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  1. Depending on the quality of your writing, those books may have still come with a cost ;). I found it amusing how the the article explains that what people perceive as free actually aren't. It then lists a number of things people perceive as free but actually aren't claiming they are actually free.
  2. While they may be on edge after the Glory mishap, the propulsion issue probably isn't impacting the decision at Grand Turk. Only a fraction of the ship's power is needed for docking when compared to operating at cruising speeds, so the vast majority of speed impacting problems don't preclude docking. Getting to the port on time, of course, is an issue, but the OP states they had arrived in Grand Turk but simply couldn't dock. Of course, the combination of propulsion nixing one port and weather preventing another is still an unfortunate one for passengers.
  3. The compression isn't the most important consideration (assuming it wasn't done horribly). Most images are compressed in some way, shape, or form to reduce size. Uncompressed image files are huge. Compressing an image does result in a loss of quality, but if done within reason it isn't normally a major issue unless a lot of touching up and editing is required. More important is the resolution. 2000x3000 will generally not yield good results scaled to a 20x30 inches. You only have 100 pixels per inch in that case (or dots per inch when printed, hence the DPI term). You can contact your printer about what they feel is a minimum for the canvas you are working with, but in most applications I've worked with that is well below the minimum. It sounds to me like RCI is giving you files geared towards printing at 8x10 or similar sizes. You may be able to get some more detailed information in the photography subforum, as some of the experts there have a lot more experience than me and may have some additional suggestions. Based on the level of quality you are willing to accept, the material you are printing on, what the viewing distance is, etc, there might be a way to make it work to your satisfaction. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/72-photo-camera-discussions/
  4. I think the question becomes 1) how much time and effort does it take to code this for every combination of itinerary, passenger nationality, etc., and then keep it updated to changing international requirements and 2) if there is an error in this process does NCL have any liability for providing an indication that someone is good to go? Right now, they spend no money and have the freedom to grant or refuse compensation at their sole discretion. A long time ago I worked on a project that included some aspects of what would be required to make a verification system work. It took a lot of man hours, as some nations do not make information readily accessible or have very complex requirements regarding entry. I doubt NCL would want to deal with it in house. There may be some third-parties that dig through all the intricacies and resell the information in a standardized format, but that costs a lot more than putting a few notes in the travel documents. That all said... it seems reasonable that some kind of flag could be made saying like "The data you have entered indicates your passport expires less than six months from the last day of your cruise; please verify that your travel documents will meet the requirements..." It is easy to code, leaves the responsibility entirely with the customer, but adds in an extra reminder for those that may be unaware.
  5. I've left the equipment I plan to use in ambient conditions ahead of time. Depending on the lenses and conditions it can take 15 minutes to over an hour. In very humid conditions I'll try to keep it sealed to minimize condensation as temperature equalizes. I also have a dew heater that I use for astrophotography. I may experiment with that next time I don't have an hour to let my telephoto acclimate.
  6. I believe a @Joebucks was making a point about the ratio not being overemphasized by some people. If your comparing a ship with a ratio of 34 to one with 36, the design of the vessel is going to have a much bigger impact than that number. Even bigger differences aren't always accurate, because as has been pointed out spaces not available to passengers (like engine room, galleys, etc) are included in the GT figure and don't always vary linearly from ship to ship. Furthermore, it is a measure of interior space, so if you looking to find out how crowded the sun deck is your better reading reviews. That, of course, doesn't even get into changes is passenger loads on different lines/itineraries/etc. In short, it is a rough estimate that can give some idea when comparing ships, but reviews and first hand accounts will generally give you better information.
  7. My first experience at the port was the worst I've ever seen. Staff were rude and unprofessional, getting into loud and heated arguments with each other. 3+ hours of chaos and confusion. Had it been the first time the ship had sailed from Manhattan I might have been more understanding, but at the time Breakaway had been sailing there for months. After that, I was hesitant to sail out of Manhattan again. However, the second time around things were far better, though it still was probably about two hours from the curb to the ship. Of course I arrived fairly early, so those boarding in the early afternoon may have a much shorter wait. If a noon, 1pm boarding is to your liking, it probably will help avoid the worst delays (baring any unusual issues).
  8. I know very little about lens development, but I'd surmise trying to make a material improvement in some of the existing EF lenses is very hard to do, and most people who own an array of "L" glass aren't going to shell out more cash for a couple minor tweaks. The ROI for coming a version III of the EF 100-400 lens, where many already own the I or II model, is probably a lot less than giving the RF crowd a 100-400 lens that nobody currently has. I do wonder if the RF lenses start with their EF counterparts as a template or if they are "fresh" designs. But I do think Canon, and the world, seem headed in the mirorrless direction. I suppose we shall see. I know I for one am not planning to run out and invest in a mirrored 1DXIII. Not that I would be getting one if it was mirorrless... but possible obsolescence is a more palatable reason in my mind than "I just can't justify the cost for what I do."
  9. NCL built one because of a contractual dispute with the shipyard. The second ship was axed long before Epic ever saw a passenger. That said, the design has proven to be one of the most divisive of modern cruise ships, and I'm sure some feel NCL was fortunate to dodge a bullet. Personally I don't have much interest in Epic, but some folks still love it. I find it kind of funny that it is being compared to Apex, an Edge class ship. Edge's design has certainly elicited a wide array of positive and negative opinions as well. For me, personally, I'd find it easier to deal with the Apex's negatives than those of the Epic, but that will vary from person to person. It also deepens on cabin; suites on both ships rectify some of the issues people are most vocal about.
  10. I was under the impression a gas turbine is always less efficient than a large marine diesel, even when both are at high loads. The turbines, however, weigh only a fraction as much for the amount of power produced, so there is less dead weight to lug around when not in use. The fuel savings of the slow down are substantial. I'm sure they weighed on board spending, initial revenues, fuel costs, utilization of the ship, and incremental costs related to the extra day very carefully before making the change. If the window sticker on your Porsche quoted "feet per gallon" you might feel differently ;).
  11. I do agree with your premise that in general higher end lines are going to have more space available. After all, it is one of the strengths that justify the added cost. However, if the OP is trying to compare between ships operated by similar tier lines, the information about space ratio isn't very useful. It is, after all, a measurement of interior space (and not directly related to ft3 despite what the site implies). In addition, ships of very similar tonnage can have dramatically different layouts, particularly among mass market and mid-tier lines where significant space can be devoted to "attractions" and areas reserved for suite guests or requiring additional fees. Likely another plus for a higher end line, but if the OP is trying to compare NCL/RCI/CCL space ratio isn't all that useful in determining exterior crowds. In short, I agree with your overall premise, but I want to be respectful of the original question as well. Thus far they have sailed on NCL and haven't indicated a desire to go to a different type of line. I do like facts, but if they stick with a mainstream, some of the facts presented are easily misinterpreted. Best wishes for a Happy New Year!
  12. Then say it is your opinion, I can respectfully disagree with that. But don't try to justify it with a dictionary definition and then claim others are arguing semantics.
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