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    monorailmedic reacted to Neesa in MEI travel agents   
    Sharla Manglass
    @ MEI has saved my family money twice since I booked. She is so kind and informative, the education she afforded me has been invaluable. Her contact information is [email protected] Direct Line 706-742-5358. Quickly responds to emails even after hours, I never expected that. She also treats us like family!
    Can't say enough about Sharla!
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    monorailmedic reacted to FManke in MEI travel agents   
    +1 for Danette! Repriced our cruise, twice, without even asking, as all good TA's should do and has saved us $1400!
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    monorailmedic reacted to Irieman in 2 day cruise on Infinity worth it?   
    Thanks @monorailmedic for all the info.  I booked the April two day cruise as a weekend get away. We are looking forward to trying Royal's sister cruise line.  Thought we would wait until Diamond status to branch out but the deal and timing was perfect! 
    Not putting the March to Diamond on hold. This is just a bonus weekend that we would not have done. 47 days and counting!!
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from sk8erguy1978 in 2 day cruise on Infinity worth it?   
    Sorry for taking so long to chime in.
    We've sailed Royal, Celebrity, and many other lines, and ended up booking one of these 2 night Infinity sailings for last weekend.  In fact, we did so while on Brilliance of the Seas a few weeks earlier.
    I've long felt that if you like the way Royal does things, but for a particular sailing, you're not going with anyone that needs rock walls, flow riders, etc to make the cruise awesome, then Celebrity offers a really great product, that trades some of those things you might not need on a given sailing, for a less crowded experience.  
    The sailing ended up being really enjoyable, despite worrying the whole time if we'd be worried that it'd feel too much like a tease.  The ship, which is a Millennium class ship, is roughly the same size and vintage as Brilliance of the Seas, but felt a bit more modern.  She is in great shape, and the staterooms are larger than you might expect out of a ship from that period of time.  
    On things to note is that Infinity hasn't yet one through Celebrity Revolution, X's fleet revitalization program - so her style/feel is not the same as what you see on Edge, or ships that have gone through the process.  No complaints about this - she was very pretty and comfy, just something to know.  
    Check on my Instagram feed or Facebook page for a bunch of photos and some video (esp on FB as I did a couple live videos).  I'll be putting out a summary of the sailing in the next couple days, but am happy to answer any questions you might have.  You can see my pre-cruise thoughts here.
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    monorailmedic reacted to FManke in Re pricing   
    I had my reservation transferred to MEI, even after the "cutoff" date, MEI made it happen. I have already been repriced twice, without me asking, my agent just emailed me with the good news, saving me about $700 so far. Still have 4 months to go before final payment, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for more repricing.
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    monorailmedic reacted to Jedi Jason in Celebrity Equinox Western Caribbean live blog Jan 4   
    After hearing your three wishes podcast with @Matt I realized that I did not miss the dining room shenanigans in the MDR. There were no announcements over arguably the worst PA system ever encouraging you and/or your wait staff to stand up and dance or wave your napkins. It makes me cringe and I did not miss it at all on this cruise. I also was willing to give up the unique selections in the four different MDRs on Edge to have the same wait staff each night. 
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Jedi Jason in Celebrity Equinox Western Caribbean live blog Jan 4   
    Awesome job - tons of great info and pics!  Glad you enjoyed the sailing.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Guy Gadwa in Sailing Celebrity Through the Eyes of a Royal Caribbean Cruiser   
    Great commentary.  
    I explain RCI vs X this way often.  If you want those high-energy activities, like rock walls, flow riders, etc - then you won't find it on X, and RCI does a GREAT job here.  If you see those spaces and wish they were used for things a bit slower paced, then take a look at X.  They are both great lines, each with their strong points and differentiation, but it's also quite comfortable switching between the two depending on the occasion, who you're traveling with, etc.
    We're back on Edge for the third time in just a couple days.  Excited to be back, but we'll be on Brilliance soon as well.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Boston Babe in Sailing Celebrity Through the Eyes of a Royal Caribbean Cruiser   
    Great commentary.  
