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    Chadster reacted to Jill in Travel Agent on vacation   
    Do you have a refundable deposit? If so, the fare is higher. 
     
    I always end up bugging @Sharla to price check and then she does and then reminds me I have a refundable deposit so no better price for me. 
     
    I always forget that lol and always disappointed ?
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    Chadster got a reaction from Hince57 in Harmony of the Seas - November 21, 2021 - RoyalCaribbeanBlog Group Cruise   
    Alas, doesn't look like the Thanksgiving GC is in the cards for me after all, but I know there'll be some awesome live-blogging going on, so it'll be fun to follow along.
    Have fun, y'all! ?
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    Chadster got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Wow Sail   
    One interesting thing I've noticed with the WOW Sale as a single cruiser: I haven't been quoted the normal 200% price ("the singles penalty"). As a result, the OBC amounts are lower, but then again,  so are the fares! Alas, I don't have any C&A offers yet -- I'm still trying to get my first points!
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    Chadster got a reaction from KJones in Downsides of Cruise with Confidence cancellation after final payment?   
    By way of update/closure to say thanks again: I went ahead and cancelled before final payment was due; my TA is in the process of getting the FCCs I used and some OBC taken care of, which will be applied to the new cruise, a May sailing in a studio balcony cabin on Ovation to Alaska for less than my previous cruise! It's even a day longer, so that means more points. 
    Thanks for all the feedback, everybody. This cruise is going to fit much better into my schedule, and the timeframe leaves extra room to get all the FCCs sorted and applied instead of worrying about final payment date approaching while still waiting for them.
    Watch out, though, future group cruisers -- I'm keeping my eyes open to be amongst your numbers one day! ?
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    Chadster got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Downsides of Cruise with Confidence cancellation after final payment?   
    By way of update/closure to say thanks again: I went ahead and cancelled before final payment was due; my TA is in the process of getting the FCCs I used and some OBC taken care of, which will be applied to the new cruise, a May sailing in a studio balcony cabin on Ovation to Alaska for less than my previous cruise! It's even a day longer, so that means more points. 
    Thanks for all the feedback, everybody. This cruise is going to fit much better into my schedule, and the timeframe leaves extra room to get all the FCCs sorted and applied instead of worrying about final payment date approaching while still waiting for them.
    Watch out, though, future group cruisers -- I'm keeping my eyes open to be amongst your numbers one day! ?
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    Chadster got a reaction from BrianB in Downsides of Cruise with Confidence cancellation after final payment?   
    By way of update/closure to say thanks again: I went ahead and cancelled before final payment was due; my TA is in the process of getting the FCCs I used and some OBC taken care of, which will be applied to the new cruise, a May sailing in a studio balcony cabin on Ovation to Alaska for less than my previous cruise! It's even a day longer, so that means more points. 
    Thanks for all the feedback, everybody. This cruise is going to fit much better into my schedule, and the timeframe leaves extra room to get all the FCCs sorted and applied instead of worrying about final payment date approaching while still waiting for them.
    Watch out, though, future group cruisers -- I'm keeping my eyes open to be amongst your numbers one day! ?
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    Chadster got a reaction from luvstodans in Downsides of Cruise with Confidence cancellation after final payment?   
    They are not, and you're right. I mainly just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something in my thought process with the FCCs and everything else...but it's looking like cancelling (sorry, Group Cruisers! ? ) is going to be the right call.
    Especially since after reading a suggestion above, I was doing some "backup cruise" checking, and let's just say I stumbled into what could be one heck of a deal for spring to celebrate before diving into dissertation work. ?
    I was just really conflicted because I wanted to hang out with an awesome group, but I know there'll be future opportunities! Will touch base with my travel guru at MEI and get things sorted!
    Thanks to this group for being an awesome sounding board.
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    Chadster got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Downsides of Cruise with Confidence cancellation after final payment?   
    They are not, and you're right. I mainly just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something in my thought process with the FCCs and everything else...but it's looking like cancelling (sorry, Group Cruisers! ? ) is going to be the right call.
    Especially since after reading a suggestion above, I was doing some "backup cruise" checking, and let's just say I stumbled into what could be one heck of a deal for spring to celebrate before diving into dissertation work. ?
    I was just really conflicted because I wanted to hang out with an awesome group, but I know there'll be future opportunities! Will touch base with my travel guru at MEI and get things sorted!
    Thanks to this group for being an awesome sounding board.
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    Chadster got a reaction from Skigoofy in Downsides of Cruise with Confidence cancellation after final payment?   
