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Old 10-02-2007, 11:24 AM
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Hi all, more clueless questions for you. Spring break RCI cruise booked here.... other than the main dining room sitting, where do we usually eat? Are there buffet tables all day long? How often can we eat and what do we have to or not have to pay for? What is a seapass, how do we use it and how is it charged? I know, lots of ??? Thanks for your patience with me...
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Hi all, more clueless questions for you. Spring break RCI cruise booked here.... other than the main dining room sitting, where do we usually eat? Are there buffet tables all day long? How often can we eat and what do we have to or not have to pay for? What is a seapass, how do we use it and how is it charged? I know, lots of ??? Thanks for your patience with me...
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Old 10-02-2007, 11:59 AM
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Hi there, you didnt mention which ship you are going on but I presume most are the same, im just back from Voyager of the Seas, your seapass is what you get when you board the ship, it is like your very own credit card, its used as identification to get on and off the ship, to get into your room, to charge drinks etc to your room, in your cabin on the tv you can review your seapass account, on this you will see every transaction or money spent, ie cruise excursions, drinks, casino etc.

You may eat in the buffet from about 7am to 9.30 pm, serving a huge selection of absolutely everything, you can keep going up as often as you want for more food, deserts etc, Sodas are extra but they offer a soda package on day one where you can get as many sodas as you want all day long for like 45 dollars or something, otherwise they have ice tea, diluted orange or iced water.

In the evening you have a choice of eating in the main dining room early sitting or late, if you dont want to be served a four course meal by a waiter you can go to the buffet for your dinner, they change breakfast buffet, to lunch buffet to dinner buffet. All day long you can also get free icecream sandwiches cookies cakes etc.

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Old 10-02-2007, 12:26 PM
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Most of the ships have a 24-hour place to go get pizza, hot dogs, cookies, etc...Just check it out:-)....The buffets are good, but the Main Restauants are usually GREAT....Have a Great Cruise...

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Old 10-02-2007, 12:59 PM
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Thanks for the info, that helps. We will be on the Navigator. Do you know how much extra the evening restaurants are if you decide not to eat in the main dining room? And how is it charged and when do you square up? Thanks again!
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Whenever you buy something onboard the ship, either in one of the stores, or at a bar, or when you go to one of the specialty restaurants, or purchase shore excursions, they will take the information from your SeaPass card. The SeaPass card has a lot of uses onboard the ship. It's your room key, boarding pass, and charge card.

Sometime during the last night of your cruise, they'll slip an accounting under your door, where you'll see all the things you have charged over the course of the cruise. If you look it over and you don't have any questions about anything, you don't have to do anything. They will send those charges along to the credit card you provided them before boarding. If you have questions about some charges, or if you decide you want to pay in cash, you'll go to the Purser's Desk to get your questions answered or settle the bill.

You can get a running total for your bill wheneber you want during the cruise, if you want to keep track of how much you're spending.

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Old 10-02-2007, 02:17 PM
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yep! Its twenty dollars per person, I would think its a good option we didnt get a chance to book it as it was booked out on the first night, its in a nice area overlooking the sea, so do that first thing when you check into your cabin check out the cruise compass' this is a sheet you will receive in your room everyday telling you whats on that day in the ship.

When you go in they will swipe your seapass which is linked to your credit card, then you sign a receipt for the twenty dollars, this will appear on the statement in your room on tv that night and will be automatically taken from your visa at the end of the holiday if you have no queries, its great no need to check out at a desk its just automatically taken from the seapass.

where are you travelling to?

You will have a great time, anything else you think of just leave me a message
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Thanks for the info, that helps. We will be on the Navigator. Do you know how much extra the evening restaurants are if you decide not to eat in the main dining room? And how is it charged and when do you square up? Thanks again!


Bear in mind that you simply can't show up at Portofino's or Chop's (the extra-fee restaurants) on a whim. They require reservations and these usually book up very early in the cruise. The best thing is to make reservations on embarkation day. If you wait you will find the choices for a table and specific night to be very limited or non-existent. I think the current fee is $20 per person, which includes the gratuity.

There is also a buffet dinner in Windjammer which doesn't cost extra. It is actually quite pleasant with lots of choices, including many from the main dining room menu.
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Old 10-02-2007, 02:52 PM
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Dave, Corkgirl, Sandy,
Thanks a ton! You are all very helpful.. one more question and I promise I will leave you alone (for now). If we decide to eat at Windjammers or Portofino's... do we have to let the main dining room know we are not coming?
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Old 10-02-2007, 03:05 PM
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You don't "have" to let your regular table mates and wait staff know, but it is certainly the polite thing to do. Otherwise, the waiter will be anticipating your arrival and assume you are late when you in fact aren't going to show up at all. We usually plan these things and let them know the night before, but on the spur of the moment decisions to eat dinner in the Windjammer one of us will either drop by the dining room and tell the maitre'd or more typically we'll see one of our table mates during the day and tell them.
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