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    twangster got a reaction from TessFromFlorida in Bluetooth Speaker in room?   
    Yes.  I've had them as neighbors.  Worse yet is when they use it on their balcony at volumes that ruin so many other's balcony experience.  
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    twangster got a reaction from CruiseGus in Bluetooth Speaker in room?   
    Yes.  I've had them as neighbors.  Worse yet is when they use it on their balcony at volumes that ruin so many other's balcony experience.  
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    twangster got a reaction from CruiseGus in Bluetooth Speaker in room?   
    Bring one if it's important to you.  Just be respectful of your neighbors.  Cabin walls have very little sound insulation.  Noise is one thing but if you listen to music with it keep the volume and bass down. 
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    twangster got a reaction from CruiseGus in Man Overboard!!   
    Unless directly involved it would be a difficult legal argument to involve family in any punishment for choices made by one adult.
    If a person drives a car drunk and injures someone else, would you punish the family?  If so, why stop with family?
    It's more likely friends or in some cases neighbors that live on the same street have a better insight into an individual's mental state and substance abuse patterns.  Would you punish a neighbor who has insight or knowledge that a person has driven drunk before?  What about illicit drug use?  Of course not.
    Punishing the individual who survives with a ban is appropriate if for no other reason than to make sure there is not another attempt on a company vessel. 
    Unless there is evidence that other people were involved with the poor choices made they limit the response to the person who made the poor choice, assuming they survive.
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    twangster got a reaction from Snotarni in Man Overboard!!   
    Unless directly involved it would be a difficult legal argument to involve family in any punishment for choices made by one adult.
    If a person drives a car drunk and injures someone else, would you punish the family?  If so, why stop with family?
    It's more likely friends or in some cases neighbors that live on the same street have a better insight into an individual's mental state and substance abuse patterns.  Would you punish a neighbor who has insight or knowledge that a person has driven drunk before?  What about illicit drug use?  Of course not.
    Punishing the individual who survives with a ban is appropriate if for no other reason than to make sure there is not another attempt on a company vessel. 
    Unless there is evidence that other people were involved with the poor choices made they limit the response to the person who made the poor choice, assuming they survive.
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    twangster got a reaction from michaelp1446 in Bluetooth Speaker in room?   
    Bring one if it's important to you.  Just be respectful of your neighbors.  Cabin walls have very little sound insulation.  Noise is one thing but if you listen to music with it keep the volume and bass down. 
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    twangster got a reaction from TessFromFlorida in Bluetooth Speaker in room?   
    Bring one if it's important to you.  Just be respectful of your neighbors.  Cabin walls have very little sound insulation.  Noise is one thing but if you listen to music with it keep the volume and bass down. 
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    twangster got a reaction from Pattycruise in Bluetooth Speaker in room?   
    Bring one if it's important to you.  Just be respectful of your neighbors.  Cabin walls have very little sound insulation.  Noise is one thing but if you listen to music with it keep the volume and bass down. 
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    twangster got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Bluetooth Speaker in room?   
    Bring one if it's important to you.  Just be respectful of your neighbors.  Cabin walls have very little sound insulation.  Noise is one thing but if you listen to music with it keep the volume and bass down. 
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    twangster got a reaction from Neesa in Bluetooth Speaker in room?   
    Bring one if it's important to you.  Just be respectful of your neighbors.  Cabin walls have very little sound insulation.  Noise is one thing but if you listen to music with it keep the volume and bass down. 
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    twangster got a reaction from CharmMicah68 in Icon no power, water, AC   
    Where was the ship?
    I’ve had this occur on Oasis.  I think they were switching fuel sources as they approached Florida.  They can’t run crude in port.  Normally the switch over is seamless.  Sometimes it can trip.  
     
    Ship happens.  
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    twangster reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Mattresses   
    Not until you get up into the highest level suites and even THOSE are sometimes hard as a rock.
    I will say this - we just sailed on Wonder in an average balcony and that was the most comfortable mattress I have EVER slept on, on a ship and that includes the Star Class rooms that we have had !  That mattress on Wonder was nearly as comfortable as my [very expensive] mattress at home.
    Royal made an enormous mattress buy a number of years ago and replaced a huge number of their mattresses.  Whoever made that purchase should be required to sleep on one of those torture devices EVERY night for the rest of their lives.  I think perhaps those awful mattresses are being replaced with "better" ones since Royal got such an earful over those awful mattresses.
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    twangster got a reaction from foxrunner in Transatlantic cruise   
    It's up to the Captain. 
