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  1. I took a screen shot of the excursion offer from my cruise planner page on the RCI site. It looks the same excursion that you are all talking about. Am I missing something?
  2. I just went and double checked and that is the price per person. So it would be over $800 for both of us. I'm not even considering it at that price. I will keep an eye on it and see if it gets lower as we get closer to cruise time.
  3. We will be on the Radiance of the Seas this summer and I have been debating about whether or not to book this excursion. The current price is $406.99 per person. Is it worth it?
  4. My husband and I will be cruising to Alaska in July on Radiance of the Seas. Typically when we cruise, I wait until our final payment is due, pay it, and then book our excursions. Do I need to change up my normal practice for a summertime Alaska cruise? Will the good excursions sell out early? Should I go ahead and book them even before the final cruise payment is due?
  5. We sailed 1/12 - 1/19 on Liberty of the Seas and never saw the drink punch cards offered. Bummer, because I was keeping an eye out for them. They are such a good deal when available.
  6. Just got back from a week on Liberty of the Seas. There was a "Caribbean" dress suggestion one night for dinner, I think it was the same night as our Grand Cayman port day, but I could be mis-remembering. I don't recall any other shipwide theme nights, although there were a couple disco events in one of the bars.
  7. This all ended well - my husband and I went on a snorkeling excursion in Cozumel, which we booked through RCI. One of the guides was taking underwater photos, and charging $25 to email your photos to you. So we paid him the $25 and the next morning we received six snorkeling photos of some other people. I emailed back twice, saying that we hadn't received our photos (and told him how to tell which ones were ours as we had used our own masks which were distinctive). Never heard from the guy and figured it was $25 out the window. But my husband really liked the photos and wanted them for some reason, so I stopped by Customer Service. The guy there basically told me I was out of luck. Next, I stopped by the shore excursion desk. I think the person I spoke with took it as some kind of personal challenge to find my photos, because she sent off an email to someone and within a few hours I had the correct photos. So happy ending! Does this happen often, or do you usually get your correct photos emailed to you when you do something like this? It's made me a little hesitant to purchase extra photos/videos on excursions.
  8. Just got back from a 1/12 - 1/19 sailing on Liberty of the Seas and the 10-drink punch cards never made an appearance (at least I never saw them for sale anywhere). Bummer! We were keeping an eye out for them.
  9. As others have said, it really depends on what and how much you drink. One thing we noticed on our first cruise five years ago (and this has been the case on every cruise we've taken since) is that we drink a LOT of bottled water. You need to stay hydrated and with the wind blowing and the warmer temperatures, you will need more water than you think. For us, it makes sense to buy the case of water that is delivered to our stateroom and waiting for us when we got on board. Then we are sure to bring our thermal tumblers, which the buffet staff are more than happy to fill up with ice for us at any time. We also bring the allotted two bottles of wine. And we buy the 10-punch drink card if it's offered. You might try going without the package for a couple cruises, adding it all up at the end to see if the drink package would have been a better deal, and then making future decisions based on that.
  10. Well, I was all set to negotiate if/when they called back. But I just got an email with our GS cabin number. So someone else must have taken an offer and/or got upgraded, freeing up a GS. I started to wonder if I over-reacted to all this, but then I went back and listened to the original voicemail from the Revenue department (interesting that it's Revenue and not Customer Service who calls) and the person made it sound very urgent. She really emphasized the overbooking situation and when I called Customer Service, another woman told me there was "nothing else" available. Then when I said I really did not want to accept the offer, she said she would "try" to resolve this for me. The entire phone call with Customer Service took over 20 minutes, with me being put on hold several times while various people were supposedly consulted. I'm now thinking that there is a script being followed, and whoever calls makes it sound a bit more dire than it really is. And simply saying no or not even returning the call would have been the way to handle it. Still don't know if I'll ever go with a Guaranty rate again. But I'll know better if I ever get another call from the Revenue department. Just say no (unless they offer a pretty sweet deal :)).
  11. We bought a 10-punch card about halfway through our last cruise on Liberty. Best deal going! In both Chops and the MDR, the waiter punched the card once and then kept refilling my wine glass and bringing my husband additional drinks. Yeah, they got good tips from us after that 🙂 - I'll be keeping an eye out for those punch cards on my upcoming Liberty cruise.
  12. For a full refund, I'd take the JS! But based on what I paid for a JS a year ago (and some other numbers someone just posted), they are pretty much offering me a 15% discount off the typical price for a JS. They're going to have to do better than that.
  13. The person who called said they had overbooked the Grand Suites. But you do make a good point - for our next cruise later this year, I have a definite cabin number. But something could always go wrong with that cabin and so, while it's less likely, I could run into this problem even if I don't do the Guaranty program.
  14. Yes, anyone who booked an actual GS cabin with a cabin number gets priority. I only did the GS guaranty because that's all the was available. I don't think I will do this again. One thing that irritates me is how last minute all this is. I mean, way back when final payments were due, RCI should have realized there was an issue. Unless they were anticipating cancellations after final payments. But does that really happen all that often?
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