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CDunninTX

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    CDunninTX reacted to JohnK6404 in When is your next cruise?   
    Woo hoo! My wife and I just booked the next one! 
    Harmony, 4/18/21 sailing (Perfect Day, Cozumel, Roatan & Costa Maya)!
    Not sure if we can wait that long... 😊
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    CDunninTX reacted to Skid in When is your next cruise?   
    That's great....so happy for you guys!
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    CDunninTX reacted to WAAAYTOOO in When is your next cruise?   
    Congratulations !  What a swell place to have a wedding !!!
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    CDunninTX reacted to Skid in When is your next cruise?   
    That is SO nice.

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    CDunninTX reacted to AshleyDillo in Benefits of using MEI Travel   
    Contact MEI and get set up with a TA and they should be able to help you do it..zero cost to you.
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    CDunninTX got a reaction from Ala_Paul in When is your next cruise?   
    Our daughter is getting married on the Allure of the Seas - Sailing September 22, 2019. There are 11 of us now.
    We signed up for the Prohibition Event for the first time ... looks like a blast. I'll send pics. 🙂

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    CDunninTX got a reaction from Sweety in When is your next cruise?   
    Our daughter is getting married on the Allure of the Seas - Sailing September 22, 2019. There are 11 of us now.
    We signed up for the Prohibition Event for the first time ... looks like a blast. I'll send pics. 🙂

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    CDunninTX got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in When is your next cruise?   
    Our daughter is getting married on the Allure of the Seas - Sailing September 22, 2019. There are 11 of us now.
    We signed up for the Prohibition Event for the first time ... looks like a blast. I'll send pics. 🙂

