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    twangster reacted to Boston Babe in Why I use a Travel Agent   
    @twangster Happy Fake birthday and many many more!!?
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    twangster reacted to tiny260 in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    That's who @twangster is, he's Jason Bourne, no wonder there are not pictures of him, he's a ghost, he uses the cruise industry as a cover to travel from country to country.
    He's ID must have gotten burned over on Carnival...
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    twangster reacted to WAAAYTOOO in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    Ahhh...Travel Agency.  I thought maybe you were booking something for the CIA.
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    twangster got a reaction from accio7 in Why I use a Travel Agent   
    Anything is possible on a cruise by cruise basis.  I should have prefaced, "From what I am seeing..."
    I would advise caution though as what used to be presented as a light blue box (non-refundable) and a dark blue box (refundable),  now is presented (in my experience) as "We pick the room" (light blue) and "You pick the room" (dark blue). YMMV.
    My TA - I have bookings with three at the moment.  MEI Travel is one of those and I greatly respect and encourage their contributions to this site.  If it were not for them, this site would not be what it is.  For that reason and out of tremendous appreciation I recommend you contact them first.
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    twangster got a reaction from Boston Babe in RC CORP IT GENIUSES Strikes Again!   
    Both work for me, plus the Celebrity website appears to be normal.  Happy Friday!
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    twangster reacted to ellcee in Why I use a Travel Agent   
    Happy Birthday!!!! Eat a cupcake in honor of whenever your birthday actually is!
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    twangster reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Why I use a Travel Agent   
    Happy Birthday Twangbot.  Since we don't know your real B-day, we will all just celebrate today !
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    twangster reacted to Matt in Why I use a Travel Agent   
    Thanks for the kind words about MEI Travel, our site sponsor. Means a lot.
    I'll also echo the benefits of using a travel agent in general.  You only stand to benefit by using one, especially when it comes to them saving you time and money.
    And happy birthday @twangster!
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    twangster reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in Why I use a Travel Agent   
    @twangster has a birthday?!!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! ??
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    twangster got a reaction from accio7 in Why I use a Travel Agent   
    Haha - Fake FB birth date.  You see?  You can't believe anything on FB...
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    twangster reacted to JLMoran in Why I use a Travel Agent   
    I wasn't going to call it out, but since @Matt broke the seal -- Happy birthday, @twangster! ????
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    twangster got a reaction from accio7 in Why I use a Travel Agent   
    Alliteration will get you no where ?
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    twangster got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Royal Caribbean Incentives Website - FAQ and more   
    From the Charter FAQs
    Charter pricing includes:
    ship accommodations ocean transportation most meals most non-alcoholic beverages most entertainment aboard the ship Charter pricing does NOT include:
    air transportation transfers to and/or from the vessel optional shore excursions and/or private arrangements requested for site inspection trips meals and accommodations ashore certain beverages casino gaming photographs gratuities (shipboard or shoreside porterage) telephone calls or internet services specialty restaurant charges purchases from ship stores items of a personal nature (medical services, laundry, spa or salon treatments) meeting break or special event set-up fees technical and broadcast fees when applicable expedited shipping fees for documents customization of documents
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    twangster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Why I use a Travel Agent   
    Haha - Fake FB birth date.  You see?  You can't believe anything on FB...
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    twangster got a reaction from michelle in Why I use a Travel Agent   
    Anything is possible on a cruise by cruise basis.  I should have prefaced, "From what I am seeing..."
    I would advise caution though as what used to be presented as a light blue box (non-refundable) and a dark blue box (refundable),  now is presented (in my experience) as "We pick the room" (light blue) and "You pick the room" (dark blue). YMMV.
    My TA - I have bookings with three at the moment.  MEI Travel is one of those and I greatly respect and encourage their contributions to this site.  If it were not for them, this site would not be what it is.  For that reason and out of tremendous appreciation I recommend you contact them first.
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    twangster got a reaction from Matt in Shore Excursion suggestions for St. Maarten and St. Thomas   
    In Summary
    Both are open and progressing well.  Have no reservations or hesitation about visiting but when you do, remember what they have gone through.  Be understanding and generous, if you can.
    I've been to both and live blogged, capturing my experiences here on RoyalCaribbeanblog.com as I experienced it. 
    You will likely see some storm damage, make no mistake.  I've chosen not to focus on that so much, but on the positive energy of the people as they move forward which they have in leaps and bounds.
    St Maarten
    St. Maarten got it hard but this isn't their 1st tango with a hurricane.  They've rebuilt before and they are rebuilding again.  I've been to St. Maarten 3 times since they started accepted ships again.  On no occasion did I feel unsafe or unwelcome.  In fact, they very much made me feel very, very welcome.
    Most recent St. Maarten visit in May 2018:
    https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/6297-adventure-5-nights-5518-repositioning-san-juan-to-bayonne/&do=findComment&comment=67904
    April 2018 St. Maarten here:
    https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/6002-serenade-33018-10-night-eastern-caribbean/&do=findComment&comment=64798
    and
    https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/6002-serenade-33018-10-night-eastern-caribbean/&do=findComment&comment=64819
    Christmas Day 2017 stop in St. Maarten:
    https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/5195-independence-122117-9-night-christmas/&do=findComment&comment=51956
    St. Thomas
