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Chief Cruiser

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About Chief Cruiser

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About Me

  • Location
    Upstate SC
  • Interests
    Cruising, camping, music
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival, Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Anywhere where I can't see land
  1. "Should" the parents of the offending child be held responsible? Well, that can be debated from now to eternity...........the more relevant question is "shouldn't" the parents of the offending child FEEL and ACCEPT responsibility? The term "accident" does not relieve one of liability by default. Case and point: If I run a red light/stop sign and hit another car, enough though I claim it was an accident, I'm still responsible for the damages to both my car and the other vehicle. Many businesses have policies if your child breaks something, you just bought it. However, accepting responsibility is a fast growing thing of the past these days; but, that's another discussion entirely. I digress. If my child caused the incident, I'd feel responsible for my child and accept the consequences of their action and offer to reimburse the parents of the injured child. Most "accidents" are not accident's in the true sense of the word and have causation roots. Predictable is preventable. Nevertheless, assuming the parents do not feel responsible and don't offer to pay, the incident happening in international waters is an area that could get into a legal quagmire and end up costing more to seek civil action than the medical cost is worth. It's not rocket science to know the risk of children (and sometimes teenagers/adults) running anywhere where a lot of people are present, but more especially in a confined space with moving people, are high that a collision is going to happen sooner or later. It's probably fair to say that you've "bumped" into someone on a cruise ship even when walking. I know I have and have been bumped into as well. Running just exacerbates the risk. I did not not allow my children not do I allow my grandchildren to run in malls, church, on cruises, etc. for this very reason. Another important reason is the elder generation does not have the reflexes to take evasion action. I've seen several folks knocked down, drinks knocked out of their hand, plates of food spilled, etc., due to running children hitting other people. My wife has had her walking cane knocked out of her hand from running kids. I've also seen children run into doors, support columns, and trip and fall on the hard floor injuring themselves - by running. In the end, if the parents did not offer any assistance in the medical costs, then I'd pay the bill ( I always buy insurance) and move on. All things being said, life does happen and sometimes you're just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  2. As I read this post, the more and more it seemed to me that perhaps one of two things happened. First, it have been delivered to the cabin and some very bad person took it to their room, only to return it the night before since they would be debarking the next day. Secondly, it could have been delivered to the wrong cabin and instead of doing what was right and making sure the luggage was returned to the rightful owners, they (more bad people) just keep it for the week and returned it for the same reason noted above. Either way, it was mean and spiteful, but neither scenario Carnival's fault. So, I'm not sure the total blame should go to them. Just food for thought. Having said this, it is only a theory and the real story may never be known. While I would have never said what the Carnival rep said, losing luggage is a reality of life on trains, planes, buses, cruise ships, etc. It's just unfortunate that it happened to you on your first cruise and it was a special occasion. I can understand how that would be greatly frustrating and disheartening. I can knock on wood and say thank the Good Lord, I have never had a piece of luggage lost on the 27 Carnival cruises I've been on, or the 32 total cruises. But, who knows, my time may be just around the corner. Afterall, I am pushing the odds pretty good!
  3. While cruises out of Port Canaveral, JAX, and other Florida based ports are less, for those living within a reasonable driving distance to Charleston, you also don't have the added traveling expenses to get to and from those Florida ports either. The same holds true for the Ecstasy. It costs more and takes longer to get to the Bahamas, HMC, and other ports from Charleston than it does to get to those same ports of call from the Florida based ports. I'm not saying supply and demand doesn't have anything to do with it, but the simple economics of additional fuel, food, etc comes into play as well. I've done a ton of cost comparisons between sailing out of Charleston and say Port Canaveral and in some cases, it does cost a few bucks more to cruise from Charlie Town. In some cases, it costs quite less. But, for the cruises that did cost a little more, along with some other perks valuable to me, I didn't have 18 hours of driving and wear and tear on my vehicle either. That's worth something.....at least in my book! Just my thoughts........
