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This thread is intended to be a Thank You to Michelle C. from MEI for her extraordinary work in making a dream come true for us !

If I haven't made it clear before, let me reassert now, that a good Travel Agent can make things happen that you just never thought you would be able to do !

These 2 cruises on Anthem, Feb 15-23 and Feb 23-3 March 2019 began as lowly inside stateroom casino comped rooms. All we would have had to pay was the taxes and gratuities and we could have been on our way for 16 days for nearly -0- cost.  But Michelle immediately upgraded these inside rooms to balcony rooms for us for a very nominal amount (less than $100 each).  She was able to find us a nice location on deck 12 where we could have the same room on both cruises, which is a nice touch...no need to change rooms.  They remained that way for some weeks...until I asked Michelle to check and find out how much an upgrade to a JS would be for the first half of the B2B.  She came back with a very reasonable upgrade charge, so we upgraded the first cruise to a JS on deck 13 and remained in the original balcony room for the second half of the B2B.  Then one day I noticed that a Grand Loft Suite (GLS) had popped up on the first half of the cruise (there had been no Star Class suites available on either of these cruises when we first booked).  Thinking that there was no WAY we could afford to upgrade AGAIN, AGAIN I asked Michelle to just call and ask.  At this time I was on a biz trip (I think I was in Reno at the time !) so even with the time difference, she was so helpful.  Sure enough, the price was very attractive, so I pulled the trigger and had her upgrade the first cruise from the JS to the GLS.  YIPPEE !!!  I was now going to be Star Class for the first half of the B2B.  I was in heaven !  ...and wouldn't you know it...shortly after that, another GLS became available on the second half of the B2B and she once again worked her magic and we snagged that one, too !!  ...both of these B2B Star Class cruises together were about half the cost of 1 SC cruise by itself !  They are different suites, so we will have to move from deck 8 to deck 10 on the turnaround but I'm hoping that we can keep the same Genie.  I have no idea how something like that works.  It will be our first B2B and now both of them will be in Star Class.  Can it get any better than this ?

While Michelle was certainly instrumental in getting all of this accomplished for us, I have to also give credit to the Club Royale people with whom she worked.  ...but Michelle was dogged in her pursuit of this dream on our behalf.  If she didn't like the price that one agent gave her, she would call back again and again until she got the price she thought we should get...until it was all done.  I know I wore her out with all of the calling and rebooking that she was doing.  But once again, she has come through for us and I am so very grateful.

Great job, Michelle.  Thank you !

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Congratulations!  I have always wanted to book a Star class and with the "free" cruise through casino royale the price isn't terrible but my only issue is, I have NO idea what I would use the Genie for!!  As it is, we never even bother our concierge in our sky class suites so I haven't been willing to pull the trigger.  Would love to hear how it goes and how you liked the room!

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3 hours ago, ellcee said:

Amazing! You'll have to blog your experience! (can you please?)

I would do this except I don’t want to drag my lapotop onto the ship and I know I could never tap out a good blog from my iPad. Maybe I will try to figure out what I would need to make a keyboard work with my iPad. I’ve never bothered with it before. Maybe it’s time...

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On 10/1/2018 at 1:55 PM, WAAAYTOOO said:

This thread is intended to be a Thank You to Michelle C. from MEI for her extraordinary work in making a dream come true for us !

If I haven't made it clear before, let me reassert now, that a good Travel Agent can make things happen that you just never thought you would be able to do !

These 2 cruises on Anthem, Feb 15-23 and Feb 23-3 March 2019 began as lowly inside stateroom casino comped rooms. All we would have had to pay was the taxes and gratuities and we could have been on our way for 16 days for nearly -0- cost.  But Michelle immediately upgraded these inside rooms to balcony rooms for us for a very nominal amount (less than $100 each).  She was able to find us a nice location on deck 12 where we could have the same room on both cruises, which is a nice touch...no need to change rooms.  They remained that way for some weeks...until I asked Michelle to check and find out how much an upgrade to a JS would be for the first half of the B2B.  She came back with a very reasonable upgrade charge, so we upgraded the first cruise to a JS on deck 13 and remained in the original balcony room for the second half of the B2B.  Then one day I noticed that a Grand Loft Suite (GLS) had popped up on the first half of the cruise (there had been no Star Class suites available on either of these cruises when we first booked).  Thinking that there was no WAY we could afford to upgrade AGAIN, AGAIN I asked Michelle to just call and ask.  At this time I was on a biz trip (I think I was in Reno at the time !) so even with the time difference, she was so helpful.  Sure enough, the price was very attractive, so I pulled the trigger and had her upgrade the first cruise from the JS to the GLS.  YIPPEE !!!  I was now going to be Star Class for the first half of the B2B.  I was in heaven !  ...and wouldn't you know it...shortly after that, another GLS became available on the second half of the B2B and she once again worked her magic and we snagged that one, too !!  ...both of these B2B Star Class cruises together were about half the cost of 1 SC cruise by itself !  They are different suites, so we will have to move from deck 8 to deck 10 on the turnaround but I'm hoping that we can keep the same Genie.  I have no idea how something like that works.  It will be our first B2B and now both of them will be in Star Class.  Can it get any better than this ?

