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Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 18th, 2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 71
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Posted By Paul Motter
Forbes Magazine: The average annual household...

Forbes Magazine: The average annual household income in China, converted to dollars, was $10,220, compared with $84,300 in the United States.

The thing is that China has so many more people than...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 18th, 2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 962
Posted By Paul Motter
"packing them in like sardines" refers to the...

"packing them in like sardines" refers to the passenger space ratio for all the public areas of the ship per passenger. Now, unfortunately we do not have ways to calculate just the square footage of...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 17th, 2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 962
Posted By Paul Motter
By the way - from the amazingly good article on...

By the way - from the amazingly good article on best ports in the world at FoxNews.com (http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/03/12/world-best-cruise-ship-terminals/):

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, Hong...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 17th, 2014, 01:42 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 962
Posted By Paul Motter
I am pretty sure it takes a good five days just...

I am pretty sure it takes a good five days just to reach Panama from Los Angeles. Even Acapulco requires an 8-day cruise.

BUT I think there are other Mexico-based itineraries they should be...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 17th, 2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 962
Posted By Paul Motter
My colleague David Beers (editor...

My colleague David Beers (editor CruiseReviews.com) had already booked the Anthem TransAtlantic cruise from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale - paid his deposit.

Now that ship is not even going to Ft...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 17th, 2014, 01:15 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 962
Posted By Paul Motter
I agree with beachbum. The ship was plainly...

I agree with beachbum. The ship was plainly PLANNED for the American market and it has been touted and marketed to us as such for almost two years now.

It is obvious this was very much a fast...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 17th, 2014, 12:50 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 962
Posted By Paul Motter
But Felix..... CHINA???? I never said...

But Felix..... CHINA????

I never said Americans deserve everything first, although it has been a tradition. But many ships stay in Europe for many seasons (many Celebrity ships did that) and most...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 17th, 2014, 12:27 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 962
Posted By Paul Motter
Seadog... Just so you know, I just asked the...

Seadog...

Just so you know, I just asked the Royal Caribbean brass on the media conference call why they didn't put Quantum in Los Angeles instead of Shanghai.

There answer was "lack of ports...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 17th, 2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 962
Posted By Paul Motter
I thought it was already announced that when...

I thought it was already announced that when Oasis 3 comes out one of them will stay in Southampton (probably the new one).
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 17th, 2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 962
Posted By Paul Motter
Just so you know - we just had the press...

Just so you know - we just had the press conference - and the RCL team insisted there was no financial incentive from China behind this decision.
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 17th, 2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 962
Posted By Paul Motter
I keep wondering where this "only 5% of...

I keep wondering where this "only 5% of americans" have ever taken a cruise popped up. I have seen it in other places, but I am fairly certain the number is closer to 20% or even higher.

The CLIA...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 16th, 2014, 08:12 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 962
Posted By Paul Motter
Well... at the risk of making a short post long -...

Well... at the risk of making a short post long - there was a Harris poll about US cruisers being reluctant to cruise. The problem is too few 1st-time cruisers.

Mostly Carnival is hurting the...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 16th, 2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 962
Posted By Paul Motter
The cruises will be three to eight days, to Japan...

The cruises will be three to eight days, to Japan and Korea. Don't forget that it is easier to do multiple embarkation points on the itinerary overseas, so I would expect that they will also be...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 16th, 2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 962
Posted By Paul Motter
That's right. I was surprised they chose new York...

That's right. I was surprised they chose new York - I mean Carnival & Norwegian have that covered with newer ships.

But China - Is Mamma Mia a big show in China? I don;t know.

But I do now...
Forum: All Things Cruising April 16th, 2014, 06:35 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 71
Posted By Paul Motter
Quantum of the Seas to CHINA in 2015

Discuss this here or in our Royal Caribbean (http://www.cruisemates.com/forum/royal-caribbean-international/401910-quantum-seas-heading-china.html) forums

Quantum of the Seas to CHINA in 2015
...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International April 16th, 2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 962
Posted By Paul Motter
My mouth is hanging open. Really, China? Their...

My mouth is hanging open. Really, China? Their market studies have found that this ship is best suited for short three-day trips out of Shanghai?

I guess having Adam move up to COO of the parent...
Forum: All Things Cruising April 16th, 2014, 02:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 135
Posted By Paul Motter
When a crewmember is coming from Indonesia, it is...

When a crewmember is coming from Indonesia, it is pretty easy to imagine that "reputable" and "confirmable" background checks would be easy to fake.

Unless a staff member has a record of something...
Forum: Norwegian Cruise Lines April 10th, 2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 331
Posted By Paul Motter
NCL used to have a coupon book they handed out...

NCL used to have a coupon book they handed out with a lot of cruises. Things change all the time - sorry.
Forum: First-Time Cruisers April 10th, 2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 172
Posted By Paul Motter
Sorry, I couldn't resist, I'll just be pokin'...

Sorry, I couldn't resist, I'll just be pokin' along now..... :shock: :?: :rolleyes: :cool:
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff April 8th, 2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 337
Posted By Paul Motter
Many ships have laundromats or you can opt for...

Many ships have laundromats or you can opt for full laundry service. The price is about $20-$30 per load (items priced separately). The self service laundries are often usually free or take quarters...
Forum: Crewmembers April 8th, 2014, 03:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 254
Posted By Paul Motter
This i snot true - as long as you are qualified...

This i snot true - as long as you are qualified and have a fairly good command of English there is no reason you could not be hired. I see many people of India working on cruise ships.
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff April 8th, 2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 178
Posted By Paul Motter
Also - the docks in Zeebrugge are quite a...

Also - the docks in Zeebrugge are quite a distance away from the train station, and it is an industrial shipyard so you will NOT find (m)any taxis there. We took the train from Zeebrugge to Brugges,...
Forum: First-Time Cruisers April 8th, 2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 502
Posted By Paul Motter
I was on Carnival Breeze for a Thanksgiving...

I was on Carnival Breeze for a Thanksgiving cruise and all of the kids seemed to be having a ball - and there were hundreds of them.

Yes, sometimes they would leave the organized activities and...
Forum: First-Time Cruisers April 8th, 2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 372
Posted By Paul Motter
A LOT of people snore (myself included) and I...

A LOT of people snore (myself included) and I have had cabin mates that snore.

When it comes to looking for a cabin share all you can do is be honest. Most people will only find it to be a problem...
Forum: Cruise Deals April 8th, 2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 72
Posted By Paul Motter
Windstar on Sale - April 2014

Windstar Cruises Sails into April with Exotic Destinations Sale

Guests enjoy best deals of the year on Asia, Arabia and Tahiti voyages

Seattle, April 8 2014 - Windstar Cruises is celebrating...
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