    Just like some cruises in the Caribbean never change time and some do.  Heck I was on a B2B where it changed time the first loop but didn't on the second.  
    Having said that, many Captains choose the noon time change as its easier on crew eastbound or so as it was explained on more than Captain's Corner.
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    twangster got a reaction from PPPJJ-GCVAB in Icon no power, water, AC   
    Where was the ship?
    I’ve had this occur on Oasis.  I think they were switching fuel sources as they approached Florida.  They can’t run crude in port.  Normally the switch over is seamless.  Sometimes it can trip.  
     
    Ship happens.  
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    twangster got a reaction from Mary Sue in Grand Cayman at a crossroads over cruise traffic   
    Tourism never benefits every citizen directly.  That doesn’t mean it doesn’t contribute to the  local economy.  It employs people.  Not everyone, but it does employ some people.  
    When you are a benefactor you support tourism.  When you are not you couldn’t care.  Same story everywhere.  
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    twangster got a reaction from Jamesszy94 in Australia/NZ Cruising News   
    Short cruises can still have distances to get there and with normal hours in port the ship is burning fuel running multiple engines while not at the pier yet.  The typical four night itinerary has a sea day so burning fuel 24 hours.
    Tampa's five night cruises are considered short but requires the ship run higher speeds to make it to Mexico.  
    There are very few shore power ports today.   Vancouver has had shore power available for twenty years, it just hasn't been legally mandatory.  Los Angeles is another but shore power isn't free.  California doesn't want air pollution that gets trapped by the mountains and lingers for days.  In California 67% of the grid comes from non-renewable sources with natural gas the largest source making up 37% yet LNG ships are still required to plug in to shore power.   It's about moving the pollution somewhere else and it's a revenue source.  With a nearly $4k vessel commissioning charge so that ships are allowed to plug in where they are then charged around $300 per hour means that it would be cheaper to run on diesel but that isn't allowed by law.  Rates are set by the terminal operator usually a port authority of some sort, who typically have to show a profit on their balance sheets.  Someone has to pay for the shore power infrastructure that cost the port to install.  It isn't taxpayers paying for it.  It's the ships.
    A seven night cruise doesn't mean the ship is hauling full out between every port. Many itineraries are built to avoid that.   In fact with new speed restrictions (to lower emissions) the distant port legs have been eliminated in most cases. 
    The reason Royal is leaning towards short cruises is all about serving the new to cruise market that is the demographic making up the majority of their customers right now.  For example, with less than 3% of all Americans having ever been on a cruise before, the 97% is their target.  New to cruise don't want to commit to seven nights in case they don't like it or get sea sick.   That 97% are the people filling ships right now.
    Short cruises allow them to charge more per night since the overall price tag remains low and within reach for more folks.  
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    twangster got a reaction from Neesa in Complaint escalation   
    One time a family member had a change to their graduation date from boot camp and I had to walk away from a cruise.  I lost all my cruise money. (but I was at the graduation).  Another time a real estate deal had a hiccup that required I meet with the seller on short notice and if I didn't the deal would fall through.  I lost all my cruise money (but I eventually closed on the deal).
    Neither were covered events for travel insurance purposes.  In both cases I decided something else was more important.  That was my choice.
    Those were the terms I agreed to when I booked and paid for the cruise.  There was no recourse.  There is no appealing for life events that warrant missing a cruise.  
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    twangster got a reaction from Nicki in Transportation to Port Canaveral   
    A new station closer to the port was just announced last week but will take a couple of years to complete.  
    In the future the answer is yes, currently the answer is no.  
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    twangster got a reaction from cruisellama in Icon no power, water, AC   
    Where was the ship?
    I’ve had this occur on Oasis.  I think they were switching fuel sources as they approached Florida.  They can’t run crude in port.  Normally the switch over is seamless.  Sometimes it can trip.  
     
    Ship happens.  
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    twangster got a reaction from Va4fam in Transatlantic cruise   
    As someone living in the US I prefer to fly to Europe and sailing west to America.
    The one way flights to Europe are cheaper as there are major taxes when booking flights originating in Europe to America.  
    The time changes occur at 2am and you gain an hour day after day.  
    On eastbound (from America to Europe) the time changes are midday.  It's 11:59am and then it's 1pm.  Day after day of losing an hour sucks.  It feels like all you are doing is sleeping, eating and repeating.  Losing an hour makes it feel like you just had lunch and now it's dinner time.   After a few days happy hour starts at what feels like early afternoon because it is or was, a few days ago.  If you are into day drinking you're good.  I'm not.  
