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Everything posted by mac66

  1. If you are emerald on RCI you will be select on X. You will automatically be elite on X when you reach Diamond on RCI. There is no picking or choosing involved. Just go with the flow and you'll be fine. BTW, we kinda like Celebrity better than RCI but specifically set out to reach Diamond on RCI to be Elite on X. While points totals are different on either line it turned out to be easier and cheaper to reach Diamond than Elite. We will probably never get higher than Diamond/Elite on either.
  2. We're leaving on a 12 night cruise on March 15. The only way we aren't going is if the cruise line cancels. We are 65 and in excellent health. You pays your money and takes your chances.
  3. We use Cru Con quite often. They are easy to work with and are very responsive. They often add perks to the deal.
  4. LOL...Pirates of the Royal Caribbean
  5. Actually it does make some sense in that RCI will have two captive ports where cruisers will have to spend their money exclusively with RCI. Not to mention that it looks like a land based vacation destination in itself.
  6. Skip the package altogether and bring your own. Problem solved.
  7. Been in Jr. Suites twice. Once was a regular suite and the second time we booked a guaranteed and they gave us a handicapped JS. It has larger bathroom with and open shower and wheelchair access to the balcony. Neither one of us are disabled but It was actually very nice. A few comments.... You should have told the room attendant about the hot water pot and the balcony doors. They can't fix it if they don't know about it. You missed a great opportunity by not eating in the coastal kitchen. The two big bonuses of a JS is double points and eating dinner in the CK. Of course w
  8. I lost a hearing aid one time. Don't know where or when but the next day I checked at the service desk and someone had turned it in to security. Dang things are expensive to lose. i've since bought a retaining cord for my HAs to wear onboard.
  9. I agree. Better to get your feet wet first before jumping in whole hog.
  10. Do you need all the extras? Can you afford it? Then why not? On the other hand, it sounds like you got suckered into buying everything. Skip the dining packages, food is included in the main dining room. Take two bottles of wine aboard, pay for booze as you go, skip the paid Coco Cay thing (there is plenty to do onshore and plenty of free chairs/umbrellas on coco cay) but keep the shore excursions.
  11. Typically you have to go up and make reservations for the first night. Thereafter you can make reservations after dinner for the next night. Should not have a problem getting in. When we were on the Allure you couldn't book more than one day ahead. As for getting in, you probably will have to knock the first time you go up there (we went around noon of our first day) . At dinner there usually is someone at the door who will recognize you and let you in without having to knock. We had a great experience in CK when in a JS on Allure.
  12. We've been on Oasis class ships 3 times and Freedom/Voyager ships 5 or 6 times and a couple times on the smaller ships as well. The Oasis class ships are nice for families and tend to have lots of kids aboard. There is lots to do (climbing walls, flow riders etc, etc) aqua theater, ice rinks, broadway shows, central park, board walk etc. The Freedom/Voyager class has many of the same things (no central park, board walk, aqua theater, or broadway shows) but on a smaller scale. Two of the three Oasis class cruises (once one the Oasis once on the Allure) were pretty crowded. The other
  13. Cruise Critic has Roll Calls to meet up with other cruisers before hand. If they get enough registered RC will throw them a meet and greet party on board. Go to CC and look for the Roll Call page. Enter your ship and sailing date. You'll have to join CC (free) to get on it however. CC is about the largest cruise forum on the internet.
  14. I recently read somewhere of a couple who did 8 SxS cruises in a row. Some were on the same cruise lines, some were in different cities (Miami-Fort Lauderdale). I think they did 4 different cruise lines as well. It was interesting to read.
  15. I would guess that the WU Flu would have run its course by 2021 so you'd be relatively safe booking for 2021.
  16. Wish we could do a B2B as well but with 4 parents in their 90s at home we can't be gone a month. And...thanks for the video. It really gets the juices flowing.
  17. JL Moran, Are you perhaps on the August 16th sailing out of Dublin? Nevermind, I see now you're on the Aug 2 cruise.
  18. Best perk IMO is the ability to eat dinner in Coastal Kitchen on Oasis class ships.
  19. I know this is and old thread but I've been on keto for more than 2 years and have gone on 4 cruises. I've found it pretty easy to not eat carbs except for some of the sauces that come on the meat and veggies. I scrape most of them off. I only drink water, plain iced tea, black coffee and scotch/bourbon on the rocks. When I think of it I order extra veggies instead of potatoes or rice or pasta or corn. If i forget I just don't eat those things. Always get the cheese plate for desert minus the crackers. Never eat the bread or buns. Never have a problem avoiding the sweet stuff, but that's ju
  20. It's a mortal sin to share drinks with a drink package. They will make you walk the plank if you get caught. For the love of everything HOLY, don't ever, never, ever share a drink!
  21. We were just in Coz and Costa Maya in Dec. Been there numerous times before. We did the Secret River tour through the ship in Cozumel this time. It was great. Keep checking your cruise planner as the prices go up and down. We did Maya Chan in Costa Maya last Dec. Well worth it for a beach day. You have to book directly through Maya Chan online. It will fill up. We did the Chacchoben Mayan ruins (Native Choice Tours) last year as well. It was very interesting if you like ancient history. Well worth it.
  22. Me too. Don't see the point or feel obligated to paying gratuities twice. Not to mention that the cruise lines added pre-paid gratuities so you don't have to worry about tipping. And...I think it a bad precedent to tip extra. It lowers the standard of service. I've always gotten good to very good service on a cruise but I've yet to get service over and above what I expected.
  23. Kind of late to this party but I'm curious what the OP ended up doing, whether she got did the discovery class and/or certified or not?
  24. Been on Norwegian, Carnival, RC, and Celebrity. If this is your first cruise you won't have anything to compare it to so will have a blast whichever cruise line you choose. As for itineraries, the western Caribbean is always fun. If on RC CoCo Cay, Cozumel, Costa Maya etc offers many things to do. Typically that's a 7 day cruise. 5 day cruises typically go to the Bahamas, maybe Grand Cayman and Jamaica which are also fun for first timers. Just pick the itinerary and length and go for it. just be aware that while the cruise fare covers food and entertainment, booze and shore excurs
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