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Are Cruise Ships Getting Too Big?

Posted by thetraveldoctor on August 3, 2008


Relaxing on Royal Caribbean

Relaxing on Royal Caribbean

This past week I have been reading up on Royal Caribbean’s new ship the Oasis of The Sea. This engineering marvel will weigh in at 220,000 GRT when it debuts in December of  2009. It will tower over the sea 16 stores. It will host 5200 people every week for 7 night Caribbean cruises out of the Port of Miami. The Oasis of The Sea will be the World Largest Cruise Ship ever built.

I am looking forward to seeing this ship. As a veteran of 86 cruises and 30 of them on Royal Caribbean, I am questioning if cruise ships have gotten too big? With more than 5200 people on board, will there be quiet places to relax? Will there be places to meet new people and make new friends? Will there be massive lines for everything? Will you need a segway to get around?

I love a smaller ship after sailing on all size ships. The reasons I like the smaller ships, you are able to make friends with the crew and passengers much quicker on a small ship. The walk from your cabin to the pool or anywhere else on the ship is much shorter then on the large ship and the smaller ships are able to get into some seculded ports that are not available on the large ships. But there are lots of pluses for sailing on a large ship and that is why the cruise lines keep building them.

The jury is still out on what people will like and dislike on the Oasis of The Sea, but I am sure the Royal Caribbean will do a “Royal” job on this new vessel.

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Update on “Open Letter to United Airlines CEO”

Posted by thetraveldoctor on July 28, 2008


Vancouver Airport beginning another day

Vancouver Airport beginning another day

I wanted to update everyone regarding my Open Letter to United Airlines CEO Mr. Tilton. I received a reply from a Customer Relations person at the United Corporate Office. I am printing the letter exactly the way it was written including the mistake. I can’t believe that they would send out  a letter like this. The following the reply.

Dear Mr. Gerstner :

I am responding to your communication addressed to Mr. Tilton.

I understand that you the fee for checked baggage. Even though one piece of carry-on baggage and one (small) personal item are free, we understand your dissatisfaction with the fee for checking a bag.  Most airlines base fees on the cost of doing business at a realistic profit.  Since our customers need specific services for a variety of reasons, we consider such factors as customer demand, type of service needed, as well as the fees charged by our competitors.  While your carry-on bag is free of charge, fees for specific services allow us to tailor our products and services around what our customers value most and are willing to pay for. Other products we have customized include Economy Plus seating and Buy on Board products. Still, your comments are important to us and I will share your views with our baggage management team responsible for policies. Your feedback will help us evaluate our decisions that impact your choice of airline.

Please allow us the privlege to continue serving your travel needs.


Umashankar Kar

Customer Relations


As I said in my earlier posts, These airlines just don’t have a clue how to run their airlines. It’s all about the Customer Stupid!

I welcome your comments!

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$15 to check a bag on your flight? What’s Wrong with this picture?

Posted by thetraveldoctor on May 21, 2008

This is getting ridiculous. American Airlines stated today, May 21, 2008 that it is going to start charging $15 to let you check one bag on your flight. How nuts is that. First they tell you that you cannot carryon items and they make you put them in your checked baggage. Now they tell you that you have to pay to check that bag that you can’t carryon! What is wrong with these airlines. If you need to increase your fares to cover your costs, then raise the fare, but don’t nickel and dime the customers to death. This is an insult to the intelligence of the everyday traveler.

I sure hope that no other airline follows American’s lead.  Let me know what you think.

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Gas Prices Are Artificially Inflated!

Posted by thetraveldoctor on May 7, 2008

Well, I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore! That’s right, gas prices in the US are through the roof! And do you know why they are so high? Well, it’s not because there is a shortage of oil, because there is plenty of oil in the world at this time. It’s not because China is using more oil then they did last year.

So why are oil prices so high? IT’S THE DAM FUTURE TRADERS! It’s all speculation on the futures market. We have a bunch of greedy future traders that are bidding up the price of oil. An just yesterday another jerk that call himself an investment analyst predicted that oil will go to over $200 a barrel! Yah, if you bid it up to $200 it will go to $200 because it’s all speculation. What the hell is wrong with these people. 

What needs to be done, and quickly is to sell off  the oil futures and the price of oil will plumit overnight. Otherwise, people are going to be pushed to the breaking point and will find other ways to get around. Then the demand will drop and the price will come down. I have parked my car and I am taking public transportation. I refuse to give these jerks anymore of my hard earned money.

So here is what you can do. Park your cars or cut back your driving by 1 gallon a week. If everyone that drives in the US cuts back 1 gallon a week we would send a clear message to everyone from the traders to the oil companies.

Get Mad as hell and let’s stick it to the very people that are sticking it to the American Public!

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Harrah’s Entertainment to Change Name

Posted by thetraveldoctor on April 28, 2008

Found this out yesterday that Harrah’s Entertainment is changing its name to Caesars Entertainment Corp. that is if the regulatory commissions grant the approval. Caesars Entertainment Corp will have three primary casino brands, Caesars, Harrah’s & Horseshoe Casinos. Don’t know why they are changing the corp name, but I guess that the Caesars name is a little more classy than Harrahs.

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