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  1. How rude of you to suggest that we the disabled are somehow second rate citizens and must not go on the same holidays as the fit and able. I must remind you that there are international laws surrounding disabled people and in fact whilst sailing in EU waters there are some very strict extra laws that forbid anybody offering accomodation from excluding and not providing for the disabled.
  2. If the case mentioned is that serious then the doctot should be called
  3. Being disabled myself and having to use either a wheelchair or mobility scooter to get around a ship, I fully appreciate the frustration I embarassingly have to encounter whilst on vacation. For those that are 'able bodied' there is little comprehension of the difficulties that we encounter and I have even been patted on the head in a ship elevator more than once by a condecending fellow passenger and asked if I was having a nice down there! There are three specific times on a cruise that being in a wheelchair/scooter is highly problematic, two of which happen every day: 1) After the muster call on day 1 2) After and just before Dinner 3) After the theatre show Getting to the muster call is ok, as all the elevators are available only to the disabled - however, when the muster drill is over, the whole ship wants either to get back to their cabin or somewhere else than where they are at the moment. Consequencly wheelchair/scooter users have to wait litterally an hour sometimes to get in an elevator. This annoys me as 90% of the passengers could easily walk down the stairs - I cannot in any way. My answer would be to have one lift (elevator), either forward or the stern to be permently reserved for wheelchair/scooter users (I have to stress that kiddies in buggies are not disabled, normally). The way to police this facility is by way of the Sea Pass card by swiping the card across a sensor to call the lift. There are 14 lifts on the Independence of the Seas for instance and one lift, that could be one of the lifts that are out of action on embarkation and disembarkation days on luggage duties, would not cause too much delay to other passengers. Either that or passengers that do not give prioty at the lifts at these crucial times to disabled folk are named and shamed. A "There but for the grace of god" attitude is what is required. I am very much looking forward to the two RCI cruises we are on this year, but not looking forward to the mayhem that some passengers inflict on me and others. I can understand how children don't give a 'monkeys', but to be insulted time and time again by their parents, who think only of themselves is appalling. These people themselves grow old and the fit and healthy amongst them still treat the less fit like something under their shoe. One holiday that no disabled person should go on is one organised by Saga, as the folk that do go on them think only of themselves and fight to be at the front of every queue (line) to be first in everything. So yes, I think that a designated lift is urgently wanted.
  4. Ladies, ladies - lets not fall out on such a trivial matter as vegetables - all you have to do is ask the waiter to ask the maitre 'D to ask the third cook to ask the second cook to ask the chef to always serve you the vegetables that you like and it will happen - trust me. I quote the time when I was on a TransPacific cruise from Bangkok to Cape Town and was served a pre-plated selection of cheese and biscuits dish. On seeing that there was no Stilton, which I love, I asked the waiter if Stilton was available. He returned saying that there was no Stilton aboard, but would Danish Blue do. No I said and left the matter there. The next night the waiter asked me if I would like the cheeseboard again and I said ok, but this time I want to choose the cheese. To my surprise, he came back with a huge selection of cheeses - one of which was Stilton. He had gone to the trouble of asking the third cook to ask the second cook to ask the chef if Stilton was anywhere on the ship. It appeared that in the officers mess, Stilton is served every night - but for that one 30-night cruise, it was served on one select late sitting table as well! Needless to say, our waiter Manuel received a generous tip from me ! Moral of that story is: Always STOP the daily auto gratuity debit, as all waiters and cabin stewards that are not wet behind their ears, alway check which of their customers have done that. Those that have stopped the auto gratuities always receive better service !
  5. The moral of this story maybe is: a) arrive at the correct boarding time and not early b) if the weather is at all inclement on boarding days, old rugs are placed over good ones to keep them clean c) if you boarded at 8:00 am you were not entitled (officially) to have breakfast d) depending on the number of passengers on each cruise, areas are sometimes "chained off" for suite passengers. e) congrats on being able to take 40 cruises, however, you are just a baby compared to some Pinnacle members who have sailed over 100 cruises f) As Forest Gump said "Life is like a box of chocolates" i.e. you gets what you pay for and like flying first class on a plane, the cost bears no resemblance to the overall experience. Suite passengers pay a hefty premium per cruise to occupy a larger and more luxurious cabin, but everything else is the same as what even inside passengers get. What little perks suite passengers do get, like special designated areas on deck and theatres, which by the way RCI don't like doing, as it offends some people, gets a thumbs up from me. g) the money you have paid for 40 cruises may well exceed what someone else is paying for a stay in a suite - I put it too you though, would you rather have sailed to the places you've seen, met the hundreds of new friends you have done, ate the thousands of quality meals you have eaten, seen the hundreds of shows etc. etc etc. attaining the Diamond + status you are now - or be on your first cruise ever in a suite, with all that entails (which is not much in the scheme of things)?????
