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Fri Jan 09, 2015 7:08 pm

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 199):
I woke up at 6am, no wife, I went off to find her, she had fallen asleep on one of the Bali beds while reading. The crew has gotten her a comforter and covered her while she was sleeping. They had a crew member standing by for when she woke up to see if she would like coffee or juice.

Thats great service, very rare these days !
 
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Sat Jan 10, 2015 12:16 am

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 199):

I will also say, on the Carnival Spirit, my wife came down with a flu bug, after talking to the ships doctor she confined herself to our cabin, just to be on the safe side, our room steward was amazing, he acted like a butler, fetching her food and drinks, making sure she was comfortable.

I have to say that for all the things I didn't like about Carnival, our cabin steward was amazing. I wrote them a letter praising her.

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 199):
I woke up at 6am, no wife, I went off to find her, she had fallen asleep on one of the Bali beds while reading. The crew has gotten her a comforter and covered her while she was sleeping. They had a crew member standing by for when she woke up to see if she would like coffee or juice.

Wow. That's amazing. And probably quite expensive.
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Sat Jan 10, 2015 11:55 am

A rather bizzare horrific story !

Cruise ship worker sentenced in Florida for rape, attempted murder

ORLANDO (Reuters) - A former Holland America cruise ship attendant was sentenced to 30 years and five months in prison for the 2014 Valentine’s Day rape and attempted murder of a female passenger he tried to toss overboard, a federal prosecutor said on Thursday.
Ketut Pujayasa, 29, an Indonesian national who confessed in September, told the FBI he let himself into the then-31-year-old victim’s room with a master key and sexually assaulted her as punishment for what he took as an insult by her, according to court documents and the arrest affidavit.
The victim, identified only as CLW, tried to fight off Pujayasa in her stateroom and on her balcony. She managed to escape down the hall with the cord of a curling iron that he was using to strangle her still wrapped around her neck, according to the arrest affidavit.

http://news.yahoo.com/cruise-ship-wo...pe-attempted-murder-000638396.html
 
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Sat Jan 10, 2015 7:06 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 202):
A rather bizzare horrific story !

I believe that all cruise lines work hard to select the best possible job applicants and are especially concerned with staff that have contact with passengers. There will always, unfortunately, be some who "slip through the cracks" and all cruise lines understand this.
 
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Sat Jan 10, 2015 7:11 pm

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 203):
I believe that all cruise lines work hard to select the best possible job applicants and are especially concerned with staff that have contact with passengers. There will always, unfortunately, be some who "slip through the cracks" and all cruise lines understand this.

Yeah, these things will always happen. Unfortunately there is no way to ensure 100% that it will not.

No cruise line wants this to happen and they go to great pains and expense to avoid it. Even the most cold-hearted bean counter would understand that the cost of having these things happen far outweighs any expense in trying to prevent it.
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Sun Jan 11, 2015 2:58 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 204):
Even the most cold-hearted bean counter would understand that the cost of having these things happen far outweighs any expense in trying to prevent it.

I believe that the other side of the coin is a prison sentence can be of sufficient length to get the attention of others in the industry that might think about some forceful sex, or theft. The cruise companies should be pushing for stiff penalties as a method of discouraging improper behavior. (Excluding walking the plank.    )
 
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Sun Jan 11, 2015 4:51 pm

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 205):
I believe that the other side of the coin is a prison sentence can be of sufficient length to get the attention of others in the industry that might think about some forceful sex, or theft.

The trouble with these crimes is that the perpetrator often either 1) believes that he will not be caught or 2) isn't thinking about consequences at the time.
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Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:28 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 201):

Wow. That's amazing. And probably quite expensive.

You don't want to know.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 204):
No cruise line wants this to happen and they go to great pains and expense to avoid it. Even the most cold-hearted bean counter would understand that the cost of having these things happen far outweighs any expense in trying to prevent it.

