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Old 02-16-2010, 11:45 PM
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I am curiois on how is ti that some travel guides.... ala cruiseadvisor/the person who claims they were an ex-cryise line employee...etc...they say tourists.new cruisers get ripped offf and coud be saving 70% of shore excurions, and we make big money-mistakes...

Anyone heard this?

What about...when they...says you can enter a diamond concierge lounge, drink all their stuff and be treated like a VIP...., and how they also claim you gewt free drinks at the wine tasint,g champagne bar martini bars and art auctions?> What is this FREE stuff all about..or is this just a farce/fraud?
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Old 02-17-2010, 06:21 AM
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Access to the diamond and concierge lounges is strictly controlled and only those authorized to use them may enter. It isn't as though any passenger can wander in for the complimentary drinks and snacks. Concierge lounges are reserved for those in Grand Suites or higher, and diamond plus Crown & Anchor members. The Diamond lounges are reserved for diamond and diamond plus members only.

Art auctions will provide complimentary glasses of cheap champagne - up to a point. If you aren't actively bidding or otherwise showing interest you'll find yourself cut off quickly.

Wine tastings on Royal Caribbean are not free for everyone. Higher level Crown & Anchor members might get a coupon for free entry, but otherwise they have a cover charge.

I've never known any ship's bar to offer free drinks other than at welcome aboard receptions and other special events.
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I've never known any ship's bar to offer free drinks other than at welcome aboard receptions and other special events.
Unless it's a luxury all-inclusive line where alcohol is included. But then, you're paying top dollar for the cruise.
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:18 AM
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As far as excursions go, yes you can save money by booking your excursions on your own. 70%? Doubtful, maybe 50% for some of the beach breaks or snorkel tours. But there are SOME tours that you can only get through the cruise lines, but most of them can be booked on your own on-line.

You give up the convenience of having the whole package (transportation, activity, and food costs) all done with a single purchase as you will have to arrange all of that yourself unless you book with a tour company that meets you at the ship (most do). You also give up the "insurance" of the ship waiting for you if your tour is late, (say the bus breaks down) but if you plan for leaving an extra hour or 2 of margin in your return time you can always grab alternate transport back to the ship.
If you are an experienced cruiser and/or you are used to traveling and booking things yourself you can save a good amount on excursions.
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