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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Ray in Evening Attire (recommended vs actual)   
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    Please refrain from name calling or other personal insults, including labeling others in a negative way based on their preferences. I'll weigh in on dress code simply by reminding everyone that simple human kindness is far more important than dress code or anyone's take on the subject. 
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from JLMoran in Delux beverage package price increase to pay for $18 mistake?   
    I wouldn't doubt that prices are trending higher - RCI beverage packages are arguably the best value of all cruise line beverage packages, and if people keep buying them, they'll raise the price until it plateaus.  Now, do I think that a price increase has anything at all to do with that $18 thing?  Not a chance.  That $18 error impacted revenue, but in a really small way, as it happened for a small window of time.  Further, while it seems like many people may have taken advantage of this, do remember that if you're reading this, you're likely representative of less than 1% of Royal's customer base, as others don't follow this site, Facebook groups, etc.  Think about how many people you see looking into purchasing beverage packages once they board - even though all of us here know that a few small exceptions, that's the most expensive way to go about it.
    TL;DR - I'd expect that, barring world events that would cause a significant drop in spending, prices will only go up.  I'm also confident it's unrelated to the pricing error.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Hoski in Delux beverage package price increase to pay for $18 mistake?   
    I wouldn't doubt that prices are trending higher - RCI beverage packages are arguably the best value of all cruise line beverage packages, and if people keep buying them, they'll raise the price until it plateaus.  Now, do I think that a price increase has anything at all to do with that $18 thing?  Not a chance.  That $18 error impacted revenue, but in a really small way, as it happened for a small window of time.  Further, while it seems like many people may have taken advantage of this, do remember that if you're reading this, you're likely representative of less than 1% of Royal's customer base, as others don't follow this site, Facebook groups, etc.  Think about how many people you see looking into purchasing beverage packages once they board - even though all of us here know that a few small exceptions, that's the most expensive way to go about it.
    TL;DR - I'd expect that, barring world events that would cause a significant drop in spending, prices will only go up.  I'm also confident it's unrelated to the pricing error.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from MrMarc in Delux beverage package price increase to pay for $18 mistake?   
    I wouldn't doubt that prices are trending higher - RCI beverage packages are arguably the best value of all cruise line beverage packages, and if people keep buying them, they'll raise the price until it plateaus.  Now, do I think that a price increase has anything at all to do with that $18 thing?  Not a chance.  That $18 error impacted revenue, but in a really small way, as it happened for a small window of time.  Further, while it seems like many people may have taken advantage of this, do remember that if you're reading this, you're likely representative of less than 1% of Royal's customer base, as others don't follow this site, Facebook groups, etc.  Think about how many people you see looking into purchasing beverage packages once they board - even though all of us here know that a few small exceptions, that's the most expensive way to go about it.
    TL;DR - I'd expect that, barring world events that would cause a significant drop in spending, prices will only go up.  I'm also confident it's unrelated to the pricing error.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from twangster in Delux beverage package price increase to pay for $18 mistake?   
    I wouldn't doubt that prices are trending higher - RCI beverage packages are arguably the best value of all cruise line beverage packages, and if people keep buying them, they'll raise the price until it plateaus.  Now, do I think that a price increase has anything at all to do with that $18 thing?  Not a chance.  That $18 error impacted revenue, but in a really small way, as it happened for a small window of time.  Further, while it seems like many people may have taken advantage of this, do remember that if you're reading this, you're likely representative of less than 1% of Royal's customer base, as others don't follow this site, Facebook groups, etc.  Think about how many people you see looking into purchasing beverage packages once they board - even though all of us here know that a few small exceptions, that's the most expensive way to go about it.
    TL;DR - I'd expect that, barring world events that would cause a significant drop in spending, prices will only go up.  I'm also confident it's unrelated to the pricing error.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Skid in Jet Blue   
    This is (and please feel free to point to policies stating otherwise), pretty much the policy for most every domestic flight I've been on.  I know Southwest says 45 mins - and there may be others, but the point is it's a reasonably common requirement.  International flights sometimes require an even longer lead.
    I agree, but I also think that they were fighting an uphill battle.  Customer service issues plagued AirTran - and even when temporary, it can be very damaging to an underdog brand.  Another challenge was the legacy of their original name...ValueJet.
    FLL has a lot of JetBlue flights, I don't know if they fly to MIA at all (I generally only fly out of MIA if an international flight is cheaper out of there than FLL).  PBI (West Palm Beach) has a lot of JetBlue flights considering the small size of that airport, but they're mostly to NYC and the surrounding area.  PBI is a delight though - I used to fly PBI to AVL and it was awesome going between two small airports.  The good news for those flying into South Florida is that it's only about 15 mins extra to go from FLL to PortMiami than it is to go from MIA to PortMiami, and depending on traffic, plus the absolute madness of MIA (not that FLL is a delight) could make that difference moot.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from ellcee in Evening Attire (recommended vs actual)   
    Moderator Note:
    Please refrain from name calling or other personal insults, including labeling others in a negative way based on their preferences. I'll weigh in on dress code simply by reminding everyone that simple human kindness is far more important than dress code or anyone's take on the subject. 
    Thanks!
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from RWDW1204 in Evening Attire (recommended vs actual)   
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    Please refrain from name calling or other personal insults, including labeling others in a negative way based on their preferences. I'll weigh in on dress code simply by reminding everyone that simple human kindness is far more important than dress code or anyone's take on the subject. 
    Thanks!
