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    Matt got a reaction from Dan Curtis in Genuine curiosity of your lifestyle   
    Great topic, and I think a lot of the responses are interesting to look at.  I certainly get this question a lot, and there are definitely a few factors or decisions that factor greatly into one's ability to cruise a lot.
    1. Living in Florida (or near an embarkation port). No cost to fly saves soooo much money, and opens up a great deal of cruising opportunities.
    2. Choosing to cruise over other vacations: In my opinion, cruising a lot means forgoing other types of vacations/trips that may otherwise eat into your time off.
    3. For those that cruise more than twice a year, I think finding deals is a major component as well. If you cruise 1-2 times a year, I think you can afford to pick from almost any sailing out there and be able to afford it.  Once you start using up fingers on your hand to count the number of cruises in a year, you have to start playing the "find a deal" game.
    Did I mention living in Florida really helps?
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    Matt got a reaction from TJ! in Genuine curiosity of your lifestyle   
    Great topic, and I think a lot of the responses are interesting to look at.  I certainly get this question a lot, and there are definitely a few factors or decisions that factor greatly into one's ability to cruise a lot.
    1. Living in Florida (or near an embarkation port). No cost to fly saves soooo much money, and opens up a great deal of cruising opportunities.
    2. Choosing to cruise over other vacations: In my opinion, cruising a lot means forgoing other types of vacations/trips that may otherwise eat into your time off.
    3. For those that cruise more than twice a year, I think finding deals is a major component as well. If you cruise 1-2 times a year, I think you can afford to pick from almost any sailing out there and be able to afford it.  Once you start using up fingers on your hand to count the number of cruises in a year, you have to start playing the "find a deal" game.
    Did I mention living in Florida really helps?
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    Matt got a reaction from ellcee in NO SMOKING SOMETIME IN 2020?   
    Moving this to the News and Rumors forum...
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    Matt got a reaction from Pookie in First Time Star Class!!!   
    @Lovetocruise2002 I was reading this thread and questioned how people could justify Star Class, but as @SuperNinjaconcluded, I started justifying upgrading to the better seats on my flights.  So now it all makes sense.
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    Matt got a reaction from Jolly Ogre in Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) pre cruise dining and hotel recommendations please   
    Not sure how long you've lived in the South, but as a Northener, I think waffle house has a special appeal. Simply put, there's nothing like it north of Maryland.
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    Matt got a reaction from RWDW1204 in Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) pre cruise dining and hotel recommendations please   
    Not sure how long you've lived in the South, but as a Northener, I think waffle house has a special appeal. Simply put, there's nothing like it north of Maryland.
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    Matt got a reaction from RWDW1204 in Lurkers Unite!   
    Gotta agree with @S.Marie , your gif game is impressive

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    Matt got a reaction from IRMO12HD in Genuine curiosity of your lifestyle   
    Great topic, and I think a lot of the responses are interesting to look at.  I certainly get this question a lot, and there are definitely a few factors or decisions that factor greatly into one's ability to cruise a lot.
    1. Living in Florida (or near an embarkation port). No cost to fly saves soooo much money, and opens up a great deal of cruising opportunities.
    2. Choosing to cruise over other vacations: In my opinion, cruising a lot means forgoing other types of vacations/trips that may otherwise eat into your time off.
    3. For those that cruise more than twice a year, I think finding deals is a major component as well. If you cruise 1-2 times a year, I think you can afford to pick from almost any sailing out there and be able to afford it.  Once you start using up fingers on your hand to count the number of cruises in a year, you have to start playing the "find a deal" game.
    Did I mention living in Florida really helps?
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    Matt got a reaction from IRMO12HD in Guide to Chair Hogs   
    Look for chairs closer to the kids pools. Evidently their kryptonite is children
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    Matt got a reaction from Big Tule in Genuine curiosity of your lifestyle   
    Great topic, and I think a lot of the responses are interesting to look at.  I certainly get this question a lot, and there are definitely a few factors or decisions that factor greatly into one's ability to cruise a lot.
    1. Living in Florida (or near an embarkation port). No cost to fly saves soooo much money, and opens up a great deal of cruising opportunities.
    2. Choosing to cruise over other vacations: In my opinion, cruising a lot means forgoing other types of vacations/trips that may otherwise eat into your time off.
    3. For those that cruise more than twice a year, I think finding deals is a major component as well. If you cruise 1-2 times a year, I think you can afford to pick from almost any sailing out there and be able to afford it.  Once you start using up fingers on your hand to count the number of cruises in a year, you have to start playing the "find a deal" game.
    Did I mention living in Florida really helps?
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    Matt got a reaction from 12thman in Online booking vs. Agencies   
    MEI does room blocks, primarily when they see a need for one. The most common scenario is an event like a RoyalCaribbeanBlog group cruise or a large family gathering or company event. Basically, if it makes sense to grab a bunch of rooms on a select sailing, they can do it.
    Moreover, an agency such as MEI is part of a larger network of travel agencies. MEI could potentially have access to room blocks that other agencies in that agency have set up.
    I often advocate to use a travel agent for the fantastic service they provide, but from time to time, they can also net you a great deal too! In short, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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    Matt got a reaction from S.Marie in Lurkers Unite!   
    Gotta agree with @S.Marie , your gif game is impressive