  4. Thanks to all for your responses. Seems the Seafood Shack may be the only difference and just another way to get a buck. I guess I'll see how the music and bar scene affects my experience once there, weather permitting. Again, thanks everyone!
  5. I have a cruise coming up in a couple of week that includes a stop at Half Moon Cay. It's been several years since I've been there and was wondering if there have been any major changes to the island in the last couple of years or so?
  6. Passengers with handicap placards or tags park free if the handicapped person is a passenger. That may be worth the line and problems with the parking at Charleston. I always park at the port because of that very reason and it makes putting up with the parking lines and process a little easier to swallow. Having said that, were it not for the free parking, parking at the port would be my last option.
  7. I grew up on the Fantasy ships ( in my cruising life) and have found them to also be my favorite. The mid-sized ships are ok and I've been on a mega-ship with another line (which was a complete disaster - only cruise I've ever been on that I couldn't wait to get off--and it was only a 3-day cruise!) I've found the Fantasy class ships to be more intimate, better service, friendlier staff, and easier to get to places as my age advances. Those 3 mile hikes on the mega-ships are killers LOL. My favorite time and place on a Fantasy class ship is an early morning breakfast on the outside back of Lido deck watching the big blue lazily float away. Such therapy for me. I miss that very much when on other class ships.
  8. I've suggested this time after time in my surveys since the HUB app has been out. Finally glad someone in admin finally saw the logic as well. I only use my phone for the app as I like to disconnect as well, but stay informed as to what is happening on the ship.
  9. I've had every class of stateroom available. I prefer the inside. To me, it's cooler, darker for sleeping/daytime naps, and costs way less, which gives me more money to do other things. I am only in the room to sleep and use the restroom/shower. Balconies, in my opinion, are not large enough to justify the additional cost and I don't need the additional room, whirlpool tub, the suites offer, etc. I'm there to be outside, engage people, and enjoy the panoramic views of the open decks ---not be confined to a 8 x 10 restricted view from 10 planks that don't have enough room to change your mind on. Just my opinion.
  10. Look around as was previously suggested. Better deals out there than offered by the cruise line.
  11. Just a quick follow up note: We had the early dining slot (5:30PM) and that may have had something to do with no one dancing. Others may have a different experience depending on what time slot they eat. Again, my experience was not a good one and if dancing and music are the reasons you are booking the Manhattan, then I certainly hope your experience is different and you get that "dinner club" experience desired.
  12. If you are going to the Manhattan for the music and dancing, in my opinion, forget it. I recently took a 3 day cruise and dined in the Manhattan all 3 nights and was looking forward to the "New York City style dinner club". Ha....... It was a 3 piece combo that was impossible to hear due to the loud, obnoxious talking in the dinning room. The talking was bad enough when the band wasn't playing, but when they did start, the talking got even louder to the point it was difficult to carry on a decent conversation with my wife without repeating a lot of what was said - muchless hear any music. We did not witness anyone dance during our dinner time the entire three days. Personally, I am not a fan of NCL's freestyle concept, especially when you have to have reservations for everything. It's ridiculous to me to put 4,000+ passengers on a ship and have a comedy show play once in a room with very limited seating capacity. Nevertheless, I understand the appeal of the freestyle concept if that fits you. I'm certainly not knocking those who cruise NCL or NCL and this concept. I'm just saying it's not my style and to each their own. Just giving you my opinion, which is not gospel for anyone other than myself. I did read quite a bit on these boards about EPIC prior to sailing and know there are varying opinions on this ship. I found it to about equally split of those who like this ship and those who don't. Do your research. There are things you can make reservations prior to boarding and others you can't make until you get on board. Even knowing that, I was only able to book one show - and that was prior to the cruise. By the time I got on board and proceeded to book other things, they were all already sold out. Good luck and I hope you have a great cruise.
  13. On embarkation, on which deck do you enter the Epic?
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