    St. Thomas I've been twice since the storms.  I used to work and live on St. Thomas so it's closer to home and I lived through it (VIA former co-workers and friends).  While not as bad as St. Maarten they got hit pretty hard too.  However life is very much back to normal and they are ready, willing and able to accept cruise guests.  In places you would have no idea what had happened but then you turn a corner and see some damage.
    St. Thomas in April 2018 here:
    https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/6002-serenade-33018-10-night-eastern-caribbean/&do=findComment&comment=64272
    and Dec 6, 2017 here (right after they started accepting ships again):
    https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/5068-anthem-112517-712-b2b/&do=findComment&comment=50580
    from the same trip
    https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/5068-anthem-112517-712-b2b/&do=findComment&comment=50598
    It's potentially a valuable lesson for our youth.  We've got it pretty good here in the US.
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    twangster got a reaction from Boston Babe in Why I use a Travel Agent   
    Anything is possible on a cruise by cruise basis.  I should have prefaced, "From what I am seeing..."
    I would advise caution though as what used to be presented as a light blue box (non-refundable) and a dark blue box (refundable),  now is presented (in my experience) as "We pick the room" (light blue) and "You pick the room" (dark blue). YMMV.
    My TA - I have bookings with three at the moment.  MEI Travel is one of those and I greatly respect and encourage their contributions to this site.  If it were not for them, this site would not be what it is.  For that reason and out of tremendous appreciation I recommend you contact them first.
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    twangster got a reaction from accio7 in Why I use a Travel Agent   
    Interesting experience tonight booking Radiance. (YOLO moment).
    It's a 2019 cruise and I wanted something refundable so I emailed my usual TA.  I received a bounce saying she is out of the office and I was interested in a specific cabin so I called Royal direct, given that the website doesn't offer refundable anymore.  I booked direct it, refundable and paid the $450 deposit.
    Had I fully read the bounce email from my usual TA I would have seen she was actually working tonight which I learned when she called me.
    For the same refundable cabin, she was $200 cheaper, I get $50 in OBC, a spa treatment, one specialty dinner, plus 15,000 miles on my favorite airline.  Oh, and no deposit. 
    I cancelled my direct booking and booked it through my normal TA.  Same cabin.  I added the prepaid gratuities and I'm still less than RCI direct without prepaid gratuity.  
    Other observation - I first called the RCI 866 number and listened to MOH (Music on Hold) for about 10 minutes.  I hung up and called the C&A number who answered immediately.  I booked it through the C&A team, then an hour later cancelled it through the C&A team.  No issues cancelling the refundable booking but it will likely take a few days for $450 deposit to appear as a credit.
    Radiance here I come!
    EDIT - To be fair,  I don't get spa treatments and specialty dining on every cruise booked.  They are occasional perks typically on longer cruises but with double digits of cruises booked, I've yet to find a downside of using a travel agent.
    The airline miles are nothing to sneeze at.  I'm flying on points to 3 cruises this year (so far) including Barcelona in the comfort plus cabin for Symphony and will likely get a 1 or 2 more cruise flights for free before 2018 is done. 
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    twangster reacted to Skid in Show reservations needed for Voyager class?   
    On Adventure May 11 sailing no reservations or tickets for any shows. Theater shows still had decent seats getting there 15-20 minutes early, BUT make sure to get to the ice show at least a half an hour before door opening. Doors usually open ½ hour before show time. There's an hour you'll never get back, but the ice show is actually worth it. Enjoy!
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    twangster got a reaction from accio7 in Why I use a Travel Agent   
    MEI has been a wonderful agency to work with, proactively letting me know if my fare is still the best, sale after sale. 
    Long before I joined this site, over years of travel I built a relationship with others and I maintain that relationship. 
    Once booked, you are free to continue to use the cruise planner to make My Time reservation, entertain reservations, Voom purchases and so on.
    The only thing I've noted using a TA if if you want to change cabins.  If you booked cabin 1234 and suddenly cabin 4567 becomes available, instead of calling Royal you have to call your TA. That has yet to stop me with 34 Royal cruises booked or completed.
    In the end, all of those 34 will have involved a TA (plus many others on other cruise lines before I came over into the light).  I've yet to find a reason why not to, even when applying C&A balcony discounts.
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    twangster reacted to Skid in Why I use a Travel Agent   
    YOUR contributions to this site are also greatly appreciated and encouraged. Thank you!
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    twangster got a reaction from coneyraven in Why I use a Travel Agent   
    Anything is possible on a cruise by cruise basis.  I should have prefaced, "From what I am seeing..."
    I would advise caution though as what used to be presented as a light blue box (non-refundable) and a dark blue box (refundable),  now is presented (in my experience) as "We pick the room" (light blue) and "You pick the room" (dark blue). YMMV.
    My TA - I have bookings with three at the moment.  MEI Travel is one of those and I greatly respect and encourage their contributions to this site.  If it were not for them, this site would not be what it is.  For that reason and out of tremendous appreciation I recommend you contact them first.
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    twangster got a reaction from Wilson in Royal Caribbean Incentives Website - FAQ and more   
    I saw this posted in a FB group.  Good FAQ section:
    http://www.royalcaribbeanincentives.com/general-cruise-faqs/
    The site appears to be geared around event planning, such as hosting an event on a ship or even chartering the entire ship.
    Decent fleet guide with downloadable PDFs. :
    http://www.royalcaribbeanincentives.com/ships/
    Have you ever wonder how much it costs to charter an entire ship?  I have.  Interesting.  Anyone have $11M surplus cash to charter Oasis for a week?  If so you and 6,000 of your closest friends can sail in style.

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    twangster got a reaction from JLMoran in RC CORP IT GENIUSES Strikes Again!   
    Twins?  One works for RCI and one works for Celebrity?
    Mama must be proud.
    The website is back up... sort of.

    Clicking on the Edge link yields this:

    i would have liked to sail Edge before they eliminated her. 
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    twangster got a reaction from JLMoran in RC CORP IT GENIUSES Strikes Again!   
    Maybe I should start sailing Celebrity more and blogging.  Lookout!  Edge here I come...
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