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  1. Because proper legal procedure still has to be followed. There needs to be ample time for answers and discovery, and if one or the other party files a specific motion, the other party gets time to respond. Sometimes this is all done through paper and sometimes face-to-face. And if they have done any depositions, it takes time to get through that. Once RCI had ample video confirmation of what happened, their attorneys may have been content to sit back and let the family's attorney continue to dig a deeper hole for themselves before filing a motion to dismiss or motion for summary judgment. I also don't necessarily think a jury trial is a slam dunk for the family. At least some of the potential jurors will have been on cruises with their families and never have dreamed of doing what the grandfather did. Plus, I think it will be hard for them to explain the 30++ seconds that the grandfather dangled her outside the window before letting her go/slipping from his grasp. And after seeing Mitsugirly's photos of the windows, they'd be hard pressed to find a juror that couldn't see the difference.
  2. You'll be able to walk off the boat.
  3. There's also a lot of competition among certain echelons of personal injury attorneys, to get cases - especially the newsworthy ones - so they quickly pounce and offer to "take no fees unless we win your case" (ambulance chasing). The offer may be true to a certain extent but most of the time does not include things like filing fees, court fees, expert fees or outside attorney fees - the gamble being that the defendant or the insurance company offer to settle the case before it's necessary to incur any of those fees.
  4. I don't see how the "bang on glass" scenario holds up with the footage from the Daily Mail video. He leans out the window himself for what they say is 8 seconds and then he picks her up and dangles her outside for what seems like at least another 8 seconds (FWIW, you cannot see the drop on this video, just the scrambling reactions to those on deck in the vicinity of the grandfather). It looks like more of a "Michael Jackson Scenario" (remember where he dangled one of his kids as an infant over a balcony for like 15-20 seconds to show him to the press below), rather than thinking glass was there when it wasn't and immediately losing his grip. I also agree that RCI is handling the lawsuit appropriately. In this scenario, where there is so much pointing to the negligence of the grandfather - the less RCI comments about it, the better they look. Hopefully at some point the family's attorney will come to the realization that he or she isn't going to make money on this case and will advise the family to drop it. I would be very disappointed in RCI if they offer any kind of settlement to the family in this case.
  5. Never said anything about whether checking receipts was "worth it" - just stated that dealing with receipts doesn't weigh in as enough of an inconvenience (to me) to justify getting the drink package. Never had a problem with bogus drink charges but since I'm only looking at 3-4 drinks a day on a sea day (if I'm by the pool) and maybe one drink with dinner on a port day, it's not hard for me to keep track. I don't partake in all the extraneous non-alcoholic fee-based drinks so again, not hard (for me) to monitor my bill.
  6. I never get it - just pay by the drink when I feel like having one. I'm mostly a light beer drinker, not into sugary or fancy drinks, smoothies, fresh-squeezed OJ or soda. I drink one specialty coffee a day and on ships with Starbucks, I bring the multitude of gift cards that we've accumulated over the years. My husband doesn't drink at all and we're typically with my teenagers - I'm not interested in heavy drinking in front of them. It's never been a big deal for me to sign receipts. Takes all of a second to glance at the drink/amount to make sure it's correct and sign. The argument of "convenience" was never enough to justify the cost of the package. It depends on your drinking M.O., the length of the cruise, amount of port days...my family just went on a 5 night/2 port days cruise back in December. Lots of big drinkers in our group but only one couple did the BOGO drink package deal (paid around $700 for the 2 of them). The weather was chilly & cloudy and not really pool weather, so on sea days I think it was harder for them to find opportunities to utilize their package. It was funny to watch them on the last night, trying to get their money's worth out of it 😂 The next morning the rest of us compared drink totals and no other couple came close to the drink package price (although everyone also carried on their 2 bottles of wine per stateroom).
  7. The ships aren't sailing empty though - and at least on Royal, people are flocking to pay a premium to book on the biggest & newest ships. Same goes for elevated pricing on drink packages, specialty dining, Vibe, etc. The companies will continue to elevate the ceiling on pricing until consumers push back by not booking sailings & extras.
  8. Maybe you have an argument for a partial refund based on the chicken coop instead of where you were supposed to go (although if I were GS, I would need other guests to be complaining about the same thing in order to trust that you weren't exaggerating about it being an actual chicken coop). Buses break down worldwide. No way to expect RCI to oversee whether buses are in tip-top shape prior to every excursion in every port. Also, the naked man is out of EVERYONE'S control. That would have been hilarious to me and one of the highlights of the trip!
  9. Thanks for your review! We did a family reunion on Brilliance over Christmas (20 of us, ages 16-75). I thought 5 nights on a ship this size worked well for us too. Any longer and I think we'd all get a little bored. My inlaws were also in an Owner's Suite, the other adults in Junior Suites and the young adults & teens were in a combo of balcony and inside rooms. My daughter and her fiancé did the Chef's Table as well and raved about it. I wished I had joined them! We had 2 large tables next to each other in the MDR and service was painfully slow each night. Not sure what the issue was because there were many large groups at other tables and we were always the last table leaving each night. Our servers where nice though, and somehow always kept our orders straight. My only issue with the whole cruise was that the water that came out of the faucet on my sink was scalding hot (no cold water at all). It was so hot that I had to wet a wash cloth, let that cool and then wash my face with it - and use bottled water to brush my teeth! My daughters, who were a deck below us, had the same issue. Not sure what was going on.
  10. I was on Oasis a year & a half ago (pre drydock) and I agree with your hits & misses. It was also a busy holiday week (Easter) and by the last sea day people were up on the pool deck in the pitch dark saving deck chairs (like before 6am)! Someone from our FB group gave us a heads-up and messaged everyone to come up if they wanted a chair near the pool. Later on, they did have security walking around in response to several passenger vs passenger screaming matches, but they were still hesitant to take action and move belongings off long-abandoned chairs. Just kill me if I ever have to confront someone over a deck chair on my vacation... I also agree with your assessment of Falmouth/Jamaica. I have been there 3 times on 3 different ships, having done a combination of ships tours and a private tour and have thoroughly enjoyed myself each time. Oasis was our first time on a mega ship. Although it is a lovely ship, we ultimately decided that Freedom class was as big as we wanted to go - unless we find an unpopular, low-kid week.
  11. So many similarities! My oldest is a UNC graduate - Go Heels! Love it there but my youngest might want to do something different after spending so much time at UNC when her sister was there. My girls are also at a Catholic HS (although coed). My youngest is a student athlete (softball in HS & volleyball in middle school), but definitely does not want to be a college athlete. Thanks for the feedback on UK! She’s not interested in being north of VA/KY or west of TN, so it limits the search grid 😊
  12. Haha no! I typed dd for dear daughter
  13. Thank you for doing a small ship review! With all the mega ships out there, these reviews are few & far between. Also loving your review style! Our very first fam cruise was on the Sun 13 years ago! It’s fun to revisit the ship! on a purely selfish note, wondering how your daughter likes UK? Thinking of paying a visit there with my dad, who is a junior in HS (we live in N.C.) 😊
  14. We were on Brilliance for Christmas this year and they had an awesome special Christmas menu in the MDR (as well as special Christmas menus in the specialty restaurants). I had turkey with yummy stuffing and sweet potatoes. They also had beef wellington, which DH had and was the star of the menu that night! They even brought the turkey back out on the menu the next day. Sounds like someone on Indy forgot to order the turkey.
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