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Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 11:07 PM
Replies: 1
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Posted By Hlitner
One should understand that Viator is not really a...

One should understand that Viator is not really a tour company but rather a tour booking agency. They simply contract with tour providers. In fact, Viator is now owned by Tripadvisor! So you might...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 10:51 PM
Replies: 360
Views: 24,706
Posted By Hlitner
I guess this is really a philosophical thread. ...

I guess this is really a philosophical thread. Why do you pay 18% on drinks? Because in our culture we have been programmed to do just that! Aussies, on the other hand, have not been brainwashed...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports Yesterday, 06:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 452
Posted By Hlitner
If your goal is to just go to Mdina (a pretty...

If your goal is to just go to Mdina (a pretty good goal) then it makes little sense to shell out the bigger bucks (or Euros) for the HoHo. Just go up to the top of the hill (there is an elevator...
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 06:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 657
Posted By Hlitner
Lets be a bit more honest about Mestre :). It is...

Lets be a bit more honest about Mestre :). It is about a 20 minute train ride (plus the time you spend getting to the Mestre station and waiting for the next train) and even a longer bus ride. Here...
Forum: Cruise/Travel Insurance Yesterday, 06:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 192
Posted By Hlitner
Not sure if the OP is at the stage where they...

Not sure if the OP is at the stage where they need an advocate. The first step is to simply file the claim (according to the policies claim filing rules) and document the situation as best as...
Forum: Cruise/Travel Insurance Yesterday, 05:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 296
Posted By Hlitner
Interesting post and I wish the OP would post...

Interesting post and I wish the OP would post which Seven Corners Trip Insurance policy they had (the company sells several different policies with varying coverage). But a weather delay enroute...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 05:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 396
Posted By Hlitner
When it comes to the Grand Class ships (a...

When it comes to the Grand Class ships (a majority of Princess vessels) we think you have Baja (where all the balconies are covered) confused with Dauphin (which is usually mini-suites with totally...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports Yesterday, 05:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 86
Posted By Hlitner
Will it be cloudy, sunny, or windy in New Jersey...

Will it be cloudy, sunny, or windy in New Jersey in October? Predicting sea conditions is silly because nobody really knows. Even a storm more then 1,000 miles away can cause long swells that can...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 05:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 313
Posted By Hlitner
Finding a good last minute deal out of Boston or...

Finding a good last minute deal out of Boston or NYC during school vacation is a real long shot. But, it never hurts to keep your eyes open and be ready to make a fast commitment if something...
Forum: Cabin Selection Tips Yesterday, 12:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,859
Posted By Hlitner
The only "Pro" is saving some money and the...

The only "Pro" is saving some money and the savings vary from nothing to some major dollars. Some would argue that a guarantee gives you a better chance of an upgrade, but the reality is that in...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 10:28 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,366
Posted By Hlitner
It is not always names that they remember. On...

It is not always names that they remember. On one HAL cruise our room steward popped-in on the first day to introduce himself, immediately recognized us from another cruise and quickly said he...
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 10:03 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,259
Posted By Hlitner
That is what we call a great "Plan B." :) But...

That is what we call a great "Plan B." :) But seriously, DW and I have had many tell us over the years that we were "crazy" for always doing on own thing (not tours) while on European cruises. And...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 09:57 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,198
Posted By Hlitner
I guess one could recall the Seabourn ship that...

I guess one could recall the Seabourn ship that was hit by at least 3 RPG rounds back in 2005 (this happened off Somalia). There is risk attached to any activity and everyone (and cruise ship...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 09:52 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,981
Posted By Hlitner
Balcony cameras are generally cameras placed on...

Balcony cameras are generally cameras placed on the bridge wing (and sometimes near the stern) that simply look along the side of the ship. They can see a person climbing over a railing or jumping...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 09:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 128
Posted By Hlitner
You should get active on the Ports of Call Italy...

You should get active on the Ports of Call Italy board where this kind of subject is routinely discussed. What you suggest can be done but one might question whether its the best use of time. ...
Forum: Holland America Line March 28th, 2015, 11:50 PM
Replies: 1,839
Views: 130,432
Posted By Hlitner
Smoking is currently your right and choice. But...

Smoking is currently your right and choice. But do not kid yourself about the negative impact of smoking on nearly all health functions. As far as smell, here is a short excerpt from the American...
Forum: France Ports March 28th, 2015, 11:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 180
Posted By Hlitner
We went through some of the same thought...

We went through some of the same thought processes when planning our trip last spring. In the end we decided to take the 11:58am and take our time getting off the ship. But that earlier 9:58 would...
Forum: France Ports March 28th, 2015, 11:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,295
Posted By Hlitner
Cheryl, We do share your love of this...

Cheryl, We do share your love of this neighborhood although our preference is to rent a furnished apartment in that area. But the nightlife, restaurants, and atmosphere are terrific.

Hank
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question March 28th, 2015, 11:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,198
Posted By Hlitner
While I do tend to agree with you, my prior...

While I do tend to agree with you, my prior military experience does also give me some degree of informed skepticism. While the various Naval forces can do a good job protecting ships from piracy,...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question March 28th, 2015, 11:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 109
Posted By Hlitner
We suggest you get active on the Ports of...

We suggest you get active on the Ports of Call/Mexican Riviera Board where we discuss many options for the various ports. While an excursion might be the best thing for you, there are plenty of...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question March 28th, 2015, 04:39 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,005
Posted By Hlitner
Ouch (pun intended)! So you have a very serious...

Ouch (pun intended)! So you have a very serious medical problem and that is not going to be resolved by purchasing a few drugs in Mexico (or elsewhere). In your situation, instead of spending the...
Forum: Holland America Line March 28th, 2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,499
Posted By Hlitner
We would just add that HAL often does have...

We would just add that HAL often does have Lemonade in the Lido at lunch time but you have to ask one of the staff. When we were on the Oosterdam they kept pitchers of the stuff at their stations,...
Forum: France Ports March 28th, 2015, 09:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 180
Posted By Hlitner
We can only speak to how this was handled on our...

We can only speak to how this was handled on our Ruby Princess cruise last year. Although we had gotten permission from Princess prior to the cruise this turned out to have no meaning on the ship...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question March 28th, 2015, 09:18 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,005
Posted By Hlitner
As one who has suffered from more then his share...

As one who has suffered from more then his share of back/neck pain we can certainly emphasize with the OP. But self-medicating for long term chronic pain is a very slippery slope that can lead to...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question March 28th, 2015, 09:06 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,198
Posted By Hlitner
A little geography goes a long way :). The main...

A little geography goes a long way :). The main area of concern (in my little mind) is the very narrow strait (Mandeb strait) as ships pass from the Red Sea into the Gulf of Aden. This narrow area...
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