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I am not going to promise lengthy entries but I will try and provide some daily observations.

5 night Bermuda cruise.

Deluxe drink packages for both of us and also Ultimate Dining Packages.

We were able to have lunch at Chops on embark day using our UDP.  While there, (BTW we were the only ones in the restaurant until just minutes before we left when 1 other couple came in.  It was a wonderful “private” lunch) the maiter’d made all of the specialty dining reservations for us for the rest of the cruise.  Very nice.

Good news for Sweety - they still have red velvet cake at Chops on Lady G !  Yippee.  Dan and I shared a slice. More than that would have been decadence and an obvious exercise of “cruise privilege”.

I’ve already reported the delay in leaving port (5 PM vs 4 PM) due to Fleet Week activities.

Cruise Director is Bob Leininger. I don’t know yet who the AM is. Will report if/when I find out

Capt is Thordur Thorsson. We’ve sailed with him many time. Very good Capt

HD is Adriana Tibaudo. Don’t recall her name so no opinion yet

Diamond Concierge is Carlington Berry.  We’ve had him as our Concierge before.  Suites/D+ Concierge is Francis Calimag. 

While the casino is officially closed tonite (til we get out of Chesapeake Bay) there are  “free”  slot and BJ tournaments at 8 PM tonite   First time I’ve seen this.  I guess they will just be for “fun”.  The casino hostess (Joyce Ndubane) was the asst casino hostess on our Liberty cruise last month.  Near the end of that cruise, she left Liberty and we knew she was coming to Grandeur so it will be nice to see her again so soon.

Dan’s suitcase has not yet been delivered.  He is already gun shy since Liberty lost our luggage last month (never been recovered, either) so he’s a little “concerned “.  Actually , he’s napping at the moment so I guess he’s not THAT worried.  The planes have quit zooming overhead so I guess his interest has waned.

More later if anything of interest pops up.

 

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Just now, twangster said:

In the case of lost luggage on Liberty, how was that handled?

Hmmm...

I left on a biz trip immediately after we got back from the Lib cruise and had a B2B trip (Charleston, WV and Reno, NV) so it was a couple of weeks before I even contacted Guest Relations but when I finally did, they assigned me a case worker to handle the case.  He first contacted the ship to see if there has been any update and of course, there had not been.  Then he had me create an inventory of what was lost (who could even know really ?  It was suitcase full of dirty clothes !).  I did my best. I made a spreadsheet of lost item and replacement values. Some items we have already replaced (the luggage, for example) so I have real time receipts for those things. Others I just had to estimate.  I had to send along a copy of the report that we received on Lib before we left the terminal.  I really don’t know what happens next.  I seem to recall that the cruise line will reimburse us up to $500 (my very hastily created list was well over that...in the neighborhood of $1500 and I’m sure there were plenty of things I don’t even know are missing yet !). I do have travel insurance but whether or not I will bother with that has yet to be determined. 

I guess I have to say that they have been responsive enough so far. I kept holding out hope that the luggage would be “found” but it looks like that’s not going to happen 😭😢. I have to believe, at this point, that the luggage left the terminal either accidentally or on purpose.  Since no one has offered to return it, I am leaning towards the latter, unfortunately.  

I’ll let you know what happens when they contact me re:reimbursement.

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Have fun anyway.

My luggage didn't show up Liberty to start off with either, but then the officer came to the suite and of course I had to go to the naughty room?

We had packed a small plastic shovel with a wooden handle for my grandson to have at the beach (He loves to dig holes in the sand), anyway in the best broken English I could understand, it was considered a "Tool", I could come and check it out every day we were going to a beach and then check it back in, or they would give it to me at the end of the cruise. I told them to keep it.

So Dan's may be in the naughty room...

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Dan’s suitcase finally arrived. How did the 2 of them even get separated ?  So weird.  Anyway, it arrived shortly after I completed my last post.

We had Izumi for dinner (Matt !!) and it was delicious.  We ordered a mountain of food and I am certain it exceeded the $70 limit but our bill was $-0-.  We left a $20 cash tip.  So worth it. Tomorrow lunch will be Giovanni’s and dinner tomorrow will be Chops.

When we got finished with our Chops lunch, we happened to pass by the entrance to the deck 4 MDR and there was a sign saying “Private Event”.  I think it may have been the special luncheon for B2B’ers.  Don’t know that but just a guess.

Going by Twangbot’s sophisticated spread on such things, we purchased 2, 1 device Voom Surf & Stream plans. They applied a D+ discount to each. This is the first time I’ve ever purchased Voom. We’ve had the plans that are included for Star Class before but never purchased separately like this.

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14 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Going by Twangbot’s sophisticated spread on such things, we purchased 2, 1 device Voom Surf & Stream plans. They applied a D+ discount to each. This is the first time I’ve ever purchased Voom. We’ve had the plans that are included for Star Class before but never purchased separately like this.

Woot!  For a 5 night cruise with the C&A discount it should have been pretty reasonable.  

Royal does have a pretty good loyalty program, especially as you advance up the ladder.  

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29 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I think it may have been the special luncheon for B2B’ers.  Don’t know that but just a guess.

