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    Richmond, Texas
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    Princess, Viking Ocean
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  1. Been using free fax web services for years with no problem. As for email, I believe the real issue is not with broker account codes being readable since you could attach a PDF of the statement with the info redacted (which is what I formerly did before they banned email submission). I think its more that malware can be attached to email and enter their IT systems. A ransomware attack on CCL would cost many millions to ransom a return of access to their data.
  2. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think the OM app lets you play casino games from the comfort of your cabin or wherever on your smartphone, 24/7 as long as the ship is not within zones where the casino cannot operate. CHACHING!!! Forget about all the other smokescreen reasons for OM, this has real revenue potential. "Yes dear, I'll put the phone down and go to sleep as soon as I recover my money in one last game.".
  3. Mix in with the folk. Take the people mover from the port to Piazalle Roma and buy a Vaparetto ticket to St. Mark's. The ride itself is worth it, and you can keep going around the island to return after your visit.
  4. If they went to this practice, every show would be fully reserved, but attendance would be much less as people decide to do something else instead of honoring the seats they reserved.
  5. We use plastic zip ties to keep the zipper slider from accidentally opening. Locks on any zippered case are meaningless as you can see in the video link here: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=how+to+open+a+locked+zippered+suitcase&t=ffnt&atb=v164-6&ia=videos&iax=videos&iai=9JvmAktLvFg
  6. Same thing observed on Viking Sky, San Juan PR to Barcelona. Saw the fellow at disembarkation and asked if he caught anything. He said no, was never able to even unpack his gear as ship was going too fast for trolling 😆
  7. Works nice in a "swimming pool". Now look at the ship motion of the Sky and imagine trying this under those conditions. IMHO you would be dumped from the slide on the way down, and if not, pitched mover the side of the raft.
  8. We board Viking next Friday in San Juan for a repositioning to Barcelona. Looking forward to it. No big deal, engineering history is filled with iterations until its right. Personally not put off one line or another because of mechanical issues, but never the less, it just seems like there's a common cause lurking somewhere in the Viking design just like on the Boeing 737 max's. Looking for Viking to someday say "Eureka!".
  9. In following the Viking Ocean boards for a few years, is it just me or does it seem like Viking has some type of design issue with their engines? It seems to me that several ships have fallen victim to poor performing engines causing missed port of calls, early termination of a voyage or the like. Thus far these have been inconveniences with low hazard outcomes. Now today I read that the Viking Sky lost engines during high winds close to the Norwegian coast. Drifting towards the rocky shoreline 2km away the ship issued a Mayday and now authorities are in the process of evacuating passengers and crew by helicopter. I pray that all can be safely removed, but this is a very serious event that I hope will cause Viking to do a deep dive into identifying and fixing the root cause(s) of the string of incidents.
  10. Charles, Although we never met, I have been following your 2019 WC postings and am at a loss for words to try and offer solace. I am drawn to two quotes by Wm. Shakespeare written in Macbeth. These seem to encompass what I might try to say, only much better. "She should have died hereafter; There would have been a time for such a word, To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow......." and “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” You have a long, sad journey home to bring your wife to her place of eternal rest. May you be comforted along the way by the memories of the good times shared and the love exchanged.
  11. Not unusual in the cruising industry to have to pay a single supplement even if the cancelled passenger was fully pre-paid. I take it the passengers in question did not take out trip insurance which would have covered this situation.
  12. Yes, business model = HOLD OTHER'S CASH AS LONG AS POSSIBLE
  13. So, as the US greatly improves the immigration process with technology, and not just for Global Entry participants but everyone, the Shengen countries by and large, especially the UK have degenerated the process into a fiasco. I think its all about job security and the unions staging for more member workers at the kiosks. Waits of multiple hours in the UK in a hot, jammed lines are not uncommon. Because of my airline loyalty level I am usually able to jump to the priority line, avoiding the misery. I also make every effort to enter or leave the Shengen Agreement group of countries for America through Schipol, Amsterdam. The Dutch are wonderful, hard working and efficient. I use AMS when traveling to Tanzania, and dread when I have to go to Morocco and suffer the through CDG.
  14. Isn't Dunfirmline a wonderful little town. We enjoyed our one day visit there instead of heading into Edinburgh for our third visit. Nice manageable museum, the old castle and Carnegie's bitrthplace and museum. One of our sons is on faculty at Carnegie Mellon Univ. in Pittsburgh, and we presented him with a nice photo of AC's birthplace for his office and of course....a Carnegie tartan tie for faculty meetings :D. A great easy alternative for those who don't want to trek into the big city.
  15. While aboard the Caribbean Princess July 7-14 the "mailboxes" on all decks, outside the cabin door that were used to hold your name and advertising promotional pages were removed in advance of moving to *****.
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