    I explain RCI vs X this way often.  If you want those high-energy activities, like rock walls, flow riders, etc - then you won't find it on X, and RCI does a GREAT job here.  If you see those spaces and wish they were used for things a bit slower paced, then take a look at X.  They are both great lines, each with their strong points and differentiation, but it's also quite comfortable switching between the two depending on the occasion, who you're traveling with, etc.
    We're back on Edge for the third time in just a couple days.  Excited to be back, but we'll be on Brilliance soon as well.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from SpeedNoodles in Sailing Celebrity Through the Eyes of a Royal Caribbean Cruiser   
    Great commentary.  
    I explain RCI vs X this way often.  If you want those high-energy activities, like rock walls, flow riders, etc - then you won't find it on X, and RCI does a GREAT job here.  If you see those spaces and wish they were used for things a bit slower paced, then take a look at X.  They are both great lines, each with their strong points and differentiation, but it's also quite comfortable switching between the two depending on the occasion, who you're traveling with, etc.
    We're back on Edge for the third time in just a couple days.  Excited to be back, but we'll be on Brilliance soon as well.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from JLMoran in Sailing Celebrity Through the Eyes of a Royal Caribbean Cruiser   
    Great commentary.  
    I explain RCI vs X this way often.  If you want those high-energy activities, like rock walls, flow riders, etc - then you won't find it on X, and RCI does a GREAT job here.  If you see those spaces and wish they were used for things a bit slower paced, then take a look at X.  They are both great lines, each with their strong points and differentiation, but it's also quite comfortable switching between the two depending on the occasion, who you're traveling with, etc.
    We're back on Edge for the third time in just a couple days.  Excited to be back, but we'll be on Brilliance soon as well.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from KathyC in Sailing Celebrity Through the Eyes of a Royal Caribbean Cruiser   
    Great commentary.  
    I explain RCI vs X this way often.  If you want those high-energy activities, like rock walls, flow riders, etc - then you won't find it on X, and RCI does a GREAT job here.  If you see those spaces and wish they were used for things a bit slower paced, then take a look at X.  They are both great lines, each with their strong points and differentiation, but it's also quite comfortable switching between the two depending on the occasion, who you're traveling with, etc.
    We're back on Edge for the third time in just a couple days.  Excited to be back, but we'll be on Brilliance soon as well.
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    monorailmedic reacted to raahc in First time using magnetic hooks   
    Did you mean yes as in you found them at the Dollar store?
    Wow, that's very creative!
    Thanks, we're on a budget and this cruise is getting pricey!!! I'm going to look at our local dollar store and hardware store in Canada first.  I'll check out the luggage tags too.
    Thank you Andrew!
    Those look very sturdy!  Thank you, but I'm in Canada, so I would incur quite a bit in US exchange, duty and shipping.  I'll be sure and get good quality heavy ones .. thanks for the tip!
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    monorailmedic reacted to SpeedNoodles in First time using magnetic hooks   
    I second this - Billy carries quality merchandise, and I like supporting fellow members (plus he has great content on his site!).
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    monorailmedic reacted to KathyC in First time using magnetic hooks   
    I buy mine from Cruisehabit.com  https://shop.cruisehabit.com/collections/cabin-comforts/products/magnetic-hooks-hang-wet-clothes-or-other-items-from-your-ships-stateroom-ceiling
    Billy @monorailmedic used to sell two different weights, so I have them both, but it looks like he only has the heavier weight ones now.  I wouldn't go with cheapy ones, they might not hold up as well.  We use them every cruise and love them! 
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    monorailmedic reacted to S0nny in RC Rewards credit card   
    As someone who was VEHEMENTLY opposed to annual fee charge cards or credit cards... I did A LOT of research on rewards cards. 
     
    It’s 1) all about how many points you can earn and 2) the value of return on those points. (Conventional wisdom indicates that a 100:1 point return, as is the case with the RCCL card, is NOT a good return).  When you start researching options, you may find a RCCL Credit Card does not provide that flexibility you may seek. (Sometimes you may want to splurge on first class airfare, or find a great point conversion for other cruise lines <gasp>) 
    Some of the “best” cards out there come with many amazing benefits (Amex Platinum and Chase Saphire Reserve come to mind), but these cards have a high annual fee. There are middle of the road cards with lower annual fees (and some with none, but high interest), but they offer more points for things like gas and groceries. 
