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  1. But our cabin toilet flushes fine sometimes, then others it won’t. But minutes later it does. And it’s all over both ships I’ve been on. Maybe intermittent issues? I’m surprised others haven’t experienced it.
  2. I’ve noticed that the push button on the back of toilets on cruise ships only work about half the time. This has been the same on both Ruby Princess and RCI Ovation of the Seas. In our cabin, sometimes it flushed and sometimes the button does nothing at all, only to work again minutes later. Same thing in public bathrooms with people complaining in the stalls about it not flushing, then the next person to go in gets it to flush. Is there a special secret chant or code word to get it to flush, is it on a timer delay, or is it just up to the whim of the Gods of the cruise bathrooms? 😝
  3. Hello, I’m sailing on rci for the first time but confused about tipping at bars. I did pre-paid gratitudes. Do I tip again when I order a drink or is that part of what’s included with pre paid?
  4. I guess I'm just stubborn! I haven't really used cash (other than tipping now and then, and these days you can even tip on credit cards) in close to 15 years. I use cards for everything, so it makes me anxious to carry a large amount of money that you can't call your bank and cancel or report lost, but I know I'm probably being silly. 🙂 I'll hit the bank tomorrow before I leave.
  5. Probably nothing. It's just one more thing for me to worry about, and I'm really good at worrying! Haha
  6. Is there an ATM machine on Ovation, and are there limitations to how much cash you can withdraw? I normally don't use cash at all and plan to keep just enough on hand for tips. But my Mom would like to have cash for spending on the trip. I'd prefer not to carry it while traveling in the airports. Can we withdraw a couple hundred on the ship (even if spaced out over a couple of days?)
  7. I did a 15 day sailing this past spring on a different cruise line, and I actually found that I was really burnt out and over it by the time we got back. That said, we had a LOT of sea days. 4 days going and 5 days coming back, and almost all of them were back to back. I also noticed that I was pretty sick of the food by the time the cruise was over, but I can't really explain why.
  8. I hope too many people don't take advantage on here by asking for special favors or freebies, though! I think it's awesome that a crew member has joined us and is happy to answer questions. 🙂 But I'd hate to see it turn into lots of people approaching him on the ship, saying they're from Cruise Critic, and asking for free drink comps or special favors, which kind of puts him in an uncomfortable position of either having to say no, or risk his job by giving out too many freebies. Maybe we should try to remember to just smile and say hi and then keep it moving.
  9. Can we do it the day of? I have no idea what time I'll want to eat on day 3 of my cruise right now, but I'm sure I'll have a better idea that afternoon.
  10. I'm really confused, and I'm brand new to Royal Caribbean, so bear with me. But I thought the entire point of My Time Dining was so you could just show up whenever, rather than having a set time. I'm sailing on August 30th and I've selected My Time Dining, because I don't have the faintest idea when we're going to want to eat. I figured we'd show up sometime between 5:30-6:30ish. Am I missing something? Otherwise, if we wanted to have a scheduled dinner time, wouldn't we have selected Traditional? This is what I see on my planner, with the exception of the reservations I did make for Bistro/Wonderland. Is this something I need to have filled out? Should I be concerned? Edit: To clarify, I'm talking specifically about the main dining room, not specialty dining.
  11. I love the peek behind the scenes! Thank you for posting, and I'll be watching your vlogs. 🙂 Here's something I'd love to know directly from a crew member. What about gifts from passengers? I've seen much debate on these forums about what is appreciated, in addition to extra tips! Yes, we all know that nothing can beat cash. But sometimes we just really want to give something a bit more tangible, even if it's just food or some kind of treat from a port. But we also understand the limited space crew members have in their cabin. What sort of things make crew members smile, aside from tips?
  12. I'm currently packing for my Alaska cruise on Ovation, and now I'm wondering if I'm preparing to overdress. I have all dressy slacks and dressy blouses like I'd wear to work in an office, nothing much in the way of casual. I cruise Princess a few months ago and that might be an older demographic than RCI. Am I right? Maybe I'd do better to put in some more casual blouses and nice jeans.
  13. Well you've all convinced me to bring my own. I don't mind using lower end shampoo, but not if it leaves you feeling sticky. Yuck!
  14. Thanks. I'm not looking for expensive product to bring, I use Suave or White Rain. I'm just trying to keep my bags light. 😉 I cruised Princess a few months ago and while everyone swore that the shampoo/conditioner they had on the ship was unusable, I thought it was just fine.
  15. It matters if it's a shampoo/conditioner combo because you can't use conditioner as a body wash. It leaves a bit of a film and doesn't get you that clean. So if it's 2 in 1 shampoo/conditioner, then I'll need to bring body wash. If it's just shampoo/body wash combo then I probably won't bring anything because when it comes to conditioner, I can take it or leave it.
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