the ship myself, because I dont want to wait for it or risk something happening to it.  wine comes with, they glance at it for all of .3seconds and on our way. Most cases, I feel confident I could smuggle 3pounds of cocaine in my backpack...  but Im good with just 1.5l of rum

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