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Forum: All Things Cruising May 10th, 2013, 10:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,008
Posted By Arion
Thanks Pete. Looks like American Express will do...

Thanks Pete. Looks like American Express will do the trick then. Just wasn't sure if American Express was "major" enough for cruise ships.
Forum: All Things Cruising May 10th, 2013, 09:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,008
Posted By Arion
American Express

Hello

Quick question for Americans and Cruisers ( I think I might find both here ).

Can anyone tell me how widely accepted American Express is on Cruise Ships and in the United States? I'd...
Forum: Norwegian Cruise Lines March 10th, 2013, 09:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,696
Posted By Arion
Arion...I am so sorry to hear about your Costa...

Arion...I am so sorry to hear about your Costa experience and so glad you made it through with such a great attitude. I can only imagine, but I am sure that the experience has only added to your...
Forum: Norwegian Cruise Lines March 7th, 2013, 08:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,696
Posted By Arion
Sorry Trip; I must have missed that in your PM. I...

Sorry Trip; I must have missed that in your PM. I would consider this my first cruise ever. I don't really count the Concordia since it was only for a few hours most of which I was asleep for.

I'm...
Forum: Norwegian Cruise Lines March 6th, 2013, 02:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,696
Posted By Arion
Yeah, that was just to tide over until I got to...

Yeah, that was just to tide over until I got to the next port. I made use of a medical disembarkation, and the resulting proximity to Almaria to get on to the Spanish Vodafone network, to keep me...
Forum: Norwegian Cruise Lines March 6th, 2013, 01:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,696
Posted By Arion
Got to hand it to NCL

Boarded the Norwegian Spirit on Sunday in Barcelona. Everything's been really great, except the weather. The food surpassed many fancy restaurants (in both taste and prestige ), and I've developed a...
Forum: Costa February 2nd, 2012, 10:51 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,788
Posted By Arion
Everyone's entitled to their opinion, and I have...

Everyone's entitled to their opinion, and I have no problem with someone elses opinion being different from mine. Heck, my opinion on the matter has been changing so much recently it would be...
Forum: Costa February 2nd, 2012, 09:27 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,788
Posted By Arion
I thought it was a very fair offer if you weren't...

I thought it was a very fair offer if you weren't injured in the incident. And good luck to the one's that are going to sue hoping for big bucks. Carnival may raise the offer but I don't think by...
Forum: Costa February 2nd, 2012, 02:24 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,788
Posted By Arion
I'm not sure what to do yet. On the one...

I'm not sure what to do yet.

On the one hand, I wasn't injured, and I don't believe I've suffered psychologically from it, so on the basis of what I personally suffered, if this were a bona-fide...
Forum: Costa February 1st, 2012, 12:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,018
Posted By Arion
WOW you were on the ship when all this happened...

WOW you were on the ship when all this happened please tell us your story of what happened!:eek:

Already did: http://www.cruisemates.com/forum/costa/387408-my-experience-concordia.html
Forum: Costa February 1st, 2012, 05:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,018
Posted By Arion
I think the true Concordia heros will probably...

I think the true Concordia heros will probably never come to the limelight, and among the 1000 crew on board, there were certainly many of them.

De Falco would be the typical "action movie" hero...
Forum: Costa January 30th, 2012, 08:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,238
Posted By Arion
Hmmm show of hands. Firstly who here heard...

Hmmm show of hands.

Firstly who here heard of Giglio before this happened?

Secondly, after the whole world being told how pristine the Tuscan coast is, how many people are likely to visit...
Forum: Costa January 30th, 2012, 07:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,335
Posted By Arion
My experience on the Concordia

Here's a recount of my personal experience on the Costa Concordia on the night it went down. This is from a PM I sent to someone on this forum a week or two ago, so the language is more 1:1 style,...
Forum: Costa January 27th, 2012, 09:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,147
Posted By Arion
Actually I am doing something - trying to make...

Actually I am doing something - trying to make everyone aware of the problem.

But since I live on a cruise ship 8 months of the year - where we have no riding lawn mowers - and in China 4 months...
Forum: Costa January 27th, 2012, 09:13 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,788
Posted By Arion
I'm happy to see them make that offer. It's...

I'm happy to see them make that offer. It's certainly an improvement on the 30% rumour that was floating around.
Forum: Costa January 26th, 2012, 07:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,147
Posted By Arion
Just last year - just in the USA - over 250...

Just last year - just in the USA - over 250 people were killed on / by riding lawn mowers. If the 16 fatalities on Concordia was a disaster, what do we call the 250+ deaths EVERY YEAR on riding lawn...
Forum: Costa January 26th, 2012, 05:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,147
Posted By Arion
It would be easy to tell captains they can only...

It would be easy to tell captains they can only go on approved courses, but in fact part of the attraction of cruising is the fact that ships take you places you wouldn't expect to go on a cruise...
Forum: Costa January 26th, 2012, 04:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,147
Posted By Arion
Human error and lack of resonability will happen...

Human error and lack of resonability will happen in every aspect of life.I agree the more saftey masures that are in place the better for everyone.Would proper saftey drills have made a diffrence? We...
Forum: Costa January 26th, 2012, 06:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,147
Posted By Arion
Theres no dout in my mind they know where there...

Theres no dout in my mind they know where there ships are at any given moment! Heck you can go to Princess web site and down load a bridge cam that will show you where their ships are at any given...
Forum: Costa January 25th, 2012, 08:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,352
Posted By Arion
All kinds of new and media sources, who obviously...

All kinds of new and media sources, who obviously don't have a clue about the cruise industry, have been erroneously reporting it this way. It's their ignorance, and their drive to sensationalize.
...
Forum: Costa January 25th, 2012, 07:59 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 21,800
Posted By Arion
Yes, that's true - but not for the passengers of...

Yes, that's true - but not for the passengers of the ill-fated cruise but for all others.

It does contradict what I've read on Costa's website since ( which I didn't know when responding earlier...
Forum: Costa January 25th, 2012, 06:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,352
Posted By Arion
A statement on Costa's website does seem to...

A statement on Costa's website does seem to conflict with what I heard from my Travel Agent.

Costa Cruises asserts that the company has never offered any discount on future cruises to guests who...
Forum: Costa January 25th, 2012, 05:33 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 21,800
Posted By Arion
No, they didn't. That has been offered to all...

No, they didn't. That has been offered to all who are booked on Concordia til the end of March. Costa has offered full refunds on any of their ships that are booked for those who have decided they...
Forum: Costa January 24th, 2012, 09:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,147
Posted By Arion
Is that asking too much? Evidently so.

Is that asking too much?


Evidently so.
Forum: Costa January 24th, 2012, 09:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,147
Posted By Arion
3) Davits can only extend so far. Not really...

3) Davits can only extend so far. Not really sure where they could go with this one, but I am sure designers will be looking at it.
True, but maybe there's a better way than using Davits.

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