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bob brown

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  1. When the highest level of a loyalty program numbers reach what percentage of the total, is management prompted to raise the bar, and introduce even higher level(s)? Doesn't really matter to me...just a rhetorical question....🤭
  2. Hmmm...was it Groucho Marx who said: " I refuse to join a club that would have myself as a member"...? 🤣
  3. Hmmm...was it Groucho Marx who said: " I refuse to join a club that would have myself as a member"...? 🤣
  4. Renaissance Cruises bought eight ships they called, R One thru R Eight. When they went defunct, Oceania acquired three of them, and later a fourth from Princess. The first one they bought was the R Two, which Oceania renamed Regatta. Later, they bought R One, which they renamed Insignia. Even though the Regatta wasn't the first one built, since they acquired it first, they named all four of the type, as the Regatta or 'R' class. The other two are the Nautica, and the Sirena...
  5. If you want to have the precise time on your wrist, anywhere you go, I would recommend this one. I've had it on two ATW cruises, and it automatically sets the time zone to wherever you are in the world. It never needs a battery, or a winding, and only needs to be outdoors to acquire its calibration from the GPS satellites, directly. Doesn't need wifi or cellular service. https://www.citizenwatch.com/us/en/collection/satellite-timekeeping/ * As for "ships time"....I would agree with @Flatbush Flyer. The problem with "ships time", is when you are trying to coordinate meeting with a private tour operator in a port of call. They act on local time, which can cause one of you to be late or early....
  6. Glad to hear that! Hope your return train is on time, as well, but it originates in New York....
  7. Agree with all of this. The one advantage of the international plan on VZW is if you need to do a lot of voice calling, (more than 40 minutes), not using wifi...the $10. per day gives unlimited voice calling, no per minute charge. As said, the $10. charge is only made on days you actually use it.
  8. MSC currently requires at least one cruise every three years to maintain status level…
  9. Seems to me that across the board, among many cruise lines, so many passengers have achieved the highest levels, that they feel the need to add ever more higher ones. They may or may not keep or take away perks from existing program levels. My hope with Oceania is that they award levels based on individuals records, not shared, to simplify. Further, I think it’s time that they give credits based on days traveled like most of the industry does, including NCL, rather than by cruise.
  10. Just an update to my situation... My travel agent, who has close contacts at Oceania, after a few attempts to get it for me, was told that they were "looking at making changes to the club"....whatever that may mean. Whatever it is, it doesn't help my current situation. I have thrown in the towel on this, and have low expectations of receiving anything further from them.
  11. If they’re going to charge me in the main dining room for a glass of tap water, then I must remember to bring a refillable water bottle, given to me by another cruise line. I will fill it myself, where able, and bring it into the dining room with me. Tacky? Yes. But so is charging for a glass of plain water, at dinner. JMHO…🤷‍♂️
  12. Charging different people different prices for such basics as plain water, is taking "airline yield management", to the extreme....🙄
  13. Maybe they offer tap water on request, but if you want bottled water, that is when they charge you? I was on the Meraviglia in 2021. I don't recall them charging for water (tap) at our dining room.
  14. I'm not clear about this...if you're sitting at your table in the main dining room for dinner, will they bring you a complimentary glass of tap water? And refill as needed?
  15. Is it possible to book your complimentary specialty dinner in advance of your cruise? Some cruise lines offer this...
  16. So, I wonder who, if anyone, they will book Great Lakes cruises on going forward? I booked on ACL's sub Pearl Seas...
  17. The "guess the song" game at Martini's, usually has at least one "showtunes" night. The afternoon trivia, as well as the evening "brain teaser's", occasionally has a question or two that are concerning music of different types...
  18. Sure… https://www.msccruisesusa.com/manage-booking/msc-voyagers-club After you log in, there is a tab for the Voyagers Club..
  19. Agreed. Parents sailing with older children do this all the time, when they want a second cabin for children. The cruise line requires an adult booked in each cabin, so they book it that way, then occupy the cabins the way they want to…
  20. This question comes up in many different cruise line loyalty programs. The gist of it is, does each member of a loyalty program sailing on a cruise receive individual perks based on their personal loyalty level, or if two members are in a cabin, must they then share the benefit (usually to the member with the higher status). The cruise line will invariably interpret in their own favor. As a "workaround", you could maybe split your booking, so that each of you sailed with someone that had no status. Of course, no one is actually checking to see who really is occupying each cabin, but this would be not be "legal", and could result in penalty, if caught. Not worth the risk, IMHO....
  21. My question is how do I know what my Voyagers Club actual expiration date is? When I logged in to MSC's website, and clicked on Voyager's Club, it showed my name, the date 01-11-2024 below that, my Club number, and my status. I received my status match sometime early in 2021, not sure of the exact date, but it might have been January...again, not sure. I took my first MSC cruise from October 21 -October 28, 2021 According to the 'fine print' on the Voyager's Club status, it said I had to sail at least once every three years to maintain the status and points earned. So by that, I interpret I must begin another cruise by October 28, 2024. I wasn't certain what that "01-11-2024" number below my name indicated...was it my expiration date? And if it was, was it January 11, 2024, or November 1, 2024? I tried calling MSC, and the agent said it was January 11. This puzzles me, as other places on the site, use the dd/mm/year format, not mm/dd/year. And, why wasn't it three years from my last cruise, which would have been in October of 2024? I suppose it could be three years from when they gave me the status match, but again, that is contrary to what the fine print says about maintaining status. The call center reps were not clear.🤷‍♂️
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