Learning Made Better 2022

- A Special Vacation Event From MN Realty School -

Join us for Learning Made Better 2022, a vacation event designed specifically for Realty Professionals!

After an unprecendented 2020, we're back and excited more than ever to travel! Building on our tradition of showcasing new and innovative ships, Learning Made Better 2022 (to be held January 15-22), will be sailing on the fabulous CELEBRITY APEX, sister ship to the groundbreaking Celebrity Edge.  The Apex features a completely modern design full of new public spaces such as 'The Flying Carpet' - a bar/restaurant/terrace that moves up and down the ship's exterior.  After 2020, we could all use a treat and these Edge Class ships have been referred to as cruising in a boutique hotel.  If you thought the Symphony of the Seas was amazing, you'll definitely want to experience Learning Made Better 2022!

THE SCHEDULE

Date Location Arrive Depart
Sat., January 15 Fort Lauderdale - Embarkation Day - Welcome Get-Together 3:30 PM
Sun., January 16 At Sea - CE Sessions I, II 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
Mon., January 17 San Juan, Puerto Rico (FREE DAY) - enjoy a colorful evening in Old San Juan, visit the historic forts or tour the Bacardi Rum Factory 3:30 PM 11:00 PM
Tue., January 18 St. Kitts & Nevis (FREE DAY) - perfect opportunity for adventure or touring 11:00 AM 7:00 PM
Wed., January 19 St. Thomas/ St. John (FREE DAY) - excellent shopping, beaches and snorkeling 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
Thu., January 20 At Sea - CE Sessions III, IV 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
Fri., January 21 At Sea (FREE DAY) - Farewell Party 5:00 PM 6:00 PM
Sat., January 22 Fort Lauderdale - Debarkation Day and flights home 7:00 AM

Per Person pricing INCLUDING CE SESSIONS, taxes, beverage package, surf WiFi and cruise gratuities!
(Based on double occupancy)

A2 Aqua Class w/Infinite Veranda $2508.49
C1 Concierge Class w/Infinite Veranda $2452.49
C3 Concierge Class w/Infinite Veranda - SOLD OUT $2178.49
E3 Edge Class w/Infinite Veranda $1988.49
10 Deluxe Inside Stateroom $1718.49
ES SINGLE OCCY Edge Class w/Infinite Veranda (may have obstructed view)- a bit smaller room for 1 guest only! $2854.49
Not taking the CE Sessions? Simply deduct $300/person from above pricing
Taxes and port fees of $114.49/person are included

DEADLINES, DETAILS & DEPOSIT

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  extended to 9/30/2021

It is strongly recommended that you book asap as our cabins are limited and close to selling out.  (There is a strong demand for travel in 2022!)  Deposits are refundable until mid-October 2021.

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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 (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 (onboard purchase price)

  3. FREE GRATUITIES - Prepaid Gratuities for both guests - minimum value of $224 (based on $16 per person per day)

TOTAL GROUP PERKS - over $1400 per stateroom!

Additional options for upgraded perks: 

  • 'ELEVATE' - pay an additional $30 per person per day (or $210 total per person) and get the Premium Beverage Package plus an additional $150 onboard credit per person! 

  • 'INDULGE' - pay an additional $60 per person per day (or $420 total per person) and get the Premium Beverage Package, upgraded Internet Package to include streaming, plus an additional $300 onboard credit per person!
  • For an ALL INCLUSIVE experience, book a suite in "THE RETREAT" - these are amazing spaces! Contact Nathan Harvey at Travel Made Better for best options.

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WHAT IS INCLUDED THIS YEAR?

  • Excellent opportunity to network with other real estate professionals

  • CE classroom instruction from some of the best instructors in the business

  • 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 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 activities of ALL KINDS for all ages

  • Evening entertainment in the main theater as well as in many smaller venues

  • 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

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

  • Single, triple and quad occupancy rooms are available but would be priced at best prevailing rate/promotion - contact Travel Made Better.

  • Gov't taxes/port fees of $114.49 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, dining room staff and maitre'd. Savings is $16.00 per person per day or $16.50 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 shown INCLUDE the cost of the Continuing Education classes. 

If you have a guest that is not taking the CE classes, then we would simply deduct $300 from the per guest pricing for that guest only.

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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 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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...OR A REFERRAL BONUS FOR BRINGING ANY NEW AGENT FRIENDS?

Yes there is!  As the referring agent who is also taking the CE sessions, Travel Made Better will give you $100 for every additional stateroom booked that includes at least one agent* taking the CE sessions.   *Please note that this referral bonus is offered for first-time CE guests only.

Here is the referral procedure for Learning Made Better 2022:

  1. Upon booking, the referring agent will be emailed a PDF Referral Form from Travel Made Better.
  2. Referring agent will complete, scan and return the PDF Referral Form to Travel Made Better.
  3. Travel Made Better will keep listing of all referrals based upon returned documentation.
  4. Referring agent will be given $100 by Travel Made Better for every stateroom booked that includes at least one new, referred Realtor taking the CE sessions.  Amount to be rewarded at our Embarkation Day Welcome Party.

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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. CE cost of $300 per person taking the onboard 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 by October 17, 2021.  However, we cannot process all payments on the very last due date.  To protect you in case of any unexpected problems, Travel Made Better will be placing final payments between October 4-8, 2021.  By registering for Learning Made Better 2022, you are agreeing to have your final cruise balance paid using the provided credit card information during these dates. 

Of course, if you would like to pay additional payments prior to this date --OR-- prepay your cruise balance, simply contact Travel Made Better at any time.  

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 2022  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 and Cheryl Ogg (co-owners of Travel Made Better) are the only people 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

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 - most rooms together on 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.

(C1) Concierge Class with Infinite Veranda - rooms together on Deck 11 Midship

(C3) Concierge Class with Infinite Veranda - Deck 11 Aft

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/Aft

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 - Decks 11 Aft and 9 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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WANT ADDITIONAL ROOMS FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY?

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 Saturday, January 15.

Flights must depart no earlier than 12:00 Noon on Saturday, January 22.

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

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 (23 JUL 2022)

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

Celebrity Cruises is restarting 7-night Caribbean cruise itineraries from St. Maarten this July.  As part of their detailed "Healthy Return To Sailing" protocols, expect all guests to show proof of being fully vaccinated for Covid-19.

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CANCELLATION GUIDELINES

From time of booking until October 16, 2021 ... fully refundable

From October 17, 2021 to November 1, 2021 ... 25 % penalty per guest

From November 2, 2021 to November 15, 2021 ... 50% penalty per guest

From November 16, 2021 to December 15, 2021 ... 75 % penalty per guest

From December 16, 2021 to sailing ... 100% penalty per guest

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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.

World's Greatest Places List 2019, Time Magazine - 100 destinations that are breaking new ground, leading industry trends and offering visitors an extraordinary experience (Travel Pulse).

2018 "Best New Ship" (Cruise Critic's US Editor's Picks Awards)

2018 Gold Award for "Best Overall Premium Ship" (Travel Weekly Magellan Awards)

2019 Celebrity Cruises has been awarded as "Best Premium Cruise Line" by Travel Weekly's Readers' Choice Awards for 12 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 Edge 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.