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3 minutes ago, Thorben-Hendrik said:

OK never got anything else... 👍😊

 

They used to give out these snack baskets with cookies, nuts, etc.  There was never a choice for guests for the "Welcome Aboard" snack.  Lots of packaging.   Not that long ago the switch to cookies.

 

Guests should still be able to choose their "Welcome Aboard" beverage.  That choice used to be on Royal's website, but has vanished since the last "improvement".  Now people have to call C&A to choose that beverage.  If they don't choose, they get bottled water.

 

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39 minutes ago, Biker19 said:

I don't remember ever having a "choice" with the cookies/whatever, you get them or not.

 

I guess it's the chef's choice as to whether or not you get the snack/whatever.

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1 minute ago, HBE4 said:

 

I guess it's the chef's choice as to whether or not you get the snack/whatever.

 

Exactly.

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  • I would say the lounge, internet, and free photo are the best onboard perks.  

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56 minutes ago, Host Clarea said:

 

Chef's Choice amenity is typically some sort of snack plate delivered in the afternoon while you are in port.  Things like chocolate covered strawberries, cheese plate, petit fours, etc.

 

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^ Don't eat that all at once. It'll ruin your appetite for dinner.

 

Looks like someone nibbled on the brownie already.

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Or maybe a not so elegant plate. Ours looked like our preschool grandchildren had made it. The strawberries were cut in half, fruit loops and the brownie was stale - cost cutting? Why do they even bother? Ovation of the Seas recently. And the Top Tier event was sent quoting the day Tuesday but the date given was wrong, so a lot (most) just recognised the Tuesday and not the date and missed out - tricky cost cutting? 

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3 minutes ago, megsie said:

 Why do they even bother? Ovation of the Seas recently.

That's just sad........

 

It would be better just not deliver anything than get a plate of crap like that and create ill will.

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Fruit Loops...For real?

 

Who is the chef on that ship....Capt Crunch?

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2 hours ago, Host Clarea said:

 

Chef's Choice amenity is typically some sort of snack plate delivered in the afternoon while you are in port.  Things like chocolate covered strawberries, cheese plate, petit fours, etc.

What Bob said.  Last week on Oasis we received  the  chef's choice amenity twice.  Seems the few prior 7 night cruises we only received one delivery.   First delivery was some petit four type desserts.  Second plate later in the week was a plate of small Christmas cookies.  The cookies looked commercially prepared, but it was a nice gesture on a December cruise. 

 

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26 minutes ago, megsie said:

Or maybe a not so elegant plate. Ours looked like our preschool grandchildren had made it. The strawberries were cut in half, fruit loops and the brownie was stale - cost cutting? Why do they even bother? Ovation of the Seas recently. And the Top Tier event was sent quoting the day Tuesday but the date given was wrong, so a lot (most) just recognised the Tuesday and not the date and missed out - tricky cost cutting? 

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Wow, that is a sad looking plate.  Never saw chocolate dipped, half strawberries before.

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4 hours ago, Host Clarea said:

 

You're missing one of the most useful perks that starts at Platinum, which is the discount on any stateroom with a balcony.

 

 

Platinum Balcony Discount When Booking More than 6 Months from Sailing Date:
$ 50 * for sailings of 3-5 nights
$100* for sailings of 6-9 nights
$200* for sailings of 10+ nights

 

Emerald Balcony Discount When Booking More than 6 Months from Sailing Date:
$ 75 * for sailings of 3-5 nights
$125* for sailings of 6-9 nights
$225* for sailings of 10+ nights

 

Diamond Balcony Discount When Booking More than 6 Months from Sailing Date:
$125* for sailings of 3-5 nights
$225* for sailings of 6-9 nights
$325* for sailings of 10+ nights

 

Diamond Plus Balcony Discount When Booking More than 6 Months from Sailing Date:
$150* for sailings of 3-5 nights
$250* for sailings of 6-9 nights
$350* for sailings of 10+ nights

 

Pinnacle Club Balcony Discount When Booking More than 6 Months from Sailing Date:
$175* for sailings of 3-5 nights
$275* for sailings of 6-9 nights
$375* for sailings of 10+ nights

 

*When booking less than 6 months from sailing date subtract $25 from the dollar amount.

