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About ladyoftherib

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    Sydney NSW
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    Gardening volunteer work at animal shelter and undertaking animal studies course at TAFE
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    P&O Australia & Royal Caribbean
  1. quick question, so we know whether to take an occy strap if the door is not sliding. Nice to have an open door at times.
  2. ladyoftherib

    Quick answer needed cruise change of names

    answers much appreciated
  3. HI we are looking at a cruise on ebay on Holland America, being 'sold' by a couple due to ill health... Went onto HA website but it was a bit vague re change of names .... does anyone know exactly what needs to happen? Does the cruiseline allow it? Has anyone heard of having to have a certain daily amount on your credit card? The sellers say we have to have $AUS65 a day in our credit card account, and also it will cost us each $AUS180 to change names from them to us..... any answers much appreciated
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    Cabins to avoid on Rhapsody of the Seas

    Hi Jarrod, we had a wonderful time in Hawaii (thank goodness!!) The guy who gave me grief in the Windjammer was a very young guy with a very odd manner, who needs taking in hand and taught how to talk to customers! The purser who was delightful and compassionate was a young South Korean lady, whose name escapes me, but we wrote a letter of commendation to her while still on the cruise and she came up a few days later, delighted with it, so that was one nice thing that occurred (we also gave her the lovely flowers from Raiatea, too). We have written a letter and will email it off next week to ensure it gets to the appropriate people around 10am on their Monday... we don't expect anything other than a generic 'sorry for that, hope your next cruise is better' response!!!!!!!!!!!! But we had to do it because it was such a disappointment, the whole trip. All we wanted to do was to get off. And the chronic fatigue affected P's diabetes, too, which we of course mentioned. Anyway, another bonus was the chats I had with you, great to talk to you but sorry I was not my usual happy smiley self... Will advise this forum of any answer we might get. I won't be going on the RCL forum anymore though... I was absolutely flamed by people on that... they made me feel so bad. There were some who applauded me in letting people know of the incidents but as stated above, some on there were very rude to me. Thanks to all on this P&O forum who have been much nicer to me... if I ever cruise again, I will be looking at P&O/Princess
  5. To answer some questions raised by others in reply to my thread.. 1 having spent my working life in hospitals, I know the difference between blood and red wine stains. The stain was situated on the mattress at the approximate place where a person's 'rear end' would rest... get my drift? 2 At 3am we were ALLOWED to move to this cabin after [U]THREE[/U] days and nights of non sleep due to CONSTANT metal clanging noises 24/7 in our cabin on deck 2. (Before we get accused again of plotting ... my husband suffers from a chronic medical condition, his health was at risk if he had to endure 16 nights of sleeplessness. The onboard doctor was to be consulted about the issue) 3 We prefer to sleep in twin beds for space issues in inside cabins. We decided to pull the beds apart for that reason... we did not want to call the cabin steward at that time to get him to do it. 4 At that time of the morning, we immediately took the offensive mattress protector off the bed and placed it on the lounge, stain side up, to ensure the cabin steward saw it next morning. 5 Suffering from severe sleep deprivation the next day stumbled out of the room .. on our return, the item was gone. We had not seen a steward all that day but obviously the cabin had been cleaned. 6 If people wish to think we were plotting, then so be it... we have travelled on both Rhapsody and another line and have previously enjoyed ourselves. We are considerate of the hard work the cabin stewards do and keep our cabins neat and tidy, including daily making up of the beds. 7 The photographs were taken because in this day and age, I do not consider it appropriate for such stained items to be used [U]ever[/U], no matter how many times the thing has been 'supposedly' washed. 8 I appreciate those posts from people who understand that people have a right to vent their frustration. The entire cruise was one we were glad to finish, [U]for a number of reasons[/U], and that is very sad.
  6. ladyoftherib

    Cabins to avoid on Rhapsody of the Seas

    thanks for your words.... we rebooked on Rhapsody as we had had such a great time in Oct 08... we will probably write to the HQ but doubt we will get a response. The point of this thread was to alert those thinking of Deck 2 to be very careful of the area surrounding 2587 and to also avoid the three cabins on Deck 3 mentioned, unless you are a nightowl, which we aren't, especially 16 nights in a row!
  7. Rhapsody is advertised in Australia using lots of superlatives and adjectives on how wonderful a ship it is. Anyway, even if she is 'pretty old' I don't expect to find someone's blood stains (and other stains) on my mattress protectors, nor obvious broken equipment. We paid thousands of dollars for this trip, not a hundred dollars to chance a dodgy backpackers... My son has recently returned from 6 months backpacking around many Asian third world countries staying in cheap backpacker accommodation - he did not encounter such bloody bedding. (for those wondering how we found it in the first place, we requested twin beds in the cabin and when we found it was made as a double, we decided to divide it ourselves.) There is more to our story, which if you are interested can be found in the Review section in a few days' time.
  8. of course we requested the bedding to be changed. It should not have been made up in the first place.
  9. ladyoftherib

