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Old 10-28-2012, 08:24 PM   #2131
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:32 PM   #2132
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Hi Groupies, again, I will try to catch up later in the week, but thought I would check in. Just back from the cruise to no where. What a disaster. I am done, done, done cruising. Not that I dislike cruising. I do dislike putting myself and my family squarely in the hands of anyone more concerned about money than our welfare. The only reason we got on the ship is because of DCL's lies. And then the continuing poor decision making by Captain Henry (who should be outright discharged of any further duties with DCL, in my not so humble opinion, made the last three days among the most miserable of my life. (And I paid for that?) Felt more like a hostage than a guest. But we had a great, great time at WDW and the Lodge the week before.
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:26 AM   #2133
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Hi Groupies, again, I will try to catch up later in the week, but thought I would check in. Just back from the cruise to no where. What a disaster. I am done, done, done cruising. Not that I dislike cruising. I do dislike putting myself and my family squarely in the hands of anyone more concerned about money than our welfare. The only reason we got on the ship is because of DCL's lies. And then the continuing poor decision making by Captain Henry (who should be outright discharged of any further duties with DCL, in my not so humble opinion, made the last three days among the most miserable of my life. (And I paid for that?) Felt more like a hostage than a guest. But we had a great, great time at WDW and the Lodge the week before.
So sorry your cruise turned out this way, but glad you had a good VWL visit.
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:15 AM   #2134
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Hi Groupies, again, I will try to catch up later in the week, but thought I would check in. Just back from the cruise to no where. What a disaster. I am done, done, done cruising. Not that I dislike cruising. I do dislike putting myself and my family squarely in the hands of anyone more concerned about money than our welfare. The only reason we got on the ship is because of DCL's lies. And then the continuing poor decision making by Captain Henry (who should be outright discharged of any further duties with DCL, in my not so humble opinion, made the last three days among the most miserable of my life. (And I paid for that?) Felt more like a hostage than a guest. But we had a great, great time at WDW and the Lodge the week before.
So sorry for your experience!
I just read - all 29 pages - of the Fantasy's journey. I can only imagine what you and others have experienced. Certainly happy to have you back here!
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:44 AM   #2135
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Hi Groupies, again, I will try to catch up later in the week, but thought I would check in. Just back from the cruise to no where. What a disaster. I am done, done, done cruising. Not that I dislike cruising. I do dislike putting myself and my family squarely in the hands of anyone more concerned about money than our welfare. The only reason we got on the ship is because of DCL's lies. And then the continuing poor decision making by Captain Henry (who should be outright discharged of any further duties with DCL, in my not so humble opinion, made the last three days among the most miserable of my life. (And I paid for that?) Felt more like a hostage than a guest. But we had a great, great time at WDW and the Lodge the week before.
Ouch!! hang in there rfassett, I think anyone who lives long enough and travels has had those "trips from hell". Dh and I took a train trip to Nova scotia that definitely brought out the "worst" in "for better or worst". To add to the overall misery I was 4 months preggies with Sid the squid.

