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  1. This topic caught my eye and I clicked to the last page to see what was currently being discussed. My question is, where in the stairwell do they place the box? Is it an exit stairwell? Just curious.
  2. Thanks for your input, catl331. The slamming was just not our neighbors, but others in the vicinity all around us. We could only hear our neighbor's door slam when we were inside. Outside, we could hear the others. People were clueless about letting their doors slam. She Who Must Be Obeyed just ruled that she is not interested in risking it again, so we'll pay more for Princess and have a more quiet balcony experience. If she's happy, I'll be happy. If she's not.....well......
  3. Same here. The best sanctuary for She Who Must Be Obeyed and me is the peace and quiet of our own balcony. But then we don't do specialty dining or drink packages either. We do, however, appreciate those who do go in for all of the up-charge features since they probably help keep the cost of our cruise down.
  4. Agree with Italy52. I have a rough of idea of what my Hilton Honors or Hilton Grand Vacation Club points are worth by comparing how much it costs to book a room using dollars or points. Anytime Hilton or HGVC has offered a cruise using points to book it, the cost is astronomical when I figured how much those points are worth in terms of dollars. So far, we have been much better off using the Hilton points for hotel stays before and after a cruise, and purchasing the cruise through our big box warehouse club travel department and enjoying the perks they give us to use on the cruise.
  5. I think the veranda doors on the Euroslam must have had worn out self-closing devices. The veranda doors swing out, folks step out and let loose of the door, and with a worn out pneumatic self closing device the door slams shut behind them. Thus, when we were on our veranda to enjoy the sun and the sea, we were serenaded by the boom boom boom of slamming doors. If the norm on HAL ships is swinging doors and not sliders, HAL moves to the bottom of the list for consideration. Too bad, because we loved everything else about HAL, but when one pays for a veranda, one should be able to enjoy it.
  6. We are considering another HAL cruise only because of the itinerary and price. Our only HAL cruise so far was a transatlantic several years ago on the Eurodam - which I dubbed the "Euroslam" because of the almost constant booms of balcony doors slamming shut. It was very annoying when trying to enjoy our balcony. The neighbors on one side would let their door slam behind them when they stepped out and it would rattle the pictures on our wall - nice when trying to sleep in a bit. Sooooo, my question is, are the balcony doors on all HAL ships slammers, or do they have the sliding doors to the balcony on some ships? And if so, which ones?
  7. The crew is reluctant to enforce any rule nowadays because they are afraid of upsetting guests and receiving less than a 10. They live and die by the almighty 10. That's why the MDR staff always mention how important a 10 on our post cruise evaluation is. They don't enforce no smoking, no chair hogging, no shorts/wife beaters in the MDR, or much of anything except maybe smuggling on some booze or an iron. We reduce our numerical scores when rules ARE NOT enforced and it affects our cruise - such as a balcony smoker. If the almighty 10 is so important, they should earn it by doing the job we expect.
  8. With all of the information about sun exposure and skin cancer, I don't understand people's perceived need to lay out in the sun and turn their skin to leather. But then, I don't understand why people smoke. I do, however, find chair hogs a source for towels that I can use to wring out my in-room laundry on longer cruises.
  9. Myth Busters tested all known seasickness remedies by spinning the subjects in a motorized office chair and timed them until they hurled. Ginger capsules won hands down.
  10. Traveling without travel insurance is like driving a car with just liability coverage - you are essentially self-insured for any loss. She Who Must Be Obeyed and I carry an annual travel insurance policy that costs us just ovet $250 a year each. This policy is augment by included trip interruption insurance when we book cruises through our big box warehouse club's travel department and use their branded credit card. Our annual policy also covers us for road trips and land travel not part of a cruise. We also fly a day or two before the cruise and enjoy the local area and traveling without the frenzy of ttying to jam flights and boarding into one day. I hope your next cruise works out better.
  11. I still don't understand exposing yourself to the full rays of the sun for hours and ending up with skin cancer or skin that looks like leather. Ranks right up there with lighting a paper tube of leaves, sticking it in your mouth, and inhaling deeply. Oh, so sexy.
  12. Small travel fan that plugs into 110 outlet. The rooms never seem to get cool enough for me, and it helps in-room laundry dry. Swiss army knife with cork screw. Insulated coffee mug like you get at truck stops. Small roll if duct tape to fix it if it's not supposed to move, but does. Small WD40 in case it 's supposed to move, but doesn't. Mini leatherman tool. Eyeglasses repair kit. Credit card and passport
  13. Not sure about flying to the port with a scooter, but I have a buddy whose mother-in-law flies to the port on her broom........sorry, I couldn't help it. I haven't personally used a scooter when flying, but seeing what they manage to do to my checked luggage, I would op for the ride it to the plane option. That would avoid a lot of extra handling.
