Learning Made Better 2023

January 8 - 15, 2023

Join us for Learning Made Better 2023, a vacation event designed specifically for Realty Professionals! (sponsored by Travel Made Better in partnership with MN Realty School)

After an amazing sailing with Celebrity Cruises in January 2022, we're back and more excited than ever about our next offer! Building on the tradition of showcasing new and innovative ships, Learning Made Better 2023 will be sailing on the fabulous CELEBRITY BEYOND.  The Beyond features a completely modern design full of breathtaking spaces such as the 2-level Sunset Bar designed by Nate Berkus, the spectacular Eden and the iconic 'Magic Carpet' - a bar/lounge that moves up and down the ship's exterior.  Come enjoy the camaraderie of fellow realtors, visit some tropical destinations [in the middle of winter] and experience all that is Learning Made Better 2023!

SCHEDULE

Date Location Arrive Depart
Sunday, January 8 Fort Lauderdale - Embarkation Day 3:30 PM
Monday, January 9 At Sea - CE Sessions I, II 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
Tuesday, January 10 At Sea - CE Sessions III, IV 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
Wednesday, January 11 Philipsburg, St. Maarten - fantastic shopping and beaches! 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Thursday, January 12 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - sights, snorkeling and St John excursion offer 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
Friday, January 13 Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic - adventures await in this mountainous and colorful area 11:00 AM 6:00 PM
Saturday, January 14 At Sea - Finale Cocktail Party
Sunday, January 15 Fort Lauderdale - flights home or extend your trip 7:00 AM 9:00 AM

Per Person pricing includes taxes, drink package, surf wifi and cruise gratuities! NOTE: onboard CE cost is additional as noted in trip details.
(Based on double occupancy)

Accommodation Category Type Per Person
Sky Suite with full access to the exclusive Retreat + added $300/person Shore Excursion credit (our group rate is $1400 less that current public price - only 3 left!) S3 $3137 pp
Aqua Class with Infinite Veranda: includes private restaurant + some spa privileges (our group rate is $830 less than current public price - only 3 left!) A2 $2337 pp
Concierge Class with Infinite Veranda ($380 less than current public price) C2/C3 $2137 pp
Edge Class with Infinite Veranda ($200 less than current public price) E3 $1937 pp
Interior Stateroom ($100 less than public price) 10 $1537 pp
Onboard CE is added $300 pp (our past guests will receive a $100 discount as a thank you for your continued support)
Taxes/port fees of $135 pp are included
IF GROUP EXCEEDS 56 CABINS, then everyone gets the PREMIUM drink package plus a bonus $150 onboard credit!

DEADLINES, DETAILS & DEPOSIT

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  June 30, 2022

Deposits are fully refundable until July 12, 2022.

Book early for best stateroom locations with our locked-in discounted pricing.  We may sell out quickly this year!  Later rates could be much higher due to Celebrity's dynamic pricing based on demand.

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ADDED PERKS TO ENHANCE YOUR CRUISE:

All new reservations will receive Celebrity's "ALWAYS INCLUDED" package with the following:

  1. FREE DRINKS - Classic Beverage Package for both guests - value of $975 per stateroom (onboard purchase price of $59 per person per day + 18% service charge)

  2. FREE WIFI - Unlimited Internet (surfing/email/social media) Package for both guests - value of $210 per stateroom (onboard purchase price)

  3. FREE GRATUITIES - Prepaid Gratuities for both guests - minimum value of $231 per stateroom (based on $16.50 per person per day)

TOTAL MINIMUM GROUP PERKS - over $1400 per stateroom!

Additional option for upgraded perks: 

  • For an ALL INCLUSIVE experience, book a suite in "THE RETREAT" - these are amazing spaces! Book one of our contracted Sky Suites or contact Nathan Harvey at Travel Made Better for some amazing options up to 2700 square feet!

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WHAT IS INCLUDED THIS YEAR?

  • Excellent opportunity to network with other real estate professionals

  • CE classroom instruction from a leading instructor in the business ($300/person)

  • 7 nights deluxe accommodations on one of the world's best cruise ships

  • Nightly fine dining as well as many alternative specialty restaurants and buffets throughout your cruise

  • Complimentary beverages also include coffee, teas, juices (breakfast) and fruit punch/lemonade (buffet).  Guests will receive the 'Classic Beverage Package' which is part of Celebrity's 'Always Included' promotion!

