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About Jason

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  • Birthday February 13

Personal Info

  • First Name
    Jason
  • Gender
    Male
  • City
    Fort Lauderdale
  • State
    Florida
  • Country
    United States

Cruising

  • First Cruise Ship
    Carnival Sensation
  • First Cruise Year
    1995
  • Cruises Sailed
    22
  • Favorite Cruise Line
    Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Ship
    Carnival Victory
  • Favorite Shipboard Activity
    Poolside
  • Favorite Itinerary
    Caribbean
  • Favorite Port of Call
    St. Maarten
  • Favorite Port Activity
    Beach
  • Places I've Cruised To
    Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, Cozumel, St Maarten, St Croix, St Thomas, Nassau, Freeport, Tortola, Key West, San Juan, Costa Rica, Panama, Coco Cay

Details

  • Hobbies & Interests
    CruiseCrazies, Cruises, Boating, Beach, Hockey, Cooking, Movies, Ice Cream, Baby back ribs and taking advantage of all the outdoor activities available in South Florida
  • Sports
    Hockey
  • Quotes
    "A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner."
    "A ship in the harbor is safe, but that's not what ships were made for."
    "The only limitations we have are the ones we place upon ourselves."
    "To focus early pays big dividends"
  • Occupation
    Project Manager

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  1. Welcome, Crooosin!  See you around!

  2. Hey Crooosin, Welcome to CruiseCrazies! I encourage you to take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the many features and friendly faces you'll be seeing around. Some basics on getting started: View & customize your profile here: View Member Introduce yourself in our "New Member Introductions" forum Submit your first cruise post in our "Lets Talk Cruise" forum Share recent onboard experiences: Post a Cruise Review Customize your cover photo, profile and settings here The complete guide to "Getting Started" is available here. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! See you around! 😎
  3. Welcome, Mimicsr!  See you around!