Exactly

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 206):
The trouble with these crimes is that the perpetrator often either 1) believes that he will not be caught or 2) isn't thinking about consequences at the time.

And that is the same every time for every crime.

It is a sad a shocking event for sure, something I am sure every line is talking about and there will be many meetings trying to figure out a way that it will never happen again, sadly, human nature being what it is, crime can never be stopped.
 
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Tue Jan 13, 2015 4:13 am

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 207):
You don't want to know.

Was it worth it?
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Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:38 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 208):
Was it worth it?

It was around $3000 pp for a 7 night cruise, and yes, it was worth every penny. The ships are older now, but I would still book with them again if the time/price was right.

From what I have been reading, Seabourne and Silversea may be the standard to look to when judging these types of lines.

And of course, as it stands, I won't be traveling for a few months anyways thanks to the heart attack I had last week.
 
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Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:11 am

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 209):
It was around $3000 pp for a 7 night cruise, and yes, it was worth every penny. The ships are older now, but I would still book with them again if the time/price was right.

Given what you describe, that's not horrid. I mean, expensive, but not horrid.
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Wed Jan 14, 2015 3:02 am

Sorry to hear about the bad incident on HAL. I've had four cruises on Zuiderdam, Noordam, Prinsendam, and Eurodam since 2009.

My highlight was the Deluxe Verandah Suite on the Prinsendam (14 Day Irish Cruise) and Noordam (21 day Holiday SeaFarer)

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8626/16126439555_598b3ab214_c.jpg
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Prinsendam Deluxe Verandah Suite 18 "Vancouver Suite"

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They have a Bon Voyage Gala for the Suite Guests hosted by the captain and his officers on departure night.

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Suite Guest lounge, like an airline lounge but 1000000x cooler.

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And a final "lunch with the captain" where he visited each suite's individual table. That was the most awesome cruise experience in my life....

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Deluxe Verandah Suite on the much larger Noordam, notice the more spartan decor.

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Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:14 am

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 209):
It was around $3000 pp for a 7 night cruise, and yes, it was worth every penny. The ships are older now, but I would still book with them again if the time/price was right.

Thats not too bad for the product. Its about £2550 when converted to GBP so pretty decent. The max I have ever paid was £3000 for Silversea but it was worth every penny. In recent times there are some very attractive deals to be had on a few of the luxury lines. Over here at the moment they are offering OBC ,Cat Upg and drink packages to attract early bookers.
 
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Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:26 am

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 211):
They have a Bon Voyage Gala for the Suite Guests hosted by the captain and his officers on departure night.

Looks like a mixer at the local nursing home, was there a piano in the corner?
 
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Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:44 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 213):
Looks like a mixer at the local nursing home, was there a piano in the corner?

It is one of the older ships from the 80's and does attract an older crowd. The Eurodam is a lot nicer and tends to be more mixed. Not that there is anything wrong with an older crowd as many cruises I have been on I have met some very interesting people with interesting stories to tell.
 
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Wed Jan 14, 2015 3:13 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 212):
Thats not too bad for the product. Its about £2550 when converted to GBP so pretty decent. The max I have ever paid was £3000 for Silversea but it was worth every penny. In recent times there are some very attractive deals to be had on a few of the luxury lines. Over here at the moment they are offering OBC ,Cat Upg and drink packages to attract early bookers.

I've been looking, with my current medical conditions and Princess pretty much paying us to cruise, I have been talking to the in laws about taking a few Princess cruises this year, just to give us all a break from reality.

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 213):
Looks like a mixer at the local nursing home, was there a piano in the corner?
Quoting OA260 (Reply 214):
It is one of the older ships from the 80's and does attract an older crowd. The Eurodam is a lot nicer and tends to be more mixed. Not that there is anything wrong with an older crowd as many cruises I have been on I have met some very interesting people with interesting stories to tell.

We've had Pinnacle suites on the Zuiderdam and Westerdam, they are really just like the upper level suites on Carnival, with nicer finishes, nothing to really write home about, but not a bad place to be.

