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  1. LOL--- The number of bags on board might have been cut in half also. Here's a " tip "-- I doubt anyone thought of this ???? Watch the porter put all your bags onto the baggage cart before rushing to the " slugfest on 14 ".
  2. We've boarded cruises xxx times in Ft Lauderdale and this " experience " is kinda hard to believe --- " I have never know any porter to look at their tip " ? Trust me--- they can tell by looking at you--- the old " fold it up the size of a postage stamp " trick is their clue to a lousy tip. I always let them see what I'm giving and get a " Thanks , Sir ". " Lined up and demanded to see boarding passes " ? Why would he want to see your boarding pass ? You wouldn't be allowed to enter the port without one . They check your pass at the entrance to the port. " Took his picture and called the port authority and gave it to them " ? How did you take his picture showing his badge and how did you give it to the Port Authority ? " Tips weren't required " ? Oh Yes they are---- IF you want your bags to get on board the ship.
  3. We also went to Bistro on Five ( $ 5.00 per person ?? ) and avoided the " Slugfest on 14 "-- But, since it no longer exists, we enjoy lunch at the Spa Café. Not to be negative, but, the Concierge Class really didn't justify the extra price. Pinboy has no patience to stand in line for 84 minutes for the Concierge to tell me " Sorry 'bout that , but , the XXX Specialty Restaurant is booked " , or , " I'll look into XXX and get back to you ". I prefer to take care of things myself. We've been on so many cruises-- can't remember ever having a bad time or poor service -- oops, except the time our waiter forgot my 3rd shrimp cocktail -- LOL-----Being a " good sport ", I didn't even go to GR and remove the Gratuities.
  4. I could never understand the focus of the 1600 pages plus of the " Who's On Board " thread . They are Staff members who are there to do their job and provide excellent service that " Customers " pay for to ensure the " Customer's " future loyalty to the Cruise Company. Yes, it's nice to re-connect when we recognize a Staff member from a previous cruise , but , we would never plan a cruise based on whether so and so will be on board.
  5. LOL--- I hear ya--- Hey, as a member of CC in "Good Standing " ( ???? ) and part of the 5,00,000 Club, haven't ya caught on to some of the " less than smart " contributors by now ?? ( Here comes the " Who are you to judge other contributors " posts ) .
  6. Everyone in a Management position in ANY Company, Organization or whatever should treat everyone with honor and respect. I wouldn't expect anything different from the Captain of a ship. Hopefully we will meet Captain Kate one day and enjoy a chat with her as we have had with several Captains over the years. Hopefully we will meet some CC members one day and share a few laughs over some of our posts and get to see the " real " person behind the name.
  7. Pinboy's honest opinion re Lawn Club on Reflection and Silhouette: 1--- Go there on a night when you are in port overnight, if applicable --- no wind because the ship isn't sailing--- you are docked in port. Otherwise even with wind barriers it could be drafty, so bring a sweater . 2--- Do not, repeat not, fill yourself up on flat breads ( pizza ) and garden salad . 3--- Order the lamb chops as an appetizer -- maybe even a second order -- they really are good. 4--- The filet mignon and grilled shrimps are excellent and you can assist the Chef at the grill if you want to. 5--- Very important--- Read slowly --- for desert -- it's a must --- the warm chocolate chip cookie with ice cream --- Again, being honest , it's not the same dining " experience " as Murano ( the best restaurant on board ), but, it's really good. And, if you know how to say thanks ( $$ ) there's a very good chance you will be invited back at a reduced rate. Try it--- You'll like it
  8. YOU got it --- That's an excellent reply . ( I don't understand a recent reaction with a laughing face-- I didn't think it was meant to be funny ) ??
  9. Really ??? Says Who ??? All you have to do is read the Guidelines that the Company requests . It's not a " power play " --- as that BS some folks post -- It's to maintain a bit of decorum on a few nights of the cruise. And, I doubt anyone would go into any other restaurant on board wearing tshirts, flip flops, shorts at dinner on any night during the cruise. Maybe we should move on from the same old crap about dress codes ??? ( Save your replies about Bye Bye etc )
  10. Absolutely NO--- By the time the Server ( he/she ) speaks to the Maitre'D ( he/she ), and then the Director of Food Services ( he/she ) , and then the Staff Captain ( he/she ) , and then the Hotel Mgr ( he/she ) and then , etc, etc and finally the Captain -------- Your food will be cold. ( I love that politically correct he/she stuff ).
  11. It's called Marketing 611--- Here's how it happened ( ??? ): The Cutter in XYZ Jean Manufacturing Company wasn't paying attention ( in today's wording --- lost his " focus " ) and the blade of the cutting knife got tangled up in the fabric and a whole batch of denim got torn. What to do with all that torn denim ?? So, they got all their employees , their kids, their friends, etc to call retail stores asking if they carry the new style of jeans with the tear at the knee made by XYZ Jean Manufacturing Company. The big demand at the store level generated large orders of torn at the knee jeans, and a new style trend was formed.
  12. They leave it on to show the " classy " brand they purchased just for the cruise. Back it goes as soon as they get back home.
  13. LOL---So true. Pinboy don't judge nobody -- nope--- I just look at " slobs " that are tooooo "self-centered " , wont follow the Guidelines, and mumble words to myself that most on CC never heard ( ?? ) --- one starts with the letter " A ".
  14. Exactly--- But, you know ( better than Pinboy --- that's for sure) that there are many people who post on various topics just looking for a " fight ". I said basically the same as you in my earlier post ( #34 ), but, in a less " politically correct " way. ( Boy, I love that expression )
  15. Absolutely--- However, I think our interpretation of the word " control " might be slightly different regarding the Guidelines as set out by the Cruise Company. If they ask for us to wear casual or chic or come to dinner wearing ( oops, forget that one ) what's the " big deal " . I don't look at it as the Cruise Company is " controlling " me. LOL----Perhaps we can " settle " this big argument outside the pool one day ???? Just in case you---
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