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Feb 10th 2011 8:10AM I agree with most of your points.
While I agree that solo travelers should pay a little more for a double room (their isn't another person buying stuff on board - though there is also one less person eating food), but paying double the price is a bit much. I hope NCL is doing well with their single rooms, I think the cruise lines have missed a segment of travelers by not having much options for solo travelers.
As for paying extra for meals. My last cruise was with NCL, I didn't mind paying $25 at the steak place - we got jumbo shrimp, an excellet steak - it was way above what you would get in the main dining room and would have cost me at least $50 on land. But I also paid $25 at the hibachi place, the same price I pay at home, I wont do that again on an NCL ship.
Jan 26th 2011 4:11PM I usually end up at a chain restaurant or two during my trips overseas. It's a combination of curiosity (knowing that some are quite different then at home) and looking for something comforting. I do think though that if the locals are going there, then it's just as much of a local experience as most other places. I think there are some people that think that because it's an american chain restaurant that it's only tourists who are going there.
Jan 17th 2011 9:10AM While I'll agree that this is pretty bad. I think saying that the bag could have had a bomb in it is a little dramatic. Wouldn't the bag have gone through a security check point to get to the gate?
Jan 17th 2011 9:06AM I know I have seen people miss their ship. I actually saw a ship that had pull out of the port then get held to get late people onto the ship by a tiny little boat.
If it's a 2 hour tour that starts when you dock for 5 or 6 hours in port, then yea, it's not a big deal to take the local tour. But if it's a tour that will be cutting it close to the departure time of the ship, then I would take the ships excursion.
Also, if you have a problem with a shore excursion you don't have much recourse or chance to even complain if you take a local tour. If you take it with the cruise line you can complain to the cruise line and if appropriate get a refund from them.
While I agree that taking your tour with the local company is often a better deal in terms of money, I don't think that the cost is the only factor that should be considered.
Dec 20th 2010 8:14AM Most convicted sexual offeners, if it involves children, are not allowed to go to places where children congregate - schools or parks. I think a cruise ship would fall under that category.
One fairly simple thing cruise lines could do is change their booking conditions to exclude anyone who is convicted of a sexual offense and their terms of release prohibits them from going to places children frequent. They could even have a form (or a check box on a website) affirming that they are not prohibited from going to such locations.
It's not going to eliminate the problem, but it may be a step in the right direction.
Dec 11th 2010 11:45AM I'm in the camp of "if the seat reclines you should be allowed to recline." That doesn't mean you shouldn't be considerate about it - doing so slowly, checking to make sure they don't have a computer or something that might get banged. Also, if you don't need the recline (i.e. when eating) you should put your seat upright. But I find the recline is so small that I barely notice the seat in my way, but at times really enjoy that little bit as it helps relax and sleep.
Dec 7th 2010 11:26AM To the person who says the departure time should mean when the gate closes, not when the plane pulls away from the gate: Departure means "departe, leave, pull away from" Not, when the door closes - hence you are told what time the gate closes.
I didn't read KS's blog post, but it certainly sounds like this blog post is misleading and false and giving Gadling a bad name.
Oct 20th 2010 7:13AM York is also the most haunted city on the world. I would take a ghost tour, I would avoid the cheesy ones, but it will give another view of the city.
Sep 11th 2010 1:10PM Of course the theory is contingent on one fact - that the lower class people are the ones who are making flying less congenial. I would hazard to guess that there are just as many upper-middle class and people who think they are rich who cause just as many problems.
Sep 7th 2010 10:39AM Working in NYC, there have been times when the calorie information has had an affect on the food I have purchased at restaurants. When the calorie count for 1 meal is what your daily intake should be, it can make you rethink what you order.
But on a plane where I don't have a choice I doubt it will change behavior. If you knew before you got on the plane then you could get something different to eat, though even that I think would have a very small affect. Most people realize the food isn't good for you so if they were really interested in doing something different they would have already.