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  1. OMG.....It's like they captured a CARNIVORE CRUISE LINE cruise.,..
  2. Always know your source...after dozens of cruises on many lines since the mid 1970's & several on MSC... . I've been quite happy w MSC & it's product...it's not the RITZ in Paris. The best l ever heard was a man coming out if the buffet on the MERAVIGLIA one afternoon complaint all they had was hamburgers & hotdogs.,..oiy. People are expecting a RITZ Carlton experience at a HAL cost......lol
  3. It's called covid...the op seems to have a lot of complaining time on his hands & his game is to beat out a low balled priced cruise...no matter the line.
  4. Still hoping the MSC 2022 WORLD CRUISE WILL BE A GO..... WHATS THE WORD SO FAR???
  5. Or a check from Jeff bBezos, Michael Bloomberg, the Sackler family, Mark Schmuckerberg and a host of others.
  6. LOL... how true👍 I'm just a believer in simple elegance 🙋🌞😎🤗
  7. I totally agree...when one is on a beautiful ship sailing the ocean what else do you need...there are some on another cruise line here that everyone they sail Louis Armstrong is played singing "what a wonderful world"...after the first time its like they drank too much or have alzheimers. Kitch sells i guess or there's no accounting for bad taste.
  8. I grew up w the midnight buffets on the Italian Lines...ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS to say the least. One note is that we always had late seating dinner so the buffets were for show & maybe a nibble or cookie. The portions in the dining room were also of European size..so even w 4 courses, including pasta I would be full but not stuffed. Part of the cruise experience was the great & varied food onboard. I usually don't go to buffets...saying that 2 years ago I did a 13 day repo cruise on MSC & 12 OF THOSE NITES I ATE AT THE BUFFET...IT WAS so varied & the pizza delicious. The choices were so many..something for everyone. In the afternoons at 4 or so have a glass of wine & grab some guacamole & chips & sit on the aft deck & watch the sea go by...that was luxury..having the choice. I had a balcony cabin where each morning I had coffee, croissants, fresh fruit & yogurt delivered. Cruising has changed..its just tweaking it a bit ...one thing is if its a late nite..I need pizza....MSC delivered😎🤗😊
  9. There is a group headed by Susan Gibbs trying to save the liner for another purpose/ maritime museum. Of course $$$ is a major obstacle. Personally I wish the shop would be towed to NYC WESTSIDE PIERS, next to the INTREPID AIRCRAFT CARTIER. THERE SHE COULD BE RESTORED FOR MIXED USE, MUSEUM, RESTAURANTS ETC.
  10. The captain of the ship has the authority and final say and decision which direction a ship should sail....and yes storms do change direction in a short time..right now Elsa could go towards the gulf, the Bahamas or Eastern florida. We'll see
  11. No drama...you obviously have never been onboard a cruise ship during a hurricane or major storm..deaths questionable...sickness & injuries are many & very well documented.
  12. The point being if you sail during hurricane season you can expect storms...a hurricane is much different ...as long as a cruise line can take passengers $$$, they will. To be on older CRUISE ships like Crystal IS NOT THE BEST PLACE TO BE IN A HURRICANE. TOO much Crystal kookoo punch is drunk on this board...there is a difference between inconvenience & putting people in danger.
  13. In this day & age its ridiculous to deny that hurricane season is at best a gamblers game/ fools season for cruises & weather. With global warming & the massive changes in weather patterns over the last few years, cruise lines that market cruises in the hurricane region (@ highly discounted rates) are just desperate. Anyone booking these cruises should be warned. For Tropical Storm Elsa, the current European & American weather models show the direction of the storm to go either way..west towards the Gulf of Mexico or East towards the east coast of Florida. Ships can move ...but not as quickly as these storms.
  14. Anyone that books a cruise or island vacation this time of year (June-November1) is foolish to think there won't be a hurricane, Tropical storm or severe rain storms. Especially now when covid is still a major factor either at home or while traveling. Everyone feels cooped up & wants to travel but cooped up is better than dead.
  15. I know one of the senior officers on the ship is gay & he's quite social, cocktails etc...be he says RCCL has gotten strict about socializing w the passengers. Hestoldme thereusually are lots of gay passengers, mostly from. The west coast of florida.
  16. CGT... LOL...yes I understand the limitations $$$wise but a ship w the Normandie's profile w cost effective cabin furnishings w spectacularly designed public rooms, promenade decks, aft pools. For instance I am in a 1960' hotel on the beach in Broward County, florida. The man that owns this & 11 similar hotels has started a preservation project for the neighborbood..there's a small deli/misc shop, a small bakery w delicious baked goods, scones to sausage rolls. Next to that there is a wine garden w pizza to fish & steak a gift shop a couple of hotel bars, a mid century antique store even a couple of food trucks 1 of which is vegan. All the buildings are painted white & 90 % of the furnishings are from ideal! Even the kitchenettes are equipped w ikea. The bars & stores are decorated individually. I love it...its also the reason I'm looking to furnish my apartment w oceanliner furniture. Yes the suites are nice ...I now always sail midship balcony cabins. My first cruise we were in a top deck suite & I remember being tossed around along w the furniture during a storm. 2 features I would insist upon is a full circle open promenade & an aft pool...so let's start...we may not get Lalique but we can copy.
  17. I just thought today about the best of the old liners & if someone rebuilt them would there be enough demand for this type of cruise ships. With respectful recreation & some modernization i would love it. With the FRANCE, I liked the first redo but hated it when they added extra decks. It would be nice to see some new "SHIPS OF STATE" w the best of artists, designers & engineering. What do you all think??? 🚢
  18. I just thought today about the best of the old liners & if someone rebuilt them would there be enough demand for this type of cruise ships. With respectful recreation & some modernization i would love it. With the FRANCE, I liked the first redo but hated it when they added extra decks. It would be nice to see some new "SHIPS OF STATE" w the best of artists, designers & engineering. What do you all think??? 🚢
  19. Actually most mid & larger shipshape to tender into St George because of the very small/narrow passage into the harbor. The last time we did it(dock in St George that is) was on the old celebrity Zenith.
  20. If I may add something here... The FRANCE & QE2 were built as true ocean liners w first & "second class"..w the ability to do one class cruises. The ships were built w extra strong hulls to withstand the North Atlantic and also deeper drafts. Cruise ships 🚢 later on were built w shallower drafts enabling them into ports such as the Carib, Mediterranean etc. Since the draft of the FRANCE was so deep, she & QE2 were not able to dock in ports w shallow harbors like St. Thomas. The tenders on the NORWAY not only facilitated the off loading of passengers & crew but also added years to her life. Anyone that sailed in FRANCE & QE2 know the difference between those great oceanliners & the newer cruise ships . I loved sailing in the FRANCE, THE NORWAY & QE2. Knut Kluster took a big risk & certainly was much more a visionary, creative, imaginative & quality driven business man. Fortunately for some of us, we were able to experience his dream.
  21. Since the rules have changed a bit now it seems we'll be able to cruise again(on this high seas).... I was just wondering who is ready to go & booked a cruise in the next 6 months??? 🚢 ⚓ 🛳
  22. Thanks ShipGeeks...will do.... I did see some chairs from the FRANCE & dining set w 4 chairs from the ss United States... Ideally I'd like to put together a room from the FRANCE or the Italian Line.... Thank you all for the info.
  23. When QM2 had its first couple of years we sailed on a FEBRUARY, 13 day carib cruise out of NYC/MANHATTAN WESTSIDE PIERS...I'd do it again in a second
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