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Everything posted by Toofarfromthesea

  1. Nice, you insulted my beliefs and now calling names. From the great ethicist. Lots of people are on the list for more than peeing in public. But by all means use the infrequent outlier to whitewash the whole list and justify putting people (children) at risk.
  2. Let us know when you have hired an ex-con whose offense was fraud and embezzlement to be the controller of your company.
  3. Let us know when you've hired a registered sex offenders to babysit your grandkids.
  4. Wow, I don't see the 'poor' marketing nor in what possible sense this is a con? This made no sense three times. Your complaint seems to be that for the same $14 you want them to charge strictly for admission, they give you a drink? So is it bad marketing to give more or is it a con for them to give you more? And the drink package has nothing really to do with it because it is just a single 'specialty' cocktail that is the same for everyone, not like ordering whatever you want from a bar. When we went, the cocktail looked ghastly and my wife and I were able to get bottles of water instead. And I think they only did that much for us because we were YC, although I'm not sure about that.
  5. This. One of the things that really negatively impacted the service we received in Meraviglia's Top Sail Lounge was the lack of peripheral vision and multitasking of most of the butlers.
  6. Depends what you need from the TA. You sound pretty self sufficient in knowledge and decision-making and able to deal with the blips of traveling. So you have to ask yourself why would you use a TA? I do all my own research, so in my case it is to get a very good deal. So once I've decided on the specific parameters of ship, sailing, cabin class, etc., I use one of the sites that let TAs send bids, so the TAs are competing. You still have to do some due diligence before choosing one . I put out my request very specifically, so one of the ways I judge them is how closely they paid attention and tailored their bid to my request. I've had good results. If you do a Google search on something like 'cruise price bidding' one or more of these sites will show up, if that approach is something that interests you.
  7. Yeah, it was a strange comment from one arguing for 'ethics'. Gratuitous and insulting.
  8. No, actually YOU brought it up by asking me the question. And asking someone IF they do something is no different than asking what. Does saying, 'of course I do wonderful things but I'm not going to say what' any different, under the untruths (?) of Matthew 6:1?
  9. A difference at what? Someone's cause of the day? Anyway, with truly due respect, it is neither your nor anybody else's business what I do or don't do. I'm a big believer in Matthew 6:1.
  10. I live my life and pay no attention to the nags, the scolds, and the virtue signallers.
  11. And I don't mind you paying extra so my vacation is cheaper. So we are in agreement. And if you think that AI or the Internet are going to change the fundamental principles of marketing, good luck to you.
  12. You confuse offended with astounded. And yes, I do KNOW that I paid less than anyone who booked through the cruiselines because I always check to see what that cost would be. It's called comparison shopping.
  13. On my recent Meraviglia YC experience, the Asst. M'D, a young lady, was way better than the Maitre D.
  14. Well, you did more than go there, you booked with them. Sure, anyone can have a lousy experience. The problem is that you then extrapolated your rookie mistake onto everything. You blame the world of TAs for your own initial naivete and lack of due diligence. It is like someone saying, 'that mechanic did a lousy job so I am never going to a mechanic again.' Do you think everyone is lying about the financial benefits they get by using TAs? Why is it that we can get them but because of your first, bad, experience you can't? But hey, it is no skin off my nose.
  15. I will. And you enjoy paying more for YOUR vacation so I can pay LESS.
  16. My experience has been that OBC provided by the cruiseline is non-refundable, and OBC provided by the TA is refundable. I don't claim this is a universal rule, but it has consistently been my experience.
  17. Then you did it wrong. Why would you have ever chosen them in the first place when it is pretty easy to get perks in the 5-10% range? What made you choose an agency that gave you nothing, neither expertise nor money? But thanks for subsidizing the vacations of many of us who do use TAs.
  18. No we don't pay for it, ironically YOU end up paying for it. We could take the exact same cruise as you, but pay several (sometimes many) hundred dollars less than you by using a 'middle man'. So, how did I 'one way or another' pay for using a 'middle man'? One of the reasons the cruiselines can pay the commission they do, from which all the perks - and a clue, perk is another word for money -come are people who book direct for whom no commission need be paid. So, 'one way or another' you paying full fare to the cruiseline frees up commission money to pay my TA a better commission rate, and I get a share of that. So, thank you for subsidizing my vacation.
  19. As I said, you do not seem to understand how this works. You aren't subsidizing a middle man, HE subsidizes YOU. What YOU are doing is, effectively, subsidizing the cruiselines by allowing THEM to KEEP the portion of the fare they would otherwise have paid to the TA. And possibly shared with you in the form of perks. As to middle man help, I know some people need it, but the TA customer doesn't pay for it. The cruiseline does with their commission. Personally the only 'middle man' help I look for is a lower net cost. You seem so bound up in the very words 'middle man' being evil because of your principles, that you are completely blind to the nature of the transaction.
  20. What principle? Not liking money? You don't seem to have a grasp of how this works.
  21. Ah, that's too bad. I get an excellent rate from my bank both buying ahead and when I get foreign currency from an ATM.
  22. All of this seems overly complicated to me. If I expect to need currencies other than $ or euros I order exactly what I estimate I'll need in each currency, including denominations, about 2 weeks before we leave from my bank and pick it all up, a week later. AND if I have leftovers when the trip is done they buy back everything but the change.
  23. If you believe that you are hopelessly naive.
  24. Then how do they make their money? Do you pay them a fee? I find it hard to believe that a TA wouldn't be working on commission. Can you explain how this is?
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