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Forum: Travel Gripes! November 8th, 2007, 10:30 AM
Replies: 331
Views: 24,295
Posted By coconutphil
Regret

Tattoos are rarely offensive and when they are I usually just look the other way. Like an exotic car with an idiotic bumper sticker, I think it is a shame when an attractive person has a distracting...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines November 8th, 2007, 09:52 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,852
Posted By coconutphil
Watch out

I had been looking for a new dress watch for a few months when I found exactly what I wanted while onboard. I did not buy it because I generally avoid buying non-consumables while on vacation. In...
Forum: South America August 10th, 2007, 11:47 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,522
Posted By coconutphil
Forum: Travel Gripes! July 16th, 2007, 02:51 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 6,527
Posted By coconutphil
Balcony Cigar

I have never cruised without a private balcony. The reason I always book a balcony cabin or suite is in part due to my love of a fine cigar. I plan to vote with my dollars when it comes to overly...
Forum: Travel Gripes! June 28th, 2007, 06:01 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,685
Posted By coconutphil
Suite to Suite Upgrade

This December we will be on the Fantasy in a Cat 12 suite, upgraded from 11. Moving from one type of suite to another can be a terrific upgrade.

I agree with many of the previous posts that going...
Forum: Travel Gripes! May 3rd, 2007, 04:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,878
Posted By coconutphil
It seems to me that 50 is getting younger...

It seems to me that 50 is getting younger everyday!
Forum: Travel Gripes! December 4th, 2006, 02:10 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,685
Posted By coconutphil
Upgrades are easy--book early, book often, and...

Upgrades are easy--book early, book often, and ask for an upgrade instead of a price break when the rates drop. A few weeks ago I received my tickets for a cruise I booked a year and a half ago. I...
Forum: Travel Gripes! November 16th, 2006, 01:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,753
Posted By coconutphil
life is suite

My only major gripe is that I am not onboard at this moment, but since I have only myself to blame I will mention it no more.

Here are a few loosely related minor gripes (don’t worry, I am not...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines November 15th, 2006, 12:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,051
Posted By coconutphil
The Glory. There are still a few cabins...

The Glory. There are still a few cabins available for the 12/16 voyage if you should care to join us. Look for me--I'll be the guy with the long cigar and short stack of chips at the craps table!
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Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines November 15th, 2006, 09:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,051
Posted By coconutphil
Time to start packing! We got our docs two days...

Time to start packing! We got our docs two days ago; we’re still dancing. I was not expecting our docs for another few weeks so it was quite a surprise. The upgrade fairy has been busy; we were...
Forum: Travel Gripes! October 25th, 2006, 08:10 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,806
Posted By coconutphil
In my previous post I made two points: that many...

In my previous post I made two points: that many US citizens are either apathetic about passports or they are hostile to a national ID like a passport. Feel free to read my post if you want more...
Forum: Travel Gripes! October 24th, 2006, 06:16 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,806
Posted By coconutphil
Passport apathy or resistance is common amongst...

Passport apathy or resistance is common amongst US citizens.

Many, if not most US citizens have not traveled outside of their own country and have little desire to do so. Chances are those who...
Forum: Asia October 24th, 2006, 08:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,446
Posted By coconutphil
Clock Test

Clock Test
Forum: Tipping October 17th, 2006, 06:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,052
Posted By coconutphil
The Envelope Please...

Service is better in places where tipping is the norm. Tipping is only effective if it is completely voluntary. Use your tips, however large or small your budget is, to reward good service when you...
Forum: Cruise Cuisine October 17th, 2006, 06:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,869
Posted By coconutphil
Lighten up; if you do not want peoples' opinions...

Lighten up; if you do not want peoples' opinions don't ask for them.

Sushi is art. It requires the freshest ingredients and skilled hands to prepare it. Mass market cruise lines are not known...
Forum: First-Time Cruisers October 17th, 2006, 05:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,517
Posted By coconutphil
I usually drive, because I like to take my time...

I usually drive, because I like to take my time and smell the roses along the way.

Parking charges at most ports can be higher than a night at the nearest decent hotel. Many hotels allow you to...
Forum: Travel Gripes! October 12th, 2006, 06:45 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,685
Posted By coconutphil
No Trouble

This may sound weird but we have had no trouble getting upgraded.

Are you sailing solo or something?

Are you using a travel agent? I just work with the cruise line directly and they are...
Forum: Travel Gripes! October 12th, 2006, 06:27 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,309
Posted By coconutphil
Long well written reviews are fine with me. I...

Long well written reviews are fine with me. I like to see detail on cabin location, fine hotels near the port, etc.

If a review seems too long I just stop reading and move on.
Forum: Travel Gripes! October 12th, 2006, 06:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,066
Posted By coconutphil
I avoid lido dining. Why miss a meal in the...

I avoid lido dining. Why miss a meal in the dining room?

If I return late from an excursion or if my luggage has not yet arrived and I do not have suitable clothes then I will go to the buffet....
Forum: Cruise Cuisine October 12th, 2006, 06:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,869
Posted By coconutphil
todavia no

I have tried the sushi on many ships and I have not yet found good sushi on a cruise ship.
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers October 7th, 2006, 10:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 707
Posted By coconutphil
Worth it

If you value a non-smoking room it would probably be worth the extra expense. Trouble is most of the non-smoking rooms I have stayed in recently have had a smoky smell...even before I lit my cigar.
Forum: Royal Caribbean International November 8th, 2005, 02:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 911
Posted By coconutphil
We are sailing on 12/4/05 and received our...

We are sailing on 12/4/05 and received our documents a week ago--over a month prior to the cruise. :D
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