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Forum: Holland America October 14th, 2017, 09:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,142
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
There is one tiny difference between RCCL Dumping...

There is one tiny difference between RCCL Dumping sewage / the James Beard Awards, and AAHS.


The President of the United States - so far as we know - did not receive any payments from RCCL or...
Forum: Crewmembers October 8th, 2017, 10:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,036
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Whenever you plan to get a job with ANY company,...

Whenever you plan to get a job with ANY company, it is a very good idea to learn to correctly spell the name of your employer.
Forum: Holland America September 2nd, 2017, 12:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,142
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Donald Trump recommends HAL?

I just read a very interesting thread on another cruise website.

It seems that for the last several years, HAL has required all service staff to wear a lapel pin that signifies a "5 Star Diamond...
Forum: Crewmembers August 30th, 2017, 08:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 621
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
So you got fired by your concession company for...

So you got fired by your concession company for drinking over the limit?
Not unusual for concessionaires.

And you want to work on ships again?
So when you apply to another concession company,...
Forum: Crewmembers July 19th, 2017, 08:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 777
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
It appears that you are getting a bit ahead of...

It appears that you are getting a bit ahead of yourself in your job search.

Apparently you have no prior cruise ship working experience. This dramatically reduces any chances of a cruise line...
Forum: Crewmembers June 26th, 2017, 07:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,901
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Each cruise line has someone in the head office...

Each cruise line has someone in the head office who manages the program onboard the ships. You need to find out who that person is, and send your CV to him/her.
You also need to know that hundreds...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers June 18th, 2017, 08:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 674
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
In September, my wife and I will take our...

In September, my wife and I will take our American passports and our American Dollars to Toronto and fly down to Cuba for another enjoyable visit.

The very polite Cuban Officials will stamp an...
Forum: Crewmembers May 26th, 2017, 08:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 772
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
The answer to your question depends in part on...

The answer to your question depends in part on which passport you carry.


If you do not have a US Passport, you will be entering the USA (working onboard your ship) as a seafarer on a C1-D visa....
Forum: Crewmembers May 18th, 2017, 12:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 26,871
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
How many countries, do you suppose, permit their...

How many countries, do you suppose, permit their citizens to get Doctor' notes or prescriptions for medical marijuana use? You shouldn't have to do too much research to get that answer. Note that...
Forum: Crewmembers April 21st, 2017, 11:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 628
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Mine took 8 months - in Honolulu. My case was...

Mine took 8 months - in Honolulu.
My case was expedited as a Senior Officer.

The Coast Guard informed me that they had found a "serious criminal event" while investigating my past. They claimed...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 18th, 2017, 05:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 571
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
I thought that I was living in Paradise. ...

I thought that I was living in Paradise.
Although I spend about 3 months a year in Ibiza (which is not such a bad place) Tokyo is my home for the remainder of the year.
Living in the largest...
Forum: Princess Cruise Lines April 16th, 2017, 08:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,013
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
It really doesn't matter how old the post might...

It really doesn't matter how old the post might be.
They are still ruining fine clothing with a substandard process that is faintly disguised as something it is not.
Forum: Shore Excursions February 24th, 2017, 08:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,024
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
And what you said about cruise line insurance is...

And what you said about cruise line insurance is not necessarily true - at least for the 11 major cruise lines I have worked for.
Yes, we do require the tour operators to have insurance. But that...
Forum: Shore Excursions February 23rd, 2017, 10:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,024
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
I nearly always arrange shore excursions with...

I nearly always arrange shore excursions with independent companies.
However, it is often not as easy as you suggest.

Cruise lines usually charge more for the same excursion.
Why?
The cruise...
Forum: Princess Cruise Lines February 22nd, 2017, 06:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,013
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Please note that Dry Cleaning on cruise ships is...

Please note that Dry Cleaning on cruise ships is not the same Dry Cleaning you have on land.
The chemicals used in real Dry Cleaning are no longer permitted on cruise ships. Cruise lines have...
Forum: All Things Cruising December 1st, 2016, 07:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,086
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
After their merger, HAL and Princess technical...

After their merger, HAL and Princess technical departments are both managed by HAL. Since HAL has a long history of monkey business with polluting the seas, it is no surprise that Princess is doing...
Forum: Holland America November 21st, 2016, 05:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,154
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Jim, Whatever you plan to do, do it early. ...

Jim,
Whatever you plan to do, do it early.
Most of your fellow passengers will be asleep by 8pm.
So long as the ship doesn't run out of prune juice, all should be OK.

Good luck.
Forum: Holland America October 12th, 2016, 01:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 910
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
The only problem is that it's on the wrong ship...

The only problem is that it's on the wrong ship and cruise line.
You could have done far better for the same money with another line.
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff October 9th, 2016, 12:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,289
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
If you inform the cruise line that you must leave...

If you inform the cruise line that you must leave your job on the ship every month or two in order to have your braces adjusted, they will NOT hire you.

If you do not tell them about it until...
Forum: Crewmembers September 3rd, 2016, 09:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,652
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
You don't have CDC? CDC is Center for Disease...

You don't have CDC?
CDC is Center for Disease Control.
No matter.
Most cruise lines will not hire you if you cannot get a C1-d visa.
You should tell them now.
If you get to the ship without a...
Forum: Crewmembers September 1st, 2016, 01:00 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 462
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Anyone yes him

Anyone yes him
Forum: First-Time Cruisers August 26th, 2016, 07:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,678
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
This is a BRILLIANT idea!! I'm going to...

This is a BRILLIANT idea!!

I'm going to check with British Airways to see if they will let me work my way on a flight from Chicago to London...........
Forum: Open Debate August 15th, 2016, 10:10 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,125
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
So, who are you voting for, Tweedle-Dee or...

So, who are you voting for, Tweedle-Dee or Tweedle-Dum??
Forum: Open Debate August 8th, 2016, 03:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,692
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Keep your expectations low, and America will...

Keep your expectations low, and America will always be great.
Forum: Open Debate August 7th, 2016, 09:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,692
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
So that's the plan to make America great...

So that's the plan to make America great again??????

You have to choose between 2 complete Bozos to represent your country, "but at least they are not as bad as a few other countries".
That's...
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