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Everything posted by sparks1093

  1. I felt that way before the pandemic. (I just read that my remaining Alma Mater, the USS Dwight D Eisenhower CVN-69, has been at sea for 170 days. Even I admit that is a bit much (mostly because of the whole standing watch issue).)
  2. I am hoping someday that we can time our trip to Germany to coincide with a returning TA, especially since I don't have to worry about being scheduled to stand Mid watches on the way back.
  3. We've done it both ways, tipped extra at the beginning of the cruise and tipped extra at the end of the cruise. Didn't notice a difference in service.
  4. Yes, that's it, for us. I spent many years in the Navy, floating on the water and if I could I'd still be doing it today.
  5. I disputed a charge once and the only affect was it lowered my credit score because the card company reported that I was disputing the balance.
  6. We aren't going to Europe for a cruise but to visit family so we are definitely keeping an eye on this. We've rescheduled once and will do so again if necessary.
  7. A lot depends on the cruise line but it's driven by how brisk bookings are for a particular sailing (which injects a bit of randomness into it).
  8. I would suggest "Grub Hub", but that might already be trademarked.
  9. We try to cruise every 12 to 18 months, sometimes from a port we can drive to, sometimes from a port where we have to fly, mostly depending on the itinerary we want to take.
  10. Wouldn't that also pertain to the MDR as well? A buffet is a line where you serve yourself, a cafeteria is a line where someone else serves you. I have no animosity for the word or concept of "cafeteria".
  11. If for some bizarre reason her passport is deemed insufficient she'll still be all set since she's bringing additional documentation that will do the trick.
  12. I believe the term was used in aviation before it was used in cruising and it refers to a crew member flying as a passenger, or the entire plane flying without passengers, in order to get to another airport for duty (as opposed to a crew member flying for vacation. To be a deadhead is to be on duty and generating no revenue for the boss). As for the cruise in question if they are selling cabins to passengers it's not a proper deadhead, it's simply a re-positioning cruise.
  13. I sailed to St Lucia without a passport, so why would they insist that someone with a passport on a closed loop cruise have 6 months validity remaining?
  14. There is no legal reason why a US citizen on a closed loop cruise would be denied boarding because of a passport that expires less than 6 months after the cruise ends. None. So what you witnessed isn't what you witnessed and there was something else amiss.
  15. Since OP is going to be on a closed loop cruise where there will be many passengers who don't even have passports I doubt that she would be denied boarding for having a valid passport that has an expiration date less than 6 months from the cruise (and since the OP has stated that she's bringing her birth certificate too then if the cruise line should reject the passport in a worse case scenario she'll still be allowed to board).
  16. I'm not sure how much influence the cruise lines had with the Puerto Rico exclusion, I believe that Puerto Rico itself might have had more to do with it.
  17. Since njhorseman has already provided most of the answer I'll add this: that was from the specific page on the State Department website that discusses US citizen travel to the UK. Our State Department has a page dedicated to a lot of individual countries (I'm not sure how many, I've never counted) and provides a wealth of information for US travelers, including passport and visa requirements.
  18. On a 7 day cruise at best it's 1/7th of the milkshake and the passenger decides how much money to spend ashore and if they decide not to spend it in Vancouver than this further diminishes the percentage. As for a feasibility study, conducted by whom and paid for by whom? I don't want my tax dollars spent on such an endeavor. As a business I'm sure that the cruise lines have their finger on the pulse of their customers and if this prospect looked like it would substantially increase their bottom line they themselves would be pushing for the change, which is where the push needs to primarily come from.
  19. Again, the cruise lines don't see the profit in this and until they do there won't be any changes to the PVSA. (And also again, cruise lines only make up a small fraction of worldwide shipping so this impacts more than just that small segment. And also again, from the responses in this thread you appear to be in the minority when it comes to wanting a US only itinerary. Here on the east coast I can think of no port city that I'd like to visit on a cruise that I wouldn't prefer seeing as a stand alone vacation.)
  20. Every ship I've been on (on every line even) the photographers are out every night so you can definitely have pictures taken on casual night.
  21. My observations square with the poll results so far- 70% or so of the passengers dress up a bit more than they do on non-formal nights. I did bring my tux on one sailing, when we were celebrating 25 years together. We wanted a special picture to commemorate the event. Normally I wear a business suit and she wears a nice dress. On non-formal nights I wear business casual.
  22. I am not sure that the market is really there for it to help substantially because if it were the cruise lines themselves would be asking for the change. We wouldn't be all that interested in a purely US itinerary, unless perhaps it was the only game in town. As for cruises to nowhere it's not so much CBP rules, it's the way that visa laws are interpreted. As they are interpreted now the crew would need visas that allow them to actually work in the US in order to do a cruise to nowhere.
  23. According to the info on our State Department website our passport only needs to be valid for the duration of the stay. PASSPORT VALIDITY: Must be valid for the duration of your stay in the United Kingdom.. (Just noticed that I was posting at the same time as njhorseman.
  24. What is required for you as a UK citizen is different than what is required for a US citizen, especially on a closed loop cruise. OP, you will be fine with the passport and if your name is different on it a copy of your marriage certificate. You may of course bring your birth certificate is you wish to but it's overkill under the circumstances. As long as your passport doesn't expire by the end of the cruise you'll be fine.
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