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  1. As mentioned, the GEM had the big grills out by the pool deck on sea days. Pretty cool, actually! Never saw them on the bigger ships, though.
  2. I think it depends on the ship or the maitre’d of the restaurant. I’ve had my Platinum SD with no restrictions. Never tried more than on entre, but have ordered as many sides as my heart desired.
  3. In talking to one GM on the Escape last Summer, he told me that 85% of people who were cruising had the Specialty Dining Package. And, that 90+% had the Drink Package. So, suffice to say, the majority of people have the Dining and Drink packages. I've never seen any "specials", per se, regarding booking SDP on board, though. As others mention, the MDRs are quite good. If I didn't get Specialty Dining credits being Platinum Latitudes, I sure would be happy just eating in the MDRs.
  4. I understand. The days of the alleged "formal" nights on cruises have long passed. Some of the cruise lines are hanging on to it. Don't know why. The amount of people who get dressed up on cruises have dwindled to the point where the only reason to do it is to keep the ships' photographers with something to do, and to keep a ship revenue stream alive.
  5. Agree on all counts. That said, MSC YC pricing has pretty much risen to be similar to NCL Haven prices, like-for-like. Given the choice, fares being similar, I’d choose the Haven over YC.
  6. @gmbhardy Well...that’s not good. Sorry to hear this. Like you, I’m a fan of NCL’s product. Have taken serval cruises with them. Aside for a poor communication issue during the Dorian fiasco (which was inexcusable, and a clear attempt to save the revenue from a sailing, regardless of dire weather warnings) my cruises have all been quite enjoyable. That includes sailing in a solo cabin, all the way up to Haven cabins, and everything in between. I do believe the days of Kevin Sheehan’s passenger focused approach is in direct opposition to DelRio’s approach of “the only thing that matters is more profit” will eventually catch up to NCL. That’s a short sighted view driven by nothing more than the myopic quarterly report. The long term view is being ignored and will suffer because of the types of things you saw and has been reported by others. None of the cutbacks, either real or perceived, have been visible by me, yet. That said, I always look at other cruise lines to find better values. There’s no lack of competition. More of these types of reports, and eventually NCL’S bottom line will be affected.
  7. I’m not a lawyer. Based on the public information, I would pursue a diminished capacity defense. That’s the only way I can see for the Step-Grandfather to skirt the obvious end to this. Or, if there’s some sort of admission or conviction of guilt by Royal, which I don’t see happening. He might be able to disavow any responsibility for the child’s death because of Royal’s negligence and not his negligence. That would be a pretty far fetched outcome, though.
  8. Never thought about that. Interesting hypothesis!
  9. Found it the same. I can remember a couple of particular incidents. One, I was sitting along the railing of the Two70 bar watching a performance. I was solo at the time and was rudely told to move by two other passengers because they were Diamond and needed a couch that could seat two. I had been there for over an hour and 5 minutes before the show was about to start, they tried to muscle their way in because of their “status”. Another time, on the Allure, my GF and I had an aft cabin very close to the observation area overlooking the Aqua Theater. It had a small bench, and we spent many nights out there watching the activities. One particular night, 3 older couples came out to where we were and insisted on us giving up our seats on the bench because they were Diamond status. We didn’t budge. The “status shamers” claimed they were going to report us (for what, I’m not quite sure) and have us removed. We never saw anyone, including them, for the rest of the night. I have more...involving an older couple with their dog who claimed “special status” whenever they rolled their dog, IN A STROLLER, in an out of restaurants, while we were dining. Won’t keep me from sailing Royal again. But, it will keep me from sailing them to achieve “status” perks.
  10. Thanks for this. Between you and Sue/Doug, I’m pretty jazzed to sail the Encore. BTW...I love sailing solo, too. Not adverse to traveling with a partner, though.
  11. OP....hope your medical procedure goes well. I think if you read your cruise contract, the policies for cancellation will be spelled out clearly. As far as insurance is concerned, there are some pretty far fetched things that they cover, and they cover some of the more common ones (like illness) that they’ll cover. Given the fickle nature of the weather, I always get cruise insurance. For the record, ALL the major cruise lines have a similar “no refund” policy. So, while you’re frustration is understandable, it would have been the same if you had booked a Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Princess, Celebrity, MSC or any other major cruise line. Expensive lesson to learn. I’m surprised your Personal Cruise Consultant or Travel Agent hadn’t made you aware of cruise insurance. Good health to you.
  12. First thing I thought. But, I don’t know if they had done any tests to confirm that.
  13. I think I understand (at least from my perspective). I've sailed Royal more than a few times. It seems your "loyalty status" dictates what some other passengers think of you (and in turn, how they treat you). Not a nice feeling. That said, if you can manage to avoid those "status shamers" on board, you'll have a fine time.
  14. Sue and Doug...thanks so much for letting us tag along. What a wonderful job you did arranging everything and posting. You make me want to try a trans-Atlantic cruise. Great Job!
  15. True....I status batched from NCL Platinum to MSC Black. Now, if you held my feet to the fire and made me remember what the MSC Black Status netted me, I'd be hard pressed.
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