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    FManke got a reaction from PRebecca in The WAITING struggle...   
    That's when the pools and beaches open here.
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    FManke got a reaction from USCG Teacher in How does pp credit for Izumi and Playmakers work with UDP   
    Mo sushi...Mo better!
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    FManke got a reaction from JLMoran in Where are the 2020 cruise port schedules?   
    We loved Peggy's Cove, although it was very crowded that day in port. If I remember correctly, there were at least 3 ships in port that day. You should have a good day, if you guys are the only ones in port. Enjoy!
    Happy cruising!
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    FManke reacted to rjac in Where are the 2020 cruise port schedules?   
    They heard you are coming..........
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    FManke reacted to JLMoran in How early do you book?   
    I try to book the cruise as soon as the itinerary is announced, especially if it's anything exotic or that I suspect will be really popular; all but certain the cruise fare will only go up with those. I deal with the flights later on if / as needed.
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    FManke reacted to teddy in How early do you book?   
    ....there's something fun about booking a cruise while on a cruise.....
     
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    FManke reacted to Jolly Ogre in How early do you book?   
    Well I book ASAP...my Dec 2020 cruise I booked Feb of 2019 and my Jan 2022 I booked Dec 2019.
    This way every time I am on a cruise I will book not the next one but the one after that...I will always have one booked and looking forward to it. 
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    FManke got a reaction from Matt in Advice for Repricing   
    danette.leblanc@mei-travel.com
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    FManke got a reaction from DunkelBierJay in How early do you book?   
    I did sign up for price alerts on Skyscanner. I found that they didn't always notify me in a timely manner, maybe once a week when prices were changing almost daily. I did use them to track flights on my own. I got R/T to Venice from ORD, premium economy, non-stop there with a 1hr40min layover on the way back with British Airways for cheaper than economy is going for now with the exact same flights, about three weeks later. Lucky? Maybe? Probably wouldn't have caught the deal if I wasn't such a cyber stalker!
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    FManke got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Advice for Repricing   
    When you cruise in the future and use a TA, make sure your TA does repricing. As stated on some other threads here, not all TA's provide that service and make sure your TA doesn't charge you. They get a commission from RC so their services should be free to you, at least where booking a RC cruise is concerned. If they want to charge you, they are not the TA for you. I would like to put a plug in for Danette, from MEI. She has repriced my current cruise twice, without me asking, and saved me $1400!
    Happy Cruising!
     
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    FManke got a reaction from Baked Alaska in How early do you book?   
    I booked our Oct 2020 Greek cruise in April 2019. I was willing to pay the going rate, because I got the cabin category, JS and cabin location, Deck 8 aft corner, I wanted. That being said, my TA has already repriced the cruise twice, saving us $1400.
    I have watched the flights pretty regularly once they were released at 330 days out. Being that they are overseas flights, I'm not sure how much of a difference that makes, but pulled the trigger about 3 weeks ago, when I saw what I though was a great price, compared to what I had seen in the past. As of today, those exact tickets have more than doubled in price. Will they drop below what I paid? Not sure. That's out of my hands now.
    The combination of savings between the cruise repricing and airfare savings afforded us an extra night in Venice pre-cruise and left some money our pockets for spending money. Sounds like a good deal to me.
    Happy Cruising!
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    FManke reacted to SteveinSC in The WAITING struggle...   
    Id eat Giordanos pizza in a down right frigid breeze.... 
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    FManke got a reaction from whitsmom in How early do you book?   
    I booked our Oct 2020 Greek cruise in April 2019. I was willing to pay the going rate, because I got the cabin category, JS and cabin location, Deck 8 aft corner, I wanted. That being said, my TA has already repriced the cruise twice, saving us $1400.
    I have watched the flights pretty regularly once they were released at 330 days out. Being that they are overseas flights, I'm not sure how much of a difference that makes, but pulled the trigger about 3 weeks ago, when I saw what I though was a great price, compared to what I had seen in the past. As of today, those exact tickets have more than doubled in price. Will they drop below what I paid? Not sure. That's out of my hands now.
    The combination of savings between the cruise repricing and airfare savings afforded us an extra night in Venice pre-cruise and left some money our pockets for spending money. Sounds like a good deal to me.
    Happy Cruising!
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    FManke got a reaction from Ampurp85 in The WAITING struggle...   
    That's when the pools and beaches open here.
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    FManke got a reaction from AnnetteJackson in Advice for Repricing   
    When you cruise in the future and use a TA, make sure your TA does repricing. As stated on some other threads here, not all TA's provide that service and make sure your TA doesn't charge you. They get a commission from RC so their services should be free to you, at least where booking a RC cruise is concerned. If they want to charge you, they are not the TA for you. I would like to put a plug in for Danette, from MEI. She has repriced my current cruise twice, without me asking, and saved me $1400!
    Happy Cruising!
     
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    FManke got a reaction from SteveinSC in The WAITING struggle...   
    That's when the pools and beaches open here.
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    FManke got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in The WAITING struggle...   
    That's when the pools and beaches open here.
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    FManke got a reaction from brianmorris in Lesson Learned   
    Well that's better than nothing and something that RC didn't have to do.
    I feel that's always going to be the dilemma with booking cruises. You always have to balance what you are willing to spend and how early you are wanting to book vs. waiting for a better price and potentially not getting the cabin category or cabin location you want.
    After the 90 days, all bets are off as RC is going to try and move any unsold cabins at any cost. 
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    FManke reacted to SteveinSC in The WAITING struggle...   
    It must be 50 degrees or above to grill. South Carolina law. 
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    FManke got a reaction from SteveinSC in The WAITING struggle...   
    If I feel like grilling, I've been known to shovel a path to the grill. Puts a little bit of summer into a cold Chicago winter.
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    FManke got a reaction from SteveinSC in The WAITING struggle...   
    Putting the furniture back out on the deck today. Supposed to be 38 today here in Chicago! 😁
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    FManke got a reaction from SteveinSC in The WAITING struggle...   
    Not if you are @SteveinSC! 😁
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    FManke got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in The WAITING struggle...   
    If I feel like grilling, I've been known to shovel a path to the grill. Puts a little bit of summer into a cold Chicago winter.
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    FManke got a reaction from shaydav19 in Cococay Weight Limits   
    Good luck on your weight loss! 
    The last two times I was motivated to lose weight for a vacation was years ago, when we took the kids to Disney World. I wasn't going to pay all that money and not be able to comfortably fit on all the rides and in 2017 for our first RC cruise. Both times I dropped 50lbs in about 6mos.  You can do whatever you want when you are highly motivated! You can do it!
    Happy cruising!
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    FManke reacted to Ampurp85 in The WAITING struggle...   
    @FManke I was literally just telling my brother this is barbecuing weather😂
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