    Cabins to avoid on Rhapsody of the Seas

    Jen, I really don't think I can answer that fairly, owing to the pretty abysmal time we had on the ship, which was so sad after our trip on her in Oct 08. I have put a review on the cruise critic site, so it should hopefully be up to look at in a day or two. So many people seemed to be having a good time ... we did the April 12 to Hawaii via Tahiti cruise. I honestly will not sail with Royal Caribbean again as I have lost faith with them. You might remember we had an issue with them prior to sailing last time which was resolved only after we threatened to publish in a newspaper. This time we found the ship standards have slipped since our Oct 08 cruise e.g Windjammer had stained chairs, lounges and carpet, some staff across various areas were in obvious need of customer service lessons, some amenities e.g deckchairs, are losing bits of plastic, some were broken.... overall a real downer of a cruise. We had reason to write a letter to the Cruise Director (she was always asking for feedback) but did not get a reply and, of real interest, was that we did not receive a Guest Survey in our cabin on our last evening (I wonder why):eek: We only wish we had flown directly to Hawaii!! Having said that, we did find a couple of exceptionally professional caring staff who tried to help us but we also found some very unprofessional and arrogant crew. My gut answer to you would be to try and do a similar trip on a different line but, if you were happy with Rhapsody (as we were first time round) good luck and it would probably pay to get the best cabin you can afford!! We also found that the great things on offer last cruise, like the daily 2 for 1 cocktails, did not occur this time around (because of the good exchange rate, we heard). Cheers to you both, and whatever you decide, have a wonderful next cruise.
  10. The last thing I expected to come across on a so called 4 star ship were the following mattress protectors.... 1) Dried blood http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3302/...de836ddc10.jpg 2) Unidentifiable stains http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4016/...933d176dfa.jpg Service sadly lacking in several eating areas - customer service training obviously not being monitored Deckchairs with plastic peeling off Broken hinges on cupboard door Broken light switch What is going on with Rhapsody of the Seas?
  11. Hope this will be of help to those thinking of booking on this ship in the future. (we sailed on her first in October 2008, recently on the April 12 2010 Hawaii cruise). Deck 2; avoid cabin 2587 in particular. We endured three sleepless nights due to banging of metal pipes constantly, day and night, so were unable to have afternoon catch up sleeps. There would be approximately 10 minutes of so of silence, then a sequence of 4 - 10 clanging noises - this went on 24/7 without stop. Finally at 3am of the third night of no sleep we were allowed to move to the "emergency" cabin (my husband has a chronic medical condition and lack of sleep for 72 hours was exacerbating this condition). Deck 3: avoid cabins 3087, 3085, 3083 if you like going to bed early, as they are directly below the Centrum champagne bar's band area and huge speakers and these bands go till midnight each night, with the loudest band of the day (which varies) beginning at 10pm through to midnight. Also, cabin 3087 abuts the cascading fountain so at various times it sounds like a gushing river running right next door! 3087 was we were told the emergency cabin, so it was in pretty poor shape overall - broken hinges on cupboard doors, broken light switch, and best of all.... two large blood stains on the mattress protector, plus other stains of unidentifiable material! [IMG]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3302/4580421622_de836ddc10_m.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4016/4580422302_933d176dfa_m.jpg[/IMG] (Also, table mates said their room directly below the Shall We Dance lounge was also noisy until midnight every night)
  12. Hope this will be of help to those thinking of booking on this ship in the future. (we sailed on her first in October 2008, recently on the April 12 2010 Hawaii cruise). Deck 2; avoid cabin 2587 in particular. We endured three sleepless nights due to banging of metal pipes constantly, day and night, so were unable to have afternoon catch up sleeps. There would be approximately 10 minutes of so of silence, then a sequence of 4 - 10 clanging noises - this went on 24/7 without stop. Finally at 3am of the third night of no sleep we were allowed to move to the "emergency" cabin (my husband has a chronic medical condition and lack of sleep for 72 hours was exacerbating this condition). Deck 3: avoid cabins 3087, 3085, 3083 if you like going to bed early, as they are directly below the Centrum champagne bar's band area and huge speakers and these bands go till midnight each night, with the loudest band of the day (which varies) beginning at 10pm through to midnight. Also, cabin 3087 abuts the cascading fountain so at various times it sounds like a gushing river running right next door! 3087 was we were told the emergency cabin, so it was in pretty poor shape overall - broken hinges on cupboard doors, broken light switch, and best of all.... two large blood stains on the mattress protector, plus other stains of unidentifiable material!
  13. ladyoftherib

    Winners of P&O contest for Pacific Jewel launch

    x my fingers for you Jarrod!
  14. I tried, I really did try hard, to answer the Question wittily, hoping to win a coveted invite to the launch of Pacific Jewel through the P&O contest 'explain in 25 words or less...' but dammit I didn't win (again). Did any of the cruisecritic P&O bunch luck out?? I really hope so!:p What is the secret to answering those ''in 25 words or less' questions?????:eek:
  15. If we were able to afford it, I would love to try out a balcony cabin, but like many others, we choose inside because of the cost, a big factor when you are retired and cautious, especially after a big dip in the super! Our first cruise was in an outside cabin.. the window out onto the ocean, and land when around, was great. Our second was an inside and while it was different, it was not unbearable by any means. Saying that, we do not suffer from claustrophobia. Friends of ours joined us - she suffers from claustrophobia and they chose an outside cabin. They were one of the rare lucky ones who got upgraded to a balcony (Rhapsody) and, while we loved the spaciousness and availability of fresh air, we could not justify to ourselves the extra hundreds of dollars each it would cost to cruise in a balcony cabin.
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