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Forum: All Things Cruising June 30th, 2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 275
Posted By Paul Motter
Virgin has filed to have the lawsuit dismissed on...

Virgin has filed to have the lawsuit dismissed on no merit and my guess is that they will prevail because all he had was a verbal agreement (to the best of my knowledge )
Forum: All Things Cruising June 29th, 2015, 03:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 275
Posted By Paul Motter
Did you all hear that Branson jumped out of the...

Did you all hear that Branson jumped out of the helicopter and cut off the neckties of the business people at the ceremony? He was dressed in shorts and a T-shirt. I mean I get "casual" but he really...
Forum: All Things Cruising June 29th, 2015, 01:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 275
Posted By Paul Motter
I am very interested in what you all think about...

I am very interested in what you all think about this...

It is interesting because he is positioning it as a "boutique" ship. At 110,000-tons these days that is "smallish" - and for just 2500...
Forum: All Things Cruising June 16th, 2015, 10:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 148
Posted By Paul Motter
I still say the one room that might disappear...

I still say the one room that might disappear some day is the "main theater" - it is the biggest, most wasted space during most of the cruise.
Forum: Royal Caribbean International June 16th, 2015, 10:34 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 6,096
Posted By Paul Motter
That is a good point ATCruiser. And no, I had not...

That is a good point ATCruiser. And no, I had not checked. Interesting.
Forum: All Things Cruising June 15th, 2015, 01:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 148
Posted By Paul Motter
New Carnival Corp. Ships

See story here Carnival to Build Its Largest Ships Yet (http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/news/carnival-to-build-its-largest-ships-yet.cfm)

Carnival Corp is build FOUR new ships for 6600...
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff June 8th, 2015, 02:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 128
Posted By Paul Motter
Drop Down Menus Fixed!!

We really apologize for the problems we had with our drop down menus - it was elusive and no matter how much we tried we could not find the one comma in the thousands of lines of code that fixed this...
Forum: All Things Cruising June 4th, 2015, 01:11 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 150
Posted By Paul Motter
Arnold Donald (Carnival CEO) will be on CNBC tonight

Jim Cramer is a CNBC stocks analyst who gets very excited about certain stocks. Just a month ago he was telling his audience to avoid Carnival cruise lines. He said "Disney is how we trade vacation...
Forum: First-Time Cruisers June 3rd, 2015, 07:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 673
Posted By Paul Motter
Thanks Gina - we have a "meetup" section - one is...

Thanks Gina - we have a "meetup" section - one is organized by ship here:

http://www.cruisemates.com/forum/meet-board/

and the other would be our singles area: Singles - CruiseMates Cruise...
Forum: Crewmembers June 2nd, 2015, 02:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 320
Posted By Paul Motter
In most cases the cruise lines will pay for the...

In most cases the cruise lines will pay for the physical if you are already hired.

I would make sure she really has been hired by Carnival. If she was hired by a subcontractor (like the Spa or the...
Forum: First-Time Cruisers June 2nd, 2015, 02:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 319
Posted By Paul Motter
I think Holland America has gotten its wifi...

I think Holland America has gotten its wifi cooking hotter in the last few years. I do agree that when they first started up they vastly underestimated how much bandwidth they would need. But the...
Forum: Norwegian Cruise Lines May 28th, 2015, 08:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,928
Posted By Paul Motter
The funny thing is that this is not a victory for...

The funny thing is that this is not a victory for the people, really. The main complaint was the $7.95 room service fee, which still remains.

The ban on takeaway food was just a byproduct of that...
Forum: Norwegian Cruise Lines May 22nd, 2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,928
Posted By Paul Motter
Buggs & Pete.... I think we hit on it again...

Buggs & Pete....

I think we hit on it again - that the cruise lines are moving their focus to a newer clientele. My theory is that they don't really care if they lose the, well for lack of a...
Forum: First-Time Cruisers May 21st, 2015, 07:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,258
Posted By Paul Motter
Unless it says otherwise - figure you will be...

Unless it says otherwise - figure you will be paying twice the price of a single occupancy cruise. Bit you should consult a travel pro (like Pete) to see what options might be available
Forum: Celebrity May 19th, 2015, 12:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,332
Posted By Paul Motter
I think this is an old thread - from 2010. You...

I think this is an old thread - from 2010. You are right that those ships have been moved out of the Celebrity fleet.
Forum: First-Time Cruisers May 19th, 2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 440
Posted By Paul Motter
Yes, the water just off the coast of California,...

Yes, the water just off the coast of California, which comes down from Alaska, can be a little rough for a day or so. Try to get a stateroom that is midships, and have some Bonine ready just in case....
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff May 15th, 2015, 04:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 524
Posted By Paul Motter
Yes - the cruise ships decks are fully...

Yes - the cruise ships decks are fully wheel-chair accessible with elevators and automatic doors. Have a great cruise...
Forum: First-Time Cruisers May 15th, 2015, 04:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 396
Posted By Paul Motter
In a way we are all cruise specialists.... ...

In a way we are all cruise specialists....

Here is the thing - if you were talking about a week-long cruise I would say to go with Carnival for the people most like your demographic. Princess...
Forum: Norwegian Cruise Lines May 15th, 2015, 02:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,928
Posted By Paul Motter
Pete... My theory is that the cruise...

Pete...

My theory is that the cruise industry is coming to the realization that they need to find a new clientele - perhaps at the expense of losing some of the old clientele.

Why? Because the...
Forum: Norwegian Cruise Lines May 15th, 2015, 12:35 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,928
Posted By Paul Motter
Okay - I stand corrected. I have not been on a...

Okay - I stand corrected. I have not been on a "regular" NCL cruise to order room service in many years - so I assumed it would be no different from any other cruise line, but it appears that it is...
Forum: Norwegian Cruise Lines May 11th, 2015, 01:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,928
Posted By Paul Motter
As they say ... "this too shall end" Anyway...

As they say ... "this too shall end"

Anyway - this is old news. The $7.95 is for an enhanced menu, but they say the old items are still available at no cost.

I would assume that means a...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines May 11th, 2015, 01:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 714
Posted By Paul Motter
This should go in "seeking cruise companion...

This should go in "seeking cruise companion (http://www.cruisemates.com/forum/seeking-cruise-companion/)"

Seeking Cruise Companion - CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums...
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff May 11th, 2015, 01:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 266
Posted By Paul Motter
I guess the only reason is that Los Angeles is a...

I guess the only reason is that Los Angeles is a bigger market so cruises sell better - but I agree with you, San Diego is fantastic port city. The airport is only 5 minutes from the port, and...
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff May 11th, 2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 287
Posted By Paul Motter
Yes - good answer. Always let each individual pay...

Yes - good answer. Always let each individual pay the travel agent - and also set up separate onboard accounts.

Now - it can get tricky when you go online and one person is designated as the...
Forum: All Things Cruising May 5th, 2015, 04:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 759
Posted By Paul Motter
So sorry I missed this - but yes, I hope to see...

So sorry I missed this - but yes, I hope to see the new Holland America ship when it comes out. I like Holland America, although I hear a lot of detractors when I talk to regular cruisers.

They...
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