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  1. The classic "Don't you know who I am" scenario. :eek:.


    A bit off topic here...


    For many years I collected comics. About 3 years ago I stopped because I wasn't enjoying them as much and they were collecting dust basically.


    Anyway, in my youth (late teens, early 20's), I was what was known as a "letterhack". I had numerous letters printed in the books' letters of comments pages. I had enough of them printed that some people at conventions recognized my name. :)


    Fast forward a couple of decades or so. On one of my Carnival cruises, my wife and I were talking to some people at the bar during a sea day. As I introduced myself (As Kevin Brown) that guy got funny look on his face. e asked me if my full name was "Kevin T. Brown". Now I had the funny look as I said "yes......." All of a sudden I'm a celebrity! It turns out he remembered my letters from 2+ decades ago. (Yeah, I had a lot of them printed....) Next hour or so was spent talking comics. :D


    What are the odds of that happening? Especially on a cruise ship in the Caribbean! :eek: :p


    Sorry for the tangent, but the "don't you know who I am" comment only works if someone knows you! :p

  2. Just seen this thread and loving it!

    This whole topic has been winding me up for a while.

    Looking at member reviews and forum posts over the last few months there seem to be more and more people, especially those who've cruised a few times to think that they are special and expect something superior to the rest of us.

    Cruising has become one the most popular forms of holiday and is......wait for it.......

    mass market. It is no longer for the very rich and very fortunate, it's a holiday camp on the high seas. It may be a very nice holiday camp with lovely food and great entertainment, but essentially that's exactly what it is!

    "Staff" from the Captain down to the guy who cleans out the bilges are there to do a job. Praise exceptional service by all means, but essentially for them it's their job. Why do people need to be on first name terms with their waiter, why do people care about the Elite Club hosts, who cares if the Captain doesn't personally ask you about your holiday experience. Who cares whether you get towel animals every day, once or never....did it ruin your holiday if you didn't? Who needs an Orio on your pillow every night, haven't you had enough to eat! Surely, it is the whole experience that matters and not whether you believe you should be treated like royalty.

    It seems that too many people are taking cruises and spending their entire holiday trying to find fault and maintaining that their holiday has been ruined by the smallest defect or problem.

    And lastly, for those who go round trying to look for any sign of aging and wear and tear, how well would your home stand up if you had 2,000+ people rampaging through it every week!

    Rant over!


    Not nearly enough "LIKES" in the world to show how much I love this post. :D

  3. [quote name='Sloop-JohnB']Agree totally...

    [B]And yes at times there is certainly a feeling here on CC that some who are Elite are also Elitist [/B]

    I've come to realize for the most part that it is an "internet thing"

    Where people say or do things online they don't do in 3D... Thank Goodness :D

    And also that somethings get lost in translation (no facial expressions, tone, satire / dry humour, English as a second language, cultural differences etc)

    Everyone we have ever met on a Celebrity Ship has been wonderful, as was our experience with the Crew etc

    So ya, you gotta take some stuff here on CC with a grain of salt

    C'est la vie


    I came across one such person on my last cruise. Because they were elite status, they felt like they could just cut in lines, push in to be first, etc. Finally after the 3rd day of this at breakfast, I had to say something about her cutting lines. The response I got was a snooty "I'm elite, you can wait". My comment to her was "your [bad word for crap] stinks just as bad as anyone else's on here, so get to the back of the line and wait your turn."

    I got this from her: :eek:

    And more than a few people laughing at what had happened.

    She steered clear of me the rest of the way and definitely didn't cut line any more. :D

    That was the ONLY time I ever experienced that attitude on my 2 cruises with Celebrity.
  4. Now with that, I am in total agreement.


    The only reason that I'd book a suite is the extra room. I really don't want a butler, love eating in the MDR and Buffet.


    It's probably just the way I was bought up but I hate being fussed over.


    Having said all that we are looking at a couple of long cruises, 105 and 75 nighters and we are seriously considering a suite for those.


    I'm in total agreement. Now if I was going to be on a ship for more than 3 weeks, then I would consider it. However, for ME, it's not worth the extra money paid. Like you, I do not wished to be fussed over.