  • Complimentary Prepaid Gratuities
  • Complimentary Internet Package (social/surfing only)
  • Numerous onboard daily activities/entertainment

  • Evening entertainment in the spectacular main theater as well as in many smaller venues including Eden, The Grand Plaza and The Club

  • Full gym with many of the latest fitness machines plus exercise/nutrition classes

  • Full spa services available, but these are all at an additional cost (look for discounts onboard!)

  • Simply put... perhaps the best vacation you've ever experienced!

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GENERAL NOTES ABOUT THE PRICING

  • Most all rates are based upon double occupancy, meaning 2 guests sharing the same stateroom.

  • 3rd/4th guests can be added to C2/C3/E3 categories only at $1434 per person.
  • Our contracted group rates are noticeably lower than current public rates: Sky Suites (save $1400pp), Aqua Class (save $830pp), Concierge Class (save $380pp), Edge Class (save $200pp).
  • Gov't taxes/port fees of $135 per person are INCLUDED in the rates shown.

  • As mentioned, cruise gratuities are INCLUDED as one of your perks. These go toward your room stewards, plus bar and dining room staff. Savings is $16.50 per person per day or $17.00 per person per day (Aqua Class and Concierge Class).

  • Cruise protection can also be added to your booking and is strongly encouraged for peace of mind. Cost is based upon category chosen.

  • Group rooms are limited and subject to availability at time of booking.

  • All guests must place their bookings through Travel Made Better in order to take the CE at SEA class sessions and/or participate in the bonus programs.

Want one of the fantastic Edge Suites with "The Retreat" or another category not in our allotment?  Simply let us know - we will offer you the absolute best available rates and include your booking in the group.  Bookings in "The Retreat" get ALL 4 PERKS plus the fabulous dedicated restaurant/pool/lounge, prime entertainment seating and concierge boarding.  Some suites also include butler service.  This is the place to be if you want all-inclusive and luxury!

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IMPORTANT NOTES SPECIFIC TO THE REALTOR C.E. PRICING

As noted above, this year's rates DO NOT INCLUDE the cost of the Continuing Education classes:

$300 for the standard rate - includes your annual certification from MN Realty School

$200 for past guests of our CE cruises

$100 special rate for those booked on the January 2022 Apex sailing

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ANY SPECIALS FOR PAST GUESTS?

Absolutely - we love our return guests!  Your enthusiasm is what makes Learning Made Better such a special event.

If you are a past guest of our first 2 cruises (either Norwegian Bliss 2019 or Symphony of the Seas 2020), MN Realty School is offering $100 OFF the CE portion of this cruise.

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WHAT ABOUT A TEAM/GROUP THAT WANTS TO COME TOGETHER?

Perfect - that's what this is all about.  We have several offices that have multiple team members on our cruise events.  If you are a broker/owner/manager that is interested in bringing a team, you may qualify for a special offer with 4+ rooms booked.  Reach out to Nathan Harvey at (614) 402-1586 for more details.

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DEPOSIT AMOUNT

At time of initial booking, you will be charged the following in 2 separate payments:

  1. Cruise deposit of $500 total per stateroom (payable to Celebrity Cruises) --PLUS--

  2. Applicable cost for each person taking the onboard CE instruction (payable to MN Realty School)

Example #1:  If there are 2 guests sharing a stateroom and only 1 is taking the CE sessions, then your total deposit will be $800 ($500 to Celebrity + $300 to MN Realty School).

Example #2:  If there are 2 guests sharing a stateroom and both are taking the CE sessions, then your total deposit will be $1100 ($500 to Celebrity + $600 to MN Realty School).

Major credit cards only as inputted directly into your reservation form.  Payments are applied by Nathan Harvey, Owner/Travel Agent with Travel Made Better LLC and made directly to Celebrity Cruises and MN Realty School (CE portion). 

You will be emailed a receipt of both transactions upon booking, as well as an official cruise-only confirmation from Celebrity Cruises.

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WHEN IS THE FINAL PAYMENT DUE AND HOW IS IT PAID?

Final payment is officially due anytime before October 10, 2022.

You would receive emailed notice of final payment in late September.

After payment is completed, you will be emailed an official Celebrity PAID confirmation from Travel Made Better.

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HOW DO I REGISTER?

All guests must pre-register for Learning Made Better 2023  through this form.  Simply click on the 'RESERVE TODAY' button to send your information directly to the travel agent.  This is the best way to get complete and accurate information needed to make your cruise reservation.  Nathan Harvey (owner of Travel Made Better) is the only person that will receive or have access to this information!  It is safe on a military-grade security platform built into the technology.  If you have questions, feel free to email (nathan@travelmadebetter.com) or call/text (614) 402-1586.

