Wilba - Answered a Question by wilson (07 Aug 08 05:33)

I've never understood this camping culture of travel kettles on a luxury cruise liner, when you can hang a card on your door before bed & order tea/coffee etc gratis. To pull on a T shirt, shorts & flip flops & be up in the windjammer in about 3 minutes, a much shorter time than waiting for a kettle to boil seems a lot less fuss.

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Setter - replied to Wilba (07 Aug 08 15:30)

Here here Wilba!!Why do some people find it impossible to enjoy luxury!!!You dont pay extra for it on a cruise ship, you know!!.As for the fire hazard,there does seem to be something of a "never mind the fire risk, I want my cup of tea and I want it now" mentality amongst some passengers. Possibly the same ones who flick "ciggie- ends" over their balcony railings. Yep. you are correct I am a non-smoker, but one who is far more worried about the fire hazard than the smell of smoke from my neighbour's balcony(though I dont much like that, either.).

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Sheppard - replied to Setter (07 Aug 08 23:21)

I agree in principle to most of your 'comments' but have you thought there may be a ligitimate reason for my enquiry? Some of us that have mobility problems do find the walking to and fro to the catering facilities, the possible standing around in a queue somewhat painful and sometimes near on impossible. Cruises are for all members of the public, not just those that are not in pain. I have been advised that I may summon room service but have also been warned that this may take up to an hour and a tip will be expected so not totally free! Perhaps a little more compassion or tact should be expressed by some people before they express negative comments?

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Wilba - replied to Sheppard (08 Aug 08 05:08)

I too sympathise with your disability but if you had stated that fact in your question I'm sure you would have received a whole different kind of response, possibly with advice helpful to your needs. So many people on this site ask half a question & the wonder why the answers are not exactly what they want to hear. Regards Wilba.

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Sheppard - replied to Setter (07 Aug 08 23:36)

I too am concerned over fire safety- I am a non smoker - hate the smell of smoke and am disabled, hence the question. I am also used to luxurious surroundings but this doesnt stop the pain of having to walk the extra distance for a coffee or to stand in a queue for it. I dont normally mind paying extra for certain luxuries but a coffee is not a luxury.

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Aldrich - Answered a Question by wilson (07 Aug 08 08:54)

Personal Kettles are not allowed on board for one simple reason - they are a fire hazard. They overheat - they catch fire, the ship burns, you all drown, and you kill 3,000 people. All for a cuppa tea. Has that made it clear why kettles are not allowed? As Wilba says, hang the card on the door and get one delivered. And before anyone says, there are kettles on Indie but these are ship bought kettles with a switch off mechanism so they cannot overheat.

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Sheppard - replied to Aldrich (07 Aug 08 23:28)

LOUD AND CLEAR AND SOMEWHAT UNECCESSARY AND OFFENSIVE - Perhaps RC should supply a properly tested ship bought kettle for those that need it.

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aldrich - replied to Sheppard (08 Aug 08 15:20)

As I stated RCI do supply kettles in their cabins on Independence. With Room service delivery it is customary to tip $1 - that is around 50p. You did not state your disability in the original statement - could your able bodied travelling companion not nip up to the Windjammer and get you a cup? I take umbridge at being called unnecessary and offensive - simply I do not understand everyones' insistance about 'breaking the rules' or thinking rules do not apply to them. I could go into a long rant about that is why the country is in the state it is in at the moment...but I won't.

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Collier - Answered a Question by wilson (07 Aug 08 11:29)

Yes. I always take a travel kettle with me and put in in my case as hold baggage if flying first. I have been on royal caribbean and got no problems with it.

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Imontoyou - replied to Collier (07 Aug 08 21:46)

So the next time there's a fire on board, before somebody shouts 'cigarette' I will shout 'travel kettle' .

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