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  1. And why do you think that? Because of your anti-American bias maybe? You never give up on insulting an entire country of people, do you? For your information (and I am sure you will ignore it because it doesn't fit your bigoted views of Americans) poor service is not common, so rewarding poor service isn't the huge overly dramatic problem you claim it to be. Best if you would keep your views to yourself. They are mostly wrong and repeatedly show your ignorance about the people of an entire country. Instead of posting here on CruiseCritic, why don't you find an anti-American hate group to join. You might find a better fit there. 🙄
  2. AmazedByCruising should change name to ConfusedByCruising. It would be more accurate. 😏
  3. From so many of his posts filled with incorrect advice on other threads I wonder if he has ever been on a cruise ship at all!
  4. That would be more ecologically friendly. Fish food buffet!
  5. My siblings and I told our parents the same thing. Unfortunately they did not heed our advice. We finally talked my mother - years after my father passed - to come with us on a European vacation in 2001. She was 71 at the time. She even had to apply for her first passport to go. She enjoyed herself so much that she started planning another vacation to visit Belgium where my father received a wartime injury that left him partially disabled. They met while he was recovering in the hospital. Unfortunately, my mother died of complications from heart surgery before she could take that 2nd trip. That really convinced us that it is never too early to start enjoying travel and other activities.
  6. Clearly ilikeanswers doesn't actually like answers if they don't agree with his opinions. 😲 The list is posted daily. It is updated each morning and posted in crew areas where any crew member can see it. Makes no difference when you remove the gratuities - the crew will know as soon as it is done, whether the first or last day, or any day in between. This is standard practice of virtually all cruise ships - whether ilkeanswers likes that answer or not. 😉 And yes, most people remove the tips at the very end even though they knew they would do so well before they even boarded the ship. They are playing the system by giving the staff the impression they will pay the tips so they won't receive poor service, and then when the cruise is over and they have gotten all that good service, they jump in and remove the tips when it is too late for the crew to possibly react negatively to their selfishness. Very unethical. But to those that do it, ethics is not something they care about. And we all know what countries have this problem. 🙄
  7. You are showing your true stripes. You aren't interested in a discussion. You are only interested in causing trouble. In your short time on Cruise Critic, you have shown everyone that you are more interested in trolling threads to create a stir than in holding mature discussions. You joined only a month ago and you haven't yet offered anything helpful, only posting comments to stroke your ego. Go ahead and contact the moderators. They just might remove even more of you posts than they have already done. Must be proud moments for you when your posts are removed. It means you succeeded in yet another trolling goal. Respond in whatever derisive way you want. I won't be reading anymore of your trolling posts. I have now taken advantage of the blocking feature on CC. You won't be missed.
  8. Do you also obsess with how the cruise fare you are paying is distributed or how the taxes, fees and port expenses you pay are distributed? I'll bet not. Your comment is just another example of anti-tipping attitudes, with people complaining that they don't like it rather than accepting that things aren't always done the way it is back home. I travel the US regularly and I never have any issues with tipping. It might be because I am used to this system. But it is most likely because it actually isn't as complicated as some people insist on making it. It is pretty standard everywhere I go. Perhaps it is because I am not fighting it at every turn by looking for ways to get out of it, and then complaining about it if I can't. As for buffets, if someone brings you a beverage or other items, then you are being served by a server. So yes, a tip would be a nice gesture. Someone is actually serving you personally to enhance your meal experience, so a small show of appreciation for their helpfulness is certainly appropriate. If the buffet is entirely self service, with the staff only replenishing the items at the counters and not bringing items to you at your table, then a tip is not needed. The key is whether you are being served at your table by someone or not. It really isn't rocket science. Certainly not nearly as difficult as having to learn how to drive on the wrong side of the road when visiting your country. 😉 😁
  9. And right on queue, here he is posting more insulting innuendos to bolster his own frail ego. Predictable as always and obnoxious as on past posts. A legend in his own mind. The troll is strong in this one.
