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Everything posted by JLMoran

  1. 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.
  2. 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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  4. 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.
  5. 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. 😉
  6. @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! 😅
  7. 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.
  8. @PRebecca, I recommend the tried and true method of creating a spreadsheet. Spreadsheets always make things easier. Just ask @twangster and @Lovetocruise2002! 😂
  9. I can't say I've ever seen a bottle of wine on board that went for $16 either. I want to say the least expensive I've seen in reds averaged at least $30 a bottle, and those were wines I drink or have had back at home and I know go for $10-$12 a bottle. I will say that when you compare the price per glass vs. the price of a bottle, a bottle does work out better per glass if you don't have the DBP and you expect to drink an entire bottle's worth over the course of your sailing.
  10. Man, those night pics are just phenomenal! And now my daughter isn't the only one thinking about a DSLR at some point in the near-to-middling future...
  11. Following! Have a safe flight back to Milan, a smooth transfer to Venice, and a great cruise!
  12. Is this a recent change? On both of my sailings in 2018, I got a multi-device plan and had just one code that could be used on up to the number of devices I'd purchased. I know the way you log in to the wifi has changed recently, so also adding separate codes might make a certain amount of sense if they also want to track usage better.
  13. I'm not a sports person at all, so I freely admit that I have no understanding of sports watching culture at all. But still... I really don't get why folks would want to spend a chunk of a gorgeous sunny day out on the ocean with all the other things to do on a ship, sitting inside and watching TV. . . . . . Oh, God, someone help me... I've become my mom!!!! 😱
  14. I can't decide if you put wine in quotes because you don't consider $10 a bottle to be real wine, or because you're playing some shenanigans with those two bottles. 😂 I drink stuff at home regularly that's $8 or $9 a bottle and that I consider more than decent, so I'm kind of hoping it's the latter reason. 😉
  15. 🤦🏻‍♂️ Moderator, I'd like to report a really bad dad joke... 😉
  16. Only fine point I'll note here is that is what is needed to get on and off the ship, not necessarily to get through the security office on your way back in. Even in the Caribbean I have seen security entrances to the port where signs were out stating you must have your passport, and that driver's license or birth certificate would not be accepted. Rare, yes, but it has happened to me. And in the EU I could see where the security stations might also want to see a passport. As others have noted, it's also useful to have in case you have the worst-case scenario of missing the ship and needing to catch a flight to the next port, or having a family emergency and needing to fly home. You will have no recourse if you don't have an actual passport at that point but to go to the embassy and wait for a new passport to be issued. They last 10 years, are reasonably small, and are easy to carry in a backpack pocket or purse. And you need them to travel overseas anyway, so at that point just carry it around.
  17. Ummm, I hope you mean dinners for baby seals and not dinners made from baby seals! 😅
  18. I would have been sorely pressed not to just pick up that entire mega-tray and walk back to my cabin while saying, "OK, thanks for the great tour! Have a nice day!"
  19. I just want to call out @Matt and @Lovetocruise2002; we now have a new leader in the "head start" for live blogs -- this thread was started 53 days before sail date!! C'mon, you two, quit slacking! 😂🤣 @Royalnewbie96, definitely appreciate your enthusiasm for this! I know it's really early to say, but have a great cruise!
  20. It's all a matter of timing. Try out the Solarium hot tubs any night around 9:30 or 10:00 PM. Only a handful of people there then. 😉
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