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  1. I book with Costco all the time and I have gotten a similar error message before. I think it's just a timing issue with the system when the booking is very new. Ask your friends to wait until the booking is at least a day old, and then try the cruise planner again. It should let them pre-book whatever they want and they DON'T have to pay the full cruise balance in advance.
  2. Hi all, We're heading out tomorrow for our little 3-day trip on the Mariner and I splurged and got us the Unlimited Dining Package. I'm hearing conflicting reports on whether the Ultimate Dining Package benefit can be used at the Bamboo Room for the small plates they offer. What are the experiences of the folks here? Is it typically accepted without question, totally excluded, or have you had to go up and challenge the charges after the fact?
  3. Be adventurous! Having an unlimited drink package is a great opportunity to try something off the wall you're not sure you'll like. Look at all the house specials in the various venues on the ship, they all have unique cocktails that fit their themes. Prime example, I had always wanted to try a Negroni. I finally did and learned that I definitely do not like Negronis.
  4. Ain't that the truth! Peak breakfast is the only time I've tried to pop by, took one look at the line snaking from the entrance down several flights of stairs and just noped the heck out of there. It's fine if you go early (7am) or late (10:30ish), but it gets crazy busy in the 8am-10am prime time. Embarkation day can be a bit crazy, particularly later in the afternoon, but if you get there by noon you'll be fine. Beware of roller bags. All other times, it's been busy to varying degrees but it's never taken us more than a few minutes to get a table or have to dodge elbows to get to a food station. Breakfast is like Mad Max.
  5. Yikes! For that price, I'd go back to smuggling liquor onboard
  6. Not true. An iPhone will route all calls and SMS texting entirely over a wifi network if the plan and phone company support it. Access to a cellular signal is not needed. It is strongly recommended putting a phone in airplane mode, and then enabling wi-fi so that the cellular radios are turned off and there's no chance of accidentally connecting to the ship's very expensive cell tower. The recipient does not need to have an iPhone or use a different app, as these will go through as regular calls and texts.
  7. The impact of Dorian had me wondering--if you're on a cruise that gets extended due to inclement weather re-routes (say a 5 night becomes a 7 night) what happens to per-day package purchases (i.e. Drink Package, Voom, Ultimate Dining, etc.) for those additional days? Do you have to pay for the extra days or do they move everyone to ala-carte once the pre-purchased timeframe expires? Or do they just give you the package benefits for the extra days? Likewise, what happens if the cruise gets shortened do to a weather situation?
  8. So what you're really saying is we all just need to drink more? ?
  9. I feel like Royal's doing too much nickel and diming for the base fares they're charging. I'm looking at options for an Alaska trip next year and I'm seeing quite a few sailings where Celebrity, which is allegedly the "premium brand" is pretty close to a comparable Royal itinerary's base price but includes perks like a drink package and better OBC. Royal's may be a couple hundred dollars cheaper here and there, but after all the packages, Celeb's often less expensive overall.
  10. I think it's pretty obvious who is right and who is wrong. If the grandfather set the baby on a railing on a balcony or an open area on one of the upper decks, same thing would have happened. If the window had been closed and the baby fell into the window, it's likely the pane would've held the weight but not guaranteed. A screen probably wouldn't have. And the baby still could've been severely injured or killed. Their Today Show performance disgusted me. I don't think this is anything more than trying to gin up public outrage against Royal Caribbean and pushing them to settle to shut them up. It isn't about protecting other children, it isn't about restitution for Royal Caribbean's negligence, it's about taking advantage of self-inflicted tragedy to blame somebody else for their own stupidity and get a big check in the process.
  11. Nah, people on social media seldom understand anything. Period. It should be "Baseless Gut Reaction Book." It's a tragedy and I can't even fathom what the family must be experiencing, but I don't see how it's anybody but the grandfather's fault. You don't put a baby on a railing in any situation, ever. A hard fall from just a few feet can be fatal. How many "do not sit or climb on railing" signs have they got on the ship? Do they need to add "especially babies!"? Whether he thought the window was opened or closed shouldn't figure in to it in the slightest. Setting aside that it's blatantly obvious when the windows are open, what possess someone to think setting a baby on a precarious surface to bang on glass is a sensible thing to do?
  12. I've never known any pills to help. The only thing that has consistently worked for me is "pacing & spacing." A bottle of water after every cocktail or glass of a wine before ordering the next one. Bottled water is included in the drink package! Make heavy use of that. Take frequent breaks, go find snacks. I stockpile extra waters for the room too.
  13. I have it on good authority that they've upgraded all of their backend systems to MS-DOS 6.22. This will allow up to five guests to be logged in to their cruise planners simultaneously without the website crashing!
  14. I've been curious about X for a while, I'll probably book a short one in the not too distant future to see for ourselves how it compares to Royal. "More mature/Less kiddie" sounds like it could be appealing, but we've never felt like a Royal ship was overrun by children or catering to families in a way that took anything away from our experience. Although, I am curious how people feel the food, service & entertainment compares between the two lines.
  15. I'm curious if people who already bought half-day passes will still get kicked out when their time's up or the park staff will just let them be.
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