  4. Hey Mimicsr, Welcome to CruiseCrazies! I encourage you to take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the many features and friendly faces you'll be seeing around. Some basics on getting started: View & customize your profile here: View Member Introduce yourself in our "New Member Introductions" forum Submit your first cruise post in our "Lets Talk Cruise" forum Share recent onboard experiences: Post a Cruise Review Customize your cover photo, profile and settings here The complete guide to "Getting Started" is available here. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! See you around! 😎
  5. Royal Caribbean has announced that as of September 30, 2018, they will no longer offer their Sitter at Sea program onboard their cruise ships. The popular cruise line has decided to terminate the in-room babysitting service due to a lack of available caregivers, which results in an inconsistency to offer the service on every cruise ship. The Sitter at Sea program offered childcare in the guest’s own stateroom between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2 a.m. The cost for the service was $19 an hour, with a limit of 3 children per family, with each child needing to be above the age of one. Royal Caribbean updated their website in regards to their babysitting service, saying they will continue to honor the program for all ships that depart before September 30, as long as sitters are available. Once onboard, guests should visit Guest Services to inquire about availability. Although Sitter at Sea is being discontinued, the cruise lines other programs geared towards children will remain intact. The Royal Babies & Tots program provides children 6-18 months of age with activity-filled interactive classes developed by early childhood experts. For children 18-36 months, a 45-minute interactive playground session is available. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. The line also offers what they call the ‘Late Night Party Zone.’ Adults can enjoy some kid-free fun while their kids spend the night partying with new friends. Extended hours are offered in the Adventure Ocean and teen-only spaces. After 10:00 p.m., an hourly rate does apply. By Jessica Zickefoose, TravelPulse Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
  6. Royal Caribbean has announced that as of September 30, 2018, they will no longer offer their Sitter at Sea program onboard their cruise ships. The popular cruise line has decided to terminate the in-room babysitting service due to a lack of available caregivers, which results in an inconsistency to offer the service on every cruise ship. The Sitter at Sea program offered childcare in the guest’s own stateroom between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2 a.m. The cost for the service was $19 an hour, with a limit of 3 children per family, with each child needing to be above the age of one. Royal Caribbean updated their website in regards to their babysitting service, saying they will continue to honor the program for all ships that depart before September 30, as long as sitters are available. Once onboard, guests should visit Guest Services to inquire about availability. Although Sitter at Sea is being discontinued, the cruise lines other programs geared towards children will remain intact. The Royal Babies & Tots program provides children 6-18 months of age with activity-filled interactive classes developed by early childhood experts. For children 18-36 months, a 45-minute interactive playground session is available. All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. The line also offers what they call the ‘Late Night Party Zone.’ Adults can enjoy some kid-free fun while their kids spend the night partying with new friends. Extended hours are offered in the Adventure Ocean and teen-only spaces. After 10:00 p.m., an hourly rate does apply. By Jessica Zickefoose, TravelPulse Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  7. This summer cruise ships have been falling afoul of Alaska’s air quality standards. The cruise industry says it can and will do better. “This summer it seems like there’s been a lot more pollution in the channel,” said Suzy Cohen, who has lived and worked in downtown Juneau since 1992. “Some mornings I’ve woken up and looked out and just seen this heavy, blue cloud hanging over the channel and it’s kind of worrisome. You don’t know what you’re breathing and it seems like it’s coming up into the neighborhoods.” Cohen is among more than 134 people this year who’ve phoned the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s cruise ship hotline. “This season we’ve received a lot more complaints,” Ed White, head of the DEC’s cruise ship air quality program, said. Some of the calls, White said, were about relatively harmless steam coming from the ships’ stacks. “But we were also receiving more complaints now about things like smell, about the smoke in addition to the steam,” White said. The state’s air quality standard for cruise ships is measured by opacity. Basically that’s how see-through the plume coming out of a ship is. Last year the state collected $75,000 in fines for two ships that violated this standard. This year it’s already sent nine violation notices for ships in Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Haines and Seward. One violation can carry a fine of around $46,000, though companies often settle with the state for less. The cruise industry admits it has a problem. “We’re disappointed that we are not able to get the visual plume to where we want it to be,” Cruise Lines International Association Alaska president John Binkley said during a Thursday speech addressing civic and business leaders at Southeast Conference in Ketchikan. “And we’re committed to continue to work on that, regardless of what it takes.” There are multiple reasons for more plumes, one is just a matter of volume. “A couple years ago maybe we’d have four ships. Now we have six ships in port and they’re bigger ships as well,” White said. “So there’s more input into the air.” But state and industry officials also point to a more technical explanation. About three years ago, cruise lines installed systems called “scrubbers” that mix exhaust with water to filter out emissions. It was in anticipation of stricter federal sulfur standards. “We’re in compliance in terms of the sulfur limits but we’re not happy with the (scrubber) systems,” Binkley said. Ed White said his agency recognizes that its current method of measuring air quality has limitations. “Unfortunately, the opacity standard is often more of an indicator where we can look at that there’s smoke present,” White said. “But knowing what is in that and the potential health risks, that would be something that takes more study and more data.” That’s why state regulators are investigating ways to update its methods and possibly the standard itself. In the meantime, coastal residents like Suzy Cohen in Juneau, said anyone who witnesses apparent cruise ship pollution should speak up. “I think that citizens really need to call when they think that there’s a problem, call into the DEC,” Cohen said. “They have a hotline and make sure that you report it.” Alaska continues to grow in popularity with cruise lines. During Binkley’s speech in Ketchikan, he said next year’s cruise season is projected to bring 1,361,400 cruise ship passengers — a new all-time record for the third year running. By Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska - Juneau Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
  8. This summer cruise ships have been falling afoul of Alaska’s air quality standards. The cruise industry says it can and will do better. “This summer it seems like there’s been a lot more pollution in the channel,” said Suzy Cohen, who has lived and worked in downtown Juneau since 1992. “Some mornings I’ve woken up and looked out and just seen this heavy, blue cloud hanging over the channel and it’s kind of worrisome. You don’t know what you’re breathing and it seems like it’s coming up into the neighborhoods.” Cohen is among more than 134 people this year who’ve phoned the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s cruise ship hotline. “This season we’ve received a lot more complaints,” Ed White, head of the DEC’s cruise ship air quality program, said. Some of the calls, White said, were about relatively harmless steam coming from the ships’ stacks. “But we were also receiving more complaints now about things like smell, about the smoke in addition to the steam,” White said. The state’s air quality standard for cruise ships is measured by opacity. Basically that’s how see-through the plume coming out of a ship is. Last year the state collected $75,000 in fines for two ships that violated this standard. This year it’s already sent nine violation notices for ships in Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Haines and Seward. One violation can carry a fine of around $46,000, though companies often settle with the state for less. The cruise industry admits it has a problem. “We’re disappointed that we are not able to get the visual plume to where we want it to be,” Cruise Lines International Association Alaska president John Binkley said during a Thursday speech addressing civic and business leaders at Southeast Conference in Ketchikan. “And we’re committed to continue to work on that, regardless of what it takes.” There are multiple reasons for more plumes, one is just a matter of volume. “A couple years ago maybe we’d have four ships. Now we have six ships in port and they’re bigger ships as well,” White said. “So there’s more input into the air.” But state and industry officials also point to a more technical explanation. About three years ago, cruise lines installed systems called “scrubbers” that mix exhaust with water to filter out emissions. It was in anticipation of stricter federal sulfur standards. “We’re in compliance in terms of the sulfur limits but we’re not happy with the (scrubber) systems,” Binkley said. Ed White said his agency recognizes that its current method of measuring air quality has limitations. “Unfortunately, the opacity standard is often more of an indicator where we can look at that there’s smoke present,” White said. “But knowing what is in that and the potential health risks, that would be something that takes more study and more data.” That’s why state regulators are investigating ways to update its methods and possibly the standard itself. In the meantime, coastal residents like Suzy Cohen in Juneau, said anyone who witnesses apparent cruise ship pollution should speak up. “I think that citizens really need to call when they think that there’s a problem, call into the DEC,” Cohen said. “They have a hotline and make sure that you report it.” Alaska continues to grow in popularity with cruise lines. During Binkley’s speech in Ketchikan, he said next year’s cruise season is projected to bring 1,361,400 cruise ship passengers — a new all-time record for the third year running. By Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska - Juneau Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  9. Hey Jan and Maria, welcome aboard! Hope to see you posting here often 😃
  10. Welcome, alpal1993!  See you around!