Over the last 10 years I have really watched the demographic on HAL change, on our first cruise it was clear we were amongst the youngest on board, now, we are probably right in the middle of the age groups.
 
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Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:50 pm

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 215):
Over the last 10 years I have really watched the demographic on HAL change, on our first cruise it was clear we were amongst the youngest on board, now, we are probably right in the middle of the age groups.

Don't you mean that you're getting older and are now closer to or are in the HAL demographic?
 
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Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:21 pm

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 211):

Out of curiosity Colby what was the itinerary for the 14 day Irish cruise!
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Wed Jan 14, 2015 6:35 pm

Quoting irishair98 (Reply 217):

Amsterdam-Dartmouth-Kingswear-Conwy-Foynes-Giant's Causeway-Belfast-Isle of Skye-Liverpool-Dublin-Amsterdam

14 Day Irish Enchantment Cruise

Trip report coming soon.

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EDIT: Forgot Foynes, Ireland

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Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:28 pm

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 215):
I've been looking, with my current medical conditions and Princess pretty much paying us to cruise, I have been talking to the in laws about taking a few Princess cruises this year, just to give us all a break from reality.

Princess are really trying hard to sell their product. Since they split from P&O/Cunard in terms of marketing they are really trying to push their brand. From this side of the Atlantic they do have a great sales team who are constantly on the road and have a great rapport with trade partners. I would not hesitate to go on them.

Quoting irishair98 (Reply 217):
itinerary for the 14 day Irish cruise!

Lots of cruise ships this year calling in Dublin and Belfast.

Belfast gets :

Royal Princess/Silver Whisper/Seven Seas Voyager/P&O Adonia/ Crystal Symphony/Fred Olsen Braemar/Swan Hellenic Minerva/Cunard Queen Elizabeth/NCL Star and a few others. Going to be quite a season and I have already had some invites for lunch onboard when they dock. I will not have time to work  
 
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Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:27 pm

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 216):

Don't you mean that you're getting older and are now closer to or are in the HAL demographic?

LMFAO, yeah I guess that's part of it, but on our last Zuiderdam cruise there was actually a lot of young families. On this side of the pond it is not uncommon to see HAL at a lower price point than Princess or Carnival, so that is going to attract some of the real bargain hunters, but, you also have to throw in the fact that the HAL product is pretty nice, so it will start to appeal to the younger generations as time goes on.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 219):
Princess are really trying hard to sell their product. Since they split from P&O/Cunard in terms of marketing they are really trying to push their brand. From this side of the Atlantic they do have a great sales team who are constantly on the road and have a great rapport with trade partners. I would not hesitate to go on them.

To give you an idea, one email I got from them was for a 5 day California coastal cruise, balcony cabin, $300 inc taxes, then comp gratuities, $200 pp in casino credit and a $300 future cruise credit.
 
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Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:06 pm

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 218):

Quite surprised to see the prinsendam docked in Donegal! I hope you enjoyed the Irish ports and the beautiful weather we admire so much!   


Quoting OA260 (Reply 219):

I'll certainly be watching the coast of Donegal hopefully some will be passing I heard it will be a big year cruise tourism in Ireland this year!  
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Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:04 am

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 220):

Thats cheaper than staying at home  


An interesting case which could prompt more claims.


MIAMI, FL - Miami-based admiralty and maritime law firm, Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., has obtained a record $3.6 million award in favor of a deceased Carnival Cruise Line crew member who suffered from a fatal occupational disease, stemming from prolonged asbestos exposure throughout his employment. The case represents a landmark decision for the firm, as it is the first cruise ship asbestos case to go to trial in the history of the cruise industry.

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Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:50 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 219):
Princess are really trying hard to sell their product. Since they split from P&O/Cunard in terms of marketing they are really trying to push their brand. From this side of the Atlantic they do have a great sales team who are constantly on the road and have a great rapport with trade partners. I would not hesitate to go on them.

