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About graphicguy

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  1. Glad you liked it. Never heard anything. Have a great cruise!
  2. ^^^^^^^ I still can’t see how the dealers would know how much is in the tip boxes at the ed of the day to say someone skimmed. Hospitality industry feeds off making you want to tip them, and tip them a lot. Who does or doesn’t know what hospitality people will do or say to up their tips?
  3. That’s what I was getting to. They wouldn’t know how much would be in the tip boxes. So, no way to know how much in tips one way or their other they are splitting or what amount was in the boxes at the end of the day. Sounds like they are all trying to maximize tips by stating they are somehow being shorted.
  4. This all sounds a bit flaky to me. The tips go into a box that pit bosses and dealers have access to. They can’t know how much is in the tip box. It’s collected over serveral shifts and several dealers so how would any of them know how much is in the box at the end of the day/night? Perhaps a little sympathy generation activities?
  5. Pics from a full AFT Suite on the Gem....
  6. Well...apparently CC doesn’t like my link with pics. Let me see if I can track them down.
  7. Not missing much if you book a full suite vs Haven on the GEM. Haven is tiny. I had an AFT Full Suite on the GEM. Still had concierge and butler. Was able to eat breakfast in Moderno every day, which is where the Concieerge had her desk. Some pics of my GEM cruise..... https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2680219)GEM-Bahamas-Aft
  8. Oooohhhhh....tough choice. Sailed Harmony which is similar to Symphony. Also sailed Breakaway, also a very nice ship. I have to say, I absolutely love the “WaterFront” on the Breakaway, and spent a lot of time there every day. Plenty of relaxing, dining and drinking areas overlooking the ocean. Just a very nice feature. Plus, I really liked the drink package and entertainment that NCL offers. Can’t go wrong with either, but if Symphony is more expensive, that makes it a no brainer. Sail Breakaway.
  9. Weather changes dramatically, and quickly. And, I can give a first hand account of how weather can affect a ship as large as the Escape. It’s one of the largest cruise ships at sea. The ship went from “smooth sailing” one minute to throwing me out of bed the next....it happened very quickly. What you’re missing is the fact that with high winds, also comes high waves. Docking with high winds and high waves is tricky, at best. At worst (like with 100+ knot winds), securing a ship the size of the Escape is not only next to impossible, but also dangerous. Walkways would be swaying, making falls likely as debarkation is attempted. Dock workers trying to secure the ropes would be in danger.....there’s all sorts of bad things that can happen in high winds when trying to dock. Just because a ship docked an hour before your scheduled time to dock, doesn’t mean the conditions didn’t change dramatically. Personally, I think I’d be happy that the Captain didn’t attempt to dock in high winds. Shape and height of the ship had nothing to do with it.
  10. I’m certain you all will have a great time. She’s a great ship.
  11. Beautiful ship. I’m sure you’ll have a great time.
  12. Tepanyaki food was very good....plus, the show that went with it was entertaining. Glad you liked it.
  13. ^^^^^^^ I really don’t know. I’ve sailed medium sized ships (RCCL Liberty of the Seas, Carnival Conquest, NCL GEM) and I’ve sailed some of the largest cruise ships (NCL Epic, NCL Escape, NCL -“Away, RCCL Allure of the Seas). I’ve sailed to NASSAU several times. While I’ve missed ports for lots of reasons, I’ve never missed a port because of the shape or height of a ship. Not sure that helps you. I’ve never known a ship to miss a port because of its shape. Again, maybe one of the true nautical experts will see this and give you a more technical explanation. Wish I could provide more info.
  14. Agree about the scallops in Tepanyaki being really good!
  15. Escape docked in Nassau fine. Not thinking height has any type of bearing on whether they can dock. But, I am a passenger and that’s about as nautical as I get!
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