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    ransrider got a reaction from Mike P in Cruise Planner Refunds   
    That's my question exactly. Has anyone called to find out how the 125% Cruise Planner refund works if your cruise is on the "extended" hold?
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    ransrider got a reaction from shaydav19 in Late 2021 Caribbean Itineraries   
    Thanks Matt. I thought I missed the "boat" on booking a choice cabin.
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    ransrider reacted to Matt in Late 2021 Caribbean Itineraries   
    When I put in a search for just October-November 2021, there's about 12 ships greyed out, so the answer is not all ships are available to book for that period yet.
    Another set of itinerary releases will be coming out this Spring.
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    ransrider got a reaction from BunnyHutt in When to shop for flights?   
    No need to use a site such as Expedia or Kayak to book. Once you see the price you are willing to purchase for, go directly to that airline to book. Consider applying for an airline credit card for the points and free luggage such as Delta. Also consider Royal's Air2sea program. Good luck. 
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    ransrider got a reaction from ChessE4 in When to shop for flights?   
    No need to use a site such as Expedia or Kayak to book. Once you see the price you are willing to purchase for, go directly to that airline to book. Consider applying for an airline credit card for the points and free luggage such as Delta. Also consider Royal's Air2sea program. Good luck. 
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    ransrider got a reaction from Rene Desmarais in When to shop for flights?   
    No need to use a site such as Expedia or Kayak to book. Once you see the price you are willing to purchase for, go directly to that airline to book. Consider applying for an airline credit card for the points and free luggage such as Delta. Also consider Royal's Air2sea program. Good luck. 
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    ransrider got a reaction from J-Ro in Alaska out of Seattle or Vancouver?   
    Capilano Bridge Park in Vancouver is a must see. 
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    ransrider got a reaction from Kim&N8 in YOLO booked it   
    Hey Kim, Congrats on your booking! My high school friend and I are also doing a girl's cruise and will be sailing on Indy May 11-16, 2020. We are children of the 60's that enjoy cruising together. We are both flying out of Minnesota to FLL and staying at the Hilton FLL Marina one night pre-cruise. I have cruised with Royal on 8 sailings now with one more before this Independence cruise. If you have questions, let me know. You might want to join us on the Cruise Critic roll call. It's not too busy yet but I expect it will pick up as we get closer to our sailing. 
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    ransrider got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Recommended Cash?   
    What I do is break down each day of my travel and look at what will cost me. If I have a tour or excursion booked, I allow 10-20% for tips. I also plan tips for any maid service, luggage porters, cabin steward, wait staff throughout the trip. Most port stops take credit card and most ships have an ATM at a cost. My next 5-day cruise I have planned for $100.
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    ransrider got a reaction from RazorbackIslandGirl in SUNSCREEN?   
    Remember to protect our reefs and choose a sunscreen without oxybenzone or octinoxate if you plan on going into the water. Google: Reef-protecting sunscreen. I am also an Irish ginger by heritage and have just begun to research this topic since we go to Hawaii every year and beginning in 2020, proper sunscreen must be used. Sure is expensive, though. If you find a less expensive solution, please let me know. 
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    ransrider got a reaction from Bongo1 in SUNSCREEN?   
    Remember to protect our reefs and choose a sunscreen without oxybenzone or octinoxate if you plan on going into the water. Google: Reef-protecting sunscreen. I am also an Irish ginger by heritage and have just begun to research this topic since we go to Hawaii every year and beginning in 2020, proper sunscreen must be used. Sure is expensive, though. If you find a less expensive solution, please let me know. 
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    ransrider got a reaction from SpeedNoodles in SUNSCREEN?   
    Remember to protect our reefs and choose a sunscreen without oxybenzone or octinoxate if you plan on going into the water. Google: Reef-protecting sunscreen. I am also an Irish ginger by heritage and have just begun to research this topic since we go to Hawaii every year and beginning in 2020, proper sunscreen must be used. Sure is expensive, though. If you find a less expensive solution, please let me know. 
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    ransrider got a reaction from RCIfan1912 in inside balcony   
    You should not hang any clothing etc, over your balcony. The shower in the bathroom on most ships has a draw string for drying clothing. There are fines should anything go overboard.
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    ransrider got a reaction from Hoski in inside balcony   
    You should not hang any clothing etc, over your balcony. The shower in the bathroom on most ships has a draw string for drying clothing. There are fines should anything go overboard.
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    ransrider got a reaction from DMLM in Insurance or not   
    Hi DMLM. We use tripinsurancestore.com to get quotes, pick our plan which is usually TravelSafe Classic (they are the only ones that do not penalize if you don't purchase for the total cost of your travel), pay and we're done. I always purchase within the "no look back" period. My last purchase was for an upcoming Independence cruise of 5 nights and will include flight because we live in MN. I don't care much about losing the cost of the trip only want to make sure I have medical coverage. We are in our late 50's with no current health issues but I feel much better spending $60 ($500 coverage for one) to make sure I am covered if needed. The team at TIS.com are wonderful to work with for any purchases or changes to your policy. I have never had to use the insurance so can comment on TravelSafe. Good luck and happy cruising!
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    ransrider got a reaction from DanielB in Benefit to Air2Sea???   
    I just booked a flight for the first time with Flights by Celebrity and do like the benefit of repricing if the flight drops in price. I think the programs are similar. I was also notified by Celebrity when there was a change in the flight. I have not flown using the program yet but since we needed to fly in the day we embark, this program provide comfort in knowing the cruise line has my back. 
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