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  1. Hi all fellow cruisers, Just had a email from RC asking me if I wanted to bid for a upgrade from our balcony cabin to a junior suite on our Jewel of the Seas cruise of seven days starting next week. I decided to take the plunge and bid one of the lowest offers of 200 Dollars per person, so 400Dollars in total for the chance to upgrade. I am interested to know if this is common practice and what fellow CC members have experienced in the past? The offer shows a meter on the web page and my offer is deemed as week? So my question is also what are my chances?, and what would others pay for the upgrade from a balcony to. Junior suite? kind regards, mklions
  2. Why so many Russians? we are flying out to join The Jewel on Sunday. Mkilons
  3. Hi All, With the current US airstrike in Baghdad how safe would you feel sailing on an American cruise ship around the middle east? Next Sunday we are sailing on the Jewel of the Seas around the Persian Gulf with my family of nine and with todays news I cannot help but feel a little trepidation. Mklions.
  4. Thanks for all the great advice and tips, you can always rely on cruise critic members to come up trumps when needed. I now feel confident that our family will have a fantastic cruise. kind regards, mklions
  5. Hi All, My wife and I are cruising with our two children their partners and our three grandchildren as a party of nine next month. Sailing on Jewel of the Seas around the Emirates for a week. On booking we requested 3 balcony rooms together, only to find we have been assigned 3 balcony cabins on three different decks!. Spoke to our TA today and they have said because we booked on a "guarantee basis" they have no control on cabin selections. So a bit disappointed in this, as it would be nice to have joining cabins and feel a bit annoyed that our request has been overlooked. My other questions is about dinning with children in the MDR do they have a area for families in the MDR? Our grandchildren are 6,4 and 18 months and although relatively well behaved in general they do get fidgety after a while, and I would hate them to disrupt other dinners. It is our first cruise with children and any advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance, Mklions...
  6. We are also on this exciting TA cruise, travelling out of Heathrow 8.15 Wednesday morning, fingers crossed we should be at the cruise terminal around midday. Unfortunately In work tomorrow and Tuesday but can’t wait to join up with you all. Mklions. Dave and Jackie..
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    Included wines.

    Does buying the drinks package give you a better choice of wine at dinner? mklions
  8. Hi All, just read that Royal Caribbean discount there drinks packages on Black Friday and cyber MondayIs this correct ? Mklions.
  9. Toying with taking out the “Essentials Package” on our 17 day Lisbon to Rio cruise in November. I’ve read somewhere that it’s best to book on embarkation because the crew benefit from taking the booking?, that sound fine but by booking on embarkation does not give as much time to use up the 300 USD the essentials package provides on a excursions. My wife tends to use the internet quite a lot, so that provides another reason to buy the package, although we get some free minutes by being in a CC suite. Finally the drinks, we both like a wee drink or two, gin and tonic for my wife, beer and wine for myself. Does the essentials package provide with better gins and wine? Thanks in advance for all reply’s Mklions.
  10. We are staying on the QE2 for one night prior to our cruise, which incidentally is permanently moored at the cruise terminal. mklions
  11. I I probably did get the £199 deal but with the added emirates flights the balcony cost came in at £699 per person. With only a £50 discount for the three children. Still I think it’s a great price for a weeks balcony cruise. mklions.
  12. Just booked yesterday for a week sailing on the Jewel in January around the Emirates. We are travelling in a party of six adults and three children. Just looked online at our booking and see the ultimate drinks package is £41.80 per person per day. Multiplied by six adults and then by seven nights this is a whopping £1,755.60 for our party.! My question is will the online/ booking price likely to drop nearer the date? Or will it be better to book when we board? Thanks in advance for all your responses. Mklions.
  13. Thank you HGC, It maybe worth adding to your "tips" spreadsheet that you can have dinner served in your cabin on any evening from the MDR menu. Thats a pretty good tip IMO. Mklions.
  14. Fantastic, thanks for that! We are fortunate enough to have a cc suite would the dinner be served course by course by our butler? That would be the icing on the cake! Mklions.
  15. Hi all, We are sailing Lisbon to Rio on the Pursuit in November and sometimes (as on other cruises) we like to chill out and have dinner selected from the main dinning room menu served to our cabin or even on our balcony, is this an option on Azamara? Kind regards, Mklions..
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