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  1. While we hardly can get more of topic, I don't understand why ships don't have simple things for sale that people need. Needles, antacids, deodorant, chargers for phones, OTC medicines. Women might like some products as well. Nobody cares about paying twice as much as in their local supermarket when they need it it now. It's such a simple way for the ships to make money combined with making things easier for their pax.
  2. OK, but apart from duty, why "oh, you're at the city, there is no malaria in the city, only outside the city"?
  3. I completely agree with the upset folks. Obviously, people have their own responsibilities but isn't it obvious that people would expect to be able to buy Deet on the ship? I guess it's not the first time HAL sailed on the Amazon, and they must have had complaints before. Easy to fix, and a bigger profit than the $10 watches.
  4. OK. Again, IANAL. I think saying someone is a criminal or a scammer, with evidence for why they say he's a criminal, leaves it up to the reader to decide what to think of it. If you think that the discounts are realistic discounts, the word "criminal" means nothing. If you think "discounts? what discounts are they talking about", you might want to express that feeling on a forum using words that a lawyer wouldn't use. I think it's a bit far fetched to think that people would take it as "oh no, let's not do business with them because someone on CC said they are criminals". Once again, IANAL but I think that would be freedom of expression.
  5. I'm not versed in US laws, (or any law actually) but saying that a product is heavily discounted when it's obviously not is at least not very nice. It's probably legal to do so, but even without being a lawyer I'd guess warning others of simple facts is not slander.
  6. This site needs a FAQ. Or actually, we need a book to answer everything for both new and experienced cruises, from musters to salty pools, from PVSA to broken toilets, from stabilizers to pilots. The perfect gift to hint that the family is going on a cruise. The perfect gift for all those people who enjoy and actually pay for visiting a kitchen. The book I'd buy myself in a heartbeat. I'm looking at you Chenkp75. Get a ghost writer, all he has to do is to summarize your posts, but there are probably juicy stories to add, and publish the book that many are waiting for. Just the "..., also known as Chenkp75 on CruiseCritic" is probably enough reason for thousands to buy the book.
  7. Huh, didn't the hospital understand you'd be sailing on the Amazon? And why would you need to smuggle anti-malaria drugs? They're not restricted are they? When visiting Zimbabwe with my (then) girlfriend, we decided to not take the pills for the side effects en were religiously using Deet all the time.😀 Well, I was amazed (but being amazed is my middle name 😀) that I couldn't simply buy antacids on the ship (whereas they did sell toothpaste), I was referred to the infirmary. Luckily my cruise mate could supply me from her magic purse. On a cruise like that I'd expect the ship to have loads of Deet in stock and the CD to say daily that you need to protect yourselves. Ships do provide you with (even free) meds for seasickness, and food for being hungry. I'd expect them to bring Deet and not just Tonic.
  8. I OK, the impression I got from documentaries etc was that even a few hours lost for a really big ship means thousands and thousands of dollars. In January this year, MSC Zoe tried to save some time by taking a much more dangerous, but a bit shorter, route leaving 342 containers for Holland to deal with (including mess that simply cannot be cleaned like tiny plastic particles). While such huge ships won't be sailing on the Amazon, I guess HAL's financial department would like to avoid grounded ships as well for a nice sum. Maybe we are talking about a non-problem, but still. What's the use of having charts that show ample depth at point X where there isn't and have an island where there's no island? Isn't there some kind of Service Level Agreement with the pilots, including a decent penalty clause for when the ship gets substantially delayed or damaged? (Besides Panama Canal). I mean, it's hard for HAL to insure against the costs of grounding (OBC, stressed Guest Relations, missed ports and excursions, Facebook and Twitter, inspections, fuel, and I must have missed most) as they hardly ever sail on the Amazon. It's much easier for the pilots to insure (and get paid for being insured) as they can show records for ship sizes, areas, seasons, whatever.
  9. Maybe the Captain found an innovative way to get his crew to exercise 🙂 Must have been a fun event. If ships ground so often on the Amazon, and you need pilots and then even they don't know what would happen because the charts are wrong just weeks after being made, doesn't that cost millions? And if so, why aren't there for instance "scouting boats" a few miles ahead for an up to date situation? One boat, one person sailing it, sending accurate levels of depth to the ship, the costs would seem nothing compared to a tanker being delayed substantially and maybe also needing tugs. For a cruise ship it could even be one of their own rescue boats with a sonar attached. (I'm not mentioning even cheaper aquatic drones, for reasons 😁) Or, to lower costs even more, the ships that do sail the Amazon anyway could send recent sonar data (provided they have sonar but they'd be paid for the precious data) to all the other ships. "Warning: point X was OK for us but it's 10ft deep now instead of the listed 30ft".
  10. Reading up a bit on the subject, I now realize how much calculation has gone into your numbers. Thank you again! Still wondering, as the difference between 10cm and 61cm isn't that big, what would happen if the passengers were asked to go to the front and then to get as fast as possible from to the back instead of a simple "please visit MDR". So the ship wouldn't only be tilted a bit but would be tilting until the water convinced it that it should return to 10-15cm, and the extra maybe even just enough to get lose. (I'm not asking for a ridiculous complicated calculation!)
  11. (1432 pax + 558 crew) * 70 kg is still 140 metric tonnes. Would simply asking everyone to go to the MDR (free drinks, of course) have made a measurable difference? (Besides turning running aground that sounds dangerously much like a Costa ship into a fun event on Twitter)
  12. It's very nice that the ship is so transparent and includes details about the exact problem, how they tried to remedy the situation, even including the options that didn't work.
  13. I don't understand why Mr Walker isn't dragged into court already for making false allegations. For instance, he's saying over and over again that ships need a MOB detection system without a shred of evidence that it would save lives. Nobody falls of a cruise ship by accident.
  14. Are there very important reasons the other Captains haven't? Lining up with a few more high ranking officers, then shaking hands with every guest who doesn't mind the queue. It's almost as if the procedure is designed to infect as many as possible. You only need one infected (it doesn't need to be precisely Noro) guest in the line to sneeze in his right hand. To further enhance the procedure, it helps to give free drinks to everyone who just shook hands so they don't wash their hands before contaminating their glasses. This is the exact procedure I encountered on my last cruise. I'd be less worried about the salt and pepper shakers when it's so easy to put up a sign that says "fist bumps or bowing only, thank you".
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