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Get a drink at the bionic bar? Pay for a suite? Go on the FlowRider?

What is one thing on a Royal Caribbean cruise that you will never, ever do on a cruise (that you haven't already done)?

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Multiple things for me. 

 

I will never pay full price for the drink package. And odds are good that I will never buy a drink package either. Tea is my main thing and it's free so no big deal there. 

 

I will never pay for a suite. And odds are good that I will always be in an inside room. A room is a place to cover the 5 S'  sleep,  shower,  shave,  sex,  and s... you fill in the last one.  I would rather walk around or people watch than sit in a room. 

 

I will never pay for a cabana on a private beach or island. 

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The one thing I will never do is something like the Flowrider, having an audience to watch me fail doesn't appeal to me. Also pay for any sort of beach related excursions and accoutrements. At $500+ to sit in a cabana on a beach that is already private seems like a pure waste of funds....to me.

I also want to add getting an UBP/UDP....I have not done either on RCG. Other cruise lines, yes, and I always hated myself after. I had to drink and eat so much to break even. Now I do a la cart and it works out better.

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Buy Art - I don't understand this aspect of cruising at all... it's very strange to me.

Other than that - never say never... especially after Covid.   There are things that I said I would never do on a cruise and after missing cruising for so long I've warned they family that we're doing ALL OF IT!  lol

Except cupcake making, sushi, and guacamole classes.  ?

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2 hours ago, RockerDom31 said:

I hope not to stir up any trouble here but…

I will NEVER take the daily gratuity charge off. The employees (both in front of and behind the scenes) deserve every penny of that and more!

I agree wholeheartedly on how it is set up presently.

I would like to be more honest about it. How about paying them a living wage? If that raises the upfront price of the cruise, so be it. Tipping as income is borderline evil.

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I will never do the Flowrider, thanks to mobility limits. Well, that an acute aversion to public embarrassment as a somewhat distant second. ?

I will never pay full / onboard price for a drink package; nor will I ever buy a drink package at all if the price is higher than I think is justified for my personal consumption habits.

I will never do the belly flop contest (too skinny) nor the sexiest man competition (see above about aversion to public embarrassment; I know it's all in good fun and spirit, but I'm just self-conscious enough about my legs that I wouldn't have fun).

And I will never do the Love and Marriage game, because I'm utterly incapable of convincing my wife to even attend it!! ?

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19 minutes ago, MrB said:

I would like to be more honest about it. How about paying them a living wage? If that raises the upfront price of the cruise, so be it. Tipping as income is borderline evil.

If they aren’t paid a ‘living wage’ how can one be a crew member for so long?

That snark comment aside, I recommend talking to a crew member about their weekly net cruise wages compared to the average weekly wages of their home country for a similar skill set job. 
 

I have been told by many crew that net cruise wages are 5-7 times their home country. This is why so many are eager to work on a ship and are so serious about maintaining their employment. Think of the sacrifices they make being away from home and often family. 

If you think that all crew should be paid what is considered a living wage in the U.S. the cruise fare would increase tremendously and thus less people able to afford cruise travel. This lowers demand for crew as less ships are needed. Thus leaving more people in impoverished countries on a waitlist dreaming for a cruise job, likely never getting one, enabling them to forever improve the opportunities for their family. I consider this scenario evil. My masters in economics likely influences my thinking.

Consider the unseen when making economic suggestions. 

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