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    Originally Eastern Europe, now Boston Suburbs, USA
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    Travel/photography, books, hockey!!!
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    Celebrity,Princess,Royal Caribbean,NCL
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    Europe, Caribbean, Bermuda

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  1. That's my fear. We are not cancelling and waiting for RCI to cancel our Grandeur cruise which as of now is sailing without ports so I assume we also can have 12 days cruise to nowhere (although as of now Baltimore port is closed).. but what if RCCL goes bankrupt?
  2. It doesn’t have to happen every time. 🙂
  3. We also have highest loyalty status with one and can work on several others, but DL among some other nice things RCI has is a key factor very often.
  4. I guess it makes sense to cruise around holidays. We usually do Christmas & New Year, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving week, Labor Day and sometimes Independence Day (to maximize our vacations 🙂 ) and as a side effect we get less crowded lounges. Ships though are usually sold out.
  5. We also too busy enjoying whole thing to pay any attention. Loved Elite HH and lounge on Celebrity Summit recently. Btw they do unlimited drinks in almost all bars during HH. Sky lounge was so uncrowded.
  6. The only crowded place for us was Anthem for the first cruise as Diamond. Since then they added overflow so not a problem. We find a table near the window in DL, in overflow or adjacent lounge (VCL) and enjoy view, snacks, drinks for 1-2 hours, then use other coupons in Schooner or Bollero's before our dinner.
  7. Maybe I don't pay attention or just lucky, but we never experienced this. Only read on internet.
  8. Well.. my husband is not a non-drinker, but he always orders Hennessy or Courvoisier brandy (whatever particular ship offers) I do not like strait up drinks so I see what people are ordering and ask Lemon drop is a Martini with lemon juice. Cosmopolitan is a vodka with cranberry and lime juices served in martini glass. I cannot drink gins, scotches as they dry me up. I do not drink much at home at all lately, so for us 3-4 cruises with Royal out of 5-6 a year is a nice tradition in terms of DL. Not only drinks, but snacks and views. Love DL near VCL, but alspo Grandeur's with overflow to South Pacific. On Anthem they recently created a nice overflaw to Music Hall.
  9. In posted menus there are no mixed drinks, but if ingredients are from that menu they accommodate most of the time. We had margaritas, bloody marys, version of chocolate martini, cosmopolitan, lemon drop etc.
  10. I use last 2 years. It does slow connections down and especially felt on older ships. (Better on Quantum and Oasis classes)
  11. WiFi package is not assigned to any particular device. You can use it on 100 devices, just not at the same time. When I work on cruises I use it on laptop, phone, tablets etc. If you husband has any applications on laptop that need 2-step authentication make sure not only his phone set up to receive codes, but also email or phone on laptop. If it is critical get 2 device package to have peace of mind. I am planning to bring laptop to my upcoming cruise on Grandeur even though it is my real vacation, but just in case of some emergency extended stay. Although what we learned if quarantined it will probably be on land.
  12. Many would disagree, but at least if lounges are removed RCI should apply similar conditions which is unlimited drinks from Diamond menu.
  13. All D and up have them. They are loaded on your card. You can use them outside. Inside of the lounge drinks are unlimited, outside 3 during Happy Hours.
  14. So making 90 minutes limit will make lounges even more crowded as more people will arrive at this shorter window. 😉
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