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    twangster got a reaction from Traveler in Nightmare cruising experience from Tianjin   
    US statutes do not apply in China.  The CDC has no jurisdiction on a foreign flagged vessel sailing between foreign ports.  No more than the FAA has jurisdiction over a South American airline flying in Asia or anywhere else in the world.  
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    twangster got a reaction from tonyfsu21 in Beach questions with a catch.....   
    Cozumel doesn't really have a beach nearby.  @mpoole3 recently did the 'Fury Catamaran" excursion that went to a beach. 
    https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2018/04/17/excursion-focus-fury-catamaran-cozumel-mexico
    Costa Maya - I walked to the local town but it's much too far to walk with kids.  The port area does have a nice, free pool area.  I've got some photos of the port area in this live blog posting from Liberty a few months ago:
    https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/5671-liberty-22518-7-nights/&do=findComment&comment=59748
    Roatan isn't a friendly port to walk out of the port area with kids IMO.  You can walk around the port area once the masses have done so and moved onto their excursions.  In the same Liberty live blog I have some pictures from the Roatan port area:
    https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/5671-liberty-22518-7-nights/&do=findComment&comment=59499
    and
    https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/5671-liberty-22518-7-nights/&do=findComment&comment=59596
     
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    twangster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Booking Question   
    So is that a compliment or... I guess I'll leave this one alone.
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    twangster got a reaction from JLMoran in Booking Question   
    So is that a compliment or... I guess I'll leave this one alone.
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    twangster got a reaction from Garnet21 in Refunds on Drink and Dining Packages, Etc.   
    You can cancel any cruise planner type purchases online or by calling up to around 3 days before your cruise.  No penalty. 
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    twangster reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in Booking Question   
    Haha! I always say that I am Hubby's personal TA/genie too but he says that I am the TA that he never asked for ?
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    twangster got a reaction from Skid in Booking Question   
    I will admit I have experienced many dud TAs. I found one that works well for me and it makes a huge difference finding one who is good.  The problem IMO with the big websites and warehouse TAs seems to be there are a small cog in a very big machine and in many cases they are just there getting experience.  Not all TAs are created equal.
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    twangster got a reaction from Rose City Cruiser in Booking Question   
    I will admit I have experienced many dud TAs. I found one that works well for me and it makes a huge difference finding one who is good.  The problem IMO with the big websites and warehouse TAs seems to be there are a small cog in a very big machine and in many cases they are just there getting experience.  Not all TAs are created equal.
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    twangster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Booking Question   
    I will admit I have experienced many dud TAs. I found one that works well for me and it makes a huge difference finding one who is good.  The problem IMO with the big websites and warehouse TAs seems to be there are a small cog in a very big machine and in many cases they are just there getting experience.  Not all TAs are created equal.
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    twangster got a reaction from KWofPerth in Nightmare cruising experience from Tianjin   
    Not trying to pick a fight, I was hoping to learn something.  Maritime law is fascinating to me. 
    I was thinking about future cruises in 2019 and beyond and Asia came to mind.  This thread has been enlightening.  I was hoping to use the ship as a means to experience the culture by day (in port) but have a comfortable place to return to when I needed to escape it.  In this case a little too much local culture seems to be on the ship. 
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    twangster got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Nightmare cruising experience from Tianjin   
    US statutes do not apply in China.  The CDC has no jurisdiction on a foreign flagged vessel sailing between foreign ports.  No more than the FAA has jurisdiction over a South American airline flying in Asia or anywhere else in the world.  
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    twangster got a reaction from JLMoran in Nightmare cruising experience from Tianjin   
    US statutes do not apply in China.  The CDC has no jurisdiction on a foreign flagged vessel sailing between foreign ports.  No more than the FAA has jurisdiction over a South American airline flying in Asia or anywhere else in the world.  
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    twangster got a reaction from NS8VN in Nightmare cruising experience from Tianjin   
    US statutes do not apply in China.  The CDC has no jurisdiction on a foreign flagged vessel sailing between foreign ports.  No more than the FAA has jurisdiction over a South American airline flying in Asia or anywhere else in the world.  
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    twangster got a reaction from JLMoran in mid-sized ships   
    One industry interpretation of mid-sized ship would have only Rhapsody, Grandeur and Empress included in this category.  I don't think they are putting slides on them.
    Cruise Critic uses these ranges:
    Small 1 - 949
    Mid-Sized 950 - 1999
    Large 2000 - 2999
    Mega 3,000+
    Fodor's uses these ranges:
    Small 70 - 350
    Mid-size 400 - 1,700
    Large 1,800+
    Voyager class is 3,100 to 3,990 guests double/maximum occupancy.  Carnival's largest ship which debuted last month has 3,960 guests at 133,500 GT making it slightly smaller than any Voyager class ship.  
    USA Today and Cruise Critic refer to the two newest Carnival ships as Mega.  So by those standards Voyager class isn't mid-size.
     
