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Forum: Travel Gripes! Today, 02:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 26
Posted By Mike M
We were "almost" taken by a band of children in...

We were "almost" taken by a band of children in Barcelona. A group of about six kids (ages 5-10) came into a cafe, with an adult, and started running around playing "tag". They got closer and...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers Today, 10:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 72
Posted By Mike M
Good morning Sharon and everyone. Try to...

Good morning Sharon and everyone.

Try to stay dry Sharon.

Yesterday, I came down with "something" and I feel like Betty took a baseball bat to me. I have a low grade (99.4 - 100.0) fever and...
Forum: Flying To Your Cruise Yesterday, 09:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 63
Posted By Mike M
They've done this periodically for the last 25...

They've done this periodically for the last 25 years. They ask you to turn on your computer, phone or other device. It really is a waste of time. You could put a large amount of explosive inside...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers Yesterday, 09:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 115
Posted By Mike M
Good morning everyone. We had a great "spur...

Good morning everyone.

We had a great "spur of the moment" getaway on Sunday. We had worked our butts off on Sunday morning, cleaning house, weeding the flower beds and getting rid of some...
Forum: Flying To Your Cruise Yesterday, 07:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 118
Posted By Mike M
I remove my shoes on an airplane. I don't remove...

I remove my shoes on an airplane. I don't remove my socks. I also wear good shoes and wash my feet every day. I have never had a foot odor problem. Believe me, my wife would tell me if I did.
...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers July 21st, 2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 385
Posted By Mike M
I don't think you would. The travel is fun but...

I don't think you would. The travel is fun but the rest of the "stuff" isn't.

Take care,
Mike
Forum: Royal Caribbean International July 21st, 2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,229
Posted By Mike M
Was there shampoo? Take care, Mike

Was there shampoo?

Take care,
Mike
Forum: Cruise Cuisine July 20th, 2014, 11:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 393
Posted By Mike M
Heck, if you throw enough garlic and butter on...

Heck, if you throw enough garlic and butter on anything it's good. :)

Take care,
Mike
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers July 20th, 2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 385
Posted By Mike M
I was born in the wagon of a travelling show. My...

I was born in the wagon of a travelling show. My momma had to dance for the money they'd throw. Grandpa would do whatever he could................. ;) :)

I'm Mike and I've been around here for...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International July 19th, 2014, 05:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 831
Posted By Mike M
In the Caribbean many cruise lines, especially...

In the Caribbean many cruise lines, especially Carnival, will remain on the time zone of the home port.

This doesn't work if you are cruising overseas. On a transatlantic the ship changes it's...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers July 19th, 2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 176
Posted By Mike M
Good morning everyone: Hopefully it will be...

Good morning everyone:

Hopefully it will be a "boat day" for us. There is a line of showers moving in from the West but they seem to be breaking up as they come closer. It should be clear by 11...
Forum: Norwegian Cruise Lines July 18th, 2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 553
Posted By Mike M
I've been a smoker for most of my life but I have...

I've been a smoker for most of my life but I have little problem sailing on lines that do not allow smoking on the balcony or in the cabin. As long as there is an outdoor and covered/indoor venue to...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers July 17th, 2014, 10:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 193
Posted By Mike M
Today was a good day. Take care, Mike

Today was a good day.

Take care,
Mike
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines July 17th, 2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 767
Posted By Mike M
Duh!! So does every other cruise line. Take...

Duh!! So does every other cruise line.

Take care,
Mike
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers July 17th, 2014, 08:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 211
Posted By Mike M
Congratulations on the marriage. It's going to...

Congratulations on the marriage. It's going to be hard to figure out what anniversary it is but I'm glad you got the chance to make it official.

Take care,
Mike
Forum: Hurricane Watch July 17th, 2014, 07:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 107
Posted By Mike M
June 1 to November 30. We're right in the middle...

June 1 to November 30. We're right in the middle of it. Hurricanes start off the coast of Africa and can hit land anywhere from northern South America all the way up to Nova Scotia.

Take care,...
Forum: Flying To Your Cruise July 16th, 2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,447
Posted By Mike M
Yes: The mono rail is less expensive. However,...

Yes: The mono rail is less expensive. However, if you are cruising with two or three suitcases and carry on it isn't the best way to travel. I'll take the $55 van cab for four people rather than...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers July 16th, 2014, 08:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 309
Posted By Mike M
Sue: What's the total cost of your cruise,...

Sue:

What's the total cost of your cruise, including flights and hotel?

I priced it out the other day at $7000, for two people, in their 60's, and it comes out to about $380 for two people...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines July 16th, 2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,234
Posted By Mike M
Yes: They are still there. NCL removed their...

Yes: They are still there.

NCL removed their self service laundries a few years ago and I don't ever remember Royal Caribbean ever having them.

Don't worry, you will be able to wash and dry on...
Forum: First-Time Cruisers July 14th, 2014, 05:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 188
Posted By Mike M
Don't buy the cruise line insurance. Go to...

Don't buy the cruise line insurance. Go to insuremytrip.com and price out some alternatives.

I have been happy Alianz travel insurance.

Also: Make sure you get one that waives pre-existing...
Forum: All Things Cruising July 14th, 2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 547
Posted By Mike M
Hotels, even the high end hotels, are holding to...

Hotels, even the high end hotels, are holding to the 3:00 p.m. check-in. We stay in a number of hotels and it's getting harder and harder to get early check-in. The exception is Hilton and you are...
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff July 14th, 2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 109
Posted By Mike M
The simple answer: No If someone did do...

The simple answer: No

If someone did do "extra" to make your cruise more enjoyable then go ahead and tip whatever you wish but don't feel cheap if you just give the auto tips and you don't need to...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers July 14th, 2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 225
Posted By Mike M
Good morning everyone: Had a great weekend...

Good morning everyone:

Had a great weekend with the grandkids. Soon, we have to drop the granddaughter back home so she can go to gymnastics training.

Donna: I think that is a customized Ford...
Forum: Travel Gripes! July 14th, 2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,768
Posted By Mike M
I have no problem with tipping extra, when...

I have no problem with tipping extra, when someone does extra for you. Dannyboy's post is a good example of that.

If the cabin steward cleans the room twice a day, leaves clean towels and fills...
Forum: Caribbean & Panama Canal July 14th, 2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 114
Posted By Mike M
Take a look at the December 19, 2014 cruise on...

Take a look at the December 19, 2014 cruise on Maasdam. That may be what you are looking for. You could do a Back 2 Back and include more Western ports.

I do think getting a hold of Cruise...
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