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  1. 22 hours ago, Mike.s said:

    Sounds like Celebrity have listened to feedback on the recent changes to the MDR menu and are rolling some of them back.

    Perhaps Royal might listen to feedback and do the same??



    I watched Laura's webinar on this topic and was impressed that she agreed with guest concerns after experiencing the menu on the Equinox with her team and directed change to the fleet.   We' be sailing in a couple of weeks -updated  menu should just start rolling out.

  2. 7 hours ago, Chester said:

    There has been an error on my part in posting this .

    The cruise which I am booked on is scheduled to sail on 02 February 2024;I should have put the sail date in on the original post.

    Final payment is due on 24 November 2023,

    Sadly I can’t see the circumstances changing in Israel soon.

    I was only enquiring to see if anyone else is in the same position and if there were any rumours etc if the cruise was going to be cancelled or a change of itinerary.

    You can't know what will happen, but if you look back on Covid, they played a game of getting people to make final payments, then once in the window, cancelled the cruise.   So if you let them cancel, you get a refund, if you cancel on your own by not completing final payment, they keep more.  Plan on it going and put the burden on them to cancel.  That's how I'd play it.   (Had a similar situation during Covid - and that't how it played out- made final payment then they refunded everything once it was cancelled.)  Additional thought, if Israel is only a stop and not an embarkation/disembarkation point, , they'll just change the cruise itinerary to stop at a different country and the cruise would not cancel - just change.  

  3. 18 hours ago, twangster said:

    Only because they created The Retreat.

    Prior to this concept X ships had a club for loyal guests which suite guests could also use.  

    That was/is (on some ships) Michaels club. I thought that included Zenith, but guess it also accommodated Elite and Elite +.  (I never saw E, E+ admission, so removal must have happened before I made it.)   Zenith still has Michaels/Retreat access. 


  4. 1 hour ago, twangster said:

    They took Michael's Club away from Elites and now after so much vitriol and negative feedback they are giving something back but only two nights on a seven day cruise.

    I don't see how that draws any conclusions about merging loyalty programs.  

    They alienated loyal customers, got called out for it and came up with a compromise.  

    Celebrity ships lack the spare "real estate" to add a separate high tier club. (If you look at their current on board Captain's Club space - it's pitiful - CC rep desk and a few chairs..     Their business model relies more on buy-in for some level of inclusive perks.  ie  - "money can buy you love..  😁".     If you look at higher end lines, you're paying for greater inclusivity of on-board benefits like dining, drinks, etc.   Getting a few drink coupons doesn't really help you out on the high end line as you've already paid for it.

  5. On 10/15/2023 at 11:05 AM, smokeybandit said:

    Seems kind of an odd thing to do since the happy hour isn't an open bar anymore.  It would make sense in the old days. Unless this is a quiet trial of what response will be. Or this just due to Quantum's current itinerary being a relocation cruise.

    But they lay out  d'oeuvres during that timeframe.   When it's crowded - I don't even bother.  "Trial" of some sort makes sense.

  6. On 9/27/2023 at 5:25 AM, twangster said:

    I've been trading texts with some of my fellow travelers and now friends.  We all agree it was a pretty special trip. 

    It's going to stand out as one of my top cruises for a long time, very hard to beat.  

    I'd like to go back to see some different islands.

    Fantastic documentation - quality photos - you could publish the Twangster Cruise Coffee table Book.   

  7. On 9/19/2023 at 1:30 PM, togo said:

    I recently was on Anthem of the Seas and noticed they were also offering Celebrity cruises at the Next Cruise office.  I think this is new.  I wonder if there could be a slow merge of benefits between Royal and Celebrity?

    Very interesting.  I wonder if they're offering RCL sailings on Celebrity - I'll check that out next month.

  8. On 10/8/2023 at 11:40 AM, Matt said:

    Hrmm, I think this is just a show element in the AquaDome, not a new halfpipe for guests.

    I say that for two reasons: I'm pretty sure Nick mentioned it when I was in Finland as something they were working on.  But even if I'm remembering that wrong, Nick tweets about his shows almost exclusively. 

    A show element would make sense.  If if offered, how many passengers would be in the "ability window" to use it?  All the liability concerns are well founded.


  9. On 9/29/2023 at 8:46 AM, RCL_Cruiser_Dan said:

    Rumor or fact?


    Interesting, a couple of weeks before this was announced we were discussing why the Diamond lounge was named/branded the Diamond Lounge as its actually and "upper tier" benefit - D, D+, P.  I can see how the renaming makes sense to all the upper tier, would think it could confuse the newer cruisers who will mistake it for just being a member of the C&A program.

  10. I wouldn't see a merger happen, especially with Silver.  Its business model and target client base is different.  If R and X were to merge, it could be a sign of a closer integration between the two to combine leadership positions and reduce G&A across those 2 lines.    Personally wouldn't want to see it as they each have focused guest experiences and I believe both would suffer with the compromises that would ensue. 

  11. On 9/17/2023 at 11:17 PM, Last Lion said:

    For the Elite and higher loyalty levels, drinks are free from 5-7 pm in “almost all bars and lounges” on the ship. If you were dining in the MDR at 6 pm, would a couple of glasses of wine with dinner be free as part of this benefit?



    Simply stop by one of the bars prior to going to dinner and pick up a glass of wine.  No issue bringing it from the bar.


  12. Won't be sailing Icon in awhile.   First as a new class with new propulsion , water treatment architectures, and crew  training/reorientation, it's going to have some bugs.  For the high price, I'll wait until everyone is trained up and bugs are sorted out.  Let the market sort it out first.  As far as Coco Cay - its seems kinda redundant to what the ship offers.

  13. As Allure is the original configuration, and not as many toys as the newer ships, it seems there was a lower percentage of families with children sailing on-board the times we sailed.  This is NOT a quantitive assessment, but didn't seem as crazy as Wonder, Symphony, Oasis....  Could be the times we sailed, but seemed tamer.  Not sure if others have this subjective observation.  

  14. 14 hours ago, PamR413 said:

    We are coming from the other direction - We are Elite on Celebrity and are sailing Royal next year for the first time in years.  The Royal website shows us as Diamond but only 16 points.

    You'll receive Diamond level benefits as Elite (lounge, drinks etc).   Your 16 C&A points don't matter in the reciprocity.   Your set sail pass will show you as Diamond - enjoy.

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