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So it looks like our 4 night Mariner cruise in April 2020 is being changed from one stop in Perfect Day to two stops (With Nassau in between). Is this common on the shorter cruises to remove the At Sea day? Seems like a lot of Perfect Day over 3 days...

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Our 4 night Mariner is affected too.  Aside from the 3 day cruises, I don't think this is common.  Guess a trial?  Not sure how I feel about it.

Good

  • Will lesson crowds on the ship (compared with a sea day)
  • Flexible if you just want to enjoy the beach, big pool again or food options
  • Can pick one day as waterpark day and one day as relaxing beach/pool day (definitely not both as park is very $$$)

Bad

  • I enjoy watching the water as she ship moves - won't be much of that (just at night)
  • We enjoy sea days taking advantage of the ship with lots of activities going on compared with port days - so less activities if all port days?
  • For this specific cruise, we have aft balcony....so won't be able to watch wake as much

Can see the advantage for Royal though...more excursions purchased, cheaper keeping ship still for a day

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I did the 3 day on Mariner several times this year, have to say the only thing i didnt care for was not having a sea day at all. Definitely missed having a day of shipboard activities, probably staying aboard in Nassau next time but as you noted they dont do the full slate of activities on board on a port day.

All in all, probably about as good of a "problem" as one can have 🙂

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The majority of guests boarding Mariner have never been on a cruise before.  

Perfect Day is proving to be immensely popular for good reason.

Combine the two and I can understand why they are trying this.

If the feedback is positive they'll likely continue, if not they likely won't.

The idea of two stops is appealing.  That's taking me two cruises, one last week and another next week.  

 

Let's examine this concept that the new Perfect Day is a money grab compared to the old CocoCay. 

Thrill water park is a small section of the island.  Beyond the water park the same excursions are available that always have been at CocoCay, except...

Remember the old Aqua Park?  $37 for one hour.  That's it in the distance. Yep, that's what you got for one hour and $37 back in 2017.

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Remember the old slides from 2017?  $26 for a day pass.  Not included in the Aqua Park.

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Now for roughly the same price of the old aqua park and old slide you get an entire water park with wave pool and multiple slides that are incredible.

Thrill water park is $62 in most of my upcoming stops at CocoCay.  To me that represents pretty great value compared to the CocoCay of yesterday.

BTW - see all those loungers in the top picture?  Notice anything missing?  The $20 umbrellas!

Here is a Perfect Day picture from last week.  Now, umbrellas all over the place and they are free!

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If you just want a relaxing beach day without spending a dime that describes 90% of Perfect Day including a free fresh water pool and now Perfect Day is so much nicer than the old CocoCay.  If you want a water park, the price today has so much more value compared to the old Aqua park and inflatable slide of yesterday's CocoCay at the same price.

Plus no more tendering!  Come and go from the ship as much as you want.  

What's not to love about Perfect Day?

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1 hour ago, twangster said:

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Thrill water park is $62 in most of my upcoming stops at CocoCay.  To me that represents pretty great value compared to the CocoCay of yesterday.

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Geez $62, I’ll be on oasis next May and it’s $79.  That’s a huge difference when you have a family of 4 or more. I would think it would be cheaper for the bigger ships. Anyway I love the idea of 2 days at cococay, I could definitely skip either port Canaveral or Nassau. Preferably Port Canaveral  

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18 minutes ago, Ogalthorpe Haywood said:

Geez $62, I’ll be on oasis next May and it’s $79.  That’s a huge difference when you have a family of 4 or more. I would think it would be cheaper for the bigger ships. Anyway I love the idea of 2 days at cococay, I could definitely skip either port Canaveral or Nassau. Preferably Port Canaveral  

And it's probably more expensive if there are multiple ships port at Coco Cay.

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7 minutes ago, OrlandoC said:

It's $38 right now for our Mariner 4 day in October. We are sharing with Grandeur that day too. 

Buy it!  Even if you are unsure you can always cancel later.

I scored a zip line and thrill water park combp for ~$60 for an upcoming cruise.  Then Perfect Day demand went through the roof and prices adjusted upward.

