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Clarke - Answered a Question by Dyte (24 Jan 09 10:51)

There will always be children on board but I have rarely had problems, thats the beauty of a large ship. Formal evenings are a delight, yes there are those that dress down but most people make the effort. We always go formal; dinner jacket or white tuxedo for him indoors and evening or cocktail dress for me. You can settle your cruise bill with either/ or, we register our credit card but if we have cash left we pay with that an the balance comes off the card. Tea and coffee available throughout the day and on Explorer water was always available although you were asked not to fill your bottles because of cross contamination. Have a great cruise but be warned, if you do one you'll be spoiled for any other type of holiday.

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jennings - Answered a Question by Dyte (24 Jan 09 09:36)

Hi, hopefully you will find this of some use As for the number of young children there will always be some on board it really depends if you are going during a school holiday, but the vision class are large ships so either way you should be able to find some quiet space. Formal nights are what you make them - DJ or suit and tie for a man and my wife always takes a top class dress, unfortunately some of your fellow cruisers will dress down but we always find it one of the cruise highlights to dress up. When you board you Will get a sea pass card, which is also your cabin key, which you use for all purchases on board - if you have registered a credit card then your card will automatically be deducted at the end of the cruise, or you can pay off in cash on your last full day. Tea and coffee is available through the day free of charge from at least one cafe on board - bottled water you normally pay for have a great cruise .

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Wilba - Answered a Question by Dyte (24 Jan 09 11:05)

RCI do not accept Debit cards!!! If you wish to pay it's $USD & a deposit up front at check in is required, $250 I think?? A Credit card is the preferred norm & so much simpler, register at check in & forget it till you receive the credit card company bill. If you take Travellers Cheques I would suggest you get them in $USD as RCI's £ to$ conversion will be a rip off rate! Final comment & a lot will agree with me, do you really want to spend the last hour(s) of your cruise queuing up to pay behind people with the most mindless of queries relating to their bill.......I have just applied for a Nationwide Card, on their website, who make no currency conversion charges, it only took 12 days to arrive......Wilba.

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