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Forum: All Things Cruising January 28th, 2011, 01:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 908
Posted By namvet4
Personally, I think the present generation of...

Personally, I think the present generation of cruise ships have grown far too big & impersonal.

Whatever some might think, they don't look like ships any more, they look more like floating bricks....
Forum: Royal Caribbean International July 9th, 2009, 04:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Posted By namvet4
Re: Dolphin Swim

Thank you for the information. Did you do the tour in Tortola?
Yes... quite a pleasant, if simplistic Caribbean Island..

If so, did you find the water to be nasty? On one of the reviews that I...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International July 9th, 2009, 04:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,425
Posted By namvet4
New77, You have gotten mostly excellent advice...

New77,
You have gotten mostly excellent advice by being smart enough to check in here!
:D
I can only add that taking along a few singles and/or fives in cash allows you the opportunity to...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International July 9th, 2009, 03:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Posted By namvet4
Debs, I cannot comment on the specific RCCL...

Debs,
I cannot comment on the specific RCCL tour. My wife and I - mid sixties -enjoyed the tour from HAL, onboard the Noordam.. The trip to the dolphin compound was a ten - fifteen minute ride...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International June 25th, 2009, 02:42 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,732
Posted By namvet4
Explorer of the Seas - D2 Category Cabin

Anyone have a link to photos and/or comments on the D2 category Cabin for EOS? Best position for a D2; worst position; "secrets" of a D2, etc.
Thanks in advance for the information....
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 21st, 2009, 09:44 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,927
Posted By namvet4
Link...

Link (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.1485://url)
The link will take you to H.R. 1485, The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2009 for further information.

This link will...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 9th, 2009, 01:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 907
Posted By namvet4
I thought I would amend my first post! For me,...

I thought I would amend my first post! For me, and for my DW, "the ship" is the vacation value. The itinerary, shore excursions are all secondary.
The value is in the quality of everything directly...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 8th, 2009, 04:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 907
Posted By namvet4
The operative word is bargain. I consider the...

The operative word is bargain. I consider the whole cost of the cruise, not just the cabin price; i.e. airfare, hotel lodging, transfers, car service, etc.
If I am going to commit hard earned...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 8th, 2009, 03:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 651
Posted By namvet4
Right now I'm watching RCI, Explorer of the Seas...

Right now I'm watching RCI, Explorer of the Seas from Cape Liberty, NJ for January-March, 2010. The prices are Not compelling me to buy, right now. I prefer a minimum balcony or suite.
It seems to...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International March 26th, 2009, 03:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 644
Posted By namvet4
fitter638 . . . I will share the experience my...

fitter638 . . . I will share the experience my wife and I enjoyed aboard the ms Noordam, Holland America, for our anniversary vow renewal ceremony.

I pre-booked, as a surprise for my wife! The...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers March 26th, 2009, 02:38 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,927
Posted By namvet4
Namvet... This is indeed a difficult subject...

Namvet...

This is indeed a difficult subject and one where explaining the process helps. It sounds complicated, but it really isn't.

Let me repeat that: lack of evidence of cruise crime is not...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers March 23rd, 2009, 05:48 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,927
Posted By namvet4
. . . I think it is vastly important to separate...

. . . I think it is vastly important to separate sexual assault or other bodily harm from other crimes (theft) because the ICV seems to believe that assault is the primary form of crime on ships. I...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers March 22nd, 2009, 06:54 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,927
Posted By namvet4
The header from the top of the vote...

The header from the top of the vote buttons..."Have you ever been the victim of a cruise upon a cruise ship?"

Why , yes, yes I have been a victim of a cruise on a cruise ship. LOL

I have not,...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International March 22nd, 2009, 10:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,338
Posted By namvet4
8) On our last cruise we took our niece and...

8) On our last cruise we took our niece and nephew, 2 and 3, whom we are adopting. We went to main dining room the 1st night, and the kids did act up a little but not to bad. I kind of felt bad for...
Forum: Travel Gripes! March 22nd, 2009, 10:11 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,531
Posted By namvet4
A misbehaving child mimics their environment and...

A misbehaving child mimics their environment and upbringing. Frankly, the child might be the offspring of drunken parents who are so self absorbed that they fail to exercise their parental...
Forum: Holland America March 22nd, 2009, 09:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,302
Posted By namvet4
Excellent tip! I had the same thing happen...

Excellent tip!

I had the same thing happen to me in the Ocean Bar once. But in my case, it was only a matter of an extra punch or so. I didn't say anything, because I honestly could not be 100%...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers March 22nd, 2009, 09:36 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,927
Posted By namvet4
I voted against the majority and do believe that...

I voted against the majority and do believe that "criminal acts" - anything from petty theft to attempted murder - are an issue on cruise ships. Statistically, when you have a significant number of...
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff March 22nd, 2009, 09:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 781
Posted By namvet4
Welcome to the MB Jeff, and Thank You for your...

Welcome to the MB Jeff, and Thank You for your service. I had the honor and privilege of knowing a few of the Tropic Lightning - years ago across the pond!
Check each cruise web site for their rules...
Forum: Travel Gripes! March 13th, 2009, 04:22 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 13,154
Posted By namvet4
Most of the time I take everything on an...

Most of the time I take everything on an electronic MB with a grain of salt!
Remember, this is the electronic equivalent of the bulletin board in the super market LoL!

I do appreciate that after...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International March 13th, 2009, 09:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 916
Posted By namvet4
Bsoper, I will echo the previous posters...

Bsoper,
I will echo the previous posters advice. . . Check with more than one or two independent insurance companies who specialize in travel insurance. Review each policy offering for coverage and...
Forum: All Things Cruising February 26th, 2009, 08:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,863
Posted By namvet4
Isn't the Internet grand.. You can shop around...

Isn't the Internet grand.. You can shop around many, many different travel sellers sites and hunt diligently for the lowest price! And guess what, you will find one! But bear in mind, many of these...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International February 18th, 2009, 05:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 13,694
Posted By namvet4
And how much are all of these perks going to...

And how much are all of these perks going to cost? Will there be across the board increases in the designated categories? I really don't know what to make of all of this at this time, economy and...
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff February 12th, 2009, 08:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,484
Posted By namvet4
The best advice I can offer is to have your TA,...

The best advice I can offer is to have your TA, or if you are using a cruise company rep, check your eligibility for a military discount. Different cruise lines have different requirements i.e.,...
Forum: Holland America February 12th, 2009, 08:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 964
Posted By namvet4
Re: 1st. time cruisers, Noordam Feb22nd.

This is our first cruise, and we are looking forward to it. I had been coming to cruisemates website before we scheduled our cruise. Is there anything else we need to know besides what is already...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International February 11th, 2009, 10:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,144
Posted By namvet4
Spend a few more $$$ - make a phone call - go...

Spend a few more $$$ - make a phone call - go right to whomever at the top will listen . . . It's worth a shot!

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