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SargassoPirate

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  1. I have an upcoming cruise on the Sky. Medallions arrived and everything looks good on the app. THEN today I receive an email asking me to take a short survey about Princess and my upcoming cruise on the Crown. I think the techno wizards are at work again. Sometimes, one should leave well enough alone. Reminds me of the story of a large corporation's server room. Inside were a man and a dog. The man was there to feed the dog. The dog was there to bite the man if he tried to touch anything. Peace and smooth sailing.
  2. I grab a coffee mug and a spoon to use for my soft serve. Don't have to worry about the ice cream melting if I eat it slowly.
  3. I had a similar situation several years ago. I could walk ok, but standing for any extended time was painful. I used a wheelchair throughout the check in process and once we allowed to board, I walked right on with no trouble. I'm sure there were some wondering about my miracle cure.
  4. I let the agents from my big box warehouse club's travel department deal with the cruise lines. If the agent doesn't get through in a reasonable amount of time, they will ask if it's ok to call me back later. Never had a problem. I also get some very good OBCs from them as well.
  5. I feel your pain. When we were younger and more naive cruisers, we were open to upgrades thinking we were getting a good deal. You only have to find yourself in a higher category right above to boomety boomety nightclub to realize the cruise line's idea of an upgrade may not match yours. Nowadays, I spend a lot of time picking which side of the ship so that She Who Must Be Obeyed will have a sunny balcony, and so that there are passenger cabins above, below, and across the hall. Once I've locked in the room for us, I always have the booking marked "No Upgrades". Maybe Cunard can move you up another category or two and get a more desirable cabin. Good Luck!
  6. Setting a goal. That is the key. When I retired, I sat down and started my so-called "bucket list" of things to do and places to go with my gift of time. 15 years into retirement and I will be doing a world cruise in 2022, so I'm still working on the list. Friends and neighbors of our same socio-economic standard sometimes wonder out loud about how we are able to travel so much. What they don't see is that for our entire working lives we lived below our means and saved, saved, saved, for retirement. Something else they don't notice is our 15 year old truck that I have meticulously maintained so that it will last another 15. And, we only eat out about once every two weeks. It's all about your goals and priorities. We don't spend money to buy things we don't need to impress people we don't know - although the guys at the auto parts store are starting to notice my "classic" truck.
  7. I always say you've gotta be somewhere, so why not on a cruise? My record single cruise so far was a 49 night cruise around the Horn of South America. I now have a 99 night world cruise booked. She Who Must Be Obeyed does not like to be on a cruise much more than 30 days or so, such as a transpacific back from Australia, so when I did the around the Horn cruise I went with a brother and some friends. So far, it's just me on the world cruise. We have a pact that we will not have regrets about things we wished we had done but didn't. So far, it's working out.
  8. Love that term - brandish.☠️ And once you are on the ship, you can brandish a steak knife from the MDR! 😉 I carry a small Swiss Army knife with scissors and a cork screw, plus a small leatherman, in my small tool kit that goes in my checked luggage. It also contains a small tube of super glue, a small roll of duct tape, and a small tube of WD40. If it moves and is not supposed to - duct tape. If it doesn't move and is supposed to - WD40. Just an old Boy Scout being prepared.
  9. You are correct, except when it comes to cruise lines. It's all about money. If a space or activity is not producing revenue, it is eliminated. Love your avatar, by the way.
  10. Perhaps if they would start using the Medallion to combat chair hogs, I would see a value. Require a medallion to check out a towel and then they could track where the chair hog built a nest (towel, flip flop, magazine/paperback) and compare that to the chair hog's location. Build a chair hog nest and go ashore? Bingo. It's gone. Build a chair hog nest and then go to the MDR for breakfast? Bingo. It's gone. Now that would enhance everyone's cruise except the chair hog - and they are inconsiderates anyway.
  11. Think about it. A church service produces no revenue for the cruise line. There is no incentive for them to provide any regular clergy or services.
