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About jacketwatch

  • Rank
    Member
  • Birthday October 20

Personal Info

  • First Name
    Larry
  • Gender
    Male
  • State
    Illinois
  • Country
    United States

Cruising

  • First Cruise Ship
    Splendor of the Seas
  • First Cruise Year
    2002
  • Cruises Sailed
    15
  • Days Cruised
    126
  • Favorite Cruise Line
    Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Ship
    Oasis of the Seas
  • Favorite Shipboard Activity
    Meeting people
  • Favorite Itinerary
    Caribbean - Southern
  • Favorite Port of Call
    Singapore
  • Favorite Port Activity
    Walking & sightseeing
  • Places I've Cruised To
    Western Med. x 2
    So. Caribbean X 2.
    Alaska
    Tahiti
    Baltic capitals
    Panama Canal
    NE/Canada
    Japan
    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.

Details

  • 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.
    Midway.
    Titanic.
    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
    Allergies
  • 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. 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.
  2. That sounds like fun and hey it could get very "interesting" 🤣.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. $65.00 pp is ridiculous. I wonder where the ceiling is for speciality restaurants? They sure have risen over the years.
  9. BTW kudos to RCI. After they resolved a huge annoyance I had the guy who fixed it promised a gratuity of some sort when we sailed again and it was delivered. Thanks for the extra $100.00 OBC. Most generous. Actually what I have discovered is that CS from RCI when you call their 800 number is abysmal. C and A is better but upper management, assuming you are persistent enough to contact them really delivers. They know the value of pound wise and penny foolish. For me the experience with the first contact personnel was terrible. It was “no” vs, a “yes” culture.
  10. How awful. I hope no one is too badly hurt but more the emotional damage is the bigger issue. I imagine Viking will have to open up the checkbook.
  11. Well we can rest easy. I don’t think he will have to sell that red Camaro. 😂. BTW we tried Delmonicos by Emeril in NOLA and it was wonderful.
  12. Have you tried any of Guys places, even on land? Wondering how they are.
  13. I recently booked biz saver award tickets ORD-DEL for two. I noticed that I could only get one seat on some some carriers, LOT and ANA for example but two seats were not available. Does this mean there is only one per member or just one period?
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