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Forum: All Things Cruising April 3rd, 2013, 03:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,118
Posted By babe ruth
Yes, we were on this cruise.

And it was just like the Cruise Mates reporter described it. Now, we generally prefer the smaller ships of Silverseas, Regent, and the like for regular cruises. So naturally, we were concerned about...
Forum: All Things Cruising November 6th, 2012, 03:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 826
Posted By babe ruth
I predict that the Jones act will be repealed....

I predict that the Jones act will be repealed. This is the law that prevents foreign-flagged and staffed ships from cruising only US ports.

I also predict that more lines will include at least...
Forum: Travel Gripes! April 5th, 2012, 02:47 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 8,795
Posted By babe ruth
On the issue of room service tipping on cruises...

On the issue of room service tipping on cruises where tips are pre-paid, I think the problem is the cruise lines' failure to clearly specify what "traditional cruise tips" are included in the...
Forum: Travel Gripes! February 24th, 2011, 12:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,287
Posted By babe ruth
No guest of any age should yell down the hall...

No guest of any age should yell down the hall early in the morning, or any other time for that matter. I do, however, tolerate senior citizens who converse loudly in crowds and such, as hearing...
Forum: Travel Gripes! October 27th, 2010, 12:31 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,721
Posted By babe ruth
I looked at the Epic deck plans on the NCL site,...

I looked at the Epic deck plans on the NCL site, and indeed she has none of what most of us would call "Outside state rooms". It looks like all staterooms except the inside ones are balcony...
Forum: Travel Gripes! September 13th, 2010, 03:03 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,721
Posted By babe ruth
Manuel: I'm not "afraid" of big ships, but I...

Manuel:

I'm not "afraid" of big ships, but I do remember big lines and crowds at dinner, show entry, pursers desk, excursion desk, and especially embarkation/disembarkation doors on ships with...
Forum: All Things Cruising August 24th, 2010, 06:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,822
Posted By babe ruth
As a retired attorney, I just can't comment on a...

As a retired attorney, I just can't comment on a case where I have not read pleadings, transcripts, testimony records, or orders. Yet, I have read that there have been other law suits against Park...
Forum: Travel Gripes! August 5th, 2010, 02:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,678
Posted By babe ruth
Brochure rate is a meaningless term. Many...

Brochure rate is a meaningless term. Many products use this technique, which involves publishing a high price (at which nothing is actually sold) and then offering "discounts" or allowing their...
Forum: Travel Gripes! January 31st, 2010, 01:54 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,721
Posted By babe ruth
I have no comments, as we consider a 700...

I have no comments, as we consider a 700 passenger cruise ship as too big! But I do have questions.

How do they handle passengers' entry and exit on these super mega ships? Do they have more than...
Forum: Travel Gripes! August 20th, 2009, 02:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,047
Posted By babe ruth
When I was in the USAF in navigator training, I...

When I was in the USAF in navigator training, I thought "it's OK to skip checking my parachute, and it's OK to listen to a rock station over the headphones instead of commands for the pilot." But I...
Forum: Travel Gripes! June 23rd, 2009, 05:09 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,220
Posted By babe ruth
Well, I personally know that RCI allowed this in...

Well, I personally know that RCI allowed this in the '90s up until June, 2001, when RCI abruptly changed its policy to no carry on liquor or beer at any port. However, other lines did prohibit...
Forum: Travel Gripes! June 19th, 2009, 08:02 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,220
Posted By babe ruth
And at no higher fares (inflation adjusted)....

And at no higher fares (inflation adjusted). Those were the "good old days" and I wish they would return. Maybe then I could afford to cruise frequently again, instead of being locked in between...
Forum: Travel Gripes! June 19th, 2009, 07:59 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,220
Posted By babe ruth
And at no higher fares (inflation adjusted)....

And at no higher fares (inflation adjusted). Those were the "good old days" and I wish they would return. Maybe then I could afford to cruise frequently again, instead of being locked in between...
Forum: Travel Gripes! June 19th, 2009, 11:54 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,220
Posted By babe ruth
Well, Donna, perhaps only a few of us old guys...

Well, Donna, perhaps only a few of us old guys remember the days before June, 2001, when passengers could BYOB on RCI openly from any port, our could buy liquor in the ships' store by the bottle for...
Forum: Travel Gripes! June 18th, 2009, 01:25 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,220
Posted By babe ruth
It has been my understanding that all cruise...

It has been my understanding that all cruise lines buy their liquor at very low prices in ports where there are no sales taxes on it. There is no sales tax on anything sold on a ship that is not in...
Forum: Travel Gripes! June 7th, 2009, 04:24 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,189
Posted By babe ruth
David: Let me make it clear that my original...

David:

Let me make it clear that my original glowing reports on this line were written because the cruise was really that good! Nobody from the line influenced the reports. Then, the very friendly...
Forum: Travel Gripes! June 5th, 2009, 02:31 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,135
Posted By babe ruth
Right, common sense. That is why when I buy a car...

Right, common sense. That is why when I buy a car I always ask about what the options are and how much, document fees, extended warranties, and everything I might want.

Trouble with cruises is...
Forum: Travel Gripes! June 5th, 2009, 01:32 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,135
Posted By babe ruth
About a year ago, Carnival was running a TV ad...

About a year ago, Carnival was running a TV ad here saying "it's just like an all-inclusive resort that goes from place to place." Well, not quite, and the ad didn't stay around for long.
Forum: Travel Gripes! June 4th, 2009, 04:19 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,135
Posted By babe ruth
Quite true, but the lines make their fuel...

Quite true, but the lines make their fuel surcharges very prominent. Not so for the price of a drink!
Forum: Travel Gripes! June 4th, 2009, 12:51 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,135
Posted By babe ruth
I think, in summary, that the cruise lines are...

I think, in summary, that the cruise lines are doing what a lot of businesses are doing, and that is to keep the customer confused sh he can't easily comparisson shop. They teach this technique in...
Forum: Travel Gripes! June 3rd, 2009, 06:05 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,135
Posted By babe ruth
What one has to do is to consider the fare plus...

What one has to do is to consider the fare plus the extras on the mass market ships, and compare that with the fare on all inclusive ships. Problem is, the price of the extras, and the things that...
Forum: Travel Gripes! June 2nd, 2009, 06:20 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,189
Posted By babe ruth
Yes, I'll be honest! I wouldn't take money in a...

Yes, I'll be honest! I wouldn't take money in a direct "pay for play" scheme (unless it were in seven figures, of course).

But when I look back on cruises past and recall the events on them, I...
Forum: Travel Gripes! May 27th, 2009, 06:13 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,135
Posted By babe ruth
Let's look back , say 40 years or so ago. Cruise...

Let's look back , say 40 years or so ago. Cruise ships may not have been as "nice" back then, but they were smaller and had proportionately more service crew to serve the guests. They were not all...
Forum: Travel Gripes! May 27th, 2009, 03:05 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,135
Posted By babe ruth
This is why not all cruise lines need to be...

This is why not all cruise lines need to be all-inclusive. There is a market for an "ala carte" cruise -- so long as the extras are not priced sky high as they are now. The President of a cruise line...
Forum: Travel Gripes! May 26th, 2009, 07:21 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,135
Posted By babe ruth
Green__rd: Wait a second. Sams and Costco...

Green__rd:

Wait a second. Sams and Costco are REALLY cheap, and they don't hit you with a bunch of extra charges and fees to do thing like use the restroom or talk with a salesperson. Nope, the...
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