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  1. On our last cruise there were people who showed up and simply walked off with a excursion group. When asked they simply said they lost their stickers. We had priority tendering but they simply led us down and put us in line with everybody else. So much for that
  2. Lots of people like to spend lots of money on cruises. It's a vacation so why not splurge? On the other hand some people see cruising as just a getaway. They don't spend a dime more than they have to. That's okay too. In fact saving money like that may allow them to do more cruises.
  3. When we made diamond we went to the C&A office and asked for them. The guy reached into a drawer and handed them to us without even checking who we were or whether we had even earned them. I would imagine you could go and collect them all except perhaps Pinnacle. We stashed them away with all our other mementos of cruising. Don't have a problem with anyone wearing them. It seems like everybody and their brother are at lease Diamonds these days so having a D pin isn't much of a thing anymore. And.... I should have added...so why would anyone care if anyone else wore them or not?
  4. Or is it more snooty to wear the pins or list every cruise you've ever been on in your signature?
  5. So is it more snooty to wear them, or to look down on somebody who does?
  6. You should buy Royal stock using your Costco visa. Double bonus
  7. Well, if we didn't live 1500 miles from a port we'd probably be D+ by now.
  8. We're diamond. Just need 11 more cruises to get to D+ so maybe in 5 years we'll make it at the rate we do cruises. Less if we do a Jr. suite once in awhile. We do have two cruises coming up. One in early Dec, one next Feb. The issue is we've been all over the east, west and southern Caribbean multiple times so that means Europe, the med, maybe Alaska. We spent a month in Alaska camping a couple years ago we've never cruised there.
  9. We primarily use Cru Con. good agents and added perks. They'll assign an agent to you. We lost our long time one during covid but got another who is really good.
  10. No tipping on ships. The tip is already added, that's enough.
  11. Also be aware that the lines tend to be shorter when in various ports when a lot of people go ashore on excursions. Personally I don't think you need to buy lessons. Just go with the flow and you'll pick it up soon enough.
  12. There are so many diamond/elites on X now that it has pretty much become meaningless. We were on X three times this year. A 7 nighter, a 10 nighter and 12 nighter. Had drinks as part of our inclusive package so the happy hour drinks meant nothing and they didn't serve appetizers on any of the cruises. We did get the laundry done on our 12 nighter, but not on the other two. We did go to the Captain's party fpr elite and up on one of the cruises but it was so packed you could hardly move. We skipped it on the other two.
  13. I bought a hundred shares this summer when it was 32. It is at $50.72 today. I also bought 100 shares of Carnival @ 9.37 at the same time because we may go back on Princess once in awhile or maybe Cunard or Holland America. You get the same benefit as RCL. Carnival is at 10.74 but it's bound to jump up higher. It was at 27 a year ago. Just been looking at NCL as well. We started cruising on NCL back in the day. Have 4 cruises with them including two in Hawaii, the last one in 2018. It'll take us forever to get to diamond + on RCL so we were thinking of trying NCL again depending on ship, itinerary and price. NCL stock was at 59 in Dec 2019 before covid, currently at 15.09. It's bound to go back up.
  14. Just thought I would throw this out there. We just booked a cheap ocean view cabin on this cruise back to the ABCs. We were on the Explorer in 2001 for an eastern Caribbean cruise. Back on her again in 2017 for the ABCs which was one of our favorite cruises. Looking forward to both the Explorer and the ABCs
  15. We did a 12 night on the Equinox in March of this year. Did an 11 day on her back in 2017. Was impressed with her back in '17. Not so much this time even though we were Elite this time. The entertainment and activities were bland and so was the food. The service was nothing special like it was the first time. They also seemed to be short staffed. So it may have been they were just getting going again after covid. That was our first cruise since before the Covid thing. We sailed on the Oasis twice, the last time in December of 2021 with our adult children (pre Christmas cruises in Dec tend to be cheaper and less crowded). Frankly we were looking for something to do on the Equinox, not so on the Oasis what with the Board walk, central park etc, etc. We've been on X three times this year. The cruises were excellent, the ships mediocre. The other two cruises were on the Summit. The second Summit 12 night cruise was no better than the first. We wouldn't have picked the Summit the second time but for the itinerary which we booked 2 years before. Going back to Royal next year, though neither booked cruise are on an Oasis class due to the itinerary. If we want bland, we'll sail on a cheap non Oasis class Royal cruise. (which is what we are doing in early Dec of this year and Feb of next) To us it's all about the itinerary and the cost. If we find a good itinerary at a good price...we're gone. No such thing as a bad cruise. Bottom line...try Equinox to see how you like it. Every cruise is different based on time of year, length, itinerary, cabin, etc, etc.
  16. I suppose it depends somewhat on the circumstances. We sailed one time and they lost our luggage. We went to dinner that night in shorts and a t-shirt. Our luggage was lost for 3 days until it finally showed up. We switched between stuff in our carry-ons but went to the Oceanview cafe the next two nights.
  17. The Equinox is/was a good ship. Been on it a number of times. The last time this past April but was not impressed this time. Haven't tried the Edge class, not sure the added cost is worth it, but that's just me. Did two cruises on the Summit this year as well. Not impressed either time but they had the itinerary we were looking for. Based on those three cruises I will say that I believe Celebrity is neglecting some of the lower class ships in favor of the Edge class so there's that.
  18. Don't know about the Luminae dining room but we saw no difference in dress in the MDR between Royal and X. People wear what they want to on both. There is no real dress code on either anymore. We had dinner one of the specialty dining rooms to celebrate a wedding anniversary. The middle aged guy at the next table was in shorts, t-shirt and flip flops.
  19. I started cruising in 1979 and have been on most of the cruise lines. Cruising (and society) has changed A LOT over the years. All I can say now is that every cruise is different depending on time of year, itinerary, ship, cabin, crew, length, departure point. Some are good, some are better, some are just okay but they are all different.
  20. Regards of sales, we've found the cheapest cruises are between Thanksgiving and Christmas and after the holidays, from January to about mid Feb. Just booked an 8 night that leaves the Sat after Thanksgiving. With travel agent loyalty perks and refundable OBC from RCI and our travel agent it comes to less than $100/night for the two of us in an ocean view cabin. Hey, it's a cheap getaway We also have a first week of Feb 7 night cruise booked for just over $100 night. Also ocean view which in both cases was only $25 more than an inside. We like insides but a window is nice for the price. Those prices includes all fees and taxes but not transportation costs or parking. We are driving to Florida on both occasions.
  21. First sailed in 1979 on NCL. Sailed first on Royal in '94. We've also sailed Carnival a couple times and a few more times on NCL and our first Celebrity (X) in 2013. We liked Royal with the kids but liked X more with just the two us. The Oasis class ships opened up Royal again and as we got close to Diamond in points we stuck with them. After getting Diamond we pretty much went back to X. Except we've done a few more Royals with our grown up kids which was fun. We did three X cruises this year primarily because Royal didn't do those itineraries, but X has become so expensive that we've booked two cheap Royal cruises in the next 6 months. I doubt if we'll get D+ anytime soon but maybe if we stick with Royal we'll make it someday. And.... Royal stock prices were down this summer so it was a good time to buy stock to get that benefit on both RCI and X.
  22. On the other hand, booking a flight late in the afternoon on disembarking day is excruciating. Better to get the earliest time you can get to the airport and get through security. Staying over another day? No thanks. When I'm done cruising I just want to get home.
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