  10. Your ignorance shows in these posts accusing people of living in fear. We simply don't. And it is blatantly obvious that you don't have a clue how we live our lives, and are not adult enough to accept that we have our own preferences that work for us. It is all about convenience, not fear. But your mind is so stubbornly made up that you denigrate and insult anyone who doesn't follow your preferred methods. Not sure why you need to be such a jerk about people preferring to not carry around items they don't need. But you certainly act like one. If you were a decent human being, you would accept that smart people don't have to do it your way to be smart. In fact, many of us would argue that the smarter ones don't do as you do. Fear has nothing to do with it. Try to get that through your thick skull.
  11. When I read his comment, my BS meter rose by several points and almost pegged out at maximum Smell-O-Meter levels - as it does with most of his posts on the topic. 😉
  12. A system is in place, good or bad, and you are fully aware of it. The crew on most ships depend on passengers following this system, a system they themselves did not put into place. Nevertheless, their income depends on passengers accepting a system, and I emphasize this AGAIN, that is not their choice. Anyone who ignores and defies the system the crew is dependent upon does it for their owe sake, and not for the crew's sake - who, may I remind you again, have no say on how that system was put into place. You can rationalize, justify, excuse your behavior all you want. But be clear that you are not tipping for their sake. You are tipping only the few you deem deserving to satisfy your own ego, all the while making believe to yourself that you are a "good guy". And punishing other deserving crew to satisfy your ego along the way. So very generous of you. 🙄
  13. With Carnivals' low prices, there isn't as much of a margin of profit to be able to provide the bigger perks that you may see on the other lines. If you want bigger benefits, you need to be willing to spend money on other than a budget cruise line. And you won't get a 10% rebate on any cruises. The "discounts" aren't really rebates. And they aren't at the same percentage value. They are perks offered by the TAs to earn your business. The perks come out of the TAs profits, not the cruise line's. The more business the TAs do with a cruise line, the more generous are the commissions they receive from the cruise lines, and the more they can offer their customers out of those commissions. If a TA only does most of their business with a small list of lines, those will be the lines that better offers will be available for. For lines they do less business with, they will make less commission and be able to offer fewer perks. Plus, the perks are often related to the itineraries as well. For popular itineraries, the TA's perks may be less because the cruise lines don't need TAs to help sell cabins, and their commissions are lower. And, there are other factors that affect how good the TA perks may be, such as seasonal. It isn't a "one size fits all" situation. Every TA has their own perks program, and every cruise line has their own working arrangements with each TA.
  14. So what is your point? That you got perks that everyone else booking with Princess would get? If you used a good TA, you probably would have doubled the amount of perks you got. Not sure why someone would be proud about losing money!
  15. I am a bit confused by your comment. Would you clarify what you mean with "if he/she decides the ship is sailing, no passport will be landed"? Doesn't the captain always makes the decision to sail when it is time? Why would making that decision prevent the passport from being handed to the port agent? I don't see the connection. We have been told during Q&A sessions with officers on two different cruise lines that they will go to a late passenger's stateroom safe and if a passport is found it will be delivered to the port agent just before the gangway is pulled up. Why would they tell us that if they can't "land" the passport in question? Seems like a simple task that should only take minutes and not delay the ship in any way. After all, the passports could be handed to the agent at the same time that other necessary documents are handed to him, documents that I have seen transferred on several occasions from my balcony.
  16. They aren't wrong and you know it. Why tell a new cruiser inaccurate information???🙄 Please include that it is your opinion and not fact when telling people such misleading information. Your constant scaring people into living their lives like you chose to live yours is what is WRONG. I have visited nearly 50 countries and only a handful required I carry my passport on my person.
  17. I have never experienced planes or trains waiting for late passengers unless it was a charter for a group activity. To make 45 people wait for over an hour on a commercial flight or public train for late passengers is extremely inconsiderate to those who were on time. Waiting for three hours is even worse. The time of everyone on board is just as valuable as those who are late. It is unconscionable to make so many people suffer for just a few.
