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RuffinReady

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About RuffinReady

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Hunt Valley, Maryland
  • Interests
    Traveling, Genealogy
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, HAL, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Gt. Britain
  1. Safety - On day 5 we were in port so I decided to take a shower. The stall is very small and the floor consisted of smooth tiles, there were no floor mats. When I rinsed myself off the floor became very slippery, I lost my footing and fell. I hit the back of my head, very hard, on the edge of the vanity. I was stunned and lay on the floor screaming for my wife. She phoned for help and a lady from Guest Services showed up who decided she couldn't help a naked man to get up. So she called someone up and a man showed up who helped me to get up. Someone delivered a floor mat, actually two people delivered one each. They asked if I wanted the doctor. I made my first mistake when I declined. I rinsed off, got dressed and went to the medical center where I reported to the nurse on duty and saw the Doctor. All that happened thereafter is a long story, but when I finally got to see the medical file it was twisted to read in Carnival's best legal interest. During the second week we were moved downstairs to the first service, the Maître D' knew our name, every day someone from Guest Services called for a status check, AND, a daily treat was delivered to our cabin, beginning with a bottle of champagne! My recommendation is to ask for a floor mat for the shower, they are available for cabins that have bath tubs, but not for cabins with showers. Meals - well, back to the first week when we were on "Your Time Dining" on Deck 3. During the whole week all of my dinner meals were served cold, COLD, that is. When I complained to the waiter he told me that he wasn't serving "al a carte", what ever that meant. When we were moved to the first service on deck 2 everything improved, the food was warm to hot.
  2. We just recently returned from 12 nights on the Silhouette 17/1-29/1. Booked AQ class (1566). Embarked with no problem from Bayonne. Ship is beautiful, elegant. Many venues. The glass elevators that run up and down the interior of the ship are outstanding, really beautiful. Our cabin is quite attractive, but then it is new like the rest of the ship. Like other reviewers I didn't like the three drawers for storage, they wasted space by being too deep. They could have put in six more useful ones in the same space. The spaces over the bed are nearly useless. We ended up using our suitcases for storage. Luckily there was a lot of space under the bed! The closet is good and ours had a lot of hangers. The bathroom had a lot of "cubbies" but almost no useful vanity top space. Useless. But the most useless thing there was the sink, one of those neat looking bowls that you ended up splashing water from when you tried to use it, the faucet ran water out right at the edge of the bowl making it nearly useless, I said that before, repeating myself but deservedly so. The shower is outstanding, we had one with a full body spray, great! :) I have one really serious complaint with the ship, and probably with all "S" class ships. We had chosen "Select Dining". However, when we went there to checkin while the ship was still loading passengers we discovered that there was a line of of people signing up for reserved seating for "Select Dining". What the hell! :( It turns out that when you want to go to the MDR for dinner there are two lines. :( One for people who have reservations and the other for those who have to wait for the "next available" table, which can be a 1/2 hour. So there is "Select Dining Plus" and regular "Select Dining" for the rest of us, a real contradiction in concepts. Who ever came up with the idea of having to make reservations for "Select Dining"???:mad: I know that AQ entitles us for Blu, but we were traveling with friends who were in regular veranda class and they couldn't get into Blu with us. IAC, we went to Blu one night and were very unimpressed. The menu was very limited and I had to return my dinner because the veal was so hard that I couldn't cut it with my knife. The service was good, it was much less crowded and the room was attractive. I got a steak as a replacement for the veal and it was kind of pedestrian, so so. :eek: Theater. There was a very good magician/enterainer and a couple of other good acts. The big show "Velocity" was terrible in our opinion. The cast did their best with a real dud, just a lot of jumping around and noise, but the sets and costumes were first class. It was a real dog of a show, the worst we have seen in 17 cruises on Celebrity, Princess and Holland American. There were other entertainers at various places throughout the ship and they were all first class, so there was no lack of somehing do. A brief note on the bars. I tried to get a decent Manhattan, but they only have French sweet vermouth, not Italian. You can't make a decent Manhattan with French sweet vermouth, IMHO, it is too dry. So, I tried a Rusty Nail, no good as they tried to get by with a poor bar Scotch and too little Drambuie, probably because Drambuie is more expensive. A proper Rusty Nail is 50/50 Scotch and Drambuie. Then I tried a Whiskey Sour, too much whiskey. So, I switched to bottle beer, they can't mess that up. :rolleyes: I bought a great Citizen Eco-Drive, World Perpetual Calendar watch that is radio controlled. It changes from the last day of each month to the 1st day of the next month, including on leap year! And the battery charges itself with ambien light. It receives a radio signal from Denver from the atomic clock each morning at 2am to reset itself. It is always in exact time and has the ability to let the wearer choose a city anywhere in the world to set its time zone, as well as daylight savings time. Very Important, it has a sapphire crystal so it doesn't scratch!! Only $297 and Macys has the some watch on Sale for $371. It is my best memory of the cruise! RuffinReady Bahama Star (long time ago, in the 50's!) S.S. France (Transatlantic -1965) S.S Atlantic (Transatlantic, Mediterranean - American Export Lines - 1966) Europa (Caribbean - 1969 - North German Lloyd) Statendam (Caribbean - 1973) Sunward (Bahamas - c. 1980) Song of America (Caribbean - 1988) Crown Princess (Alaska - 1999) Crown Princess (Baltic - 2001) Royal Princess (B2B to South America - 2001) Royal Princess (B2B2B; Transatlantic, France, Belgium, Holland; Gt.Britain-2002) Celebrity Galaxy (Caribbean - 2003) Prinsendam (B2B; Transatlantic NYC to Athens – May/June 2005) Emerald Princess (Transatlantic, Denmark, Norway, Gt. Britain, Iceland, Greenland - 2009 Celebrity Mercury (Caribbean - October 2010) Celebrity Silhouette (Caribbean - January 2012)
