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Old March 12th, 2012, 12:49 AM
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Old March 12th, 2012, 05:37 PM
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We have 3 times. First 2 times were great, this last guy I don't care so much for. He's cost us some early saver price matching for OBC. I love buying insurance through the company USAA advertises. For our trip next week we paid $44 total for insurance and it's their second highest plan (of 4 plans). For giggles I checked the prices if we didn't go through USAA and the cheapest, kind of crappy plan that doesn't cover much was $44. So we definitely got a good deal there.
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Old March 17th, 2012, 03:17 PM
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Thank you. I never thought to book thru USAA.
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Old April 30th, 2012, 11:55 AM
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I book through USAA which is actuall Explore Crusie and Travel. I usually get a good price, but can do almost as well elsewhere. They advertise - will beat any price - but when I challenged them on a cost, they would not match it.

You get zewro OBC's through them, so check TOTAL cost against other TA's.

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Old May 2nd, 2013, 05:21 PM
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We haven't yet, but we do get their mailers all the time and may try them in the future. If you do let us know how it goes, price comparisons, etc.
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Old May 5th, 2013, 09:44 AM
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We have not booked with USAA for cruises (no comparison/value compared to a good TA) but have bought the USAA travel insurance before.
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Old May 6th, 2013, 04:41 PM
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We recently came back from a Med cruise on the Regent Mariner, who charged us 3800, down from thir original price of 5400. I contacted USAA travel folks and was able to get the cruise reservation transferred to them for a cost of 3200 per person for a total savings of 1200 bucks from Regent's original price. We were really pleased especially when I kept checking other sources for their price and found that no one came close to what we paid. Granted, this may have been an unusual occurrence, but I intend to try them again for a Baltic cruise in 2015.
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Old May 20th, 2013, 02:27 PM
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We have not, however 2 years ago I tried to. I found the cruise I wanted and looked everywhere. It was a Carnival Cruise. When the lady tried to book it she told me it wouldn't let her as it said the cruise had met it's maximum number of passengers. I was aggravated as I had spent hours and hours figuring out which cruise to go on (it was our first ever) and then when I wanted to book it they couldn't do it. So, I picked up the phone and called Carnival and 10 minutes later we were booked for the same price. Last year USAA (Explore Travel) tried to get me to book with them, but Carnival swears that no one can discount the prices and I was hesitant as it was only about $10/pp cheaper. Carnival says if it is deeply discounted the TA is paying the difference, but really they are not supposed to do that. I seem to find the best deals through Carnival directly.

However, like others I do buy my travel insurance through their vendor - the cheapest around! $2900 in coverage for $98.
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Old June 1st, 2013, 07:07 PM
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AHOY SHIPMATES

I have been with USAA for over 40 yrs so I was anxious to check out
their prices etc for cruising. Unfortunitely their cost was the brochure
price and the agent knew less than I did, a nice guy but obviously not trained for handling cruiseship work so I use a local agent very successfuly
I now have a potential medical problem and am considering med. ins.
Am on medicare and Tricare for life and cant get exact info on whats covered for cruiseship issues. I'm booked on a 68 day SA and Antarctia
in jan 14. USAA med ins. prices are sky high.
Any suggestions appreciated wife also mil ret and on tricare prime

thanks
Gary
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Old June 9th, 2013, 11:43 PM
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We are leaving on the Conquest on July 7 on a cruise we booked through USAA. It worked out great for us because we got a good price and Jeffrey (the agent) was able to book my wife's parents and her three siblings and kids along with us and kids and made it all smooth. He called each party and allowed them to pay individually. It was a very complicated transaction and was handled very well.

Would book through them again
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Old June 10th, 2013, 11:41 PM
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....I now have a potential medical problem and am considering med. ins. Am on medicare and Tricare for life and cant get exact info on whats covered for cruiseship issues. I'm booked on a 68 day SA and Antarctia in jan 14. USAA med ins. prices are sky high. Any suggestions appreciated wife also mil ret and on tricare prime

thanks
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It is my understanding that NOTHING on a cruise is coverd by Tricare, except maybe ER visits.

Contact your local military hospital Tricare rep. Appear in person and ask.
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Old June 11th, 2013, 06:35 AM
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AHOY SHIPMATES,

Thanks for the reply about Ins. People at the Mayport clinic were helpful. Looks pretty bleak. Mil bennies dont go very far these days.

