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    Raiding and Plundering

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  1. We carry wipes with us and wipe down the TV remote, faucet handles, door handles and other surfaces that probably don't get sanitized on turn-around days. After that, we wash our hands, wash our hands, and wash our hands.
  2. You are joking about leaving your walker in the corridor, right?
  3. Some cruise friends and I were chatting about the Medallion the other night and we all agreed on one point. If, during our working years, we had rolled out a program with this many issues, we would've found ourselves on the fast track to the unemployment line. Just imagine a self-driving car with this many issues. I would love to be a fly on the wall during on board crew meetings to see what they really think. We are on for a limited time while they are on for months at a time.
  4. But oh, common courtesy is so uncommon anymore.
  5. After unkowingly booking some less than ideal cabins, we also have our booking marked "No Upgrade" and we've never been bumped. We book a balcony with cabins above, below, and across the corridor, and away from elevator lobbies and laundry rooms. Suits us just fine and it's better than being "upgraded" to a cabin right below the Melanoma Deck, above a nightclub, or across from room steward scullery/mop sink.
  6. I have a question. I am considering my first P&O cruise in 2022. Just waiting for the schedule to be announced. I'm following discussions here to gain an idea of what to expect. Normally, in the daytime, I wear shorts and a T-shirt. Some of my T-shirts are Harley-Davidson logo shirts from destinations where I have ridden. I find they are great converation starters and I have even met other riders on board with whom I have exchanged hometown Harley T-shirts after the cruise. As I was reading the on board dress code, I noticed this statement: "Any clothing that features inappropriate or offensive language, including novelty clothing with printed images or slogans, will not be allowed on board." Does P&O consider Harley T-shirts as "novelty clothing"?
  7. richandcindy and Ride-The-Waves, please keep your observations and Medallion experiences coming. Your posts contain real world experiences rather than a glitzy video of how everything is wonderful.
  8. And in a real emergency, Murphy's Law kicks in. Not all technology is good for you. Just wait until SkyNet becomes self aware.
  9. 40 plus cruises so far and neither She Who Must Be Obeyed or I have ever gotten sick on a cruise ship or after air travel. I last had the flu in 1975. My last cold was in 1989. Both were rare and so memorable for me. I don't get flu shots. In fact, as I approach 70, I do not take any prescription medication except prophlactically when traveling internationally. A combination of good genes, good health, and good sanitation procedures. You have to protect yourself. What do you touch after you sanitize on the way into the buffet or MDR? Serving tongs? Ladles? The bottom of your chair as you pulled it in? The menu? The salt and paper shakers? Do you unwrap your silverware burrito and lay your utensils on the table? On a cruise ship and in an airplane you must think of every surface as contaminated and break the chain of cross-contamination between the surfaces and your mouth. We not only sanitize our hand on the way into the buffet or MDR, but also after we are seated with our own little bottle of sanitizer. Also, if you lay your silverware on the table, take a few moments to observe how the staff are "cleaning" the tables. I have observed them wiping off tables in the buffet with a used cloth napkin and then resetting the table for the next patron - which could be you. Three tips for preventing illness: Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. Safe and healthy cruising to all.
  10. Three tips for preventing illness: Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. I last had the flu in 1975. My last cold was in 1989. I don't get flu shots. In fact, as I approach 70, I do not take any prescription medication except prophylactically when traveling internationally. A combination of good genes, good health, and good luck. I wash my hands, wash my hands, and wash my hands.
  11. Thank you. It would be wise for be anyone taking a photo of their passport photo page to upload to the Medallion app to turn off their location settings, as well as for their avatar photos - unless the Medallion app automatically strips that data from the photos. While it is true that Princess has a lot of your personal information in their "system" how much of that information is now available to onboard crew via their tablets? While we show our passports to board the old school way, the fact that a photo of my passport ID page is now in an app gives me pause. Can you elaborate on what information is readily available to the crew via the Ocean Medallion app? Sorry to be such a bother, but I have a lot of experience in the criminal justice system working with computer crimes.
  12. After having all sorts of nice door decorations disappear over the years, She Who Must Be Obeyed now has a set of small paper plates with a variety of holiday designs. She glued magnets to the back and we use a seasonably appropriate plate for each cruise. Nobody has ripped off our paper plates yet!
  13. What do you touch after you sanitize on the way into the buffet or MDR? Serving tongs? Ladels? The bottom of your chair as you pulled it in? The menu? The salt and paper shakers? Do you unwrap your silverware burrito and lay your utensils on the table? We not only sanitize our hand on the way into the buffet or MDR, but also after we are seated with our own little bottle of sanitizer. Also, if you lay your silverware on the table, take a few moments to observe how the staff are "cleaning" the tables. I have observed them wiping off tables in the buffet with a used napkin. You have to protect yourself. And don't get me started on those plastic gloves. Well, ok. Watch how many surfaces the food people touch while wearing those gloves. The only thing those gloves do is give customers a false sense of food safety and keep the wearer's hands clean Eeewwww.
  14. You will truly know you are retired when you lose track of what day of the week it is and your Sundays are no longer spoiled by thoughts of Monday. Savor every minute!
  15. "Fire Hazard" is a favorite excuse when a cruise line wants to ban something. Electric kettles are provided in some markets, but are banned in others as a fire hazard. Mobility devices parked in corridors and stairway/elevator lobbies overnight while the deck is a full occupant load pose a great life safety hazard to passengers than door decorations.
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