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    RCCL, Celebrity, Princess
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    Caribbean

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  1. If they were going to go bankrupt (assuming they could use U.S. laws somehow) now might be a good time since their stock has already taken a big hit. They could slip it in, do some reorganizing, and continue business as usual. It might not be so much the end of them as just smart business. Of course, I don't know what kind of bankruptcy laws Liberia has these days. Much of their debt may be U.S. based though.
  2. All of the cruises we've been looking at (not Asia) have been going up a lot. Perhaps they're jacking the prices of places like the Caribbean and Alaska to compensate for lost revenue elsewhere?
  3. It depends. We once had a cruise where the price went down the next day after final payment and we called and they gave us some OBC (not the difference, but it was nice). It never hurts to ask, but I wouldn't have high expectations if it's been some time.
  4. We bring this type. They are small and light and pretty cheap so if we lose it we don't feel that bad about it. It runs on batteries and one set of D-Cells last just over a week with my wife using it. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B001AVMSEY/ref=sspa_dk_detail_0?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B001AVMSEY&pd_rd_w=Eh4uu&pf_rd_p=45a72588-80f7-4414-9851-786f6c16d42b&pd_rd_wg=TY0mg&pf_rd_r=B69H0M48BSVX2CSG94RW&pd_rd_r=cad2f75f-8af6-452a-8dd8-178bf4c1a739&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFXTE0wMTNIOFQ1QlEmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAzMzI5NzIzT1I4WUsyNTJCTFBPJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA1MzkyMTcyREpZOTdMUU9aUENCJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfZGV0YWlsJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
  5. Magnetic clips are great for storing things like the agendas and tickets. We also bring magnetic hooks to hang coats and hats on. They don't hold a lot of weight, but they work amazingly well. It gets a lot of stuff off the desk. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0795PSKBJ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  6. We tip a $1 per drink. It's still a ton cheaper than even the tip on purchasing the drink so we're way ahead. If we get really fun service we often tip extra at the end of the cruise as an extra thank you. We've found that tipping right away tends to make the servers latch on to you and find you the next time you come to the club (or anywhere on the ship). You might think it's only $1, but with 3 drinks each it adds up to $6/night and on 7 day cruise that's an extra $42. Also, they know you are tippers so there is a chance you would tip for other services. If they got an extra $42 from 10 people it would increase their pay $1,600 per month not counting any extra tips. Also, there's a debate and lots of discussion around this, but many people believe they to keep the cash tips.
  7. I think they will consider the trend of including "Unlimited" drink packages with the cost of the cruise in more of an all-inclusive fashion. If everyone on the cruise can get drinks whenever they want because "it came with the cruise" then there won't be as much interest in the Diamond Club. We enjoy meeting people there. It's obviously filled with people who enjoy cruising and we always have good conversations with others, but that could happen in any venue. And, the apps are just food. If the ship was all inclusive, the apps could be for everyone during the Happy Hour. If they want to reward Diamonds, etc. they could give them more discount on the cruise to make up the difference. The cruise discount could even be scaled by the total number of points accumulated and be either a fixed amount or percent of the price (so if a Diamond cruises in an inside room they get less discount than one in a suite ... for example). I think this concept will be tough to implement because it will raise cruise prices by $60-$70/day and no one wants their prices to look higher. Celebrity is often do a trial of this idea by including "Perks" then allowing you to un-include them if you don't want drinks. The Classic Drink Package is typically one of the 2 defaults. On our last Celebrity cruise a very high percentage of people had a drink package and most of the servers just assumed we did too. This seems like the wave of the future and it normalizes everyone on the cruise and gets the cruise line more money in the long run since even non-drinkers (or sort of drinkers) will pay the same as others. Tom
  8. On our recent Celebrity Summit cruise they gave us unlimited drinks during happy hour at any bar on the ship. Happy hour was 5p-8p, but that was plenty of time. Tom
  9. I think they are assuming people would buy the drinks if they didn't get them for free. In our case, that is not true. We enjoy the perks and a few drinks, but at the current prices we wouldn't pay for that many if we were asked. So, there isn't as much opportunity cost, at least in our case, as this is suggesting. Tom
  10. We sail on RCCL and Celebrity and like different things about both. We don't spend a lot of time in the casino, but having the smoking in there makes it impassible for us so we have to a deck up or down to get by. Somehow, the smoke doesn't know to stay on one side or the other. Celebrity has done a great thing making all interior smoke free (IMO). I think there are good and bad things about the food on either. Celebrity is an older crowd (often) and usually not a lot of exciting activities. On our recent cruise there was trivia a lot and a few game shows (where only a few can participate), but no mini-golf or outside thins like Flow Rider, etc. We really like Royal ships with the Promenades. Our biggest complaint with Celebrity ships (especially M-class) is it's often difficult to get where you're going with lots of dead ends. The shows, for us, are hit and miss. We've seen great ones and not so great ones on every cruise on every line. We still enjoy them most of the time and tend to go as much as we can (if dinner permits). The bigger Royal ships have better shows. There's nothing like an Aqua Theater show anywhere and certainly not on Celebrity. It's so awesome. That said, we love both lines and would go on either. We usually see if they are going where we want to go and then pick a ship that looks good to us. The loyalty program on Royal is slightly better than on Celebrity (in our opinion), but a lot of those things are in flux right now so who knows how they'll be a year from now. Tom
  11. It was only during Happy Hour (5-7) sorry if I got that wrong. Tom
  12. I understand they are doing this on some ships (heard about on Celebrity). Even if you go to the party you only get 3 drinks. However, this is more work for the servers since they now have to run cards. Also, in all the loyalty clubs, the servers will do just about anything for you if you tip them. On our last Celebrity cruise about 1/4 of the lounge was reserved before the doors opened with drinks on the table. Sometimes the people didn't show up for 10-15 minutes later, but no one sat at the tables because drinks were already there. I asked why, and the servers just said they got here early, but they were not there. Interesting. Our guess was the people tipped the servers to save the tables for them. One couple had the front table by the window every night and often didn't show up until 20 minutes after the doors opened. So... cash is king even in the loyalty parties. Tom
  13. On our recent Celebrity Summit cruise they gave us unlimited drinks during happy hour at any bar on the ship. Happy hour was 5p-8p, but that was plenty of time. Tom
  14. Since you are a reciprocal Elite be sure to try some of the fun things. There's no Diamond Club to make coffees in the morning, but X often has a specialty restaurant sectioned off for fresh made coffees and a buffet style continental breakfast. We enjoy it because it is typically quiet and the coffee is good. Many of us haven't been on Edge yet, and the specialty restaurants are so different from the M and S class ships it's tough to see real reviews at this point, but if it were me I'd try the Magic Carpet thing just because it looks so cool. I'd bet any of the steak places will be really good as well as X typically does a nice job with specialty venues. It's really cool that RCI gives you the reciprocal deal. We got that years ago and it caused us to give X a try, and then we got the status in our own right by going on enough cruises since we liked it so much. I hope you have a blast and report back your feelings about Elite on X compared to being Diamond on RCCL. Tom
  15. I wonder how many calls to maintenance they get with people forgetting their codes. Yikes. Tom
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