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  1. We sailed Empress 3 days after disembarking from Symphony. We only did it because we wanted to go to Cuba. There were some nice features to the ship but I wouldn’t sail her again unless it was back to Cuba
  2. Laser tag can not be booked in advance. Session times will be advertised in the cruise compass and you just line up. 14 players at 1 time. I recommend lining up 10 minutes before the start time. We we really enjoyed it, great fun
  3. So why can my husband do it, but not her son? We never had a problem with just one of our party going to the bar with everyone’s cards
  4. Note the 50% off is off the onboard price NOT the price you buy online. Onboard price usually much higher
  5. You don’t get a choice of how to go. It’s always feet first
  6. I’m really sorry this happened and put a dampener on your vacation ☹️ I really enjoyed the abyss and didn’t realise they were having these kinds of problems. When we were on Symphony (October 2018) the instructions were that our elbows had to be tucked in to our body - essentially sitting on our stomach. Was that the instructions you received also? Just wondering if they have changed something.
  7. The technical answer is that shorts are welcome for breakfast and lunch in the MDR, but not for dinner. The realistic answer is that this is very rarely enforced
  8. Empress had a refurb just recently so I don’t think you will find her old, musty or dirty. We were on her in November and she wasn’t bad then, which was before the refurb. Like you we prefer the bigger ships - we were on Symphony the week before Empress- but we were prepared to accept the smaller ship in order to get to Cuba. It was wonderful and definitely worth it. No diamond lounge. When we were on her there wasn’t even a diamond event! I noted on my survey my dissatisfaction with the loyalty offering on Empress overall and have hear more recently they have been doing an event, so that’s better than nothing.
  9. I disagree. The concept of MTD is that you can eat at a time that isn’t traditional early or late seating. This enables the possibility of walking in when you want, but it isn’t just for that. Making reservations isn’t antithetical to MTD. Also, given that MTD can’t be ‘sold’ I think you may have seen the specialty restaurant desk.
  10. I have experienced this many times - it’s because your cruise doesn’t leave from Australia. When you see the daily drinks price advertised, if you leave from Australia it includes the gratuity, if you leave elsewhere it doesn’t. In both situations what you pay at checkout is the final price.
  11. I’m not sure about the timing sorry, but just as an aside if you change ships it’s called a ‘side to side’ or S2S, not B2B
  12. Apart from waitlisting for early dining the other option is to eat elsewhere than the MDR. We sometimes eat dinner in the Windjammer and it’s quite nice in the evening
  13. It’s usually more in the $25 to $35 range, but yes they offer laundry bag specials
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