    They are not, and you're right. I mainly just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something in my thought process with the FCCs and everything else...but it's looking like cancelling (sorry, Group Cruisers! ? ) is going to be the right call.
    Especially since after reading a suggestion above, I was doing some "backup cruise" checking, and let's just say I stumbled into what could be one heck of a deal for spring to celebrate before diving into dissertation work. ?
    I was just really conflicted because I wanted to hang out with an awesome group, but I know there'll be future opportunities! Will touch base with my travel guru at MEI and get things sorted!
    Thanks to this group for being an awesome sounding board.
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    Chadster got a reaction from Jill in Downsides of Cruise with Confidence cancellation after final payment?   
    They are not, and you're right. I mainly just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something in my thought process with the FCCs and everything else...but it's looking like cancelling (sorry, Group Cruisers! ? ) is going to be the right call.
    Especially since after reading a suggestion above, I was doing some "backup cruise" checking, and let's just say I stumbled into what could be one heck of a deal for spring to celebrate before diving into dissertation work. ?
    I was just really conflicted because I wanted to hang out with an awesome group, but I know there'll be future opportunities! Will touch base with my travel guru at MEI and get things sorted!
    Thanks to this group for being an awesome sounding board.
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    Chadster got a reaction from BrianB in Downsides of Cruise with Confidence cancellation after final payment?   
    They are not, and you're right. I mainly just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something in my thought process with the FCCs and everything else...but it's looking like cancelling (sorry, Group Cruisers! ? ) is going to be the right call.
    Especially since after reading a suggestion above, I was doing some "backup cruise" checking, and let's just say I stumbled into what could be one heck of a deal for spring to celebrate before diving into dissertation work. ?
    I was just really conflicted because I wanted to hang out with an awesome group, but I know there'll be future opportunities! Will touch base with my travel guru at MEI and get things sorted!
    Thanks to this group for being an awesome sounding board.
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    Chadster reacted to Yo2slick in New cruise planner sale starts August 4   
    I feel this way with the DBP, I rarely drink on land but I try a little bit of everything if I have the drink package.  Maybe its a combination of being free for 7 nights and getting my moneys worth. ?
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    Chadster reacted to PRebecca in On Board Credits from Travel Agencies   
    After this past year I wouldn't switch from our TA (also with MEI) for any percentage OBC
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    Chadster got a reaction from PRebecca in Harmony of the Seas - November 21, 2021 - RoyalCaribbeanBlog Group Cruise   
    I haven't been around for a while, but I WILL be around on the group cruise with all you fine people....
    ...and @Matt. ;)
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    Chadster got a reaction from Matt in Harmony of the Seas - November 21, 2021 - RoyalCaribbeanBlog Group Cruise   
    I haven't been around for a while, but I WILL be around on the group cruise with all you fine people....
    ...and @Matt. ;)
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    Chadster got a reaction from gabeb848 in Corny Jokes   
    A pirate walked into a seaside tavern and asked for a drink. The bartender, turned away from the bar when the buccaneer walked in, pours the drink, but nearly drops it when he notices the sailor has a giant ship's wheel stuck to the front of his pants.
    "Uh, capn'," the bartender says, "I hope you don't mind me askin', but what's with that-thar wheel?"
    "Arrr...this thing?" The pirate asks. "|t drives me nuts."
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    Chadster got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in FCC and Refund Questions?   
    2 1/2 hours on the phone this morning (plus the 3 1/2 last night from disconnected calls), and I hope I finally have a resolution for my other two cancelled cruises. The resolution department said that the FCCs weren't created, though they should have been, so I should receive both of them within a week.
    Needless to say, if I don't receive them in 10-14 days, I'm going to be calling back and enlisting my TA's help as well.
    I'm cautiously optimistic.
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    Chadster got a reaction from ehw51 in Unfair treatment by the CDC   
    I received some news today that made me take new stock of this notion of unfair treatment by the CDC. I was originally going to be in Orlando just before Thanksgiving this year for a in-person residency for school. I was going to board Harmony afterward for Thanksgiving at sea.
    Today, that residency was shifted to completely online. My school has evaluated the situation in Florida and how they think things will look in 3 months and decided going fully virtual is the right way to go. At the same time, two professional meetings I was slated to attend -- one in Seattle in 2021 and one in California later this year -- have both been moved online. Yes, I know that means all those activities will still continue while cruising will not.
