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JLMoran last won the day on December 12 2018

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  1. Thanks for another live blog and week of great photos, @twangster! Hope you had a safe trip home. Try to survive the interminable wait of seven. whole. days! before your next sailing. And @Matt, time to safeguard the Kraken!!! 😁
  2. Maybe because it’s a true repo with few port days they felt the excursion credit wouldn’t be as much of a rake for them.
  3. Celebrity is already smoke-free in the casino, wouldn’t surprise me if sister line Royal was contemplating it. I’m sure they have before-and-after numbers on the nightly take when they made that switch, and can make a good guess how Royal line casinos would fare in comparison.
  4. Sorry, I should have used the original names from when they aired in Japan -- Science Ninja Squad Gatchaman, and Space Battleship Yamato. πŸ€“
  5. How do the tablets work? Do they basically automatically register each draw from the bin so you don't have to go hunting through your cards? If you get Bingo, do they make a sound or otherwise do that job for you, too? I always thought part of the point of Bingo was to be quick at finding the matches and marking them, not just calling out "Bingo!" Would be sad if even that part of the game got stripped away. More or less becomes a lottery at that point, where you're just waiting for the balls to be drawn (and more slowly than any actual lottery drawing).
  6. In essence, yes. But at least with the dining package I have the ability to dine at my preferred venue even if it's not on my first date of choice or first time of choice. If an excursion I want to do sells out ahead of embarkation, I'm SOL because there are no other dates or times it will be offered. I have to hope there's a decent option B that I'll still find interesting and enjoyable. Kind of a big difference, in my book. John Hammond: All major theme parks have delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked! Dr. Ian Malcolm: Yeah, but, John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists.
  7. I do remember Mr. Peabody, along with Rocky & Bullwinkle. And +1 for Jonny Quest and Speed Racer. But my personal childhood favorites were: Battle of the Planets Star Blazers Dr. Who (the OG Doctors in my book -- Pertwee and Tom Baker!) on Sunday mornings, on PBS when I woke up early enough Yeah, my nerd credentials were stamped, sealed, and gilded when I was six! 😁
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  9. Finally had a chance to check my Cruise Planner. While the Perks Ultra and other packages are all there (under Internet & More), there was a very important "How to Redeem" PDF that spells out how to claim all the perks. Key among them: So I have to wait until I'm on board, when a lot of the better options will have likely sold out, and then I also have to pay the full on-board price. Sorry, Celebrity, but that's a deal-breaker. Your system has it on record that I've purchased the package, why can't that credit be applied immediately in the Cruise Planner and restricted only to shore excursion purchases? Oh, right. This is still Royal IT we're talking about. Of course they can't have something sensible like that implemented. Seriously, I was ready to plunk down my credit card and buy one of these per month until I had the family covered, then start reserving our shore excursions as the options opened up to more than the handful currently on offer. That one line in the terms has unfortunately guaranteed that I won't be buying any package for anyone.
  10. It's a coffee mug from the RCBlog merch site on spreadshirt.com -- https://shop.spreadshirt.com/royalcaribbeanblog/accessories?q=D4 They also have a nice collection of T-shirts. I believe @Matt gets a small cut to help keep the site going, too. EDIT -- Also adding a link to the CruiseHabit merch site, in case you feel like throwing @monorailmedic a bone. πŸ˜‰
  11. @monorailmedic put up a new tidbit on cruisehabit.com -- https://www.cruisehabit.com/celebrity-cruises-perks-packages Looks interesting, especially since I've gotten the impression that Celebrity doesn't really do big discounts on things like the wifi options. Some actual savings to be had, as long as you see yourself using all of the items provided by the package. Not sure if these would be a decent option for my Iceland & Greenland sailing; I'm looking mainly at the "Perks Ultra" option since that includes: Two bags of laundry per purchaser It's a fact that we'll all need to do laundry on this 14-night sailing with close to a week after in Dublin Two bags per person should let us all do a week's worth of laundry without breaking the bank Two specialty dining reservations I was already planning on booking two of the restaurants for this trip, so check! $300 shore excursion credit each For sure going to have to purchase excursions through X for Sydney and Akureyri due to tendering and port times, respectively With what I've seen of X's excursion pricing so far, especially for Akureyri, $300 per person should cover both ports; maybe with one more partly covered Still some cons about that particular package, especially the two-device unlimited internet per package; we'd only need one device per person. And my wife isn't big on getting the cruise photos, so the digital photo pass could potentially be a waste (although if we had it for the rest of the package, then my wife might go with the flow). But I'm definitely thinking hard about this. Will have to see if it's being offered in my Cruise Planner and what the pricing is like. Time for a new spreadsheet! πŸ˜…
  12. If you booked with a travel agent, you can ask them to reach out to Royal and make the request. I've done this on every cruise to specifically request a big table so we have lots of table-mates to talk with. If you booked directly, you can reach out to Royal through the Crown & Anchor toll-free number, or by emailing the dining group. I don't recall the exact email that I've seen here, will let someone who has gone this route give you the correct info.
  13. @PRebecca, I recommend the tried and true method of creating a spreadsheet. Spreadsheets always make things easier. Just ask @twangster and @Lovetocruise2002! πŸ˜‚
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