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Forum: Holland America Line Today, 06:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 379
Posted By Hlitner
Yeah, it might have been prior to 2006! We have...

Yeah, it might have been prior to 2006! We have been cruising a long time :). And we are not singling out HAL for so-so coffee since its almost a universal problem with all the lines. The only...
Forum: Italy Ports Today, 06:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 920
Posted By Hlitner
Hopefully you will get some time for wine...

Hopefully you will get some time for wine tasting. Our last visit to Greve was not my "finest moment." We parked on the street and I forgot to set the parking disk (on my windshield) that would have...
Forum: Mexican Riviera Today, 06:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 143
Posted By Hlitner
Let me start by saying that DW and I have spent...

Let me start by saying that DW and I have spent our last 10 winters living here in Puerto Vallarta and really love our time in Mexico. However, Acapulco is a place we would no longer choose to visit...
Forum: Holland America Line Today, 02:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 379
Posted By Hlitner
We fondly remember when HAL used "Seattle's Best"...

We fondly remember when HAL used "Seattle's Best" coffee beans. But that was eliminated in favor of lower cost options....several years ago. Improving dispensers is a positive step, but we would...
Forum: Holland America Line Today, 01:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 207
Posted By Hlitner
We have always had terrific laundry service/turn...

We have always had terrific laundry service/turn around on our HAL cruises. Most of the time we give our steward laundry/dry cleaning in the morning, it is back the following day (although we do not...
Forum: Holland America Line Today, 01:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,213
Posted By Hlitner
So, being pretty experienced world wide cruisers...

So, being pretty experienced world wide cruisers (for about forty years) we would comment on the OP's post as follows. The language used by HAL (in their passenger contract) is similar to language...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports Today, 01:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 332
Posted By Hlitner
Tis true about Ekol's higher prices. There are...

Tis true about Ekol's higher prices. There are quite a few other private tour companies (several recommended on this blog) that are lower cost...if that is your priority. In fact, the cheapest way...
Forum: Italy Ports Today, 01:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 920
Posted By Hlitner
Ok, at the risk of being flamed we will post some...

Ok, at the risk of being flamed we will post some personal thoughts about Livorno! The city is OK and yes, there are a few nice places to walk/explore. But port days (unlike lengthy land trips) are...
Forum: France Ports Today, 01:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,295
Posted By Hlitner
Just posted a partial answer in the rental car...

Just posted a partial answer in the rental car thread (Europcar is open on Sundays) but you do need to allow time to get to the Europcar Office (I think it opens at 9am). Not so sure you can...
Forum: France Ports Today, 01:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By Hlitner
Have not looked at all options, but Europcar's...

Have not looked at all options, but Europcar's Marseille St Charles Train Station Office is open on Sundays. Since nearly all the closest rental offices are near the train station this is probably...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises Today, 01:21 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,640
Posted By Hlitner
Oh my! The problem with "beating a dead horse"...

Oh my! The problem with "beating a dead horse" is that the horse meat is liable to show up on the Blu menu and called "tenderized Equine Stew."

Hank
Forum: Holland America Line Today, 01:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,569
Posted By Hlitner
Have to concur with the comments on the Mariner's...

Have to concur with the comments on the Mariner's lunch. We went to this event on a few cruises and finally realized it was a big waste of our time and palate. And then we figured out that when...
Forum: Holland America Line Today, 01:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,141
Posted By Hlitner
We never understand this type of post. We...

We never understand this type of post. We assume that the poster is an adult capable of reading their insurance policy (best done before purchasing). If the policy specifically covers expenses...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports Today, 12:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 332
Posted By Hlitner
Have no clue. But having been to Ephesus several...

Have no clue. But having been to Ephesus several times we would suspect they will just give you a guide who will spin his/her commentary with a Jewish Oriented theme. Many decent tours companies...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Today, 12:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 249
Posted By Hlitner
The "Patch" is called Transderm Scop and contains...

The "Patch" is called Transderm Scop and contains a pretty potent drug called Scopolomine. In the USA it is a prescription item...and for good cause (read the side effects and interactions and you...
Forum: St. Martin/St. Maarten Yesterday, 02:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 542
Posted By Hlitner
We agree with one of the other posts that Marigot...

We agree with one of the other posts that Marigot has lost much of its charm in recent years. That being said, it still is a nice place for a short visit. Ironically, when we last rented a condo on...
Forum: Aruba Yesterday, 01:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 733
Posted By Hlitner
A slippery slope for the cruise lines. We...

A slippery slope for the cruise lines. We suspect there has been a lot of discussion in cruise line executive suites on how to deal with Zika. One most consider that cruises go all over the world...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 01:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 727
Posted By Hlitner
We agree (based on a lot of experience) with the...

We agree (based on a lot of experience) with the 9:30 time. And if the OP has a cell phone that works in the USA, it is also a good idea to trade cell phone numbers with the transfer service/driver....
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports Yesterday, 01:31 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,197
Posted By Hlitner
DW and I have spent our share of time in Turkey...

DW and I have spent our share of time in Turkey (hope to be back in Istanbul in less than 2 months) and have always felt safe and welcomed in the country. Yes, they have had their terrorist...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 01:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 993
Posted By Hlitner
The answer to the OP's question (and concern) is...

The answer to the OP's question (and concern) is simply, "are you a gambler?" because that is what taking that flight means. The gamble is whether the flight will be on time (or no more then 1 1/2...
Forum: Greece Ports February 8th, 2016, 05:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 143
Posted By Hlitner
A couple of years ago it was about 5€. Now, one...

A couple of years ago it was about 5€. Now, one would suspect it is slightly more. If you want to do this ride we recommend doing it up...rather than down. Going on a downslope on the back of an...
Forum: France Ports February 8th, 2016, 05:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 64
Posted By Hlitner
That port is well located to visit the WWII...

That port is well located to visit the WWII Normandy beaches and related sites. We happened to be there on the June 6 anniversary weekend and had a wonderful time. We simply rented a car (we walked...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises February 8th, 2016, 12:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 879
Posted By Hlitner
We think RC is one step away from turning their...

We think RC is one step away from turning their Lido into a real Automat with no human contact :). We used to cruise that line quite often, but stopped doing business with them when they shelved...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports February 8th, 2016, 11:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 332
Posted By Hlitner
We have been pleased with Ekol. They are not the...

We have been pleased with Ekol. They are not the cheapest tour operator in Turkey, but they have been around for many years and always seem to deliver a quality tour.

Hank
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports February 8th, 2016, 11:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 280
Posted By Hlitner
Keep in mind that if they do provide you with...

Keep in mind that if they do provide you with some kind of local map/options, the cruise lines tend to only list shops/restaurants that pay them (through their shore excursion company) a promotional...
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