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    Chadster got a reaction from Jaymac Radio in $99 Dollar Cruise!!   
    That's just a little cheaper than that cruise has been tracking for awhile -- I was keeping an eye on it for a friend of mine in Washington State who thought it might be a cool alternative for her and her girlfriends to a Vegas trip.
    I almost pulled the trigger on a last-minute (as in Sunday) 7-day sailing on Anthem out of Cape Liberty. Glad I didn't, though -- I apparently have a stomach bug, and none of my hazmat suits are in fun tropical colors. 😕
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    Chadster reacted to Christine 67 in Cruise Planner - Casino Royale   
    In!😂
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    Chadster got a reaction from JLMoran in Cruise Planner - Casino Royale   
    I'm looking forward to my cruise with Celebrity next year for many reasons, but the smoke-free casinos is a big plus!
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    Chadster reacted to nova_gal in Question about room service??/   
    To @SteveinSC and everyone on this blog - thank you for all of the wonderful tips!! I would have never considered ordering the free continental breakfast room service, but breakfast appetizers, here I come!
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    Chadster got a reaction from Eaglelover in Question about room service??/   
    This may be the greatest cruise tip in the history of cruise tips.

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    Chadster reacted to AshleyDillo in Question about room service??/   
    I feel it's a perfect substitute for an alarm or a standard wake-up call!  Room service calls the room minutes before they show up with the food.
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    Chadster reacted to SteveinSC in Question about room service??/   
    @nova_gal I posses no ORIGINAL wisdom in regards to cruising. Im preparing to take my 6th cruise a month from today, and this will be my 1st after having discovered this forum/message board.  IT WAS A GAME CHANGER and I cant tell you how prepared I feel for my cruise. I, now, feel like I did every previous cruise by the seat of my pants, and cruised like a savage. It never occurred to me to have the continental breakfast appetizers every morning, either. But once I read about it on here.....BOOM. Done. The people here are amazing, and I too am eternally grateful for them. 
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    Chadster reacted to SteveinSC in Question about room service??/   
    I am pretty excited at the thought of waking up to doughnuts, danishes, bagels and fruit with my coffee.....EVERY. SINGLE. MORNING. 

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    Chadster reacted to tmp916 in Mandatory Temperature Screenings   
    This is interesting.  Especially stating if you have a fever, don't even show up and you'll get a full refund.  I wonder if they require any proof?  If not, this may give a lot of people a way out who were worried about the virus but didn't want to take a financial hit so they planned on sticking it out.
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    Chadster got a reaction from JohnK6404 in When is your next cruise?   
    I just had to email my TA about canceling my planned October 2021 cruise to/from Montreal. 😕 Not only am I sad about that, I feel bad for having to have my TA deal with that -- and lose out on commission!
    This just might mean going a bit bigger on my May 2021 cruise to Alaska, though -- especially because I think I might have a travel partner for it!
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    Chadster got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Travel agent   
    I echo both the endorsement for MEI and for Sharla; she's been both helpful and patient with me as I find my way as a still-wet-behind-the-ears cruiser. I honestly wish I'd found a good travel agent sooner -- I made some costly mistakes...and discovered a cruise that would've been an upgrade for me over my upcoming one in every way. I'm still looking forward to my 9-day trip, but if I knew sooner what I know now because of a travel agent and this blog... 🤑
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    Chadster got a reaction from FManke in Travel agent   
    I echo both the endorsement for MEI and for Sharla; she's been both helpful and patient with me as I find my way as a still-wet-behind-the-ears cruiser. I honestly wish I'd found a good travel agent sooner -- I made some costly mistakes...and discovered a cruise that would've been an upgrade for me over my upcoming one in every way. I'm still looking forward to my 9-day trip, but if I knew sooner what I know now because of a travel agent and this blog... 🤑
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    Chadster got a reaction from DaiC01 in Royal Up Bid   
    Interestingly, I didn't get an RoyalUp invite, but on a whim, I decided to try the web site -- not to bid, but to see if it worked. I'm 70 days out, and it takes me to the bid screen.
    On my December 2020 cruise, I get the "only available 30 days prior" message; that one's not paid in full yet.
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    Chadster got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Royal Up Bid   
    Interestingly, I didn't get an RoyalUp invite, but on a whim, I decided to try the web site -- not to bid, but to see if it worked. I'm 70 days out, and it takes me to the bid screen.
    On my December 2020 cruise, I get the "only available 30 days prior" message; that one's not paid in full yet.
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    Chadster reacted to saytheb in Royal Up Bid   
    I imagine it might also be people looking to book.. It seems people can "lock up" rooms pretty easily through the booking sites (including RC directly) just by navigating to the room selection and/or beyond. I've done this a few times to myself.. chose a room in one window, went to see reviews, get distracted for a few minutes, do a new search in different window and the room is gone only to reappear 10-15 minutes later. 😁
     
