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About Grburkart

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    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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    Culinary, wine tasting
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  1. I’m sorry to hear of your troubles on the Emerald. I know I would be disappointed with screaming kids, especially when they’re not in a kid friendly atmosphere. I get the loud talking and laughing to a point, however it is a place to have fun (kinda). I was to be on the Emerald now but I had cancelled my cruise due to health reasons. I am envious of anyone posting from the ship. have lots of fun!?! Glenn
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    It kind of astounds me that after producing the excerpt from the passenger contract, that we all signed by the way, there are still those that debate that very same policy. I realize there are certain people exempt from the rules but we have to go by something. The policy is straight forward but it still befuddles many. I would be in agreement with buying wine or otherwise (I like ouzo) from Port, to be enjoyed onboard. In the meantime, there’s that pesky policy that gets in the way. Nobody is disputing that you can bring wine onboard. A whole truckload if you desire. The catch is, by the contract, bringing stuff in from ports of call. Corkage fee or not, it’s taboo. Glenn
  3. I’ll stray a tiny bit here by saying I work in the oil industry in Northern Canada and I stay in work camps when I’m on shift. 1500 person camps to 4000 people camps. The food is served buffet style except that the kitchen staff plate our meals, which is good if you’ve spent any amount of time watching people use the buffet. I have done my share of eating this style. I hate buffets, more for sanitation reasons than food quality and when food prep is done for the masses it becomes institutionalized and quality and taste take a back seat to production. Thats why I’ll intend on doing the MDR 100% of the time. The food is still institutionalized but there’s an individual touch to it, the plating of the food isn’t haphazard and, from what I understand, MDR food is tastier. Plus, wine and buffet food do not mix well. If there’s an upcharge for an enhancement, my option to accept it or reject it comes into play and I can exercise my discretion. The charge for the second entree? I wouldn’t complain since there are other options. I love a good hot dog! Glenn
  4. Right now there’s no place to put our foot down because nothings happened yet. Until the decision in question affects Princess there’s not a whole lot to do. As the saying goes... “you need to pick your fights”... I’m not so sure this ones worth fighting for. Glenn
  5. Ya. Desserts are my weakness. Particularly ice cream. Ice cream topped with more ice cream! My cruise leaves October 13 from Barcelona. I am so looking forward to it! And thanks! Glenn
  6. I mean this with total humour that if you’re using more than one roll of TP a day, there’s other issues going on. Glenn
  7. I still challenge your analysis. First of all they aren’t taking chairs out of the new ships. They are taking chairs out of specific ships in specific rooms for specific reasons. There is no way your going to convince me that after they spend ??? So many, many millions of dollars on a new ship that a chair would be missed to save money. Maintainance on a chair? I could only say that would be minimal. Glenn
  8. I think people are getting worked up over something that hasn’t happened yet and MAYBE never will happen. Some folks on CC tend to take things to heart and think of the worst scenario. We need to be reminded that we’re not cruise ship executives and we don’t coach our favourite NFL team. Sometimes decisions are made for reasons we don’t see. Glenn
  9. Yes. I agree. We’re saying the same thing. Glenn
  10. Gee. Well done and well written. I’m in total agreement. Funny thing is I tried writing those thoughts but in a different way and I faced the wrath! Good for you! Glenn
  11. Ok I’ll bite! (No pun intended) What is the Love Boat Dream? Glenn
  12. Agreed. But in the big picture, their bottom line, be it Princess, HAL, Cunard, or any other cruise line, (just using cruise lines as an example) have to worry about bottom line. It’s what makes them tick. They don’t have all these ships spread out all over the world to lose money. They are in the people business and they need to make you happy and put a smile on your face and make you want to come back for more. BUT, they need to make a profit to do that and they’re not dummies at doing such. They just didn’t arbitrarily decide to take the chairs out of the rooms. They studied it, surveyed the situation, had meetings upon meeting and decided to do so to please a certain demographic. We hear the complaints but there are probably more people praising the situation. Back to the topic at hand... same thing. If there’s an issue that’s needs addressing like wasted food, then they are working towards a solution. If it’s about the bottom line, as you suggest, then it’s a good place to start. Glenn
  13. I’m on your side. You and I should head over to the NCL board and start bashing them. I bet they wouldn’t be so amused. Glenn
  14. Since when did this thread become a place where I’m getting a hard time because of what I paid for a cruise? And when does it become anybodies concern that my daughter and I are travelling to the other side of the world to enjoy a 22 day Mediterranean cruise in a mini suite, so much to the point that we need to engage in name calling? Surely we need to realize that this thread is about two entrees on an HAL cruise ship. Also, no where did I mention anything about spending your money and what I do with my money doesn’t concern you. I stand by my post. Glenn
  15. Just to make sure we’re not blowing smoke here I did a search and it’s fair enough. https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/3803/ The reasoning behind it is to prevent or reduce food waste, according to the article. I can buy into that because some people... I don’t need to finish the sentence. I’m a bigger guy and I have the potential of eating more than my share of food. From what I understand, with the several courses at each meal, there should be ample food to sustain life. If the guru’s in charge think a fee for a second entree is in order then I’ll go along with that. No complaints. If $10.00 is going to ruin my $26,000 cruise then I need to rethink my vacation choices. I’m looking through the culinary options on a cruise ship and they’re plentiful. What are we missing that’s going to stop us from not cruising or changing cruiseline loyalties? Glenn
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