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dplusd

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    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean but looking forward to Alaska and Northern Europe

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  1. About half of the forward and mid-ship elevators are glass. When you call for an elevator the first one to come may not be a glass one so you would just half to wait for another. I believe they are open to the promenade area from deck 4-10.
  2. On embarkation day just drop off your bags with the porters before you park the car. When disembarking a porter will be a big help in collecting your luggage and getting you through customs. Not sure if they would escort you all the way to your car in the parking lot but you could certainly ask. I would tip them generously if they do.
  3. As for you room question, the Promenade Rooms offer the biggest bang for the buck. About 165 sqft, larger than standard interior or oceanview, but smaller than balcony rooms. Layout is good.
  4. We aren't buffet fans and miss the great burgers and dogs at the pool side grilles on Celebrity and Princess.
  5. I wish they would ditch the discretionary gratuity model and replace it with a mandatory "resort fee". That would take care of the cheapo's looking to stiff the hard working staff and/or those that can't really afford to cruise anyway.
  6. Specialty restaurant servers do not receive any of the auto-gratuities. We always purchase specialty dining pre-cruise at discounted rates and without the 18% gratuity added so we do leave a cash tip, typically $20 for the two of us. If we were to purchase on board with the 18% gratuity automatically added, we would not tip additional.
  7. No more late night buffets on Royal...chocolate or other. Last one I remember was maybe 10 years ago. I haven't sailed Holland America, but I believe they used to have a late night chocolate buffet. All the mainstream cruise lines eliminated the late night food extravaganzas about the same time.
  8. One advantage to purchase pre-cruise is the 18% gratuity is NOT charged. On board the gratuity will be added.
  9. Best prices will be during off peak times on an older ship. If your May timing is fixed, your best bet at lower prices will be an older ship...definitely not Oasis class.
  10. I would consider your bar bill on previous cruises. If they are significantly less than the cost of the package, I would continue to pay as you go and avoid the package. We bought the package when they were new thinking we would just drink more. Wrong...we did not come close to breaking even!
  11. We always bring a full size bar of soap and our own shampoo. Pack in ziplock bags in checked suitcase if flying.
  12. Your kids and SO will be fine. Dress on RC ships is relaxed.
  13. The Main Lobster is small and is an additional charge of $21.00 per this excerpt from the menu available online. Oh, and the 18% gratuity is added based on the surcharge amount...so $21.00 becomes $24.78. SOMETHING SPECIAL DRY-AGED STEAKS Experience two of the finest quality cuts of beef in the world. Each is hand selected from USDA prime beef raised in Iowa and Nebraska, then dry-aged in a climate-controlled room for nearly four weeks to achieve the pinnacle of flavor, tenderness, and aroma. This dry-aging process can only be found at select steakhouses worldwide, and now, in a cruise industry first, right here at Royal Caribbean International's Chops Grille. DRY-AGED NY STRIP STEAK 16 OZ.* $18† Charbroiled and butter-basted DRY-AGED PORTERHOUSE STEAK 20 OZ.* $19† Slow-roasted with herbs and garlic ROASTED 1 ¼ - 1 ½ LBS. MAINE LOBSTER $21† Drawn butter and fresh lemon
  14. Also, the three free drinks that can be used at bars throughout the ship are limited to the drinks available in the Diamond lounge. I don't have that list handy but hopefully someone has it and will post it for you.
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