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    Chadster reacted to sk8erguy1978 in 100 shares and $100.00   
    This. Do your homework, listen to earning calls, etc, etc. Buy because you feel it's a good investment and fits into your portfolio.
    $8,000 in a modest 2% savings or CD should net you $160 in a year. That seems like a better way to earn $100 from $8,000.
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    Chadster reacted to WackyCactus in 100 shares and $100.00   
    I know some people will know this, but if you have 100 shares of Royal Caribbean stock you get onboard credit for free.  For instance, having 100 shares of stock, on my upcoming 7 day cruise I'll get $100.00 in onboard credit.
    Just thought I'd throw that tidbit out there since the stock price is way down.
    Plus you'll get an annual dividend of about $300.00 to buy more stock or use on something else.
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    Chadster reacted to WAAAYTOOO in 100 shares and $100.00   
    The RCCL stock OBC is not always applicable and often difficult to apply. Be very careful purchasing stock for the purpose of getting OBC. 
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    Chadster got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Travel agent   
    I echo both the endorsement for MEI and for Sharla; she's been both helpful and patient with me as I find my way as a still-wet-behind-the-ears cruiser. I honestly wish I'd found a good travel agent sooner -- I made some costly mistakes...and discovered a cruise that would've been an upgrade for me over my upcoming one in every way. I'm still looking forward to my 9-day trip, but if I knew sooner what I know now because of a travel agent and this blog... 🤑
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    Chadster got a reaction from Neesa in Travel agent   
    I echo both the endorsement for MEI and for Sharla; she's been both helpful and patient with me as I find my way as a still-wet-behind-the-ears cruiser. I honestly wish I'd found a good travel agent sooner -- I made some costly mistakes...and discovered a cruise that would've been an upgrade for me over my upcoming one in every way. I'm still looking forward to my 9-day trip, but if I knew sooner what I know now because of a travel agent and this blog... 🤑
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    Chadster reacted to Neesa in Travel agent   
    MEI travel. [email protected] saves me money on all my sailings. She watches for price drops and adjusts for me, I love her. She has never not been available and has amazing response time. 
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    Chadster reacted to VACruiser in Oasis Denied and MEI Awesomeness   
    Also found out this morning that my wife had insurance on the flights from Washington Reagan National to Miami, so although we lose $200, the rest is on a credit from Expedia so we can use it to fly to Orlando in December and should have no issue using the remainder of the credit for the flights. All well that ends well in these poor circumstances. 
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    Chadster reacted to VACruiser in Oasis Denied and MEI Awesomeness   
    I know catchy title but the worst happened this week. I have a cruise for this Sunday, 8 March 2020 on Oasis of the Seas. We booked this cruise a year and half ago and was really looking forward to it. I woke up Tuesday morning with the room spinning out of control and feeling very nauseous. I knew that feeling, it was the flu. Knowing I couldn’t just ride it out I had to go to the doctors and get a note indicating my status to inform RCI.  Under the rules I had to be 14 days well to sail and I was well within that window.  
    So off I went to the walk-in clinic where they jabbed a cotton swab so far up my nose I thought they were hitting brain. Nurse puts it in a container and says I will be back in 10 minutes to let you know the results. PA walks in next and says what I already suspected- Influenza Type A....UGH! There goes the trip. At this point I send an email to @michelle at MEI to let her know what was going on. 
    Michelle let us know our options - Go to insurance (always get insurance people) and get the money back or she would TRY and rebook us but no promises. She had me choose 3 cruises by priority and she would give them a call. This morning I woke up to a new cruise in December 2020 and all the previous items for the Oasis cruise will be refunded and the cruise money itself will transfer over to new cruise. I just have to replan the cruise for what we want to do. I love doing that already so I’ll have fun doing a new cruise planner. 
    I found about MEI from this blog, as I have never had an agent before, and this is a classic case of why they are so important. I have learned so much from this site so thanks to @Matt for starting this blog forum. 
    Plug for Michelle - she did an awesome job in a very short amount of time and I am so thankful for her help. If you ever thought of an agent but said no, I could do it myself, think again...I would still be on the phone with the flu trying to fix this mess. Instead I was home in bed taking Tamiflu and getting rid of this flu without having to rebook or fight the insurance for a refund!
    Thanks again and maybe this thread can help someone else in the future if the worst happens to you pre-cruise week. 
     
    Oh BTW - someone should be getting a Royal-up for Junior Suite 12636 soon since I had to cancel. And, I did have a flu shot this year so It didn’t work so well. 
     
     
     
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    Chadster reacted to Jolly Ogre in It pays to listen   
    Won't the panthers attack the musicians? Or can they fend them off with their instruments? And who signs up for this? Panthers are still endangered. Leave them alone.
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    Chadster reacted to Jolly Ogre in It pays to listen   
    I always heard that mariners played dice games as cards on the ships may get wet and ruined.
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