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Celebrity Cruises Enhancing Select Caribbean Itineraries with Overnight Stays

In some of the more interesting news in big ship Caribbean cruising in a while, Celebrity Cruises has announced that it is adding overnight stays to some of its Caribbean itineraries. While overnights aren’t unheard of for big ships, they tend to be in European ports. Celebrity’s Caribbean overnight program will begin in January 2016 and offer 40 sailings that have overnight stays in ports like Cartagena, Colombia; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Cozumel, Mexico; Aruba; Curacao and Barbados. (Image courtesy of Celebrity Cruises) According to Celebrity, “Guests and travel agents love our overnight program in Europe, Asia and around the world, and their feedback has been amazing. This demand led us to revisit our current Caribbean itineraries and add even more overnights in…

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F/A’s in Engines – What Is Happening to Us?

HT: FlyerTalk Posing inside the engine cowling of an airliner might not be the greatest idea in history right outside the terminal window, but I cannot fathom why on earth anyone would bother to call the local news station to ask if it is some kind of new preflight checklist item. I can’t prove it because I can’t find it, but yours truly might have posed in the nacelle of a 767 once upon a time. What on earth am I talking about? Apparently a Spirit Airlines flight attendant had someone snap a photo of her posing inside the nacelle of one of Spirit’s Airbii before a flight in Chicago. And then things got interesting. An enterprising passenger, as noted…

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Watch for This When Using Ultimate Rewards for Delta Tix

I was recently pricing some Delta travel from Fort Lauderdale, a big Spirit market, and stumbled across this. That’s a mighty attractive fare, but note that it’s a “Basic Economy” E fare. If you’re a Medallion flier that matters because you will essentially lose your biggest Medallion benefits if you buy it for this trip. No sweat as I would gladly pay an extra $15 for access to all the benefits of my Platinum Medallion status. Just for giggles, I decided to price the Delta flights using Ultimate Rewards points and here’s what I found. Notice something? Ultimate Rewards travel was about to sell me the $78.10 Basic Economy fare, not something I’m at all interested in. Granted, I did not…

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SkyMiles Regional Upgrades DO Work and They Are Appreciated

I recently penned a post on defining value in Atlanta. In that instance, Southwest won my business based on price. However, I alluded to price not always being the deciding factor in that post. In fact, I almost bought a Delta first class ticket, but given the length of flight, Southwest won the day on that one. That said, I remain a Delta SkyMiles Platinum Medallion. Whether one loves or loathes SkyMiles 2015, and whether you are earning more or fewer miles this year, Delta excels with the level of care provided to SkyMiles Medallions. Especially at the the Platinum and Diamond level….. extra-especially the Diamond level (so I’m told ). However, one area where Delta’s elite program historically lagged was the availability of…

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The Weekly Cruise Deal – May 26, 2015

I know I should probably title this post “The Not So Weekly Cruise Deal” given the dearth of appearances of late. The primary reason for that is pretty simple – I haven’t seen that much in the way of “deals” in my opinion. Further, I know I’ve mentioned to a few readers that I have a little something brewing with my cruise content, and that remains the case. It’s just taking a little longer than I’d expected. But on to the post. Poking around the interweb yesterday, I came across something I thought was worth sharing if you happen to be in the market for a quick weekend warm-up between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays this year. If you are a…

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On Delta, Southwest, and Defining Value in Atlanta

Living in Atlanta, I’m going to fly Delta. The End…sort of. I’ve called Delta an airline that does the right things well, and they are. The overwhelming majority of my Delta service experiences are top notch. But just saying that does not mean that I don’t occasionally look around. Recently, I experimented successfully (IMHO) with American in Atlanta. Then there are other little nuggets of opportunity….. like returning from Orlando after a quick summer getaway cruise. I spent this morning shopping for return flights as the flights down are already done and here’s what I found. Delta (MCO-ATL) Southwest (MCO-ATL) At some point, the miles and elite benefits matter a lot less than money in the bank. The lowest available Southwest…

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The Weekly Recap – May 24, 2015

Wishing you the best this Memorial Day weekend!!! Be sure to take some time to remember why we have a Memorial Day. Now, let’s take a look at the posts from last week at MJ on Travel. Silvercar – A Rental Experience that Doesn’t Suck A View I Did Not Love – Marriott Burbank My AAdvantage in Atlanta Experiment – The Conclusion Will AA Blow It’s AAdvantage? Back on Delta – Just to Lose My Comfort+ Seat Summer Travel Tips from MJ on Travel Stop Cruising? Not Blood Damn Likely! American Airlines First Class Dinner: LAX-ATL Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!! -MJ, May 24, 2015

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American Airlines First Class Dinner: LAX – ATL

I’m not sure any US airline gets as much attention on its catering as American. There are reasons for that, not the least of which is that American’s catering was historically a tiny bit better than the others. I caught a little heat for not finding as much fault with the famous beef dish last year as some others, aside from having too much gravy (goop? sauce?) and a slightly less than premium cut of meat. Knowing that American was implementing some improvements (undoing some of what it did) to catering beginning in May, I was excited to have a first class dinner flight booked recently on AA’s new nonstops from LAX to ATL. I had previously gotten to try some…

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Stop Cruising? Not Bloody Damn Likely!

Rene forwarded an interesting piece from Gizmodo on cruising. It’s catchy title? “Stop Going on Cruises.” Let’s start things off with a few choice quotes from the article. “Cruise ships are even worse than you think. ProPublica recently published a very alarming and downright dark interactive feature about health and safety on cruises. I’ll come right out and say it: Stop going on cruises. Don’t cruise. Don’t do it. As ProPublica’s Lena Groeger reports, “Almost every year, a child drowns in a cruise ship pool, most of which have no lifeguards.” Then there’s the 21-year-old college student who fell overboard at night and was never found. There’s always the chance of a deadly norovirus outbreak. One doctor, an infectious disease specialist, last year called for cruise ships…

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Summer Travel Tips from MJ on Travel

It’s Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the summer travel season….and also the time when I post my annual summer travel tips column. Enjoy your long weekend, but be sure to take a moment to reflect on why we have a Memorial Day! It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. What can I possibly be talking about? Summer travel season, of course! It’s the best because it’s summer, and it’s time to play. It’s the worst because that means the cherubs are all heading for the airport at the same time the rest of us are there, and it can challenge your patience…big time! Throw a thunderstorm or hurricane into the mix, and you’ve…

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