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  1. I had a CR rep tell me that on fully comped cruises where we only pay port fees and taxes that there is no penalty if we would have to cancel or change as the fees and taxes are always refundable. I don't know what canceling would do to future CR offers but that's a whole different subject.
  2. Understood and glad to hear that they are expressing interest in upgrading and enhancing the program. Bottom line, it is one of many revenue generators for the company and the friendlier they make it the more we will enjoy it and participate by sailing and playing.
  3. I agree with the need to hyperlink the offer codes/descriptions to the list of offerings. I was able to select a lower tier cabin for my preferred sailing week and then upgrade for a very nominal cost. See my post #3314 above. It all depends on the rep you get and their knowledge and level of expertise with their reservations system.
  4. It turns out that my original certificate was for an Interior and the cruise week we wanted was on the Interior list. I evidently got enough points on the last night (after the original certificate had been issued by the Host) that when my play/points were fed into the shoreside CR system, my online offer was now an Oceanview and the week I wanted was not listed on the OV comp cruise list. I spoke with a really good rep and she said let's price it using the trade-in value as well as downgrading the certificate to an Interior and then pricing a balcony upgrade that way as well. It turns out that to upgrade from a comped Interior to a balcony was only $340 for both of us whereas using my trade-in value and my wife's $100 certificate, the cost for the same balcony upgrade was nearly $700. I can't complain as we have a nice midship balcony cabin on deck 9 for a 7 night cruise for $340 plus taxes and port fees (that I would pay no matter what ship or deal I received). It's nice to have a good rep who will help you get the best deal.
  5. I had the same situation and contacted CR on Friday. They emailed me the updated offerings for OV cabins which is below. CasinoRoyale-19Q4C04 Sailing List-112919.pdf
  6. There are some great upgrades available on some sailings. Good for your friend on their almost free balcony cabin.
  7. Slots award 1 point for each $5 played on the slot. If you bet big, ($5 or more per spin) you will get your points faster. If you bet small ($1.25 bet on a quarter machine) it will take you a lot longer to get your points. It is definitely possible if you are wagering $5 and up per spin to get 2400 points on a short cruise but it will take a fair amount of play time.
  8. You could always appeal to the folks in Miami. It doesn't seem right to be awarded something then not be able to use it. It's not quite "bait and switch" but it seems to be getting close. If CR can't or won't do anything, perhaps an inquiry to the Executive Resolution Team will get some results. Send your inquiry to the President of the company or to the Executive Resolution Team in care of the President's or Chairman's office in Miami.
  9. The 10 drinks for $80 is typically offered mid-cruise as a drink card. I've seen it on many of the smaller class ships (Vision and Radiance class) but it is not always offered on every cruise.
  10. It appears that the Certificates are prepared a few times per year and if you earn yours near the printing date all of the cruises are in the future. If you earn it in the middle of the distribution period or worse, near the end, there will be less cruises left on the list. I agree it's not the best system. We went to redeem our JS certificate and as you stated, nearly all of the choices didn't have any JS cabins left. We were fortunate to find one that we combined with another offer we received so we made an 11 night trip out of two separate offers. With more and more players, I am finding that it is becoming somewhat more difficult to find the ideal booking when you are working from a limited listing of cruises.
  11. If I recall correctly, I signed up at Next Cruise while onboard as I was booking and they had a 40,000 point bonus if I recall correctly.
  12. If you are Prime you can book two additional cabins for family or friends and receive an extra 5% casino discount. If you are signature the discount is 10% and if you are Master, you will receive the casino rate. I got this info from a CR rep I spoke to earlier today. You can use a discount certificate but the party named on the certificate or the online offer has to be one of the cabin occupants.
  13. 1. It won't hurt to introduce yourself to the host. Currently on the Serenade the host is Igor. He is friendly and helpful and one of the best hosts we've encountered. In the middle of our last cruise he came looking for us and put a Prime sticker on my wife's SeaPass card. Disclosure - We were on the Serenade for the August 25th TA and the 9/22 week to Bermuda that ended up in Portland and then Bermuda due to Hurricane Jerry so we got to know Igor. 2. You will earn slot points which are shown on the slot screen when you insert your card. You also earn the same type of "tier" points at the tables. In addition you will build a freeplay comp total on your card. You can go into your account at a machine on the last day or evening and download the comp points for freeplay or ask the host to give you OBC instead of freeplay. If you earn a Certificate it will likely be in your cabin the next to last day. Feel free to take it to the Casino as you will likely earn more points on the last day and evening and Igor will exchange it for a higher value certificate if you get to the next level. 3. Not sure about dinners. Just ask. Also not sure if there are different guidelines for the URComped players. 4. We always get a tray of cookies, a fruit tray and at least one bottle of wine. I am Signature and my wife is now Prime and we are both Diamond plus so that may factor into what they give us
  14. There is no charge to redeem the points from my BofA Royal Caribbean Visa card. There is a redemption process where you select the OBC amounts along with the cruise details where you want the credit. Start by logging into your BofA online account and click on "View MyCruise Points". This takes you to a page where there is a tab to click to redeem points. I pasted a screen shot of that page below. If you decide to get the card, be sure you get a good sign-up point bonus (at least 40,000 points).
  15. As long as you are prime or higher the SeaPass cash advance in the casino is waived. Give the table dealer your card and the amount you want and the pit boss will run it and you sign a charge slip just like for everything else on the ship. If you want slot money, go to the cage and they will issue you play vouchers in the value of the advance you requested. I let those charges go to my my SeaPass account and it is then automatically billed at the end of the cruise to my Bank of America Royal Caribbean Visa where I get double pints that I redeem for OBC. (Usually $250 to $500 per redemption).
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