Their CA cruise leaves out of SF. I'd love to take it. I know that Atlantis used their ship on LA to Mexico
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Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:35 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 206):
The trouble with these crimes is that the perpetrator often either 1) believes that he will not be caught or 2) isn't thinking about consequences at the time.

That's why there needs to be a tough judge and a harsh sentence. Then the cruise lines need to let the staff know about that tough sentence. Get it right in their face.
 
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Thu Jan 15, 2015 6:29 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 222):
Thats cheaper than staying at home

As part of my rehab, once I am cleared to travel, the we are going to do a few short cruises, I was checking online early this morning at the 3/4 day Mexico cruises on Carnival (btw, don't ever judge these types of cruises as the real Carnival, they are party boats) when I stumbled across a fare I could not pass up.

$2, plus $50 taxes for mid Febuary.....$2 !!!!! seriously ? 50 cents a day !!!!! Yeah, we booked.

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 224):
That's why there needs to be a tough judge and a harsh sentence. Then the cruise lines need to let the staff know about that tough sentence. Get it right in their face.

Very true, the other way of dealing with this is find the town they are from, do not renew the contracts of people from that town when they become due and explain to them why, word will spread very quickly.

RCCL had a problem in the 80's with crew from, I want to say Trinidad, nothing to the extremes posted abou there, more that they were just being rude to the guests. A company called Posiden services were bought in to fix the problem, they did it the quick and easy way, as the ships came into Miami, each crew member was taken off the ship, driven to MIA and flown home, end of problem. Word got around the fleet quickly.

The amount of money these crew members make, while in some cases very low compared to US guests, is an absolute fortune back in the home country, they can bankroll their whole family through school and set them up for better lives.

I know how this can sound, heck it's a little creepy to be sitting here typing this, but I have spent time at the crew bars talking to the crew off hours, the vast majority of them would fight tooth and nail to get a cruise job, it's hard work, damn hard work, but it's better than 99.9% of them can get at home.
 
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Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:52 am

Crazy story. Man fell off the Oasis of the Seas, floated around in the big ocean for around 5 hours before he was spotted by coincidence by another cruise ship.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cr...p-and-is-picked-up-by-another.html
 
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Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:57 am

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 226):
Crazy story. Man fell off the Oasis of the Seas, floated around in the big ocean for around 5 hours before he was spotted by coincidence by another cruise ship.

And there's a man who is lucky to be alive.
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Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:58 am

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 226):


The man was picked up by the Disney Magic and taken back to Cozumel. suprisingly the whole thing was caught on video!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zok6z6s7sRE
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Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:03 am

I wonder how they manage the logistics. He's floating in the ocean with no ID, no passport, no money. How do they get him back to his ship?
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Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:47 am

They will find out who he claims to be and how he ended up in the ocean. Disney corp security will contact RCL corp security.

The US coast guard and Mexican authorities will be notifed, from there it's just a matter if everything checks out of tranfering him to the RCL ship in port.

I am sure the Mexican and US authorities will have some questions for him.
 
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Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:34 pm

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 230):
I am sure the Mexican and US authorities will have some questions for him.

Like how he fell overboard.

The Captain of the Oasis also has some investigating to do. I assume that there are lookouts (even if via video cameras) for those that might have fallen overboard. We had those in the Navy and also had periodic drills for rescue.
 
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Sat Jan 17, 2015 2:26 pm

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 231):
The Captain of the Oasis also has some investigating to do. I assume that there are lookouts (even if via video cameras) for those that might have fallen overboard. We had those in the Navy and also had periodic drills for rescue.

It's more than likely a motion detector set up to catch something falling away from the ship, jump just right and it will miss you.
 
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Sat Jan 17, 2015 6:58 pm

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 232):
It's more than likely a motion detector set up to catch something falling away from the ship, jump just right and it will miss you.