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STATEROOM DESCRIPTIONS

Stateroom Features

All staterooms and suites come complete with private bathroom, vanity area, interactive TV, safe, phone, and hairdryer.

This year we're pleased to announce that we were able to contract Sky Suites with full access to all the exclusive amenities of "The Retreat."  Sky Suites also come with a traditional open-air (and larger) balcony that is separate from your stateroom.

(S3) Sky Suite - Decks 7,8,10 Midship

The perfectly designed Sky Suite offers a blend of expansive views and intimate luxury. These large suites feature a king-sized bed from our signature CashmereSM mattress and a spacious, private veranda. The split bathroom features a large spa tub with shower. Stateroom 298 sq ft. Veranda 102 sq ft.

The Retreat amenities include all meals in the exclusive Luminae Restaurant, private lounge, private sundeck with pool/bar and much more.

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NOTE:  All staterooms below are approximately 200 sq ft.  Aqua/Concierge/Edge Class staterooms include a private veranda (42 sq ft).

(A2) Aqua Class with Infinite Veranda - Deck 10 Aft

Aqua Class guests enjoy dining in an exclusive restaurant 'Blu' serving elevated cuisine with a healthy twist (widely thought as the best dining on the ship).

Aqua Class Premium ship location close to the Spa. Infinite Veranda with lounge seating. Celebrity's eXhale bedding featuring the Cashmere Mattress.  Two lower double beds convertible to King (except as noted).  Some staterooms may have a trundle bed.  Shower panel and aromatherapy diffuser. Interactive Television system. Individual safe, dual voltage 110/220 AC, mini-fridge* and hair dryer. Stateroom 202 sq ft. veranda 42 sq ft.

These staterooms are designed to indulge at every turn. From the Infinite Veranda that takes the whole room right to the water’s edge to Blu, the exclusive restaurant featuring dishes with a healthier twist. Nestled close to the spa, you have unlimited, complimentary access to The Sea Thermal Suite, along with a dedicated Spa Concierge who’ll be happy to make reservations for you—or create a whole spa regimen for you to follow during your cruise. During your cruise, delight in a variety of spa-inspired stateroom touches, including: the Bossini shower panel, aromatherapy diffusers, pillow menus, daily deliveries of flavored tea and fresh fruit upon request.

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(C2/C3) Concierge Class with Infinite Veranda - Decks 10, 11 Forward/Midship

Concierge Class Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. Sitting area with sofa. Veranda with lounge seating. Interactive Television system, individual safe, dual voltage 110/220 AC, mini-fridge* and Hair dryer. Stateroom: 202 sq ft. and Veranda 42 sq. ft.

Little details make a world of difference, and now our meticulously thought out Concierge Class staterooms are even better. Featuring new services, amenities, and exclusive events, step inside and discover a space that is so much more than a room—it’s an experience. As a Concierge Class guest, your team of dedicated professionals will take care of all your vacation needs. From Priority Check-In—when you’re greeted by your Concierge—to the moment you head back home, we’re there to assist you.

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(E3) Edge Class with Infinite Veranda - Deck 7 Forward and Deck 6 Midship

Edge Stateroom w/Infinite Veranda Veranda with seating area. Celebrity eXhale bedding featuring Cashmere Mattress. Two lower double beds convertible to King (except as noted). Some staterooms may have a trundle bed. Plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe. Interactive television system. Mini-fridge*, individual safe, dual voltage 110/220 AC and hair dryer. Stateroom: 202 sq. ft. and Veranda: 42 sq. ft.

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(10) Deluxe Interior Stateroom - Deck 10 Aft

Deluxe Inside Stateroom Celebrity’s eXhale bedding featuring the Cashmere Mattress. Two lower double beds convertible to King (except as noted). Some staterooms may have a trundle bed. Dual voltage 110/220 AC. Plentiful storage space in your bathroom and wardrobe. Smart TV, individual safe and mini-fridge*. Stateroom: 202 sq ft. 

Celebrity Edge Stateroom bathroom

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HOW ABOUT ADDITIONAL ROOMS FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY?

Yes - absolutely.  Help us get to our minimum 56 rooms and everyone gets upgraded perks AND a bonus $150 onboard credit! 

Our group rates are available on a limited basis for any guests of realtors taking the CE courses.  If you have friends and family interested in joining you for this cruise, please feel free to send them this website for info/registration.  We would be glad to service them as well at no additional fee!

