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  1. It doesn't matter what they change the concept to, it won't matter unless they can get the food right. I've been on Princess, RCI, and Carnival and have never had decent Mexican food. I can't understand why, since it is not exactly hard. Maybe because all of the chefs I've seen come from Europe or India.....
  2. I agree, there are a lot of posters on this board who have their heads in the sand if they think that Jaimaica and some of the other Caribbean ports are much safer. I guess all it takes is turqoise waters and some lush foliage to put people at ease.... That being said, the chances of this type of thing happening to you on a cruise (much like the norovirus or going overboard) are remote given the thousands of cruises that go off without incident. But leave it to the media to sensationalize things:cool:
  3. That certainly is the perception out there, but I don't know if it is grounded in reality. As the above posts illustrate, Mexican ports like Cancun and Cozumel have their share of problems and I don't see the lines leaving there. Passengers have been robbed in the Caribbean many times (recent incidents in Jamaica come to mind). Jamaica would look exactly like Tijuana if it weren't for the lush foliage and the clear waters. I guess we overlook danger in ports that are better looking....
  4. What would we have to do on these boards, then?:D So you, as a stockholder, were glad when they moved the Mariner to do the eastern Med/Egypt itineraries and that went up in flames? That must of shaved the company's bottom line a bit.... Now that they have had to retreat to Galveston do you think that they are making that much more money than when they were in LA? I do agree with your larger point, however, in that RCI can move its ships where they think they will make the most money. However, those decisions are typically made over a year in advance and things can change. That gives them a large opportunity to end up being wrong and for armchair CEOs on these boards to chime in with pontifications on which routes make money and which don't. And the truth is, no one knows how much money they make and how much they don't. Even your cabin steward/waiter.... The Mariner wasn't moved here to LA on a whim. RCI (and other lines) had been here for years and I'm sure their research indicated this area would support the Mariner and make it worth it to sail around the horn. Then the recession hit and they scrambled to Europe, which is now experiencing its own problems. So now the ships are coming back to the Caribbean. RCI is chasing the money, as it should. But for some on these boards to scoff and say that RCI shouln't come back to LA because we didn't do enough to "support" it during the Great Recession and that the Mexican Riviera route is a money-loser is a little much.
  5. I don't know if they're necessarily wrong, but given that they plan their routes over a year in advance, they are vulnerable to quickly changing events. I have a feeling that the unrest in the Middle East will affect the Dubai and Egypt cruises for a while. And it will get pretty interesting in the Med if/when Spain needs a bailout and has to adopt an "austerity plan". There were a lot of Spaniards on our last cruise out of Barcelona (as would be expected)...
  6. I'm not so sure. RCI seems OK with cruising the Brilliance through pirate territory on the way to Dubai.... I wouldn't put anything past Gaddafi after Lockerbie
  7. And the insatiable European demand continues! I'm surprised RCI isn't ordering more ships - even more than the two Sunshine class....
  8. I agree. Cruising's surge in popularity overseas is the #1 reason why the Mariner and many other RCI ships are being pulled from all US ports (I think there might be only one left sailing from Miami - imagine predicting that ten or twenty years ago!) The Mexican Riviera has been a viable and profitable run for years, ever since the original Love Boat. RCI wouldn't have sent the Mariner to LA without studying the market and reaching that conclusion. But there is more money to be made elsewhere. So I take issue with those who say that RCI lost money here or we somehow "failed" or "oversold" the company. It seems that there are some who are convinced that the reason the Mariner was pulled from LA is that the MR is an unappealing itenerary with a high threat of violence against passengers and therefore incapable of making the company a profit. How do you explain the Brilliance sailing through pirate territory to do Dubai cruises? And the whole violence in Mexico thing is overblown. If that was a big issue, half the ports in the Caribbean would be off-limits as there has been more violence against tourists there than Mexico. And don't even get me started on Jamaica.... RCI sees the grass greener on the other side - of the ocean. And they seem to be right so far. Although it did make me chuckle a bit when they had to cancel several of the Mariner's stops in Egypt due to the recent unrest. Maybe the grass isn't always greener.....
  9. Instead of another Mariner cruise, we're going to Maui and renting a condo. I would rather fly 5 hours west than east....
  10. Point taken, but I was responding to someone who inferred that ships were pulled from LA due to the violence in Mexico. Acapulco was never a regular destination for RCL's Mexican Riveria cruises, only the occassional canal cruise.
  11. Well, since they never went to Acapulco, I doubt it. We've got crewmembers getting murdered in Cozumel and tourists getting shot and robbed in the Caribbean and nobody's leaving there :rolleyes: Although it is ironic that they are sending the Mariner to the Med to do Egypt... RCI won't be back to LA until they have a ship to spare from filling the high level of European demand for cruises. Too much money to be made there. Until then, we'll just have to fly to Cabo or PV...
  12. I'm surprised more people aren't upset about the probable elimination of Chops and Portofino. I haven't been on Oasis, but the reviews I've read seem to indicate that Giovanni's isn't as good as Portofino. And since it is new for the Allure, who knows what Samba will be like. I've yet to see any cruise line do Mexcian right, so I'm holding my breath on Rita's.
  13. We went on the same cruise a couple of years ago in an inside and I don't regret it at all, even though we usually get balconies. As you noticed, this is a VERY port intensive cruise and you will be off the ship all day when in port. On the sea days, we took a lot of naps in the cabin and an inside looks the same as a balcony when your eyes are closed. The highlight of the cruise is coming into Venice and it would have been great to have a balcony then, although we grabbed a spot on the top deck and had a 360 degree view of things (which might of actually been better). I say save the money and use it towards some excursions, especially some private ones that you see people talk about on the boards. They are definitely worth it compared to the cattle call ones on the big buses. We had a great time but word to the wise - this is more of a trip than a "vacation" - you might need a rest when you get back....
  14. Perhaps because we in the US are going to need more money to fly to Europe, where they are basing more and more of their ships?
  15. Like the concept of Rita's but I'm holding my breath. I don't exactly think Mexican food is a strong suit of RCI's chefs. At least from the several cruises I've been on...
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