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About legaljen1969

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    South Carolina
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    legal work, reading, social media
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean and Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Western Caribbean

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  1. The last cruise we took, I did have some OBC toward my account. I could use it to make pre-cruise purchases of excursions, drink packages, et cetera. I did not "have to" use it for those purchases and could use a credit card to pay for those items if I so chose. Maybe once actually "onboard" it does work that way.
  2. Loretta Lynn was a grandmother at 28. She had her first child at 14 and that child had a child at 14.
  3. Also, that doll is not going to make human movements. It isn't going to wiggle, spontaneously kick back or forward. It isn't going to even breathe- not one inhalation or exhalation. That doll is going to do exactly what the re-enacter makes it do.
  4. As someone else said, there are considerations of nuisance value, public perception. Not everyone is a die hard "RCI is always right" person. I have worked on both sides of the Personal Injury law equation- for the Plaintiffs and Defendants. Juries are strange. You can believe you had an iron clad case and you can believe that you will win on that one little piece of evidence that you think would sway any reasonable person, but then the jury doesn't come out the way you planned. The Judge could rule that some testimony or piece of evidence may be included or excluded, which could go against the way the attorneys and corporation thought it might go. I am sure that RCI has an arbitration clause in their terms of contract. I would believe that the parties must go through some sort of alternative dispute resolution- arbitration or mediation- prior to going to trial on this matter. Another chance for the parties to see how strong their case is and whether there is any incentive to settle. The fact is that you are relying upon 1 human being to rule on the evidence and provide a verdict if you choose a bench trial and you are relying upon at least 12 human beings if you choose a jury trial. Yes, your jury pool should be completely objective but we are all humans with experiences that do lead us to look at things through our own lens of experience. We believe or disbelieve testimony based on our own experience and understanding. You can watch your entire case fall apart with a couple of rulings from the bench that turn the tide. That impacts a jury too. I am not saying the family will win. I am not saying RCI will win. I don't know. What I do know is that jurists are human and juries are human, as are the lawyers and the people in the expensive suits counting all the beans. On any given day, you may believe you have your case in the bag and you may walk out with an adverse verdict.
  5. I think they are definitely going to push as far as they can-both sides. However, I have seen cases that settled on the morning of trial just before the judge calls the roster of cases on the docket for the day or the week. It happens more often than people would think.
  6. I was asking what the person meant when they said " if the family had not hired an attorney and threatened a lawsuit, the GF would not have been charged." That statement to me seems to indicate that they believe the grandfather would not have been charged if the family had not hired an attorney. I wasn't sure if that's what the poster meant.
  7. I too live in a resort/beach community. People seem to think when they are on vacation, that nothing bad can happen. It's like "this is my getaway from real life and nothing that happens in real life can happen because I am on vacation." Tourists disobey traffic laws (not like "Local things" they are unaware of). They run traffic lights. They don't yield or merge. They let their kids go into the ocean with shark warnings or riptide warnings while mom and dad just sit on the beach drinking beers. Because they are on vacation and nothing bad can happen. They suspend all good judgment and then sue the pants off of anyone around if something messes up their vacation.
  8. I think we are all smart enough to understand this is splitting hairs. Yes, the "state" files charges. But "victims" drop charges all the time or tell the state not to press charges. The way the post was written- " if the family had not hired an attorney and threatened a lawsuit, the GF would not have been charged" it appears that the person is saying the grandfather was only charged because the family hired an attorney and threatened a lawsuit.
  9. So you are saying that Royal decided to press charges to "get even" with the family? Or to intimidate them into dropping the suit? That certainly does not look good for Royal if that is the case. I mean, money definitely talks but to press charges to convince a family not to sue is pretty heavy handed.
  10. I too long for the day when I have been on so many cruises that I am bored with the itineraries. Due to work schedules and budget, our options are fairly limited. I usually change up the excursions so I get to see things I haven't experienced in the past.
  11. Let me just say that my first cruise was on S/S Majestic- the old Premier Cruise Line which is no longer in existence. I was 14 and my brother was 12. We thought we had just sailed away into the great beyond. It was one of the coolest vacations our parents ever took us on and we thought were on a "big ship." Now, to look back it is possible that some of today's private yachts that could use that ship for a boarding vessel. LOL I just turned 50 and there are still two friends I keep up with from that ship. We had so much fun. They used to offer cruise/Disney packages. Of course that is no more now that Disney has its own cruise line. But it was an amazing experience back then. Let me say too that Tampa was the easiest embarkation and disembarkation experience I have ever had. We accidentally parked across the street from "Terminal 2" but the "extra" walk was just a few extra yards really. I see you are from Sarasota, so you may just drive in on cruise day. If you choose to stay overnight before the cruise, I highly recommend the Hampton Inn/Home2Suites on East Kennedy. It's just a couple of blocks from the pier and the rooms were great. They don't currently offer a Park & Cruise package, but with terminal parking being so close, it's super easy. I would not hesitate to cruise out of Tampa again. Very easy processes there.
  12. I don't even have children but I would have been all over her for acting like that. For all I know she might have been on our Brilliance cruise. We had a woman who did almost the exact same thing- yelling at somebody's kid for something ridiculous. She was walking down through the Schooner bar and bumped into this child while looking at her cell phone, and she spilled her strawberry daquiri on her white dress. The child didn't even do anything. She was livid and started screaming at this child for "just standing there." Her husband just rolled his eyes. She sat down next to me and looked at me shaking my head, thinking I was doing it in sympathy for her. She looked at me and said "I don't know why people bring their kids along. They just get in the way." I told her I didn't know why people walked along with bright red drinks while not watching where they were going, and it was too bad she was going to have to wear her Scarlet Letter for being careless and running to a child. She hightailed it out of there pretty quick.
  13. We just did a Christmas Cruise on Brilliance and we saw lots of families with small children. I asked several of them what they thought of the ship. Most seemed to like it. They said they thought 5 nights with a good length cruise and they thought the time to try a smaller ship with a friendlier budget was a good choice while the children were small and didn't know about all of the bells and whistles of the mega ships. So many of the kids on the Brilliance seemed to think they were in heaven on a grand adventure anyhow. Little ones tend to think being a ship sailing in the ocean is a good enough adventure even if on a smaller ship if they have not already done something big. We played trivia with a family traveling with a 13 year old, 10 year old and 7 year old. The 7 year old was tuned out on his iPad or tablet most of the time. The other two kids were enjoying playing trivia and having that down time to do something with their parents. We talked about whether they had been on a larger ship. They had- the Allure. The two kids actually said they didn't think it would have felt like a "Christmas" vacation on a large ship because they would have been running all over the place doing different things and wouldn't have seen mom and dad very much. Both seemed to very much enjoy the "Team" aspect of their family adventure. They even did the "amazing race" themed excursion in Cozumel. They were so excited to tell me about it when we were sailing on Friday. I asked them what they thought about all of it. They said they liked both things but they really did enjoy having a "family" vacation on the Brilliance. Since your kids are not old enough to really get away on their own anyway, and they haven't cruised before. I feel certain Rhapsody will be a huge adventure even if it's a small ship.
  14. Really?? Every single Diamond and Diamond Plus member is furious? I am sure some are not pleased but many know that privileges and "entitlements" are slowly being stripped away. Why even bother cruising if you are going to be "furious" about it? Just stay home and save your money and stew in your anger and bitterness for free. Too much money being spent to go on a vacation to spend time being "furious."
  15. That sounds extremely painful. I can certainly understand why you would not want to cruise anymore. I hope you can find some relief in some way.
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