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About ShmuelCharlie

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    Alexandria, VA
  • Interests
    Cruising;reading; coin, lapel pin, magnet and coffee mug collecting
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, RCCL, HAL, Princess (starting in 2/20)
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal. France, UK, Turkey, Israel
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  1. I would rather have Congresswoman MTG come along to kneecap me for wearing the mask! lol
  2. Regarding the Wow bands, do they function like Disney's MagicBands, enabling resort guests and park visitors to not only unlock hotel room doors, but also enter the parks, and buy stuff at the food and souvenir stands? I ask because the last time I was aboard an RCCL ship was in December '18 for an Allure cruise, and that ship didn't have Wow bands for its pax. So which RCCL ships do require them to be worn?
  3. I'm guessing that if the tracelet were worn on a lanyard, it will probably resemble Princess's Ocean Medallion. That said, I wouldn't mind having it around my neck as a lanyard or as a bracelet on my right wrist. That said, what happens while you're wearing the device? For example, if you're in a queue at the security checkpoint to debark the ship for a shore excursion, does a crew member approach you to take a reading on a scanner?
  4. The "tracelet" looks like something Disney or Princess developed in a lab and then sent to a factory to be made by the thousands. Question: can it be used to order drinks, unlock cabin doors, and buy stuff aboard, or it just used to trace people aboard and/or ashore? Can you get a tracelet in a particular color or is it issued in just one color? Thanks.
  5. “So a Penguin, a Horse and Polar Bear walk into a bar on the Edge..." Then they all get roped-in to join the performers doing the immersive Cirque d'Soleil dinner show. However, the polar bear will have eaten the penguin and the horse will be laughing aloud at the spectacle only to be eaten later. By that time, everybody will have left the lounge in sheer fright except for the polar bear--who is revealed to be Liddle Donny Trump in a costume.
  6. I haven't been aboard the Edge class ships yet because I have a personal policy not to go aboard new ships until the "bugs" have been ironed out via constant operations of the vessels. That said, from what I've seen in independent YouTube video guides, the only things that make Edge stand out are that Magic Carpet thing on the starboard side of the ship; the Infinite Verandah cabins; the immersive Cirque d'Soleil-type dinner shows; and the Rooftop Garden with those weird sculptures. Maybe those new features will entice pax to book cabins for vacays or maybe they won't. Frankly, tho
  7. I have a question for the OP (Original Poster): how did this issue arise in the first place? Frankly, though, many cruise lines have rules that are seldom enforced. For example, how many patrons of RCCL's and Celebrity's Solarium have seen young people under the posted age limit of 16 enter the venue and the pool stewards do nada to enforce that rule? Another example, how many times have you seen chair hogs actually get their stuff removed by the pool staff and taken to Lost and Found when the occupant has been away from his or her chair after 30 minutes? Answer: seldom. How about little kids
  8. Thanks for the correction, Island Lady. I'm really not all that familiar w/how Oasis Class ships are designed to dock--starboard side--as you have just advised me. That said, some of the ships I've been on either dock on the port side or the starboard side--wherever the pier was located. In Barcelona, ships dock on the port side so that they head out to sea bow first and no turning was needed. Same thing occasionally happens w/Rome-Civitavecchia: port side docking to head out to sea w/o doing a 360 degree turn. OTOH, for other ports such as Lisbon, Livorno, Naples, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Labad
  9. I thought that the Baked Alaska parade had stopped because one woman's blue hair caught on fire from the sparklers atop the cake, and the cruise line whose ship had seen that situation happen wanted to avoid liability suits. I don't miss the parade that much, even though some of it was amusing when the servers wore gorilla costumes to dance w/the pax. Nowadays, I prefer doing the Macarena during the parade of chefs and servers on the second formal night of the sailing. That's fun!
  10. Regarding nightly turndown services w/chocolates on the pillows, I think that Celebrity stopped putting those candies on pillows for everybody below Suite folks, but then only the Suite occupants got the candies. However, Princess still offers candies on pillows for their guests, regardless of what kind of cabin they occupy. I agree w/you about those damned roving photographers in the MDR.
  11. I don't know about RCCL having these groups, but I do recall being aboard a competing vessel where there was a singing headwaiter in the MDR taking song requests. That said, I think I recall Celebrity having violinists taking requests as they strolled the MDR.
  12. Oh yeah, right--a giant Lego block. All he has to do is accidentally step on it and he'll go down hard, screaming with pain.
  13. Of course not, especially if RCI has issued bonds or authorized new shares to sell to current or new investors for continuing operations.
  14. You mean way back in '69 when they first started operating as a cruise line with two ships, the Song of Norway and the Song of America? How many C&A Society members have a cruise history that go back that far? They're probably at the Pinnacle Tier by now or beyond.
  15. I wish I could help you but my experience in using my Visa to make deposits and final payments to RCI has been nothing but positive. Ditto w/Princess: very good experience using my Visa for last February's Coral Princess sailing to South America.
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