Point of sale scanning for purchases eliminates paper receipts. I am going to ask more about that.
We always save paper receipts in case we have to show something to the Customs folks with our declaration. I wonder if going paperless will create any problems for folks buying expensive items onboard. Perhaps they can request a paper receipt if they want.
I went to the expo again today. RCI's people are ignoring my questions about the paperless sales. I'm asking "many passengers prefer paper receipts so they can check for erroneous charges. How will their concerns be addressed?"
This is all they have told me:
David - We will continue to leave the paper SeaPass receipts for the guests at each voyage. With ITV, they have the ability to view their charges throughout their cruise.
They mean the final paper printout of all your charges. Yes, it would be interesting for someone going on a preview cruise to ask about this.
Another item - checkin will officially commence at 11:30am and the last group will be off the ship by 9am on debarkation morning.
I think they said they have partnered with Customs and Immigration to staff 27 lanes for debarkation. I think they also have two separate exits from the ship, so it will pretty much be like two smaller ships debarking at separate terminals (but not really).
RCI has a lot riding on this. RCI simply can't allow this to fail because of the mass of people to process. Everything is geared to "no lines". If reports start littering the internet about delays and long lines, RCI will have a huge public relations mess on their hands.
The Oasis terminal will have it's own access roads, two story terminal with separate entry and processing for VIP guests (suites and I guess upper tier C&A members), a play room for kids, and 1000 parking spaces added to the Port Everglades site. They are adamant that from baggage drop to boarding the ship, nobody will take more than 15 minutes.