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  1. I forgot to add, a lot of the stuff MSC is offering is nothing more than perceived value. I understand there is little to no cost with a lot of what they offer, but on the consumer end, the perception of 'savings' is there. That's where I feel RCI is struggling, at least with me, right now. I love pricing integrity, I studied it, I understand it. But there is still that part of me that sees other lines, with other perceived values that make me log on to check out what they have. I might add that my MSC cruise booking came about because I saw a commercial and didn't catch the
  2. I too am booked on MSC Seaside, March 31... I was going to go with a Royal option, but the Next Cruise changes, plus some of the drink package changes really just put up a red flag for me. I just finished a 12nt Anthem that was quite nice, but I really think now is the time to spread my wings and check out what else is out there. I never thought I'd choose another line, but RCI has convinced me to do so. The status match, plus automatic 15% off your fare for first responders and teachers, plus OBC & drinks, and the already low fare... it was actually a really easy decision for me.
  3. Paul&Karen, As a complete aside... I'll see you on the sailing!
  4. I think the original poster may find a more suitable discourse over at cruise critic, where the emphasis is... "critic".
  5. I have an update. I contacted our friends at the RC 800 number. After a good ten minutes on hold, and without much of a black and white answer, she explained that I had opted to 'choose' the higher rate of OBC and that I was actually coming out ahead. I want to preface my next few statements by saying, I would never speak down, or become angry with a call center representative. I'm not entirely convinced at times they have even a notch in the lowest part of the totem pole. I can say with 100% certainty every representative I've spoken to from RCI has been nothing but helpful
  6. Hey @Matt, Ive attached the original line from the email receipt I received when booking, and the one I received after upgrading. I booked our upcoming cruise the very last night of our previous one, so I deferred the OBC to the Anthem sailing. I booked this directly with RC in the Next Cruise office.
  7. Less than 100 days away from a 12nt Anthem sailing, and I just can't wait... Perhaps someone could shed some light onto a question I was unable to find an answer to here. I booked Anthem while onboard NotS last December, and as a result was able to take advantage of the $75 per pax OBC for the Anthem sailing. Like any good cruiser I watched those prices like a hawk and waited for the right moment to strike for my upgrade. When I upgraded they were offering $100 per pax OBC. I was glancing over my reservation receipt as it's almost time to bid $3200 a fond farewell, and notice
  8. I would be lying if I said I didn't think this was a money grab. I have been loyal to Royal Caribbean since the very start, never wanting or needing to cruise with another line. I know the argument can be made that it is simple to walk to *insert dining venue here* and get your breakfast and take it back to your room. That's not the point, the point is there is a perceived value in cruising, and by slowly eliminating all of these values, aren't they becoming less of a value and more of an expense? I fully understand the bottom dollar, and I can appreciate all of the suite benefits, and
  9. I have to say, without doubt, and out of all the sailings I've had, the ABC sailing on NotS was my favorite by far. Navigator was my first ship many, many moons ago, and I would probably argue gave me the cruise bug and moreover, made me 'loyal to royal'. With that said, and this is just my opinion, there are a lot of sea days which I too love, but the onboard activities at times felt a little thin in quantity and variety. Obviously the Schooner Bar trivia hours are very entertaining, and the evening entertainment kept things fresh, but during the day, I found myself a few times, just
  10. So I did the Navigator 9 day from Miami that visits Curacao, Aurba, and Bonaire. I have to say, of all the ports of call I've been to, Bonaire was simply incredible. I cannot give a high enough recommendation to Renee Snorkel Trips. Renee is a former marine biologist who relocated to Bonaire 25 years ago. Her knowledge is simply second to none. I certainly won't get into the pro's and con's of booking an excursion through RCI or through places like Shore Excursioneer, but I will tell you what we were looking for. 1. Something unique 2. Something not packed full of our other shipm
  11. I booked this same itinerary on my holiday cruise for December 2017. I'm interested and excited to hear what the responses are.
  12. ... and I'm clearly blind. Excuse me while I go call the optometrist :-)
  13. Does anyone have any suggestion for a reputable tour operator that goes to Blue Hole? I've been doing some glancing around online, but nothing too deep.
  14. Pullman Miami is excellent. Free shuttle to the hotel from MIA. Rooms are freshly renovated, with a great bar and restaurant in house, plus a fantastic pool.
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