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  1. I had an OV room on Empress, it may have been a few extra square feet at most, but not like the newer classes where the OV's are noticeably bigger. Very similar to the old Sovereign class rooms. Pics in my review here: https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=577307
  2. I'm just hoping that Playmakers isn't set to replace the pub on the promenade. The pub is my favorite place to drink on the Freedom class and Brilliance.
  3. Is it bad that I would probably just drink my 15 and then have my roommate start giving me theirs?
  4. Since it's your first time on RCI I would say try as many dining venues as you can. I generally do the dining room for lunch on sea days for the nice salad bar, and the buffet for dinner to avoid the crowds. The drink package is worth it only if you plan on having more than just a few drinks during the days. I'm not sure what the current per-day cost is, but usually the break even point for beers is in the 6-8 per day range, and probably 5 or 6 mixed drinks. Some people just like to buy the package so the cost is known up front, and don't have to worry about how many they've purchased. Whether or not that's important is something only you can decide. As far as tipping goes, I just leave the automatic tips on my account, and carry extra singles for whomever may give me above average service.
  5. All I can say is NOT MY BELOVED BRILLIANCE!!!!!
  6. It's a fair point, but I doubt they could easily relocate the guest relations and shore excursion desk areas. All of their computers/phones/equipment and back office personnel would have to move as well.
  7. I've done two B2Bs thus far, one with CCL and the other with RCI. Both times I booked the two segments separately (adding the second leg at a later date) so I had to switch cabins. I would definitely recommend getting the same cabin for both if you can, that saves you from having to pack your stuff on the last night of the first cruise.
  8. I did the Behind the Fun tour on Imagination (same class as the Sensation) several years ago. I agree with another poster that I found it to be a "one and done" experience. It was very interesting to see the backstage areas of the ship, so I would definitely recommend it if you enjoy stuff like that.
  9. They have invested quite a bit into them recently, renovating all the cabins and adding the new bars, water parks and dining venues. I don't know which ones are for sale, but the oldest few are the Fantasy, Ecstasy, Sensation and Fascination. I wouldn't be surprised if Carnival keeps them until they're offered a price they can't pass up, like anything else really. The Fantasy Class ships are money makers for the company. They're all long since paid-off, and they rarely break down unlike their Fincantieri built fleet mates.
  10. I posted a review of the Grand Celebration over on the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line board, and yes, the old Celebration does look very good for her age in my opinion. Her new fleet sister the Grand Classica, formerly with Costa, looks even nicer. Although I do think Celebration's cabins are nicer. As far as the Fantasy Class ships go, I know I'm in the minority here, but I love the older/smaller ships and hope they stick around a good long while.
  11. I'm mostly a beer drinker with a few mixed drinks, probably a 75/25 percent ratio. On sea days I almost always hit my 15 since I'll have my first beer around noon or so, and keep going until the club shuts down. Port days are a mixed bag depending on where it is. On my Paradise cruise last week we did an all-inclusive at Cozumel, so by the time I was back on the ship I probably only had a few drinks. I feel that Cheers is worth it for me since I drink quite a bit while I'm on vacation and like having the bar bill known up front. I also like having unlimited sodas, coffees and bottles of water.
  12. Good information, thanks. I haven't been to CC since the renovations, so I'm hoping to get back there soon.
  13. Oh ok, I didn't realize they were two different places.
  14. Unless there have been changes since I was on-board last year, there wasn't any charge at The Rock Cafe, at least not during lunch times when I was there. They had a smaller selection of the same stuff found inside the buffet, burgers, hotdogs, salad, etc. I don't know about dinner, never went up there at night, maybe that is when they have fees.
  15. Luckily Royal hasn't started charging extra fees for the arm/leg/feet rub burns yet, get them while you can!
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