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  1. On the same note. I probably can make a Manhattan with an order of whiskey and an order of sweet vermouth, then get a dash of bitters at another bar if I need to?
  2. I’m in total agreement with you. I just think you will encounter some bartenders not willing to oblige. Can’t hurt to try!
  3. 🤣that would be interesting. It’s the only drink on the menu with tequila!
  4. My wife and I are also Diamond on Royal and were given Black (which has been changed to Diamond). This status match was given to us back in 2018. I know recently some Diamonds on Royal reported they’ve been given Gold which is 1 tier lower. I believe MSC changed it in 2019. As the other poster mentioned, click on the MSC Voyager link and navigate the area that tells you the benefits for each level. Also click on the GenghisQuan link above for status match updates. Update: It appears Diamond is Gold on MSC
  5. We did a last minute guarantee booking (9/20) for the Mariner sailing (10/25). We received our cabin assignments exactly 2 weeks prior to our sailing next week.
  6. Just FYI, you can go to guest services on the ship and have on board credits transferred to another sea pass account. My wife and I have done this several times in the past. Sometimes we forget to order double occupancy credits and chose single occupancy credits when redeeming our visa points. They would end up on my wife’s sea pass account. Easy enough to fix at guest services. They just subtract from one account and transfer them to the other ( we both have separate on board accounts, different credit cards).
  7. Its very limited to pastries, salmon, breads, bagels, juice, coffee, specialty coffee and the like. A limited continental type of breakfast. And yes, a nice place to enjoy. I usually just go there for the specialty coffee and head to the windjammer.
  8. Congrats! we've been diamond for about 5 years. We take advantage of the free evening cocktails (there is a list to choose from) in the dedicated Diamond lounges. Usually between 5:00-8:30 on most ships. They also load your seapass daily with 3 additional drinks to be used at most bars on the ship during the same time frame of 5:00-8:30 (same list).This way you don’t have to stay in the Diamond lounge to enjoy a free cocktail. They usually have hors d’Oeuvres in the Diamond Lounge and a decent continental breakfast in the morning with cappuccino/espresso machine. Additional discounts apply for other things like booking a new cruise, free 24 hour basic internet per person, a free photo per person, discount drink coupon, buy on get one drink coupon. Some ships have Diamond and up private events.
  9. On September 20th as a last minute decision, I booked a 3 night cruise on the Mariner for the October 25th sailing (my birthday cruise🎂🚢). At the time, there weren’t a lot of desirable cabins left and decided on a balcony guarantee. This was the first time I’ve ever booked a guarantee cabin. Yesterday (2 weeks from sailing) we were issued our stateroom and couldn’t be happier with the location on deck 8. So I’m assuming that a two week period is an indicator on cabin assignments. Again, I know assignments will be based on supply and demand and the upgrade program. I wouldn’t sweat it on cabin assignments, although I did check daily but knew they would send me an email when it got assigned. Word of advice, don’t print your GTY set sail pass and GTY luggage tags until you get the actual cabin assigned. It will save on reprinting.
  10. From what I understand, you don’t get your Sea Pass Cards until you’re able to access your cabins around 1:00pm. What do you use if you want to get a drink prior to that time? Your printed Set Sail Pass? It’s been awhile since we’ve sailed Royal. thanks Tom
  11. After logging into my Royal Caribbean account I did some mock bookings for my October Mariner cruise. I wanted to find out the prices and the availability of cabins. Within hours I was called by a person who said he was a senior cruise planner with Royal Caribbean, and asked if he could assist me with making a reservation. We went over the availability of cabins and the costs. I told him I wasn’t ready to book yet, but would contact him if I decided to move forward. Long story short, I booked on the Royal Caribbean website because the price wasn’t any different from what he offered me. A few days later he called me back to follow up and I told him I booked on their website. He sounded disappointed and told me he could have offered me something to book through a cruise planner. Has anyone been offered something above and beyond by booking a cruise through a Royal cruise planner? thank you
  12. We are currently 29 days from our sailing on the Mariner. A few days ago we received a booking statement from Royal Caribbean that assigned us to deck 8, but no cabin number. It looks like there’s a few cabins still available to book, so I’m assuming they’ll wait until they sell additional cabins before we’re assigned. We are deck 8 XB (balcony). Not concerned, but it would be nice to know where we are assigned. Our luggage tags are available to print without the cabin numbers on them. also long time Royal Caribbean cruisers 2002-2019 long time Cruise Critic member too, but something happened to my account and had to create a new one.
  13. Does Royal still allow the “switch within category” game once you receive your cabin assignment? thanks Tom
  14. I recently booked a GTY balcony cabin on the Mariner sailing October 25th. How soon do they usually assign the cabin. I’ve never done a guarantee cabin before, as this was a last minute decision. thank you Tom
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