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  1. After a class action law suit about 20 years ago, cruise lines are very strictly limited as to what they can include in "port taxes and fees", and basically none of what you list above can legally be included.
  2. No, the ocean won't heave up, just like a tsunami in the open ocean is hardly felt. Water, being liquid, will dissipate any motion from an earthquake in a lateral motion. It is when the lateral movement of the water reaches shallow areas that waves build, and you get a tsunami. I was onboard the Pride of Aloha in Honolulu when the earthquake (6.6) hit just north of the Big Island. The tremors tripped all the power stations on Oahu, but the ship only felt a small "wiggle", about like a tug boat had butted into the ship a little hard.
  3. But I would still let the water sit for a couple hours to let the chlorine dissipate.
  4. SOME ship's water is made the same as commercial distilled water. Some is not. Many ships either have a Reverse Osmosis watermaker (doesn't even come close to distilled), or a combination of a distiller and an RO unit. Further, many ships take on municipal water when their itinerary does not allow sufficient time for the ship's watermakers to keep up. Further, if the water is made by distillation on the ship, that water is slightly acidic, and attacks the ship's piping, so the ship will "reharden" the water by passing it through calcium carbonate (the active ingredient in Tums), so there w
  5. Yes, the Herald initiated the ISM code, and started the toughening of the STCW Convention.
  6. Tell that to "Charlie", the "man who never returned", from the Kingston Trio song. Also the namesake of the "Charlie Card" monthly pass on the MBTA.
  7. For the ports in Maine, I can give some insight. Bar Harbor is very hilly, and the ramp from the tender dock is very steep. Sidewalks in Maine suffer greatly from winter frost heaves, and many are brick, so they are not flat and smooth. For Portland, the downtown area is also hilly, and the sidewalks are mainly brick, and some of the streets are cobblestone, so again, not real scooter friendly, though I do see them about town. While all of Portland's buses can handle two chairs at a time, I'm not sure the small scale transportation in Bar Harbor can. Also, due to the historical nature of
  8. Worldwide, mariner's wages have not stagnated, but they have in the US. In the old days, the US government paid a subsidy to shipowners that covered the difference between operating a US flag ship or a foreign flag ship. When that subsidy ended in the 80's, salaries suffered. So, the dollar salary has remained the same, but of course the purchasing power of those dollars is much less. The pool of mariners, including officers, is dwindling, especially among developed nations, and this is leading to less qualified officers and crew. For European officers, they do typically take a
  9. Food & Beverage Manager handles both the restaurants and the bars. Equal to the F&B Manager is the Executive Housekeeper who handles the accommodations. Both then report to the Hotel Manager, or Hotel Director.
  10. It's a typical cruise line "promotion". Give them a new title, do the same job, get the same pay, maybe a couple of new perks to go with a new stripe. A few years back, NCL changed the maitre 'd to "Restaurant Manager" for each restaurant. Each reported to F&B Director.
  11. As someone who has fought shipboard fires, and drilled on shipboard emergencies for decades, and also was the on-scene commander for a cruise ship, I can say that the chance of a cigarette blowing into another cabin and starting a fire is pretty remote. Even the investigators of the Star Princess fire, where they assumed a cigarette was the cause (because they could find no definitive cause), tried, in laboratory conditions to ignite a Princess line towel with a cigarette, and were unable to do so. Cigarettes need pretty specific conditions of atmosphere and combustible material to actually
  12. Well, along with the customs duty, back in the day, there was the construction and operating subsidies that the federal government paid to the shipowner for the difference between building a ship overseas, or operating as foreign flag, compared to US flag.
  13. In part, yes, because at the time I started out, pay was very, very good for mariners. It has stagnated for US mariners for the last 45 years. But, really, I like machinery, and marine engineering allows for working on some of the largest engines in the world, and also being the "Maytag repairman" (US advertising joke, you probably don't know what it is), where you have to be able to repair anything and everything on the ship, since you can't call someone to come fix it. The extra cost for a second superstructure is because there will still need to be a superstructure aft for the
  14. DeMillo's floating restaurant here in Portland is an example. He took an old ferry and converted it to a restaurant. Then the hull started leaking, so they build a barge around her, and filled it with concrete (so there is no "void" to need inspection by insurance. Since the weight of the restaurant and patrons was much less than the weight of the cars that she used to carry, the buoyancy was there to support the concrete.
  15. Actually, the US repair thing is not just for PVSA/Jones Act ships. All US flag ships must either have maintenance/repair done in the US, or pay customs duty on the cost of overseas repairs. The duty rate is 50%. Currently, my company takes all their tankers to Grand Bahamas for shipyards, because even with a 50% "tax" added, they are still cheaper than US yards. This duty on maintenance/repairs goes to everything done on a ship, other than cleaning of holds. When I worked container ships, if we had a tech come on in Brazil to repair a crane, and he used a part that we had bought in the U
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