  14. We use 2 1/2 gallon ziplock bags, place the garment in the bag, squish it, and zip it shut. Keeps everything from getting wrinkled and keeps everything dry in case the bag sits out in a rainstorm on the airport tarmac - been there, done that. I also use one of the bags for my sport coat. I fold it just like a dress shirt, slip it into one of the ziplock bags, and squish it. When we get on the ship, I hang it up, spritz the folds with a little spray bottle we use for that purpose, and let it hang in the bathroom during a nice steamy shower. It hangs our nicely and I'm ready to go.
  15. A fellow grease monkey on CC! I restore cars, as a hobby, and never quite get the grease out from under my fingernails. My favorite attire is shorts and a Harley shirt ( I also ride) and when I get dressed up for an evening out, it's jeans and a Hawaiian shirt - the louder, the better. That being said, I've found it very easy to fly under the radar on any cruise line's dress code with a pair of black jeans, a black T-shirt, and a black sport coat for formal nights and I wear slacks and a polo shirt for smart casual nights. This worked on a recent QM2 cruise, and since they require a jacket on the men every night, I just slipped on the black sport coat on each evening. As Jack Nicholson's character said in As Good As It Gets, "You know, they let you in with a house dress, yet they make me find a jacket".
  16. It used to be easier to assemble one's meal in the Foodjammer before they removed the trays. Now it takes multiple trips back and forth. Much easier and more civilized to eat our meals in the MDR.
  17. Same here. We enjoy well-behaved children, but not feral children like we so often see on the newer floating amusement parks.
  18. Some time back, I booked a cruise at the last minute and the website stated that tags were not available because the cruise was only 8 days away. I went back to page three of the set sail documents, printed the sample luggage tags, trimmed and slipped them into a plastic ID holder, and zip tied them to my bags when I got to the port. Worked like a charm and that's what I do every cruise. Don't have to hunt around for a stapler either.
  19. I've developed an approach to dressing for dinner in the MDR that has worked well and doesn't require a lot of extra clothes when I need to travel light - maybe because of a land-based trip before or after the cruise. For smart casual nights, it's khakis and a polo. For formal nights, it's black jeans, a black T-shirt, and a black sport coat. Never so much as raised a maitre d's eyebrow and I still look better than the hillbillies that they allow in because the crew are afraid of receiving less than a 10 if they confront someone.
  20. From RCI's website: Assistive devices including mobility scooters must be stored and recharged in your stateroom so fire doors, corridors and elevator lobbies are kept clear for emergency evacuation. When parked throughout the ship, they must be parked out of the way to allow safe and easy access by other guests and crewmembers. Assistive devices should fit through a standard stateroom entry doorway which is at least 23 inches wide. We offer accessible staterooms which have wider doors which are at least 32 inches wide and may accommodate larger devices. If you have an assistive device larger than 32 inches wide, please contact our Access Department for assistance.
  21. I just use the sample luggage tags on page three of the set sail documents, slip them into plastic ID tag holders from Staples, and then attach them to our bags with zip ties as we head for the port. Don't have to worry about folding the official tags and finding a stapler.
  22. I'm not just tempted, I report them. It's all part of "If you see something, say something" as with any other safety or security issue. Parking mobility devices in the corridors is a violation of SOLAS and cruise line policy. I say "mobility devices" because I've encountered some children's strollers being parked in the corridor at night as well.
  23. If Amazon's website worked as well as RCI's, Bezos would be back to selling books out of his garage. You'd think a company like RCI could afford to hire a competent tech person.
  24. We recently did a couple of cruises with other lines because the itineraries matched up with other travel needs. Both were transocean cruises and we booked a balcony on the sunny side of the ship, looking forward to some quiet balcony time on sea days. WRONG! Both ships, the HAL Eurodam (which I dubbed the Euroslam) and the Cunard QM2 had balcony doors that opened out instead of sliding doors. Evidently the pneumatic closing devices on the doors have not been serviced/replaced since the ships were built and clueless passengers step out onto their balcony or back into their room and let the doors slam behind them. As a result, our balcony time was accompanied by an irregular but constant BOOM, BOOM, BOOM as people let their doors slam. It was annoying enough to be a deal breaker when considering cruises in the future. I'll do a better job of examining cabin and ship photos when considering cruises in the future. If I see a pneumatic device on the balcony door, I'll know it's a slammer.
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