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jacketwatch last won the day on April 29 2019

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About jacketwatch

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  • Birthday October 20

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  • First Name
  • Gender
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  • Country
    United States


  • First Cruise Ship
    Splendor of the Seas
  • First Cruise Year
  • Cruises Sailed
  • Days Cruised
  • Favorite Cruise Line
  • Favorite Cruise Ship
    Oasis of the Seas
  • Favorite Shipboard Activity
    Meeting people
  • Favorite Itinerary
    Caribbean - Southern
  • Favorite Port of Call
  • Favorite Port Activity
    Walking & sightseeing
  • Places I've Cruised To
    Western Med. x 2
    So. Caribbean X 2.
    Baltic capitals
    Panama Canal
    SE Asia
    Western Caribbean
    Holy Land
  • Last Ship Sailed
    Sapphire Princess
  • Last Cruise Date
    Feb. 2016
  • Next Cruise Ship
    Ovation of the Seas
  • Next Cruise Date
    Dec. 7 2017.


  • Hobbies & Interests
    Besides vacations and cruising I like to play golf and dabble in cooking. I am a huge watch freak and have over 50 in my collection. For whatever reason I also collect jackets too, thus my user name.
    I am a huge WW II hx. buff, esp. the Pacific theater.
  • Music
    Mostly old school rock and roll though my tastes are broader than that but no rap.
  • Movies
    Some of my favs are:
    The Ten Commandments.
    The Godfather.
    Anything about the Titanic I suck up like a sponge.
  • TV Shows
    History shows
    Travel shows.
    Law and Order.
  • Sports
    I like most anything but as for participation is golf.
  • Food
    My tastes are wide ranging and I always like to try anything ethnic. I love Indian food in particular.
  • Pets
  • Books
    I am not much of a book reader but love travel mags and suscribe to several. I have been reading "Samurai" by Saburu Sakai who was the leading Japanese air ace in WW II. Very interesting.
  • Quotes
    "I fear all we have done is to rouse a sleeping tiger and fill it with a terrible resolve."
    Adm. Yamamoto's statement after the Pearl Harbor raid. How true.
  • Occupation
    RN, now retired.

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  1. I understand they have been circling the drain for some time. Reminds me of when the Renaissance cruise line went bankrupt. Their ships were seized in ports stranding thousands.
  2. https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/thomas-cook-collapses-stranding-600000-tourists-abroad/ar-AAHFyco?fbclid=IwAR22GLDF0kE0HV-tsGj9fmarw2hpYvhcM5JDuhmRB2E2ztrPFH9Z8Xn1pdY
  3. Thank you. I got the seats directly from UA using saver awards, no code share though the other legs, PEK-DEL and DEL-ORD are thru star alliance partners. Originally it was a 2-2-2 configuration but now it’s a 2-4-2. I understand the 2-2-2 has the new Polaris seats while the 2-4-2 has the old biz seats with Polaris amenities.
  4. I have an airline question. We booked ORD-DEL on UA biz. The plane was a 2-2-2 configuration, no front or first class. We were in row 1, the first row of biz. Now I see the configuration is 2-4-2 and there is a first or front cabin with eight seats and we have been reassigned to the first row of biz, row 6. However at this time the front cabin seats are not open to take and none of those seats are assigned. They are all greyed out. Any ideas why? Thank you.
  5. Ok Jan got it. I must say this is intriguing. Our Canada/NE cruise did not include Quebec and those French Canadian stops. Our was out of NYC with stops in Portland, Halifax, Boston and St. John. Hmmm.
  6. Thanks for the review. For me I will pass on MSC at least for now. My money will go to more tried and true cruise lines.
  7. The better way to answer this as you need information about passports, visas, and what countries if any block Iranians (I assume you are Iranian with Iranian passport) is to contact the Iranian government to find out what countries your passport allows you to go to.
  8. Thank you for the review. We were on her sister ship the Getaway and I too was dismayed by how they allocated pool space. I don't think they have enough for adults. As for the chair hogs the fault lies with the crew for being lax in enforcing the rules. On the Getaway one day a guy by the pool was toasted and shouting out including some f bombs. I mentioned this to one of the crew who told me it would be better if I called security!! Really. I did but left before they arrived so I don't know what happened. I do know hen I saw him afterwards he was cool. Its a shame how rowdy, unruly passengers can disrupt things especially when their behavior is tolerated. Something happened several years ago with a family or really a tribe of people ran amok for a few days before finally getting tossed. I saw videos of their actions and they were nearly assaulting the crew too. Should not have gone on that long. At the first sign hammer down.
  9. That sounds like fun and hey it could get very "interesting" ?.
  10. Thank you for the review. We were on that ship in the summer of 2008 and though that was not spring break it was vacation time and it was packed with kids. We too loved the ship especially the promenade area. We also had seats on the beach and watch those zip liners and go past us like crazy and that is really something!
  11. Hmm. Yes two sides to every story. If the passengers have a legitimate case I imagine lawyers will get involved and then who knows. CCL must think they have a solid case to take such an action.
  12. Some people think they are being cool or funny but really have no idea it’s just the opposite. Oh well glad our sons wedding was smooth.
  13. I need to vent just a bit. We went to a wedding Saturday downtown Chicago. All was ok until the reception. Guess how many people spoke then? Usually its a few like the brides dad, best man, maid of honor, maybe a couple more. Well they had 13, yes 13 people give speeches! Major buzz kill. One guy, an uncle of the bride rambled on for 15 minutes and finally his wife had to sit him down. ☺️ People were falling asleep, we went to the lobby to watch tv. Well dinner was very late and afterwards we just went to bed as we had a room in the hotel. Took the fun out of it. Just goes to show why wedding planners are in business. Cheers folks!
  14. The MDR’s are just fine with us. It seems to me that people who criticize them are comparing them to fine dining restaurants when in fact these are supposed to be more like banquet style meals and I think for the most part they succeed at that.
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