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Forum: Cruise Jokes & Trivia - Just For Laughs January 4th, 2019, 10:23 AM
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Forum: All Things Cruising December 23rd, 2018, 05:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 818
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Pay for a suite.

Pay for a suite.
Forum: Health at Sea December 22nd, 2018, 12:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 11,931
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Your best option is a cruise on the Queen Mary in...

Your best option is a cruise on the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
There is never any movement on that ship.
Forum: Crewmembers April 18th, 2018, 02:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,181
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Yes, it is true that cabin key cards are a...

Yes, it is true that cabin key cards are a constant problem.


The magnetic strip on the back is often de-magnetized by cell phone batteries, silk shirts, magnetic closures on purses and bags, and...
Forum: Crewmembers April 3rd, 2018, 08:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,216
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Most cruise lines are quite happy to hire German...

Most cruise lines are quite happy to hire German Passport holders. They have a very good reputation with the major lines.
American passport holders are far less desirable, and are rarely hired...
Forum: Crewmembers March 28th, 2018, 07:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 698
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
You have asked an excellent question. There are...

You have asked an excellent question.
There are very easy answers, but you may not like them.

Cruise lines are looking for people who:

1. Speak multiple languages
2. Have previous experience...
Forum: Open Debate February 26th, 2018, 04:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,099
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
I live in Japan. We generally don't have guns...

I live in Japan.
We generally don't have guns here.
We cannot buy a pellet gun without a special government permit.
We cannot buy a samurai sword without a special government permit.
We cannot...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers February 4th, 2018, 02:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 485
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Good morning. I was about to say that Keith is...

Good morning. I was about to say that Keith is off to Flabob, but they've moved ti Cable. A lot closer to home.

I'm getting a haircut later.

Have a good day, people!

Judy

I was going to...
Forum: Crewmembers January 27th, 2018, 08:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,588
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
It is generally very expensive for a cruise line...

It is generally very expensive for a cruise line to fly STCW instructors to a ship and keep them in passenger cabins in order to train crew onboard.
It is also expensive to keep crew onboard - who...
Forum: Crewmembers December 27th, 2017, 08:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,431
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Visible tattoos are a big No-No on most cruise...

Visible tattoos are a big No-No on most cruise lines. If you have tattoos and they can be covered by your uniform, you may get away with it.
A tattooed hand won't work.


Even if you manage to...
Forum: Open Debate December 21st, 2017, 02:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 873
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Expenses for medical deductions will be phased...

Expenses for medical deductions will be phased out over the next 2-3 years. This will include assisted living and nursing home expenses. The elderly are going to be hit very hard and Trump Care Death...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers December 15th, 2017, 01:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 741
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
You're favorite holiday song. You're = you...

You're favorite holiday song.

You're = you are

So I am a favorite holiday song?

Thank you for the kind words.

Have they stopped teaching English?
Forum: Holland America October 14th, 2017, 09:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,661
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Nothing new: Royal Caribbean dumped sewage...

Nothing new:

Royal Caribbean dumped sewage in Glacier Bay and was banned. The next year they created their own eco award and gave it to themselves. They display it on their ships :roll:

James...
Forum: Crewmembers October 8th, 2017, 10:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 9,387
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Whenever you plan to get a job with ANY company,...

Whenever you plan to get a job with ANY company, it is a very good idea to learn to correctly spell the name of your employer.
Forum: Holland America September 2nd, 2017, 12:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,661
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Donald Trump recommends HAL?

I just read a very interesting thread on another cruise website.

It seems that for the last several years, HAL has required all service staff to wear a lapel pin that signifies a "5 Star Diamond...
Forum: Crewmembers August 30th, 2017, 08:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,212
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Hi all so I have a question and it's related to...

Hi all so I have a question and it's related to being a concessionaire and being breathalysed and over the limit...

If you are breathalysed and over the limit but not dismissed by the captain but...
Forum: Crewmembers July 19th, 2017, 08:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,559
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
I've been researching cruise career opportunities...

I've been researching cruise career opportunities and so far am happy with what I'm seeing. Unfortunately, when looking for information concerning trans crew members, there's not much information....
Forum: Crewmembers June 26th, 2017, 07:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,639
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Each cruise line has someone in the head office...

Each cruise line has someone in the head office who manages the program onboard the ships. You need to find out who that person is, and send your CV to him/her.
You also need to know that hundreds...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers June 18th, 2017, 08:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 850
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
In September, my wife and I will take our...

In September, my wife and I will take our American passports and our American Dollars to Toronto and fly down to Cuba for another enjoyable visit.

The very polite Cuban Officials will stamp an...
Forum: Crewmembers May 26th, 2017, 08:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,070
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
Hello everybody, I have a quick question. It's my...

Hello everybody, I have a quick question. It's my first time on a cruise, as a Video Technician with Carnival. They provide the plane tickets to the US and from the US, at the end of the 6 month...
Forum: Crewmembers May 18th, 2017, 12:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 37,230
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
If the drug tests are so firm, how does it work...

If the drug tests are so firm, how does it work if someone has a prescription for it? Would they too not be permitted to get a US working visa?

How many countries, do you suppose, permit their...
Forum: Crewmembers April 21st, 2017, 11:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 934
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
How long did it take to get your mmc card? ...

How long did it take to get your mmc card?

Mine took 8 months - in Honolulu.
My case was expedited as a Senior Officer.

The Coast Guard informed me that they had found a "serious criminal...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 18th, 2017, 05:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 813
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
I thought that I was living in Paradise. ...

I thought that I was living in Paradise.
Although I spend about 3 months a year in Ibiza (which is not such a bad place) Tokyo is my home for the remainder of the year.
Living in the largest...
Forum: Princess Cruise Lines April 16th, 2017, 08:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,129
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
It really doesn't matter how old the post might...

It really doesn't matter how old the post might be.
They are still ruining fine clothing with a substandard process that is faintly disguised as something it is not.
Forum: Shore Excursions February 24th, 2017, 08:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,013
Posted By Bruce Chafkin1
We never book excursions through the cruise line...

We never book excursions through the cruise line and have booked independent excursions all around the world.

And what you said about the insurance offered by the cruise line, this is not...
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