I went thru school in Athens in 1970 as a Warrant. I had been
a cook and wanted to stay in food service. Went from CWO3 to JG
and ret as LT in 1980. Met my wife in Gitmo in 76 She ret as DSCS
in 93. Hope to sail with you sometime. Have met a few chops in my travels....usually in the casino.

Gary
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USN 1957-1980
USS ShangriLa
USS Forrestal
USS Ranger
USS Dixie
......13 years at sea

Holland America
ms Statendam 10/96 Caribbean 10
SS ROTTERDAM 1/97 GRAND WORLD VOYAGE 116
ms Rotterdam 11/97 Med & Transatlantic 20
ms ROTTERDAM 1/98 GRAND WORLD VOYAGE 114
ms Ryndam 09/98 Alaska Repo 7
ms Ryndam 09/98 Alaska Southbound Gulf 7
ms Ryndam 01/99Western Caribbean 10
ms Nieuw Amsterdam 11/99 Caribbean 14
ms Rotterdam 12/99 Caribbean 14
ms ROTTERDAM 1/00 GRAND WORLD VOYAGE 114
ms Statendam 03/01 Mexican Riviera 10
ms Ryndam 06/01 Alaska Southbound Gulf 7
ms Volendam 01 Alaska Northbound Gulf 11
ms AMSTERDAM 1/02 GRAND WORLD VOYAGE 114
ms Rotterdam 10/02 Caribbean 10
ms Maasdam 12/02 Caribbean 7
ms Noordam 03/03 Caribbean 14
ms Maasdam 12/03 Caribbean 7

ms Veendam 12/04 Caribbean 16
ms Maasdam 8/05 Voyage of the Vikings 35
ms Zaandam 12/05 Caribbean 14
ms Maasdam 03/08 Caribbean 10
ms Noordam 01/09 Caribbean 20
ms Maasdam 10/09 Caribbean 31

ms Maasdam 5/10 Canada New England 17
ms Maasdam 11/10 Caribbean 16
ms AMSTERDAM 1/11 GRAND WORLD VOYAGE 112
ms Maasdam 10/10 Atlantic Adventurer 46
ms Nieuw Amsterdam 04/12 Caribbean 16
ms Ryndam 12/12 Caribbean 14
ms Maasdam 25 Oct 2013 42
ms Prinsendam 1/ 6 2014 Antarctica & Amazon 68

.......1100+ days

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.....+ -110 days

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l Fascination 3 May 2014 7 day
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Old June 11th, 2013, 10:29 AM
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AHOY SHIPMATES,

Thanks for the reply about Ins. People at the Mayport clinic were helpful. Looks pretty bleak. Mil bennies dont go very far these days.

I went thru school in Athens in 1970 as a Warrant. I had been
a cook and wanted to stay in food service. Went from CWO3 to JG
and ret as LT in 1980. Met my wife in Gitmo in 76 She ret as DSCS
in 93. Hope to sail with you sometime. Have met a few chops in my travels....usually in the casino.

Gary
Another former chop here.. Went through Athens in '81 after an enlisted stint as a hospital corpsman. You're right...you'll often find me in the casino on a cruise ship.
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Athens in '76. I'll only be in a casino if I can be the house!
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Athens in '76. I'll only be in a casino if I can be the house!
Yours is clearly the better approach because I almost always end up contributing to the house!
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I have booked 3 cruises with them. I will say a couple of things the price is good however when OBC and specials come up and you ask to cancel and rebook, they drag their feet big time, then the offer expires (you have to wait 5 days from canceling to rebook to get current offers/discounts) that's the one bad thing I can say. They don't match other prices either.
Also make sure you can use the most points for the best savings.
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It is my understanding that NOTHING on a cruise is coverd by Tricare, except maybe ER visits.

Contact your local military hospital Tricare rep. Appear in person and ask.
I was told by Tricare a couple of years ago that you were covered outside of the country. Only think not covered was airlifting.
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We've booked through USAA 2 times. Its actually called "Explorer cruise and Travel" and is also known as "govvacationrewards.com" or "ourvacationcenter.com." Its rthe same compnay based at the same location using the same email addreses using diffeent names. However, we've never seen better cruise prices frokm anyone else and have verified this with other travelk agents who couldn't touch these rates. I do agree with those who have talked about the on board credits( OBCs). They will play with the rates & OBCs. Just make sure you are getting it all and know you will pay for it. Nutt'in is for free! We've booked through govvacation rewards numerous times and they always came through fro us. We did snag a 2fer2 drink package on the celebrity reflection last time. Don't forget the excursion packages, alcohol and casinos are the big money makers for the cruise industry! good luck.
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AHOY SHIPMATES

