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1 hour ago, Bigken said:

 

You should book it now on cruise planner also not sure about 50$ back at end of cruise it’s usually an on board credit to you’d on ship. Any way  govnies is very dood was 

 

47 minutes ago, mom2mybugs said:

I think tiny said she has to purchase on board....   otherwise definitely best to pre-book.  Jane

Actually, those are important points. I'll call the agency and ask them whether I need to PURCHASE it onboard, or USE it onboard. Thanks for pointing that out.

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1 hour ago, Bigken said:

 

You should book it now on cruise planner also not sure about 50$ back at end of cruise it’s usually an on board credit to you’d on ship. Any way  govnies is very dood was 

 

48 minutes ago, mom2mybugs said:

I think tiny said she has to purchase on board....   otherwise definitely best to pre-book.  Jane

Actually, those are important points. I'll call the agency and ask them whether I need to PURCHASE it onboard, or USE it onboard. Thanks for pointing that out.

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1 hour ago, mom2mybugs said:

Giovanni’s is a wonderful restaurant!   Enjoy your special windfall and go there!  Otherwise if there is an excursion that looks interesting you can also do that!  Just book when you get on.  One other thing is some sort of souvenir or get a photo done of the two of you!!  I’ve been enjoying your planning and hope you have a wonderful trip!! Jane

 

12 minutes ago, ThyriC said:

See for me, I'd put the $50 towards a shore excursion that you hadnt budgeted for before.  So maybe you budgeted to walk around the port (free), why not use the $50 towards a tour?   You might not get much for 50 but you can think of it as one heck of a discount.  

Might also use the 50 to get a manicure or pedicure onboard.  

Maybe combo it up with several experiences?  Like splurging on room service one night.  Maybe a souvenir glass beverage another night.  How about a keepsake photo of you and the captain or on formal night?  

Now we're cooking! These are all great ideas. I'll enjoy contemplating them all. Funny thing about photos, I hate the way I look in them, but years later when I see the photo I think, "Why was I dissatisfied? I wish I looked that good now!"

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2 hours ago, mom2mybugs said:

What are your other ports? I can’t remember.  Cozumel  has tons to do!  Jane

Cozumel is our only port, it's a 4 night cruise . . . . departs Tampa before sunset on Thursday, Friday is a sea day, Saturday in Cozumel, and then another sea day back to Tampa by Monday morning. I am just going to chill on the balcony and watch the sun and the moon and the stars and the sea. 🙂 

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1 hour ago, CruisinTexan said:

Would classes qualify? We are doing a guacamole class on our coming cruise. Also doing a special tour/brunch. 

I've tried pulling up Onboard Activities on the Cruise Planner, but the message says they cannot bring up my info and I should try again later. Does that become available close to cruise time?

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Sign out and try signing back in. Sometimes the system doesn’t know you or something. If it keeps up, wait an hour and try again. You should be able to sign up for stuff up to about a week before, maybe closer.We signed up for several classes and activities weeks before. If you cannot get in before, try as soon as you get on board!!

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25 minutes ago, CruisinTexan said:

Sign out and try signing back in. Sometimes the system doesn’t know you or something. If it keeps up, wait an hour and try again. You should be able to sign up for stuff up to about a week before, maybe closer.We signed up for several classes and activities weeks before. If you cannot get in before, try as soon as you get on board!!

Thanks, Cruisin Texan!

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5 hours ago, tiny blonde said:

I've tried pulling up Onboard Activities on the Cruise Planner, but the message says they cannot bring up my info and I should try again later. Does that become available close to cruise time?

Yes...just keep checking from time to time

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On 5/30/2019 at 9:08 AM, tiny blonde said:

My travel agency (CruisesOnly.com) has informed me that I will get $50 back after the cruise IF I spend that amount on board the Brilliance. That's for Hubby and me combined. So it will behoove me to spend that much, although we hadn't planned on spending.

So . . . .  what would you recommend for $50 or slightly more? A meal for two at Giovanni's Table? A pair of drinks and a souvenir from the gift shop? What can $50 buy on the ship for an elderly couple who don't drink or party much, nor eat much, but definitely appreciate quality? We don't eat meat but we do love pasta and eggplant and Asian food.

Roulette table.. bet on black! 

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I get a kick out of the ship sales, like the $10 sales.  I know we are talking cheap imports, but I swear by the $10 sports watches, which I buy almost every cruise.  They die in a year or two, which is about the price of a battery in my nicer watches.  There are also cheap hats for the pool or beach as well as practical items like sunglasses hand bags, scarves, men's ties. I can't tell you how many times I've needed a tie or sunglasses.  Some ships even have special gift sets (leather wallet sets), so I sometimes find stocking stuffers. These sales are especially helpful when the airline loses your luggage (Been there, done that).  As for the specialty dinners, our reaction is mixed.   The food really isn't any better than the main dining room unless there is a particular item you want (e.g., filet mignon).  However, you can order that in the main dining room for a slight surcharge ($17 on my last cruise).  The ambience in the specialty restaurants isn't that much nicer, and the service is sometimes slow.  If you like sushi or hibachi-style food, Izumi's would be another dining option.  My guess is that you will find something to spend the $$ on, even if it is just room service ($7.95+) for a quiet meal in your stateroom. 

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My vote is for dinner, or two specialty lunches...oohh, the galley tour with lunch and sushi making! Watch out for the hot Saki.

Laundry - I bring a 2 gallon ziploc bag and laundry soap leaves to hand wash high performance stuff, and I sent all cotton socks, underwear, t-shirts, off in the bag of "wash and fold laundry", it comes back 2 days later all done. Hand washing teenager's socks is not my idea of a good time, but I will hand wash a few high performance tank tops, shorts, etc. For nice clothes, I send men's dress shirts & slacks off for wash and press, and have even had a suit dry cleaned on the ship. We have not had any items damaged. Dry cleaning is $1.00 less than at home, and I don't have to wrestle  clean suit into a wet, snowy car at the dry cleaner's.  But don't tell RCCL they are $1.00 less!  shhhhhhh.

 

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