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Forum: Travel Gripes! July 23rd, 2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By Paul Motter
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Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines July 23rd, 2014, 12:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 149
Posted By Paul Motter
Have a great cruise! may the weather be with you...

Have a great cruise! may the weather be with you this time.

(I won't mention that she booked yet another cruise during hurricane season - in fact that last storm, Andrew, just kind of petered...
Forum: All Things Cruising July 23rd, 2014, 12:45 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 41
Posted By Paul Motter
Senate Committee hearing today - starts at 2:45 ET.

Here is the web site if you want to watch the hearing live. These can get pretty interesting. The web site is for the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee, overseen by Sen. Jay...
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff July 23rd, 2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 91
Posted By Paul Motter
That is what agents are for....!

That is what agents are for....!
Forum: Norwegian Cruise Lines July 21st, 2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 209
Posted By Paul Motter
Yeah, I like the food in O'sheehans. They...

Yeah, I like the food in O'sheehans. They definitely got that right on these new ships. Plus it is open 24 hours and the food is complimentary.
Forum: Norwegian Cruise Lines July 21st, 2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 209
Posted By Paul Motter
Norwegian Upgrading "Included" Dining!

Did you guys happen to see this?

Norwegian Heightens Dining Experience

Included dining will soon offer reservations, new menus, a wide variety of new dishes and Chocoholic specialties
...
Forum: First-Time Cruisers July 21st, 2014, 03:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 155
Posted By Paul Motter
I don;t know where you got the list (did you...

I don;t know where you got the list (did you write it?) - but it is great - and comprises just about evertything we have been saying for 12 years around here.

Keep it up - about 80% of the US...
Forum: All Things Cruising July 19th, 2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,172
Posted By Paul Motter
I agree - a completely bad article - Norovirus is...

I agree - a completely bad article - Norovirus is just as common on land as it is on cruise ships - funny how you never hear that in any article that refers to it as the "cruise ship disease."
...
Forum: Norwegian Cruise Lines July 19th, 2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,846
Posted By Paul Motter
Good point - and welcome to our forum, WCCH!!! ...

Good point - and welcome to our forum, WCCH!!!

I am very interested in hearing what a Spanish cruiser thinks. Are you looking forward to having an Oasis-class ship coming to you soon, do you plan...
Forum: Holland America July 16th, 2014, 05:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,419
Posted By Paul Motter
Good question.... I guess they are...

Good question....

I guess they are re-arranging since they have some changes being made in their fleet - losing two ships and gaining another one.
Forum: All Things Cruising July 15th, 2014, 07:59 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 558
Posted By Paul Motter
Good point on the hotel check-ins, Mike. I very...

Good point on the hotel check-ins, Mike. I very very rarely get to a Hotel too 'early" that it is a problem to check in. It is usually the opposite for me, I have to make sure they hold the room...
Forum: Alaska July 15th, 2014, 07:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 790
Posted By Paul Motter
Are you talking about next year, 2015, Sue?

Are you talking about next year, 2015, Sue?
Forum: Travel Gripes! July 14th, 2014, 02:08 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,796
Posted By Paul Motter
So - tipping is a more touchy subject than I...

So - tipping is a more touchy subject than I thought.

I always tip what I am expected to tip in almost every situation (the exception being when I tip extra), and I don't often ask for anything...
Forum: All Things Cruising July 14th, 2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 628
Posted By Paul Motter
Thanks Cherlydoo - I am loving your posts - very...

Thanks Cherlydoo - I am loving your posts - very funny.
Forum: All Things Cruising July 14th, 2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 294
Posted By Paul Motter
McDreamy/ McSteamy - either way we get the idea. ...

McDreamy/ McSteamy - either way we get the idea.

I love that story about your uncle. I have heard similar stories. Hey - why not let him finish the cruise, better than trying to fit him into an...
Forum: All Things Cruising July 14th, 2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 558
Posted By Paul Motter
Disembarkation time - all I can say is that...

Disembarkation time - all I can say is that Hotels manage to have people coming and going at all times of day; in and out, 7 days a week. How hard could it be for a cruise ship to work like hotel for...
Forum: All Things Cruising July 13th, 2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 294
Posted By Paul Motter
On a hunch I googled it, and this article says it...

On a hunch I googled it, and this article says it was the Queen Mary:

'The Last Ship': 'Grey's Anatomy's' Eric Dane sets sail to save a dying world - Zap2it | News & Features...
Forum: All Things Cruising July 13th, 2014, 04:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 294
Posted By Paul Motter
If I could see that part of the show in a video I...

If I could see that part of the show in a video I could probably find matching pictures. But here is the thing, that QM (the original one, now owned by the city of Long beach) is not far from...
Forum: All Things Cruising July 12th, 2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 558
Posted By Paul Motter
Yes, I said above that Royal/CXC are the cruise...

Yes, I said above that Royal/CXC are the cruise lines that will still make you fill envelopes if you forget to ask them to charge tips to your onboard acct.

Yes, I am sure NCL merely slides the...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers July 11th, 2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 126
Posted By Paul Motter
I have heard about people getting big discounts...

I have heard about people getting big discounts on MSC through Groupon
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff July 11th, 2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 110
Posted By Paul Motter
I understand your frustration, but there are...

I understand your frustration, but there are other ways for you to find current messages without us having to delete all the old ones. You can always just click on "New Posts" in the options bar...
Forum: All Things Cruising July 11th, 2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 558
Posted By Paul Motter
Also - I wanted to point out that I think it is...

Also - I wanted to point out that I think it is fairly controversial for me to suggest they should add a service charge to the final bill for each room service visit. Room service is supposed to be...
Forum: All Things Cruising July 11th, 2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 558
Posted By Paul Motter
I admit that during the 9 or so years I lived in...

I admit that during the 9 or so years I lived in New York City I became a 'serial tipper" - it is very common in that city to just hand someone a little money for any little thing, and they are glad...
Forum: All Things Cruising July 11th, 2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 558
Posted By Paul Motter
Great replies..... As cruise "experts" I...

Great replies.....

As cruise "experts" I think we just turn off our brains when we see the cliche things, but I know they did SOMETHING similar to baked Alaska on my last Carnival cruise (I recall...
Forum: All Things Cruising July 10th, 2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 558
Posted By Paul Motter
Most outdated cruise ship "traditions"

I am thinking about all the "traditions" that have become either more hassle than they are worth, are now so outdated they are slightly embarrassing to the cruise industry, or things that would just...
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