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  1. I would not buy travel insurance from the carrier. Asking for trouble in the event of a claim, with the carrier and insuror in bed together. It's hardly an arm's length transaction; likely just an other revenue source for the carrier. Put it this way, if you bought a car, would you insure it with the car dealer, if they offered it?
  2. Just because the cruise line makes an offer of compensation, doesn't mean you have to accept it. Make an offer, properly justified, to the cruise line. They want as little publicity about this self-inflicted issue as possible. Make 'em squirm.
  3. Anyone remember when cruise ships had clay pigeon shooting off the upper back deck? Gosh, I'm dating myself. PS if you're in the Fort Lauderdale / Miami area, there is a Downton Abbey exhibition in West Palm Beach. Didn't see any riding crops. And no Flowrider, either; Carson would not approve.
  4. So - the 'dress code' is, in practice, no more than a set of suggestions. It is not a code, since it's not enforced. Even on Celebrity recently, the code was not enforced. Tuxes were few and far between on formal nights. But, hey, they did stand out well! As did the guy under the filthy baseball cap on the next table. Ladies - put your foot down. I'd say from experience that the longer the cruise, the 'less informal' folk tend to be, because: 1. The average age tends to be older. 2. There are more formal nights to justfy schlepping the extra gear to the ship. 3. It makes a change on those extra sea days, when there is less to do and more time to get gussied up - something different. 4. Longer cruises tend to mean more baggage (i.e. more than a carry-on), which affords the possibilty of room for more clothing. And it also depends very much on the culture passengers have brought with them from where they live. The trick is to feel totally comfortable in the invironment you find yourself. I've decided on a black double-breasted suit for formal nights on our up-coming 14-nighter with RCI, with dress shirt, shoes & tie. I can mix 'n' match the suit if need be, in other evenings. But most of the time I hope to be in no mre than shorts, sandals and a wristwatch, out on the open decks during the day! Final hint, guys: a range of 4 neckties takes up virtually no space/weight in a suitcase yet makes all the difference on the lower decks in the evenings. Do it for the ladies - you'll be glad you did. So will they...
  5. Now, why would RCI include the opening and closing times of everything they can think of (per those Compass dailies - thank you), including their third parties like the are gallery folk, yet fail completely to show opening and closing times of any of their bars - their biggest onboard profit spinners? What am I missing here?
  6. There is a well-established concept in law called "Quiet Possession". The cruise line is well-aware of this. A lessor (the cruise line) must provide the agreed accommodation to the lessee (the OP) free of noise, and unwanted interruption. Given that they have not offered you comparable accommodation elsewhere on the ship, you are entitled to what you have termed compensation. In as much as they have offered (and you accepted) an interior room, they have clearly acknowledged that there is an issue. Compensation is the difference between the price of your booked cabin and the provided cabin, for the duration of the noise problem. Try to find out what the price of the interior cabin was for your cruise. Get as much evidence of the problem, including recordings of the noise, times, dates, exact locations, conversations with the cruise line, etc. You are going to need them in the battle to come. The sooner you act upon this, pro-actively, the better. Put your demands on paper, keep a copy and hand it to a senior person (get their name) at guest services, with a request for a response, asap.
  7. I'l be on Independence of the Seas shortly and have found out much of what I want to know about the ship. But bar opening times - not so much. Nothing (I could find) on the RCI website, nor (amazingly) anything in a set of recent daily Compass programs (restaurants - yes; bars - no). Can anyone fill in the blanks, or point me in the right direction, please - any Freedom Class vessel would be fine. Thanks.
  8. Seems a mixed bag of experiences so far on this thread. From prosecco and mimosas to proper champagne ( a huge difference). Food from hard-boiled egg to lobster! It sounds like this 'excursion' is very much up to each ship's hotel staff how they structure it, rather than a common formula stipulated by HQ. I am thinking of booking this as a birthday present for (with!) my wife. I don't want to disappoint her (or me). I emailed RCCL for clarification and they have told me the dates & times this event will occur on our cruise (the RCCL website is regrettably silent on this info; I would not want to do it on a port day. And it isn't). They also stipulted "champagne". If I sign up, I'll be sure to take a copy of the email with me, in case it falls short and go to Guest Services, like others have, above.
  9. Interesting read, this thread. The postings, of course, give clues about the writers who are critiquing their fellow-guests. I am certainly not qualified to make any judgment on the subject. This whole website is teeming with cruisers' views of cruise lines. I sometimes wonder what the cruise lines think of the cruisers. I don't suppose there's a website that covers that? CruiserCritic, maybe? Or a book - 'Diary of a cabin steward'?
  10. Why do cruise lines insist on putting art galleries (i.e. art vendors) on their ships? And why (my pet beef) are these people allowed to commandeer lounges to set put their wares at times when the lounge should be available for guests to use (e.g. daylight in the forward observation lounge). Example: before taking a Panama Canal trip, I'd want an undertaking from the cruise line that these people will not be allowed anywhere near viewing lounges during daylight hours, while transiting the canal. Get my drift?
  11. I'm looking at a picture of Independence of the Seas. The lifeboats along the side of the ship appear to be like years-gone-by lifeboats: an elongated 'tub' with a rounded cocoon top over it. Not at all like the lifeboat/tenders I have seen/used on other cruise lines, which are more like large launches. Are they lifeboats or are they tenders - or both? Either way, they look like they would bob around quite a bit in the water.
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