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Matt in Evening Attire (recommended vs actual)   
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    Please refrain from name calling or other personal insults, including labeling others in a negative way based on their preferences. I'll weigh in on dress code simply by reminding everyone that simple human kindness is far more important than dress code or anyone's take on the subject. 
    Thanks!
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from FManke in Evening Attire (recommended vs actual)   
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    Please refrain from name calling or other personal insults, including labeling others in a negative way based on their preferences. I'll weigh in on dress code simply by reminding everyone that simple human kindness is far more important than dress code or anyone's take on the subject. 
    Thanks!
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from SpeedNoodles in Evening Attire (recommended vs actual)   
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    Please refrain from name calling or other personal insults, including labeling others in a negative way based on their preferences. I'll weigh in on dress code simply by reminding everyone that simple human kindness is far more important than dress code or anyone's take on the subject. 
    Thanks!
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from ChessE4 in Cuba & currency exchange   
    You'll be able to quickly and easily change currency at the CADECA located within the cruise terminal.  We found it very efficient.  Cuban currency is now supposed to leave the island, so as far as I know you can not change any money before arriving.
    It's important to know that with very limited exceptions, US credit cards are not accepted in Cuba (and cash is king there anyway).  There are also two currencies, CUCs and CUPs, and they're valued VERY differently, so it's important to know the difference.  The exchange at the terminal will only give you CUCs, which is what you want.  This article explains how to pay for things in Cuba, how to identify the two currencies, a way you *may* be able to save a bit when changing money, and more.  You may want to check the rest of the Cruising Cuba series as well.  
    http://www.cruisehabit.com/cruising-cuba-credit-cards-and-changing-currency-cuba-how-pay-goods-and-services
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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 RWDW1204 in Can you iron on board   
    This small contribution that I may have made to the Fantasy may be the closest I'll even come to being an imagineer.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from mom2mybugs 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 Phillo in How Much Annual Leave Do You Get?   
    I have unlimited paid leave, and they're pretty reasonable with letting you actually use it so long as your work gets done and it doesn't cause a big issue with coworkers helping out.  Not a bad perk.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from SpeedNoodles 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 YOLO 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 Mike P in How Much Annual Leave Do You Get?   
    I have unlimited paid leave, and they're pretty reasonable with letting you actually use it so long as your work gets done and it doesn't cause a big issue with coworkers helping out.  Not a bad perk.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from mom2mybugs in How Much Annual Leave Do You Get?   
    I have unlimited paid leave, and they're pretty reasonable with letting you actually use it so long as your work gets done and it doesn't cause a big issue with coworkers helping out.  Not a bad perk.
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    monorailmedic reacted to Rose City Cruiser in How Much Annual Leave Do You Get?   
    My wife has similar paid leave benefits.  Right now, I get 20 days. 
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from SpeedNoodles in How Much Annual Leave Do You Get?   
    I have unlimited paid leave, and they're pretty reasonable with letting you actually use it so long as your work gets done and it doesn't cause a big issue with coworkers helping out.  Not a bad perk.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from JLMoran in How Much Annual Leave Do You Get?   
    I have unlimited paid leave, and they're pretty reasonable with letting you actually use it so long as your work gets done and it doesn't cause a big issue with coworkers helping out.  Not a bad perk.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Cococay activity   
    Let those kids head to Coco Cay, I don't need water slides and balloons to make me happy 🙂
    I don't doubt that one factor in their color and height decisions at Coco was visibility to Norwegian guests - it's especially visible from the rather impressive villa area at the far end of Great Stirrup.  On both islands, I'm just hopeful they can maintain a "remote island" and peaceful atmosphere for those not looking for a theme-park experience.  For those who are, I am glad it's an option.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Ala_Paul in Benefits of using MEI Travel   
    I'll echo something several have shared already, speaking as someone who has been booking with MEI for a decade.
    To me, it's not about saving money (though when it happens, that is of course awesome).  It's not even about how easy it is to book on any given line's site (more on that in a sec).  It's about the service.  There are agencies out there that rebate commission, and to those who use them - I genuinely hope you have awesome experiences.  I don't use agencies that do that for the simple reason that I've worked in that world, I've been around the industry - those agents are stacking as many deals as possible and just don't have the time to get to know their clients, triple check their work, provide guidance as needed, check for price drops, etc
    I love that my agent (and others) at MEI have got to know my preferences (and they've got all my info stored, too).  I don't like to speak for @Matt, but I think it's safe to say we're both quite capable of booking trips ourselves.  Despite this, we've used MEI agents for a long time.  What's awesome is that I often book trips with a call or email of just a sentence or two.  My agent knows my tolerances, so if I ask for an OV, but they've got a group rate or other incentive that makes a verandah $250 more for a seven night, they know I'll probably want that - and I'll end up with a hold until I confirm that difference.  There are times too that I am not sure what I'm looking for, and I'll just throw out some basic criteria (x type of line, y date range, z part of the world), and that's another time when it's helpful for an agent to really know what you like.  
    When something has come up, either because I've needed to make a change, or the cruise line wants to bump me, etc - I have a liaison.  Someone who will fight for me.  I'll never have to wait on hold for Royal or any other line (that's never fun), nor will I have to plead my case.  It's pretty great.
    In short, booking is a bit easier, but that's not the reason I use an MEI agent.  Sometimes there are some additional perks (OBC, category upgrades, etc), but that's not the reason I use an MEI agent.  I use them because whether things go perfectly, or the trip encounters some unexpected turbulence, they're in my corner - and those are the times you'll REALLY wish you were working with a great travel agent - whoever that may be.
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