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RichYak

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  1. Last week I bid on a balcony->Owner's suite upgrade. I figured "what the heck" and tossed in a minimum bid. Do you all think it's possible that if my bid is accepted, I could end up in a 2BR Owners suite with no balcony? I wouldn't want that and I'm thinking of canceling my bid, just in case. EDIT: After further review, I think I'm reading the colors on the deck plans wrong. It looks like all the Owner's Suites have balconies. Carry on, nothing to see here.
  2. Reporting back... Total Rewards is matching Mlife Gold to TR Diamond from February 1, 2019 through the end of the year. Information on how and where at this link. Match to Wyndham Diamond and you can match back from Wyndham Diamond to TR Diamond when it expires in 2020. You can freely match back and forth online.
  3. The only one in question is the Mlife Gold - > Total Rewards Diamond in Atlantic City. I think they're still matching. I'll see what I can find out and report back. There was also one recent change with Hyatt Explorist matching. The 4 club access certificates are offered only for the first status match. You won't receive certs for future matches.
  4. I matched from Celebrity Select -> MLife Gold -> Hyatt Explorer. I also matched MLife Gold -> Total Rewards Diamond -> Wyndham Diamond. Some write-ups on the process here and here.
  5. RichYak

    Dinner: Early (6 p.m.) or late (8:30 p.m.)?

    I chose early seating for my upcoming 5-day January 2019 Caribbean cruise. Believe it or not, this was based mainly on sunset times for my dates--around 5:50pm. Grab a cocktail, watch the sunset with my wife, then wander over to the dining room for dinner. That sounds pretty appealing to me.
  6. I'm intrigued by the habanero and jalapeno drinks.
  7. RichYak

    Voom and Drinks on Sale Now

    I purchased the 2 Device plan for $18.99 last night as well. The Premium Drink plan dropped from $53pp with a sale banner to $50pp without a sale banner. Go figure. I'm holding out for something lower.
  8. Thanks for this. I found out more info. To qualify for this OBC you need to book at least 6 months prior to sailing. Also it's $100 for sailings 6 days or longer in balcony or suite. It's as low as $25 for 5 days in a non-balcony cabin. Here's another pdf, which has additional info than the one that Mikeandliz posted above. http://creative.rccl.com/Sales/Royal/LTYA_News/17056802_Nonrefundable_Overview_News.pdf
  9. Isn't there also $100 OBC from RCI for booking a non-refundable fare?
  10. It looks from the replies that there's value in one-way itineraries and gambling on board.
  11. You guys are rock stars, well done! I'm gonna feel awful when I pay up for a GS. :D
  12. I know there's a huge variance based on ship/itinerary. I'm just curious how low they can go. Is there a price point where you say, "Yeah, that's worth it!"?
  13. Oh, I didn't know about that. So all the early speculative bookings got canceled and all that's left are those who actually intend to go?
  14. I'm looking at Jewel OTS 1/27/19 out of Miami. Is there a reason why availability is so wide open? I've been away from cruising for a while, but this doesn't seem typical. Or is it? Thoughts?
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