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Forum: First-Time Cruisers April 20th, 2015, 06:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 193
Posted By Paul Motter
I guess maybe a lot of experienced cruisers might...

I guess maybe a lot of experienced cruisers might not read this and answer, and 1st-timers might not want to - but there is a big difference between being a first timer doing research and doing it as...
Forum: Cruise Deals April 20th, 2015, 05:32 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 98
Posted By Paul Motter
Holland America Anniversary sale

Anniversary Sale Adds Unbeatable Value to Alaska Bookings This Summer

Booking Alaska cruises or Land+Sea Journeys by June 1, 2015, will gain a valuable shore excursion credit, dining package and...
Forum: First-Time Cruisers April 20th, 2015, 05:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 193
Posted By Paul Motter
I guess all the 1st-timers here are too busy...

I guess all the 1st-timers here are too busy doing research to answer the question. I can see how many people are online in here right now.
Forum: All Things Cruising April 19th, 2015, 05:35 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 99,507
Posted By Paul Motter
FoxyMurph... Hello to a fellow Phoenician. I...

FoxyMurph...

Hello to a fellow Phoenician. I would invite you to come to our yard sale instaed but we are just packing up.

Anyway - yes, these companies bother me a lot. They do know exactly...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 16th, 2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,533
Posted By Paul Motter
May the great spirit in the sky bestow love upon...

May the great spirit in the sky bestow love upon you people for doing this!!

I just happened to have a need to watch old VHS tapes yesterday and I saw one from 1999 Celebrity Summit CruiseMates...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines April 15th, 2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 404
Posted By Paul Motter
Yes, Breeze is a subdued ship - which is a nice...

Yes, Breeze is a subdued ship - which is a nice change for Carnival. Although I like the "wild" ships, too. I mean there are a lot of "subdued" ships you can sail upon, but not a lot of Joe Farcus...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines April 15th, 2015, 04:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 320
Posted By Paul Motter
Or you could post it in John Heald's blog.... ...

Or you could post it in John Heald's blog....

Or write the company a letter.

It is really hard to get ahold of employees after you leave a cruise. The system is just not made for that.

If...
Forum: Crewmembers April 15th, 2015, 04:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 108
Posted By Paul Motter
There is a section here (in our forums) called...

There is a section here (in our forums) called "crewmembers" - at this link:

Crewmembers - CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums (http://www.cruisemates.com/forum/crewmembers/)

I suggest you...
Forum: First-Time Cruisers April 15th, 2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 193
Posted By Paul Motter
1st-timers - How Much Research Have You Done

I recently was asked by a couple (friends) to help them pick their first cruise. Fortunately they had not taken a vacation in 10 years, and so they felt money was no object.

When I sat down with...
Forum: First-Time Cruisers April 14th, 2015, 05:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,074
Posted By Paul Motter
There is some truth to the Happy Birthday song...

There is some truth to the Happy Birthday song being copyrighted - but the wy they collect the royalties is very complicated.

A music performance rights company (either BMI or ASCAP) goes around...
Forum: South Pacific - Hawaii April 7th, 2015, 06:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,772
Posted By Paul Motter
Manuel... So sorry you had to cancel plans....

Manuel...

So sorry you had to cancel plans. From my research Spring is one of the best seasons to visit Hawaii, only because summer is hot & humid and fall tends to be the rainy season.

Winter...
Forum: Viking River Cruises March 29th, 2015, 02:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 10,919
Posted By Paul Motter
Seeking Cruise Companion - CruiseMates Cruise...

Seeking Cruise Companion - CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums (http://www.cruisemates.com/forum/seeking-cruise-companion/)

This is the place to find cruise mates.
Forum: All Things Cruising March 12th, 2015, 04:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 306
Posted By Paul Motter
Funny; Extra Virgin of the Seas

Funny; Extra Virgin of the Seas
Forum: All Things Cruising March 12th, 2015, 03:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 306
Posted By Paul Motter
I had read that, too. But I also forgot about the...

I had read that, too. But I also forgot about the three year stipulation. No matter what, it's been three years.

I think Colin is SOL. This will probably be dismissed in short order. But I am glad...
Forum: All Things Cruising March 12th, 2015, 02:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 306
Posted By Paul Motter
Actually, that is not how I read it. All I read...

Actually, that is not how I read it. All I read said he was working based on his perceived agreement with Virgin. He was out, independently, getting shipyards and financing lined up. It was his...
Forum: All Things Cruising March 12th, 2015, 02:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 306
Posted By Paul Motter
If he had a contract that would be ALL the...

If he had a contract that would be ALL the lawsuit was about. It is not mentioned. So, it does appear that Virgin did string him along, at least some.

They should have at least given him a nice...
Forum: All Things Cruising March 12th, 2015, 01:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 306
Posted By Paul Motter
Colin Veitch sues Branson and Virgin

For those of you who have read about Colin Veitch suing branson for $300-million - what do you think?

I have met Veitch and I found him to be a persuasive and compelling personality. Now, people...
Forum: Norwegian Cruise Lines March 7th, 2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 945
Posted By Paul Motter
It really is the best way to see Hawaii - you...

It really is the best way to see Hawaii - you made a great choice.

One thing - because this is a US-flagged ship, it is a little odd at first when you hear the staff all speaking with US-accents....
Forum: Holland America March 7th, 2015, 02:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 380
Posted By Paul Motter
I have to say I am surprised. I don't recall...

I have to say I am surprised. I don't recall seeing a DVD player and would have said no - good thing you were just there, Pete.

In my mind DVD players have all been replaced by on demand video.
Forum: Cunard March 7th, 2015, 02:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,095
Posted By Paul Motter
In the last five years Cunard has really upped...

In the last five years Cunard has really upped the entertainment. It tends to be very British in influence - but that have very big casts and also plenty of special events.

They have had musical...
Forum: First-Time Cruisers March 7th, 2015, 02:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 491
Posted By Paul Motter
Carnival is good for teens, however, and if...

Carnival is good for teens, however, and if everyone is happy the celebrating couple is going to have a better time.

Grandparents tends be less particular, and while I understand the idea of...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines March 7th, 2015, 02:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,289
Posted By Paul Motter
Also - the story about the ring being lost in the...

Also - the story about the ring being lost in the Jacuzzi and expecting them to drain it so they could look in the drain.

How many of us here KNEW that ring would turn up in some pocket or drawer...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines March 7th, 2015, 02:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,289
Posted By Paul Motter
Also, I would love to see her phone bill from...

Also, I would love to see her phone bill from calling the Carnival help line for "hours" from the ship to try to get the beverage package changed. I can hear it now...

"I can't believe how stupid...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines March 3rd, 2015, 02:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,289
Posted By Paul Motter
A tough Carnival review from high maintenance debutante

I am posting this because it is so comical - not because I think it actually reflects on Carnival cruise line.

This gal took a "weekend cruise" with three people in the same stateroom. It is...
Forum: All Things Cruising February 17th, 2015, 04:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 614
Posted By Paul Motter
I know for a fact that Costa bookings were down...

I know for a fact that Costa bookings were down after Concordia sank - it is only logical. That was also the time of the Triumph incident and a bunch of other negative poop for cruises.

But while...
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