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    tonyfsu21 reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Another Genie Gratuity Question…..   
    We have always found $700-1000 for a 7 night to be fair.
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    tonyfsu21 reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in Another Genie Gratuity Question…..   
    Yes to double points on top of the suite double points. 
     
    As far as tipping goes, totally at your discretion. The floating rule of thumb/consensus is generally $100pp for the cruise and it can go up from there depending on level of service. 
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    tonyfsu21 got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Another Genie Gratuity Question…..   
    Excellent information. Thank you! 
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    tonyfsu21 reacted to AshleyDillo in Check in midnight or in the morning   
    Nope, you still are subject to the check-in time that you get when you check-in through the app or online.  However in the Concierge/Genie emails they are saying that Suites and Pinnacles have a 1-hour before and after their check-in time window to arrive.  
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    tonyfsu21 got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Just back from Adventure sailing.....the one where they added last minute mask mandate...my short review.   
    The mask mandate really makes cruising more of a hassle but the pros outweigh the cons. IMHO this will never go away and as much as I want to tape the mouth shut of the next person that says “the new norm” it’s seems to be a true statement. Thankfully we live in Florida….. and yeah. 
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    tonyfsu21 got a reaction from Vancity Cruiser in Just back from Adventure sailing.....the one where they added last minute mask mandate...my short review.   
    The mask mandate really makes cruising more of a hassle but the pros outweigh the cons. IMHO this will never go away and as much as I want to tape the mouth shut of the next person that says “the new norm” it’s seems to be a true statement. Thankfully we live in Florida….. and yeah. 
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    tonyfsu21 got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Just back from Adventure sailing.....the one where they added last minute mask mandate...my short review.   
    The mask mandate really makes cruising more of a hassle but the pros outweigh the cons. IMHO this will never go away and as much as I want to tape the mouth shut of the next person that says “the new norm” it’s seems to be a true statement. Thankfully we live in Florida….. and yeah. 
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    tonyfsu21 got a reaction from uradoll786 in Royal Up   
    I have won Royal Up just about every time I’ve bid and it’s been roughly 3-4 days prior to sailing that my credit card is charged for the win. 
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    tonyfsu21 got a reaction from Heymarco in Water shows - vaccinated only?   
    Makes zero sense. The pool area is totally fine to take your mask off and not social distance get the AT is off limits? You have to wonder who is the final person that puts that pen to paper and signs off on this? Did they even read it??? What an absolute mess. 
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    tonyfsu21 got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Water shows - vaccinated only?   
    So the vaccinated need to pass through the unvaccinated pool area to get to the lime & coconut or the ice cream machine? This is madness. 
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    tonyfsu21 got a reaction from spellman in Surprise! Carnival started testing AND masks. Are masks next for Royal?   
    What am I missing here? Masks are already required indoors on RC. You can only take them off while dining, outdoors on in your stateroom. 
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    tonyfsu21 got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Royal No Longer Allowing Unvaccinated Guests 12 and up for cruises that go to St. Thomas?   
    You should certainly wait this out. I’ve seen the rules change 10 times in the past few months. There has to be some way around this issue. 
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    tonyfsu21 reacted to WAAAYTOOO in San Juan not letting ship passengers off unless vaccinated?   
    Well, I can't say that I don't understand.  I have been there myself.  Sit back and give it some time.  If you still feel the same way (and I would not blame you !  Nobody likes being censored) then continue with your withdrawal.  This is the way I look at it :  I am a more effective advocate for my position and beliefs when I keep up the fight than I am if I give up or give in.  My goal (and I'm sure yours, as well) is not to offend or incite, but to advocate.  I'm no help to anyone if I just give up or let bullies run me off. I'm also just playing into their hands if I let them bait me into a pointless battle of words.  Nobody wins then.
    This blog is about cruising, not about vaccinations or about whether COVID is real or a hoax.  There are plenty of other places to fight those battles. I am trying very hard to stick to the things that really matter here - primarily, trying to maximize the joys of cruising.  Truthfully, I'm not sure how much longer cruising is even going to survive.  I have my serious doubts...but I will try and help, not harm.
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    tonyfsu21 got a reaction from 4ensic in So what happens after you drop off the tip envelopes?   
    This is the first I’ve heard of this box. We get the tip envelopes in the room and put cash in them and then hand them directly to the recipient. I personally don’t think I would trust that anything put in this box actually makes it directly to the employee w/o being filtered through some kind of group collection system before being dispersed across an entire dept.
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    tonyfsu21 got a reaction from cruisellama in So what happens after you drop off the tip envelopes?   
    Yep, I remember the review box at guest services. Not familiar at all with a tip box though. 
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    tonyfsu21 reacted to em.down.the.rabbit.hole in What happens if you are stuck on a ship due to hurricane   
    Hurricane dorien in 2019 saw the Allure extend from a 7 night cruise to 11 nights.  During this time RCI cancelled our last port because it was the Bahamas (in the path of the Hurricane) and added 2 new ports (Honduras & Cozumel).  Most of the Americans onboard jumped ship at the 1st available opportunity whilst us brits lapped up the extra days inboard.  Everything was comped - the extra days, ports etc... whatever drinks/Internet/dining packages we had were just extended free of charge.
    I would imagine if you needed laundry doing then you may just need to ask.
    On Allure (as it hid behind Cuba waiting for the florida ports to re-open) they started to offer the remaining nights for the next cruise at ridiculously knocked down prices (royal suites for mere hundreds of dollars).
    Oh, and we got 4 extra crown and anchor points without having to ask ... happened automatically.
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    tonyfsu21 got a reaction from Neesa in So what happens after you drop off the tip envelopes?   
    This is the first I’ve heard of this box. We get the tip envelopes in the room and put cash in them and then hand them directly to the recipient. I personally don’t think I would trust that anything put in this box actually makes it directly to the employee w/o being filtered through some kind of group collection system before being dispersed across an entire dept.
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    tonyfsu21 got a reaction from cruisellama in So what happens after you drop off the tip envelopes?   
    This is the first I’ve heard of this box. We get the tip envelopes in the room and put cash in them and then hand them directly to the recipient. I personally don’t think I would trust that anything put in this box actually makes it directly to the employee w/o being filtered through some kind of group collection system before being dispersed across an entire dept.
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    tonyfsu21 got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Coco Cay Floating Beach Club Cabana - Capacity Question   
    Please let me know if your get 10 in the cabana because we have 10 and I was going to be forced into booking 2 during Thanksgiving cruise this year. 
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    tonyfsu21 reacted to Matt in Back from weekend on Freedom   
    Thanks for sharing the photos!
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    tonyfsu21 got a reaction from Skigoofy in Back from weekend on Freedom   
    We got back from our weekend sailing on Freedom and it was quite the experience. We had great weather (it’s been raining like crazy in SoFL) at Coco Cay and Nassau. Being on the Freedom with only 1000 passengers is odd and I think we prefer the action of a packed ship but this was certainly interesting and had many positives. We opted for the Coco Beach Club and it was overall a good experience. The elevated dining experience had some nice choices like grilled Caribbean lobster which was prepared and presented very nicely. There was literally nobody at the beach club (see pics). My only complaint is that there’s not enough shade by the pool and it’s odd that upon arrival the host doesn’t bring over a bucket or pitcher of cold water to wherever you are seated. Minimal gripe but still it’s hot as h*ll (keep in mind I’m born and raised in SoFL and I still think it’s hot!). Onboard Freedom there was little to no action which is to be expected. It was nice to go to the suite lounge and have the entire place to yourself for a change. I know this type of reduced capacity cruising won’t last forever so we just rolled with it. IMHO my family and I felt very safe with young children in regards to RC’s COVID safety protocol. They did a great job and the ship and stateroom were extremely clean. The kids literally wanted to eat at Giovannis Kitchen every single night so we did (the pizza!) and it did not disappoint. We are looking forward to things hopefully getting back to normal and more cruises in our future!





