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Forum: Royal Caribbean International Today, 08:12 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By Paul Motter
Well... at the risk of making a short post long -...

Well... at the risk of making a short post long - there was a Harris poll about US cruisers being reluctant to cruise. The problem is too few 1st-time cruisers.

Mostly Carnival is hurting the...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International Today, 07:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 44
Posted By Paul Motter
The cruises will be three to eight days, to Japan...

The cruises will be three to eight days, to Japan and Korea. Don't forget that it is easier to do multiple embarkation points on the itinerary overseas, so I would expect that they will also be...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International Today, 06:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 44
Posted By Paul Motter
That's right. I was surprised they chose new York...

That's right. I was surprised they chose new York - I mean Carnival & Norwegian have that covered with newer ships.

But China - Is Mamma Mia a big show in China? I don;t know.

But I do now...
Forum: All Things Cruising Today, 06:35 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 19
Posted By Paul Motter
Quantum of the Seas to CHINA in 2015

Discuss this here or in our Royal Caribbean (http://www.cruisemates.com/forum/royal-caribbean-international/401910-quantum-seas-heading-china.html) forums

Quantum of the Seas to CHINA in 2015
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Forum: Royal Caribbean International Today, 06:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 44
Posted By Paul Motter
My mouth is hanging open. Really, China? Their...

My mouth is hanging open. Really, China? Their market studies have found that this ship is best suited for short three-day trips out of Shanghai?

I guess having Adam move up to COO of the parent...
Forum: All Things Cruising Today, 02:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 110
Posted By Paul Motter
When a crewmember is coming from Indonesia, it is...

When a crewmember is coming from Indonesia, it is pretty easy to imagine that "reputable" and "confirmable" background checks would be easy to fake.

Unless a staff member has a record of something...
Forum: Norwegian Cruise Lines April 10th, 2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By Paul Motter
NCL used to have a coupon book they handed out...

NCL used to have a coupon book they handed out with a lot of cruises. Things change all the time - sorry.
Forum: First-Time Cruisers April 10th, 2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 154
Posted By Paul Motter
Sorry, I couldn't resist, I'll just be pokin'...

Sorry, I couldn't resist, I'll just be pokin' along now..... :shock: :?: :rolleyes: :cool:
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff April 8th, 2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 325
Posted By Paul Motter
Many ships have laundromats or you can opt for...

Many ships have laundromats or you can opt for full laundry service. The price is about $20-$30 per load (items priced separately). The self service laundries are often usually free or take quarters...
Forum: Crewmembers April 8th, 2014, 03:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 230
Posted By Paul Motter
This i snot true - as long as you are qualified...

This i snot true - as long as you are qualified and have a fairly good command of English there is no reason you could not be hired. I see many people of India working on cruise ships.
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff April 8th, 2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 169
Posted By Paul Motter
Also - the docks in Zeebrugge are quite a...

Also - the docks in Zeebrugge are quite a distance away from the train station, and it is an industrial shipyard so you will NOT find (m)any taxis there. We took the train from Zeebrugge to Brugges,...
Forum: First-Time Cruisers April 8th, 2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 487
Posted By Paul Motter
I was on Carnival Breeze for a Thanksgiving...

I was on Carnival Breeze for a Thanksgiving cruise and all of the kids seemed to be having a ball - and there were hundreds of them.

Yes, sometimes they would leave the organized activities and...
Forum: First-Time Cruisers April 8th, 2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 348
Posted By Paul Motter
A LOT of people snore (myself included) and I...

A LOT of people snore (myself included) and I have had cabin mates that snore.

When it comes to looking for a cabin share all you can do is be honest. Most people will only find it to be a problem...
Forum: Cruise Deals April 8th, 2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 65
Posted By Paul Motter
Windstar on Sale - April 2014

Windstar Cruises Sails into April with Exotic Destinations Sale

Guests enjoy best deals of the year on Asia, Arabia and Tahiti voyages

Seattle, April 8 2014 - Windstar Cruises is celebrating...
Forum: Cruise Deals April 3rd, 2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 346
Posted By Paul Motter
This is actually a pretty mysterious thing since...

This is actually a pretty mysterious thing since cruise agencies are not really allowed to discount that way. In the old days it was called "rebating" where they would discount their own commission...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 3rd, 2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 292
Posted By Paul Motter
It is a big gap. What perks do you diamond level...

It is a big gap. What perks do you diamond level people use?
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff April 2nd, 2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 120
Posted By Paul Motter
Thank you A & K for following up with these...

Thank you A & K for following up with these questions. Very sweet of you to take the time to do this.
Forum: Cruise Deals April 2nd, 2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 346
Posted By Paul Motter
How far out was the cruise from the time you were...

How far out was the cruise from the time you were booking (I see you booked in early March, so when does the cruise sail?)
Forum: Alaska April 2nd, 2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 175
Posted By Paul Motter
I will say this - itinerary is the main thing. I...

I will say this - itinerary is the main thing. I would look for a cruise that goes to Glacier Bay (not Tracy Arm). The last time I was scheduled to go to Tracy Arm we were blocked from reaching the...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 2nd, 2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 292
Posted By Paul Motter
As I understand it, there is a big gap between...

As I understand it, there is a big gap between Diamond Plus (175) and Pinnacle (700), so it would be logical to add a level in there.

I don't care for the name "Black Diamond" - aren't "white...
Forum: Celebrity March 27th, 2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 368
Posted By Paul Motter
How long is the ship docked in Civitavecchia? ...

How long is the ship docked in Civitavecchia?

As I said, if you have never seen Rome before, and do not know if you will go back, I would go over three days early and stay in a Rome hotel. Then...
Forum: MSC Cruises March 25th, 2014, 06:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,202
Posted By Paul Motter
Thanks for answering, I was going to say the same...

Thanks for answering, I was going to say the same thing. Genoa is a lovely and safe Northern Italy city, Frankly, southern Italy is known for being not so safe.
Forum: MSC Cruises March 25th, 2014, 06:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,796
Posted By Paul Motter
They have a good, comprehensive kid's program. I...

They have a good, comprehensive kid's program. I am sure the kids have a great time. All is age segregated and appropriate.
Forum: MSC Cruises March 25th, 2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,359
Posted By Paul Motter
In the beginning they were the same restaurant,...

In the beginning they were the same restaurant, but they gave you free beer and wine with your meals. They had a curtain separating you from the rest of the cruisers and you had the windows but...
Forum: All Things Cruising March 25th, 2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 344
Posted By Paul Motter
Hey Pete.... I know. The way cruise lines...

Hey Pete....

I know. The way cruise lines show prices has been a pet peeve of mine for years as well, and I have never been a travel agent.

What I personally despise is when they say "Two for...
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