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    twangster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in The "90-day flight pricing rule" is validated again   
    No Canadian fathers on the cruise?
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    twangster reacted to cruiselife in What are your opinions on sailing from certain homeports?   
    I'm from Texas and I might be offended if I had any idea what point you were trying to make with this post. I think this quote from Billy Madison says it better than I could...

     
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    twangster got a reaction from cruiselife in What are your opinions on sailing from certain homeports?   
    With 3 cruises out of Galveston complete I can confirm Texan's are great to cruise with.  The TABC laws on alcohol while in port and on bringing back bottles is the only true negative.    Distance to a major airport is no worse that Port Canaveral and possibly the next gripe with Galveston. 
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    twangster got a reaction from JasonL in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    I'm not sure I see the problem.  
    I can see it in Concierge Lounges on ships that don't have a Suite Lounge such as Anthem. I can see the hoards of D+ and P plus suite guests creating a very packed CL.  
    RCI has already alienated some of the D+ level by converting CL into SL and denying D+ access to the very room they used to be able to access simply by changing its name.  That I think was a reasonable measure to create a better suite experience.  As a new D+ member myself I'm okay with this but it does have many long term D+ members talking about this "reduction in benefits".  As more and more CL disappear across the fleet I can see how this is being interpreted by those D+ folks.
    Pinnacles tend to gravitate to certain sailings, especially "hometown favorites".  For Galveston or Bayonne I suspect P numbers are elevated compared to FL where there are many cruise ports and even more ships to distribute the P load across. 
    In many cases I see Pinnacle in the D lounge despite an SL right across the hall.  In some cases I think they are there for the social aspects of the DL where friends who haven't made it to P are hanging out.  
    I've only had SL access on Oasis class ships.  I'm not sure I even noticed there was Pinnacle present on those occasions.  I know of one P guy I met on my 1st RCI cruise and a year later saw him on Harmony in the SL.  We talked and joked at the SL bar for hours.  I certainly never felt like they were impacting my use of the SL or the Suite sundeck on Oasis class.
    In my opinion Pinnacles have paid their dues by sailing a lot and I mean a lot.  Royal needs to reward such loyalty and the hundreds of thousands these folks have paid over the years compared to someone who drops $6k every couple of years for a GS.  As such I am fine with the current system.  
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    twangster got a reaction from hayley_bopp in What are your opinions on sailing from certain homeports?   
    Traveling the world and experiencing different cultures and demographics is one of the benefits off cruising.  
    To suggest that non-Brits avoid Southampton or non-Americans avoid US ports is very isolationist.  As a non-Brit I intend to sail from Southampton next year as well as other European and Asian ports and I'm looking forward to cultural experiences beyond my own.  That's how I grow and learn to embrace other cultures rather than avoid them as you suggest.  
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    twangster got a reaction from JLMoran in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    I'm not sure I see the problem.  
    I can see it in Concierge Lounges on ships that don't have a Suite Lounge such as Anthem. I can see the hoards of D+ and P plus suite guests creating a very packed CL.  
    RCI has already alienated some of the D+ level by converting CL into SL and denying D+ access to the very room they used to be able to access simply by changing its name.  That I think was a reasonable measure to create a better suite experience.  As a new D+ member myself I'm okay with this but it does have many long term D+ members talking about this "reduction in benefits".  As more and more CL disappear across the fleet I can see how this is being interpreted by those D+ folks.
    Pinnacles tend to gravitate to certain sailings, especially "hometown favorites".  For Galveston or Bayonne I suspect P numbers are elevated compared to FL where there are many cruise ports and even more ships to distribute the P load across. 
    In many cases I see Pinnacle in the D lounge despite an SL right across the hall.  In some cases I think they are there for the social aspects of the DL where friends who haven't made it to P are hanging out.  
    I've only had SL access on Oasis class ships.  I'm not sure I even noticed there was Pinnacle present on those occasions.  I know of one P guy I met on my 1st RCI cruise and a year later saw him on Harmony in the SL.  We talked and joked at the SL bar for hours.  I certainly never felt like they were impacting my use of the SL or the Suite sundeck on Oasis class.
    In my opinion Pinnacles have paid their dues by sailing a lot and I mean a lot.  Royal needs to reward such loyalty and the hundreds of thousands these folks have paid over the years compared to someone who drops $6k every couple of years for a GS.  As such I am fine with the current system.  
