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  1. No, no longer casino rate if doing a trade-in value on your certificate because you do not want to do one of the sailings listed on the certificate. It is whatever the current rate is, minus your trade in. They stopped doing casino rates, I think last March, or maybe even before then.
  2. Call the Casino Royale number listed on the certificate. If none of the sailings listed on the certificate work for you, you can use the trade-in value toward any cruise within the next 12 months. I just did that with a balcony certificate, my trade in value was $1000. I think junior suite certificates are worth a $1250 trade in (maybe more) but call and ask. You must book within 30 days of receiving the certificate.
  3. Funny! But it is chilly here in South Florida. We got off the Explorer this morning, so glad I had packed jeans and a sweater. Poor Hubby was really cold in shorts and a polo shirt.
  4. Loved Playmaker’s on Independence! It is next to the casino and it was a nice-sized area.
  5. You are correct. The casino tier year ends March 31. So if a tier level was earned Feb 2018, it was good only through March 31 2019.
  6. Cruise experiences are very subjective. Currently on the Explorer. This is our first time on this ship and my husband has said he would love to book this ship again.
  7. If you earn Prime before March 31, 2020, you will receive a free annual Prime cruise. Usually available by mid-April and you can use it for a free interior cabin for two, on any cruise 8 days or less but not over a major holiday.
  8. Yes, if you get 2400 points on one cruise, you get an Instant Reward certificate for a free interior cabin for two, for the sailings listed on the back of the certificate. Or you can use the trade in value of $500 on any cruise you select. Must be booked within 30 days and sailed within one year of certificate date. Once you accumulate 2500 points, you earn Prime and will get a cruise certificate at the end of the casino year, usually becomes available mid-April. Good for a free interior cabin for two on any eight-day sailing excluding major U.S. holidays. Hope that helps.
  9. OP, great review. We sailed the Escape in a Haven aft balcony suite, and my husband still talks about that huge aft balcony. He also enjoyed going to the Cigar Bar after dinner and talking to people there. I am so sad that RC is getting rid of their Cigar Lounges because it is something my husband looks forward to when cruising.
  10. On Navigator, Grand Suite and above gets breakfast in Chops restaurant. And you can order complimentary room service dinner from Main Dining Room during MDR hours.
  11. I think they have some great Happy Hour specials, like a lobster roll and a beer for $10.
  12. If I remember correctly the casino opened before we left Nassau, maybe around 7 PM.
  13. We are recently off the Allure in a Crown Loft Suite and, if I remember, it was very similar to when we were on Oasis a few years ago. The Suite Lounge is open on Embarkation Day, before the rooms are ready. Coastal Kitchen is right next to the Suite Lounge (they are in the same room) and lunch I in CK is open at 12 on Embarkation Day. Complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks, from a select menu, are available from 11 AM to 11 PM at the Suite Lounge Bar. Cocktails from a select list are available from 4:30-8:00. You need to make CK reservations for dinner but not breakfast or lunch. The Suite Sun Deck is over on Deck 17 forward; sorry, I do not know if there is an elevator but thinking there may be one. Hope this helps.
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