We've been on three B2B's and didn't get a special luncheon on any of them, not even a firm thank you handshake from the ship Captain. We did, however, get a "welcome back" from our room attendant. :27_sunglasses:

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Just now, rjac said:

We've been on three B2B's and didn't get a special luncheon on any of them, not even a firm thank you handshake from the ship Captain. We did, however, get a "welcome back" from our room attendant. :27_sunglasses:

Anthem does a B2B lunch.  Pretty nice too.

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14 hours ago, rjac said:

We've been on three B2B's and didn't get a special luncheon on any of them, not even a firm thank you handshake from the ship Captain. We did, however, get a "welcome back" from our room attendant. :27_sunglasses:

As I said, mine was just a guess.  It could have been anything !

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Day 2

Got up early (for us) and went to the Diamond side of MDR b’fast on deck 4. Normally they have the doors open so that it’s obvious that this side of the dining room is open but today the doors were closed. Being the cruise entitled folks that we are, we just busted through those closed doors and went in.  If we had not just been on Lady G 2 months ago and known that the port side of the MDR was the Diamond side, we would never have tried to do that, but combined with our historical knowledge and the fact that we saw plenty of people already seated, we just “went for it”. The host did check our Seapass cards to be sure we were legit but then seated us immediately. We were thrilled to find that our favorite servers, Yogi and his twin brother, BooBoo were still there. They recognized us right away and Yogi even served our table even though it wasn’t supposed to be his table. Delightful b’fast. Dan had a Bloody Mary and I had a mimosa.  Getting an early start on the DDP. Today’s special was onion and bacon quiche.  Really yummy. Left a nice cash tip as we always do.

After b’fast, went up to the Concierge Lounge to grab a cappuccino and say “good morning “ to Francis.  As we left we noticed a sign in the Crown Viking Lounge stating that there is going to be a Private Event there later.  What ?  I can’t find my invite !  Humph !

We are going to have to change our lunch plans as Giovanni’s is not open today for lunch. Only Chops and Izumi, so we will either have to have B2B Izumi or B2B Chops or change our dinner rezzies tonite to Giovanni’s vs Chops. Oh, the unbearable pressure !

The seas were very swellish last night (and remain so today).  Our room creaked all night. Luckily Dan and I both love these kinds of seas so we slept like babies being rocked by our mamas !  Some haven’t enjoyed the motion quite so much though.  

Dan is going for some sun and sauna action, neither of which appeal to me in the slightest, so I will either hang out in the room for a while or just head over to the casino.  Can you guess which one is most likely ?  🤨🤨

The suspense ends !  Heading to the casino !  Who didn’t win that bet ?

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7 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Day 2

Got up early (for us) and went to the Diamond side of MDR b’fast on deck 4. Normally they have the doors open so that it’s obvious that this side of the dining room is open but today the doors were closed. Being the cruise entitled folks that we are, we just busted through those closed doors and went in.  If we had not just been on Lady G 2 months ago and known that the port side of the MDR was the Diamond side, we would never have tried to do that, but combined with our historical knowledge and the fact that we saw plenty of people already seated, we just “went for it”. The host did check our Seapass cards to be sure we were legit but then seated us immediately. We were thrilled to find that our favorite servers, Yogi and his twin brother, BooBoo were still there. They recognized us right away and Yogi even served our table even though it wasn’t supposed to be his table. Delightful b’fast. Dan had a Bloody Mary and I had a mimosa.  Getting an early start on the DDP. Today’s special was onion and bacon quiche.  Really yummy. Left a nice cash tip as we always do.

After b’fast, went up to the Concierge Lounge to grab a cappuccino and say “good morning “ to Francis.  As we left we noticed a sign in the Crown Viking Lounge stating that there is going to be a Private Event there later.  What ?  I can’t find my invite !  Humph !

We are going to have to change our lunch plans as Giovanni’s is not open today for lunch. Only Chops and Izumi, so we will either have to have B2B Izumi or B2B Chops or change our dinner rezzies tonite to Giovanni’s vs Chops. Oh, the unbearable pressure !

The seas were very swellish last night (and remain so today).  Our room creaked all night. Luckily Dan and I both love these kinds of seas so we slept like babies being rocked by our mamas !  Some haven’t enjoyed the motion quite so much though.  

Dan is going for some sun and sauna action, neither of which appeal to me in the slightest, so I will either hang out in the room for a while or just head over to the casino.  Can you guess which one is most likely ?  🤨🤨

The suspense ends !  Heading to the casino !  Who didn’t win that bet ?

We turn Diamond on our Grandeur sailing next year, so won't be able to join in that breakfast, but curious.  Do most ships have a special spot for Diamonds for breakfast? 

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16 hours ago, KathyC said:

Do most ships have a special spot for Diamonds for breakfast? 

It’s hard to say these days.  In the “good ol’ Days” all ships had a small area of the MDR set aside for Diamonds and above. To be honest it’s nothing that special, really. Just a separate place to make you feel special.  You can get “specialty” coffee and fresh squeezed juice (as opposed to juice from a concentrate) but that’s about the extent of the perks.  It had been a while since I had seen a D area in a MDR so I think it’s all dependent on the ship’s Hotel Director. I was delighted to see it on Grandeur.

...and congratulations on achieving Diamond !

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