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Old May 18th, 2011, 12:26 AM
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Hello everybody. My fist post here so please be kind. I have been on 1 cruise about 15 years ago. On the Imagination. Had a great time! Thinking about going again. I see a lot has changed. Now to the questions.

1 Do all the lines have drink cards? (soda and alcohol?)
2 Do you have to do formal nights or can you skip it? ( We went but I really didnt want to but felt like I should)
3 Do you have to go to dinner every night? ( we were in cozumel and missed dinner and boy did we catch it from our waiter the next day! Wasnt happy about that!)
4 What do you do when you dont do any excursions? Do they empty the pools at port?
5 Are the port charges included in the fair or would I pay more for those? Like the price is 799 for an inside? Does that include everything?

Thanks for any info you have. I really appreciate it!! I know Ill have more questions but this is a start!!
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Hello everybody. My fist post here so please be kind. I have been on 1 cruise about 15 years ago. On the Imagination. Had a great time! Thinking about going again. I see a lot has changed. Now to the questions.

1 Do all the lines have drink cards? (soda and alcohol?)
2 Do you have to do formal nights or can you skip it? ( We went but I really didnt want to but felt like I should)
3 Do you have to go to dinner every night? ( we were in cozumel and missed dinner and boy did we catch it from our waiter the next day! Wasnt happy about that!)
4 What do you do when you dont do any excursions? Do they empty the pools at port?
5 Are the port charges included in the fair or would I pay more for those? Like the price is 799 for an inside? Does that include everything?

Thanks for any info you have. I really appreciate it!! I know Ill have more questions but this is a start!!
1, Every line is a little different with this, but should have info on their website.
2, You do not have to dine in the MDR on formal night, but that comes down to #3.
3, You do not have to. When I was on Imagination last year and we did the Tulum excursion we didn't make it to our MDR meal. But we had told our server and tablemates the night before.
4, Not that I am aware of. And the spas usually have discounts as well. They want to keep money on the ship.
5, The price you see on a website is going to be before the fees. So you have to drill through the booking process to get to a page that has the final price.
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Old May 18th, 2011, 08:58 AM
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3 Do you have to go to dinner every night? ( we were in cozumel and missed dinner and boy did we catch it from our waiter the next day! Wasnt happy about that!)
I would hope your waiter thought he was giving you good natured ribbing about missing dinner. However, if you are aboard and plan not to eat in the MDR it is common courtesy to let you server or dining partners know that you won't be joining them. The servers try to coordinate all the meals at the table at the same time. Most cruise lines have some form of "anytime" dining now. Perhaps you should look for that as an option.
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Just be sure when booking as to what charges are included in the price. Some include them, others not. That does make shopping a bit difficult. I recently found out that when your dinner assignment is anytime on Royal Caribbean they also include the tips in your cruise fare, so be sure to check on that too.
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Old May 18th, 2011, 10:26 AM
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Thanks for the info. I did tell the waiter that we would be missing dinner that night. The next day we got the third degree. From that point on we were early. But it didnt ruin the cruise. We just blew it off. I for one really didnt like the idea of having to be at dinner at a set time. You really never know what your going to be doing at any time. So the new (to me anyway) any time dining will work better for me.
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Is Silverman your last name and if so are you related to anyone born in Brooklyn,NY?

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Hello everybody. My first post here so please be kind. I have been on 1 cruise about 15 years ago. On the Imagination. Had a great time! Thinking about going again. I see a lot has changed. Now to the questions.
1 Do all the lines have drink cards? (soda and alcohol?)

Many lines do for soda, few do for alcohol.

2 Do you have to do formal nights or can you skip it? ( We went but I really didnt want to but felt like I should)

If you eat in the dining room on formal night you really should at least put on a tie. We happen to love formal night and I wear a tux, but it is up to you. You can always eat in the buffet that night.

3 Do you have to go to dinner every night? ( we were in cozumel and missed dinner and boy did we catch it from our waiter the next day! Wasnt happy about that!)

As others have said, I think your waiter was joshing you and you didn't hear the joke in his voice. No reason at all to go to dinner every night. Some people order room service, some go to alternative restaurants, some to the buffet. On fixed seating, it is nice to let your waiter know if you know in advance so he does not wait service for you. But certainly NOT required! The staff is there to serve you!

4 What do you do when you dont do any excursions? Do they empty the pools at port?

Staying aboard in port is one of my favorite occupations. You pretty much have the run of the ship. Usually the pools are open, and it is a wonderful time to get a spa treatment!

5 Are the port charges included in the fair or would I pay more for those? Like the price is 799 for an inside? Does that include everything?

Normally prices advertised include "port charges" but exclude "government fees and taxes" which can amount to $100 or more depending on the itinerary. Be sure to check the bottom line with your TA.

Thanks for any info you have. I really appreciate it!! I know Ill have more questions but this is a start!!

. We love to answer questions on this board. Sometimes the answers are even right ... Have a GREAT cruise!
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Silverman.... welcome to Cruisemates

The years since you cruised, have showed the greatest change in the industry. Now, you are not a captive to dinner schedules and strict dress codes,anymore. Long gone are the days, where a waiter would give you the evil eye.

I urge you to speak to a cruise travel specialist to match you up with the best line for you. with your specific interests. Tell them up front, you want all quotes to include port charges and taxes,and if you compare, do the same with the others. Comparing apples and oranges is key. Due to pricing guidelines with certain lines, the way you will get discounts is with what the ta, offers you...ie.onboard credits, free insurance etc.

Wishing you fun researching!
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