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    twangster got a reaction from NS8VN in “Suite Lounge” ........   
    I'm not sure I see the problem.  
    I can see it in Concierge Lounges on ships that don't have a Suite Lounge such as Anthem. I can see the hoards of D+ and P plus suite guests creating a very packed CL.  
    RCI has already alienated some of the D+ level by converting CL into SL and denying D+ access to the very room they used to be able to access simply by changing its name.  That I think was a reasonable measure to create a better suite experience.  As a new D+ member myself I'm okay with this but it does have many long term D+ members talking about this "reduction in benefits".  As more and more CL disappear across the fleet I can see how this is being interpreted by those D+ folks.
    Pinnacles tend to gravitate to certain sailings, especially "hometown favorites".  For Galveston or Bayonne I suspect P numbers are elevated compared to FL where there are many cruise ports and even more ships to distribute the P load across. 
    In many cases I see Pinnacle in the D lounge despite an SL right across the hall.  In some cases I think they are there for the social aspects of the DL where friends who haven't made it to P are hanging out.  
    I've only had SL access on Oasis class ships.  I'm not sure I even noticed there was Pinnacle present on those occasions.  I know of one P guy I met on my 1st RCI cruise and a year later saw him on Harmony in the SL.  We talked and joked at the SL bar for hours.  I certainly never felt like they were impacting my use of the SL or the Suite sundeck on Oasis class.
    In my opinion Pinnacles have paid their dues by sailing a lot and I mean a lot.  Royal needs to reward such loyalty and the hundreds of thousands these folks have paid over the years compared to someone who drops $6k every couple of years for a GS.  As such I am fine with the current system.  
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    twangster got a reaction from Hockeyman55 in Harmony of the Seas, Somewhat Live 5/19 -5/26   
    This occurs daily.  New transmission?  That's a 7 night cruise to the Caribbean!  That sweet lens Art Sigma just released, that's an Alaska cruise!     New hardwood floors?  That's a Hawaiian cruise!
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    twangster got a reaction from accio7 in Harmony of the Seas, Somewhat Live 5/19 -5/26   
    This occurs daily.  New transmission?  That's a 7 night cruise to the Caribbean!  That sweet lens Art Sigma just released, that's an Alaska cruise!     New hardwood floors?  That's a Hawaiian cruise!
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    twangster got a reaction from Hockeyman55 in Harmony of the Seas, Somewhat Live 5/19 -5/26   
    Indeed.  I'm pretty heavily vested into my Nikon full frame.  The camera body is easy, it's the lenses!
    I have the Rokinon 12mm and 14mm which for the price are great lens and f2.8 to boot.
    Sony is really doing a great job taking on Canon/Nikon and leading mirrorless advances.  If it weren't for the lenses, I'd be pretty tempted to jump ship (pun unintended).
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    twangster got a reaction from cruiselife in What are your opinions on sailing from certain homeports?   
    Traveling the world and experiencing different cultures and demographics is one of the benefits off cruising.  
    To suggest that non-Brits avoid Southampton or non-Americans avoid US ports is very isolationist.  As a non-Brit I intend to sail from Southampton next year as well as other European and Asian ports and I'm looking forward to cultural experiences beyond my own.  That's how I grow and learn to embrace other cultures rather than avoid them as you suggest.  
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    twangster got a reaction from islandgrandma in What are your opinions on sailing from certain homeports?   
    Traveling the world and experiencing different cultures and demographics is one of the benefits off cruising.  
    To suggest that non-Brits avoid Southampton or non-Americans avoid US ports is very isolationist.  As a non-Brit I intend to sail from Southampton next year as well as other European and Asian ports and I'm looking forward to cultural experiences beyond my own.  That's how I grow and learn to embrace other cultures rather than avoid them as you suggest.  
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    twangster got a reaction from DunkelBierJay in What are your opinions on sailing from certain homeports?   
    Traveling the world and experiencing different cultures and demographics is one of the benefits off cruising.  
    To suggest that non-Brits avoid Southampton or non-Americans avoid US ports is very isolationist.  As a non-Brit I intend to sail from Southampton next year as well as other European and Asian ports and I'm looking forward to cultural experiences beyond my own.  That's how I grow and learn to embrace other cultures rather than avoid them as you suggest.  