  18. Another vote for flying in at least a day early. And that vote is based on experience. A few years ago we were invited to a 50th anniversary party for beloved relatives on the east coast. Due to work schedules, we decided not to take an additional vacation day and thought it would be perfectly safe to fly out the same day and arrive in the early afternoon for a dinner party starting at 6:00 pm. We booked a non-stop flight to eliminate potential problems with connections. And off we went to the airport. We took off a couple of minutes early, and were in excellent position to arrive on time, check into our hotel, clean up a bit, and be at the party in plenty of time. As we flew over Nebraska, an older gentleman behind us had a heart attack. The pilot immediately diverted to the nearest airport, Kansas City. By the time we landed, handled the emergency with the poor fellow, topped off with fuel, and lifted off again, we were almost 4 hours behind schedule. We arrived at the beginning of the busy commute hours, and our taxi got stuck in traffic. By the time we arrived at the hotel the dinner party was already well on it's way. We finally arrived just after the couple we flew out to celebrate with had left for their own flight towards their second honeymoon destination. As Maxwell Smart from the 1960's American comedy series would say: Moral of the story - it can happen, at anytime, to anyone. In our case it wasn't a missed cruise. But it was a once in a lifetime event that got missed. We so wished we had been wise enough to fly in the day before. Missed opportunities like that can never be replaced. We now always go in a day early for any activity that has a hard deadline.
  19. Very true. Unless a person only walks to wherever they go, they are impacting the environment. And, if we visit a store, restaurant, church, whatever, they also impact the environment because natural land had to be cleared and covered up by the structures, parking areas, and roads to make them accessible. EVERYTHING we do affects the environment in some way. It is unavoidable. Best to accept that reality.
  20. A legend in your own mind, I see. So happy for you that you have found a home in Fantasyland.
  21. And he implies that they only do closed loop cruises, so he apparently has not recently had the experience of entering the US from a foreign travel not associated with such cruises. The process is different when entering directly from a foreign country. And it has gotten more stringent. More people are being searched, questioned or detained than a few years ago. Even more so now than right after 9/11. My neighbors are of East Indian decent and visit family in India at least once a year. He has expressed concerns that his family is being singled out for additional questioning more now than in the past.
  22. A lot of talk about why get a passport if you aren't going to go overseas in the foreseeable future. Years ago our across the street neighbors did not, and paid the price in emotional grief. Their 33 year old son was traveling in France on business. He was involved in an accident and was severely injured. His parents received an urgent call to hurry to his bedside as he was not expected to survive. It took them several days to gather the proper documentation to apply and expedite their passports. Unfortunately, before they could even get on a plane, he passed away. Their grief at not being at his side to say goodbye has haunted them ever since. Yes, this is an isolated instance. But if you have close family members who travel overseas a lot, having a passport at the ready can expedite any foreign travel in an emergency.
  23. With the ever more restrictive policies of the current administration making it more difficult for people to enter the US, I wouldn't be so reliant on the expectation of assistance for "humanitarian" reasons if someone does not have the proper documents. Recent cases of US citizens being held for weeks or not being allowed to enter due to document problems have been in the news recently. I know you are a staunch supporter of not wasting money to get a passport for closed loop cruises, but the political winds are blowing in the direction of even more restrictions, both for visitors AND citizens. Things have changed in the last two years and what used to be the norm no longer is. And I don't see it getting better for at least another 1-1/2 years. For US citizens, having a valid US passport is the most important document one can own anytime they are outside US borders.
  24. Regarding Forbes as a source of accurate information, I have often seen articles that they publish that are dubious at best, and deliberately misleading at worst. I read what they publish with a healthy dose of skepticism. Here is what https://mediabiasfactcheck.com has to say: RIGHT-CENTER BIAS These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources. Overall, we rate Forbes Right-Center biased based on story selection that tends to favor the right and the political affiliation of its ownership. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to misleading or false stories related to climate science. And according to https://www.writeraccess.com/ : 1. Forbes.com Fans of the Forbes magazine may not realize that Forbes.com has very little to do with the official publication. The articles on Forbes.com are not written or even edited by the writers of the magazine. Instead, they are contributed by writers from around the world. Contributors to the website write their own articles and submit them in exchange for royalty payments. None of the facts within the articles are checked and editors do not modify the contributions in any way.
  25. Sure, if you are willing to pay 2s, 5x, or even more for a stateroom, you should be getting better perks. With diamond plus or elite one can get the appropriate perks even when booking the least expensive inside stateroom. Not everything is about how much more money you spend than other people.
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