Sorry Ernie - There seems to be a trend towards separating cruise passengers (sort of like the old class system) rather than including them, and that is something I hate to see. Seems to me that there are better methods to control crowds and eliminate lines than just by charging extra. When the price for an alternative restaurant exceeds what might be considered a gratuity, then we are not far away from Star Cruises ala carte system. I would have thought that RCIhad learned their lesson from the Voyager debacle, but that Celebrity influence is still there, I guess. I must say, however, I just came off the Sovereign three night cruise and was reassured that RCI still offers a great cruise experience that includes all its passengers, rather than a select group. So there is still hope.