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Old June 29th, 2007, 09:53 AM
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Default exactly what is extra that you have to pay for on RCCL ?????

Hi: ok! I understand: the casino, arcade, alcohol beverages, spa, training room, hairdressing is all extra costs.

Just found out that you have to pay for your POP during Meal Times, and that BEN & JERRYS...(around pool deck ?) is also an additional cost.

IS THERE anything else that is situated around the POOL area that you have to Pay for.? Can someone please tell me if there is pizza, hamburgers, hotdogs, fruit, and some kind of Beverages that you can just go up and get and there is NO COST!

I guess we got Spoiled on the DISNEY CRUISE SHIP. i DUNNO.

Also IS THE ROCK CLIMBING WALL EXTRA ALSO. NOW THAT IS ONE THING THAT I GUESS I SHOULD KNOW ALSO.

ANYTHING THAT IS GOING TO COST ME EXTRA I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO BE HIT HARD AND BE TICKED WHEN I GET MY BILL.

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Great question and I've been wondering the same thing myself!

We've only cruised Carnival and things on the ship are free, except those you mentioned (arcade, casino etc).

ANYONE????
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Louise - I last sailed RCCL (AOS) in 2004. My best recollection is that in addition to your list the following also have additional charges (fees): Johnny Rockets now has a $3.95 service fee per person to enjoy their food and a $20 per person dinner fee if you eat at Portofino's (which is an upscale restaurant). Of course don't forget the charges for alcohol.

When I last sailed RCCL, there were no fees for the rock climbing wall, mini golf, basketball, volleyball, or ice skating.

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Thanks Melissa!

So just where do you eat for "free"???? I'm a bit confused
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Hi, We were on the Mariner in 2005 and the pizza, pool side bar b q area with hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken and I believe fries, were free. Also the Windjammer had several areas with different varieties of foods. The free drinks were coffee, tea, juices and water. All the bar drinks and carbonated drinks are charged, we purchase soda stickers for the cruise and felt it was a good deal. They give you a travel cup or you can show your card at any bar or in the dining room for your soda pop.
Also don't forget that room service is free and it is availabe 24 hours a day, just be sure to tip the delivery employee a dollar or two.
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Old June 29th, 2007, 11:51 AM
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Thanks Jan. Like others, I don't want to be nickled and dimed to death after I've paid for the cruise. Don't like hidden suprises!

I figured bar drinks and sodas would be extra, they are on most ships but the the food issue is a suprise.

Again, thanks!
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The only things that are extra are the specialty restaurants. Portofino, Chops Grille Steakhouse, Johnny Rockets & Ben & Jerrys. FYI, Ben & Jerrys is not located on the pool deck. On Voyager/Freedom class ships, it is located on the Promenade (which is the indoor mall on deck 5) and other ships, located around the atrium area inside usually around deck 5. There is free soft serve ice cream on most ship located on the pool deck. Winjammer is the buffet/casual dining, and everything in there is free. Including hamburgers and such. And in my opinion, Johnny Rockets burgers are no better than those. On Voyager/Freedom class ships, Cafe Promenade is free and is open 24 hours. They have sandwiches, pizza, cookies, deserts, etc. Also have Seattles best coffee. Regular coffee is free, but specialty coffees carry an extra charge. On Freedom class ships, pizza is served at Sorrentos on the Promenade as well as salads etc. Sorrentos is also free and open until 3:00 am. You will find plenty to eat that is included. They just have many more options than most cruise ships and those extras do usually carry a charge.

Ben & Jerrys is menu prices
Portofino Italian $20 pp (includes tip but feel free to tip extra)
Chops Grille $20 pp (same as above)
Johnny Rockets $3.95 pp. For all you can eat. Shakes, malts, soft drinks extra.

And remember when I say "Free" I mean included in your cruise fare.
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Fitzla covers most of it. All food is paid for with your cruise fare. There are cover charges at the specialty restaurants and Johnny Rockets. Ben & Jerry's is extra but there is a soft serv at the pool. Coffee, iced tea, and juice are gratis. Beer, wine, mixed drinks, and soda are extra. On the bigger ships flow rider, rock climbing, miniature golf, etc are gratis. There is a charge for the golf simulator. Movies, live entertainment, etc are included. All cruises that I have been on are the same. The RCI big ships have more options.
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Hi

When we were on Navigator this May, the golf simulator was $25

Mini golf, rock climbing wall, ice skating, inline skating, sports court, table tennis were all free!

