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    whitsmom reacted to Matt in Paying off your cruise   
    I like paying off the cruise as early as I can, but, it's best to leave like ~$500 on reservation in case there are price drops
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    whitsmom reacted to Matt in Guarantee Cabins   
    My mom refuses to book a GTY because she wants to be absolutely certain of where the room is
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    whitsmom got a reaction from hallyluhopper in Paying off your cruise   
    We usually just pay it off several weeks before the final due date; however, this last cruise we booked directly with RCI instead of a travel agent and I decided to pay monthly (sort of).  We just booked an Alaska cruise/inland tour for July 2018 and thinking we will pay monthly again this time to boost up my airline points so we can use those for our flight in July.
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    whitsmom reacted to BrianAlt in Cruise Critic member fears RCblog taking over Harmony!   
    I only use it for Roll Calls now.
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    whitsmom got a reaction from EmersonNZ in Paying off your cruise   
    We usually just pay it off several weeks before the final due date; however, this last cruise we booked directly with RCI instead of a travel agent and I decided to pay monthly (sort of).  We just booked an Alaska cruise/inland tour for July 2018 and thinking we will pay monthly again this time to boost up my airline points so we can use those for our flight in July.
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    whitsmom reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Paying off your cruise   
    This is precisely what I do.
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    whitsmom reacted to Ryan in HELP: Anyone Cruising Explorer of the Seas to Alaska 7/28/17?   
    My middle brother was able to sneak the wrapped book into their suitcase with a note not to open until their anniversary. They waited, and opened it and went through it together on the boat - just as we wanted. It wasn't exactly how we had planned, but it worked out in the end. 
    Thanks for all the help and your notes. They loved the cruise!
     
     
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    whitsmom reacted to DocLC in Corkage Fee Returning?   
    No, because these are purchased or delivered as part of the onboard gifts department. 
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    whitsmom reacted to lildawgscottFL in Main Dining Room and Drink Packages   
    bingo! nail on the head! tail on the donkey! (insert cliche here)!
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    whitsmom got a reaction from RobWhatley in Mini Bar - Does anyone get charge in error for this service?   
    We sail this Sunday on the Oasis so I will have our cabin steward remove the extra "sitting around" water.  I get bottled water with my package anyway.
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    whitsmom got a reaction from Ryan in HELP: Anyone Cruising Explorer of the Seas to Alaska 7/28/17?   
    The only other option maybe would be to be there when they get ready to go to the airport and slip it (wrapped with a note of when to open it) inside their luggage that will be checked.
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    whitsmom got a reaction from craig403 in electric outlets   
    I am taking a USB charger that has 6 slots in it for charge all of our stuff. I may no need all six at once, but if I do then I can...
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    whitsmom got a reaction from Orange Crush in Google Chromecast   
    I have loaded shows and movies on my Grand-girls iPads for the airport, plane, and waiting in the stateroom before dinner.  Looks like I had a good idea too!
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    whitsmom reacted to tiny260 in "free" brewed coffee   
    They usually have hot water right by the coffee for people making tea, so you should be OK.
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    whitsmom got a reaction from Heathermom in "free" brewed coffee   
    I guess I am the exception around here - I don't like Strong coffee.  At work I use the hot water dispenser to water my coffee down a bit. I hope I will be able to do the same.  I drink my coffee black so there is no other way to "tone it down" unless I make it myself.
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    whitsmom reacted to Sweety in Beverage Prices   
    Yes you can get canned tonic on board. I have gotten it on every ship. I was on Enchantment last week on a B2B and it wasn't a problem. 
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    whitsmom reacted to tiny260 in Docking time?   
    I can't give you a ball park figure, but the Cruise Compass gives you that information every night before you go to bed so if you want to get up and watch the sun rise and the ship dock you can, disembarkation time is also listed.
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    whitsmom reacted to DunkelBierJay in Timing of Oasis pulling into Port Canaveral   
    One idea is to use an app called Marine Traffic...you can track ships by name and position...there may be a delay in what you see, but it may help you estimate when to wake up and watch the ship arrive. I have used it successfully in my geekdom.
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    whitsmom reacted to Matt in Timing of Oasis pulling into Port Canaveral   
    You can also ask the Captain. He is usually around the ship, and might have a more precise time.
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    whitsmom reacted to baltodave in Timing of Oasis pulling into Port Canaveral   
    I just returned from Oasis on July 2nd and all I know is that by 6am we were already docked at Port Canaveral.  
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    whitsmom reacted to cruiselovin00 in American Express Platinum   
    Yes, I was pleasantly surprised.  Amex only advertises this benefit through their travel agency, but my TA explained that most agencies have a system they can log into to get the Amex obc applied.  The trick is just figuring out whether that makes sense given the other benefits that are not combinable.  Given I only take about 2 RCI cruises a year and combined with all the other CC benefits I'm a lot more comfortable with the $550 annual fee now.  Definitely not a CC for everyone but if you fly a lot and use Uber regularly, it can make sense.
    https://www.americanexpress.com/us/credit-cards/card/platinum/
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    whitsmom reacted to mworkman in American Express Platinum   
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    whitsmom reacted to cruiselovin00 in American Express Platinum   
    Hello Everyone,
    Just wanted to share something I learned last week regarding getting my American Express Platinum benefits added to two of my upcoming cruises.  After debating the merit of the annual $550 fee, I decided to get the card earlier this month to take advantage of the airline benefits and now monthly Uber credit. After trying to find out whether or not my regular travel agent could add the benefits since Amex only advertises they work by booking through Amex Travel, I just asked my travel agent to try and see what happened.  I had previously booked a cruise on a Memorial Day sale for Oasis of the Seas sailing next February so my travel agent was able to refund my $500 deposit from my previous CC and then charge it to my Amex Platinum without changing my previous booking rate.  I had no idea you could retroactively change the deposit like that!  My travel agent then also used the benefit to apply to a cruise I was booking then for a Navigator of the Seas sailing in November 2018.
    Couple things I learned:
    OBC in the amount of $100 - $300 Shipboard Credit per stateroom for sailings 5 nights or longer (depending on category booked):  $100 for inside/oceanview, $200 for balcony, $300 for suites plus a complimentary bottle of wine or champagne no matter which cabin category. Your travel agent should have the ability to log into an Amex system to get a tracking number to apply the obc to your cruise, and can even be done retroactively to a cruise deposit previously booked provided you are not past final payment date. Amex benefit is not combinable with many promotions. For my Oasis sailing I lost a $50 obc from Royal Caribbean (but kept the other stuff from my travel agency), but I got the $200 obc for the balcony cabin (boardwalk category) instead for a net $150 gain. Amex benefit is not combinable with C&A balcony discount so I lost my $100 balcony discount on the Navigator sailing, but again gained $200 obc for a net $100 gain. I was able to see the Amex $200 obc immediately in my cruise planner for my Oasis February sailing.  Do the math to see whether the benefits lost are less than the Amex obc. Hope this helps shed some light on how the American Express Platinum benefits might be able to work for you since there's really not a huge amount of information on other forums.
    Daniel
     
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    whitsmom reacted to BrianAlt in Oasis July 17-23 Headliner Show   
    Night #5 is the BEST!  
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    whitsmom got a reaction from BrianAlt in Oasis July 17-23 Headliner Show   
    Thanks for the advice to send an email.  I got the information emailed back to me today.
    Night 1:  J.R. McCollom (Comedian) - Night 2: Vanessa Hollingshead (Comedian) - Night 3: Broadway - Night 4: Mosiac (Acapella Group) - Night 5: Act Not Specified - Night 6: Production Show - Night 7: Production Show.
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