Originally Posted by Paul Motter
You really crack me up!
For those of you who have not met gkbii, I know his real name and will use it if he lets me (first name only).
We met on Epic and I never met anyone who has a better handle on customer service. He belongs to almost every airline, hotel and cruise line loyalty program there is, and he knows the differences between them all.
He is a professional traveler.
I'm glad you're here.
Paul, it was great to meet you on our Epic Discovery Cruise. Hi everyone, I'm George, over the last couple of years I have traveled a good bit and have some ideas on travel.
My comments above were based on several life experiences. Several friends of mine were strong players/gamblers so I have had a "education" about all things Harrah's. In May I stayed in Vegas and paid the $10 fee for the Paris buffet, no I did not make this up. My main view of the Epic, as discussed with Paul; is that I see it as a large floating Harrah's casino. As odd as it seems, the Epic could be very successful (in my estimation) being docked in the New Orleans/Biloxi/Gulfport area. Really, it is a gamblers ship in most every way, down to the Harrah' carpeting and Vegas/Atlantic City $500,000 LCD chandelier.
When I travel I always stay where I get loyalty points, such has Hyatt/Radisson, fly only Star Alliance with loyalty programs BMI/US Airways.
Much of my experience was gained by studying the sister site to this flyertalk.com. Some may consider me somewhat demanding, but this is normally only due to when a company falls far short of the accepted industry standard.
I will say that having Paul on this site is a key asset that others don't have.
One last point, I hope the cruise lines realize how "crap fees" can hurt their business. The are many hotels in Vegas I would like to visit/stay: however, I won't pay the daily "resort fee" and therefore, refuse to stay or visit any Station (Green Valley Ranch) or MGM Mirage property!