  11. Hey alpal1993, Welcome to CruiseCrazies! I encourage you to take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the many features and friendly faces you'll be seeing around. Some basics on getting started: View & customize your profile here: View Member Introduce yourself in our "New Member Introductions" forum Submit your first cruise post in our "Lets Talk Cruise" forum Share recent onboard experiences: Post a Cruise Review Customize your cover photo, profile and settings here The complete guide to "Getting Started" is available here. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! See you around! 😎
  12. Jason

    BON VOYAGE, JACKIE!

    Have an amazing time Jackie!!!
  13. Hey Barb6, Welcome to CruiseCrazies! I encourage you to take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the many features and friendly faces you'll be seeing around. Some basics on getting started: View & customize your profile here: View Member Introduce yourself in our "New Member Introductions" forum Submit your first cruise post in our "Lets Talk Cruise" forum Share recent onboard experiences: Post a Cruise Review Customize your cover photo, profile and settings here The complete guide to "Getting Started" is available here. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! See you around! 😎
  14. Welcome, Barb6!  See you around!

  15. Hey Lisamiranda, Welcome to CruiseCrazies! I encourage you to take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the many features and friendly faces you'll be seeing around. Some basics on getting started: View & customize your profile here: View Member Introduce yourself in our "New Member Introductions" forum Submit your first cruise post in our "Lets Talk Cruise" forum Share recent onboard experiences: Post a Cruise Review Customize your cover photo, profile and settings here The complete guide to "Getting Started" is available here. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! See you around! 😎
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