Glad you loved the lodge, it never fails to turn the worst trip around.
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All schools closed tomorrow. Kutztown Univ. is closed Tuesday too but they aren't saying it on tv. Pretty busy today at PetSmart. Lots of people buying training pads in case their dogs won't go out in the rain. We had a hard time getting the store closed at 6. Lots of people coming in at the last second. Even had people wanting to come in at 6:30.
Keeping our fingers crossed! Stay safe everyone!
*** grrrr** Had to drag "hobbes" out this morning into the backyard. I had to follow him around from tree to tree with the umbrella.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:08 AM   #2137
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Hi Groupies, again, I will try to catch up later in the week, but thought I would check in. Just back from the cruise to no where. What a disaster. I am done, done, done cruising. Not that I dislike cruising. I do dislike putting myself and my family squarely in the hands of anyone more concerned about money than our welfare. The only reason we got on the ship is because of DCL's lies. And then the continuing poor decision making by Captain Henry (who should be outright discharged of any further duties with DCL, in my not so humble opinion, made the last three days among the most miserable of my life. (And I paid for that?) Felt more like a hostage than a guest. But we had a great, great time at WDW and the Lodge the week before.
Oh dear I'm so sorry to hear that. Would you mind sharing some details about why you felt DCL was more concerned with money then the guests welfare? Again I'm very sorry you had such a miserable time.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:18 AM   #2138
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Hi Groupies, again, I will try to catch up later in the week, but thought I would check in. Just back from the cruise to no where. What a disaster. I am done, done, done cruising. Not that I dislike cruising. I do dislike putting myself and my family squarely in the hands of anyone more concerned about money than our welfare. The only reason we got on the ship is because of DCL's lies. And then the continuing poor decision making by Captain Henry (who should be outright discharged of any further duties with DCL, in my not so humble opinion, made the last three days among the most miserable of my life. (And I paid for that?) Felt more like a hostage than a guest. But we had a great, great time at WDW and the Lodge the week before.
Welcome back...I was also following the cruise board. I REALLY feel for you all. As paying guests, I think the majority of us would rather just have the cruise cancelled and get reimbursed from our trip insurance vs be subjected to rough seas and sea sickness etc. Glad your WDW portion of your vacation was much better.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:36 AM   #2139
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Hi Groupies, again, I will try to catch up later in the week, but thought I would check in. Just back from the cruise to no where. What a disaster. I am done, done, done cruising. Not that I dislike cruising. I do dislike putting myself and my family squarely in the hands of anyone more concerned about money than our welfare. The only reason we got on the ship is because of DCL's lies. And then the continuing poor decision making by Captain Henry (who should be outright discharged of any further duties with DCL, in my not so humble opinion, made the last three days among the most miserable of my life. (And I paid for that?) Felt more like a hostage than a guest. But we had a great, great time at WDW and the Lodge the week before.
Oh my. This doesn't sound good.

Did you not get to any ports?

The experiences I'm reading about Fantasy and Dream really are disturbing. Cruise lines always claim that they will cruise away from storms. But it appears that this time, both ships, they made the decision to try to adhere to a schedule, at any cost.

Our first cruise, 3/2004, had 30-35 ft waves. I was afraid the ship would break in half! But it was just 1 really bad night and I think the captain was doing his best because it was a freak hurricane system that actually hit Brazil (in March!!).

But we have been very fortunate since then. And we have done 2 hurricane season cruises (1 was exactly 1 year ago on Freedom of the Seas).

I'm not sure what I am trying to say. I'm not ready to give up cruising, but
I would be very hesitant to cruise DCL during hurricane season.

DCL is going to have a bigger mess to clean up than the Fantasy. Restoring people's trust is a big job.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:42 AM   #2140
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:08 AM   #2141
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*** grrrr** Had to drag "hobbes" out this morning into the backyard. I had to follow him around from tree to tree with the umbrella.
My aunt actually has a doggie umbrella I could use but then I would get wet! I think my dogs will go out okay unless it is really windy.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:48 AM   #2142
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*** grrrr** Had to drag "hobbes" out this morning into the backyard. I had to follow him around from tree to tree with the umbrella.
Oh my. I thought my dogs were the only ones!! One of them won't even leave the living room if she thinks its raining outside!!
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I have permission to work from home. Tomorrow's design review was cancelled. We're in the path of the storm. Still have power. My neighborhood's power is run underground. That's a help. Still, outside poles can fall. We can still lose power. Just waiting it out. Reading the groupies thread helps.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:24 PM   #2144
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I have permission to work from home. Tomorrow's design review was cancelled. We're in the path of the storm. Still have power. My neighborhood's power is run underground. That's a help. Still, outside poles can fall. We can still lose power. Just waiting it out. Reading the groupies thread helps.
That's what we're here for

Be safe everyone in the path of Sandy.
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Well, we thankfully still have power. I don't know how long that will last. Looks like Sandy will make landfall at Wildwood, NJ.
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