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About gks314

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  1. I honestly think a "Chair Boss" position would be great. Reasonable rules, posted clearly, and enforced politely but uniformly.
  2. Very good point. (Though I didn't ask for advice on what what I should spend, I asked for opinions on how to fairly divide up what I do spend. But I still get your point) Another good point, as maybe on this cruise I won't decide to tip any extra at all. (Though it's clear in my original post that I was asking for advice assuming that I would, you're of course right in that maybe it will turn out that I won't) I think this is kind of what I was trying to get at. Stewards and waiters it is then.
  3. True. But we will, as we always have, tip extra. My question is how should we divide the extra (optional, I know) tips among the crew?
  4. I'm curious about extra tipping suggestions. Specifically, Im wondering about how to divide extra (in addition to the required gratuities) tips among the staff for our upcoming cruise. Let's leave the bartenders out (for the sake of simplicity) as we will tip an extra dollar (usually) per drink throughout the cruise. We will also tip our specialty restaurant staff separately, so let's exclude them too. It will obviously be easiest to tip our room steward, as we will likely see him fairly regularly. But, doesn't that leave out all the others? Let's assume we will tip an extra $140 per cabin on the upcoming cruise. How do you think it is most fair (I don't think fairest applies here) to allocate it?
  5. We're taking the same itinerary in June with 11yo boy and 15yo girl, 1 balcony, 1 interior. I'd love to see the fun times, and especially which nights were formal. Also, which excursions did you enjoy? I'm especially interested in the Jamaica excursions to the falls. 2 hours in a bus seem a bit much for me, but the fam wants to do it.
  6. I assumed that the Pinnacle reference was included to imply an experienced cruiser: if it can happen to a frequent cruiser, it can happen to the rest of us.
  7. Would it help my TA if I buy our drink packages through them? If so, I'll call and add them. If not, it's easier to do it online on the RCI website.
  8. I think I would argue that these precautions go "hand-in-hand". (Was that bad? I think it might have been). My suggestion is a good, thorough, hand washing with soap and water before entering the dining establishment (especially a buffet), followed by an application of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer immediately before eating.
  9. If those bourbon prices are accurate, they are really a pretty good deal. Basil Hayden's at $7.75 is quite a bit cheaper, even at $9.15 including tip, than restaurants in Dallas, I think.
  10. Wifey says he's 57" (4'9"), so maybe that'll be OK. In truth, he may not care one bit about it, which is cool with me. But hearing about all the old guys (like me!) who are crazy about it, just got me thinking. He's not going to care about the cuisine, or the exotic ports-of-call (though the rest of us will, for sure) but I'm hoping I can get him hooked on cruising. I bet he digs it, even if it's just boogie boarding. If not, I saw on a recent compass that there's a soccer (probably futsal) tournament. Plus, he's going to take his skates, so he'll feel cool no matter what. By the way, this CC community is truly an amazing resource. Thanks for your insights.
  11. Mil, We're on the Navigator in June. My 10 y.o. son (travel hockey, tourney baseball, club soccer) will, I think, be a good fit for the flowrider. There is one (or something similar) here in Dallas, and we have 2 lessons each for him and his big sister scheduled before we depart. How does the flowrider on the Nav differ from the others? Why do you prefer the wave on the other ships instead? Just curious. BTW, I loved your earlier post about it and I've read it out loud to both kids, and thanks in advance.
  12. Really looking forward to your review; thank you for taking the time. We, too, are from Dallas and we sail on Navigator in June. As we are a family of 4 in two balcony cabins and without C&A status, what time would you advise for us to get to Galveston? I'm equally happy to drive down early Sunday or spend Saturday night in Houston or Galveston. I'd like to minimize the pain of checking in and boarding. Thanks in advance, --Greg
  13. Here's a copy/paste from the FLL website. I assume the Pier is called Port Everglades? To Port Everglades Broward County > Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport > Transportation > To Port Everglades There are three transportation options: shared ride, luxury sedan, and taxi cab. 1. Shared Ride - Shared "van" rides offered through GO Airport Shuttle cost $11 per person to Port Everglades. A van will hold a maximum of ten passengers. 2. Luxury Sedan - GO Airport Shuttle also offer exclusive car rides to Port Everglades for $40 (for up to four people). Contact - For more information, visit GO Airport Shuttle or call 800-244-8252/ 954-561-8888. 3. Taxi Cab - Taxi cabs are also available at $12 (estimated) based on the meter reading. Cabs accept up to five people for the fare stated on the taxi’s meter. Some taxi cabs accept credit cards. If you prefer to pay with a credit card for a taxi cab, make sure you tell this to the dispatcher at the transportation podium. They will request a cab that is equipped with a credit card acceptance machine. Hope this helps! --Greg
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