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Old 06-25-2011, 10:15 PM   #31
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Thanks for the funny thread! I, too, cringe when food servers parade to music. I dislike the necessary handshake and butt kissing conversation nightly from the head servers. And I REALLY dislike (gasp) the family name announcement when we board the ship!!! I know that is practically a reason to be thrown off the DCL disboards, but I just had to throw my wee complaint in ...

I do like the smileys here tho'

Ah, but you can have fun with the family name announcement.

On past cruises we have been announced as:

- Sonny and Cher
- the Von Trapp Family
- The Adams Family
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:24 PM   #32
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Curmudgeon here...and my husband. We have been on 3 DCL cruises...and are DVC members....

The Bingo script...it is the same...every...time.....
We are DVC members too. This last cruise I felt like I was being hounded by DVC. I lost track of the number of phone messages they kept leaving for us.

I started to have nightmares about it. It was as if I was being pursued by some maniacally smiling, candy-scented aunt who who was chasing after me trying to pinch my chubby cheeks.
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Old 06-25-2011, 10:29 PM   #33
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I hate it when...

I'll go along with pluralses. My DA (no, not dying a##, my Dear Aunt) and her kids always called the grocery store down the hill "Safeways." I think they were posessive, not plurals. See? I can complain about a complaint.

As for grammar: The Personal Navigator has the same canned superlatives about every show, every activity on every cruise (among the three, soon four ships). Why do we still see grammar, spelling and punctuation errors?

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Old 06-25-2011, 10:42 PM   #34
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... I dislike the necessary handshake and butt kissing conversation nightly from the head servers. And I REALLY dislike (gasp) the family name announcement when we board the ship!!!...
Yes, what if they just were honest and said, "I'll be fast and invisible if you promise to tip me." Maybe I should just suggest it to him. Or do you mean the Maitre 'd? I never knew he was in the room until the last night, when he was as solicitous as a freshman at a frat kegger.

I told the guy at the gangway we were traveling under assumed names. My DW shot me the stare that shatters granite (I've been struck by it so many times it no longer raises welts), and smiled at Gangway Guy, giving our real name.
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:05 PM   #35
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Another thing I find questionable is the notion of a formal night. This is hardly an ambassadorial affair.

If the are going to have dinner wear, then I expect to see the host with a copy of Debrett's arranging the order of going into dinner.
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Jackie...

Those of us who are Tin CC members... will STALK all of you gold and platinum members at Palo... That will be me drooling on the window holding my stale cold pizza slice from Pinocchio's....
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Old 06-26-2011, 06:51 AM   #37
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Yes, what if they just were honest and said, "I'll be fast and invisible if you promise to tip me." Maybe I should just suggest it to him. Or do you mean the Maitre 'd? I never knew he was in the room until the last night, when he was as solicitous as a freshman at a frat kegger.

I told the guy at the gangway we were traveling under assumed names. My DW shot me the stare that shatters granite (I've been struck by it so many times it no longer raises welts), and smiled at Gangway Guy, giving our real name.

Ahem!

All of a sudden all these people come crawling out of the woodwork on the last night. It would not surprise me in the least if some goon, in costume naturally, came up to our table on the last night and said, "Excuse me, but I'm responsible for stacking the spoons "off stage." I hope the spoons were to your satisfaction."

On the whole I wish on the first night they offered us a choice, "Would you like the cloying and saccharine service package, or the quiet, unobtrusive and efficient service package, where I won't try to be your pal, but you will get excellent service and be left alone?"
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:28 AM   #38
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I never knew he was in the room until the last night, when he was as solicitous as a freshman at a frat kegger.
I hope it's ok - I think I want to borrow that phrase in the future!

We were the "Doofenshmirtz" family last cruise. Surprisingly, the CM with the microphone asked if it was as in "the evil empire". My DS 4 who was kinda wide-eyed on ship entry didn't respond until two days later when he asked why that guy called us the Doofenshmirtz family...

As a DVC member, I also find the member meeting embarrassing, and have decided the 16 DVC hats and lanyards we own are enough. The goofy game show is not worth the chance at a $200 OBC anymore. I may, however, pop in just to grab a free mimosa.
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As a DVC member, I also find the member meeting embarrassing, and have decided the 16 DVC hats and lanyards we own are enough. The goofy game show is not worth the chance at a $200 OBC anymore. I may, however, pop in just to grab a free mimosa.

As a DVC member, I couldn't agree more. The hard sell is WAY over the top. We always get the hats though and give them as bingo prizes for a kids charity we work with. And IMHO the mimosas are watered down...
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:22 PM   #40
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Re: "solicitous as a freshman at a frat kegger"

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I hope it's ok - I think I want to borrow that phrase in the future!

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It only took me a minute to come up with it. I'm so pleased you like it that I grant you full and eternal title to the phrase. So long as I get to use it myself....

So how about the cheerleading by cast preppies in white shorts while we wait to be loaded on the bus for excursions. "Is everyone having fun?" "Hello?" (tap, tap) "Testing, one two. Hey, who's excited to ride a minivan 40 miles with whining 8-year-olds to a salsa tasting? I can't HEAR you!"
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I am not quite sure if this makes me a curmudgeon, though I do share many of the sentiments expressed here.

I will share one on this board, however ... the Magic, Wonder, Dream, and Fanstasy are SHIPS, not BOATS.

I am not quite sure why that bothers me so much, but I will immediately pass over a thread with the word BOAT in the title. Rather like nails on a chalkboard to me.
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I am a TOTAL curmudgeon when it comes to parents who let their kids do ANYTHING. Push, run wild, scream endlessly, demand, litter, leave sticky messes, back talk, etc, etc. What ever happened to teaching manners? It's not the kids' fault, it's the parents. I am not above correcting the kid and don't mind the dirty looks from the parents one little bit.

Rant over (for today)...
But I'm just getting warmed up. Yes, you and I straight-arm the little weasels at the elevator when they try to run in before anyone can get off. "Always let people out before you get in -- to a bus, monorail or elevator. Just pretend it's the classroom you avoid."

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I will share one on this board, however ... the Magic, Wonder, Dream, and Fanstasy are SHIPS, not BOATS.

I am not quite sure why that bothers me so much, but I will immediately pass over a thread with the word BOAT in the title. Rather like nails on a chalkboard to me.
Yes, boat, front, in the back, right side, upstairs, floor.
(i.e. ship...bow...aft..............starboard..topside.. .deck)

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Oh wow, how I LOVE and NEED this thread!!! I'm the curmudgeon here...alone in a family of six (although my teenage daughter is in training and doing quite well).

No idea why people love the pirate thing so much. I think it's just plain weird. Hate the formal night...I'd rather run around in my shorts and t-shirts all day long. I think the Cruise Directors talk WAY too much, and I find myself saying, under my breath, "shut up, shut up, shut UP" while they're yammering about. I don't mind parading waiters, but waving the napkins??? The way my family eats, you can bet a boatload of crumbs would come flying out of our napkins. Ours stay in our laps.
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I loathe the cheerleading cast members. That much perkiness must addle the brain. I also despise being spoken to like I'm a rather dimwitted 2 year old.

At the last pirate party insanity descended om me and I queued for cake. It took forever to wind my way to the table, and they were out of forks. I asked the cast member for a fork and she made a hand gesture to me that I should eat the cake with my hands. I wanted to make a finger gesture back at her but opted to just snarl politely.

I finally found a fork and went up to deck 10, where promptly a strong gust of wind came and blew my piece of cake off my plate and over the railing. It would have been poetic justice had the wind-launched cake hit the fork gesturing cast member in the face. I would have then considered the evening a great success.
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