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  1. Can anyone give me information on the Sip & Savor event? Is it included or is there an extra fee? If there is an extra fee, is it worth it? Can you use the beverage package for the "sip" part if the event? Thanks in advance!
  2. Phew! So glad to hear this because we like to get an extra entree for two of us to share if we can’t decide between two things πŸ˜†
  3. I will let you know how it goes when we get back! I'll also do my best to remember to take a picture of the daily papers. I saw your other post and was hoping someone would have had them too since I'm very interested in what the days and evenings will be like.
  4. Your wish list is the exact same as mine! I am in my mid 30s and travel with my 14 year old. We have only sailed Royal Caribbean and I'm tired of the mass crowds, rowdiness, loud party-ship atmosphere. We booked our first HAL cruise for this month (Nieuw Amsterdam) and are SO excited to experience it. My hope is that it will be a more laid back experience with a sophisticated atmosphere. My only worry is that the evening entertainment may be lacking for us. We do enjoy the production shows on RCL but if all of our other boxes are checked, I'm okay doing without.
  5. Mine too! To add to that, the one I purchased (for my cruise that leaves on 12/21/19) says: "Our convenient, affordable Signature Beverage Package allows you to select from a variety of wine, beer, spirits, cocktails (including non-alcoholic), sodas, bottled water (sparkling 330ml or still 500ml) & coffee! Includes any beverage priced at $11.00 or lower (up to 15 beverages per day)." Which leads me to believe that the 15 beverage limit does include non-alcoholic beverages. But, I will see what happens on my sailing in a few weeks πŸ™‚
  6. Thanks, Dot! I ended up with my obstructed view room through an upsell from an inside. I would LOVE to move to a VC but we are sailing on 12/21 over Christmas and imagine they are probably booked. I will definitely call and check though! Thanks again!
  7. Thanks for the info! This makes me feel better πŸ™‚
  8. I was originally booked on a guaranteed inside stateroom but opted to upgrade when I received the email offer to move to an obstructed outside view. Since it was only $39/pp and I liked the idea of natural light to know what time of day it is when I wake up (πŸ˜†), I went for it... Now that it's done, I can't help wondering if I sacrificed privacy. From what I understand, it's a full ceiling to floor window obstructed by a life boat... Does anyone know if crew members typically work on/in the life boats while cruising? Is privacy going to be concern at all if the curtains are open? Thanks in advance πŸ™‚
  9. Completely agree... and I have yet to see anyone "argue" with anyone about anything on this thread. It seems Alfaeric is the only mean-spirited poster here πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ. Alfaeric may have been referring to my post, since he/she called out those who've "not been to the revised coco cay yet" - But what he/she failed to do is read my entire post that said we loved it so much, regardless of the crowds, that we booked another cruise to visit again once the construction was completed.
  10. I was there with two ships in port and I thought it was really crowded. There were hardly any pool chairs available (our ship docked second) and we ended up in sand behind bushes with no view of the pool... Though, that was back in April while some of the island was still under construction and before the water park was open. So maybe with more available areas to visit, the pool may be less crowded. We did love it there though, so we booked again this coming spring πŸ™‚
  11. I just want to say - This year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday "sales" in the Cruise Planner were beyond disappointing. I have two RCL cruises booked, one in April and one over Christmas 2020 and the prices in my Cruise planner didn't budge one dollar from where they have been over the last few months. It was very disappointing and leads me to believe they won't go down much (if at all) before sailing. The Deluxe Beverage Package has been listed at $61/day for months (and claims to be 20% off the onboard price). I've always gotten this package for $42-47/day previously.... Okay, I am done whining, I just had to vent about this for a minute πŸ˜‘
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