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Attention Frequent Floaters

Pay attention to the interwebs tomorrow, as according to Royal Caribbean’s PR Twitter feed, we can expect a major announcement about their upcoming Project Sunshine vessels sometime tomorrow. Could we finally get a glimpse of what these new ships are going to look like? I’ve got nothing but rampant speculation, so I can’t wait to see what the company has to say. My guess: we’ll see the logical extension of the Freedom Class vessels incorporating features from Oasis. And my money is on RCL introducing something brand new and unique to Project Sunshine too. Stay tuned.

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The Ultimate Word on Celebrity Reflection

As you are probably aware, MrsMJ and I completed a 14-night cruise aboard the beautiful new Celebrity Reflection back in November. I posted a bit of an initial review at that time, and have since posted some additional photographs from our cruise. With my “Ultimate Word on Celebrity Reflection” post, I’ll be bringing everything into one cohesive tome, for your review and perusal prior to what I expect will be an enjoyable cruise should you choose to book Celebrity Reflection. Getting to the Port of Venice Cruise Terminal In celebration of MrsMJonTravel’s birthday, we actually traveled to Italy a few days early where we spent one night in Rome, followed by 3 nights in Florence. We spent our time in…

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Reader Question: Which Credit Card Do You Use For Cruising?

A reader writes: Hey Marshall, I enjoy reading your blog and also enjoy traveling and…CRUISING (esp. with Celebrity!)!  I thought you would like to know the current season of Top Chef (Seattle) will have an episode where they cook on the Celebrity Millennium during an Alaska itinerary.  Do you have a credit card you recommend using to pay for cruises (free insurance/trip interruption/etc)?  Keep up the good work! Thank you very much, MJ Responds: Hi there. Thank you for your email. I had seen a couple of advertisements for that Top Chef episode. Looks like fun. Credit cards and cruises are a trick. There is no one perfect solution, and I am not aware of any card that provides the kind…

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On “Cruise Illness”

One of the the questions I get more than any other from first time cruisers, or people just thinking about taking their first cruise is what about “that virus thing?” That virus thing, known as Norovirus is on the television news as I type this post, in fact, as Cunard’s Queen Mary II has apparently been stricken with a higher than average number of sick passengers. My friend, The Weekly Flyer, over at Points, Miles, and Martini’s sent me this article and I thought it was worth a blog. I also think it’s worth noting that in the case of the Queen Mary II, approximately 200 passengers and crew have contracted Norovirus, but the total number of passengers and crew…

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Updated – More Reflections on Celebrity Reflection

Updated with more pictures. I posted a bit of a mini review/initial impressions of Celebrity Reflection here. I included a few photos in that post. Since then, I have managed to upload more photos. Rather than wait until I complete my comprehensive review, I thought I would get the photos I have ready online now for those of you that are interested. My photos are organized by port of call, with a couple of specialized folders containing ship pictures, restaurants, etc. Here’s what I have so far. I will update the links as I get the photos ready to go, and include the index in my overall review. In the meantime, if you have any questions about Reflection, please comment to…

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More Reflections on Celebrity Reflection

I posted a bit of a mini review/initial impressions of Celebrity Reflection here. I included a few photos in that post. Since then, I have managed to upload more photos. Rather than wait until I complete my comprehensive review, I thought I would get the photos I have ready online now for those of you that are interested. My photos are organized by port of call, with a couple of specialized folders containing ship pictures, restaurants, etc. Here’s what I have so far. I will update the links as I get the photos ready to go, and include the index in my overall review. In the meantime, if you have any questions about Reflection, please comment to the blog, or…

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Random Musing – This Week at MJ on Travel

Things are busy here at MJ on Travel, but I do have a few things to say. Just a reminder that the Chicago Seminars are coming up this weekend, and I couldn’t be more excited. As you know, I am speaking Saturday evening at a session entitled The Cruising Crowd with Marshall Jackson. In fact, I’m finishing up the presentation for our session tonight. I will be hitting the highlights on why I think cruising is a great vacation value, and offer some tips and tricks to help make sure you enjoy your first cruise or your 50th! Even if you aren’t attending my session, I hope you will say hello if you see me around the seminar. Later this…

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Chicago Seminars – Any Particular Cruising Topics You Have in Mind?

As you may know, I am presenting at this fall’s Chicago Seminars. The session is titled “The Cruising Crowd with Marshall Jackson.” That’s a pretty good session title and I’m looking forward to meeting those of you who will be attending. I have some ideas about what I want to say, and I’m leaning towards calling my presentation “Vacation 101: Frequent Floating for the Frequent Flier.” Looking forward to talking about the basics of cruising, the do’s and don’ts, and giving a little 411 on life as a cruiser. I’ll be taking questions during the presentation, and will answer anything, but I thought I’d post this. Is there anything specific that those of you who will be participating in the…

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Pretty Good Last-Minute Cruise Deals From Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean launched its July Extended Sales event today with some pretty decent deals on short-notice cruises. Lots of itineraries ranging from 3-night Bahamas weekenders to 12-night Mediterranean cruises. If you still haven’t settled on your summer vacation plans, consider cruising. Click here for details. If I wasn’t committed to an extensive cruise this fall, I’d be all over one of these. Good pricing from my favorite cruise line. Offer ends July 6, 2012.

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The Chicago Seminars and The Cruising Crowd with Marshall Jackson

I know many of you are attending the Chicago Seminars in October. I know I am, and I can’t wait!!!! I attended the first seminars and it was a great experience. The only reason I missed the 2011 seminars is because I was on…..a cruise! Actually, back to back cruises aboard the world’s largest cruise ship, Allure of the Seas. In any event, the Seminars are a great event, and a big gathering of miles and point junkies from all over the world. All the greats will be there like One Mile at a Time, MommyPoints, and The Points Guy presenting on all the latest tips and tricks to maximize your miles and points. There’s also some guy named Marshall…

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