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  1. I am confident the Empress would be the wrong ship. Small, not much going on. MSC Seaside is a nice ship, but MSC is quirky to say the least....whether it be food, entertainment or even pillows. Symphony is without a doubt is one of the best ships on the planet....this should be an easy decision for you.
  2. Sounds good to me! I will check into it for this year. FYI.....by back to back I meant 16 cruises in a two year span.
  3. Virtually the same as me shipmate. Just different years for the back to back 8's and we rarely have done Halloween.
  4. Just over 30 days from sailing....still nothing official....however boarding pass lists the deck. One time in the past (ten + years ago) I booked about 3 weeks out from sailing and did not get my cabin until I arrived at the ship.
  5. Royal has quite a few Chinese crew. I assume there is a possibility of a new hire crew member from the infected area joining the fleet and passing it on? Hopefully Royal is accounting for this with their crew. Reports say the incubation period is up to two weeks. If that is true...people are walking around with no symptoms yet carrying the virus.
  6. Spanish flu - Wikipedia "The 1918 influenza pandemic was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic, the first of the two pandemics involving H1N1 influenza virus. It infected 500 million people around the world, including people on remote Pacific islands and in the Arctic. Probably 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million died, making it one of the deadliest epidemics in human history. Historical and epidemiological data are inadequate to identify with certainty the pandemic's geographic origin". Next question?
  7. Adding you to ignore... seems you want to play games like the other guy. I have been on here (including when it was an AOL chatroom) for 20 years...only had 2 on ignore...after this weekend it is up to 4. Oh well....anyways this is my last post in this thread. Good luck to all...hopefully Royal will take into consideration some of the key points discussed in this thread.
  8. It is a point of reference. Nothing more, nothing less. Truth be known, Royal created it by adding benefits at the reference level coined D++.
  9. Its all cyclical. This is part of the issue, cruising is currently doing well however 10 years ago they were treading water...sailing ships empty, giving away cabins. The stock in 2009 was at 6 bucks. Very easily another cycle can hit them and their increased fleet. They will come crying for their base and it wont be the millennials who are up to their ears in debt and living in their parents basement I can assure you of this.
  10. Settle down...it really bugs you doesn't it? Are you a gold member? You seem overly obsessed with something that does not pertain to you. It is not free by any stretch of the imagination. There are a ton of folks who sell their soul to get to the Diamond level and it costs them. 340 points is an unidentified level with a couple benefits. A few years ago they created Emerald level, now that was a waste. Time to jettison it and in its place identify the D++ level. As I said before, it is a status level...No strives to be employee of the month for the plaque.
  11. I am basing it on D++ minimum 30 cruises in a balcony for a family (includes at least one child).
  12. Keep in mind when I say D++ I am referring to guests who have well over 300 points. As you know, D+ begins at 175 points and its not easy for a family who does not live near a port. To add to my point. Royal will not even acknowledge 340-699 guests with a title lol... We are just out there. A self imposed title was created called pineapple and I was once given a pin.
  13. Thanks, but I was erroring on the side of caution with my 100K figure. Trust me, the average number is well north of that. To be clear....I believe you are assuming D+ and above only cruise inside cabins and suite passengers who have 30+ sailings only do suites every time? Sorry I am not buying that. Listen, I have booked every cabin they offer over the years, inside, outside, balcony, Jr. suites, grand suites.....I am almost embarrassed to say how much I have given the company. To be honest, I find most D+ and above stay in more expensive cabins. Bottom line... D++ are on a level playing field with the average suite guest who cruise, therefore they deserve the same recognition.
  14. I agree with what you have posted. However please understand a small family who has reached the Diamond ++ level has paid well north of 100,000.00 (+100K) to Royal Caribbean over the years. I agree with suite perks but we shouldn't make light of the fact the D++ has also invested quite a chunk of change to get to their status. Long story short, if you want to focus on dollars spent...A one and done suite booking of say about 8K should not be treated vastly different than a +100K D++
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