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Think the key is the greatest scam RCL has come up with. Selling to customer things that actually cost them nothing. Free lunch. The kitchen is cooking anyways. WiFi costs them nothing. Early on yep zilch. Early off you guessed it nothing. Time specified for attractions once again it is a zero. Workers are already there. So if they sell 200 of these on a cruise at 38 bucks it is 7600 a day. 53,200 a week and 212,800 a month. Almost a quarter of a million extra from just one ship a month   Not all ships have need for key but if 15 do that is 3.2 million per month. 38 million a year. All pure profit selling free stuff. 

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1 hour ago, Louvanh said:

 

Think the key is the greatest scam RCL has come up with. Selling to customer things that actually cost them nothing. Free lunch. The kitchen is cooking anyways. WiFi costs them nothing. Early on yep zilch. Early off you guessed it nothing. Time specified for attractions once again it is a zero. Workers are already there. So if they sell 200 of these on a cruise at 38 bucks it is 7600 a day. 53,200 a week and 212,800 a month. Almost a quarter of a million extra from just one ship a month   Not all ships have need for key but if 15 do that is 3.2 million per month. 38 million a year. All pure profit selling free stuff. 

You have to think of it from their perspective too. At the end of the day they're a business and profiting not only benefits them but usas well. All the new features with the bell and whistles that comes with the newer ship pushed out or pushing out. The grand selection to find a ship to fit your budget and needs with prices varying if you're not content with it. I never cruised because my first one ever is in Jan, 2020 but I'd like to support them with my budget "if" possible.

 

Just my 2 cents.

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1 hour ago, Louvanh said:

 

Think the key is the greatest scam RCL has come up with. Selling to customer things that actually cost them nothing. Free lunch. The kitchen is cooking anyways. WiFi costs them nothing. Early on yep zilch. Early off you guessed it nothing. Time specified for attractions once again it is a zero. Workers are already there. So if they sell 200 of these on a cruise at 38 bucks it is 7600 a day. 53,200 a week and 212,800 a month. Almost a quarter of a million extra from just one ship a month   Not all ships have need for key but if 15 do that is 3.2 million per month. 38 million a year. All pure profit selling free stuff. 

I think it's value is based on what it is worth to the purchaser, not how much it costs RCCL.

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This is all about what it costs RCL.  As more perks that came from loyalty cruisers get taken away they can now sell. So when given away to those who attained status it costs them in management and payroll. But now selling them and striping it from loyalty program it is a total win. The worst part of it all is you need to spend more to guarantee you can do things on board an oversold event. So when do you think it will end.  200 keys. 300 or 400. Pretty soon everyone will need the program. Then they can sell a super key and start all over. 

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I snagged it for my solo cruise on Brilliance back in February for $19.99/day, but at that price it was basically VOOM, which I was getting anyways, plus twenty bucks for lunch at chops.  all the other perks were gravy.  Great value for what I needed, but it was like biting the forbidden fruit; haven't gotten it again on the next 3 cruises with the price increases and don't see the point. 

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On 8/8/2019 at 3:26 PM, WAAAYTOOO said:

Most likely, they are still trying to figure out what they’re going to charge for The Key next year. That’s why drinks and dining packages aren’t published way out into the future.  

I just booked Freedom for September 2020.  The key is shown as well as drink prices and restaurant prices.  Even a lot of shore excursions are shown.  I'm sure things will change within the next 391 days though.

 

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On 8/10/2019 at 6:36 AM, kuruczpa said:

We are still waiting for The Key to show up for our February 16, 2020 cruise - I was hoping to get it at $19.99 but anything more than $24.99 doesn't seem worth it to me! The $31.99 and $37.99 price tags listed above seem ridiculous. But then again I suppose it's all about supply and demand. Hopefully no one buys it at those price points so the price drops.

As I mentioned on the 10th, the Key is still not up for our Feb 2020 cruise....

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On 8/22/2019 at 7:17 PM, fonemanbob said:

To Key or NOT to Key.    NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    NOT getting  it.  NOT worth it.  NOT ever.   So much $ for so little.          SAVE your money.   PLEASE

Why would you be so concerned where someone else spends their money?  I can see why you wouldn't want to do it, but why plea for someone else not to? How could it possibly affect you?

I got it for last Feb's Mariner cruise. 4-day cruise, $19.99/day. If I eliminate what I would have paid for Voom, used my $25 OBC toward it, I basically paid $5-10 total for the rest of the perks (ummm....a nice embarkation day lunch?).  I enjoyed having my carry on waiting in my room when I finally had access to it.  Would I personally do it on every cruise? Certainly not.  But it's a fine deal on short sailings if it can be snagged at the lower prices.