IMO that is not good enough. When you look at the investments cruise companies make in ships and building a reputation having live staff standing watch should be standard. If it can be done on Naval ships it can be done on cruise lines that have a far larger budget.
 
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Sat Jan 17, 2015 7:55 pm

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 233):

IMO that is not good enough. When you look at the investments cruise companies make in ships and building a reputation having live staff standing watch should be standard. If it can be done on Naval ships it can be done on cruise lines that have a far larger budget.

There is one huge difference between a naval ship and a cruise ship.

On a cruise ship, if you really don't like it, it a few days until you can go home, on a naval ship, well sadly, your stuck. I think it was the Discovery channel that did a piece on the Nimitz, they covered a guy that jumped, it was more of a "get me the hell out of here" than a real attempt at killing himself.

Now could there be improvments, sure, but honestly, if it came down to it, I would prefer to have a system that never get's tired, never blinks, never sneezes and never needs to go to the bathroom, over a human.
 
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Sat Jan 17, 2015 9:36 pm

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 233):
IMO that is not good enough. When you look at the investments cruise companies make in ships and building a reputation having live staff standing watch should be standard. If it can be done on Naval ships it can be done on cruise lines that have a far larger budget.

It's really hard to "fall" overboard. You either jump or get pushed. The railings are pretty high and the design is such that doing this accidentally is nigh well impossible.

Expecting any human to stay vigilant for this sort of thing for hours on end in conditions of variable visibility isn't reasonable.

It's not the first man overboard on Oasis, either. A couple of years ago on an Atlantis charter, a man jumped overboard from the top deck in an apparent suicide. The only way they knew it had happened was because a passenger witnessed it. The man was never found. From the top deck, you'd probably lose consciousness on impact and then subsequently drown.
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Mon Jan 19, 2015 8:53 pm

An update from RCI :

The scheduled introduction of Dynamic Dining on Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas has been postponed until later in the year.

Also :

Beverage gratuities are increasing from 15% to 18% across the fleet, as of 1st February.
 
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Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:05 pm

Hi everyone,

I just finished a TR (just Part 1) on my recent cruise on the Carnival Glory, to Costa Maya, Belize, Roatán, and Cozumel. Here it is if you're interested: Carnival Cruise • P.1 • AA's New A321, In Y (by Ytraveller Jan 19 2015 in Trip Reports)

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Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:04 pm

Thanks for the link.

Well I now have 7 weeks until I can travel, I am thinking we will be heading to Florida to meet up with friends, then jump on a short cruise. There are some really attractive price points right now.
 
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:43 pm

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 234):
I would prefer to have a system that never get's tired, never blinks, never sneezes and never needs to go to the bathroom, over a human.

But sometimes misses a pax falling over the side? Human watches can also miss but there is no reason not to add them to various electronic systems as it can increase the probability of identifying an accident.

And those machines that never sleep can also cause problems. Took of fully loaded on a QF 744 out of SYD one time and the land immediately turned right instead of the standard left. Turns out that the system that never get's tired, never blinks, never sneezes and never needs to go to the bathroom does go bad at times and this one told the Captain that he had a fire in #3. He hit the bottle and was given priority for an immediately landing (which he did brilliantly). Fortunately it was just a part in the system that went bad - no fire at all.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 235):
Expecting any human to stay vigilant for this sort of thing for hours on end in conditions of variable visibility isn't reasonable.

Guys (and now gals) stand those 4 hour watches on all Navy ships at sea. And there are periodic drills (they throw a dummy overboard at random times) to ensure that the response to someone going overboard is effective. Not a perfect system, but an important one.
 
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Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:49 pm

Well, I am about to book a trans Atlantic.

As some on here know, I went through a life changing event Jan 4th, it wasn't a real great day for me, but it did serve to wake my butt up and show that there is more to life than work.

