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    Status of Ocean Medallion?

    ? Will this disappoint all the cheerleaders who thought the gizmo would allow passengers to just walk aboard with no pierside formalities?
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    Status of Ocean Medallion?

    And no CCL ships sank during the quarter, either!
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    Status of Ocean Medallion?

    Yeah, you're preaching to the choir. And we trust our personal data to these folks. ?
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    Status of Ocean Medallion?

    The roll-out hasn't completely failed... yet. They're still working on it.
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    Status of Ocean Medallion?

    The door-unlocking function was a solution without a problem -- until it created its own problems. It's clearly there to encourage/require passengers to carry the medallion so Princess can sell you stuff and mine your data.
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    Status of Ocean Medallion?

    Thanks, and since you brought it up: MOB situations are relatively rare. They are rare enough that they still make the news. I've been on 40+ cruises, probably 400+ days, and never, to my knowledge, encountered an MOB situation. And none of my friends have, either. It's not easy to fall off a cruise ship nowadays, unless maybe you're drunk or worse. So that leaves passengers who jump or are pushed/thrown overboard. And how many of those will make sure they have their medallion with them? I think some members overestimate the importance & value of the medallion's MOB function.
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    Status of Ocean Medallion?

    With thousands of folks on a cruise, there are bound to be lots who don't always carry the medallion -- they forget it, misplace it, carry only one medallion per group, etc. I find it hard to believe that ship security has the time or inclination to locate and track the medallion-less.
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    Status of Ocean Medallion?

    If Princess ever figures out how to get ***** running, it will then have to figure out how to keep it running. I'm not holding my breath.
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    Marine radio scanner

    Thanks to all for the input, it's all very helpful. Last night I "won" a Whistler WS1010 for $42 on ebay, so I'll start there. It has 200 channels, including about 50 marine channels pre-programmed. I'm not a sailor, but one of the things I enjoy about cruising is learning about marine operations, so I hope a scanner might provide me a little more insight and entertainment. Any more advice for a newbie will be appreciated. latserrof
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    Marine radio scanner

    Thanks, that's just the kind of info I'm looking for. I'll probably buy a handheld analog, 200 or 300 channels, of a brand beginning with W or U, respectively, for about $80.:ship:
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    Status of Ocean Medallion?

    So you still have to touch the handle, but needn't turn it?
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    Marine radio scanner

    Hi, I have a bunch more cruises coming up, and I'm thinking about buying a handheld scanner to listen to marine traffic. Can anyone recommend a not-too-expensive one? I've googled a bit, but without much luck. Are most transmissions nowadays encoded, and would that be an obstacle? Thanks. latserrof
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    Bringing alcohol aboard in EU ports?

    It was Carnival. One small store did quite a brisk business -- by sailaway is was sold out of all its less-expensive wines, vodka and rum.
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    Bringing alcohol aboard in EU ports?

    Thanks, all. My question was not about the duty, but about bringing the liquor aboard, regardless of where it was obtained. I only mentioned the duty-free liquor stores because I thought it was unusual that they were located after passengers went through the screening machines. quote=K32682;56513211]Even if there were such a law there is no requirement that line be allowed to let you drink it on board. They would simply store the alcohol and return it to you upon departure. But not if they didn't detect it because you bought it after going through the screening machine. In fact, in one such port, people around the pool were openly drinking from full-sized bottles of tequila and rum, which I had never seen before. ?
  15. I recently read on CC that under EU law, cruise lines cannot prohibit passengers from bringing alcohol aboard. Is that true, and if so, can anyone cite a reliable source? I was surprised on a recent cruise to see that some EU ports had duty-free (liquor) stores after the security check x-ray machines, so that passengers could board carrying liquor undetected ???
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