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    Matt got a reaction from SpeedNoodles in Genuine curiosity of your lifestyle   
    Great topic, and I think a lot of the responses are interesting to look at.  I certainly get this question a lot, and there are definitely a few factors or decisions that factor greatly into one's ability to cruise a lot.
    1. Living in Florida (or near an embarkation port). No cost to fly saves soooo much money, and opens up a great deal of cruising opportunities.
    2. Choosing to cruise over other vacations: In my opinion, cruising a lot means forgoing other types of vacations/trips that may otherwise eat into your time off.
    3. For those that cruise more than twice a year, I think finding deals is a major component as well. If you cruise 1-2 times a year, I think you can afford to pick from almost any sailing out there and be able to afford it.  Once you start using up fingers on your hand to count the number of cruises in a year, you have to start playing the "find a deal" game.
    Did I mention living in Florida really helps?
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    Matt got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in First Time Star Class!!!   
    @Lovetocruise2002 I was reading this thread and questioned how people could justify Star Class, but as @SuperNinjaconcluded, I started justifying upgrading to the better seats on my flights.  So now it all makes sense.
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    Matt reacted to mpoole3 in Allure to Texas   
    Allure of the Seas is headed to Texas, bookings will opening soon!
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    Matt reacted to CGTLH in printing luggage tags   
    Earliest would be 49 days from sailing. You'll be able to find them on Royal's site with your booking information.
    Check out:
    https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2019/10/25/where-do-i-get-my-royal-caribbean-luggage-tags
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    Matt got a reaction from USCG Teacher in Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) pre cruise dining and hotel recommendations please   
    Not sure how long you've lived in the South, but as a Northener, I think waffle house has a special appeal. Simply put, there's nothing like it north of Maryland.
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    Matt reacted to twangster in Genuine curiosity of your lifestyle   
    Some of us are fortunate to be have flexible schedules so that we can cruise off-peak.  Like any travel activity there are peak times that cost more and off-peak times that cost less.  
    Flexibility and willingness to make small compromises can translate into a less expensive cruise.  Like any travel activity supply and demand influences pricing.  Bucket list destinations in the peak of travel season come with bucket sized price tags.  A similar destination at a different time of year can cost a fraction of that.  
    Some people prefer more expensive balconies or suite cabins and choose to put their travel funds towards a higher standard of accommodations over cruising more often.  Staying in cheaper cabins equates to cost savings that can be applied to additional cruises.  Once outside of an interior cabin the ships looks the same as it does for someone staying in a suite.  I've been fortunate to stay in some very nice suite cabins but I don't require them every cruise.  In some cases I can take two, three or four cruises for the price of one cruise in a suite.  
    In some cases a guest may be in a position to cruise once every few years so going big and splurging on an incredible over the top experience makes sense.  The "dream vacation".  Frugality and containing cruise expenses leaves more money for future cruises.  If you've got it, spend it.  
    Loyalty pays.  If you spread you spend across different cruise lines it will take longer to reach the point where loyalty discounts really help on any of them.  
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    Matt got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) pre cruise dining and hotel recommendations please   
    Not sure how long you've lived in the South, but as a Northener, I think waffle house has a special appeal. Simply put, there's nothing like it north of Maryland.
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    Matt reacted to mworkman in Harmony of Seas Salon Hours?   
    Judging by a past cc, i would say no due to the hours posted.
     

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    Matt got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in First Time Star Class!!!   
    @Lovetocruise2002 I was reading this thread and questioned how people could justify Star Class, but as @SuperNinjaconcluded, I started justifying upgrading to the better seats on my flights.  So now it all makes sense.
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    Matt reacted to S.Marie in Lurkers Unite!   
    Hi everyone! I pride myself on being very social when I meet people in person, but online, I’m a certified lurker 🤣. I read the message boards, take notes 🤓, and have learned so much from everyone on this blog (thanks @Matt for this awesome platform) but I rarely make a post or comment.

    Maybe it’s because everyone has already said what I was thinking (and y’all don’t need to see my “ditto” response 😂)... Maybe it’s because I can’t come up with any interesting new questions or topics that are worth posting 🤔... Maybe it’s because I’m afraid that my post will be the equivalent of the kid sitting alone at the lunch table in a crowded middle school cafeteria 😢😬...

    Soooooooo... This post is dedicated to all of the lurkers out there just like me! Say hi, hit like, or drop a comment of your choosing below! Or don’t. 😁 You are still loved and welcomed here!
     
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    Matt got a reaction from Jedi Jason in Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) pre cruise dining and hotel recommendations please   
    If you've never been, Waffle House is a cultural experience.
    Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner Show is also a great choice for groups
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    Matt got a reaction from lyonden00 in What's going on with Oasis- first 3 sailings after dry dock?   
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    Matt got a reaction from lyonden00 in What's going on with Oasis- first 3 sailings after dry dock?   
    I have no reason to believe it will be cancelled.
    In fact, they just told Cruise Critic the other day things are looking great
     
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