    But the fact remains per public health officials, there continues to be a threat and a spread, and organizations and corporations are doing their best in this situation. Would you rather they expose themselves to liability just so you can get your vacation? I get that people are upset. I was in a position I felt the need to lift and shift my cruises til next year. I got all my money back at this point. All I want is for Royal Caribbean to offer me a safe-as-can-be, fun vacation, however long that takes. Til then, my life continues to evolve around all of this going on...and as much as I look forward to cruising, it's definitely on the back burner right now. I'm just thankful I'll be able to do everything -- both personally and professionally -- with a greater measure of safety.
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    Chadster got a reaction from crisgold52 in Unfair treatment by the CDC   
    I received some news today that made me take new stock of this notion of unfair treatment by the CDC. I was originally going to be in Orlando just before Thanksgiving this year for a in-person residency for school. I was going to board Harmony afterward for Thanksgiving at sea.
    Today, that residency was shifted to completely online. My school has evaluated the situation in Florida and how they think things will look in 3 months and decided going fully virtual is the right way to go. At the same time, two professional meetings I was slated to attend -- one in Seattle in 2021 and one in California later this year -- have both been moved online. Yes, I know that means all those activities will still continue while cruising will not.
    But the fact remains per public health officials, there continues to be a threat and a spread, and organizations and corporations are doing their best in this situation. Would you rather they expose themselves to liability just so you can get your vacation? I get that people are upset. I was in a position I felt the need to lift and shift my cruises til next year. I got all my money back at this point. All I want is for Royal Caribbean to offer me a safe-as-can-be, fun vacation, however long that takes. Til then, my life continues to evolve around all of this going on...and as much as I look forward to cruising, it's definitely on the back burner right now. I'm just thankful I'll be able to do everything -- both personally and professionally -- with a greater measure of safety.
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    Chadster got a reaction from coneyraven in Corny Jokes   
    A pirate walked into a seaside tavern and asked for a drink. The bartender, turned away from the bar when the buccaneer walked in, pours the drink, but nearly drops it when he notices the sailor has a giant ship's wheel stuck to the front of his pants.
    "Uh, capn'," the bartender says, "I hope you don't mind me askin', but what's with that-thar wheel?"
    "Arrr...this thing?" The pirate asks. "|t drives me nuts."
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    Chadster reacted to Drewww in When is your next cruise?   
    Please add me to November 25, 2021 on Enchantment of the seas!   Just added my next cruise for Turkey day at sea ?
     
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    Chadster got a reaction from Beci in MEI Travel Agency   
    When I first went with MEI, I just filled out the form and was assigned Sharla; she's definitely been fantastic! I was trying to move my Thanksgiving cruise from Anthem to Harmony this year due to a change in my availability and location for that week, and she spent 80 minutes on hold just for me...and got it done without any fuss!
    I honestly don't think you can go wrong with any of MEI's folks, based on all the stories I've read. And as for them being full-service, I think they're a go-to for RCCL/Celebrity/Disney simply because of their extensive experience with those cruise lines, leading to a bit more specialization. While I haven't tried to book a cruise with one of the other "Big 3" cruise lines through MEI, I certainly see no reason why they wouldn't be able to help you!
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    Chadster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in When is your next cruise?   
    I've decided to take a much more measured approach to future cruises. Therefore, please remove the above cruises.
    Instead, please add:
    Nov. 21-28, 2021 Harmony (Blog Group Cruise!) I got the date wrong in my original post...
    Dec. 23-31, 2021 Enchantment (Christmas at sea!)
    I've lifted and shifted both of these to next year.
    Right now, I'm recouping all my money from RCCL for cruises between now and Thanksgiving 2021 and making plans after things become more clear. I was being too knee-jerk/YOLO. ?
    Sorry for being a pain.
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    Chadster reacted to CruzOnBye in When is your next cruise?   
    My February Odyssey sailing was cancelled (but I didn't have it on the master list anyway), so we moved it to Oasis of the Seas sailing Feb 21. First time on Oasis, so not too disappointed, and I got an extra night out of it! 
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    Chadster got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in When is your next cruise?   
    I've decided to take a much more measured approach to future cruises. Therefore, please remove the above cruises.
    Instead, please add:
    Nov. 21-28, 2021 Harmony (Blog Group Cruise!) I got the date wrong in my original post...
    Dec. 23-31, 2021 Enchantment (Christmas at sea!)
    I've lifted and shifted both of these to next year.
    Right now, I'm recouping all my money from RCCL for cruises between now and Thanksgiving 2021 and making plans after things become more clear. I was being too knee-jerk/YOLO. ?
    Sorry for being a pain.
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