    I'll book a TA either way and still have a great cruise, I just prefer flying to Europe and sailing home to America.  When possible I book the last Europe cruise of the season and the subsequent TA to America as a B2B.  Often this means fewer crowds on the last cruise of the season because its off peak followed by some 25 hour days on the TA home.
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    twangster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Transatlantic cruise   
    As someone living in the US I prefer to fly to Europe and sailing west to America.
    The one way flights to Europe are cheaper as there are major taxes when booking flights originating in Europe to America.  
    The time changes occur at 2am and you gain an hour day after day.  
    On eastbound (from America to Europe) the time changes are midday.  It's 11:59am and then it's 1pm.  Day after day of losing an hour sucks.  It feels like all you are doing is sleeping, eating and repeating.  Losing an hour makes it feel like you just had lunch and now it's dinner time.   After a few days happy hour starts at what feels like early afternoon because it is or was, a few days ago.  If you are into day drinking you're good.  I'm not.  
    I'll book a TA either way and still have a great cruise, I just prefer flying to Europe and sailing home to America.  When possible I book the last Europe cruise of the season and the subsequent TA to America as a B2B.  Often this means fewer crowds on the last cruise of the season because its off peak followed by some 25 hour days on the TA home.
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    twangster got a reaction from Neesa in Icon no power, water, AC   
    Where was the ship?
    I’ve had this occur on Oasis.  I think they were switching fuel sources as they approached Florida.  They can’t run crude in port.  Normally the switch over is seamless.  Sometimes it can trip.  
     
    Ship happens.  
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    twangster got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Transatlantic cruise   
    As someone living in the US I prefer to fly to Europe and sailing west to America.
    The one way flights to Europe are cheaper as there are major taxes when booking flights originating in Europe to America.  
    The time changes occur at 2am and you gain an hour day after day.  
    On eastbound (from America to Europe) the time changes are midday.  It's 11:59am and then it's 1pm.  Day after day of losing an hour sucks.  It feels like all you are doing is sleeping, eating and repeating.  Losing an hour makes it feel like you just had lunch and now it's dinner time.   After a few days happy hour starts at what feels like early afternoon because it is or was, a few days ago.  If you are into day drinking you're good.  I'm not.  
    I'll book a TA either way and still have a great cruise, I just prefer flying to Europe and sailing home to America.  When possible I book the last Europe cruise of the season and the subsequent TA to America as a B2B.  Often this means fewer crowds on the last cruise of the season because its off peak followed by some 25 hour days on the TA home.
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    twangster got a reaction from SplashOfWater in Transatlantic cruise   
    As someone living in the US I prefer to fly to Europe and sailing west to America.
    The one way flights to Europe are cheaper as there are major taxes when booking flights originating in Europe to America.  
    The time changes occur at 2am and you gain an hour day after day.  
    On eastbound (from America to Europe) the time changes are midday.  It's 11:59am and then it's 1pm.  Day after day of losing an hour sucks.  It feels like all you are doing is sleeping, eating and repeating.  Losing an hour makes it feel like you just had lunch and now it's dinner time.   After a few days happy hour starts at what feels like early afternoon because it is or was, a few days ago.  If you are into day drinking you're good.  I'm not.  
    I'll book a TA either way and still have a great cruise, I just prefer flying to Europe and sailing home to America.  When possible I book the last Europe cruise of the season and the subsequent TA to America as a B2B.  Often this means fewer crowds on the last cruise of the season because its off peak followed by some 25 hour days on the TA home.
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    twangster got a reaction from FloatyBoaty in Transatlantic cruise   
    As someone living in the US I prefer to fly to Europe and sailing west to America.
    The one way flights to Europe are cheaper as there are major taxes when booking flights originating in Europe to America.  
    The time changes occur at 2am and you gain an hour day after day.  
    On eastbound (from America to Europe) the time changes are midday.  It's 11:59am and then it's 1pm.  Day after day of losing an hour sucks.  It feels like all you are doing is sleeping, eating and repeating.  Losing an hour makes it feel like you just had lunch and now it's dinner time.   After a few days happy hour starts at what feels like early afternoon because it is or was, a few days ago.  If you are into day drinking you're good.  I'm not.  
    I'll book a TA either way and still have a great cruise, I just prefer flying to Europe and sailing home to America.  When possible I book the last Europe cruise of the season and the subsequent TA to America as a B2B.  Often this means fewer crowds on the last cruise of the season because its off peak followed by some 25 hour days on the TA home.
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