 

 

Did I share that I got a $300 C&A discount on a 4 day Mariner. Never figured out why

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2 minutes ago, John&LaLa said:

 

Did I share that I got a $300 C&A discount on a 4 day Mariner. Never figured out why

 

Be happy you benefited from one of Royal's rare mistakes in favor of the consumer.

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4 hours ago, Host Clarea said:

 

You're missing one of the most useful perks that starts at Platinum, which is the discount on any stateroom with a balcony.

 

 

Platinum Balcony Discount When Booking More than 6 Months from Sailing Date:
$ 50 * for sailings of 3-5 nights
$100* for sailings of 6-9 nights
$200* for sailings of 10+ nights

 

Emerald Balcony Discount When Booking More than 6 Months from Sailing Date:
$ 75 * for sailings of 3-5 nights
$125* for sailings of 6-9 nights
$225* for sailings of 10+ nights

 

Diamond Balcony Discount When Booking More than 6 Months from Sailing Date:
$125* for sailings of 3-5 nights
$225* for sailings of 6-9 nights
$325* for sailings of 10+ nights

 

Diamond Plus Balcony Discount When Booking More than 6 Months from Sailing Date:
$150* for sailings of 3-5 nights
$250* for sailings of 6-9 nights
$350* for sailings of 10+ nights

 

Pinnacle Club Balcony Discount When Booking More than 6 Months from Sailing Date:
$175* for sailings of 3-5 nights
$275* for sailings of 6-9 nights
$375* for sailings of 10+ nights

 

*When booking less than 6 months from sailing date subtract $25 from the dollar amount.

 

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Thank you for taking the time to provide this information.

 

While I will never turn down free money, I am surprised to see these figures. 

 

I thought for sure there would be a percentage - like pinnacle is 30% off of the cruise - not a fixed dollar amount.  I find it bizarre the big savings is just $375 off on a 10-day balcony.  

 

For example, I am nowhere near pinnacle or a whale in the casino but have already been offered a free cruise by the casino team.  I thought the strategy would be "just get these people on the boat" for upper tier levels.  I've got to figure that people who reach pinnacle are people who have a large amount of time and disposable income to spend on board. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We finally did our first cruise as Diamond members, on the Oasis.  We aren’t drinkers, so having 3 drinks pp each day is quite satisfactory to us.  It’s nice to have a glass of wine at dinner, and so nice to get bottles of water for free.  Having 24 hrs of free internet for each of us on a 7-night Cruise is all we really need.  My husband loves the coffee in the DC, and it was a nice quiet place to relax.  It’s also nice to have priority boarding when it is available.  We’re happy being Diamond members.

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4 minutes ago, stringbean10 said:

 

 ... I thought for sure there would be a percentage - like pinnacle is 30% off of the cruise - not a fixed dollar amount.  I find it bizarre the big savings is just $375 off on a 10-day balcony. ...

 

 

 

I agree, a percentage would make more sense.

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4 hours ago, Host Clarea said:

Thank You!  This is the great kind of info I come here for 🙂 

 

Are these current?  Believe it or not, the extra $25 in the arcade is going to blow my son's mind 🙂 

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2 minutes ago, stringbean10 said:

Thank You!  This is the great kind of info I come here for 🙂 

 

Are these current?  Believe it or not, the extra $25 in the arcade is going to blow my son's mind 🙂 

 

I believe these are from this month.

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3 hours ago, davekathy said:

What C&A tier level are you currently?

 

I am gold close to platinum.   I've been on Celebrity, NCL and RCI.

 

My family enjoys cruises and I aim to take 1 a year for the foreseeable future.  Cruises are our vacations and not our travel.  I have two young children and I could see us taking at least one cruise for the next 15 years as a family vacation.  If say, at the end of that 15 years, there was a big enough carrot as a rewards program, it would sway me to keep booking with RCI.  But if the big pay off is 'saving' the equivalent to $350 and three drinks a day and a bag of free laundry and a lapel pin - then it doesn't sway me to keep building loyalty with RCI. 

 

While nice, if I reach these levels I think it would have to just organically happen for me - like - look at that!  we reached diamond.  The rewards are just not worth sticking around for...I'd really rather book an actually cheaper cruise on a different line - reducing the actual dollars out of my pocket (and it's always good to try new things). 

 

By the time people have reached pinnacle, what would you guess the average amount they have spent on cruising?

 

I have no idea - is there some secret no monetary way to earn points? 

 

The RCI credit card perhaps? 

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