Episode Description

Friend of the show Tom Kim joins the podcast to discuss how he’s been gambling on Royal Caribbean to get “free” cruises. Spoiler alert they’re not actually free but they’re also not as expensive as you might think (statistically). We also discuss his overall impressions of Royal Caribbean and what upcharges and packages are worth the cost. Apparently cruising is like mileage running?

This episode was recorded in late August so we didn’t discuss on the podcast, but our thoughts are with all of those in the Bahamas and the Southeast affected by Hurricane Dorian. Stay safe and we’re hoping for the best as recovery begins.

In our Patreon only Final Boarding Call segment, Tom chats about reselling, his love of mistake fares, and  award space to Asia both generally and for next summer.

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Episode Notes

2:05 – Introducing Tom

4:09 – Tom’s most recent Royal Caribbean cruise, Mariner of the Seas

6:52 – Thoughts on three day cruises 

10:35 – Thoughts on Royal Caribbean in general

14:50 – Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean’s private island

17:44 – What upcharges/packages are worth it on RCL?

22:04 – Getting “free” cruises on Royal Caribbean (note: not free)

31:09 – RCL prime status, MGM Mlife status matching, more general thoughts on RCL gaming

43:27 – How Tom earns miles and points and his love of mistake fares (Patreon only)

45:54 – Award space to Asia summer 2020 (Patreon only)

50:18 – Finding and taking advantage of mistake fares (Patreon only)

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Music: “Ten Hundred Years” by Poly Action, “Feet Gone Soft” by Monplaisir, and “Feet Gone Wild” by Monplaisir