  6. I quite agree and both my wife and I appreciate the extras that RCI give us for loyalty to the line. What sort of non respect are these people complaining about Deliver42?
  7. Hi Vikki, nice to chat on this forum as well, I agree entirely with what you have said and the humungous fairground ships with different onboard townships etc. is just not our bag. We too have cruised on the, what I would call medium sized - i.e around 90,000 tonns ships and found them to be always having everything we wanted on a ship and also the ability of seing the same person twice during the cruise. These mega cruise ships are cost effective for the cruise line and do offer a family resort style vacation. But they have serious issues being able to visit places where the medium sized ships go. We are both on the Indy to Northern Europe in a few weeks time and I am interested to see how the captain/pilot negotiates into both Hamburg and Oslo, as both ports have quite narrow entries. Is it possible now for the Oassis class to go through either the Panama or Suez canals? I don't think so, and for that reason those ships will be limited to mainly Caribbean areas, which of course is what RCI is all about I suppose.
  8. Hi - I know exactly what you mean and was one of the reasons we decided to give RC a break. To be fair though, the main reason was because at that time, RC had decided to be even more family orientated then they were already. Having a fairground carosel at the back of the ship was the final straw for us and we 'jumped ship' in favour of Princess, Cunard, P&O, Costa, MSC, C&M, NCL and Celebrity, to name but a few. During that time we became Platinum members with Princess, which is similar to being Diamond Crown & Anchor status. Our summary of the different cruise lines we sailed on after RCI is: * Princess - very similar to Celebrity, less family orientated, sailed to lots of destinations that RCI didn't, so was very attractive just for that alone. Decor on all ships was very similar. * Cunard - Very up market, in fact a tad too up market for comfort, as practically every night was a formal affair. That said, the food and service were second to none, as the crew openly stated that they were there to enhance their CV's. Decor on all ships was very similar. * P&O - even though the line is part of the Carnival family, all ships are registered in the UK and, like Cunard, offer a 'British' style of cruise. Food was about the same as RC, but nowhere as good as Celebrity. Decor on all ships was very similar. * Costa - as nearly always full of lively Italians or Spanish, ships were very noisy during the day and sitting on deck you get pestered by entertainment staff to 'join in the fun'. Food was excellent, especially the pasta course. * MSC - the ships themselves are like floating palaces, however, as with Costa are noisy ships. What lets this cruise line down is the total lack of awareness that people that 'criuse' generally like their food. To say the food was awful is being kind. We sailed from Beunos Aires to Southampton and actually LOST 10 pounds each. We have only sailed with CTC once, so don't know how similar the decor is. * C&M (Cruise and Maritime) - This is a British line, that have expanded their fleet by buying older ships from NCL and RCI. We have sailed with them over 10 times, and on the previously owned Norwegian lines ship Marco Polo 4 times. Price of cabins is similar to RCI, but that is the only similarity between them, as apart from painting the funnel with the brand logo, the interior decor is as they were bought - i.e. NCL or RC. Entertainment is lack luster but they do try hard and Bingo (favoured by Brits) unlike on RCI ships, is very user friendly and does not break the bank to participate. The Food is plentiful and of an average to good standard. * NCL - The inventor of the 'Anytime Dining' or as RCI call it 'My Time Dining'. The difference between Anytime Dining and My Time dancing is that on NCL ships you have a vast selection of included venues to choose from - all of which offer a superb dining experience - My Time only aplies to the main restaurant. So NCL wins hands down in that. Decor on all ships was very similar. * Celebrity - Being the up market cousin of RCI and offering a more 'mature' package, but at a more costly price of course, this cruise line is our favourite and they now offer included drinks packages, which is good. The food is excellent, even better than on Cunard ships, unless you are Queens Grill class, which are the only Michelin Star restaurants afloat. Decor on all ships was very similar. Regarding food, what we definately don't like is the ever increasing trend to serve up al dente vegetables that are so hard that they could easily break teeth! More tasty they are yes, but I like to eat my veg, not suck it! We have also found that more and more salt is being added to meals and on some ships we have had to ask that no salt is added. As you can see by my signatures, we have returned to RCI to give them a try once more.
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