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On 5/24/2020 at 12:47 PM, zitsky said:

 

I get your point but who gets to decide "what's right"?  Chuch leaders, politicians, internet posters etc?  We can talk about common sense but there is not much agreement on that.

Zitsky, it is widely believed that humans lost common sense with Adam & Eve.  I agree with that.  I have not seen much evidence of common sense on this planet going all the way back to Biblical times.😀

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With buffets, doing table service is a way to prevent crowding.  While they'll need to hire more crew members to provide buffet table service compared to self serve, table service will solve the problem of needing the crew to enforce social distancing and prevent crowding at the buffet.  Ports are demanding ships work with regulators to ensure rules are created and enforced.  I was just at a casino which reopened this weekend, while there were social distance stickers on the floor in front the ATMs, it blocked a major walkway.  Many people didn't have a problem walking in between two people standing six feet apart waiting in line.  Like other cruise lines, the first and last day guest services can have well over 100+ people waiting in line and there simply might not be enough floor real estate to accommodate everyone during peak times.  The only problem I have with table service, I just sense the whole process taking a lot of time.  10min wait in line to check in with a hostess, given a pager or perhaps they'll update the app to the allow restaurant notifications, 10min wait for a table, 10mins to see waitstaff, 10mins until your food is on the table.  If that's the case, I'd rather go to the MDR.

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The X buffet is here to stay. It will live to cruise another day. In a different format, thank goodness. Self-serve will give way to plated food. An easy transition that will lessen exposure to the hygienically challenged. 

 

It is a pasture, of sorts. A place where the herd gathers for impromptu grazing and unsystematic socializing, Unfortunately, beyond the mounds of food and greasy spoons, we find the occasional couth-free grazer. Pure, unadulterated, revolting gluttony. Etiquette is non-existent, as is consideration for others. No one and nothing else exists. These folks give buffets a bad reputation. They will never go away. 

 

Will mitigating the system and the conditions make a difference? To an extent, I'm sure they will. Of course, most of us never see what goes on behind the scenes in food preparation. Would we ever eat again beyond the confines of our humble abodes?

 

I will continue to enjoy the buffet when it suits my purpose. When next we cruise, if you folks see any unsavory characters near me, please keep that to yourself. Unless, of course, it's you.

 

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3 hours ago, Spif Barwunkel said:

The X buffet is here to stay. It will live to cruise another day. In a different format, thank goodness. Self-serve will give way to plated food. An easy transition that will lessen exposure to the hygienically challenged. 

 

It is a pasture, of sorts. A place where the herd gathers for impromptu grazing and unsystematic socializing, Unfortunately, beyond the mounds of food and greasy spoons, we find the occasional couth-free grazer. Pure, unadulterated, revolting gluttony. Etiquette is non-existent, as is consideration for others. No one and nothing else exists. These folks give buffets a bad reputation. They will never go away. 

 

Will mitigating the system and the conditions make a difference? To an extent, I'm sure they will. Of course, most of us never see what goes on behind the scenes in food preparation. Would we ever eat again beyond the confines of our humble abodes?

 

I will continue to enjoy the buffet when it suits my purpose. When next we cruise, if you folks see any unsavory characters near me, please keep that to yourself. Unless, of course, it's you.

 

 

If people see inappropriate behavior I hope they speak up.  Regardless of who they are, what status they have or how often they post on Facebook. 

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1 hour ago, zitsky said:

 

If people see inappropriate behavior I hope they speak up.  Regardless of who they are, what status they have or how often they post on Facebook. 

My bad, a tongue-in-cheek comment. I meant, don't let me know. Of course you should notify someone with the authority to do something. 

Edited by Spif Barwunkel

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Posted (edited)

I do the same thing as happy cruzer with bread, never touch the part eaten.  People I am with still break the large table bread at our table , with hands and put it back in the bread basket .

Edited by jotjot

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2 hours ago, zitsky said:

 

If people see inappropriate behavior I hope they speak up.  Regardless of who they are, what status they have or how often they post on Facebook. 

 

We can't control the chair hogs, spoon lickers at the buffet table on a cruise, is it any wonder with death count closing on 100K and many more uncounted we get this?

 

 

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9 hours ago, chipmaster said:

 

We can't control the chair hogs, spoon lickers at the buffet table on a cruise, is it any wonder with death count closing on 100K and many more uncounted we get this?

 

 

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 " Yu ain't gonna tell ME what to do -- I got my rites "  

" If i dye- well, ????? "

Idiots !!!

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19 minutes ago, Pinboy said:

 " Yu ain't gonna tell ME what to do -- I got my rites "  

" If i dye- well, ????? "

Idiots !!!

Last "rites" for sure.

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10 hours ago, jotjot said:

I do the same thing as happy cruzer with bread, never touch the part eaten.  People I am with still break the large table bread at our table , with hands and put it back in the bread basket .

In the MDR I have had people at my table usually large tables pick up bread from basket then put it back and take another one. Same people who double dip in the butter dish which is meant for the table.  I ask for my own dinner roll and individual butters that are wrapped in foil.  

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10 hours ago, chipmaster said:

 

We can't control the chair hogs, spoon lickers at the buffet table on a cruise, is it any wonder with death count closing on 100K and many more uncounted we get this?

 

 

memorial day stupid.JPG

 

Some Forrest Gump quotes come to mind.

 

"Stupid is as stupid does."

