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View Poll Results: If you answered yes to question #1, would you be willing to have your cruise fare increased by $20
Yes 10 90.91%
No 1 9.09%
Only if they let me sneak soda and booze aboard 0 0%
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:53 AM
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Okay gang, I have been talking with Cruise Fanatic (aka Jan) and it looks like we can narrow it down further to the Inspiration out of Tampa. Why? 1) It is a Thurs-Monday cruise therefore we might get more people willing to do it if they don't have to take off so much work. (And the same for taking kids out of school). 2) A lot of people seem to use South West airlines. They fly direct into TPA, where they don't fly into MIA but FLL, which would cost more to transport down to MIA. 3) The Inspiration is going through a refurbishment later this year so it would be nice and fresh for us if we cruise in January 2008.

Since the idea is also to raise funds for a charity - keep in mind the price will be increased to help raise funds. I suggest $20 because on a 4-day cruise that is what Carnival would match up to ($5 for each day).

This is a nice little cruise with 2 days at sea and just one port - Cozumel. Pricing looks good for the cruise and air is also good. Even from LAX to TPA, it is around $350 round trip with Delta and can be much less with Southwest.
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:48 AM
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Sorry for the no vote...I just needed a cruise later in the year! Ya'll have a good time though!
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Old 04-03-2007, 12:35 PM
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I am also sorry; the vacation cycle at my job runs from March 25 to March 25; I am using my 20 vacation days on my cruises this month and in June; I will not have any more time off availabe until after March 25, 2008; and I have a cruise booked in early April.

I would really hate to miss it but I know accomodating everybody is impossible. My hope is maybe there are enough that can't travel that soon that it can be put off until later in the year.

Either way, God Bless you all that are putting so much effort into putting this together.
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Old 04-03-2007, 12:39 PM
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Same with me, would love to do it but 1/08 is a little too soon for me. We dont have Southwest Airlines in Minnesota either. I would have to do something in 2009 as my vacations are plotted out for this year. We are thinking about another Alaska cruise. Sounds crazy, but I have no desire to go anywhere else, except the Panama Canal.
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Old 04-03-2007, 12:45 PM
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This is a trial balloon - nothing is set yet. We are trying to gauge interest. And unfortunately, yes, whatever we do won't work for everyone.
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:20 PM
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Like others, Jan of 08 will be too soon. Most of December is time off due to the holiday's and January is too soon to be taking more time off. Though the idea of the Thurs to Monday cruise is great. If it were pushed back into mid to late Feburary it would be better and still avoid the Spring break season.
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:25 PM
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Well this idea is rapidly heading for the trash can!
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:26 PM
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My Cruise agent has the following gaurantee cabins for this itinerary:

Inside - $ 140
Outside - $ 180
Balcony - $ 480 and $ 580 (deck 11)
Taxes - $ 126

Airfare booked with cruise from MSP...$ 480!
I'm sure we can do better with airfare, maybe Airtran. I am more flexible with the time factor.
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Old 04-03-2007, 03:09 PM
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I would love to do the ship and itinerary; but I do not yet know if the dates will work.
Happy cruising!
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Old 04-03-2007, 07:37 PM
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This is a great site I would dearly love to come on this cruise and meet all the fab people who have corresponded with me since last September but unfortunately the distance is too great for 4 days. It takes over 24 hours of traveling just to get to LAX and then theres the extra distance to get to Tampa. Oh well! maybe some other time.
hope your planning goes well, 5 days to go till we depart for the UK.
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