Cinema & theatre is free!

Windjammer...buffet style. Hot & cold food, desserts, tea, soft drinks (iced tea, water & lemonade), fruit, soups, sandwiches, cakes, burgers, omelettes, pizza (sometimes) all free. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner - free

Cafe Promenade - tea & coffee free. Food as already posted

Ben & Jerry's - there is a cost for this depending on what you have
Seattles Coffee - the same as Ben & Jerry's
Johnny Rockets $3.95 cover charge as mentioned above.

Ice cream / Frozen Yoghurt machine...free!

Some onboard classes / talks are free, others have a cost to them. Check your daily compass.

All buffets are free - Gala, Deck Party etc.

You will definitely not be stuck for finding free food and some soft drinks!

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Wow! you guys certainly nipped all areas in the butt there for all that needed answers to these questions.

I don't recall asking.. The lemonade, coffee, tea, water, is where? around the pool deck. And is available in the early morning hour, and when does it shut down so it isn't available.?

Just curious. I like to have a heads up all of of this.
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Lemonade, water, iced tea, coffee & tea is in the Windjammer.

You can get free "tap" water around the pool deck.

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Wow! you guys certainly nipped all areas in the butt there for all that needed answers to these questions.
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Hi Louise,
So far all areas have only applied to RCI.
But you were asking about RCCL, didnĀ“t you?
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RCI/RCCL is the same - Royal Caribbean International (RCI) - Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL)
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RCI/RCCL is the same - Royal Caribbean International (RCI) - Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL)
Not exactely the same.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) consists of
Royal Caribbean International (RCI),
Celebrity Cruises,
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Pullmantur Cruises.
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I drink coffee almost around the clock. Can you bring a small 4 cup coffee maker (stainless carafe) on board in checked luggage?

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To be honest you probably dont need to. We brought two large thermos mugs with us...filled them up in the Windjammer and we were good to go. I am not sure what you mean by "coffee maker"....is it electrical?
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Yes it is a small electric coffee maker like you see in motel rooms. I am an avid coffee drinker and wife needs a cup the minute she gets up. Drinks while during makeup...lol

We have one that we take with us on road trips in case the motel we stop in doesn't have any. Also use a converter and plug it into the cigarette ligher in car for coffe on a stop.

I will also drink some decaf before bed and during the night...lol

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I'm sure they cruise line will frown on such an appliance. Irons aren't allowed in cabins and I'm sure a coffee maker falls in the same catagory.

Just take a thermal mug like the pp said and you'll be fine. Coffee is offered 24/7.
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RCI/RCCL is the same - Royal Caribbean International (RCI) - Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL)
Not exactely the same.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCCL) consists of
Royal Caribbean International (RCI),
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Azamara Cruises and
Pullmantur Cruises.
I think that since the question was asked on the Royal Caribbean board, and not Azamara or Celebrity, and the questions were specific to Royal Caribbean ships, we knew what she was talking about.
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I think that since the question was asked on the Royal Caribbean board, and not Azamara or Celebrity, and the questions were specific to Royal Caribbean ships, we knew what she was talking about.
The question was asked on the RCI board and as far as I see, did not aply to specific RCI vessels
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I think that since the question was asked on the Royal Caribbean board, and not Azamara or Celebrity, and the questions were specific to Royal Caribbean ships, we knew what she was talking about.
The question was asked on the RCI board and as far as I see, did not aply to specific RCI vessels
The questions asked were about rock walls, Ben & Jerry's etc. Sounds pretty specific to RCI to me. If she was asking about Azamara or Celebrity, I think she would have asked on one of those boards. This board is SPECIFIC TO ROYAL CARIBBEAN ships. Not Celebrity or Azamara. There are seperate boards for those lines. And yes, you are correct. The questions were asked on the RCI board, which would be specific to RCI ships.
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No one has mentioned the tips!!! This is probably the biggest "extra" expense that one can have on a cruise. I know that you can add them on to your bill now but they are still "extra". Also, on the shore excursions, tips are expected from the guides.
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No one has mentioned the tips!!! This is probably the biggest "extra" expense that one can have on a cruise. I know that you can add them on to your bill now but they are still "extra". Also, on the shore excursions, tips are expected from the guides.
A very good point!!
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OK hello all: Yes I was referring to the ROYAL CARRIBEAN CRUISE LINE< rccl. rccl.com
Travelling on the Grandeur.

