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6 minutes ago, Karannk said:

Seems rather intentional that the premium cocktails are $13. Just enough to not be included in the drink package, right? With all the rest included, I’d have a hard time choosing to pay extra. But they do make it so darn tempting, don’t they? 

On the Quantum (and Oasis) class ships, the drink package covers everything up to $13. So those premium cocktails are indeed included. You'll also find that most regular cocktails around the ship are $13.

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17 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

On the Quantum (and Oasis) class ships, the drink package covers everything up to $13. So those premium cocktails are indeed included. You'll also find that most regular cocktails around the ship are $13.

Awesome! This will be our first sailing on Royal Caribbean - as well as Star class - in January 2020, so there is a lot to learn! Even more to look forward to! 🍹

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4 hours ago, SweetPea said:

Ok folks. The internet started petering out not long after sail away and was still down when we went to the 6:30 show. I didn't wind up trying again till this morning. 

This was the drink we tried. It smelled like Cotton Candy and looked like it. It tasted pretty much like it too. 20190427_154502.thumb.jpg.d4d106b8615a808f6f0b9c5c783debe2.jpg

 

Which bar did this come from? Or was it from the star class bar cart?

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3 hours ago, SweetPea said:

We are also going to have to figure out if the stair lights can be turned off... We're moving too slow to figure it out at the moment. 

In the loft on HM, there was a switch to turn off the stair lights.

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1 hour ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Which bar did this come from? Or was it from the star class bar cart?

1 hour ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

In the loft on HM, there was a switch to turn off the stair lights.

We were in 270. 🙂 And we're still looking for that switch! 

1 hour ago, CGTLH said:

Think 270 bar had those... Star class bar cart wouldn't have had any prices.

Winner, winner! 

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Today we just went to the suite sundeck. Our balcony was getting no sun. I'll need to take some pics, but it's really nothing to write home about. It has comfy chairs and a great view of the pool. But we've been spoiled by the Haven. There were no bathrooms on the sundeck and no drink service that we saw. 

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Actual conversation on our aft balcony :

 

Are you seriously drinking champagne and eating grapes right now? 

 

Yes. Life is very hard for me. 

 

Which one is that? 

 

The Moet. Want to try it? 

 

Yes....... Tastes like a Brut. 

 

Did you say that because that's the only kind of champagne you know? 

 

Yes. I wanted to sound smart. 

 

What did you think of it? 

 

It was smooth. I mean, not as smooth as my Coors Lite. BTW, do you remember singing along to the guitar player last night?

 

No. 

 

And I'd like to offer a blanket apology to anyone in the Pub with us. Sorry. 

 

 

 

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For my Havenites: in addition to cotton balls and Qtips, Royal also does not supply shower poufs or caps. Plan accordingly. 

 

Also, I will say Haven towels kick Star Class butt. These are smaller and scratchy. 

And Haven water pressure is way betterer too. 

 

I give my Star Class shower experience a solid B-. 

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5 hours ago, Karannk said:

Seems rather intentional that the premium cocktails are $13. Just enough to not be included in the drink package, right? With all the rest included, I’d have a hard time choosing to pay extra. But they do make it so darn tempting, don’t they? 

BTW, meant to say that our folio is 0$.

 

The Chops waiter said, oh you're Star Class. Perrier or Evian? And he left the bottle of Malbec at our table. 

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I’m really enjoying your blog Sweet Pea! My husband and I started cruising on Royal but switched many years ago to NCL/Haven and loved it but wanted to try Royal again.  We cruised Royal’s Star Class for the first time earlier this year.  We had a bad genie experience so I’m watching to see what a Haven/Star Class comparison is for someone with a good genie experience.  I appreciate your comments regarding pluses and minuses vs NCL/Haven.  Enjoy the rest of your cruise!!  

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2 hours ago, Spartan4Ever said:

I’m really enjoying your blog Sweet Pea! My husband and I started cruising on Royal but switched many years ago to NCL/Haven and loved it but wanted to try Royal again.  We cruised Royal’s Star Class for the first time earlier this year.  We had a bad genie experience so I’m watching to see what a Haven/Star Class comparison is for someone with a good genie experience.  I appreciate your comments regarding pluses and minuses vs NCL/Haven.  Enjoy the rest of your cruise!!  

Honestly, folks cannot do enough for us. The maitre d' of CK said whatever we wanted, to let him know. 

 

FYI, the Genies are Derick, Shane, and Wendy. 

I would sail Star Class again if the price is right.  Especially since NCL is ticking me off... a 5$ upcharge for shrimp cocktail even with the dining package? C'mon! 

 

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2 minutes ago, SweetPea said:

Honestly, folks cannot do enough for us. The maitre d' of CK said whatever we wanted, to let him know. 

 

FYI, the Genies are Derick, Shane, and Wendy. 

I would sail Star Class again if the price is right.  Especially since NCL is ticking me off... a 5$ upcharge for shrimp cocktail even with the dining package? C'mon! 

 

I agree with you - if the price is right I would also sail Star Class.  There were things I liked from each option (Haven vs Star Class), I just personally didn't feel the Star Class on Royal was head and shoulders above the Haven experience which was what I was expecting from some of the reviews I read.  Most people treated us great as well.  And you're right,  I've read nothing but great things about Derick so you likely hit the jackpot there! :11_blush::91_thumbsup:  

Enjoy that shrimp!!!!  :15_yum:

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On 4/28/2019 at 1:18 PM, Karannk said:

Seems rather intentional that the premium cocktails are $13. Just enough to not be included in the drink package, right? With all the rest included, I’d have a hard time choosing to pay extra. But they do make it so darn tempting, don’t they?

Oops. Duplicate. #DayDrinkingTurnedNightDrinking

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13 minutes ago, SweetPea said:

BTW, Derick only gives WOW bands by request because the bands don't carry any special recognition. We asked for them because Batman holds my card. And I want to open the cabin door by my band ... 

Same experience I had on Anthem, WOW band by request only. Yet on Symphony they were waiting in the room.

It would be a nice down the road thing for a special Star Class WOW band.

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51 minutes ago, SweetPea said:

Honestly, folks cannot do enough for us. The maitre d' of CK said whatever we wanted, to let him know. 

Curious...who is the head waiter (maitre d’) in CK right now? When we sailed Anthem last year it was a guy by the name of Bojan. He was amazing! Wondering if he is still there?

And I cannot wait to try that cotton candy drink from 270 😋😊

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