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Old 07-12-2006, 12:42 PM
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It is going to be tough for them to make it up to me because it was such a bad expierience. The food was very good,espicially in the specialty restaurants. I waited two hours for a drink in the casino and 45 minutes by pool side.
If it was made wrong they would still want me to pay for it.. Wierd..

They definitely brought on a bunch of rookie employees. Which is pretty dumb because it is a new ship.
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Old 07-12-2006, 02:00 PM
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You're right, they should have had their senior staff on board. Especially for the inaugural season.
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Well thank ALL of you so much for your input! You guys are awesome and I thank you for putting my mind at ease whether I go with RCI or Princess. I'm sure I will, at some point, do both.
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Old 07-16-2006, 11:54 AM
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I think if you're happy with the line you use, you're better off staying with them because of the perks for being a frequent customer. With RCCL I get $200 off every balcony cabin and free drinks from 5pm to 8:30pm., not a bad perk.
I've been thinking about your statement and have to say you are right. I've mixed up my cruises over the years, going from one line to another, and the end result is I am not a diamond-studded member of any repeater's club. Granted that some lines - most notably Carnival - really don't have a worthwhile repeater's club. In my view, RCCL and Princess have the best perks for repeat customers. We just made platinum level with RCCL, which will give us some more goodies including 2 credits for next year's cruise on the Liberty (booked a suite).

I think I will concentrate on getting to diamond level with C&A, which I can do within 2 to 3 years.
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Old 07-16-2006, 01:18 PM
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Aren't you in Carnival's Platinum?
Carnival's Platinum program has quite a few benefits. I just attended a meeting last week where a Carnival Rep went over them. In addition to priority embarkation/debarkation, cocktail party, personal stationary, priority for tendering, special givt etc., the rep read off quite a lengthy list. Unfortunately she didn't pass copies out to us, and I can't find it anywhere on their websites.
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Old 07-16-2006, 01:22 PM
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Aren't you in Carnival's Platinum?
How many cruises does that take? I thought Carnival had changed things recently since the Skipper's Club seems to have changed to include "platinum" members, but like you I can't find much about it on the Carnival website. I also note that it has been more than a while since I received a Carnival newsletter and it has only been a year since our last cruise with them.
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Old 07-16-2006, 02:38 PM
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A little bit of searching and I have my answers! Carnival Concierge Club
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Old 07-19-2006, 08:41 PM
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RCI ships have more features, try Yoyager class or Freedom class ship, you'll love it!
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Old 07-20-2006, 01:51 PM
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Now this discussion is interesting. I have worked in customer service-in some capacity or another-since 1973. Being new to the cruise world, I will say one thing for sure. Cruise lines are fighting tooth and nail for customers. They really work hard for your cruise dollar. After reading all of these posts it seems like a customer will find terrific aspects of every cruise line. I have never quite seen a business like this. Interesting. No harm meant, just an observation.
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Been on RCI Mariner of the Seas, very large ship 3 times, will go on my first Princess on Nov. 10,2006, looking forward to it, according to the reviews. The Mariner was a beautiful ship, just spectacular & very clean. Since I've gone on the same ship 3 times it would be hard for me to expertly judge all the others, but I've heard they are all very well maintained. I think the best cruise is generally based on the intineraries, which islands are included and what you get for the price. The Sun Princess we booked was only $1100 or so per person for a balcony room and it goes all the way down to the Southern Caribbean to Grenada, St. Lucia and other nice islands, so if it's a dumpy ship, I won't be really too upset. I book my cruise for the ports it visits, not so much for the ship. My wife books for the boat first, so it's a constant fight. I think a lot would depend on the age and condition of the ships that you are choosing between on each line. Try to pull up the pictures by searching on Google. I have some pictures of the RCC Mariner of the Seas here from our last cruise...
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