While Michelle was certainly instrumental in getting all of this accomplished for us, I have to also give credit to the Club Royale people with whom she worked.  ...but Michelle was dogged in her pursuit of this dream on our behalf.  If she didn't like the price that one agent gave her, she would call back again and again until she got the price she thought we should get...until it was all done.  I know I wore her out with all of the calling and rebooking that she was doing.  But once again, she has come through for us and I am so very grateful.

Great job, Michelle.  Thank you !

What an awesome story. Those Club Royale agents are not easy as we know. I  feel like I have talked to at least 30 different people and every time I have got 30 different answers. Plus B2B on Anthem sounds like Heaven. I really love that ship I hope you have a fabulous time. Cant wait to hear your opinion when you return. 

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I'm glad this worked out for you, I haven't done Star class (January 2019 on Allure) and have not been on Anthem (July 2019 Group Cruise, Sky class), so I will have one of those experiences down by the time you will go so I can somewhat relate.

Michelle, does rock though she just saved me a chunk on a South Pacific 2020 cruise.

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On ‎10‎/‎1‎/‎2018 at 1:55 PM, WAAAYTOOO said:

This thread is intended to be a Thank You to Michelle C. from MEI for her extraordinary work in making a dream come true for us !

If I haven't made it clear before, let me reassert now, that a good Travel Agent can make things happen that you just never thought you would be able to do !

These 2 cruises on Anthem, Feb 15-23 and Feb 23-3 March 2019 began as lowly inside stateroom casino comped rooms. All we would have had to pay was the taxes and gratuities and we could have been on our way for 16 days for nearly -0- cost.  But Michelle immediately upgraded these inside rooms to balcony rooms for us for a very nominal amount (less than $100 each).  She was able to find us a nice location on deck 12 where we could have the same room on both cruises, which is a nice touch...no need to change rooms.  They remained that way for some weeks...until I asked Michelle to check and find out how much an upgrade to a JS would be for the first half of the B2B.  She came back with a very reasonable upgrade charge, so we upgraded the first cruise to a JS on deck 13 and remained in the original balcony room for the second half of the B2B.  Then one day I noticed that a Grand Loft Suite (GLS) had popped up on the first half of the cruise (there had been no Star Class suites available on either of these cruises when we first booked).  Thinking that there was no WAY we could afford to upgrade AGAIN, AGAIN I asked Michelle to just call and ask.  At this time I was on a biz trip (I think I was in Reno at the time !) so even with the time difference, she was so helpful.  Sure enough, the price was very attractive, so I pulled the trigger and had her upgrade the first cruise from the JS to the GLS.  YIPPEE !!!  I was now going to be Star Class for the first half of the B2B.  I was in heaven !  ...and wouldn't you know it...shortly after that, another GLS became available on the second half of the B2B and she once again worked her magic and we snagged that one, too !!  ...both of these B2B Star Class cruises together were about half the cost of 1 SC cruise by itself !  They are different suites, so we will have to move from deck 8 to deck 10 on the turnaround but I'm hoping that we can keep the same Genie.  I have no idea how something like that works.  It will be our first B2B and now both of them will be in Star Class.  Can it get any better than this ?

While Michelle was certainly instrumental in getting all of this accomplished for us, I have to also give credit to the Club Royale people with whom she worked.  ...but Michelle was dogged in her pursuit of this dream on our behalf.  If she didn't like the price that one agent gave her, she would call back again and again until she got the price she thought we should get...until it was all done.  I know I wore her out with all of the calling and rebooking that she was doing.  But once again, she has come through for us and I am so very grateful.

Great job, Michelle.  Thank you !

wow- thank you for this true vote of confidence and for the post - I love finding the deal and the Casino people were great both times in really getting this set up for us.  SO SO happy you will be able to live out this dream - and like I said before - happy to come along :-)

Happy sailing - and yes, this was kind of fun too, to see what we could do - happy for text messaging!

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