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  1. Doc reverted. Looks like someone needed to double check the header name before editing the worksheet.
  2. For sure. I just felt it needed to be pointed out because most status match programs with other industries/services just give you the status but not the corresponding nights. For example, I have Marriott Gold via the credit card, but it doesn't give me the corresponding total elite nights for that status, so if I want to make Lifetime Gold or Platinum, I still need to accrue those normally.
  3. TBH giving you the points to get you to the status is much better than just giving you that status, as it makes it much easier for you to get to the next level of status. Only problem with MSC's program is that you need to cruise with them once every...3 years, was it? Because your status will expire otherwise.
  4. Welp, it's down again to 44.5/share, likely due to overall market uncertainty shenanigans.
  5. Surely you meant "also partake in the local "baijiu". Some of them will make Granny's moonshine smooth as a glass of cool water "
  6. Jeez, did someone at MSC have a horrible experience at a Marriott property or something?
  7. The blurry residue obscuring the window from about 0:04 of that video seems like the biggest argument against an OV for Alaska unless it's significantly cheaper than going balcony.
  8. Is it the waters between Cabo and LA, or between LA and SF as seems to be implied by other posts?
  9. No, but the flights themselves aren't too different from each other. Ooh, posturing, how fun! Seriously though, your favorite lines include high-end luxury lines like Windstar, Oceania, and Seabourn. Clearly you do expect expect the cruise line to do much more than provide you with transportation, food, and board.
  10. Do people generally find balconies necessary for Caribbean, Mediterranean, Mexican Riviera, or Panama Canal itineraries?
  11. I was kind of considering LA/Long Beach/SD to be the same area, as they're not too far from each other. Hmm, might need to look into Southwest, then.
  12. I'm sure that sounded a lot more worldly and sophisticated in your head, rather than "I like throwing away money for no reason". Don't know about you, but my money on a cruise goes towards an enjoyable vacation. The cruise lines are hardly doing me a favor by granting me the privilege of cruising; they're providing a service that I pay money for, and if a specific itinerary doesn't offer as much value as another one, why would I pick the former over the latter? Now if I were to lower myself into the mud pit of generational mudslinging, I could point out how the Boomers turned American dynamism into stagnation, inequality, and bipartisan fiasco...but that's neither here nor there. Instead I'll simply point out that the NY Post article seems to treat the Boomers' formative experience of railing against their parents' lack of understanding about drugs and premarital sex and rock and roll, as well as their later divorce rates, as somehow less worthy of contempt compared to what's ultimately merely some perceived immaturity caused in large part by the vividness fallacy. Then what do you expect from the cruise line? A mere three square meals and a cot?
  13. Welp, looks like it's holding steady for the past 2 days. Just went in on 100 shares in my Roth so I can enjoy delicious tax free dividends and eventual onboard credit.
  14. So just so I'm understanding correctly, it's 5% off whatever price paid, regardless of whether it's booked directly or through a third party vendor? If you book third party, do you need to then contact MSC for this or is it automatic as long as your loyalty ID is provided?
  15. So if I'm understanding correctly: Going southbound from Bay all the way to Cabo is fine. Going from Cabo to LA is fine. Going from LA further north is chop?
  16. Addendum: Anyone ever try to match IGH Platinum (acquirable from credit card), Wyndham Diamond (matchable from various hotel statuses), or Caesar's Diamond (matchable from Wyndham Diamond)?
  17. Ah...does that mean there were two Gold statuses submitted and one matched to Classic and the other to Silver? Any update as to what they matched you to?
  18. What I'm currently seeing is that flights in and out of LAX run somewhere between 100-190 per person, which sometimes results in a price differential that makes the flight cheaper, although there are still baggage fees and fuel surcharges to account for. The total trip time is somewhat similar due to needing to get to the airport early and also waiting to get out of the airport. On the other hand, driving down to LA incurs both a cost for parking/gas and also wear and tear on the car. Does leaving out of LA actually give you that much extra time in a port? From what I recall it's about an hour or two at most? Choppy waters along the Pacific from SD to Seattle is definitely something for us to think about. To what extent is that not the case from Cabo to LA?
  19. I'd argue that balconies are actually pretty good to have for Alaska cruises, where you can get good views of glaciers and such without having to push your way in front of lots of people (and also without a window in the way of good photos). So basically, it seems like balcony isn't completely necessary if there aren't places specifically known for "omg byootiful coastlines" and also if getting the occasional breath of fresh air isn't a hard need. We may try one of those for Mexican Riviera or Caribbean.
  20. Do you find that this 5% discount is generally better than whatever discounts/kickbacks/perks are obtained from using a booking portal or travel agent?
  21. Hi Caribill, could you share with us how you came by the valuations for how many cents/share a, b, c, and d should actually be worth? Probably going in on another 50 shares to make my 100 soon.
  22. If we are looking at the luxury lines, Seabourn awards levels based on days sailed. 140 to get to a complimentary cruise. http://staging.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/seabourn/clubpointsbenefits2017/stage.php?device=accessible https://www.seabourn.com/en_US/faq.about.904.html
  23. Current close at 46.63. Any bets as to whether it'll continue sinking?
  24. I notice that some of the itineraries have airfare included, just wondering if that's from anywhere or only if you are flying from the UK?
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