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  1. I did a 10 day European itinerary (Barcelona to Amsterdam) on Vision and liked it very much. Independence of the Seas was too big for me. Too crowded. Not a fan of the Royal Promenade. I'm going back to Vision for my next cruise. No more 4,000+ passenger ships for me.
  2. Typing is such an American thing. Foreign countries have different labor and wage regulations than we have in the USA. Therefore, when traveling abroad I adopt local customs.
  3. I'm on Independence right now for a TA and there are 5 enrichment programs on the itinerary. Arts and Crafts Classes with Peter and Roz Fruhling (Multiple days) An Insight To Forensics with Aaron Elkins (Various subjects on multiple days) Bridge with Bridge Director Tony Cruden (Several topics on multiple days) Ballroom Dance Lessons With Instructors Kay and Amy Wong (Many different dance types on multiple days) Morning Mass With Father Pascal Kassis I plan to attend the forensics talks. The first one is "Facts, Fallacies and Myths - Do CSI and Bones really get it right?"
  4. My thinking seems to be a bit different than the others on this topic. My dream itinerary would be any where the Diamond Lounge is located on deck 1, pool deck chair hogs are detained in the naughty room, people dress for formal night the way they do on Cunard and the ribeye at Chops tastes like the one I get at Ruth's Chris.
  5. I had Owner's suite 8504 on Rhapsody for the 2018 eastbound transatlantic and did not have a butler.
  6. Interesting. I'd like to hear the concierge's version of the events.
  7. If you think the search violated your rights and was illegal, by all means file suit and have your day in court. No one else can feel embarrassment for you, only you can feel embarrassment for yourself. What do you have to feel embarrassed about? Full public display? In front fo 10, 20 or 30 total strangers? Had I been passing by your hallway at the time I wouldn't have given the incident more than a passing thought. Life presents daily challenges and I have more important things to deal with than a guy in a hallway in a robe. Move along, this incident isn't worth any further consideration, IMHO.
  8. If the person involved thinks his treatment was illegal he should certainly file suit and have his day in court. Once again I say, if standing in a hallway in a robe for a few minutes is the worst thing that happens during your travels then I say (IMHO) you have nothing to complain about. Some searches have to be done quickly as evidence can be time sensitive. The person does not have to be given an explanation and law enforcement does not need his consent. I admire the course of action by Donald Rumsfeld. Allow law enforcement to do its job and in the end all will be well, assuming the search yielded nothing.
  9. Perhaps you are unaware that former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was once physically patted down by the TSA at Chicago O'Hare in July 2011. Surely when TSA inspected his ID they knew who he was. The fact that you are a trusted traveller and have had security clearances is irrelevant to law enforcement agencies. This is law enforcement doing their job. Your belongings were searched and you answered a few questions. You were not detained for a significant period of time. I see no reason for you to feel embarrassed. Law enforcement does not have to explain to you what prompted the search. This episode seems like no big deal to me. If you travel long enough and often enough these things happen. If this is the worst incident that happens during your travels I think you are doing well.
  10. Beyond the standard gratuity I give them a smile and a thank you. I give the same to the dining room and bar staff.
  11. The tour operator is in Jamaica and the injury occurred in Jamaica. I would ask my attorney to do some research and recommend a personal injury attorney in Jamaica.
  12. I sailed the eastbound transatlantic on Rhapsody last May. Very few under the age of 18 on board. Mostly older Americans, not many Europeans. As far as sea days activities go: Afternoon movies in the main theatre Historical lectures by a physician talking about the eradication of diseases (I enjoyed this) A Q&A session in the main theatre with the ship's captain and senior officers An elderly lady who gave knitting lessons (she was extremely popular) Several activities you could pay for like wine tastings, cooking classes, tours of the ship Lots of musical entertainment in the various lounges, trivia contests, karaoke, backgammon and chess boards Bands playing music on the pool deck during the afternoon Late night movies on the big screen near the main pool. I thought there was something for everyone and I did not suffer from lack of entertainment.
  13. Exactly. The $10 tip converts to a currency with greater purchasing power in the home country, which is why cruise ship workers make more money than skilled teachers, nurses and machinists in some 3rd world home countries. I submit to you that this is not a good thing in the aggregate. Ultimately it drains people out of the skilled labor pool because people can make more as a bartender on a cruise ship from over-tipping Americans who think $10 is merely $10. Shortages of teachers, nurses and other skilled jobs is not a good thing for a developing economy. And my original point was this is something I consider when I travel outside the USA. I don't have any problem with a cruise ship worker. It can be difficult work. But there is a perception amongst some Americans that these people are paid poorly. They may be paid poorly compared to Americans but they don't live in the US. Some live in places where the average annual wage and the cost of living is far lower than the USA. So it is going to take some real evidence, not just anecdotal comments about how hard people work, to convince me that a cruise ship worker needs extra tips (above base pay and standard tips) to live a decent life. I've sailed twice. On both occasions during the parade of flags it was announced how many of the crew are from each country. On both of my sailings the significant majority of workers came from developing countries.
  14. I've traveled on American Airlines for over 40 years. While I have occasional issues with them I have not reached the point where I will no longer do business with them. Hence, I am not taking your advice.
  15. I think about the following things in regard to tipping on a cruise ship: 1. Tipping is an American custom and is not common in much of the world. 2. The cruise ship business is an international business with an international work force. 3. Americans tip in dollars and those dollars are converted by the recipients into their home country currencies worth fractions (sometimes small fractions) of a dollar. 4. Per 2017 data, a nurse in a Manilla hospital earns an average of 19,000 Philippines Pesos per month. That converts to US $363 per month. 5. Cruise ship workers work hard. So do nurses. These are things I think about when tipping outside the USA.
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