I am glad to hear all your input... or output, however you want to say it.

ok so the Windjammer.....is it open 24/7 ???? This is where you can get coffee, lemonade, water, tea?
You guys kinda lost me a bit there....
Is there Coffee Available 24/7 I guess is a good question now?

I appreciate your comments, and yes my original question was the ben and jerrys fee for icecream,... and was rockclimbing extra which that has been covered. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

So do we need to bring a thermos now....to load up on coffee so we have it in the wee wee early mornings like 5:00 am or 6:00 am... ????

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SORRY FOR ALL THE CONFUSION,

R.C.I. ROYAL CARRIBEAN INTERNATIONAL
R.C.C.L. ROYAL CARRIBEAN CRUISE LINES.

YUP SAME THING... POSTED THIS FOR THE ROYAL CARIBEAN SHIPS THAT IS CORRECT.
GOING ON THE GRANDEUR WITH THE Royal Carribean lines for the first time.
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No, the Windjammer is not open 24/7. You can get coffee 24 hours a day from room service, which is always free too.
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I have been on Disney Magic and several RCCL ships, Voyager and Radiance Class. The Windjammer is on the same deck as the pool areas but there is really no comparable food area like the Disney ships where a "fastfood" type grill is located right at the pools. Some ships have a small food service area with pizza and wraps but not the burger, chicken finger variety like on the disney. Radiance class have the Seaview which has sporadic hours but "disneylike poolside food".

Obviuosly, you can grab food at the Windjammer and eat it by the pool in your lounge chairs.

There usually is a soft serve machine on the pool deck: some ships have it inside widjammer, some poolside.

first cruise we purchased soda cards for the kids...it was worth it but after the first cruise, they just got used to drinking lemonade or iced tea (free) and lived
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HI: kkpcruiser

Thanks for the information. I was thinking that it was going to be like the disney ship. around the pool deck. But I think I understand the whole thing now.

My kids really liked the food Court that they had around the pool on the disney cruise,. (gee I guess I did too) lol .....

So Coffee is available 24 hours through room service ok.... hmmmm...I guess I will wait and see when it is that you can actually go and get a coffee in the morning when you get up.... My husband loved to go grab his coffee in the morning and go to top deck and watch the ship sail on.

So, did you go on the Disney Cruise because of your kids, or just something different.?

My kids are 13 and 15.... so I am hoping that they enjoy the RCI RCCL... Graduer Ship as much as they did the disney.

Oh well I think I will (casino) and we have some other Adults going with us.

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Hi,

A great idea! When I boarded the Soverign of the Seas, I noticed that they were selling a wrist band that entitled you to all the soft drinks you could consume during the cruise and the cost was $24.00 (I believe).

I did not use this during the first cruise, but you can believe that i will this cruise. It is a real money saver. Each coke that I purchased aboard the ship cost me $2.50 so that really adds up.

Mental note - the gratuities are already added into your drink bill...
Do not tip twice. That is what my husband and I did on Soverign...
not happening again.

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Please know that the coffee on Mariner of the Seas is said to be very strong. I noticed that when I was on Disney, I never in my days on this earth ever, I repeat ever, tasted such horrible coffee. It made every sinus cavity in my body open...permanently! It also produced headaches.

If you can imagine burnt coffee, yes, burnt coffee - then this is the Disney Magic Coffee.

Unfortunately, Soverign of the Seas, was not much better. They told me last October that they served Seatlle's Best. I guess that all the people in Seattle like powerful coffee.

This is a real concern to me on Mariner.

Any ideas, anyone - be prepared!

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