The 2017 National REIA Cruise Was Exceptional

The 2017 National REIA Cruise Was Exceptional

During the last week of February my wife and I had the privilege to attend the 2017 National REIA cruise. We flew down to San Juan Puerto Rico two days early to allow for bad weather travel conditions. Our flights were not delayed and we enjoyed a little extra time in the sun.

We departed the Port of San Juan on Saturday February 25, 2017 and headed out to sea. We visited the exotic Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bon Aire, Curasco and St. Martin. While at sea we also attended Professional Housing Provider classes and earned over 20 hours of  PHP credit each. Since it was an “Educational Cruise” we took great notes to share with our members back in the Midwest. After all we learned next year’s income tax implications are intriguing me. To deduct or not to deduct, that is the question.

The 2017 National REIA Cruise on Royal Caribbean included all of the following:

The price of our cruise vacation with an education  included:

  1. Ship accommodations
  2. Ocean transportation
  3. Most meals onboard
  4. Some beverages onboard
  5. Most entertainment onboard

The following services are not included in the cruise price:

  1. Dining in Specialty Restaurants such as Portofino
  2. Dining in Johnny Rockets (Where applicable)
  3. Spa and Salon services
  4. Gambling (Including Bingo)
  5. Art Auction
  6. Any purchases made in the gift shops onboard
  7. Shore excursions
  8. Photographs
  9. Photographs
  10. Video Arcade
  11. Medical Services
  12. Internet Access
  13. Transfers (Unless guest has purchased our air/sea package)
  14. Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services
  15. Ship to Shore Telephone calls
  16. Gratuities
  17. Alcoholic Beverages
  18. Non-Alcoholic Beverages (excluding water, lemonade and iced tea)

If you have never attended a cruise like this, now is the time to sign up for 2018 and get the lowest rate available.





*Talk to your tax professional to determine if the cost of attending any National REIA event may be fully or partly tax deductible as a business expense.

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