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AIRFARE TO/FROM FORT LAUDERDALE

Roundtrip flights are NOT INCLUDED in the cruise package.  Please see below for important notes regarding allowable flight times. 

Airport Code for Fort Lauderdale:  FLL

Flights must arrive no later than 10:00 AM on Sunday, January 8.

Flights must depart no earlier than 12:00 Noon on Sunday, January 15.

IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you arrive the day prior to embarkation due to potential winter conditions and/or unexpected flight delays.

NOTE:  Unlike the Port of Miami, Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Port Everglades (cruise port) are located very close to each other.  There are also many hotels located in the general area.

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DOCUMENTATION NEEDED

** ALL GUESTS ages 12 and above must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 **

Passport books are recommended for all guests regardless of age.  If you do not have a passport, these can be obtained through your local post office (please allow up to 12 weeks for process completion).  Information is available online at travel.state.gov.  Passports must not expire within 6 months of our dates of travel (16 JUL 2023).

If you are not using a passport, you must provide BOTH an original birth certificate AND your government-issued drivers license. 

Celebrity Cruises restarted 7-night Caribbean cruise itineraries in July 2021.  Once again, as part of their detailed "Healthy Return To Sailing" protocols, all guests must show proof of being fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or they will be denied boarding.  A negative PCR or Rapid Antigen Test will all be required for all guests taken within 2 calendar days of our embarkation date.

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CANCELLATION GUIDELINES

From time of booking until July 12, 2022 ... fully refundable

From July 13 - September 10, 2022 ... there is a $200 per person charge for cancellation.

From September 11 - November 8, 2022 ... there is a $400 per person charge for cancellation.

From November 9 - December 8, 2022 ... 50 % penalty per guest

From December 9, 2022 to sailing ... 100% penalty per guest

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SOME EXCITING NEWS TO SHARE:

Captain Kate McCue to Take the Helm of our Most Revolutionary Ship yet.  (Agent note: I cruised with her as captain on the Celebrity Edge back in August 2020 - she is fantastic and very well spoken!)

A trailblazing ship gets a trailblazing leader. We’re excited to announce that Captain Kate McCue, America’s first female cruise ship captain, will take the helm of Celebrity BeyondSM, the third ship in our groundbreaking Edge® Series.

The dynamic and decorated captain will lead us into a new era of luxury travel on a ship brought to life by a dream team of icons, including multi-award-winning designer Kelly Hoppen, CBE, as well as celebrated designer Nate Berkus, Global Culinary Ambassador chef Daniel Boulud, and Well-being Advisor Gwyneth Paltrow.

You can join Captain Kate on Celebrity Beyond when it makes its Europe debut in April 2022.

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UNIQUE AWARDS FOR CELEBRITY EDGE CLASS SHIPS

NOTE:  The Celebrity Edge was introduced in 2018.  The Celebrity Apex, sister ship and nearly identical, was introduced in early 2020.  The Celebrity Beyond is launching in April 2022 and will be the best yet.

World's Greatest Places List 2021, Time Magazine - 100 destinations that are breaking new ground, leading industry trends and offering visitors an extraordinary experience (Travel Pulse).

2021 "Best New Ship" (Cruise Critic's US Editor's Picks Awards and Travel Weekly Magellan Awards)

2021 Celebrity Cruises has been awarded as "Best Premium Cruise Line" by Travel Weekly's Readers' Choice Awards for 14 Consecutive Years

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CE SESSIONS INSTRUCTOR

Mike Brennan​, MN Realty School

Mike was licensed from May 1995 until February 2012. Mike taught at Kaplan for 11 years. He has taught pre-license and continuing education classes since 2003 in Minnesota, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Florida and Wisconsin. Mike's energy and enthusiasm keeps students engaged and alert. Mike became an investment property owner in 1993, which sparked his interest in real estate. Since then, Mike has worked in restoring/reselling houses, rentals and sales. Mike is involved with the Minnesota Board of REALTORS® and has volunteered for many committees, including Professional Standards, Nominating, Executive and the Board of Directors for the State Association of REALTORS®. Mike lives in St. Paul in an older Victorian house with his wife, their children, and two dogs.  

Mike Brennan was a finalist for "Most Influential Real Estate Voices in the US" by Inman News. 

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YOUR TRAVEL AGENT PARTNERS

Travel Made Better LLC  has been in partnership with MN Realty School since 2017.  We have grown to know many of you personally and are excited to be joining you on the Celebrity Beyond again this year.  We strive to be both professional and personal in all we do, so please feel free to contact us at any time with your questions.  We will do our very best to respond within 24-48 hours.