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    twangster got a reaction from coneyraven in mid-sized ships   
    One industry interpretation of mid-sized ship would have only Rhapsody, Grandeur and Empress included in this category.  I don't think they are putting slides on them.
    Cruise Critic uses these ranges:
    Small 1 - 949
    Mid-Sized 950 - 1999
    Large 2000 - 2999
    Mega 3,000+
    Fodor's uses these ranges:
    Small 70 - 350
    Mid-size 400 - 1,700
    Large 1,800+
    Voyager class is 3,100 to 3,990 guests double/maximum occupancy.  Carnival's largest ship which debuted last month has 3,960 guests at 133,500 GT making it slightly smaller than any Voyager class ship.  
    USA Today and Cruise Critic refer to the two newest Carnival ships as Mega.  So by those standards Voyager class isn't mid-size.
     
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    twangster got a reaction from JLMoran in Serenade 3/30/18 10 night Eastern Caribbean   
    There is so much to feeling motion on any ship.  The pitch or distance between wave tops, the height of the waves, the angle of the waves compared to the ship, wind speed direction, ocean current, ship speed, and so on. 
    When the whole ocean surface is moving, very low wave pitch and with even low wave height, any ship, even the largest, will have movement.  You can look out and not see "waves" or white caps but you can see the whole ocean seemingly rise and fall subtly - that will induce more 'feeling' of ship movement compared to 10-15 ft seas with white caps where the waves tops are very close to each other.  Waves like that sometimes have negligible 'feeling' of ship movement.
    I don't tend to be bothered by motion until becomes extreme. Other people are very sensitive to it. 
    Why spend so many words to preface my answer?  Because it all depends.  While 25 cruises may sound like a lot, it's only 25 experiences which is a rather small sample size.  Only one of those had motion worthy of writing about.  The other that I don't really consider a cruise, was in the late 80s on a small cargo ship converted to carry passengers from Greenland that sailed into the fierce North Atlantic where my head was violently lifted from the pillow and thrown back down from my bed in the forward bow cargo area turned into guest cabins.  I was more annoyed at first but even that eventually got to me (I blame the scores of people dry heaving all around me that led to my demise).
    I didn't feel any more or less motion that I have on any other ship.  Anthem may have had more motion but it was a different sort of motion on Anthem which brings me to why I don't like to answer this question.
    I'm probably not a great person to ask about ship movement because I tend not to notice it until I am walking like a drunkard (without actually drinking) and that tends to make me giggle a bit to myself.   Having mentioned Anthem you may now be dreading your next cruise and it's planted a seed that becomes more of an issue that the motion itself.  I just made that up to mess with you, Anthem was fine. 
    In fact one of my Anthem balconies was in a very similar position, forward port side balcony near the front of the ship and I can't say i noticed anything different between the two ships.
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    twangster got a reaction from Skid in Booking Question   
    When it comes to flying I am a total control freak.  I'll avoid certain flights because of aircraft or seating available.  I know what layover times work and which to avoid.  I can't stand it when someone books my flights on my behalf. 
    When it comes to cruising I am somewhat the same way.  I look at cabin availability, itinerary, dates and usually have a couple of cruises in mind before narrowing it down to the one.  However I have found there is no down side to booking through an agent.  The only possible exception would be if a different cabin becomes available and I want to switch I have to contact my agent instead of RCI direct.  Changing dinner from fixed early to late, or to MTD is another but I never do that.
    Once booked, the rest is all within my control.  The cruise planner is the same and i can book, refund and re-book any cruise planner item just the same.  
    That goes both ways.  When Royal screws up and lets face it, they do, with a TA you make one phone call or send one email and they spend hours on the phone with Royal fixing it.  When OBC disappears or the fare magically increases, not a problem... one email and I'm back watching football while they (with more clout than I have) deal with it.  
    When my Anthem B2B C&A points never showed up, my agent spent 6 hours arguing with them.  Somehow my reservation numbers changed in their system and they said I didn't sail.  My agent had all the right paperwork and accounting codes to prove that I did. 
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    twangster got a reaction from JLMoran in Serenade 3/30/18 10 night Eastern Caribbean   
    Only those on the first page in this blog
     
