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Forum: Royal Caribbean International December 18th, 2010, 04:01 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,633
Posted By AshleeBelle
Unless you were actually there - on either of...

Unless you were actually there - on either of these cruises - you should watch what you say. Only those who experiences these cruises should have a comment about the compensation or how they feel....
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines December 17th, 2010, 12:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,045
Posted By AshleeBelle
Lauderdale is great as a embarkation/debarkation...

Lauderdale is great as a embarkation/debarkation port. The airport is small and uncrowded, it's so close to the cruise terminal you could literally almost walk there, and even the cruise terminals...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines December 17th, 2010, 11:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,111
Posted By AshleeBelle
Sex spots? Really?!? I think your post should...

Sex spots? Really?!? I think your post should have started off with the phrase, Dear Penthouse forum....... Hey if you like that thing and don't do it where a child could unexpectedly walk up on...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International December 16th, 2010, 04:15 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,633
Posted By AshleeBelle
Let me put on my admiralty lawyer hat here (check...

Let me put on my admiralty lawyer hat here (check me out: www.yachtlaw.com (http://www.yachtlaw.com)). The cruise contract is not infallible and is not, in actual terms, the only governing item. ...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International December 16th, 2010, 03:59 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,633
Posted By AshleeBelle
Yeah - nevermind that they forgot the good...

Yeah - nevermind that they forgot the good binoculars in England, had reports of icebergs that were delivered to the captain and that the captain ignored them because he wanted to break the speed...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International December 16th, 2010, 03:22 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,633
Posted By AshleeBelle
Kangaroo court inquiries by liberal politicians...

Kangaroo court inquiries by liberal politicians biased against cruise lines! Sometimes ships enounter storms and sometimes icebergs. This was a weather incident!

Honestly, I'm not sure if you are...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International December 15th, 2010, 06:10 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,633
Posted By AshleeBelle
Ron, They already sign such a document. ...

Ron,

They already sign such a document. It's called the cruise contract. I suppose you are suggesting that it be laid out in large block letter primary style so that even the most dense and ill...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International December 15th, 2010, 05:59 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,633
Posted By AshleeBelle
Aiden, Actually you are comparing apples to...

Aiden,

Actually you are comparing apples to oranges here. Both the American Senate Inquiry, and the British Board of Trade found the White Star line and it's employees liable of negligent...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International December 15th, 2010, 05:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,633
Posted By AshleeBelle
Iamboatman. I don't think most people...

Iamboatman.

I don't think most people perceive RCI's actions as negative. Quite the contrary the majority here, and perhaps just as importantly, some of the most seasoned travelers here believe...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International December 14th, 2010, 01:55 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,633
Posted By AshleeBelle
You know it might be nice to remember that once...

You know it might be nice to remember that once upon a time (not too terribly long ago) most people who went to sea knew and accept that there were risks involving foul or dangerous weather. John...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines November 18th, 2010, 02:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,141
Posted By AshleeBelle
In today’s edition of my local paper (Lakeland,...

In today’s edition of my local paper (Lakeland, FL “The Ledger”) there is a column written by Rheta Grimsley Johnson who writes for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The column is entitled “Cruise...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines November 18th, 2010, 01:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,294
Posted By AshleeBelle
Ashlee... Two weeks ago I might have...

Ashlee...

Two weeks ago I might have disagreed with your class envy argument, because these days you really do see all kinds of economic and social stratae on cruises - but I just spent the last...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines November 17th, 2010, 02:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,294
Posted By AshleeBelle
Good points. What Carnival did is very...

Good points.


What Carnival did is very impressive. I think a lot or regular (and loyal) cruisers from other lines have also noted what Carnival did for it's pax as well and now want to give...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines November 17th, 2010, 12:00 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,294
Posted By AshleeBelle
Honestly I've given a lot of thought to this over...

Honestly I've given a lot of thought to this over the past few days, and I think the problem with cruise industry bashing goes beyond media fear mongering and sensationalism. To my mind there is...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines November 15th, 2010, 09:58 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,832
Posted By AshleeBelle
AshleeBelle, Yes, your comment about...

AshleeBelle,



Yes, your comment about the passenger who died in the fire on the Princess ship a couple years ago having a pre-existing heart condition is spot-on -- and IIRC, I noted that...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines November 15th, 2010, 01:12 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,832
Posted By AshleeBelle
Ashlee, The cost of splitting...

Ashlee,



The cost of splitting generators and main electrical buses between two non-adjacent compartments is pretty minimal. I would be stunned if the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines November 12th, 2010, 11:55 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,832
Posted By AshleeBelle
I take it to mean that the warning system is...

I take it to mean that the warning system is automatic, but that sealing the engine room and piping Co2 in is a process that has to be activated manually. So I would call both reports correct, with...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines November 11th, 2010, 04:45 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,832
Posted By AshleeBelle
Lots of stuff to comment on here. First and...

Lots of stuff to comment on here. First and foremost that article in the Herald was nothing but a sensationalist hit piece with incredibly poor fact checking and sources that were very anti-cruise...
Forum: All Things Cruising October 14th, 2010, 10:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,913
Posted By AshleeBelle
How ironic that this topic should come up when I...

How ironic that this topic should come up when I have been lately reflecting on my past cruise experiences and looking at how much the market has changed since then.

First a touch of background...
Forum: Azamara Cruises October 3rd, 2010, 12:51 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 23,046
Posted By AshleeBelle
I heard more of a chance now due to global...

I heard more of a chance now due to global warming - the bergs are floating more to the south than they used to.

I find this comment amusing as it serves so well to highlight the absurdity...
Forum: All Things Cruising October 2nd, 2010, 05:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,063
Posted By AshleeBelle
When I took my first cruise way back in 1985 much...

When I took my first cruise way back in 1985 much of the elegance and grace of ocean travel was still present. Many of the ships were converted Atlantic liners with the beautiful lines of a real...
Forum: Celebrity October 2nd, 2010, 04:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,205
Posted By AshleeBelle
I would argue that HAL is still a Dutch company...

I would argue that HAL is still a Dutch company despite being American owned. Do they predominately cater to Americans? Yes of course they do but I don't think that should require them to dumb down...
Forum: Celebrity October 1st, 2010, 08:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,205
Posted By AshleeBelle
OK thank you for letting me know. There are...

OK thank you for letting me know.

There are a couple of things I would like to point out to you. The first is that although Holland America's names may be both unspellable and unpronounceable to...
Forum: Celebrity October 1st, 2010, 07:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,205
Posted By AshleeBelle
Paul, Can you tell me who wrote the article...

Paul,

Can you tell me who wrote the article that linked me to this thread? It's not listed on the article and I would like to comment on it but I would prefer to know who I'm addressing.
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