    I just feel the money is better spent in other endeavors. A room is just a place to sleep, shower, shave, and.... etc. But one thing I will never give up is a balcony. :)

  5. Must have been an IT person you talked to! Thanks for the heads up.


    Truth hurts. :D




    I'm one of those people who rarely gets email. I never sign up to "receive free offers" type of stuff. And if I do get it, I always unsubscribe. So when I get stuff like that of the OP, I know it's spam. And I got one in January..... as I was on my last cruise. So it was obviously fake. :rolleyes:

  6. I'm sailing on the Sikhouette for the first time in April. I have seen conflicting reports as to whether there is a Molecular Bar on board. The Molecular Bar on the Reflection was a blast and I'd like to make plans.


    Just as an FYI: It gets VERY crowded VERY quickly in the evenings. The Martini Bar as well, but there's a bit more room for people there.


    Anyway, the Molecular Bar is on deck 5, just past Café al Bacio as you move forward.

  7. Right now the plan is a day early. How early or late depends on the flights available at the time. based on what's out there now we could leave early early in the AM this end and get there noon to 3 or leave here 6AM or so and get there around midnight. Guess it all comes down to what the boss (DW) decides.


    It doesn't matter where you stay really if you're coming in late. If you stay near the airport, odds are the hotel is used to people arriving at all times. I would suggest letting the know that you may want a late departure the next day. Since you'll probably be there for less than 24, it shouldn't be a problem.


    If you do get in around noon or 3, I suggest staying in Old San Juan. Lots of unique restaurants there with local flavor. Cervantes is really nice, IMO.


    Hopefully that helps!

  8. They're just tips. Seriously. The people on the ships work their butts off to make sure we're happy. Yeah, some do a better job than others, but that's life. BARE MINIMUM they deserve automatic, pre-paid gratuities. However, I personally feel they deserve much more. Only once did I ever feel like a room steward did not deserve more than what I pre-paid. He did his job minimally, but I never saw him (or her, I'm not sure).


    Anyway, as I said previously, if you can afford to cruise, you can afford to pay a few tips. The people on the ships NEED these tips.

  9. It goes back around the tip of the island into open ocean on the west side of the island



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    So, then, day 2 is correct based on what I posted. Here, allow me to re-post it:


    Day 1 Vancouver, British Columbia 5:00PM

    Day 2 At Sea

    Day 3 Ketchikan, Alaska Docked 7:00AM 4:00PM

    Day 4 Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska Cruising 6:00AM 10:00AM

    Day 4 Juneau, Alaska Docked 1:30PM 10:00PM

    Day 5 Inside Passage, Alaska Cruising

    Day 5 Skagway, Alaska Docked 7:00AM 6:00PM

    Day 6 At Sea

    Day 7 Victoria, British Columbia Docked 6:00PM 11:59PM

    Day 8 Seattle, Washington 7:00AM


    I've checked all 5 itineraries, including the cruisetours, for Solstice in 2015. They all say "Day 2 At Sea". Granted, the OP is complaining about a 2014 sailing, but I do seem to recall the exact same wording.

  10. To cut to the chase here: If you can afford to cruise, you can afford a few extra bucks to tip those who working to make your trip enjoyable.


    I always tend to be a heavy tipper anyway. The crew works incredibly hard and they deserve to be appreciated.

  11. How is it accurate? The map shows it sailing between the Mainland and the Island..Solstice won't fit. That's the complaint.


    The body of water between Vancouver and Vancouver Island is not the Inside Passage. The complaint is that Celebrity did not sail in the Inside Passage. When in fact when you leave Vancouver, you're not in the Inside Passage.


    Look at the map, it shows where the Inside Passage begins.

  12. We feel the same way and don't care for the chartered flight idea at all -- unless they are willing to consult us and let us pick the dates and times for the flights in both directions. ;)


    We do like the river boat idea though, especially as an add-on before or after a cruise.




    That would be an awesome add-on.

  13. I just took a peek at Celebrity's website to see how they describe the itinerary. And it's accurate to what it shows on the map. If they're saying they're at sea (west of Vancouver Island), that's what it shows; if they're saying they're sailing the inside passage, that's also what it shows.