    Other balconies on the decks above this stop at the dividers, so that glassed wall extension is the differentiator.  It's roughly 1/2 m or maybe slightly more than that.
    What I like about the extension is the ability to walk out into the sunshine or looking straight up into the night sky.  You can also look straight down towards the water.  Md-ship you can not, the life boats have an awning like cover over them in the middle of the ship. 
    You do have the fear that you may be standing right beside your neighbor at times but it never bothered me and only occurred a few times.  I simply nodded and said hello.  I used my balcony more on this cruise than I have on other ships (when I've had a standard balcony).
     
     
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    twangster got a reaction from J_Keeble in Serenade 3/30/18 10 night Eastern Caribbean   
    Only those on the first page in this blog
     
    Other balconies on the decks above this stop at the dividers, so that glassed wall extension is the differentiator.  It's roughly 1/2 m or maybe slightly more than that.
    What I like about the extension is the ability to walk out into the sunshine or looking straight up into the night sky.  You can also look straight down towards the water.  Md-ship you can not, the life boats have an awning like cover over them in the middle of the ship. 
    You do have the fear that you may be standing right beside your neighbor at times but it never bothered me and only occurred a few times.  I simply nodded and said hello.  I used my balcony more on this cruise than I have on other ships (when I've had a standard balcony).
     
     
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    twangster got a reaction from J_Keeble in Serenade 3/30/18 10 night Eastern Caribbean   
    Deck 7, 6D category.  
    I originally booked Serenade as "Balcony Guarantee"  and was assigned this deck 7 balcony by chance.  I'm glad it worked out as it did.  I've booked another deck 7 balcony in this category on another Radiance class ship later this year for a B2B. 
    Not all deck 7 balconies are created equal.  If you look at deck 7 floor plans there is a forward and aft group of cabins with larger balconies.  Mid-ship on deck 7 the passenger cabin decks narrow and balconies are standard. 

    Within the forward 6D cabins, 7028 has a drop down bunk bed that lowers from the ceiling plus the love seat pulls out into a bed so it can accommodate more guests.  Here you can see the larger balconies you get in this section of the ship.

     
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    twangster got a reaction from accio7 in Adventure OTS With No Blog   
    Boarding Adventure next week. 
    Taking a red eye and doing what I never do - boarding the day of the cruise.  Booked airfare through Air2Sea and thankfully my complimentary upgrades to first class just cleared yesterday.  Gotta love Delta.
    Plus @JLMoran my 'Moment' filter adapter was delivered today.  It's waiting for me to return home from yet another trip to NJ.   I've got a really nice B&H CPL left over my crop sensor days to try on it next week.
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    twangster got a reaction from Matt in Refunds on Drink and Dining Packages, Etc.   
    You can cancel any cruise planner type purchases online or by calling up to around 3 days before your cruise.  No penalty. 
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    twangster got a reaction from J_Keeble in Serenade 3/30/18 10 night Eastern Caribbean   
    This is an access point:
     
    Its the small square thing mounted on the ceiling in the hallway in this case it says Cisco on it.  Sometimes they are painted over with no words visible.
    This one is in between cabins 7028 and 7030.  Every four cabins there is another mounted between the doors of those cabins.  This small survey I did show where they are in the forward area of deck 7 port side (green stars):
     
     
     
     
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    twangster got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Has anyone else noticed this??????   
    If I'm not mistaken the C6XXX number is a radio call sign, must like a ham radio station identifier. 
    The IMO pictured above is the International Marine Organization (IMO) serial number. 
    I think the idea is that Coast Guard (or equivalent in other countries) can look down from a helicopter or during search and rescue operations and read the call sign, then hail them on the radio (each life boat has a radio too).  On bridge tours I've seen the call sign mounted near the radios so it's easy for all bridge crew to know what call sign their ship uses. 
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    twangster got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in mid-sized ships   
    They are the only mid size ships in the fleet and well, lets face it, they will be the first to go when the right opportunity comes along.  You don't see them included in the AMPED program so let the speculation begin.  Since I projected into 2021 to include the future OA and Quantum class I left Vision class off on purpose.  Even with Vision, Soverign and Empress class counted out the rest of the non OA/Quantum class still out number them.  
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