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Forum: Celebrity Cruises November 27th, 2016, 04:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,184
Posted By Hlitner
We are on the Eclipse now in Aqua cabin 1626. On...

We are on the Eclipse now in Aqua cabin 1626. On this class of
Ship we always get A2 cabins aft...below another cabin
Forum: Cruise/Travel Insurance November 26th, 2016, 08:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By Hlitner
Having 2 (or more) medical secondary policies is...

Having 2 (or more) medical secondary policies is OK, and we saw a lot of these situations during our career in the government health insurance industry. That being said, it is generally a waste of...
Forum: Holland America Line November 25th, 2016, 11:21 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,060
Posted By Hlitner
So lets put a some of the recent posts in...

So lets put a some of the recent posts in perspective. HAL has eliminated their Eggs Benedict Station (with the new Market Place) and now only have limited eggs benedict with 1 specialty a day. So...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question November 25th, 2016, 07:21 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,621
Posted By Hlitner
Not only does one have to deal with Princess, but...

Not only does one have to deal with Princess, but they must also realize that each island is a foreign country (except for the USVI and PR) with their own laws. One might quickly lose their drone...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics November 25th, 2016, 12:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,053
Posted By Hlitner
That video is too funny and I cannot get the song...

That video is too funny and I cannot get the song out of my head :).

Hank
Forum: St. Martin/St. Maarten November 25th, 2016, 10:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,713
Posted By Hlitner
The Time share reps can sometimes come in handy. ...

The Time share reps can sometimes come in handy. When we are living in Puerto Vallarta there is usually a Time share guy who hangs out at our supermarket. That guy knows where to find everything in...
Forum: Holland America Line November 25th, 2016, 09:09 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,182
Posted By Hlitner
Since NEXUS and SENRI were mentioned (these are...

Since NEXUS and SENRI were mentioned (these are special programs for Canada and Mexico ) we thought it might be good to post some info. While a Global Entry card might sometimes get you into a...
Forum: Holland America Line November 25th, 2016, 08:51 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,060
Posted By Hlitner
We actually thought about the OP's questions and...

We actually thought about the OP's questions and came up with a strange answer. We generally are quite satisfied with the food on HAL, but even after nearly 500 days on the line we cannot think of a...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports November 25th, 2016, 08:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,775
Posted By Hlitner
You are absolutely correct, For those trying to...

You are absolutely correct, For those trying to cram the most into a short time, a private guide/driver is generally the best option. However, imagine being on a cruise that stops at 23 European...
Forum: Italy Ports November 25th, 2016, 08:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,301
Posted By Hlitner
We just wanted to add some positive thoughts to...

We just wanted to add some positive thoughts to the thread :). Having traveled extensively throughout Europe (and Italy) for over forty years, we have somehow managed to avoid having our pockets...
Forum: Italy Ports November 25th, 2016, 08:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 977
Posted By Hlitner
We have done that walk and would not recommend it...

We have done that walk and would not recommend it for a port day because of the distance and time. We agree with the others that this is a situation where the Metro makes sense. If you go to Rome...
Forum: Mexican Riviera November 25th, 2016, 08:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 509
Posted By Hlitner
There are two places in Puerto Vallarta where we...

There are two places in Puerto Vallarta where we know they do sell real Cubans....but you will pay the big bucks (the real thing is never cheap). Probably the best cigar shop is located in the Old...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question November 25th, 2016, 08:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 476
Posted By Hlitner
There are many parts of Venice, and the other...

There are many parts of Venice, and the other islands in the Lagoon, that are not overly crowded. But most cruise ship passengers head to St Marks Square or the Rialto Bridge area and are quickly...
Forum: Holland America Line November 24th, 2016, 06:09 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,182
Posted By Hlitner
I am afraid the OPs post is a myth :(. The...

I am afraid the OPs post is a myth :(. The Global Entry card is just a basic ID card and useless for entering the USA from Canada, Mexico, or anywhere else. Global Entry membership is tied to your...
Forum: Cruise/Travel Insurance November 24th, 2016, 03:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,508
Posted By Hlitner
Wish I had thought of that when I was working. ...

Wish I had thought of that when I was working. Simply put a time limit on filing, make the customer go to their primary insurance first, and by the time they are able to file with the...
Forum: St. Martin/St. Maarten November 24th, 2016, 03:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 624
Posted By Hlitner
When we stay on the island we never venture into...

When we stay on the island we never venture into Phillipsburg after dark. Not sure that crime is a big problem, but its just a place that most staying on the island avoid. In fact, the only time we...
Forum: Holland America Line November 24th, 2016, 03:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,881
Posted By Hlitner
HAL has simply followed the trend of others. We...

HAL has simply followed the trend of others. We suspect the Koningsdam Promanade is not wide enough to comfortably hold all the passengers during the drill. That is the reason many other lines...
Forum: Antigua November 24th, 2016, 12:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 285
Posted By Hlitner
Ouch! Hope your DW quickly recovers. As to...

Ouch! Hope your DW quickly recovers. As to shopping, the locality of shops is a little dependent on which dock you use. But there is a small port shopping building (2 floors) with some shops. I...
Forum: Cruise/Travel Insurance November 24th, 2016, 12:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,508
Posted By Hlitner
You ask a complex question. In the industry many...

You ask a complex question. In the industry many of us call it Third-Party Liability. But the consumer question is more generally referred to as "coordination of benefits" and how its handled does...
Forum: Italy Ports November 24th, 2016, 11:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 559
Posted By Hlitner
If you must choose one...then we agree that...

If you must choose one...then we agree that Pompeii is the place to go. But, if you are in the port for a full port day it is quite easy to do both, on your own. Simply use the train to get to...
Forum: Cruise/Travel Insurance November 23rd, 2016, 07:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,508
Posted By Hlitner
The 50K is sure better then the cruise line...

The 50K is sure better then the cruise line policies although we prefer policies with at least $100k med. The Trip Evacuation issue has become a real con...that is used by darn near all the...
Forum: St. Martin/St. Maarten November 23rd, 2016, 06:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 624
Posted By Hlitner
Nearly (with a few exceptions) all the best...

Nearly (with a few exceptions) all the best restaurants are in the Grand Case area. This is a small town (where we have rented condos) which has more then a dozen decent restaurants...some of which...
Forum: Antigua November 23rd, 2016, 06:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,801
Posted By Hlitner
Just a word about snorkeling at Darkwood. There...

Just a word about snorkeling at Darkwood. There is a pretty decent area, but it is far to the left (actually past the end of the beach) which would be a challenge for those without fins and the...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question November 23rd, 2016, 06:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 476
Posted By Hlitner
Regarding Antartica, there are quite a few...

Regarding Antartica, there are quite a few restrictions now in place. If you actually want to go ashore on the continent....you would have to be on a small vessel. As to Venice, there have been...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question November 23rd, 2016, 06:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 723
Posted By Hlitner
I think real Kona is great! But my personal...

I think real Kona is great! But my personal favorite beans are Yirgacheffe (from Ethiopia). Guess you could say I am a strong coffee freak.

Hank
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