- Apr 12, 2005
This sounds like our experience on Symphony, and it was totally not worth it even when The Key only cost $19.99 per person per day. We will not bother with it again. They also had hardly any reserved hours for Key guests on Flowrider etc.Just back from Adventure of the Seas. On Adventure, they don't have reservations for shows, but they do have a seating section reserved for Key and high-end Crown and Anchor statuses for the live shows and the ice show. Don't see a major advantage to that because 1: it looked like Key members still had to come early since several minutes before the show they'd open those sections to everyone and very few shows filled to capacity anyway and 2: the reserved seating sections weren't significantly better than the rest of the theatre/venue. They also had a Key checkin area at the embarkation port of Bayonne, but, at least when we checked in (about 10:30 for a 3:00 departure), the general checkin lines were no longer than those for the Key. I think the Key members were able to board the ship first, but that was only a 10 or 15 minute difference also. Another guest was sitting next to us at breakfast at the last port in Halifax that did have The Key and they said they probably wouldn't bother with it again...
Yes, you still have to arrive at least 15 minutes early for shows with The Key because they will open up seating to everyone about 10-15 minutes before the show.That's correct...the reserved seats were in the balcony, center section. And it was also interesting that it seemed like those using it had to show up early, since they took "The Key" reserved seating sign down about 10 or 15 minutes before the performances.
Symphony, and in March. Chops was in Chops and the service was terrible. Lunch took 1.5 hours or some nonsense like that. We will be skipping specialty dining on all future cruises as I am not going on a cruise to sit in a restaurant for hours upon hours. Breakfast was in the MDR and we definitely did NOT share a table. There were hardly any people there so we would have told them to seat us at our own table anyway if they had tried to put us with others.Which ship were you on? And when?
Because on Mariner, last week-end, that’s how it was (MDR, shared tables).