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  1. I'm just going to throw this out there: It was only after reading @twangster trip reports that I decided to book a star class cruise with Royal (formerly went with DCL). I'm sure I'm not the only one either. For someone providing Royal with essentially free advertising resulting in who knows how much additional income, you'd think they might want to treat this person a little bit better in this situation. Don't they know who you are!!!
  2. I thought of that myself - but certainly they could increase the number of upsell options with room service like alcoholic drinks, specialty foods, brand name prepacked goodies, etc. Sort of like, after making your order, "do you want to add fries to that?" but "Do you want to add a kraken pina colava to that for only $xx more?"
  3. I agree that having more staff serve food from various food stations and preventing self-serve is the most likely direction they will go because this is cheap and easy to implement - however, there is still a problem with people crowding around each serving station or not being able to seat everyone in the WJ if the tables need to be spaced apart. (Granted, I know we can argue about whether social distancing is really possible on a cruise ship, but setting that aside...). Two options I have not heard discussed much are: 1) making room service free to everyone to encourage eating in one's
  4. Speaking of prices, this post is makes me want to know: in general, which ships/ports have the most affordable star class? I know time of year matters and I assume older ships would be less, but anyone have a read on this?
  5. Yes, I saw that! We planned on trying to get to those so we will aim to be among the first to disembark, because I suspect it will be in high demand. Matt just posted a picture yesterday of the new Coco Cay map which clearly shows many more daybeds in the Coco Beach Club that are actually there (in the area where they currently have chairs/couches on the wooden boardwalk, multi-tier area). So I hope they plan to eventually add more, as the competition to get a daybed in the club is a bit stressful for an up-charge experience designed to be less stressful.
  6. Easy rule to remember about vegetables: if it grows below ground, it's high in sugar (that includes onions - mmm, caramelized onions...). If it casts a shadow and grows above ground (besides corn), it's low sugar and you can basically eat as much as you want.
  7. So a big part of my job is nutritional counseling for weight loss. Hard alcohol (like vodka, gin, and whiskey) contains zero carbs so drinking any of these straight is the best bet. (However, these are not low calories). That being said, if it were me, I'd follow an time-restricted feeding, intermittent fasting approach on the cruise where you limit eating/drinking to at least a 12 hour window, which includes the time you sleep. If you can limit it to 8 hours, such as drinking and eating between 11:00am - 7:00pm, even better. A low carb/keto diet works by limiting the amount of sugar we p
  8. I understand that there are always going to be haters and personal opinion plays a large part in this, but again my understanding is that the main attraction was seeing the robots in action, no so much the drinks themselves. But good to know about the reviews - I'll be sure to look for those! And again, if anyone has any secret recipe you've concocted, or just a solid choice on the standard list, I'm all ears! Thanks folks!
  9. So I know the Bionic Bar doesn't get much love from repeat cruisers - my understanding from these forums is that it's a "one and done" type experience, largely because the drinks are not too good or too syrupy. That being said, I'd like to have a good time when I do check out this experience. So, if you could only order drinks from the bionic bar, what is the "best" cocktail or drink to go with here? (including, perhaps, one you've created on your own). Cheers!
  10. I think a great couples retreat in Cozumel is the Nachi Cocom Cozumel beach club. It's a quiet, all-inclusive but affordable, beach break. It's also an easy taxi ride from the ship so totally doable on your own.
  11. Turns out the new policy is to ban all travelers holding Chinese, Hong Kong or Macau passports from boarding its ships due to concerns over coronavirus...regardless of how long it has been since they were last in these regions. https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/royal-caribbean-cruise-passengers-n-j-screened-coronavirus-4-taken-n1132266?cid=sm_npd_ms_fb_ma
  12. My family with 4 yo daughter is in a similar situation. We too are a bunch of pale skin, shun the sun types that burn all too easily. Beach beds don't really provide as much shade as you might imagine, except when the sun is directly overhead. The thin fabric shades blow very easily in the breeze so it's something but not really shady. We ended up going with the new beach club because there looks to be a lot of comfortable seating that is very shaded (where you can order food, near the pool) but open to the outside breeze. Also it's a more calm environment in the pool. Finally, with the kids
  13. Well in the end we decided to forgo the beach bed and do the club instead. Reason being, far as I can tell, RCI seems to change things on a whim all the time and often unexpectedly. I've seen the beach beds moved around to many different places recently and different versions of the Coco cay map following the club opening that show them on different areas. Seems like they are just trying out different options. So between now and my Sept cruise, who knows if the beds will be moved yet again. At least they can't move the club as easily. Better to go with what is a certainty - the club - than tak
  14. No luck on casino cash out? Darn. Well as the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true... Guess I'll have to find some other clever way to make that obc work for me.
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