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Forum: St. Martin/St. Maarten Yesterday, 08:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,067
Posted By Hlitner
We have a simple formula to save money on every...

We have a simple formula to save money on every cruise (and we cruise over 70 days a year). We avoid cruise line excursions! Just that simple. As to the Caribbean, there is seldom a reason to pay...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises Yesterday, 08:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 873
Posted By Hlitner
Our understanding is that this is primarily for...

Our understanding is that this is primarily for health reasons (not sure we agree). The Elite breakfast buffets have traditionally been a group of platters and serving bowls arrayed on a table. ...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises Yesterday, 08:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,051
Posted By Hlitner
We have done a lot of cruising (far more then 3...

We have done a lot of cruising (far more then 3 years on ships) and use a few basic steps if we decide to select a cabin (we sometimes do guarantees). Simply use the existing deck plans and look at...
Forum: What Ever Happened To........??? Yesterday, 08:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,948
Posted By Hlitner
Agree with Sitmar. DD still remembers how nicely...

Agree with Sitmar. DD still remembers how nicely she was treated by the Italian crew when she cruises at the age of 5 (she is now over 30). Sitmar was the first line to have real Pizza parlors...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 08:03 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,232
Posted By Hlitner
WOW! Was going to let your post go..but it does...

WOW! Was going to let your post go..but it does deserve a comment. HAL is a cruise line that really specializes on longer cruises....although they do also offer shorter cruise options. Even on a...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 07:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 175
Posted By Hlitner
Since you fail to mention specific ports (NZ has...

Since you fail to mention specific ports (NZ has many different ports) it is difficult to give an accurate response. But most cruise lines, including HAL, will run shuttle buses from the more remote...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 06:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,044
Posted By Hlitner
Now you really do have me LOL :). We never put...

Now you really do have me LOL :). We never put the Password lock on our iPads because we are always afraid that one day we will wake up and not remember our Password (getting old does have its...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 06:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,232
Posted By Hlitner
Ok, I will bite. We really want to understand...

Ok, I will bite. We really want to understand why some HAL cruisers are willing to give up hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars on each and every cruise for the privilege of booking with a PCC. ...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports Yesterday, 06:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 553
Posted By Hlitner
We used the bus (both ways) and it helps to print...

We used the bus (both ways) and it helps to print out a street map of the neighborhood as its a few blocks from the bus stop to the Hypogeum. Also be aware that the bus stop for the return bus is in...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 05:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,232
Posted By Hlitner
We might also love our PCC if he could match (or...

We might also love our PCC if he could match (or even come close) to the deals we get from various Cruise Agencies. In some cases we have saved thousands of dollars by simply using an agency for the...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 05:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 476
Posted By Hlitner
Agree! We did one of those (62 days) and loved...

Agree! We did one of those (62 days) and loved the two crossings. The joke onboard about that cruise (which was traditionally round trip from Port Everglades) was that they could roll up the...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 05:41 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,748
Posted By Hlitner
That does sound like a big improvement. Would...

That does sound like a big improvement. Would also like to see the salt/pepper shakers (or a bowl of individual packets) put back on the Lido tables during Code Orange.

Hank
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 05:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,044
Posted By Hlitner
Love this story and thanks for posting. In fact,...

Love this story and thanks for posting. In fact, after reading about your experience I looked at my "Settings" in our iPad to make sure it was set to back-up to the Cloud. It does sound like some...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 05:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 484
Posted By Hlitner
We have dined with the Captain's on several lines...

We have dined with the Captain's on several lines including RCI, Celebrity and Princess. One time we actually declined (on RCI) because we had friends with us who were on their first cruise and...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 08:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,748
Posted By Hlitner
Interesting. Do you see any Celebrity ships...

Interesting. Do you see any Celebrity ships listed? Costa? Carnival? MSC? And what those lines all have in common is they do not have a "Code Orange" program. But they all stress...
Forum: Curacao September 21st, 2014, 11:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 175
Posted By Hlitner
We will leave a recommendation to others who have...

We will leave a recommendation to others who have gone to the beaches close to town. When on Curacao we usually rent a car, so have no experience with their public transit except that friends have...
Forum: Holland America Line September 21st, 2014, 11:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 268
Posted By Hlitner
It has been many years and DW and I have been...

It has been many years and DW and I have been scratching our heads :). Pretty sure we used Snorkel Mart
http://www.snorkel-mart.com/master.cfm?CategoryID=26&gclid=CNruiJLs88ACFYMF7Aod1DoA-A

for...
Forum: Holland America Line September 21st, 2014, 11:03 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,748
Posted By Hlitner
The HAL Code Orange procedure has long been...

The HAL Code Orange procedure has long been somewhat of a mystery. We know a physician who works (part time) on HAL ships and he tells us that there is evidence that Code Orange is effective. Yet,...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question September 21st, 2014, 10:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,038
Posted By Hlitner
The Star Princess fire, which destroyed 150...

The Star Princess fire, which destroyed 150 cabins and killed 1 passenger was most likely (according to the investigation) caused when a lit cigarette, probably tossed overboard from a high deck, got...
Forum: Holland America Line September 21st, 2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 567
Posted By Hlitner
Correct, We misspoke as the new White Bay...

Correct, We misspoke as the new White Bay facility has taken over for Darling Harbour. But the result (for passengers) is about the same as White Bay is in a semi-remote location not well served by...
Forum: Italy Ports September 21st, 2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 93
Posted By Hlitner
We would recommend sticking to the autostrade...

We would recommend sticking to the autostrade (which actually has some decent views and perhaps jumping onto the slow coastal route when you get closer to Portofino. As far as other destinations we...
Forum: Italy Ports September 21st, 2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 442
Posted By Hlitner
Now that is interesting. It would rate among our...

Now that is interesting. It would rate among our least favorites (especially if you have to get from Terminal 2A to 2F in a hurry) and most web sites that rate European airports have CDG at the...
Forum: Holland America Line September 21st, 2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 268
Posted By Hlitner
HAL does not rent snorkel equipment. If you book...

HAL does not rent snorkel equipment. If you book a "snorkel excursion" there will usually be equipment provided by the tour operator. As long time avid snorkelers DW and I have long appreciated the...
Forum: Holland America Line September 21st, 2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 567
Posted By Hlitner
Was just reading some of the recent ship reviews...

Was just reading some of the recent ship reviews (here on CC) and they are not particularly good when it comes to everything related to food. Guess we will have to lower our expectations and perhaps...
Forum: Holland America Line September 21st, 2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 567
Posted By Hlitner
We will not make a judgement on the ship, crew,...

We will not make a judgement on the ship, crew, entertainment until during and after our cruise. As to Darling Harbour...we can make a judgement right now and that judgement would be that the...
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