 

"Mama always said, dying was a part of life.  I sure wish it wasn't"

 

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9 minutes ago, drakes2 said:

In the MDR I have had people at my table usually large tables pick up bread from basket then put it back and take another one. Same people who double dip in the butter dish which is meant for the table.  I ask for my own dinner roll and individual butters that are wrapped in foil.  

That's why we always request a table for 2  and have met many nice people close by for " easy " chatting.

I'm not including the " loud mouth "  wearing his cowboy hat in Murano --- and the same " jerk " was in the Lawn Club Grill when we were there.  

As you mentioned earlier,  you usually travel solo, I would invite you to sit at our table anytime . 

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12 minutes ago, Pinboy said:

That's why we always request a table for 2  and have met many nice people close by for " easy " chatting.

I'm not including the " loud mouth "  wearing his cowboy hat in Murano --- and the same " jerk " was in the Lawn Club Grill when we were there.  

As you mentioned earlier,  you usually travel solo, I would invite you to sit at our table anytime . 

We actually also saw a guy wearing a cowboy hat in Murano on our last cruise in September.

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4 minutes ago, yorky said:

We actually also saw a guy wearing a cowboy hat in Murano on our last cruise in September.

As long as his rattlesnake skin boots were shined and his bolo tie straight, no problem.

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26 minutes ago, drakes2 said:

In the MDR I have had people at my table usually large tables pick up bread from basket then put it back and take another one. Same people who double dip in the butter dish which is meant for the table.  I ask for my own dinner roll and individual butters that are wrapped in foil.  

 

An issue with most dining venues including the MDR, you had to hand your keycard to the hostess, they swipe and give it back.  Surely that will be a thing of the past.

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Just now, Spif Barwunkel said:

As long as his rattlesnake skin boots were shined and his bolo tie straight, no problem.

The whole " package " goes well with his "Big Mouth " ---  

Mind you, the pretty lady with him was beautifully groomed, laughed at everything he " blabbed ", and is probably 25 yrs younger. 

Hey, I gotta be careful not to offend anyone or I'll get the " boot " from CC.

 

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16 minutes ago, yorky said:

We actually also saw a guy wearing a cowboy hat in Murano on our last cruise in September.

 

New dress code for Murano when cruising starts up again.

 

 

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10 minutes ago, TeeRick said:

 

New dress code for Murano when cruising starts up again.

 

 

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Funny!  PRC_150815500.jpg.757eff86b4346173a9752c2213d256e9.jpgOr this...

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48 minutes ago, NutsAboutGolf said:

 

An issue with most dining venues including the MDR, you had to hand your keycard to the hostess, they swipe and give it back.  Surely that will be a thing of the past.

Agree. From this point moving forward, no staff/server should be handling our Sea Pass cards. 

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1 hour ago, Pinboy said:

As you mentioned earlier,  you usually travel solo, I would invite you to sit at our table anytime . 

Thank you. That is very kind of you to offer. I usually request a table of 8 - 10 people so there is always someone to talk with. One of the couples I had a pre cruise dinner with on my last sailing changed their dining table to sit with me and as it turned out there were 4 solo ladies 2 of which had birthdays. Lots of fun going to shows, martini bars and late night dance parties.  

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1 hour ago, yorky said:

We actually also saw a guy wearing a cowboy hat in Murano on our last cruise in September.

 

On my last cruise, on formal night, I saw a guy wearing bib overalls.....  While he wasn't turned away, he was asked to dress appropriately the next time.

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30 minutes ago, davekathy said:

Agree. From this point moving forward, no staff/server should be handling our Sea Pass cards. 

 

For the X fleet, at least the Edge and Apex use proximity cards (RFID chipped cards) where you wave them over a reader.  Even on CCLs newest ships they used proximity cards as well so this was seemingly inevitable cruise line wide.  I've only been on the Sol which certainly did not have them in June 2019.  While I'd prefer a solution for the readers to scan my card or smartphone without the need to remove it from my pocket, proximity cards are a welcome change.

Edited by NutsAboutGolf

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20 hours ago, NutsAboutGolf said:

 

For the X fleet, at least the Edge and Apex use proximity cards (RFID chipped cards) where you wave them over a reader.  Even on CCLs newest ships they used proximity cards as well so this was seemingly inevitable cruise line wide.  I've only been on the Sol which certainly did not have them in June 2019.  While I'd prefer a solution for the readers to scan my card or smartphone without the need to remove it from my pocket, proximity cards are a welcome change.

"Proximity cards" on Princess ships have been an abject failure.  They can be "spoofed" into adding items on your cruise bill.  Princess uses them for tracking the whereabouts of passengers.  They enable the bar tender to call you by name - not something I want or need.  The "medallion" batteries run out quickly on some devices requiring the device to be replaced.  They unlock your cabin door - if close enough and that may be their only advantage to the passenger.  The rest of the advantages all go to the cruise line enabling them to  build a database on your movements, shopping, drinking habits, etc., so they can inundate you with advertisements and "deals."

Edited by Ride-The-Waves

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On 5/26/2020 at 10:49 PM, chipmaster said:

 

We can't control the chair hogs, spoon lickers at the buffet table on a cruise, is it any wonder with death count closing on 100K and many more uncounted we get this?

 

 

memorial day stupid.JPG

Same people who refuse to wear a mask in a store or crowded spaces.  

 

If these people actually want a smaller, less-intrusive government, then they cannot talk only about liberty and rights; they also have to talk about duty and obligations.

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