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Forum: Celebrity Cruises Today, 10:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 702
Posted By Hlitner
WOW! Some of the "snarky" responses (to the OP's...

WOW! Some of the "snarky" responses (to the OP's post) are uncalled for! The issue is legit, and RCI has changed their policy over the years to a point where stockholders now have no clue as to...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises Today, 09:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 943
Posted By Hlitner
The "traditional dining" issue has been a problem...

The "traditional dining" issue has been a problem since the very beginning of Aqua Class and Blu. One would think that Celebrity;s IT folks could have made the necessary program mods to accommodate...
Forum: Italy Ports Today, 09:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 180
Posted By Hlitner
DW and I have probably been to Naples (on Port...

DW and I have probably been to Naples (on Port days) more then 40 times. We have also driven in that region on numerous extended driving vacations. While we do not consider that actual city among...
Forum: Italy Ports Today, 09:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 981
Posted By Hlitner
Terry, We used to have the same thoughts (how...

Terry, We used to have the same thoughts (how much damage from smaller boats vs cruise ships) until a local talked to us about what he called "pressure waves." These are not the surface waves we...
Forum: France Ports Today, 09:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 61
Posted By Hlitner
It is true that if you take a ship's...

It is true that if you take a ship's excursion...they will not leave without you (unless you lose your group during the tour) or they would have to deal with the cost (and logistics) of getting you...
Forum: France Ports Today, 09:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 164
Posted By Hlitner
If it makes you feel better, you are not missing...

If it makes you feel better, you are not missing much when you skip that particular train. The trains that run along the coast are primarily commuter-type train cars where you might be sharing your...
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 05:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 981
Posted By Hlitner
Your cynicism is noted :). But somewhat...

Your cynicism is noted :). But somewhat unfounded. Venice is usually full of tourists (year round) even when there are no ships in port. It is a huge tourist destination. Sure, cruise ships do...
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 05:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 366
Posted By Hlitner
Marazul took the words right out of my little...

Marazul took the words right out of my little fingers :). Because we do a lot of international travel (more then 6 months a year) there is no way we can take the chance of relying on a single...
Forum: France Ports Yesterday, 04:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 164
Posted By Hlitner
If you just want to go the train station, just...

If you just want to go the train station, just hop on the airport shuttle bus (the one that runs between the two terminals and ask the driver to drop you at the Arenas stop for St Augustin. That is...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 04:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 134
Posted By Hlitner
We would not take a cruise in that part of the...

We would not take a cruise in that part of the Med in February. While the Med climate is not always awful in the winter, there are plenty of times when the weather is lousy. In fact, Rome has even...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 04:32 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,316
Posted By Hlitner
We do find some posts a bit much, but simply move...

We do find some posts a bit much, but simply move on to the next message. Have never been a fan of any kind of censorship (except to protect children) and would rather glance at offensive (a popular...
Forum: Holland America Line September 27th, 2016, 06:47 PM
Replies: 4,242
Views: 350,450
Posted By Hlitner
Aussie Aussie Aussie! :D Have always enjoyed...

Aussie Aussie Aussie! :D Have always enjoyed visiting your country and especially our time in cafes/pubs with Aussies.

Hank
Forum: Italy Ports September 27th, 2016, 06:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,135
Posted By Hlitner
Must admit that in forty+ years of extensive...

Must admit that in forty+ years of extensive travel this is the first time I have heard "love" and "Pisa" in the same sentence :). But there is nothing wrong with the Field of Miracles...and we have...
Forum: France Ports September 27th, 2016, 06:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 164
Posted By Hlitner
Perhaps I am not looking at the right thing, but...

Perhaps I am not looking at the right thing, but it appears to me that the #23 only goes between the airport and various stops in and around Nice. You might want to look into the Express #110 Bus...
Forum: Holland America Line September 27th, 2016, 04:13 PM
Replies: 4,242
Views: 350,450
Posted By Hlitner
Our message to the OP is that booking (and paying...

Our message to the OP is that booking (and paying extra money) for a balcony on HAL is a bit like playing craps. Sometimes you win, sometimes your break even, and other times you really crap out! ...
Forum: Cruise/Travel Insurance September 26th, 2016, 08:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 312
Posted By Hlitner
$8000! Ouch. Such is the modern day insurance...

$8000! Ouch. Such is the modern day insurance benefits. So in your case lets assume you had a legit $7000 claim. As you suggested, it would first be submitted (by you) to your BCBS plan...they...
Forum: Holland America Line September 26th, 2016, 08:33 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,466
Posted By Hlitner
Well, it sure helps with an electric guitar and...

Well, it sure helps with an electric guitar and electronic keyboard :). The drums and brass do not usually use speakers...and the Sax player needs some amplification. Of course HAL could replace...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises September 26th, 2016, 07:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 943
Posted By Hlitner
We are not totally surprised that more and more...

We are not totally surprised that more and more cruisers are reporting good deals (or even upgrades) to Aqua. DW and I have cruised AQ on several voyages (and have another coming up) and enjoyed...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises September 26th, 2016, 07:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,613
Posted By Hlitner
The fact that your regular dining venue (for...

The fact that your regular dining venue (for dinner and breakfast...if you please) is Blu does not impact your dining reservations in the other alternative restaurants. If you would rather dine (and...
Forum: Holland America Line September 26th, 2016, 06:55 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,466
Posted By Hlitner
While we understand the volume issue, folks need...

While we understand the volume issue, folks need to understand that if you have a relatively large band (we are talking about 7 plus or minus musicians) playing disco, Blues, R&B, etc. in a small...
Forum: Holland America Line September 26th, 2016, 06:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 985
Posted By Hlitner
That was a similar issue to what happened to us...

That was a similar issue to what happened to us at the DC Consulate. They demanded a round trip airline ticket...even though we were flying in and out of Buenos Aires and just visiting Brazil (for 3...
Forum: Italy Ports September 26th, 2016, 06:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 981
Posted By Hlitner
The controversy in Venice is nothing new and...

The controversy in Venice is nothing new and protests now seem to happen a few times a year. But the issue is not about "tourism" but simply about cruise ships...and the damage they cause to...
Forum: France Ports September 26th, 2016, 06:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 272
Posted By Hlitner
We would recommend 2 of the excursions, depending...

We would recommend 2 of the excursions, depending on your personal preference. If you enjoy cities, the excursion to Avignon and Les Baux is a very good combination. Avignon is a relatively large...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question September 26th, 2016, 05:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,672
Posted By Hlitner
We are in our 60s and have already been cruising...

We are in our 60s and have already been cruising for forty+ years. On one long Prinsendam cruise we had a fellow male passenger celebrate his 103rd birthday. The gentleman was still getting around...
Forum: Holland America Line September 26th, 2016, 10:43 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 985
Posted By Hlitner
Although we often go through the hassles of...

Although we often go through the hassles of directly obtaining our own visas, we agree that in your situation it would just be a lot easier (and somewhat more expensive) to use a decent Visa service...
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