    Here's what one cruise description for Solstice says:


    Day 1 Vancouver, British Columbia 5:00PM

    Day 2 At Sea

    Day 3 Ketchikan, Alaska Docked 7:00AM 4:00PM

    Day 4 Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska Cruising 6:00AM 10:00AM

    Day 4 Juneau, Alaska Docked 1:30PM 10:00PM

    Day 5 Inside Passage, Alaska Cruising

    Day 5 Skagway, Alaska Docked 7:00AM 6:00PM

    Day 6 At Sea

    Day 7 Victoria, British Columbia Docked 6:00PM 11:59PM

    Day 8 Seattle, Washington 7:00AM



    Here's the map for the itinerary:




    This may NOT be the cruise the OP was talking about, but Celebrity does show what they describe in this case.

  14. ALthough unlikely, it IS theoretically possible for ebola to be transmitted via mucous membranes. Though sneezing isn't a symptom of ebola, IF the person with a high level of the pathogen in their body did sneeze, it IS possible for it to be absorbed by the mucus membranes (eyes, nose, mouth) of someone else.



    I am a heath care professional and I would be very worried if I had to care for an ebola patient. OTOH I would err on the side of caution if I were w/in the 21 day communicability period but that's just me.


    This is from the updated CDC pdf:


    When an infection does occur in humans, there are several ways the virus can be spread to others. These include:

    • direct contact with the blood or body fluids (including but not limited to feces, saliva, urine, vomit and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola

    • contact with objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the blood or body fluids of an infected person or with infected animals

    The virus in the blood and body fluids can enter another person’s body through broken skin or unprotected mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth. The viruses that cause Ebola are often spread among families and friends, because they come in close contact with blood or body fluids when caring for ill persons.


    The entire PDF file is here:



    I live in the DFW area. I'm an RN. I'm not an alarmist but I am concerned.

    Yes that lab worker COULD have (and in hindsight should have?) cancelled her cruise but the CDC AT THAT TIME didn't suggest that. Unlike the RN that flew knowing she had a low grade fever, this lab worker was afebrile. Fever IS a symptom of ebola so the nurse that flew was on her way to being symptomatic and did indeed test positive. As far as we know the person on the cruise ship is still asymptomatic.


    And I DO believe that the Texas Presbyterian Dallas missed the boat on the medical care of Duncan as well as the isolation techniques and equipment for the healthcare workers. The 2 nurses that are ill took care of Duncan the first day… before diagnosis (though by then they had a good idea) and isolation requirements became MUCH more stringent AFTER diagnosis.


    Also Ebola is a LEVEL 4 pathogen which is mostly just the hemorrhagic fevers. Yes people die of the flu but the vast majority of people who contract influenza are good as new in weeks or even days. MOST DO NOT DIE. Nor do most people die of noro, the cold, TB etc.


    There are only 4 hospitals (NIH, Emory, Nebraska and Missoula, Montanna) that are fully equipped to handle ebola. And of those hospitals the number of Level 4 isolation beds is anywhere from 8 to 18 depending on staffing etc. TOTAL.

    So yes, Texas didn't do as well as one would hope with the initial patient. But it's doubtful if many of the hospitals in the US would be able to do better (outside the 4 mentioned above.) This is still a very steep learning curve for all the hospitals and health care workers in the United States. Unfortunately Mr. Duncan is probably not the last person to fly into the US while infected with ebola.


    It's a fine line to walk between ignoring the danger and absolute panic.


    Hmmmm, that look familiar....


    Oh yes: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showpost.php?p=44463546&postcount=113



  15. Time for some facts before some people's heads explode. From the CDC website:


    When an infection does occur in humans, the virus can be spread in several ways to others. Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with


    • blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola
    • objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus
    • infected animals
    • Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, by food. However, in Africa, Ebola may be spread as a result of handling bushmeat (wild animals hunted for food) and contact with infected bats. There is no evidence that mosquitos or other insects can transmit Ebola virus. Only mammals (for example, humans, bats, monkeys, and apes) have shown the ability to become infected with and spread Ebola virus.

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