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  1. I did noticed that. It's certainly an interesting exercise to get the correct dates for certain things. Not to mention sites like cruisetimetables are clearly using the generic data for sailings making it difficult to post accurate info. And yet, you were able to easily get the correct dates for an individual sailing. You'd think itinerary sites would do that too. Mike
  2. Interesting. This morning this was what I found. I just checked a few minutes ago and it still shows the Indiy at CocoCay on the 3rd. What the heck is RCI's website doing?
  3. Holy Cow!!!!! It turns out that there will be three ships in Coco Cay on June 3rd. The Oasis, Independence, and Majesty. I just checked RCI's website for the itineraries and verified they are all going to be there on the 3rd. We'll be on the Oasis. That's 11742 to 14026 potential passengers between the three ships.
  4. A little spackle and some paint and it's good as new. 🤣
  5. That's true. The captain always has command of his ship...even when the Pilot is on board. The Pilot is only responsible for navigation...a responsibility that the captain can relieve the Pilot of. At least that's how it works in the US. I'm not sure how those laws work internationally. http://www.americanpilots.org/document_center/Perils_of_Piloting_Civil_Liability_and_Criminal_Prosecution.pdf Mike
  6. That may not not quite true...at least not in the US. I'll have to look it up but I believe maritime law on this is the same everywhere. The captain is always in command of and responsible for his vessel. However, the captain turns over navigation duties, and thus the responsibility, to the pilot. And, there's a very good reason for that. The Harbor/Docking Pilot is the expert in local navigation; navigation that can change based on time of year, weather, traffic, etc. When on board the navigation crew must follow the commands of the Pilot. This is why the Harbor or Docking Pilot is legally liable/responsible for any mishaps or injuries that result as a result of their duties. The captain can relieve the pilot for being impaired or incompetent but he had better be absolutely sure prior to doing so. When I was in the Navy the Harbor Pilot came on board from a tug and had navigational control of our submarine. I can't see how that would be different today. Of course, I've been wrong before. 😁 Mike
  7. IIRC, there is a height restriction (≈190 ft) for the Panama Canal due to the Bridge of the Americas. That eliminates Oasis & Freedom classes...not sure about the others but at least the older ships should be able to make it. I thought remember reading that the Anthem can though. Mike
  8. I have all of that. Even a programmable remote that once I find out what make/model the TV is I can hook it up to my laptop and download the right code set. Although, we don't spend much time in our room. 😁 Mike
  9. Can you stream to TVs on other ships? That would be cool.
  10. Camo Duck says Quack!

  11. What I find interesting is that Carnival has 15% more passengers than RCI and yet RCI made 56% more money than Carnival. Mike
  12. According to the current marine tracking data, the Oasis is currently underway. 😄 Mike
  13. I think some in this thread have it right..."Fully covered, shoes and shirt required." Mike
  14. Thanks for the info. Much appreciated.😀 Mike
  15. I didn't say she left today although, someone up thread did. At work when we take a vessel out of dry dock we call it floating off. 😉 However, I haven't seen anything saying Oasis is underway. EDIT: I just checked a ship tracker and the Oasis is currently moored. Mike
  16. It appears that OBD from a travel agent is not always refundable. I'm also wondering about rewards card OBC. Mike
  17. This is a bit confusing. RCI says onboard credit is non-refundable. Yet, I've seen discussions and blogs that say third party OBC is refundable. IIUC, the OBC from a TA may be refundable but the terms & conditions from our TA specifically said it's non-refundable. The other problem is we can get OBC on our RCI rewards credit card. What category does this fall into? The TOC for converting points ot OBC doesn't say either way. Google and forum searches haven't turned up any definitive answers and there doesn't seem to be anything official on refundable/non-refundable....except RCI's FAQ does say non-refundable. The question is where does rewards card OBC fit into this and what conditions determine whether a travel agent's OBC is refundable? Mike
  18. The couple posting the video did not have the drink package. So at 7% it's just on the cost of the drink. It's good to know they weren't charged tax on the "surcharge". I wonder if that's unique to Florida or does RCI do this for all in port, non-drink package drinks in the US. And, why wouldn't drink package drinks be subject to tax in port? I believe it should be that way because I pre-paid for the package but I can see states/municipalities might see it another way. 😁 Mike
  19. I recently saw a Youtube video showing some drink receipts on Majesty OTS out of Fort Lauderdale. The drinks were while in port and they had tax on them. It corresponded to 6% which is sales tax in FL. So, it appears there is something, at least about being in FL, that has caused RCI to charge sales tax on drinks. And, it was 6% of the drink+"surcharge". Of course the "surcharge" is the 18% gratuity. It doesn't seem fair to pay sales tax on the gratuity but if you call it a surcharge it's apparently taxable. Edit: BTW, the video was from June of this year. Mike
  20. Me too. I'm dying to see how the wifi and app work. We have the Key for our May 2020 sailing so I'm hopin' we can have all the latest tech bells and whistles. Mike
  21. I saw on Facebook that she's been floated off. That indicates to me that the majority of the heavy work is completed. I would have loved to spend so time running around that dry dock. It's orders of magnitude larger than the ones we have where I work. The crane system alone is amazing. It's pretty close to first sailing in November. I hope they make it...although I'll be willing to bet they'll make it even if they have to put off some items to a later availability. Mike
  22. Every Caribbean cruise goes through the triangle. No cruise ships lost though. 😉
  23. I know how you feel. Our fire wall blocks out many websites...but lucky for me RC isn't one of them.😉 We're a defense contractor so for security reasons there are a lot of websites that we can't get too. We get a graphic of a big flashing light telling us access is denied. 🤣 Sometimes it seems kinda random too. There are a couple of local tv stations that won't load and some that do. I got nothin' Mike
  24. Thanks for the relies. And, more to the topic at hand, asking about OBC should never be a problem for a TA to answer. Either they offer it or they don't but they certainly know there plenty of TAs that do and if they're any good at their job the response will be polite and professional. I read the link posted up thread so there are limitations. But, it's certainly clear any TA can offer OBC so shopping around and inquiring should never be a problem. It was one of the criteria we had in booking our up coming cruise. Mike
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