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Forum: Holland America Line Today, 08:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 986
Posted By Hlitner
The Guest Entertainers and Musicians are not...

The Guest Entertainers and Musicians are not technically members of the crew and come and go per their own schedule. These folks are not trained to work during emergencies. Some lines do train...
Forum: Holland America Line Today, 08:49 AM
Replies: 314
Views: 36,015
Posted By Hlitner
There are a couple of cruise lines that do not...

There are a couple of cruise lines that do not take attendance since they use a procedure where the crew literally searches the entire ship (including cabins) for wayward passengers. We also found...
Forum: France Ports Today, 08:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 76
Posted By Hlitner
best(and cheapest) way to go cannes to nice an monaco

It is a long way from Cannes to Monte Carlo. But your best option is to walk from the tender pier to the Cannes train station (about 25 min) and grab the next train. They usually run once or twice...
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 04:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,117
Posted By Hlitner
Too many Margaritas at the time of that post. No...

Too many Margaritas at the time of that post. No Oia on Capri


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Forum: France Ports Yesterday, 04:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 906
Posted By Hlitner
A few years ago DW and I were walking in a small...

A few years ago DW and I were walking in a small village not far from the beaches of Normandy. An elderly lady walked up to DW, and in decent English ask if we were Americans. When DW replied "Oui"...
Forum: France Ports Yesterday, 04:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 225
Posted By Hlitner
You can get to Ezeby bus or bus/train combination...

You can get to Ezeby bus or bus/train combination but it can take a lot of time. You can get a bus to Eze Village from either Nice or Monte Carlo, but the bus does. to run very often. It is also...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 04:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 456
Posted By Hlitner
I guess we can explain a few things about Hertz. ...

I guess we can explain a few things about Hertz. The Hertz franchise in Livorno is run by a regional franchiser called Sifracar (Sifracar.com). Since they are not owned by Hertz they tend to follow...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 04:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 986
Posted By Hlitner
Each crew member has their own contract with a...

Each crew member has their own contract with a specific end date (many lines use 6 - 9 month contracts). Certain key officers rotate about every 3 months. It is not unusual for some contracts to be...
Forum: Italy Ports Yesterday, 12:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,073
Posted By Hlitner
We have no issues with interest or conversion...

We have no issues with interest or conversion charges. When using out Fee Free ATM charges we get the official exchange rate minus 1% with no other fees of any kind. If we use our CapitalOne or...
Forum: France Ports Yesterday, 12:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 225
Posted By Hlitner
There are a few ways. You can take the regional...

There are a few ways. You can take the regional TER train which means a little walk from the tender pier and then lots of steps up to the small station. Trains run about twice an hour and there are...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 20th, 2014, 11:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 374
Posted By Hlitner
Each cruise line has their own procedure, but...

Each cruise line has their own procedure, but here is how to start the process. At least a few weeks (or even months) in advance of your cruise you need to notify the cruise line of your request. ...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises July 20th, 2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,772
Posted By Hlitner
It actually might be a good business plan to have...

It actually might be a good business plan to have a hiatus on ship building. The cruise market is somewhat saturated (at the moment) and X is doing quite fine. RCI is building another monster ship,...
Forum: Holland America Line July 20th, 2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,076
Posted By Hlitner
Talking about what one paid for a cruise (while...

Talking about what one paid for a cruise (while onboard) can lead to some nasty discussions. On one HAL cruise I met a lady who recognized my name from CC. She later asked us what we had paid for...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises July 19th, 2014, 08:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 700
Posted By Hlitner
The issue with your family member is a bit...

The issue with your family member is a bit complicated. When you book Select Dining (on Celebrity) the cruise line requires you to pre-pay your gratuities in advance and it is immediately added to...
Forum: Italy Ports July 19th, 2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 298
Posted By Hlitner
Not sure why anyone would use a TA to book a...

Not sure why anyone would use a TA to book a rental car these days. There are so many details involved in rentals that I cannot imagine leaving it to a third party. We routinely rent cars in Europe...
Forum: Italy Ports July 19th, 2014, 12:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 424
Posted By Hlitner
There is a good reason so lets talk about...

There is a good reason so lets talk about geography. It is approximately 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Livorno to Florence and it takes no more then 1 1/2 hours by road or train. But La Spezia is...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 18th, 2014, 11:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,551
Posted By Hlitner
Ok guy, you win :)

Ok guy, you win :)
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 18th, 2014, 10:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,551
Posted By Hlitner
With the exception of HAL, we get plenty of free...

With the exception of HAL, we get plenty of free internet time on nearly every line so this is not an issue that impacts us on a personal level. But charging fees that range up to $36 per hour is...
Forum: Italy Ports July 18th, 2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,073
Posted By Hlitner
I think the OP has the right idea in making...

I think the OP has the right idea in making inquiries at his/her bank. Because we travel internationally on a very frequent basis, we long ago stopped doing business with any bank that charged fees...
Forum: France Ports July 18th, 2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 267
Posted By Hlitner
Smile We used to always carry a current International...

We used to always carry a current International Drivers Permit whenever we drove anywhere in Europe. But after many years and nobody ever asking for the document we no longer bother, unless we are...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 18th, 2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,551
Posted By Hlitner
We have often spoken out on this topic, but also...

We have often spoken out on this topic, but also defend the cruise line to some degree. Providing internet service at sea is a pretty expensive proposition since a cruise ship must purchase...
Forum: Holland America Line July 18th, 2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,730
Posted By Hlitner
Yep, that is certainly the age old defense. ...

Yep, that is certainly the age old defense. Sometimes it works and other times a jury totally ignores this defense. Most Corporations have learned (the hard way) not to rely on this type of...
Forum: Spain Ports July 18th, 2014, 10:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 806
Posted By Hlitner
Just had a further thought about the OP's...

Just had a further thought about the OP's question. We have done a few lengthy driving trips around Spain and had a great time. But having been to Cadiz (4 times) and Seville (3 times including an...
Forum: Holland America Line July 18th, 2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,730
Posted By Hlitner
There are many factors that find their way into...

There are many factors that find their way into executive suites. In the case of HAL you should not underestimate that their HQ is in Seattle where they have very tough anti-smoking laws which...
Forum: First Time Cruisers July 18th, 2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,174
Posted By Hlitner
We actually disagree with your premise about...

We actually disagree with your premise about local cruise agents. Yes, there are probably some excellent cruise agents, but finding one locally is like fishing for a whale in a pond. The reality is...
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