I have been with USAA for over 40 yrs so I was anxious to check out
their prices etc for cruising. Unfortunitely their cost was the brochure
price and the agent knew less than I did, a nice guy but obviously not trained for handling cruiseship work so I use a local agent very successfuly
I now have a potential medical problem and am considering med. ins.
Am on medicare and Tricare for life and cant get exact info on whats covered for cruiseship issues. I'm booked on a 68 day SA and Antarctia
in jan 14. USAA med ins. prices are sky high.
Any suggestions appreciated wife also mil ret and on tricare prime

thanks
Gary
You need to talk to TriCare - and a rep who knows what they are doing. I am saying this for a couple of reasons
1) you will be out of the area for more than 30 days which can affect your enrollment
2) you need to bring along meds for 90 to safe side everything
3) ship board medical is expensive. You have to pay then file for reimbursement. Even without the issue of co-pays and deductables - you are seeing someone who is not in the TriCare network and likely going to get stuck for costs. Additionally, TriCare determines what is an emergency, not you or the ship. Since ships have outpatient clinics and not ERs you can see where I am going with this.
4) evacuation coverage is only for AD. Since you and I have our DD214s..... you are still going to need evacuation insurance should anything untoward happen.

Don't assume anything. Since I "live" outside the US - I am on TriCare Standard and always get additional insurance. Now this is where USAA actually can do a good job for you.

-Holly (survived 33 years US Army)
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You need to talk to TriCare - and a rep who knows what they are doing. I am saying this for a couple of reasons
1) you will be out of the area for more than 30 days which can affect your enrollment
2) you need to bring along meds for 90 to safe side everything
3) ship board medical is expensive. You have to pay then file for reimbursement. Even without the issue of co-pays and deductables - you are seeing someone who is not in the TriCare network and likely going to get stuck for costs. Additionally, TriCare determines what is an emergency, not you or the ship. Since ships have outpatient clinics and not ERs you can see where I am going with this.
4) evacuation coverage is only for AD. Since you and I have our DD214s..... you are still going to need evacuation insurance should anything untoward happen.

Don't assume anything. Since I "live" outside the US - I am on TriCare Standard and always get additional insurance. Now this is where USAA actually can do a good job for you.

-Holly (survived 33 years US Army)
AHOY SHIPMATE

THANKS for the reply-----still try to decide what to do.
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USS ShangriLa
USS Forrestal
USS Ranger
USS Dixie
......13 years at sea

Holland America
ms Statendam 10/96 Caribbean 10
SS ROTTERDAM 1/97 GRAND WORLD VOYAGE 116
ms Rotterdam 11/97 Med & Transatlantic 20
ms ROTTERDAM 1/98 GRAND WORLD VOYAGE 114
ms Ryndam 09/98 Alaska Repo 7
ms Ryndam 09/98 Alaska Southbound Gulf 7
ms Ryndam 01/99Western Caribbean 10
ms Nieuw Amsterdam 11/99 Caribbean 14
ms Rotterdam 12/99 Caribbean 14
ms ROTTERDAM 1/00 GRAND WORLD VOYAGE 114
ms Statendam 03/01 Mexican Riviera 10
ms Ryndam 06/01 Alaska Southbound Gulf 7
ms Volendam 01 Alaska Northbound Gulf 11
ms AMSTERDAM 1/02 GRAND WORLD VOYAGE 114
ms Rotterdam 10/02 Caribbean 10
ms Maasdam 12/02 Caribbean 7
ms Noordam 03/03 Caribbean 14
ms Maasdam 12/03 Caribbean 7

ms Veendam 12/04 Caribbean 16
ms Maasdam 8/05 Voyage of the Vikings 35
ms Zaandam 12/05 Caribbean 14
ms Maasdam 03/08 Caribbean 10
ms Noordam 01/09 Caribbean 20
ms Maasdam 10/09 Caribbean 31

ms Maasdam 5/10 Canada New England 17
ms Maasdam 11/10 Caribbean 16
ms AMSTERDAM 1/11 GRAND WORLD VOYAGE 112
ms Maasdam 10/10 Atlantic Adventurer 46
ms Nieuw Amsterdam 04/12 Caribbean 16
ms Ryndam 12/12 Caribbean 14
ms Maasdam 25 Oct 2013 42
ms Prinsendam 1/ 6 2014 Antarctica & Amazon 68

.......1100+ days

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.....+ -110 days

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