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  1. Nobody NEEDS to drink battled water. That is just a marketing myth.
  2. HAL already uses Ijmuiden as an alternative to Amsterdam.
  3. Why should it require a call. RCI has all the information to include the canceled cruise data. This is just scamming people by RCI. Should be automatic.
  4. Florida. Sometimes considered "outside the US" ðŸĪŠ
  5. Below are two of the seven emails from RCI detailing "no Refund" for the canceled October cruise:
  6. Booked on line and canceled the packages on line. RCI's invoice for all packages was "No Refund."
  7. Seven email notifications. Refund: zero. Aint right
  8. Had to cancel an RCI cruise for November 2024. Cruise was booked with the understanding that there was a $900 cancelation fee, essentially losing the deposit. Understand and acceptable. RCI then also took paid items, such as meal and beverage plans, without refunding. Sad that a cruise line would do this... Never cruise again with RCI! Worst management of all cruise lines. Horrible company.
  9. Good comments, Blackduck. We agree with your perspectives. Enjoyed sailing Celebrity 5-plus years ago: good ships and great crews. Good entertainment as well. Sailed a Med cruise on Silhouette class in an after "porthole" balcony which was great - despite the long walk from the mid elevators. Who builds a large ship with no aft elevator bank? Loved the cabin, found the food average and entertainment ok to good. Also a frequent sailor on Princess and too, many cruises on Royal. Royal has priced themselves out of the market they wanted, mainly families. Not for us anymore: too much glitz and no polish. Last sailed Royal on Quantum and its was horrible. Couldn't wait to get off. Last year tried Holland America: Zaandam though the Panama Canal. Great cruise, excellent food and superb crew/staff. So good that we booked a Neptune Suite for an upcoming trans-Atlantic. Pre-pandemic we loved sailing Azamara. Have not sailed since they were sold to an investment company and don't have future plans either. If the upcoming trans-Atlantic is a good as hoped then we likely have found our new favorite line. Did a "one and done" on Apex. Horrible dark ship and dangerous stairs. The Infinity window and the cabin was good, better than the "standard" veranda cabin. Hated the ship! FYI, mu first "cruise was 1949 on Holland across the pond. My dad was transferred to Amsterdam as a tech rep with KLM.
  10. Chair Hogs, a breed, are a menace to humanity. But I don't care... I'm sun sensitive and don't use pool deck chairs.
  11. Nope. It's all "marketing." The activity of taking something from you with slight of hand costing more than you understand. Its the new Princess way of vacationing.
  12. So it's "stiff" the working staff if the policies are "wrong?"
  13. We all need to remember that MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) operates at a different level than CCL and RCCL since it is privately, owned, and has the underpinnings of global commercial shipping as backbone. To place a hit on HAL for how it operates is unbecoming. HAL does a great job providing excellent cruise ships for its market. My first experience with HAL was as a youngster crossing the Atlantic in 1949. Today's mass market ships, and I include Princess in that category, cannot provide the same high level of experience we had in the 1950s on the Atlantic. I have sailed on many ships and many lines, to include Oceania and Azamara. Oceania was not up to their marketing. They do not have the "finest cuisine at sea" by any stretch of the imagination. Neither do any of the mega-ships and I include Princess' Royal class in that category. Have plans to return to "yesteryear" and cross the Pond this year on Zuiderdam, Adventure of the Seas, and Caribbean Princess. While not classic ships (with the exception of Zuiderdam) they are not part of the stomach-turning new breed of mega-ships. Oh, and I also have 30 years experience in the USN...
  14. Last time we parked at Park N Go we returned to a flooded car. It finally started and we limped home, but the vehicle was delayed a total loss by insurance. They were helpful in getting the car started, but after that we were on our own. Rain water reached over the door sills on the SUV. No follow up from Park N Go. We only used them since Park N Fly sold their lot.
  15. We should remember that crew gratuities make up a significant aspect of their compensation. If the rate is increased it really helps those who need the funds. To cruisers an increase of a dollar/day is trivial.
  16. This is the standard RCCL tactic: extremely high prices for cabin and food until the newness wears off. Edge was almost unaffordable, 2 to 3 times other Celebrity ships, first couple of years until same class follow-ons started sailing. Icon prices will come down similarly. Agree with poster regarding size. The new behemoths are not for us: too big, too crowded and too impersonal.
  17. Recently back to CONUS from a TA on Odyssey. Lost 10 pounds! Not trying to, but that was the result, Never ate in the MDR - have avoided MDRs for years. Too noisy with bad service. Ate two meals/day: a late breakfast in the buffet and early evening meal in a specialty restaurant Italian was great, Chops horrible with a very poor quality filet. Late in the cruise we discovered the Solarium Bistro and the ability to order a filet: excellent, as were the deserts. 😀
  18. Dressing up in a tux was required for dinner on ocean liners in the 30s, late 40s and early 50s. First class only. Second class and 3rd classes had no dress requirements. I crossed the Atlantic several times, first on 1949 and again 5 times in the early 1950s. Didn't start flying until 1962
  19. It always amazes me that cruise lines (and others) believe the public to be just a bunch of dumb and stupid olafs. If you are raising prices, make it clear and explain the reasons. Don't try to obfuscate why. Cruisers are already frustrated over price increases and more frustrated over cruise line company incompetence. Be forthright. We, the cruising public, are not idiots!
  20. Once on a flight between TPA and JFK to connect with a trans-Atlantic for a European cruise... Flight attendant announced the need for four people to disembark due to aircraft (DC-9) being overweight. Four people eventually accept ed the compensation (flight plus $$). Flight attendant thanked them and then said the aircraft could fly with the tail wind down the runway!!! I immediately wanted to disembark... But we made it to JFK in time to board the trans-Atlantic flight.
  21. "Earned?" Hardly. It's just paying the monies out to get the points. Why denigrate this poster? Its RCI's fault they don't have the space for "pins" and those in suites.
  22. Royal Caribbean has moved itself to the bottom of the cesspool of cruising by these types of actions and its overpricing. Here's hoping that it comes back to RCI in mountains. We are former Royal cruisers - but never again!
  23. Interesting. Do you think that is intentional on the part of RCI? Trying to "encourage" you to move to the larger ships which are likely less costly to operate per person per mile. We love the "smaller" ships. Have cruised extensively on Azamara, our favorite line pre-pandemic. Have also cruised on Hurtigruten to the Antarctic and the "smaller" celebrity ships. It seems that RCI is focusing on its behemoths and letting the rest of the line disintegrate. It also appears that RCI is charging small ship prices for sailing on the behemoths, especially the "nickel and diming" on board.
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