  3. Does a cruise ship meet the definion of a common carrier as contained in a CSA insurance policy? "COMMON CARRIER means any land, water or air conveyance operated under a license for the transportation of passengers for hire, not including taxicabs or rented, leased or privately owned motor vehicles" RuffinReady
  4. I use a cane as I don't walk too well anymore. During disembarkation do passengers have to walk down stairs to the assigned meeting areas or can we take elevators? I will be coming down from deck 11 on the Silhouette. RuffinReady
  5. I have spent a lifetime having to confirm to dress codes, as well as other codes. I have had my fill of all that regimentation. :eek: I cruise in order to have a good time and relax while doing it. It is my practice to wear a nice sport jacket over a nice shirt in the evenings and anyone who doesnt like it can stay in their cabin. I don't see why dressing comfortably in good taste, isn't acceptable, regardless of venue. :p:rolleyes: OTOH, shorts and tee shirts in the evening should be confined to your own stateroom and not inflicted on the rest of society. RuffinReady
  6. Right on! You expressed my feeling exactly. I was about to write a similar note until I read yours. You beat me to it. :):)
  7. - If you port in St Martin, I would recommend going to Marigot, it's worth the effort. The food there is great. Can you recommend any place to eat in Marigot? RuffinReady
  8. How long before sailing date can I expect to receive cruise documents and luggage tags? Who do I ask for them? RuffinReady
  9. Glad to hear it, thanks for the info. RuffinReady
  10. I read somewhere in Celebrity documentation that the Safari browser doesn't work on their ships, is that still true? RuffinReady
  11. Bighairtexan, Thank you very much for your kindness and understanding. RuffinReady
  12. Part one - my question TO Captains Club at X: I am considering changing from Concierge Class to Aqua Class on the Silhouette for January 17, 2012. However, I will be cruising with friends who are in the Veranda Class. Therefore, I want to be able to dine with them using the Celebrity Select dining option in the Main Dining Room. Are people who are booked in the Aqua Class allowed to use alternative dining (Celebrity Select) in the Main Dining Room versus dining in the Blu dining room? I have previously pre-paid my gratuities with my Concierge Class booking. Please advise. Part 2 - FROM Captains Club CSR at X: Aqua Class guests that opt for Celebrity Select Dining in advance will no longer be seated in Blu. These guests will be seated in the Main Dining Room. RuffinReady
  13. Wrong! I prepaid my gratuities when I was booked in CC, so they were paid for the MDR. Later I rebooked to AQ in order to get a $200 price reduction and my prepaid gratuities were carried over to the rebooking. I DON'T WANT TO EAT IN BLU, I WANT TO EAT IN THE MDR TOGETHER WITH MY FRIENDS WHO ARE BOOKED IN VERANDA CLASS. I don't want to have some TWO-BIT bureaucrat tell me where to dine. Nuts to the AQ nonsense, I am not interested in their so called amenities. i have been cruising for 60 years and never had so much of a problem with such a simple request. Good grief! :mad: RuffinReady
  14. Originally I was booked in Concierge Class, had requested Select dining in the MDR and have already paid the gratuities in advance. Later I rebooked into AQ because Celebrity later offered a lower price for that Class than for my booking in CC. So I took the $100 p.p. price break and rebooked to a cabin in AQ. The sole reason we are on this cruise is to join friends who are booked in Veranda Class. Since they are unable to dine in Blu with us we want to dine in the MDR as Select diners with our friends. We booked through a TA and their confirmation shows us as "Open Dining". Am I to understand that the Maitre D' in the MDR is going to turn us away for dining because I present a AQ room card, even though I have prepaid our gratuities there? What was I supposed to do, play the Celebrity pricing game, stay in CC, and pass up $200? I don't give a darn about the AQ "benefits", I just wanted more money to use in the casino. :confused: RuffinReady
  15. I emailed and asked Captains Club if I could dine in either Blu or the MDR as a Celebrity Select diner and I received the following email in response. "Aqua Class guests that opt for Celebrity Select Dining in advance will no longer be seated in Blu. These guests will be seated in the Main Dining Room". It seems to me if I am in Aqua Class I should be able to choose either to dine in the MDR as a Select diner or in Blu, at my choice. :confused: RuffinReady Bahama Star (long time ago, in the 50's!) S.S. France (Transatlantic -1965) S.S Atlantic (Transatlantic, Mediterranean - American Export Lines - 1966) Europa (Caribbean - 1969 - North German Lloyd) Statendam (Caribbean - 1973) Sunward (Bahamas - c. 1980) Song of America (Caribbean - 1988) Crown Princess (Alaska - 1999) Crown Princess (Baltic - 2001) Royal Princess (B2B to South America - 2001) Royal Princess (B2B2B; Transatlantic, France, Belgium, Holland; Gt.Britain-2002) Celebrity Galaxy (Caribbean - 2003) Prinsendam (B2B; Transatlantic NYC to Athens – May/June 2005) Emerald Princess (Transatlantic, Denmark, Norway, Gt. Britain, Iceland, Greenland - 2009 Celebrity Mercury (Caribbean - October 2010)
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