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  1. The criminal attorney I know suspects that they did hire a criminal attorney who recommended that they also hire a maritime attorney to make the argument from a civil perspective that the cruise line was at fault. Not because they really expect that suit to be successful but to bolster the position in the criminal investigation.
  2. As an attorney I was surprised that they had an attorney making statements so quickly. Normally there woukd be a bit of investigation first. But then one of my partners pointed out that Puerto Rico authorities had been quoted as saying the grandfather was under investigation. My partner used to be a criminal defense attorney and said that under the circumstances here he might advise someone like the grandfather to hire a civil attorney too to try to make a strong argument that he was not at fault and thus even if the family had no interest in a civil lawsuit against Royal Caribbean this was a smart move from a criminal defense standpoint. 
  3. As an attorney I was surprised that they had an attorney making these kind of statements so quickly. But then one of my partners pointed out that Puerto Rico authorities had been quoted as saying the grandfather was under investigation. My partner used to be a criminal defense attorney and said that under the circumstances here he might advise someone like the grandfather to hire a civil attorney too to try to make a strong argument that he was not at fault and thus even if the family had no interest in a civil lawsuit against Royal Caribbean this was a smart move from a criminal defense standpoint.
  4. This story really is everywhere. Because the father is a South Bend Police Department officer, Presidental candidate “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg just tweeted his condolences for his city’s employee.
  5. I find the complaints to be very helpful to set expectations. Thank you to the people who complained about the fact that kids run wild in the Haven Pool area. I woukd have been very upset by this if I hadn’t known in advance. Instead I got to weight this as a factor when making my decision about choosing the Haven. I also had expectations set about crowds and elevator wait times, the never changing Haven menu, chair hogs etc.... As a person who never ever woukd think that any day in a cruise is better than a day at home ( love being at home) I am very grateful to those who tell it like it is from their perspective and weren’t all “ who cares about this problem or that”. The information I got from the complainers helped this homebody enjoy her cruise.
  6. @Tsommer12 Have you tried chewing gum? Almost constantly chewing gum helped tamp down the rocking feeling until the Mdss went away.
  7. Glad to see I wasn’t the only person obsessed with the woman tweeting the whole saga https://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/im-obsessed-with-this-woman-who-was-tweeting-abou
  8. Prayers to all aboard. Can I just say that the lady who is tweeting from the ship has clearly led a fascinating life and seems just awesome! I hope she and all the passengers aboard are rescued soon!
  9. I love Diet Coke but gave it up years ago except on vacation so not having it on NCL was definitely a bummer and one factor I consider for what line we should take our next trip on. For me the taste of Diet Pepsi is horrible.
  10. Worse, jacking up your fares so that you can claim the customer is getting something for “free” would be consumer fraud. Hard to prove but NCL certainly doesn’t want employees saying this.
  11. “Obviously, from some of the comments on this thread, people cruise without good trip insurance...“ The best cruise insurance isn’t going to help much if you thought you were staying on board and all the hotels in the area are sold out.
  12. Even those with no debt and high paying jobs seem very cost conscious. My daughter and her BF are in their early 20’s, have a fair amount of money in the bank, no loans, good jobs. But their millennial culture involves bargain hunting. We admittedly spoiled our kids but they don’t assume that they can live the way we provide for them. We just took the kids on X in a sky suite. ( we were in the royal) . They liked it sure. But DD said she’d never pay that much money herself for a cruise. She and BF were planning their vacation for this summer and even though it will be much longer and in Europe, she’s planning on spending less than half of what our 4 day cruise cost. You can fault millennials for many things but they aren’t spendthrifts.
  13. You are right about the hot tub. And the alcohol. But we aren’t big drinkers so it wasn’t really relevant. And we are not hot tub people either. But you are right. Nice perks. We actually found the X boarding process for the Suites even better than the Haven process
  14. Does the MSC allow smoking on ship. If so, it’s a no go.
  15. I posted this on the Celebrity board also. Thought those who just go to this board would like to see. This is a pluses and minuses review of two cruises we’ve taken in the last few months. This is a wholly “unfair” comparison because we were on a large brand new NCL Ship (Bliss) andsmallish older Celebrity Ship (infinity) but here goes anyway. Rooms We were in an NCL penthouse suite. The room was very nice. The bathroom not huge but very nice. The King bed was wonderful and the bedding amazing. Normal non ship feeling toilet and tub with well placed grab bars. We were in an Royal Suite on the Infinity. Room was huge and very well kept up. Not showing age at all. The bed situation thought left a bit to be desired. My god it was small. We had to have it split and even then not very comfy. The bedding wasn’t great. The bathroom was huge and very pretty and clean but the toilet was horrible. I understand that in small rooms they need these tiny unconfortable toilets, but why in this large bathroom?!! Also on a ship, grab bars in the shower seem essential. Why not have them? Winner. Bliss based on bed and bathroom practically. Elevators This is hands down winner to the Infinity. Probably a small ship vs large ship thing. But it’s hard to sell the Haven as a luxury experience without dedicated elevators. The wait at elevators really detracted from the experience. Never waited more than a minute or two on the Infinity. Pools/ Sundeck/ Solarium. Its hard to beat having a private sundeck on the Bliss but the Infinity although very crowded was admiringly proactive in making room for more guests. After the first day they added chairs to an area that was empty before. The pool area just seemed more fun on the Infinity. This is a toss up. Private Dining. The staff at the Haven was better at not overly formal but wonderful service. The Infinity felt a bit stuffy. Also didn’t love the fact that there were so few women servers. Felt very old fashioned. But the Infinity won hands down for food. Better quality and more variety since they gave us main dining room menu too every night. Plus menu changed nightly. We did though like that Haven was available for lunch even on shore days. Bliss Haven wins for service. Infinity for food. Specialty dining. Not impressed with any on the Bliss. We loved The Petite Chef at Qsine. We thought we’d find it hokey but didn’t. And food was excellent! Infinity wins. Suite Staff Both our butler and steward were excellent on both ships. Concierge ( Adrian) on Bliss was better than on Infinity (Wim). I think Wim was new to the ship and seemed overwhelmed though he was very very nice. Bliss wins on this. Adrian was amazing. Finally there really was something great about having a dedicated Haven area. I woukd choose a ship with a private suite area over one without any day. Entertainment Not even a close call. Bliss all the way. Excellent professional entertainment. Infinity was pretty horrible.
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