The Key Program

ZerasPride

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I know it's a bit early to ask for reviews of this new program being offered by Royal but I don't see a thread yet. So anyone book The Key for a future sailing?

DH and I might be accompanying friends of ours on the Symphony in September to celebrate their 25th anniversary and I know they will not book a suite. I was bummed at the thought of missing out on so many of the suite perks I love but a balcony cabin plus The Key would give us a similar experience for much less than a Grand Suite would cost. Any thoughts fellow Dissers?
 

a1tinkfans

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Considering it for an upcoming cruise. I’d like to know opinions as well
 

mevelandry

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Aug 22, 2013
It sounds nice and the description reminds me a bit of Carnival's Faster To The Fun. We loved it.
 
  • mevelandry

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    Update: I just noticed it was available for my sailing so I booked it!! :D (Sailing in October!)

    The free Chop's Grille lunch on arrival and the free wifi convinced us because we had already booked them. It's going to make us save some money! The rest of the perks end up costing us only 20$ CAD per person. :)

    P.s.: Looking forward the disembarkation day breakfast as well!
     
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    ZerasPride

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    Thanks for the update. We will be booking our cruise soon and I'm sold on the benefits so will book as a surprise for my husband!
     

    a1tinkfans

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    Were you aware...
    The wi fi is like $85 ( what I paid during a sale) and you only need it for one phone... which .. code can then be shared by logging on and off from any phone. So, you can only use one person at a time.
    The lunch is like 30 pp..
    I’m trying to figure if the real value is there for us too. I’m with others traveling and so far , They balked...
    still deciding...
    I’d love to know if someone has actually done it and what they thought ..
    Did you really get seating at every show? Was it in a different area?
    Advantages and disadvantages??
     
  • mevelandry

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    Were you aware...
    The wi fi is like $85 ( what I paid during a sale) and you only need it for one phone... which .. code can then be shared by logging on and off from any phone. So, you can only use one person at a time.
    The lunch is like 30 pp..
    I’m trying to figure if the real value is there for us too. I’m with others traveling and so far , They balked...
    still deciding...
    I’d love to know if someone has actually done it and what they thought ..
    Did you really get seating at every show? Was it in a different area?
    Advantages and disadvantages??
    I've found a review online. So far, it sounds like it's really efficient and much appreciated. That being said, it looks like it's a better value for shorter cruises. On longer cruises, it becomes a bit expensive.
     

    a1tinkfans

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    I've found a review online. So far, it sounds like it's really efficient and much appreciated. That being said, it looks like it's a better value for shorter cruises. On longer cruises, it becomes a bit expensive.

    Yes, my cost is almost 300 for us, sale being offered 19.99 versus original 24.99 pp per day.
     
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    cel_disney

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    Looking forward to reviews! I’m travelinf with my 8 year old on a Symphony in April. I would have considered it if I didn’t have to get it for my 8 year old as well. She doesn’t need her own WiFi or access to many of the shows so it’s deally not worth it when including both of us.
     
  • Laz

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    Were you aware...
    The wi fi is like $85 ( what I paid during a sale) and you only need it for one phone... which .. code can then be shared by logging on and off from any phone. So, you can only use one person at a time.
    The lunch is like 30 pp..
    I’m trying to figure if the real value is there for us too. I’m with others traveling and so far , They balked...
    still deciding...
    I’d love to know if someone has actually done it and what they thought ..
    Did you really get seating at every show? Was it in a different area?
    Advantages and disadvantages??
    A couple of thoughts:
    I lock my devices up and never use them.
    We never had a problem finding a good seat for the show, but we do get to the theater early. I noticed that the VIP section opens up to the general public 15 minutes before the show.
    We never have a big line for the flow rider or other ship activities when in port. Every one goes on shore.
     

    a1tinkfans

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    A couple of thoughts:
    I lock my devices up and never use them.
    We never had a problem finding a good seat for the show, but we do get to the theater early. I noticed that the VIP section opens up to the general public 15 minutes before the show.
    We never have a big line for the flow rider or other ship activities when in port. Every one goes on shore.
    Thx for replying! We re going at a busy time and the priority stuff ( embarkation/port and final disrmbarkment plus the WiFi.. which we ll require ) just made sense for the cruise. Read some online reviews as well, which were all Very Positive.
    I’ll report back.
     

    Hrhpd

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    We are still on the fence. I want it mainly for the "no reservations needed for shows" perk and the internet. But someone just posted in one of the Oasis groups that they talked to RCI and RCI told them that some of the ships that are showing No Reservations Needed is wrong information and that reservations still need to be made but seats are reserved.

    Of course, with this being a brand new program, the RCI person may not have known of the tweaks RCI is making for the program. The Key in our cruise planner definitely says No Reservations Needed.

    We purchased it, but will cancel if the no reservations perk is not honored. I can the internet alone cheaper and I don't really care about the flowrider or zipline or dropping my bags off. Since we have My Time Dining, I wanted the flexibility in going to shows without reservations in case we change our "reserved" dining time.
     

    starvenger

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    On Oasis class some of the shows are first come, first served seating and some require reservations - or more accurately, they require you to claim a seat. On other classes (excluding Quantum), I think seating is all FCFS.

    So I think the strategy here is that if you can book a show in the cruise planner, do it. That way, if you decide to cancel your Key pass, you still have a spot.
     

    a1tinkfans

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    It specifically indicates that no pre cruise Nor onboard reservations are needed for Allures “key” holders for the shows.
    Not sure how to confirm this if it’s now being said that it’s Incorrect information.
    That’s a clincher for me. I’ve not canceled my sale priced prior purchase, WiFi yet... I’ll hold off.
    That would be Very disappointing to me .. if the buzz that it’s not included. I printed out the complete offering and hope to follow up. I’ll post any update.
     

    ZerasPride

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    When we stayed in a suite in November I booked shows around our meal times so most likely would book show times even though we can walk in and grab seats. I could not believe the lines that built up for performances! So far, if it is not part of the Key package it is not a deal breaker for us. Would love to know what your experience is like a1tinkfans.
     

    anricat

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    So if each person in my stateroom gets The Key, is the internet one device per person getting The Key or one device total in the stateroom?
     

    a1tinkfans

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    Apparently some ships are offering different perks ... I’d love to get the one with Early Access to stateroom. that’s not on Allures Key offering..
     

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