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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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    monorailmedic got a reaction from StephanieH 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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    monorailmedic reacted to Matt in Would you bother your TA with a $90 price drop   
    I've asked my TA to re-price for as little as $20. It all adds up.
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    monorailmedic reacted to Matt in Benefits of using MEI Travel   
    This. Sooner or later, it will happen to you and the difference between having a good travel agent and not having one is quite apparent.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from uradoll786 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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    monorailmedic got a reaction from SpeedNoodles 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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    monorailmedic got a reaction from AnnetteJackson 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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    monorailmedic reacted to Matt in Benefits of using MEI Travel   
    We're working on changing that!
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    monorailmedic reacted to JLMoran in Benefits of using MEI Travel   
    Exhibit A:
    I won't say that you will not find this level of service with AAA if you run into the same kind of problem as @alamode123 got slammed with. But at least you now know you will have it with MEI, even if you don't get a lot of extra perks up front. It may not spare you a lot of stress while waiting for the outcome, but it certainly takes a load off knowing you have that person undeniably in your corner and working to at least try and make things right.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from RWDW1204 in Parking at Port of Miami   
    While I hate parking at ports in general (I live in Boca but usually Uber to PortMiami and PortEverglades) I've never seen an issue with regard to a lack of spaces.
    You can drop off your family (and the bags) right in front of the terminal and then park.  This may make things a bit easier.  Each garage also has a number of disabled parking spaces.
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    monorailmedic reacted to AGSLC5 in RCCL vs CELEBRITY   
    Just thought I would share my opinion. I am 32 and I really like celebrity.. Sure its a more relaxed environment but I don't mind.. I find the food to be much better than Royal. I also find the beds more comfortable than Royal.. Also I am a gambler and I like that their casinos are totally NON SMOKING. This really is a plus for me.. They have the old style shows but I am ok with that. I know what I am getting when I go on celebrity. I like to mix it up I like Royal for certain trips and celebrity for certain trips.. But I don't think only old people have to go on it.. True I don't see many children but like I said I am in my early 30's and really enjoy it. I really suggest it for such places like Europe, Alaska, O Canada New England because they are more port intensive so less need for the extras that Royal provides.. 
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    monorailmedic reacted to Matt in Plugs   
    Woa, "friend" is a strong word. I'd say "guy from the internet that I can tolerate being downwind from occasionally"
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from JennyB in Limbo....Cuba!!!!   
    This thread has been locked due to continued political discussion, abrasive discord, and personal attacks.  For more information on changes in itineraries due to new Cuba travel restrictions, please check https://RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com and https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2019/06/05/royal-caribbean-cancels-all-scheduled-visits-cuba
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from carlosalonsor in Limbo....Cuba!!!!   
    This thread has been locked due to continued political discussion, abrasive discord, and personal attacks.  For more information on changes in itineraries due to new Cuba travel restrictions, please check https://RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com and https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2019/06/05/royal-caribbean-cancels-all-scheduled-visits-cuba
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Matt in Limbo....Cuba!!!!   
    This thread has been locked due to continued political discussion, abrasive discord, and personal attacks.  For more information on changes in itineraries due to new Cuba travel restrictions, please check https://RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com and https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2019/06/05/royal-caribbean-cancels-all-scheduled-visits-cuba
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Jaymac Radio in Limbo....Cuba!!!!   
    This thread has been locked due to continued political discussion, abrasive discord, and personal attacks.  For more information on changes in itineraries due to new Cuba travel restrictions, please check https://RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com and https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2019/06/05/royal-caribbean-cancels-all-scheduled-visits-cuba
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from SpeedNoodles in Limbo....Cuba!!!!   
    This thread has been locked due to continued political discussion, abrasive discord, and personal attacks.  For more information on changes in itineraries due to new Cuba travel restrictions, please check https://RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com and https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2019/06/05/royal-caribbean-cancels-all-scheduled-visits-cuba
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from rjac in Limbo....Cuba!!!!   
    This thread has been locked due to continued political discussion, abrasive discord, and personal attacks.  For more information on changes in itineraries due to new Cuba travel restrictions, please check https://RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com and https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2019/06/05/royal-caribbean-cancels-all-scheduled-visits-cuba
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Jaymac Radio in Limbo....Cuba!!!!   