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    twangster got a reaction from RCVoyager in What are your opinions on sailing from certain homeports?   
    Traveling the world and experiencing different cultures and demographics is one of the benefits off cruising.  
    To suggest that non-Brits avoid Southampton or non-Americans avoid US ports is very isolationist.  As a non-Brit I intend to sail from Southampton next year as well as other European and Asian ports and I'm looking forward to cultural experiences beyond my own.  That's how I grow and learn to embrace other cultures rather than avoid them as you suggest.  
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    twangster got a reaction from coneyraven in What are your opinions on sailing from certain homeports?   
    Traveling the world and experiencing different cultures and demographics is one of the benefits off cruising.  
    To suggest that non-Brits avoid Southampton or non-Americans avoid US ports is very isolationist.  As a non-Brit I intend to sail from Southampton next year as well as other European and Asian ports and I'm looking forward to cultural experiences beyond my own.  That's how I grow and learn to embrace other cultures rather than avoid them as you suggest.  
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    twangster got a reaction from Garnet21 in 2018 Hurricane Season - So it Begins...   
    If you look at the forecast versus your route I suspect you won't be impacted very much by this system. 
    I use an app called Windy.  You can select different layers such as clouds, wind, rain, etc. and you can move forward in time for a forecast.
    By Monday as you are approaching Labadee invest90L looks like it will already be mostly through the Gulf and near the US coast.  By Thursday the Caribbean Sea looks pretty clear.

    EDIT - I'm surprised Allure is doing Western next week, thought it was doing Eastern. 
     
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    twangster got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in 2018 Hurricane Season - So it Begins...   
    It's a free weather app, you guys are easy to impress ? 
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    twangster got a reaction from Carlos A. in What to do in Falmouth?   
    In the past Red Stripe Beach was the default or go to Beach transfer.  That beach was consumed by a hotel being constructed next to it so RCI stopped offering Red Stripe Beach transfers.  The way I see it, this is the replacement excursion of a similar nature but now offered in an all-inclusive and transfer-only versions.  Red Stripe was transfer only.
    I've not been to this beach so I can't provide more insight but it's something I might try on my next stop there.
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    twangster got a reaction from Carlos A. in What to do in Falmouth?   
    Falmouth is a port where I always try to do an excursion.  There are no beaches close by without transportation of some sort.
    If you are the type of person who prefers booking through Royal you can preview their Falmouth excursion offers here:
    http://www.royalcaribbean.com/findacruise/destinations/shoreExcursions/subGateWayByPort/search.do?LocationCode=FMT&pager.offset=0
    Blue Water Beach is close by and offered as transportation only or all-inclusive:
    http://www.royalcaribbean.com/shoreExcursions/product/detail/view.do?sourcePage=shorexByPort&ProductCode=FYQ8&DestinationCode=
    http://www.royalcaribbean.com/shoreExcursions/product/detail/view.do?sourcePage=shorexByPort&ProductCode=FYY9&DestinationCode=
    They have other beach excursions but pay attention to drive time depending on where the resort or beach is.
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    twangster got a reaction from Dawn T. in 2018 Hurricane Season - So it Begins...   
    It's a free weather app, you guys are easy to impress ? 
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    twangster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in 2018 Hurricane Season - So it Begins...   
    It's a free weather app, you guys are easy to impress ? 
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    twangster got a reaction from Boston Babe in Bidding for an Upgrade?   
    I would imagine now is good time to place low ball offers before news of this becomes wide spread.  With few people bidding, low offers are more likely to be accepted.  
    Once it's main stream and well known, lots of people may bid.  
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    twangster got a reaction from coneyraven in Bidding for an Upgrade?   
    I would imagine now is good time to place low ball offers before news of this becomes wide spread.  With few people bidding, low offers are more likely to be accepted.  
    Once it's main stream and well known, lots of people may bid.  
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    twangster got a reaction from ellcee in 2018 Hurricane Season - So it Begins...   
    Booked two more!  RCLblog Double Dip to CocoCay on Mariner Group Cruise here I come!
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    twangster got a reaction from Matt in 2018 Hurricane Season - So it Begins...   
    Booked two more!  RCLblog Double Dip to CocoCay on Mariner Group Cruise here I come!
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