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Old June 5th, 2012, 09:29 PM
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Question Nickel and Dime

HMMM --

We first cruised in 1972 on Royal Caribbean. We have continued over all those years.

Today they charge extra for the specialty restaurants. In 1972 they didn't have them.

Today they charge extra for the Thermal Suite and the Sanctuary. In 1972 they didn't have them.

Today they charge extra for the fancy ice cream parlor. In 1972 they didn't have them.

Today they charge extra for wine tastings. In 1972 they didn't have them.

Today they charge extra for cooking classes and computer classes. In 1972 they didn't have them.

The fact is that on that cruise we enjoyed so much in 1972, there were many fewer things to do than there are now. The cruise lines have added many free activities, and a few that are extra charge. But I really can't think of anything that was included in 1972 that is now charged for. Almost all the "nickel and dime" is offered IN ADDITION to the basic cruise experience.

Optional tipping has indeed been replaced by the "service charge." This is saving me money, because we almost always got outstanding service and tipped quite a bit more than the recommended minimum.
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