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  1. You can buy a seaband from Bol.com, and Dramamine is available in any pharmacy in Holland without a prescription. Better is to make a call to your doctor, because maybe Dramamine is not suitable for you. Veel plezier op je cruise!
  2. I did read that in post #67, "People do this trick to take their stock piles into port or off the ship with them at the end (if they drive home)", to which I replied and which I quoted for your convenience. I've brought beer and water to my cabin, too.
  3. I mean, if you are referring to me, that it's pathetic to spend your time on a ship to collect unopened beers because you haven't gotten your 15 drinks worth yet. And then to take them home. Are people putting the "free" shampoo in the shower into empty bottles as well to take home?
  4. How much does a six pack cost in the US? Spending your time on a ship to get "free" beers is pathetic.
  5. What does a law about restaurants in Europe have to do with it? You're not entering a restaurant, you're entering a ship. A restaurant doesn't care about people getting Noro because they won't be blamed, but a ship does. And even then, US law, or EU law has nothing to do with it. Bahamian law, Maltese law and even Dutch law maybe, not sure if they care that much about a service animal. I'm quite sure the Dutch police would put a complaint in the same place as where a bicycle theft goes. The US does force their laws upon foreign ships by subduing entire fleets when one of their ships wants to moore at their ports. As you told me there are USPH regulations about the right kind of screws for dishwashers. Every way to prevent a passenger from getting sick is taken care of. (which is, even after the US not giving a hoot about international law, still beyond their mandate even under US law, but we discussed that before). What if dogs were "invented" today. Licking salt from the table, licking people's hands at another table who throw bread at them. A perfect way to bring viruses and bacteria from one passenger to the other. Would dogs be allowed on a ship? In the absence of other rules, compared to the proper screws, I'd think of course not. EDIT: To be clear, I don't mind dogs on a ship, I think the other rules are far too strict. Broken tiles in the galley, 3 points. I couldn't care less.
  6. Now there's a direction HAL seemed to have forgotten completely. People might like a very nice way to get from Boston to Florida and back two months later. Or Rotterdam to Spain and back some time later. There are no such itineraries, not by HAL or any other line. You go on a cruise and return to the same port, or you go from let's say Barcelona to Civitavecchia. Fly in to the first port, fly out of the last. The one exception being Cunard. Wikipedia says "between 2.5% and 40%" have a fear of flying. Even 2.5% is a huge load of possible pax who are looking for alternatives and would bring the rest of the family as well. Without kids, that's 5%. That's many people, more than the total share of the industry HAL has, who would like to simply be brought from A to B and have all the nice food and entertainment. That was the very first direction of HAL, and IMHO that was not a bad direction at all.
  7. When I went to Guest Relations on Celebrity Silhouette to ask for a doctor at 8pm or so, for what eventually appeared to be a minor problem, there was a doctor and a nurse, both having probably having other plans to spend their evening. "That's what we are here for, no need to apologize". After an hour or two, an IV, blood tests, 8 different medications, I was charged $660 where I expected an extra zero. So it surprises me that you got sent away with a "19 day story", as if that's a professional standard. I'm not a doctor but I do believe they should have done more.
  8. That's exactly my point. I just mail my TA (one of only 2 that I know of in The Netherlands) to say that ship, that date, and a balcony please and then they send me a quote. And I take it or leave it. Except for one time, I take it, missing out the deals that you would get. Why should I need to shop around? I need someone to do that for me, who's better at dealing with this stuff. I hire someone to inspect a house before I buy it, to do my taxes, to find the best mortgage. For example, after just 4 cruises, and not many dinners on a ship where other guests would have told me how to do it, how am I supposed to know that it's possible to rebook after a price drop? What the associated intricacies would be? It's much better to have a friend that has cruised for ages to tell you where to go, but without such a friend I'd like someone who does want money for his services and gets me the better, cheaper cruise with lots of OBC.