    Moderator Note
    As Matt mentioned just a bit ago, political discussion, well-intentioned or not, is not welcome on the boards.  There are plenty of logistics and other legitimate questions and discussion on the changes to itineraries scheduled to visit Cuba - please keep the discussions on these topics.  No one is likely to sway others' political opinions, and any effort should be made somewhere that is *not* RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com.  
    I realize some discussion is good-natured banter, but to prevent issues please stick to this restriction.  We don't want to freeze the thread, but will if political discussion continues.  Feel free to message me with any questions.
    Thanks!
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from SpeedNoodles in Limbo....Cuba!!!!   
    Moderator Note
    As Matt mentioned just a bit ago, political discussion, well-intentioned or not, is not welcome on the boards.  There are plenty of logistics and other legitimate questions and discussion on the changes to itineraries scheduled to visit Cuba - please keep the discussions on these topics.  No one is likely to sway others' political opinions, and any effort should be made somewhere that is *not* RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com.  
    I realize some discussion is good-natured banter, but to prevent issues please stick to this restriction.  We don't want to freeze the thread, but will if political discussion continues.  Feel free to message me with any questions.
    Thanks!
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from JennyB in Limbo....Cuba!!!!   
    Moderator Note
    As Matt mentioned just a bit ago, political discussion, well-intentioned or not, is not welcome on the boards.  There are plenty of logistics and other legitimate questions and discussion on the changes to itineraries scheduled to visit Cuba - please keep the discussions on these topics.  No one is likely to sway others' political opinions, and any effort should be made somewhere that is *not* RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com.  
    I realize some discussion is good-natured banter, but to prevent issues please stick to this restriction.  We don't want to freeze the thread, but will if political discussion continues.  Feel free to message me with any questions.
    Thanks!
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Matt in Limbo....Cuba!!!!   
    Moderator Note
    As Matt mentioned just a bit ago, political discussion, well-intentioned or not, is not welcome on the boards.  There are plenty of logistics and other legitimate questions and discussion on the changes to itineraries scheduled to visit Cuba - please keep the discussions on these topics.  No one is likely to sway others' political opinions, and any effort should be made somewhere that is *not* RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com.  
    I realize some discussion is good-natured banter, but to prevent issues please stick to this restriction.  We don't want to freeze the thread, but will if political discussion continues.  Feel free to message me with any questions.
    Thanks!
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from Yo2slick in USB Charging Stations   
    This is simply a matter of them going off only what they can see in an xray.  I had to get our bag from downstairs on one of our Edge sailings.  They asked if I had a power strip, I explained I didn't.  As we opened the bag they asked me if I was sure, I explained that yes, I was quite sure, as I packed the bag and they've not yet looked in it.  It turns out it was my spouse's hair iron.  Long metal object with a cord, which on xray, looks like a power strip - reasonable observation on their part and no big deal for me.  It did make us put that iron in our carry-on when we sailed the next couple times to help ensure we didn't have our bag delayed again.
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from JLMoran in Summit Revolution   
    Agreed.  This was my first thought as well  (wrote about it here).  I suspect that for this reason it will be more popular towards the end of cruises.  That said, there are some (like me) who don't end up going int he water at all on a cruise.  I'm not averse to it (I swam competitively and love the water), I just spend my cruise time differently.  Maybe I'll find out if they have day one specials for this reason 😉
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    monorailmedic got a reaction from spiralqueen in USB Charging Stations   
    This is simply a matter of them going off only what they can see in an xray.  I had to get our bag from downstairs on one of our Edge sailings.  They asked if I had a power strip, I explained I didn't.  As we opened the bag they asked me if I was sure, I explained that yes, I was quite sure, as I packed the bag and they've not yet looked in it.  It turns out it was my spouse's hair iron.  Long metal object with a cord, which on xray, looks like a power strip - reasonable observation on their part and no big deal for me.  It did make us put that iron in our carry-on when we sailed the next couple times to help ensure we didn't have our bag delayed again.
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