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    Charlotte, NC
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    Never thought I'd list cruising as a hobby but......
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  1. We don't sail until April12, 2020, on Regal. I've been in IT since 1979 and viewed the Medallion concept with a jaundiced eye. One very disturbing thing I've read is that the cabin door will open several yards away. Most other complaints seem to be nuisances but that one is a major security issue for me.
  2. My primary debit card and credit card are one and the same. I've been reimbursed for disputes no matter how it was used. We don't use it for cruises, though.
  3. What I posted was how the pecking order for bankrupty works in the US. No misinformation - if an individual needs relief directly from Thomas Cook they are probably out of luck. UK laws may be different but since US laws were based on them probably not. I did find in reading about this tonight that the UK has some sort of government travel insurance that may help those affected.
  4. With both my cars and my cruises I like to have as much control as possible. Though my experience with TAs is limited, losing control is enough to put me off.
  5. A new reason to book direct - Thomas Cook. Travel insurance may help a few but most of the folks left stranded will be at the end of the bankruptcy line.
  6. I've always been content booking direct. The only time I haven't been was the one time I used a TA. Maybe I just got a bad one, but it's enough to put me off.
  7. It was open when we got back from Gibraltar around 1:00. But I seem to recall them cooking your order on the spot - this time the burger patties were in a tin and a bit dry.
  8. I just used the finder and it worked fine. Must have been a temporary issue.
  9. His own agency name but under a large outfit that you would recognize. One problem I have is it seems everything he did had to have their approval.
  10. We're on this cruise 9/4/2020 so very interested in your blog. My wife always takes a few books to leave in the library as they tend to be a little sparse.
  11. We booked that cruise as well. Never been to the ABCs and since 9/4/2020 is our 44th anniversary we thought it would be a nice way to celebrate. We'll miss not having The Hideaway for morning coffee, though.
  12. We've always booked direct but recently tried a TA friend who had gotten back into the business. Maybe he's just not very good but other than $100 OBC I see no benefit whatsoever.
  13. We were on this cruise as well. The itinerary was wonderful. We opted for Ghent instead of Bruges this time. The towns are definitely different with Bruges being business oriented and Ghent a college town. Except for a couple of room service meals and one Mast Grill we ate exclusively in the MDR. Generally, it was just average - nothing screamed "EAT ME!" - not up to previous experiences. The toiletries are awful. Our steward claimed they are the same they've always used but that is not the case. We didn't attend the theater, preferring to relax with a drink in Passport or Ensemble and enjoy the performers there - all of whom were very good. We were in 7262 on the angle. Nice cabin with a little extra on the balcony. The only downside being the stewards' closet just outside our door. That could be a bit noisy if trying to sleep in. Casino was pretty stingy right up until the last sea day when I hit for $1,586.41 on the penny slots so we could break even for the trip. 😃
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