  12. I'm thinking it'll work. I'll check back in after I try it later this month. It may be easier to just request a cruise card. The whole thing seems like whiz bang techno program for the sake of techno. Now that Princess has invested millions in the Medallion, I'm wondering if anyone is doing a cost-benefit analysis from the cruise line's standpoint, or is it another case of "The Emporer's New Clothes"?
  13. Yep, the business model is to cut back as far as possible, price the cruise as low as possible, and then nickel and dime the passengers to bring the revenue back up to where was before the cutback/upsell program started. New cruisers don't miss the cutbacks and probably think the upsells and hard sells are just part of the cruise experience. It ain't the Love Boat anymore.
  14. The travel website from my big box warehouse club has a small icon in the upper left corner whereby I can switch from US to Canada prices when searching for a cruise. I am in the US, so I have never tried to switch currencies there, but it may be worth a try. You can check prices even if you are not a member, but you have to be a member to book through them. Hope this helps.
  15. The best trip to Alaska was after we had cruised north one year and then done a roundtrip from Vancouver another year. It took us a while, but we figured out we were only seeing a small part of Alaska. On our most recent trip there, we flew to Anchorage, rented a car, and did a road trip to Fairbanks and drove just about every paved road we could. We were on land and on our own for two weeks, traveling on our own clock, and able to really meet the locals and take advantage of their tips on things to see where the railroad and tour buses don't go. It was delightful. AND, we spent less than if we had signed up for the cruise line's land tour before the cruise. We eventually wound our way back to Anchorage, checked into a hotel, and then after a day or two of enjoying Anchorage, we made our way to the port and sailed south. Think about it.
  16. Love it, Doug, you got me started off with a chuckle this morning. Sometimes reading these boards is like a soap opera that you can't quite give up on because something else is going to happen. In the meantime, my foldup camping chair is ready to go. 👌
  17. And yet you keep reading and posting about dead horses.
  18. I just opened my Medallion box from China, with the medallion and the free case and lanyard. I popped the medallion into the plastic case and noted that it would be easy to carry in my pocket like a cruise card. Then, I noted that it would also fit into a small Altoid tin if I don't want all of the extra tracking features and just want to use it to unlock my door and order a drink.
  19. Might have been a good night to try the buffet.
  20. Some airlines have a template that your carry-on bag must fit into. Perhaps cruise lines should have a template the width of a cabin door for the scooter user to maneuver through on the way to check in. If it doesn't fit, you must quit. Ain't gonna happen though. The cruise line's goal is to get as many people and their credit cards on board and spending as possible. That's why they turn a blind eye to the hazards presented by mobility devices parked in paths of exit travel.
  21. You are totally correct, but as one of the 13, I still get to choose where to spend my cruise dollars. There's really not much left on Princess to attract us to consider them. However, it's not just She Who Must Be Obeyed and me. It has expanded to our circle of travel and cruise friends, many of whom are joining us on our non-Princess cruises in the next couple of years. Fortunately, there are many cruise lines and cruise ships to choose from.
  22. Parking the scooter is still in violation of SOLAS since the elevator/stairway lobby is a crossover between port and starboard. Take notice of the exit signage the next time you are on board. The cruise line should provide "valet parking" when the scooter will not fit into the cabin and park it elsewhere. At least they moved it out of the corridor. Close, but no cigar.
  23. TomO, thanks. That's one of the finer tips I've learned here on CC. I dislike eating in the MDR in the evenings because of the noise levels. I wear hearing aids and even as high tech as they are, they amplify everything - including the background noise. She Who Must Be Obeyed insists on eating in the MDR for dinner and we always get a table for two so that we can converse. When I cruise solo, I'm happy in the buffet in the evenings, but your tip will give me another option on my next HAL cruise.
  24. Good info chenkp75. Thanks. Time stamped photos of the hazard would be no problem and I can also take a photo of my written complaint to the ship's officers. My goal is always to get the officers to take responsibility for correcting the hazards.
  25. Me too. I take the stairs whenever possible, walk the promenade at least twice a day for a mile or two, AND figured out a long time ago that cruising is not an eating contest. I usually come home 3-5 pounds lighter, depending on the length of the cruise.
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