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Absolutely crazy...Earlier this morning I was thinking about using a travel agent for our next cruise since it will be our first group cruise and I'd rather have someone else do the heavy lifting for a change.  I remembered MEI was recommended over here but didn't really want to take my chances without getting a recommendation for a specific agent.  So somebody already asked the question and it was fairly unanimously answered.  I think I'll be giving Michelle a call in the near future.

So thanks everyone, my work here is done!

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3 minutes ago, Ogalthorpe Haywood said:

Does MEI travel typically offer anything such as on board credit, pre paid gratuity, or specialty dining?

They have offers from time to time. In fact, with the new RC offer that began today for April, MEI is offering Kids sale Free sale PLUS MEI-Travel is doing another Pre Paid Gratuity on top of that.  It will run April 1 – 16 all new bookings.

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2 minutes ago, Ogalthorpe Haywood said:

Does MEI travel typically offer anything such as on board credit, pre paid gratuity, or specialty dining?

Hi there

Sometimes - you just have to ask your agent
We do often have Specialty Dining offers and Free Gratuities

FOR INSTANCE -Offer just started today 
Book in a Balcony stateroom or higher -and sail by 12/31/19
Free Gratuities for Guest 1 and 2 sharing a cabin.
New bookings only
Must book by 4/16/2019 with MEI-Travel to qualify

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37 minutes ago, Mrs. RoyalMoyal said:

SOOOO... is it better to book on board (it helps with cruise withdrawal) then transfer it to MEI, or just book with MEI to begin with?  Either way, I have next year's school and work holiday calendar packed.

 

so I think it is Always better to book onboard because they give you benefits and OBC that are great for you.  And they give you 30days
to make changes to the booking, without penalties so its a win/win I think.  They yes, transferring it an MEI Agent when you get
home is easy to do!  thanks for asking and for supporting Matt's blog.

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14 hours ago, Mrs. RoyalMoyal said:

SOOOO... is it better to book on board (it helps with cruise withdrawal) then transfer it to MEI, or just book with MEI to begin with?  Either way, I have next year's school and work holiday calendar packed.

 

When you book onboard it will automatically be assigned to the travel agency you used to book the current cruise you are sailing when you book onboard.  If you don't want that to happen and desire to change to MEI then make sure to inform NextCruise of that while booking on board.  

If your current cruise is booked directly with Royal with no travel agency involved, then you are free to transfer a NextCruise booking at will.

I've been told that once a cruise is paid in full it becomes difficult to transfer.  

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2 minutes ago, twangster said:

When you book onboard it will automatically be assigned to the travel agency you used to book the current cruise you are sailing when you book onboard.  If you don't want that to happen and desire to change to MEI then make sure to inform NextCruise of that while booking on board.  

If your current cruise is booked directly with Royal with no travel agency involved, then you are free to transfer a NextCruise booking at will.

I've been told that once a cruise is paid in full it becomes difficult to trans

fer.  

Yes, you are right - If your current cruise you are on is booked with an agency you DO not wish to stay with
Just tell the Next Cruise agent you do not want to work with any agency  - you just want Royal Caribbean
to maintain the booking

Then once you are home, you can transfer it to us at MEI-Travel.
We are happy to look at any take over cruises for you to take over!  
Thanks for the support

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11 minutes ago, TotalF said:

Any reason us norwegians couldn't/shouldn"t use an american TA such as MEI?

We used a local TA for our first trip on RCCL and I really feel that I could have done a better job researching our cruise. 

I know that MEI can serve customers in Europe so I believe the answer is "yes" !!!  You won't regret it.

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On 3/21/2019 at 9:47 AM, WAAAYTOOO said:

The official rule is 60 days however Michelle has managed to switch reservations for us that were WELL over 60 days old.  You just have to get a TA who knows all the tricks !!

Hey there, 

In the past we have been able to work some reservations to MEI past the 60 days but at this time Royal is no longer allowing any exceptions to this rule so its really important if you want to work with a travel planner, that you transfer that booking before it has existed for 60 days.

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Its been a few weeks since I have had time to jump over here to the boards to see what is up - and MAN - this was a great string to read.

Thank you all for the shout outs to the team of agents that work on the RCCL Blog team.  All of the agents on the team work together to help you all get the best price for your reservations.  With as many sales as Royal has, it takes the help of others to make this work.

Whether you reach out to one of the agents directly, come to me and ask for a recommendation or submit a request - we are all happy to help you with your travel plans.

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On 4/12/2020 at 1:00 PM, TotalF said:

Any reason us norwegians couldn't/shouldn"t use an american TA such as MEI?

We used a local TA for our first trip on RCCL and I really feel that I could have done a better job researching our cruise. 

We can certainly help out!  You would have to book in US$ but other than that we can help you!

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