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  1. When that part (Pier 12) of the waterfront was converted from a cargo handling facility to a cruise passenger terminal it was renamed: Brooklyn Cruise Terminal — without any proximity to a Pier 11 or a Pier 13, it is a bit silly to retain an obsolete (and possibly confusing) designating number.
  2. Also, what’s with the “Pier 12” - terminology? There is ONE berth at BCT.
  3. QM 2 from Brooklyn to Southampton sure beats flying from JFK to LHR (other than time expended if you are in a hurry), but for pulling out of New York, sailing down the Hudson from MCT is the better way.
  4. While “homarus americanus” is the formal name, “Atlantic lobster” is probably the most useful — not being nationalistic as in “Canadian” and “Maine” - and most appropriate, as they come from the Atlantic coast of Canada and the US as far south (rarely now) as New Jersey. Sadly, the waters of Long Island Sound have become too warm, with the result that the local low cost “lobster pounds” in coastal Connecticut towns have vanished over the past ten years. The spiny (Caribbean) lobsters, whose tails are most often served on cruise ships, are poor substitutes for the real things.
  5. If you are thinking about anything much more substantial than an inflatable chair (carried aboard uninflated, of course, so you can slip it under your bed or on the top shelf of your closet) you are out of luck.
  6. If the ship you are referring to is one of NCL’s fleet, and the MDR food is better than what you eat at home, I strongly suggest that you invest in a cookbook.
  7. Scallops and oysters (in particular) are best from cooler waters. I think Chesapeake Bay is southern limit for oysters - and the best, in my view, are Wellfleet, from the bay side oh Cape Cod.
  8. In coastal New England lobster is not that special - there have been times when catches are so great that prices seriously drop. We have it at least a couple of times a month at home. It’s important to put the lobsters 🦞 to sleep by rubbing them on the back with a pencil for a couple of minutes. They do not feel it when they go in the boiling water, don’t thrash about, and come out more tender. Attached picture (sadly upside down) shows hyptonized lobster ready for his hot bath - good way to win a side bet with dinner guests who do not believe you can make a lobster stand on his head.
  9. It looks as though there is someone saying “bigger is better”.
  10. It would be interesting to sit in on an actual audit while a creative deducter SUCCESSFULLY convinces the IRS examiner that his cruise fare represented legitimate business expenses which are accepted. Some of these posts are reminiscent of posts by folks who ALWAYS come out ahead in the casino.
  11. I maintain that anyone who believes, without qualification, that “bigger is better” is unthinking.
  12. I do not know who would, but I would prefer an Airbus 320 over a 747.
  13. Do price out the Amtrak alternative- perhaps even consider train up the same day. If you are willing to accept the risk of massive driving delay from a “nearby” hotel that morning, the risk of major Amtrak delay is not much greater.
  14. You should work on reading comprehension. I did not say that people who prefer large ships are unthinking, rather I referred to “the unthinking mass market customer” , never suggesting that all mass market customers are unthinking.. There are many mass market customers who are capable of thinking - but the unthinking ones do tend to automatically equate bigger with better.
  15. Yes, in large part they are “voting with their wallet” … in the sense that they can generally cruise for less money on the mega ships. The fact remains, however: you only get what you are willing to pay for.
  16. In that scenario, I would opt for parking at the airport, making my trip home easiest at the end, rather than easy at the beginning - when anticipation and enthusiasm is high enough to easily accept the hassle.
  17. The unthinking mass market customer’s knee-jerk belief that “bigger is better”. Similar to the approval given the jumbo 747’s when they were introduced: “wide body” is great attitude. They ignored the extended boarding and debarking times, the 12- across, two aisle configuration - only now are customers (and the lines) recognizing that bigness, in itself, is not necessarily a good thing. Perhaps it the perceived anonymity of being one among 4,000 or so, rather than being one among a few hundred, (or certainly one of a dozen or so - when you are bound to be recognized) that creates the pushiness and general discourtesy people demonstrate when in huge crowds as opposed to being among just a few.
  18. Unfortunately, cruise lines have not the staff (or the sense of customer service) to “tow” the stuff the hogs use to reserve their seats.
  19. Unless the cruise line’s transfer is markedly cheaper, it is better to take your own taxi or Uber. When you use the line’s transfer you often have a substantial wait until the bus fills up (unless you are lucky enough to be the last one climbing on), you have a crowded bus ride rather than a comfortable car, and when you get off you are part of a crowd all pushing ahead.
  20. I and a few people I know have occasionally played vigilante: when leaving a lounger and having noticed nearby ones “reserved “ for some time by draped towels, books, etc. we remove such items and leave them on a nearby vacant table.
  21. Agreed - but you should realize that a lot of posters here have only sailed on 3,000 plus passenger ships of mass market lines. Once you are over 3,000 you have big ship mentality/attitude - it would be interesting (though probably impossible) to get a head count of regular CC posters who have ever experienced a smaller (less than 1,000 passengers) ship.
  22. The smaller ships (now largely operated by more up-scale lines) generally have seats at the pool and restaurants (which generally serve GOOD food without your having to pay extra for the alternate restaurants now on all mass-market lines), because they allow more public area space per passenger - as opposed to the mass market lines which squeeze as many passengers on as possible.
  23. Aside from the better general experience on board smaller ships, there are a number of the better ports which can only be visited by smaller ships.
  24. Having experienced a fair amount of California weather at different times of the year, I have to wonder what a “California girl” can reasonably worry about New York or Canada weather in September (possibly the best time of year in both places).
  25. I have found that on Azamera and Oceania, for example, there seem to be a higher lounger to passenger ratio than on mass market lines - with more places available, there is less incentive to try to hog.
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