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Forum: Health at Sea September 15th, 2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 208
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Stay home, lock your doors, get under the bed,...

Stay home, lock your doors, get under the bed, and do not answer the telephone.
I will call you when it's safe to come out.
Forum: Health at Sea September 12th, 2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 208
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Since the vast majority of Indonesians are Muslim...

Since the vast majority of Indonesians are Muslim (excepting Bali) most do not drink alcohol.
Drunk driving is a very tiny issue in Indonesia.
Forum: Crewmembers September 12th, 2014, 08:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 235
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Most people who work on ships have unlocked...

Most people who work on ships have unlocked mobile telephones and use local SIM cards, or they have pre-paid SIM Cards that have no other fees, or they have an inexpensive global calling plan through...
Forum: All Things Cruising September 11th, 2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 176
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
People who are linguistically challenged often...

People who are linguistically challenged often think that the Canary Islands had something to do with birds.
Those of us who have multi-lingual skills know that the Canary Islands were named by the...
Forum: Cruise Cuisine September 4th, 2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 636
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Mike, At a wholesale cost of well over US$40...

Mike,
At a wholesale cost of well over US$40 per pound, very few cruise lines have a passenger feeding budget that can accommodate fresh (frozen) Foie Gras in the Dining Room. But I really wish they...
Forum: Cruise Cuisine September 4th, 2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 636
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
The USA also forbids production of Foie Gras -...

The USA also forbids production of Foie Gras - but in a very unique way.


The US Government forbids the standard foie gras production method as it is considered torture for the ducks and geese...
Forum: All Things Cruising September 1st, 2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 471
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
The ADA people and the US Coast Guard have been...

The ADA people and the US Coast Guard have been battling over ADA regulations for a very long time.

ADA Claims that if the foreign flag cruise lines sell tickets in the USA - or to Americans...
Forum: All Things Cruising August 29th, 2014, 03:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 471
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Passengers bringing pets with bogus Service...

Passengers bringing pets with bogus Service Animal papers has become a major headache for airlines and cruise lines.
ADA Regulations do not allow Cruise Lines, Airlines, Restaurants, or Hotels to...
Forum: Cruise Dress / Packing August 20th, 2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 844
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
This explains all the grease fires and funky...

This explains all the grease fires and funky smelling hampers in my stateroom over the years.
Forum: Open Debate August 20th, 2014, 07:19 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 127
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Is ISIL the Ladies Auxiliary for ISIS ?

Is ISIL the Ladies Auxiliary for ISIS ?
Forum: Crewmembers August 19th, 2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 327
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
1. If you failed to complete a contract by...

1. If you failed to complete a contract by resigning, it is unlikely they will have you back.

2. It takes more than one month of onboard training to learn how to work in a floating hotel. The fact...
Forum: Cruise Cuisine August 10th, 2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 396
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Mass Market cruising is what most of the people...

Mass Market cruising is what most of the people on these cruise boards are comfortable with.
Mass Market means for the MASSES.
Most of those masses are from North America.
Most of those masses are...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines August 1st, 2014, 06:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,954
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Has anyone asked Jay Rockefeller how much in...

Has anyone asked Jay Rockefeller how much in taxes he paid last year?
His family has a long history of skirting US Tax Laws.
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines August 1st, 2014, 06:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,954
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Bank of America IS registered in the USA. Last...

Bank of America IS registered in the USA.
Last year their profits were 400% of Carnival's.
Last year B of A also paid ZERO taxes - legally.
There are many more very large AMERICAN corporations in...
Forum: Gambling and Games July 28th, 2014, 04:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 607
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Sure they can. First they must pass a drug...

Sure they can.
First they must pass a drug test; then an alcohol test.
Then a physical exam.
They must have a clean police record.
They need to speak more than English and English louder.
They...
Forum: All Things Cruising July 24th, 2014, 06:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 392
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
There is a much easier solution that works for me...

There is a much easier solution that works for me all the time.
I refuse to fly to the USA.
No TSA.
Problem solved.
Forum: Travel Gripes! July 20th, 2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 311
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
You may or may not remember that cruise lines...

You may or may not remember that cruise lines used to do this. But then things changed. Many countries - starting with the USA - decided that those ship entertainers who were working in the terminal...
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff July 18th, 2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 456
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
About 15 years ago Royal Olympic Cruise Line...

About 15 years ago Royal Olympic Cruise Line built 2 small cruise ships that could make 35 to 40 knots. They were the fastest cruise ships in existence at the time. The company couldn't afford to to...
Forum: Travel Gripes! July 18th, 2014, 02:50 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,594
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Sadly there are none. The challenge of many...

Sadly there are none.
The challenge of many obese passengers sailing has not been officially recognized by the cruise lines, but the cruise line employees are painfully aware of the serious possible...
Forum: Crewmembers July 14th, 2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 451
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
It is generally nearly impossible - except on an...

It is generally nearly impossible - except on an American flag ship (there are very few of those).
The vast majority of our fellow Americans who previously managed to find jobs on cruise ships...
Forum: Cruise Cuisine July 14th, 2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 682
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Processing snails for human consumption is...

Processing snails for human consumption is difficult, expensive, and time consuming.
In a good restaurant, the snails are purchased live. They are then starved for several days until they have...
Forum: Crewmembers July 12th, 2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 451
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Medium to small ships have just one IT Officer...

Medium to small ships have just one IT Officer onboard. Sometimes there is a part time assistant. That's why it is often difficult to go ashore in port.
Turnover in these positions is quite high....
Forum: Cruise Cuisine July 11th, 2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 682
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Seriously, the USPH people have forbidden snail...

Seriously, the USPH people have forbidden snail shells as serving utensils on ships. It is impossible to clean out the butter that works it's way to the bottom of the shells. Then the butter gets...
Forum: Cruise Cuisine July 11th, 2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 682
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Not to worry. Escargot have been in short...

Not to worry.
Escargot have been in short supply for the past 18 months.
My company already has a backup plan in place.
We marinate pencil erasers in herb garlic butter and serve them as we...
Forum: Open Debate July 10th, 2014, 10:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 172
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
It is difficult to understand how he got into...

It is difficult to understand how he got into office without someone voting for him. Perhaps you should invite the Chinese to come over and monitor your elections.
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