Originally posted by Casanova frankenstein:
Many of my friends had travel over the years with RCCL and they say their services had been changing, Now what usually was free, have a "NOMINAL FEE" and the keep charging for everything that was usually free, like Johnny Rockets.
The cruise lines are just like any other business and we are in tough economic times. So the cruise lines need to cut fares because, let's face it, cruising is a luxury and people are changing how they vacation. So the cruise lines (and it's not just RCI) cut fares to keep the cruisers coming aboard and now they need to make up the revenue they've lost. How? By charging a nominal fee for that which used to be included in the cruise fare. This does not make for a "bad" cruise, just a cruise that is different than what you are used to. All you have to do in return is decide whether or not that Johnny Rocket's burger is worth what they want for it. If yes, then down the hatch. If no, then go sip a mimosa on the poolside and relax.
My first cruise experience was what other passengers called a nightmare and still, I figured if this was the "worst" then I could not wait to see "normal" or the best because quite frankly I didn't see the same things wrong that other passengers did or if I did I didn't let it ruin my mood. In the end your cruise is what you make of it, you can relax and enjoy the positive or you can be uptight and focus solely on the negative.
Sorry for such a long post.