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  1. And, while this is the "company line", and the easiest way to explain things to the lowest common denominator, it still perpetuates a classic cruising myth: "proper toilet paper". Any toilet paper is fine for use in vacuum toilets, and I can assure you I've snaked more toilets than all the cruise directors in the industry combined. As for poopourri, it is fine to use. Even if every single person on the ship used this, the recommended 6 squirts per use would amount to about 3-5 liters per day. The average ship handles 1500 mt (1,500,000 liters) of waste water per day, so this is an incredibly unnoticeable addition to the waste stream.
  2. It's not that the DOT decided to consider ESA's as "essential" to travel, it is that the "Air Carriers Accessibility Act" (AACA) allows ESA's to travel in the airplane cabin. Probably something the DOT did not want. Congress frequently muddies the distinction.
  3. This is not quite correct for cruise ship pools. Any time the ship is within 12 miles of shore, the pool, whether fresh water or salt water, must be placed in "recirculation mode", where the water is recirculated through filters, or drained. When in recirculation mode, all ship's pools, whether salt or fresh water, must be chlorinated. The only time a ship's pool can be unchlorinated is if the ship is outside of 12 miles from shore, and a salt water pool is placed in "flow through" mode, where the sea water is continually pumped into the pool, and the overflow returns to the sea. While ships with salt water pools can do this, when changing from flow through to recirculation, it takes a couple of hours to stabilize the chlorine levels, and the pools would need to be closed during this time, so ships generally only switch to flow through if there are more than one sea day in a row, to lessen the pool closings. Cellulitis is generally caused by staph bacteria, not crypto.
  4. As for "tracking" the information, I doubt that any flag state, including the US, would be interested in doing this, so it would fall on the cruise line. Whether the dog would be banned on a future cruise would be strictly up to them, and their desire for good PR (bad PR if the dog owner complained, also bad PR if you complained at the time of the bite, but no PR if you didn't). As for "banned passengers", this is typically just across the brands of a parent company, like all Carnival Corp brands, though they may share some info via CLIA, but again the sharing is voluntary, and the banning would be voluntary.
  5. The ADA applies because the ship provides public accommodation in a US port, so they cannot deny someone boarding because of a service dog as covered by the ADA. At sea, in actual fact, they could ignore the ADA, but then they would have to train both passengers and crew in two sets of requirements, which would change when the ship gets 12 miles offshore. And, in fact, as I've stated before, the SCOTUS has ruled that only certain parts of the ADA apply to foreign flag cruise ships. International jurisdiction is a tricky thing, and why there are admiralty lawyers who only specialize in its practice. As stated, the flag state law generally has jurisdiction on the ship at all times, but when in another country's waters or port, that country has some overlapping jurisdiction in areas that are "external" to the ship, like taxes, commerce, environmental concerns, drugs, etc. But things like labor laws, which are "internal" to the ship are the flag state's sole jurisdiction. Generally, the "port state" (the country the ship is in at the time) doesn't apply their laws to the ship unless the "safety or goodwill" of the port or country is threatened. While in international waters, only the flag state has jurisdiction, unless a country claims "extra-territorial jurisdiction" in special cases. An example is that the US claims extra-territorial jurisdiction over severe crimes (rape, assault, grand theft) against US citizens on foreign ships, provided the ship is in international waters, and not in the waters of another country.
  6. As I've said twice already in this thread, the flag state (the country where the ship is registered) has jurisdiction over an incident like this.
  7. Absolutely right. A service dog is a medical appliance, and you cannot charge for that, any more than for a wheelchair, as noted above.
  8. It may vary by line. When I worked for NCL, virtually all bakery goods and desserts were made onboard. I had to maintain and repair the "baguette roller", the "dough sheeter" (folded and rolled the pastry dough for napoleons and croissants), the "tart press" (forms the little fluted crusts), and on and on. As noted, things like burger buns, hotdog rolls, and bagels were purchased due to the specialty equipment needed to produce consistent quality. Mousses and creme brulee were made onboard in the pastry galley. As for other foods, they don't use things like canned soups or sauces, these are produced onboard, so the amount of preservatives is limited to those in the basic ingredients (canned tomatoes, etc).
  9. The lights on the nightstand are 220v, so while I believe most CPAP power supplies are 100-240vac, you would need to ensure that. And, wow, 6 USB devices charging!
  10. They can't stop you, but if they have not arranged for immigration officials to be there to clear you into the country when you disembark, you will be entering the country illegally, and could have some difficulty when trying to leave at the airport. The authorities "clear" the passenger manifest when the ship arrives, under the assumption that all passengers are "in transit" or "day visitors", they do not clear passengers to disembark early unless they have been notified by the ship.
  11. It should, with a waiver for the bridge, and if they made the funnels retractable.
  12. Not conflicting at all. Suez does not have a real "maximum" beam figure, they use tables of beam/draft combination that equal the wetted cross sectional area. For Oasis class ships, with a 9.3m draft, they could be 108m wide (that would exceed the limits of the canal width, so that would be off the tables, but that is what is meant. A shallow ship can be very wide, while a deep ship must be narrower. The air draft is a question, as the Oasis class needs to retract the funnels for the Verrazzano Bridge in NYC, and the Suez Canal Bridge is very similar.
  13. So, there is a report of one cabin and one public toilet not working. Were they repaired? How soon? What was found to be the cause of the failure? Most likely upset people flushing stuff down the toilet.
  14. Typical Daily Mail, which is it, 4 decks (14 to 10), or 16 feet?
  15. So, what is the difference between a dog "cooped up on a cruise ship" and a dog cooped up in a hotel in a large city? And, typically, what pet would not rather be with their owner, regardless of whether that owner is on a ship or in a park, than to be without their owner while their owner is on vacation? I agree that pets and ESA's don't belong on ships, I disagree with the characterization that having a dog on a ship is in anyway abusive or cruel to the animal.
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