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From: Nonny on 3 Sep 2009 13:49
"George Leppla" <george(a)cruisemaster.com> wrote in message
> We have been invited to be on the Oasis on November 20-22 for
> one of the intro cruises to nowhere. I hardly ever do any of
> these two-nighters because getting to the ship is too expensive
> and a PITA for just a two night cruise, but if things work out,
> we are planning on making this one.
On these familiarization cruises, particularly for a new class of
ship, do you feel the TA's have a better passenger experience or a
more difficult one than a regular customer would have 6 months
later? For instance, I could argue that the line would have more
staff present, serve better food and pay more attention to detail
than after the ship is broken in. OTOH, I can also see these
cruises like you and Becca are going on to be fraught with the
"devil in the details," where the shipboard personnel are learning
What's been your experience and what's the experience of the other
> George Leppla
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From: Sue Mullen on 3 Sep 2009 14:37
D Ball wrote:
>> So, Diana, how about booking the MOAGC and cruise with us?
> I would love that! I will still have that one darling and super-
> responsible kid at home, though...if I succumb to the temptation to
> ditch him for a week, no telling what temptation he might succumb to,
> LOL. Maybe I'll just ditch him and the old man. ;)
We once left our teenage son home alone for a weekend and never did that
again, so I understand.lol
From: Joseph Coulter on 3 Sep 2009 15:44
On Thu, 3 Sep 2009 07:13:35 -0700 (PDT), Susette
>On Sep 2, 10:35?pm, Joseph Coulter <n...(a)nowhere.com> wrote:
>> 27NOV09 Oasis of the Seas, I ?get to see just how big she is. I admit
>> to being aprehensive, but I was on Freedom and it seems to be doing
>> well. This one probably will to, can't wait to see her, but what
>> choice do I have?
>> Joseph Coulter
>> Joseph Coulter Cruises and Vacationswww.josephcoulter.com
>I will be on her the same date!
>Cruise Outlets and travel
>Kings HWy Woodbury,nj
I will have to "buy" you a drink. :-)
Joseph Coulter Cruises and Vacations
From: Kurt Ullman on 3 Sep 2009 17:56
In article <h7p8tm02vrc(a)enews2.newsguy.com>,
"George Leppla" <george(a)cruisemaster.com> wrote:
> I never noticed that there were extra crew members. Space is money on a
> cruise ship... it isn't like they have extra room for extra crew. AFAIK,
> they sail with the same full compliment of crew that the ships sails with
> when full.
I would think that most (if any) of the extra crew members would be
engineers, mechanics and those types to keep on eye on those kind of
parts. I thought it was rather dumb that the FAA required an airline
mechanic be on board every new airliner until they had a certain number
of hours in the air. I mean what was he gonna do, walk out on the wing
and fix the engines (G). Same general idea, I would guess.
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From: Nonny on 3 Sep 2009 18:43
"Kurt Ullman" <kurtullman(a)yahoo.com> wrote in message
I thought it was rather dumb that the FAA required an airline
> mechanic be on board every new airliner until they had a certain
> of hours in the air. I mean what was he gonna do, walk out on
> the wing
> and fix the engines (G).
I'd never heard that, Kurt. Is it a current requirement, or one
from the past? In the days of the big piston-engine planes, I
recall seeing old photos and movies about passageways into the
wing and nacelle for just that purpose. Nowadays, I doubt if a
mechanic could even gain access to the luggage compartment.
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