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Symphony is doing cruises with stops at both Labadee and Coco cay in January 2021. I jumped all over that one. Like @twangster posted earlier I am one of those who loves a nice relaxing beach day and being able to do it for free on 2 stops on the same cruise is extremely appealing to me

 

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10 minutes ago, Vancity Cruiser said:

Symphony is doing cruises with stops at both Labadee and Coco cay in January 2021. I jumped all over that one. Like @twangster posted earlier I am one of those who loves a nice relaxing beach day and being able to do it for free on 2 stops on the same cruise is extremely appealing to me

 

I am headed straight to Royal's site to check on prices! I would LOVE Symphony & two private islands! Take my resort to two private islands for relaxing easy peasy beach day? I'm in.

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4 hours ago, Ogalthorpe Haywood said:

Geez $62, I’ll be on oasis next May and it’s $79.  That’s a huge difference when you have a family of 4 or more. I would think it would be cheaper for the bigger ships. Anyway I love the idea of 2 days at cococay, I could definitely skip either port Canaveral or Nassau. Preferably Port Canaveral  

Ditto. Our waterpark tickets on 3 of our sailings are $105 CAD each.  Like you, pretty expensive for a family of 4.  No way we'll be purchasing for both days.

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6 hours ago, twangster said:

The majority of guests boarding Mariner have never been on a cruise before.  

Perfect Day is proving to be immensely popular for good reason.

Combine the two and I can understand why they are trying this.

If the feedback is positive they'll likely continue, if not they likely won't.

The idea of two stops is appealing.  That's taking me two cruises, one last week and another next week.  

 

Let's examine this concept that the new Perfect Day is a money grab compared to the old CocoCay. 

Thrill water park is a small section of the island.  Beyond the water park the same excursions are available that always have been at CocoCay, except...

Remember the old Aqua Park?  $37 for one hour.  That's it in the distance. Yep, that's what you got for one hour and $37 back in 2017.

Ulveguo.jpg

VcE7y22.jpg

Remember the old slides from 2017?  $26 for a day pass.  Not included in the Aqua Park.

wpeN9Oo.jpg

Now for roughly the same price of the old aqua park and old slide you get an entire water park with wave pool and multiple slides that are incredible.

Thrill water park is $62 in most of my upcoming stops at CocoCay.  To me that represents pretty great value compared to the CocoCay of yesterday.

BTW - see all those loungers in the top picture?  Notice anything missing?  The $20 umbrellas!

Here is a Perfect Day picture from last week.  Now, umbrellas all over the place and they are free!

myB1P7k.jpg

If you just want a relaxing beach day without spending a dime that describes 90% of Perfect Day including a free fresh water pool and now Perfect Day is so much nicer than the old CocoCay.  If you want a water park, the price today has so much more value compared to the old Aqua park and inflatable slide of yesterday's CocoCay at the same price.

Plus no more tendering!  Come and go from the ship as much as you want.  

What's not to love about Perfect Day?

Is the nature trail still there?

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15 hours ago, WannaCruise said:

Ditto. Our waterpark tickets on 3 of our sailings are $105 CAD each.  Like you, pretty expensive for a family of 4.  No way we'll be purchasing for both days.

Always nice to see both sides of the story presented.....from what I have heard and seen..this is much more the norm....not to mention some are sold out 6 mths on advance.

 

Royal aint brining ppl here to sit in the beach and pay nothing...don't ever let anyone try to tell you otherwise.

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Not sure if it is directly related to the itinerary change but I have since learned that this sailing has been chartered. Hopefully more details will be forthcoming 

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59 minutes ago, Rants said:

Not sure if it is directly related to the itinerary change but I have since learned that this sailing has been chartered. Hopefully more details will be forthcoming 

Are you getting that because the itinerary has been pulled from booking availability?  I hear a lot of them with this double-dip itinerary were pulled from new bookings availability, so it may not be a charter issue.

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43 minutes ago, AshleyDillo said:

Are you getting that because the itinerary has been pulled from booking availability?  I hear a lot of them with this double-dip itinerary were pulled from new bookings availability, so it may not be a charter issue.

I was getting the charter message when I looked on the app and customer service confirmed it but stated they couldn’t provide me with any more info. He said the reservation was frozen at this time and that I would be sent info about cancellation, etc as soon as it was finalized. He said he had no timetable for when that would be.

All I got was this other email 

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