  9. A long time ago I asked who a TA works for, the guest or the line. I was told "the line, of course!". I'd be very happy to simply pay an hourly rate for a professional "cruise booker" who works for me. Who knows which TA to call, who would call six other TAs if they feel a lower price is possible and make them fight for the best price, the better cabin, more OBC. With a statement from a accountant on their site that all money they receive comes from customers, that they reject FAM cruises, and their only incentive is to have happy, returning clients. I'd be totally fine to pay a few hundred dollars for the knowledge and leverage of such a "meta TA" because frankly shopping around is not my hobby, and I'm certain I wouldn't get the deals that very seasoned cruisers like you do.
  10. If it makes you feel better, why not. Personally I'm not very anxious about dust or spots, and do realize my cabin is not handled like an intensive care unit. But washing your hands often, much more often than you'd do on land, is always a very good idea.
  11. Well, this was not mellow, this was very loud Ibiza kind of music from the speakers (we needed to move to simply speak to each other as if we were in a nightclub). Good music for a club at 2 AM, and there I would enjoy it. I maybe a bit romantic, but let me tell you what's best part of cruising for me, and that's where we probably differ. All my 4 14 night cruises were with the mother of my business partner (in another cabin, so no romance in that sense). Simply sitting outside, chatting a bit about the weather and sometimes about the less nice things of life that you can only really discuss after a week without work and other distractions. Listening to the waves, once again assuring each other that our phones have no reach but they'll probably manage, then continue to talk about absolutely nothing, asking if my companion if she can see that ship far away, it's a ship isn't it, it can't be an island, no we're too far away from land, it's probably a ship, or it could be an oil rig. Yes, near Norway, I do think it's an oil rig. But I'm not sure. The attentive waiter brings us a new drink without asking and charges it without needing a card. For me the total doing nothing and caring about nothing is the best part of a cruise. Better than the casino (which I do enjoy), better than any shorex. For me that includes not needing to listen to music.
  12. (You mean above 40?) I was on Silhouette twice. Can't remember that the music was a nuisance the first time, but the second is very vivid, especially the Sunset Bar. People aged 40-70, relaxing with a drink, a few cocktails, but most drinking tea, reading a book, having a conversation or simply looking out at sea. BOOM BOOM BOOM. We're having a similar discussion at the same time in another thread :) I don't know what LLP is thinking but I feel that the spenders are already on X and this is a sure way to scare them away.
  13. It should be ROI and to more precise: ROI in the long run. If someone holds shares in CCL and knows that this year there will be tremendous profits because CCL sells all their ships, but next year there is no company left, the shares are worth what the ships are worth. Investors are not that stupid.. One more ship, 1 billion dollar, we expect to earn 5 billion in the next 20 years, that works out to such and such, so that's why we ordered that ship. And the investors go "no, there's a new crisis coming up, you can't fill the ship" or "hurray, more money! Go ahead and order more ships for China!" It's not as if you order a ship and the next week it's sailing, but there's no law either saying that cruise lines can have only so many berths. RC I never saw the movie, but if that is the gist (and I guess he was depicted as an ***), he was totally right. If there was no greed, there wouldn't be a cruising industry and this site wouldn't exist. (and the norm would not be to have a vacation with cocktails once in a lifetime. The norm would be to hungry all your life and then die from a disease for which you can now get the cure at Wallmart for a few bucks) Also, re "profitable enough", notice that the best performing companies anywhere are not catering to the rich but to the masses. Offering the cheapest supermarket, the cheapest furniture, the cheapest burgers gets you rich sooner than trying to sell the best caviar, wine, art, cars or watches.
  14. Another thought from me. We were forced out of the "Sunset Bar". We couldn't even hold a conversation. I'd expect tranquillity in a place called the "Sunset Bar", but no. Not a single bar on the whole Silhouette was without music. The most relaxed place was the smoking area, outside, on deck 5 forward, portside. A 5 minute walk to the nearest bar. @X If you want me to spend money, make it possible to order a drink in a place that hasn't the ambience of an elevator.
  15. If HAL ships aren't actually sailing at a loss, why would you want to substitute? Why would CCL want to scare off profitable cruisers, albeit less profitable than average, to make room for new cruisers? Just order more ships geared to the younger cruisers. We have clients that don't spend much, but they are profitable (i.e. more than 6%). No way I'd be sending them to our competitors to earn money for them just because they are not profitable enough.
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