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Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff Yesterday, 04:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 64
Posted By Dave Beers
The only time I've ever heard of Scandinvaia and...

The only time I've ever heard of Scandinvaia and crayfish was on an episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, and in that episode he visited a family that harvests them in Finland but had never...
Forum: All Things Cruising July 12th, 2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 316
Posted By Dave Beers
Paul, since you were last on RCI they have...

Paul, since you were last on RCI they have changed the tipping process. RCI does now add an automatic gratuity to your onboard account and you no longer have to set it up yourself with guest...
Forum: All Things Cruising July 12th, 2014, 03:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 316
Posted By Dave Beers
Yes! Please! I'm tired of being interrupted for...

Yes! Please! I'm tired of being interrupted for photos I have no intention of buying, nor do I wish to be accosted by the pirate as I try to leave the dining room.

What makes it worse is when...
Forum: Cruise Cuisine July 11th, 2014, 11:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 120
Posted By Dave Beers
Thanks for the information, and I'm not surprised...

Thanks for the information, and I'm not surprised to learn that the USPH has such a stupid rule. They've kept many good things away from us that are universally loved outside the U.S. borders. ...
Forum: All Things Cruising July 11th, 2014, 09:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 316
Posted By Dave Beers
Royal Caribbean likes to present receipts, even...

Royal Caribbean likes to present receipts, even when there is no charge. For example on the Oasis-class ships, Johnny Rockets serves a complimentary breakfast and they will bring a receipt for you...
Forum: Cruise Cuisine July 11th, 2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 120
Posted By Dave Beers
I've always suspected this since cruise ships...

I've always suspected this since cruise ships never seem able to serve it in the shells, not that that would be absolute proof of the genuine article but at least it would look more authentic. I...
Forum: All Things Cruising July 11th, 2014, 01:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 316
Posted By Dave Beers
Americans have largely been responsible for the...

Americans have largely been responsible for the ridiculous growth in tipping for everything. What happened to the days when people only carried their cruise card around with them on the ship during...
Forum: Travel Gripes! July 11th, 2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 71
Posted By Dave Beers
I'd like them to be voice controlled but I guess...

I'd like them to be voice controlled but I guess that would be ripe for abuse by idiots.
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff July 9th, 2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 135
Posted By Dave Beers
I know that Royal Caribbean will do it. They...

I know that Royal Caribbean will do it. They performed a burial at sea on Liberty Of The Seas when I was aboard a few years ago. It was in international waters and was for a Japanese woman. The...
Forum: All Things Cruising July 8th, 2014, 07:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 181
Posted By Dave Beers
I think I've read someplace that all cruise ships...

I think I've read someplace that all cruise ships also have to carry a minimum number of body bags and transfer caskets for bodies. I've never verified it to be true but it seems reasonable.

My...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International July 8th, 2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 996
Posted By Dave Beers
Royal Caribbean is also stopping the singing and...

Royal Caribbean is also stopping the singing and parade performed by the dining room staff, which they normally would do once or twice per cruise and on the last night. The stated reasons being...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines July 8th, 2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 365
Posted By Dave Beers
'Clean and refresh' is probably what the legal...

'Clean and refresh' is probably what the legal department said they should call it. Simply saying they will fine you $250 probably gets into a gray area of civil law.
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines July 8th, 2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 365
Posted By Dave Beers
I think this leaves HAL and NCL as the only major...

I think this leaves HAL and NCL as the only major lines that allow balcony smoking.
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines July 8th, 2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 365
Posted By Dave Beers
Here is the text from Carnival: “Effective...

Here is the text from Carnival:

“Effective October 9, 2014, Carnival Cruise Lines will no longer allow smoking on stateroom balconies fleetwide. The company already prohibits smoking within...
Forum: All Things Cruising July 7th, 2014, 08:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 181
Posted By Dave Beers
Submariners call all surface ships 'targets'. I...

Submariners call all surface ships 'targets'. I spent my Navy time on surface ships and we really got tired of having photos of our ships sent to us from submarines (our side) with our ship in the...
Forum: Entertainment on Ships July 7th, 2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 147
Posted By Dave Beers
You must be referring to El Gaucho and his bolo...

You must be referring to El Gaucho and his bolo act. He has been around for years and from what I know he has never injured anyone.

Here is a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6zVoeZXtPg)...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers July 3rd, 2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 246
Posted By Dave Beers
How long were those two Caribbean cruises, and...

How long were those two Caribbean cruises, and what time of year?

For a 12 night cruise, in the fall, from Canada to NJ, I'd expect to see an older clientele meaning a lot of upper tier members. ...
Forum: Cruise Cuisine July 3rd, 2014, 11:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 187
Posted By Dave Beers
If you want the genuine article try a small ship...

If you want the genuine article try a small ship cruise along the New England coast, such as with Blount, where the chef buys live lobsters while the ship is in port and cooks them for that evening's...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers July 2nd, 2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 246
Posted By Dave Beers
Actually, I think the snobbish elite flyers use...

Actually, I think the snobbish elite flyers use "The Kettles" too, when dismissively looking down their business class noses at the vacationers who dare fly on the same airplane as those air...
Forum: Costa June 30th, 2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 131
Posted By Dave Beers
Plus, Genoa is only around 200 nautical miles...

Plus, Genoa is only around 200 nautical miles away from the wreck site, although it will take them 4 days since they will only move at 2 knots.
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers June 30th, 2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 503
Posted By Dave Beers
My condolences to you and your family. ...

My condolences to you and your family.

Baruch Dayan Ha’emet
Forum: All Things Cruising June 30th, 2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 231
Posted By Dave Beers
New Orleans. Amazing food and music, and it is a...

New Orleans. Amazing food and music, and it is a very easy place to get around on foot.
Forum: Holland America June 24th, 2014, 01:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,117
Posted By Dave Beers
And of course, there is Vicki Freed who was a...

And of course, there is Vicki Freed who was a senior VP and with Carnival for 29 years, and then left to join Royal Caribbean in the same position over sales and marketing.
Forum: All Things Cruising June 24th, 2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 139
Posted By Dave Beers
They all became the largest ships in their...

They all became the largest ships in their respective cruise line (I think you meant Silver Spirit) and added more dining choices as the cruise lines began in earnest to move away from traditional...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International June 20th, 2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,346
Posted By Dave Beers
Of the three trademarked names I also think...

Of the three trademarked names I also think Passion OTS is the best one.

I really wish they'd use previous names, the way Princess does. I'd love to see another Sun Viking, Song Of Norway, or...
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