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It looks like Royal Caribbean has placed most if not all of the perks on The Key.  I’m on the Ovation as I post this.  Yesterday at check in, I did not see special access given to any of the Crown and Anchor levels.  It was all for those who purchased The Key.  I did see a sign for priority seating for C&A members Platinum and above but it was not as prominently displayed as the signs... yes plural... signs for The Key.

I assure you I did not go around asking, like Rose’s mother did on the Titanic, “Will the lifeboats be seated according to class?” But as a Platinum member, turning Emerald with this sailing, I kept asking myself, “What good does bring to be at these C&A levels? I don’t really feel rewarded for my loyalty.  RCCL has sold those “rewards” as The Key.”

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2 hours ago, RatedPG said:

 I’m on the Ovation as I post this.  Yesterday at check in, I did not see special access given to any of the Crown and Anchor levels.  It was all for those who purchased The Key.

Port of Seattle is weird, and I wouldn't use that as a way to rate embarkation. Last year on Explorer of the Seas (prior to The Key), they boarded everyone as one giant group regardless of C&A.

I can tell you in all my cruises this year in Bayonne, Canaveral, Miami, they have always respected the C&A levels for boarding.

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Just now, Matt said:

 

I can tell you in all my cruises this year in Bayonne, Canaveral, Miami, they have always respected the C&A levels for boarding.

This has been my experience as well.  Boarding last Sunday in Galveston they were very strict on boarding sequence - almost obsessive. The Key boarded after all Suites categories and Pinnacles.

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9 minutes ago, Matt said:

Port of Seattle is weird, and I wouldn't use that as a way to rate embarkation. Last year on Explorer of the Seas (prior to The Key), they boarded everyone as one giant group regardless of C&A.

I can tell you in all my cruises this year in Bayonne, Canaveral, Miami, they have always respected the C&A levels for boarding.

I agree.  I’ve sailed mostly from Canaveral and Lauderdale.  C&A members have exclusive entry points at those ports.

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14 minutes ago, Matt said:

Port of Seattle is weird, and I wouldn't use that as a way to rate embarkation. Last year on Explorer of the Seas (prior to The Key), they boarded everyone as one giant group regardless of C&A.

I can tell you in all my cruises this year in Bayonne, Canaveral, Miami, they have always respected the C&A levels for boarding.

Agreed - when we got to the Port of Seattle, they checked us in when we walked in we were told to go up the elevator, where we scanned our luggage.  There were people milling around the waiting area, but someone pointed us onto the gangway - we waited nowhere.  We were Gold Status, we didn't have The Key, we weren't in a suite.  We were about as steerage as one could get.  So there was no rhyme or reason in Seattle.

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11 hours ago, Aiycon said:

I’m cruising in Jan 2020...is the Key worth it for a Diamond Plus member?

The Key doesn’t really duplicate any D+ perks except for possibly earliest boarding. I think some of the ships still allow D+ to use the reserved seating in the main theater but all the ships (to my knowledge) have kicked D+ out of the reserved seating in the ice skating theater.

 I would say if you want lunch on boarding day and Voom you should probably still consider The Key.

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On 8/22/2019 at 3:14 PM, Louvanh said:

 

Think the key is the greatest scam RCL has come up with. Selling to customer things that actually cost them nothing. Free lunch. The kitchen is cooking anyways. WiFi costs them nothing. Early on yep zilch. Early off you guessed it nothing. Time specified for attractions once again it is a zero. Workers are already there. So if they sell 200 of these on a cruise at 38 bucks it is 7600 a day. 53,200 a week and 212,800 a month. Almost a quarter of a million extra from just one ship a month   Not all ships have need for key but if 15 do that is 3.2 million per month. 38 million a year. All pure profit selling free stuff. 

They sell a ton of stuff thats pure profit on the ship......I thought the Key was one of the best purchases we made.  I boarded right after suite guests and pinnacles, sat down to a quite Chops lunch, never had to stand in line for a show or try to find a seat, got to ride the flowrider for an hour while everyone else had to wait, priority at ports of call (again no waiting in line), internet included which we were going to buy anyway and on disembarkation I had a great breakfast and was then escorted off the ship in front of everyone waiting at the gangway straight to immigration and customs.  I didn't have to wait at all during my cruise and for that I would have paid even more!!!  Not to mention the look on my wifes face every time we went straight to the front of the line or to our reserved seats.   

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