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Old 02-16-2009, 12:29 PM
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We cruised the Freedom last spring break and are leaving in 33 days on the Independence. This time we have a royal family suite. Does anyone have 'real" photos of this room? Not the generic ones on the website. And I'm under the impression that this suite is above the GS category, therefore we have concierge service?
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Old 02-16-2009, 12:58 PM
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Hi momof3boyz, welcome to Cruise-Chat. Our resident expert, SonnyV, just returned from a B2B on the Indy. I'm sure he'll post pictures once he's had a chance to catch his breath. Best wishes on your upcoming cruise, she seems to get a great review.
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Yes, you will have concierge service. I wish I would have know you wanted personal pictures of your suite, I would have been able to capture them for you. I did get pictures as requested of cabin 9500, and of an inside family suite, but I rather would have taken pictures of your Royal Family Suite. I have pictures of the Presidential Family Suite, but that wouldn't help you. WELCOME TO CRUISE-CHAT!


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Old 02-16-2009, 02:52 PM
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Thank you for your responses! I'm sure the room is beautiful, I was just curious. How crowded does the concierge room get? (it will be spring break, so I'm sure I already know the answer!) This is just our second cruise, so I wasn't sure about what perks the concierge service entailed. I read online about it though it and we are so excited. I have a family of 5 so I will appreciate any extras I can get! We are traveling with 2 other families that weren't able to get a suite, so they will be using our room quite a bit im sure. 13 kids under the age of 14 and only 6 adults! Sure wish drinks were included in the price of the cruise!! The kids are sooo excited.
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Old 02-17-2009, 03:27 AM
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Hi Mom of 3 Boyz! I was on the Independence the week of Feb 1 and the Concierge was pretty crowded from 5-6 pm (all seats were full and Gershwin pulled up some desk chairs from some guests). After that he said the room pretty well emptied out and it was quiet after that. Of course each sailing is different but I can only speak of that week Gershwin is terrific. Very helpful if you ask about ports, etc. Have fun! If you have any other questions while the memories are still fresh in my mind - feel free to ask!
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Sonny, I just saw the pictures you took of cabin 9500 and wanted to say a big THANK YOU for taking the time to do that. I'm very excited and pleased with our room. The kids are already "picking out" their sleep spot. We are so anxious for our cruise. Thanks again for your help!
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Old 02-18-2009, 06:40 AM
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Thank you for the info. Was there one perk that the concierge service offered that you couldn't live without? I heard that you get to go into a different line while embarking, is that true?? So glad you had a great time!
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momof3boyz - I can't think of one thing I could do without. The Concierge did my check-in and printed boarding passes for my flight home the night before. Yes - there is a special line marked "suites" but it wasn't any shorter than the other lines at the time we checked in! We checked in and went right onto the ship at 11:15 - maybe 11:30 and were in the Windjammer eating by 11:45.
You do get a special room to wait for debarkation and I heard the Concierge room was open but I waited with my family for last off color (pink tags).
Did you see the new "perks" offered to GS and higher? You'll get free luggage valet service and free clothes pressing for formal nights.

PS - If you like latte or capucino (spelling on the last) they have 24 hour coffee in the Concierge lounge.

You will love the Independence! We had 7 children in our party and they all had a ball!
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:02 AM
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I did think of one thing about the Concierge lounge that was nice -- the atmosphere! Gershwin was great and we'd chat in the mornings when I'd go get a bite to eat and a latte. (continental breakfast served in the morning and hot Hor doerves in the evening - as well as cheeses and other tasty tidbits )
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:37 AM
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They're starting to offer more perks to those that book a Grand Suite or above. Some ships offer reserved lounge chairs near the pool. I think the Liberty is one of them. I always thought you pay the big bucks or a big cabin and concierge service. Reserving lounge chairs is going to make us poor folks feel like second class cruisers. When I was in a Owners Suite on the Voyager, I couldn't even get ice for my wine bucket. Not a big deal...I had a fantastic room.

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