"Fire Wall" limitation----Ever heard of one?

I was going to post this question on 2OldPlayers thread dealing with "Roll Calls Disappearing" but decided it was off subject too much.

As I explained on the Roll Call thread, last Tuesday we booked a cruise leaving Tahiti on Nov. 14th 2020. I didn't mention that the reason we needed a large cabin with another half toilet in it was because we want to bring my Wife's sister along like we did in Nov. and Dec. 2018. Pacific Princess.

She hasn't decided yet to come, but that is no big deal, I thought. But after we nailed down the cruise she wanted to know what it was going to cost her. I couldn't get the price for that since those cabins are closed out and numbers are no longer on the website, or that is what I thought. So I called, they said "No can Do". They won't allow any more guests in that section of the ship due a "Fire Wall" limitation. What? After all these years on the high seas that's the first time I heard that one. I do know they have fire bulkheads and doors.

I waited a couple of days then called the Cruise Vacation Planner lady that helped me get the initial reservations before they closed out. She said that was correct, they have a lock on no more guests due to a "Firewall", apparently they only allow so many guests in certain sections of the ship due to fire control.

Anyway, she said after a while they will do another tally as some of the extra guests may have canceled or they never came through with names. In that case she said if you are on the wait list for a third guest in your cabin, they will get hold of us right away and put her on. No need for names or anything just that we wait list for a third guest in that cabin. So I did. If they open it up they will email me, then I get in touch with our CVP and at that time, if sister decides to go, we give her the name and pay the deposit.

Now, I'm not displeased by this, in fact it’s nice to know they have more control over things than I thought they did in the event of a fire emergency. I guess they have this on all ships? Anyway, I thought I would share this with you all so you will be in the know.

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Count on you to discover something new to all of us, that seems to be standard practice in the industry! Thanks for sharing!

Never heard of it...no amount of GOOGLING combinations of terms comes up with anything even close. The standard definition of firewalls, (my translation) is to prevent something harmful from going from one side to the other...like, obviously a fire..or its more common usage nowadays, a computer problem, like a virus, or improper access..If its "standard practice in the industry"...how come I can't find a single thing about it, nothing even close? mebbe its called something else...like...sorry, that section is "sold out"...or "not available unless theres a cancellation"? now you've got me scratching my head...

Did not know that.Thanks.

Sometimes I wonder if they don't just lay in wait until I book and then come up with some of these creative brainstorms.

For instance, last cruise we got hit with a "Route Sector Change" and 9 months prior to that cruise we had to get a "Cruise Deviation".

Bet no one heard of or had to do these before.

I wonder if it has more to do with Muster stations than anything else. For instance, On Oasis and Allure, there are no Life Jackets in the staterooms, they are stored in closets at or near your muster station tp be distributed by staff, so they would be limited to a maximum number of persons at a muster station. Also, at least on RCI, your muster station directly correlates to the life boat they intend to put you on.

They know you will ask questions and pass the information to the rest of us. Wink I don't remember what those other things are.... but if I ever get confused about something I know I'll be asking you.

I love it...and while many cruise lines operate under on a parent umbrella (I'm being nice) I'd bet that eventually we'll need a glossary to understand terminology the planners and corporate geeks who run Guest Services and Reservations shoreside from one line to the next use from time to time, to make themselves sound unique and sexy...and deflect complaints about requests they can't or won't honor. Those terms all sound like corporate double speak to me. KENN...were you looking for employment as some sort of weird translator? I could do that...what does the job pay? perhaps free passage from time to time..sort of "on the job training"....heheheh

Fascinating stuff. Thanks for sharing!

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