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    CDunninTX reacted to Matt in Benefits of using MEI Travel   
    That's correct. They used to not be able to, but because of the global reach of this site, they are now allowed to book anyone, anywhere.
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    CDunninTX reacted to alamode123 in Benefits of using MEI Travel   
    Pricing isn't decided by a travel agent, it's by RCCL. It will be the same regardless.
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    CDunninTX reacted to Crossfitmama in Cozumel Excursion Recommendations   
    So many options in Cozumel ,depending on how big of a group you have and if you want to be on the water or on the island or just relaxing on the beach.
    https://cozumelcruiseexcursions.com/ . is a compay we have used repeatedly as they have great tours. We did a private boat charter for a group of us that was amazing.  We all relaxing, drank margaritas and they had snacks too. Snorkeling  some great locations as well. 
    We have also done their all inclusive beach day, includes all food and drinks at Nachi Cocom, which was amazing.
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    CDunninTX reacted to PrincipalTinker in Benefits of using MEI Travel   
    I am going to jump in here. I contacted MEI for a couple of reasons, mainly because I knew absolutely nothing about cruising, and they support this site. I booked about 14 months before my cruise. I received about 6 emails before my trip: I found you a better price. Those price drops ranged from $30 with onboard credit, to over $300. 
    I did not book with MEI because I expected anything extra. I actually booked a second cruise before the first, and I am waiting for the next large release to book another. 
    Although I did not ask or expect anything, my agent sent me lanyards, a portable phone charger, pens, and  a $50 onboard credit. I just post that to say, if that is important to you ask. It is not to me. It came as a complete surprise. The level of service I received was amazing, and I think I should be sending her gifts.
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    CDunninTX reacted to Skid in Rocking ship, smuggling soda, misc. topics...   
    Carbs don't count on vacation!!
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    CDunninTX got a reaction from Sweety in Rocking ship, smuggling soda, misc. topics...   
    OMGsh ... my blood sugar just shot through the roof looking at all these carbs! I will be staying away from them ... -chants to self- you can do it ... you can do it.
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    CDunninTX got a reaction from CFL in Bungee breaks on Mariner   
    My husband calls me a wimp, but there's a reason I don't zip line, rock climb or surf rider. I stick to ping pong and putt putt. LoL
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    CDunninTX reacted to Matt in Bungee breaks on Mariner   
    Fantastic summary
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    CDunninTX reacted to marti314 in Bungee breaks on Mariner   
    per the Cruise Ticket Contract you agree to:
    b. Guest hereby agrees that any recording (whether audio or video or otherwise) or photograph of Guest, other guests, crew or third parties onboard the Vessel or depicting the Vessel, its design, equipment or otherwise shall not be used for any commercial purpose, in any media broadcast or for any other nonprivate use without the express written consent of Operator. The Operator shall be entitled to take any reasonable measure to enforce this provision.
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    CDunninTX reacted to Susie in Bungee breaks on Mariner   
    The waiver is not for equipment malfunction. It is Royal Caribbean responsibility to make sure all equipment work properly and safe for guests.
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    CDunninTX reacted to J_Keeble in Bungee breaks on Mariner   
    Dont you sign waivers for this?
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    CDunninTX reacted to Vancity Cruiser in Cruise ship workers reveal how much money they really make   
    Also important to note is that their 'living expenses' are all covered as well for time on board. If you factor in the cost of rent, utilities, and food this rate of pay becomes much higher.
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    CDunninTX reacted to twangster in Cruise ship workers reveal how much money they really make   
    It's about relativity.
    They are underpaid by American standards which is exactly why you don't see Americans working as cabin attendants, wait staff, galley cooks, bartenders or similar positions.  Where do you see Americans?  Entertainment positions, officer positions and similar that are above the median figures listed above.
    In many countries around the world a good paying carer job is very elusive.  In these countries that tend to be source countries for the majority of ship crew, a job that pays $19,000 per year is hard to find.  For them compared to their home country that is not underpaid especially for someone with little or no post-secondary education.  These countries have no or few labor laws.  Good, consistent work is out of reach for the bulk of the population.  Good health care can be out of reach.  The opportunity to work hard and earn advancement into a better position with an increase in compensation is elusive in their home country.  That is why many stay in this line of work.  It can take them months, even years for the immigration paperwork to come through after applying.  When that letter comes that says they've been accepted they are ecstatic in many cases because there is no work available in their home countries.
    When they accept a position on a ship, they are not "coming to America".  They do not receive a work VISA that allows to them to work in America.  Nor are they subject to US taxation.
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    CDunninTX reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Cruise ship workers reveal how much money they really make   
    Amen to that !
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    CDunninTX reacted to ChessE4 in Cruise ship workers reveal how much money they really make   
    As a retired compensation analyst who has observed crew on a number of cruises, I'd say they aren't overpaid--they deserve the gratuities they receive.  Pay is seldom "fair" because we all have different underlying assumptions of fairness, but pay can and should be consistent with governing laws and the employer's policies.  So compensation analysts look at consistency/reliability because pay validity is an elusive target.  I think the general demeanor of crew on RCI ships tells us a lot, as does the cited retention rate.  It appears to me that RCI invests in human capital, and I've always enjoyed interacting with the staff. 
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    CDunninTX reacted to twangster in Cruise ship workers reveal how much money they really make   
    By the standards of developed nations, absolutely.  By the standards of many other nations, not as clear cut.
    I've been to Chile a couple of times.  What people do there to survive would shock most Americans.  To them that is their way of life.  There are some 9 to 5 jobs, but the majority of the population isn't employed 9 to 5 or they find additional sources of income to survive working outside of 9 to 5 every day in multiple forms of ways to earn money to support their family.  Some can't even be called jobs.  They do what it takes to provide for their families.
    Many here don't appreciate how good we have it.
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    CDunninTX reacted to twangster in Cruise ship workers reveal how much money they really make   
    The numbers are from SEC filings and earning reports that are poured over by investment analysts.
    Mean typically isn't used in reference to salaries.  
    Why is median better than mean for a typical salary
    Mean (average) would appear to be higher when salaries such as the Captain's is included.  However the Captain's salary isn't representative of 98% of all other salaries on board.  By including this outlier and using mean salaries it would appear everyone makes more which is the last thing any publicly traded company desires to do in earning reports filed with the SEC. 
     
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