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I don't  remember when I heard this, but no more wine at meet and mingle gatherings? we sailed Anthem last year and before and they always raffled the wine. has anyone noticed this? we are sailing Dec.8 and hoping to get lucky again. Thank you

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1 minute ago, watson50 said:

I don't  remember when I heard this, but no more wine at meet and mingle gatherings? we sailed Anthem last year and before and they always raffled the wine. has anyone noticed this? we are sailing Dec.8 and hoping to get lucky again. Thank you

 

No Wine, no Prize, no casino chips.  Just a backpack that can hold nothing.  Oh and there Are no more mimosas.

 

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We had wine and bubbly on Serenade in December 2017. On Navigator in December 2018 there was nothing remotely alcoholic, only the boring merchandise like key rings and caps. There was also a big difference in the running of these 2 meet and mingles. The staff on Serenade engaged with us; on Navigator, it was like they couldn't get it over and done with fast enough. So I guess it's another example of Royal's inconsistency. :classic_wacko:

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7 minutes ago, watson50 said:

I don't  remember when I heard this, but no more wine at meet and mingle gatherings? we sailed Anthem last year and before and they always raffled the wine. has anyone noticed this? we are sailing Dec.8 and hoping to get lucky again. Thank you

 

We were told no more wine was allowed per corporate.

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We were on Radiance going to Hawaii a few weeks ago and they had 4 bottles, Bubbles, Rose, Red and White....plus all the usual stuff...bingo shirts, backpacks bag in a bag...etc

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26 minutes ago, reallyitsmema said:

 

We were told no more wine was allowed per corporate.

When were you told this? We were on Adventure last month and they did still have wine and Champagne as raffle prizes.

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Just now, blackshirt said:

When were you told this? We were on Adventure last month and they did still have wine and Champagne as raffle prizes.

 

In May on Harmony.

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well it only goes to show, the more you cruise, the more you lose. what a shame. like it's really going to hurt their bottom line, and we have been loyal to Royal for 23 yrs now. what's next?

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On our last cruise only water was served at the M & M. We had a large crowd and it was a 10 day cruise.

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Ovation of the Seas M&M for 9-20-19 and 9-30-19 transpacific each raffled one bottle of house red wine and one bottle of chardonnay, along with logo ball caps, key chains, backpack.

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I must admit, I sign up but don’t attend much because they are almost always scheduled during flowrider times.  That said, we were on the Radiance last September sailing from Seward, Alaska, and I went (no flowrider) and they gave away at least a couple of bottles.  This was the same sailing where the Diamond Concierge on the first night went thru a long diatribe about how there are no overflow lounges on any ships it was corporate policy, and my next cruise 2 months later on the Symphony TA there were two overflow lounges.  

 

I believe on the Transpacific we did this year my wife went and they gave away wine there to.  I was flowriding.

 

My only point is anytime you hear corporate policy at these events, it is probably just the policy of the hotel staff on this ship at this time.  Just sayin.....

 

jc

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Have always seen wine as a raffle prize, including this year on Navigator.  Haven’t seen alcohol offered for free for probably 10 years - usually juice/water/coffee/cookies or some kind of cheese/crackers/fruit with a cash bar.  

 

Many years ago remember waiters with wine/champagne and the captain came and you could have a photo op - the good old days!  Also ship’s photographer taking a group picture that you could purchase. 

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1 minute ago, Grandma Dazzles said:

Have always seen wine as a raffle prize, including this year on Navigator.  Haven’t seen alcohol offered for free for probably 10 years - usually juice/water/coffee/cookies or some kind of cheese/crackers/fruit with a cash bar.  

 

Many years ago remember waiters with wine/champagne and the captain came and you could have a photo op - the good old days!  Also ship’s photographer taking a group picture that you could purchase. 

 

Anthem did mimosas and champagne at the meet and mingles up until last year.  They also did free mimosas at least once a sailing in the WJ.

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We were on Harmony a few weeks ago, and they raffled off 2 or 3 bottles of wine, backpacks, and certificates for movies on demand.  Our first M&M.  It was a lot of fun!

 

 

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Just got off Allure Sun and they raffled off 2 bottles of wine and a bottle of champagne along with several other little prizes at the Meet and Mingle. They did not give out any free mimosas or rum punch like they have in the past though. No free alcohol but there was a cheese and fruit plate 😀.

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They raffled off wine at our M&M on Harmony 2 weeks ago.    I think I’ve been attending them for 15 years and never remember them serving any kind of alcohol, 

Edited by sellwingri

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I was told on Jewel in June that there was no more wine allowed as dictated by Head Office (and I posted that info here).

 

There was none given at the M&M on Oasis in September or on Anthem last week.   Just the bag in a bag and the backpack.

 

 

I agree with JC that it is the hotel manager who probably dictates what actually happens on board, or Harmony and Allure just didn't get the email!!!!

Edited by little britain

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There was wine as a prize on Indy in May and I know my parents won a bottle in Sept on Explorer. 

 

I can't remember ever having any alcohol served at any M & M we've been to on RCL.

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End of May this year on Grandeur, they gave away wine and/or champagne. Also we both John and Katrina Blair hos the event, so YMMV.

 

1) Corporate has changed the rule and some ships are using existing stock.

 

2) Each ship decides for itself and blame corporate for their own choice of less service.

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19 hours ago, Host Clarea said:

Can't remember the last time they offered wine as  prize.

They had on Allure in September.

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21 hours ago, watson50 said:

well it only goes to show, the more you cruise, the more you lose. what a shame. like it's really going to hurt their bottom line, and we have been loyal to Royal for 23 yrs now. what's next?

 

That is a question I don't want a answer too. Because we started in 2009 I've seen many thing go away.

And last Dec on the Anthem they gave away wine at the M&M and a glass of champagne too. 

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We just did the Allure on 9/15.  They gave away several items, three of them being Champagne, red wine, and white wine.  I think it depends upon the ship and how many are signed up to go.  

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Years ago M-M were fun, last cruise on the Freedom 10 people showed up and just one rep from RCI who was there ten mins and left. I think the M-M days our about over..

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