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johhnnyt

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    Wappingers Falls , NY
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    Celebrity
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    Pacifica

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  1. Not sure, but I do know about 8-10 crew are trained on each ship to be "Care Team" members, this is above and beyond their onboard function. Care teams on every RCCL ship/brandm, not sure what the other ones do. I met two of the Care Team on our Eclipse cruise (one in guest relations, one a restaurant manager), and learned a bit about it after this happened on Eclipse. They are generally people that speak several languages and then undergo specialized training so they can facilitate between port agents, Miami office, and the ships and the needed off ship facilities (hospitals, police, immigration etc). BTW Bill I do think it's funny that you are in Fishkill , and I'm the next town over in Wappingers.....small world sometimes
  2. This might help https://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherelliott/2018/08/18/the-best-and-worst-travel-insurance-companies/#5424d3ee4fc2
  3. I wish I could say any of us did have some CPR training, but the reality was a few of us the generalities of it, and got real lucky. I agree with you Bob, I know he didn't have any evacuation insurance but it did become a topic for all in our group a few days later. I know this year I bought a annual medical travel plan through Allianz ($50K evacuation/$500000 medical), hopefully I'll never need it, but the $250 a year seemed reasonable. Thanks to all for the good health wishes, he's a good man and has a long road ahead to good health, just glad he's home.
  4. Generally I think we all are much more Celebrity Critics than we are Celebrity Compliments, so thought I would share this. To me it's one of the reasons why Celebrity keeps my loyalty. It shows me again and again that sometimes it's the things you DON'T see/affect you that matter the most Celebrity Eclipse March 24th Sailing Day 3 of a 15 night cruise (next port Lima Peru ~.1.5 days out)) about 10-12 of us had gotten together in a smallish conference room for a small celebration. During the get together one in our group started convulsing and stopped breathing & he turned blue. Luckily no one panicked and we took the right steps We called the emergency number on the phone We flagged down a nearby ships officer who used his mobile to alert everyone that needed to be notified We cleared the room of chairs and got the man on the floor and started cpr, and after about a minute he started breathing again Within about 2-2.5 minutes, about a half dozen senior officers , a doctor, and a nurse arrived on the scene with a gurney to move the man to medical. We would find out that the plan was to move him off in Lima, Peru. Until then he would be kept stable and monitored in the ships hospital. We were just glad he was breathing and even making jokes the next day, even though he realized how serious it was. Celebrity has a policy of "No one is left behind" so a member of the specially trained "care team" was left with the afflicted gentleman and wife in Peru. She arranged for a hotel for the wife (The care team member stayed in an adjoining room at the hotel), and stayed with her for the next three days, providing comfort and translating everything since not a lot of the people in the hospital spoke English, and neither of the couple spoke Spanish. She would tell us later on that Erica (the Guest Relations Care Team Member) was their "true angel", and they really don't know what they would have done without her. The human resources manager on Eclipse (Kathleen I think her name was) also checked in with all of us individually to see how we all were doing after it all happened, and to see if we needed anything. The couple was medevaced home and Erica returned to Guest Relations after 4 days in Peru. He still has some medical battles ahead at home, but the whole team both onboard and shoreside showed genuine compassion, and really treated them both like they were family members, not just cruisers. When I returned home I was recounting the story to a friend, and she said "when I hear of a company go above and beyond obligations, and treat people like that it restores my faith"
  5. I would def check the website (if you haven't), as I didn't receive anything by email or mail, the only way I found out was checking the website
  6. But as a friend told me that works for RCCL told me they can ask (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability? and (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform? And if they lied about those facts, and its found out once onboard they can leave the passenger and their pet in the first port, and/or ban them from any cruises on the RCCL brands for violating the terms and conditions of the cruise contract Also according to the ADA it's not a carte blanche policy. The handler is responsible for the care and supervision of his or her service animal. If a service animal behaves in an unacceptable way and the person with a disability does not control the animal, a business or other entity has the right to ask that the dog be removed. A business also has the right to deny access to a dog that disrupts their business or poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others. For example, if a service dog barks repeatedly or growls at customers, it could be asked to leave.
  7. And that's what I liked about the Florida law, if you really need a dog (like in your cousins case) for true medically therapeutic reasons and a (non internet) medical doctor agrees, you're not going to be fined for pulling a scam
  8. Nice to see more and more states taking this route, I think FL would be the 23rd state to start fining people for this nonsense https://people.com/pets/florida-fake-emotional-support-animals/amp/
  9. The good thing is there is a program in place that prevents people from just calling their animal a service animal.Since you have to notify the cruise line well in advance. They can legally ask Can you confirm that the dog is required because of a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act? What physical service tasks has the dog been trained to perform?
  10. In August of 2018 RCCL and all its brands banned ESA's (Emotional Support Animal) of any kind. Anyone who had booked before then are still allowed to bring their pets on so that's probably one of the earlier booked pets . Anyone who requested to bring one after that date was told NO, not allowed. Service animals are still allowed (A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability), just no longer ESA since people were abusing the intent of the policy and taking pets on vacation with them. Watching a service dog work is truly amazing if you've never seen it. Like a well oiled best friend/coworker helping when needed, true professionals, and grateful for those that train and work with them.
  11. Same here, the one way flights to Rome were coming up high $2400 in biz class , $900 in economy, called Choice Air and found them to be less than half the price. Someone at Celebrity told me since Celebrity awarded a new vendor to handle their Choice Air program, these glitches in pricing have come up quite a few times, so best to call and verify.
  12. As always great insights. Really enjoyed following along. I have mixed feelings on the table in the room though. I actually liked having the rocker, even it though is a bit bulky. I just don't know where they would put a table though and would interfere with the nice sight line to the sea from the bed. Not sure which is a better option. Liked the Retreat Lounge as well, feels much more open with its angles and sections and less "woodsy" than the other Michaels Club I am curious to see what they do with shower tubs though. I was in a forward suite 9180 so really didn't see any water leaving the tub area, but seems like a common occurrence from quite a few threads. Will keep my eyes open to read if they try a fix to it before Apex Thanks Again
  13. I agree, I think sometimes the most honest criticism can be found from people that have never cruised before, as they haven't been tainted on what is considered normal.They are more likely to see things objectively rather than subjectively
  14. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, Edge might have a few minor flaws, but no doubt be ironed out by Apex. I'm really looking to my second sailing on Edge on November 1st for the TA. Fantastic ship, design and crew. You are right Bo, I think it's one of the downsides of CC that valid points (like shower design in aft cabins) get watered down (literally in this case), by user specific complaints rather than ones that might affect a greater audience I'll be on that same cruise with you on November 1st, hope you join our roll call (If you already haven't)
  15. Good Point Bo I know I can only speak from my own experience, but when Captain Kate was brought on in 2015 I was surprised, and although I never have sailed with her, her peers unanimously speak highly of her. I have spoken with three other Masters and two Staff Captains (both qualified as Masters obviously), and all five told me the same thing. She earned her position, it wasn't done for public relations or any other reason, other than she was the best qualified person for the job. If anyone knows the facts they do, not us.
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