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Forum: All Things Cruising Yesterday, 07:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 183
Posted By Mike M
Where would the people, who complain about the...

Where would the people, who complain about the people who sleep in lounge chairs, by the pool, sleep? :)

I've seen many a sleeping person in the ship's libraries. The most was on Statendam. It...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers Yesterday, 10:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 171
Posted By Mike M
Good morning Manuel and all the Cruisemates out...

Good morning Manuel and all the Cruisemates out there.

It's an "April Showers Bring May Flowers" day here in Minnesota. I don't mind. It isn't snow and the temperature is a whole 45 degrees.
...
Forum: Norwegian Cruise Lines Yesterday, 09:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 180
Posted By Mike M
Everyone should review what they "REALLY" need...

Everyone should review what they "REALLY" need for travel insurance.

For me it is medical. If for some reason I didn't get to go on the cruise then I would just be out of what I had already paid....
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 23rd, 2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 1,986
Posted By Mike M
If you like beef jerky or gnawing on a chicken...

If you like beef jerky or gnawing on a chicken leg the you'll love chicken feet. A good rule thumb is: If the toenails are still on it then it's probably not too good. The cook didn't take time to...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 23rd, 2014, 03:11 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 1,986
Posted By Mike M
Yes: There are a number of "interesting" things...

Yes: There are a number of "interesting" things in Asian foods. Reptiles are common foods. Snake on a stick is very common for street vendors to sell and it's dang good. I do believe that if most...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 23rd, 2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 120
Posted By Mike M
That's the downside of a semi-public forum. The...

That's the downside of a semi-public forum. The system is fairly good at blocking the "automated spam" but if a real human registers and posts then we are pretty much out of luck.

It is so easy...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 23rd, 2014, 09:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 195
Posted By Mike M
Good morning everyone: I am back among the...

Good morning everyone:

I am back among the semi-functioning. :) The surgery went very well and the damage was not as extensive as originally thought so I was only in for one day. :) I had a bit...
Forum: All Things Cruising April 23rd, 2014, 09:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 117
Posted By Mike M
Yes: Ketchikan has become very commercial in the...

Yes: Ketchikan has become very commercial in the port area but it is still the gateway for some of the best excursions on an Alaskan cruise. The Misty Fjords flight seeing air trip is beautiful and...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 22nd, 2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 1,986
Posted By Mike M
Star Cruises does target the Asian market. They...

Star Cruises does target the Asian market. They are part owners in NCL. Star is very gambling-centric and the cruise experience is a bit different than the Western cruise world. What is is...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 22nd, 2014, 06:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 383
Posted By Mike M
I got home this afternoon. The only negative is...

I got home this afternoon. The only negative is that painkillers and I don't get along. They build up in my system, even when taking as directed. I felt much better yesterday than today. I...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 21st, 2014, 08:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 383
Posted By Mike M
Out of surgery. Everything went better than...

Out of surgery. Everything went better than expected. I'll be home
tomorrow. :)


Take care,
Mike
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 20th, 2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 383
Posted By Mike M
Careful what you wish for. It may come true. :))...

Careful what you wish for. It may come true. :)) ;)

Take care,
Mike
Forum: Alaska April 20th, 2014, 12:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 132
Posted By Mike M
This question is harder to answer than you think....

This question is harder to answer than you think. There are a myriad of choices of ships and cruise lines for Alaska. Princess, HAL, Celebrity, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCL and others have...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 20th, 2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 166
Posted By Mike M
Good morning Cruise Bunnies! It's a...

Good morning Cruise Bunnies!

It's a beautiful Easter morning. Sunshine and a forecast high of 71. Nice. We had rain last night so "de-thatching" the lawn isn't going to happen. I guess we'll...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 19th, 2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 1,986
Posted By Mike M
I am in agreement with Dave. Airfare costs are a...

I am in agreement with Dave. Airfare costs are a big deterrent for people flying to Asia. Even more of a deterrent is the duration of the flights. As I get older I am having more problems with a...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 18th, 2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 450
Posted By Mike M
It is not available "yet" at cruise ports. Only...

It is not available "yet" at cruise ports. Only at airports.

However, a GOES, Nexus, Custom and Immigration line is supposed to be implemented at the port of Miami. I'm not sure of the time...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 18th, 2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 450
Posted By Mike M
Yep: The issuing agency is United States...

Yep: The issuing agency is United States Department of State. Use U.S. instead of United States when entering the "Issuing agency" information online. Most of the text boxes won't accommodate the...
Forum: All Things Cruising April 18th, 2014, 01:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 118
Posted By Mike M
I guess that wasn't a Baby Ruth bar that floated...

I guess that wasn't a Baby Ruth bar that floated by. :)

They periodically close beaches here in Minnesota due to contamination, but it is usually caused by duck and goose droppings.

Take care,...
Forum: Open Debate April 18th, 2014, 01:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 215
Posted By Mike M
Venice, Yes the DNC is/was more adept at using...

Venice,
Yes the DNC is/was more adept at using social media but the tactic to get email addresses, names and phone numbers isn't anything the DNC doesn't use or any major corporation. I now receive...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 18th, 2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 169
Posted By Mike M
Good morning everyone. I was up "dark and...

Good morning everyone.

I was up "dark and early" this morning. It was the infamous 4:30 a.m. airport run, to take my sister and BIL. She and my BIL are going to California for two weeks. We are...
Forum: Open Debate April 18th, 2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 215
Posted By Mike M
There are different parts of America. Here it is...

There are different parts of America. Here it is VERY common for churches, charities and other organizations to raise funds by using hunting rifles and pistols as prizes. Six years ago I won a VFW...
Forum: All Things Cruising April 18th, 2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 130
Posted By Mike M
One interesting part of the article was in the...

One interesting part of the article was in the ticket price vs. on board revenues. The author described the "myth" that most of the revenues come from on board spending and not ticket prices. He...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 17th, 2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 1,986
Posted By Mike M
I have the same feeling as you stated in your...

I have the same feeling as you stated in your later post:



With a ship of this size and the other cruise options for the Asian market I feel there had to be some sort of financial incentive,...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 17th, 2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 152
Posted By Mike M
Good morning everyone. It's April 17th and I...

Good morning everyone.

It's April 17th and I just finished blowing the driveway. :roll:

We only had about 5.5 inches at our house but just north of us they had anywhere from 10" to 18" of new...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 17th, 2014, 05:45 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 1,986
Posted By Mike M
It's a big world out there and the Asian market...

It's a big world out there and the Asian market has a growing, untapped, middle class. You go where the people and the money are.

Shanghai's new, Wusongkou, cruise terminal will easily handle the...
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