I also sat down with a friend who has offered me a job with his company, zero stress and a decent paycheck, YTraveller will know who he is as he is rather well known here in Vegas, the good thing is, he doesn't want me working more than 20 hours a week and I must take vacations every couple of months, so I guess I am slowly edging into semi retirment. Damn I feel old lmao....I'm 43 btw

So, I am think it's time we went on the QM2, I think I posted on here, but I used to live on Southampton water in a little village called Fawley, there were days I would sit in my bedroom window and watch the QE2 and Canberra sail by, I think I am going to book a cabin where I can look back in the direction of my old home.

There are a few other options, but the QM2 (thanks to Phil and his reports) is crying out my name.
 
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Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:23 pm

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 240):
Well, I am about to book a trans Atlantic.
Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 240):
So, I am think it's time we went on the QM2

      Go for it ! You will have such a wonderful time. You are right life is too short so take a break and enjoy it.

I have recently been looking at another cruise with a few lines for September/October but my heart tells me Cunard  
 
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Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:50 pm

Cruise Ship Listed As Vessel Hit By Fire

The blaze broke out in the engine room of the Boudicca, which has more than 700 passengers and 350 crew on board.
A cruise ship carrying nearly 800 passengers listed for a time as it was hit by a fire on board.

The blaze, which has now been put out, took place in the engine room of Boudicca around 4am as it was sailing off the coast of Casablanca, Morocco.

The vessel was listing for a "short period" following the loss of the propulsion system, according to operator Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

http://news.sky.com/story/1414543/cr...-ship-listed-as-vessel-hit-by-fire
 
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Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:19 pm

Well, proof that this sitting at home rehabbing is an expensive pastime, we have 3 cruises on Carnival, 2 on princess booked for the next 3 months.

Dec cruise on Princess booked.

I'm still looking at a trans Atlantic on the QM2, I like the idea of riding out a winter storm on her, the wife less so lol
 
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Sun Feb 01, 2015 7:14 pm

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 243):
I'm still looking at a trans Atlantic on the QM2, I like the idea of riding out a winter storm on her, the wife less so lol

I travelled on QM2 on April 2013, from Cape Town to Southampton.
The ship was indeed impressive, and service was nice.
I was 33 at the time, and 99% of the other guests were 65+ (I've read that US-Europe crossings tend to attract a younger crowd, though).
About dressing: at the time it was a quite formal ship, every guest I spoke to complained about it. I've read they have relaxed their policy, but still it's a conservative / formal ship comparing to other big companies such as RCI or Celebrity. The thing is, many guests like the feeling of the bygone era of TATL luxurious ships, and Cunard is arguably the only company nowadays to provide them this experience.

[Edited 2015-02-01 11:20:03]
 
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Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:01 pm

Quoting danvs (Reply 244):
About dressing: at the time it was a quite formal ship, every guest I spoke to complained about it. I've read they have relaxed their policy, but still it's a conservative / formal ship comparing to other big companies such as RCI or Celebrity. The thing is, many guests like the feeling of the bygone era of TATL luxurious ships, and Cunard is arguably the only company nowadays to provide them this experience.

The wife would love that, she would be wearing evening gowns every night, I can just pack a couple of tuxes and different shirts.

I will say, I also like the idea of a TATL crossing in a similar vein to the bygone era, give me the formality for a week, I will be happy.
 
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Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:12 am

Quoting jetwet1 (Reply 243):
Dec cruise on Princess booked.

Well that one lasted a long time, switched it to the Nov 29th sailing on the Regal, we got a stupid offer, $900pp for a mini suite, and $350 onboard credit, couldn't say no to it.
 
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Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:46 am

Saw P&O Oriana docked here in Arrecife the other day. Seems they are putting the new brand livery on whilst on the move!


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http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/DBA3E380-5FE5-4155-882C-894912615442_zps27mk8mma.jpg
 
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Tue Feb 03, 2015 3:05 pm

If they are doing what I think they are doing, it's really sort of silly, they are making the emblem a lot smaller and a lighter shade, it doesn't look good.
 
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Sat Feb 07, 2015 2:47 am

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