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Forum: First Time Cruisers Today, 08:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 398
Posted By Hlitner
It depends on how long we will be away. Our...

It depends on how long we will be away. Our procedures for a short cruise (no more then 2 weeks) is totally different then when we are going away for 2 months. But with the shorter cruises we have...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Today, 07:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 302
Posted By Hlitner
Just a warning about Spirit. Their leg room is...

Just a warning about Spirit. Their leg room is fit for midgets who would probably also be uncomfortable. Not sure we would want to be on a long flight with that airline.
Forum: Italy Ports Today, 05:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,899
Posted By Hlitner
Regarding the wonderful ATVO express buses, we do...

Regarding the wonderful ATVO express buses, we do not think they start running until around 5am (which is a shame).

Hank
Forum: France Ports Today, 05:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 559
Posted By Hlitner
We have seen some mini-van taxis that can...

We have seen some mini-van taxis that can probably carry 5, but there is no guarantee you would stumble on one. As to the time, from the port it is 15-20 min by car depending on the traffic getting...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Today, 04:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 231
Posted By Hlitner
All the islands accept US Dollars and you really...

All the islands accept US Dollars and you really do not want to get stuck with EC Dollars. So if you pay for something in US dollars make sure you ask for change in US dollars and most will...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Today, 04:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 302
Posted By Hlitner
No reason not to book one way fares as long as...

No reason not to book one way fares as long as your total cost is reasonable. Some of the best airlines such as Southwest (which has flights out of FLL) and JetBlue only deal with one-way fares. ...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises Today, 12:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,156
Posted By Hlitner
The only tender ports are Ajaccio and Nice (you...

The only tender ports are Ajaccio and Nice (you will actually tender into Villefranche). We have never guessed right on the cabin side despite having cruised these waters dozens of times :). There...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises Today, 12:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 413
Posted By Hlitner
If they do use vouchers (this normally happens if...

If they do use vouchers (this normally happens if they have hundreds of Elites aboard) they will be delivered to your cabin. The vouchers are pre-printed with the specific dates (and times) they can...
Forum: Italy Ports Today, 12:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,899
Posted By Hlitner
Would agree with Agabbymama. Given the location...

Would agree with Agabbymama. Given the location of your hotel your best option will be to walk (with your luggage) to the nearby Piazale Roma where there are always some land taxis that you can take...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports Today, 11:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 581
Posted By Hlitner
Add us to the Schiphol crowd. Amsterdam's...

Add us to the Schiphol crowd. Amsterdam's airport is one of the best in Europe for those that have to change planes. As to CDG, while we have often used it for direct flights, we avoid it like the...
Forum: France Ports Yesterday, 11:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By Hlitner
Nearly all the cruise lines contract through the...

Nearly all the cruise lines contract through the same shore-based providers. The tour you are considering will be on a large bus (or multiple buses) and take you to see the tapestry in Bayeaux and...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 11:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 312
Posted By Hlitner
If you need "high quality fast speed internet"...

If you need "high quality fast speed internet" you can immediately forget taking any cruise ship.

Hank
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 11:09 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,616
Posted By Hlitner
Geez, nearly 4 years of my life as a passenger on...

Geez, nearly 4 years of my life as a passenger on cruise ships and we somehow survived without a doorbell or cell phone. Have no idea how, but we will keep it that way :)

Hank
Forum: Australia & New Zealand Yesterday, 06:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 981
Posted By Hlitner
And I bet you live on North Island :). There is...

And I bet you live on North Island :). There is still plenty of room in the south:D And the local wineries would love to have me in the region cause their sales would quickly improve.
Forum: Australia & New Zealand Yesterday, 06:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 981
Posted By Hlitner
Funny you should ask. NZ is the only country...

Funny you should ask. NZ is the only country (other then our home USA) where I would consider living. But alas, DW has no intention of ever leaving the USA. On our explorations of South Island we...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 06:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 324
Posted By Hlitner
I would add another note about cruise ships and...

I would add another note about cruise ships and ports. Every ship is at the complete mercy of the US Authorities (CBP) when they dock at a port. Before anyone is allowed to depart the ship...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 05:54 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,603
Posted By Hlitner
Although we have spent nearly 4 years on many...

Although we have spent nearly 4 years on many cruises, there is only one incident that ranks up there as our worst. It happened nearly 20 years ago when DW and I were on a cruise on the old Marco...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises Yesterday, 02:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,156
Posted By Hlitner
When it comes to Aqua on the Silhouette (and...

When it comes to Aqua on the Silhouette (and other S-Class ships) we prefer to book the lower cost cabins aft of the pool deck. These cabins have other cabins above (avoiding the issue of a public...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises Yesterday, 02:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,422
Posted By Hlitner
Guess the correct answer would be "sometimes." ...

Guess the correct answer would be "sometimes." And having a good cruise agent (agency) can be very helpful.

Hank
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 01:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,155
Posted By Hlitner
We think the situation with West Coast cruising...

We think the situation with West Coast cruising is a lot more complicated then some believe (there have been some major internal industry studies on the situation and future). Some of the factors...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises Yesterday, 12:30 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,893
Posted By Hlitner
When you have one of the drink packages, it...

When you have one of the drink packages, it already includes the standard gratuity (15%) applied to drinks. The gratuity (is it really a gratuity when it is mandatory?) is actually added to the...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 12:25 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,325
Posted By Hlitner
The OP asks a terrific question and we can hope...

The OP asks a terrific question and we can hope that somebody from HAL sees this thread. Given the passenger mix on most of our HAL cruises some kind of "Senior Sitting" program makes a lot more...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 12:15 PM
Replies: 1,346
Views: 87,436
Posted By Hlitner
Perhaps we can put the veranda smoking issue to...

Perhaps we can put the veranda smoking issue to rest by specifying that when one books a veranda (and pays a lot of extra money) it is like playing craps when it comes to smoke. Perhaps you will be...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 11:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 324
Posted By Hlitner
I guess there is the optimum time and the safest...

I guess there is the optimum time and the safest time. We assume you are going to flying out of Seattle which means you need to consider how you will get out to the airport (which is some distance...
Forum: Australia & New Zealand Yesterday, 01:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 981
Posted By Hlitner
We think your comment about being beautiful...

We think your comment about being beautiful understates the wonders on South Island. DW and I recently spent 2 weeks driving around South Island (after a cruise from Seattle) and were totally...
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