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    tonyfsu21 got a reaction from Kathleen in Back from weekend on Freedom   
    We got back from our weekend sailing on Freedom and it was quite the experience. We had great weather (it’s been raining like crazy in SoFL) at Coco Cay and Nassau. Being on the Freedom with only 1000 passengers is odd and I think we prefer the action of a packed ship but this was certainly interesting and had many positives. We opted for the Coco Beach Club and it was overall a good experience. The elevated dining experience had some nice choices like grilled Caribbean lobster which was prepared and presented very nicely. There was literally nobody at the beach club (see pics). My only complaint is that there’s not enough shade by the pool and it’s odd that upon arrival the host doesn’t bring over a bucket or pitcher of cold water to wherever you are seated. Minimal gripe but still it’s hot as h*ll (keep in mind I’m born and raised in SoFL and I still think it’s hot!). Onboard Freedom there was little to no action which is to be expected. It was nice to go to the suite lounge and have the entire place to yourself for a change. I know this type of reduced capacity cruising won’t last forever so we just rolled with it. IMHO my family and I felt very safe with young children in regards to RC’s COVID safety protocol. They did a great job and the ship and stateroom were extremely clean. The kids literally wanted to eat at Giovannis Kitchen every single night so we did (the pizza!) and it did not disappoint. We are looking forward to things hopefully getting back to normal and more cruises in our future!





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    tonyfsu21 got a reaction from Neesa in Royal Up   
    I have won Royal Up just about every time I’ve bid and it’s been roughly 3-4 days prior to sailing that my credit card is charged for the win. 
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    tonyfsu21 got a reaction from KristiZ in Back from weekend on Freedom   
    We got back from our weekend sailing on Freedom and it was quite the experience. We had great weather (it’s been raining like crazy in SoFL) at Coco Cay and Nassau. Being on the Freedom with only 1000 passengers is odd and I think we prefer the action of a packed ship but this was certainly interesting and had many positives. We opted for the Coco Beach Club and it was overall a good experience. The elevated dining experience had some nice choices like grilled Caribbean lobster which was prepared and presented very nicely. There was literally nobody at the beach club (see pics). My only complaint is that there’s not enough shade by the pool and it’s odd that upon arrival the host doesn’t bring over a bucket or pitcher of cold water to wherever you are seated. Minimal gripe but still it’s hot as h*ll (keep in mind I’m born and raised in SoFL and I still think it’s hot!). Onboard Freedom there was little to no action which is to be expected. It was nice to go to the suite lounge and have the entire place to yourself for a change. I know this type of reduced capacity cruising won’t last forever so we just rolled with it. IMHO my family and I felt very safe with young children in regards to RC’s COVID safety protocol. They did a great job and the ship and stateroom were extremely clean. The kids literally wanted to eat at Giovannis Kitchen every single night so we did (the pizza!) and it did not disappoint. We are looking forward to things hopefully getting back to normal and more cruises in our future!





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    tonyfsu21 got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Royal Up   
    I have won Royal Up just about every time I’ve bid and it’s been roughly 3-4 days prior to sailing that my credit card is charged for the win. 
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