     
    Bottom line, if you want to get the card for the quick $100 OBC, it may be an easy and affordable option (provided you can purchase and pay off the minimum purchase to get the credit). If you want a card that can be used for your family to accrue great rewards with lots of options and benefits, there may be WAY better options! Check our the guy below who breaks down major rewards cards and definitely weigh most online advice with the notion these guys run for profit websites based off what people sign up for from their sites. 
     
    https://thepointsguy.com/
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from JLMoran in Took the $$ plunge on the Unlimited Beverage Package, so....What’s your favorite drink?   
    I really should set up some sort of alert for "scotch".
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Took the $$ plunge on the Unlimited Beverage Package, so....What’s your favorite drink?   
    I really should set up some sort of alert for "scotch".
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    monorailmedic reacted to JLMoran in Gathering Info on Celebrity   
    Not being snarky here, but I do think the fact that for a very long time Celebrity was mainly the province of retirees and other older cruisers has kept them from getting large online communities like we have here. Certainly plenty of such people to join such a community, but few with the know-how (or likely desire) to get one started, beat the drum about it and build an audience, etc. As Celebrity works to push the average age of its passengers down to folks in their mid- or upper 40s and early 50s, there will be a similarly enterprising soul like @Matt who will come along, who loves the line enough, and has the time and energy to get a dedicated community going.
    I mean, take a look at Royal -- lots of small Facebook groups for individual ships or sailings, and the forum on Cruise Critic; but RCBlog is the only dedicated online community I've found for Royal, that has such an active and growing community focused exclusively on Royal.
    Even in the podcast space, Matt's is the only one I've found dedicated to Royal at all (and I was searching a lot when was getting ready to book my first cruise). Out of the ones I found that I thought were worth subscribing to, Cruise Dudes is more generalized with a slant toward Princess, because that's where they live (and I stopped listening to them a while back). @monorailmedic's Cruise Habit podcast is also more general-knowledge based, because Billy loves all things cruising / has an amazingly rich personal history with it and wants to share it all. Cruise Radio is yet another source of general info.
    Something may come up eventually, but for now this forum and the one on CC are probably the best options.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from rjweber3 in RCCL vs CELEBRITY   
    I can't say for certain that this is the case every time, but in general, cruise lines (not just X) tend to strip OBC or other incentives for resident rates and other discounted fares.  It's another reason it's important to compare apples to apples when looking at prices.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Fuzzywuzzy in Celebrity?   
    This is true.  Your "building" of points starts at zero even though your loyalty level carries over.  Would it be nice if this were handled differently?  Sure, that'd be neat.  Would it lead to all the more people having top tier statuses, which seems to upset those that have said statuses?  Probably. (this gets to the "when everyone is special no one is special" paradox)  Do I personal think it matters?  Nope.  For me, I've yet to identify a reasonably attainable loyalty perk that is worth compromising experiences for.  Others may hold a greater value to certain perks and feel otherwise, which is fine too.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from KaydenDeen in Guarantee Cabins   
    I frequently book guarantees - in fact I have one booked right now for the Harmony Group Cruise!
    If you're not picky about the exact stateroom you get, then I see no reason not to.  If you think "as long as I don't get a cabin that..." - don't finish that sentence, a guarantee isn't for you.  Further, while sometimes guests get a pleasant surprise, don't book a guarantee counting on that.  More often than not you're assigned a stateroom of the same type (inside/OV/verandah) which you booked.
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    monorailmedic reacted to AnnetteJackson in Cruise this weekend from Miami to Nassau & Perfect Day at Coco Cay - HURRICANE DORIAN   
    IF the storm continues on the path where you were landing, the airlines typically will waive cancellation fees due to the storm as well.
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    monorailmedic reacted to Matt in Cruise this weekend from Miami to Nassau & Perfect Day at Coco Cay - HURRICANE DORIAN   
    You are mistaken. Hindsight is 20/20 and to blame Royal Caribbean in any way for not being able to predict future weather with 100% preciseness is plain silly. Frankly, you're being extremely unrealistic.
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