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Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports Yesterday, 08:54 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By Hlitner
The Grand Bazaar (actually it is the Covered...

The Grand Bazaar (actually it is the Covered Bazaar) is more about an "event" then actual shopping. DW and I have been to Istanbul many times (on ships and on land) and we always spend some time...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 08:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 560
Posted By Hlitner
The Kindle was, in our opinion, the best...

The Kindle was, in our opinion, the best invention for sea days. Now, we can carry hundreds of books (for every mood) in a device that is smaller then a Paperback. Although we have always...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises Yesterday, 07:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 329
Posted By Hlitner
An even bigger potential issue is getting a taxi...

An even bigger potential issue is getting a taxi to make the short haul to the train station. One should try to be off the ship ASAP and immediately head over to the taxi queue. Be politely...
Forum: Celebrity Cruises Yesterday, 07:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 934
Posted By Hlitner
We are somewhat confused (DW says that is normal)...

We are somewhat confused (DW says that is normal) and puzzled about why X has pretty much eliminated Piano Bar formats. On a few of our S Class ships they have provided a solo guitar player/singer...
Forum: Holland America Line Yesterday, 07:17 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,542
Posted By Hlitner
Innovative? HAL? ROFLMAO. The first twenty...

Innovative? HAL? ROFLMAO. The first twenty years we cruised (on many different lines) we would see new innovative ideas nearly every cruise. We had the first Atrium (the Centrum on the Sovereign...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 04:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 167
Posted By Hlitner
There are issues with both ports so lets go into...

There are issues with both ports so lets go into some detail. Having been to Livorno on about 2 dozen cruises, we have never seen a free shuttle bus (or a paid shuttle bus) that will transport folks...
Forum: Greece Ports Yesterday, 09:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 251
Posted By Hlitner
Keep in mind that although the last tender will...

Keep in mind that although the last tender will usually leave the pier 30 min before your ship is scheduled to depart, this does not mean you can wait until the last minute. The big bottleneck in...
Forum: Holland America Line July 27th, 2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 7,218
Posted By Hlitner
Not likely to see it on that particular cruise. ...

Not likely to see it on that particular cruise. It is traditionally one of the more popular HAL itineraries and sells-out at relatively high prices. There is no need for HAL to add any kind of...
Forum: Holland America Line July 27th, 2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 560
Posted By Hlitner
HAL has really cut-back on lecturers (like many...

HAL has really cut-back on lecturers (like many other cut backs) so you will not find them on Caribbean Cruises. They still do have lecturers on the longer cruises although there do not seem to be...
Forum: Italy Ports July 27th, 2014, 06:30 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 8,532
Posted By Hlitner
This is also what happens in Europe. On some...

This is also what happens in Europe. On some relatively small purchases the card works without a PIN. A good example would be on toll roads (except in the southern part of France) where no PIN or...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 27th, 2014, 05:59 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,230
Posted By Hlitner
GeoBlue offers annual policies with a $50,000 per...

GeoBlue offers annual policies with a $50,000 per person limit for those 80+.

Hank
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 27th, 2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,230
Posted By Hlitner
Interesting. You live in a state that has a...

Interesting. You live in a state that has a government with a long history or meddling (some call it being progressive) so not totally surprised. We would assume it is because the policy is not...
Forum: France Ports July 27th, 2014, 12:27 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,685
Posted By Hlitner
We are certainly not fluent in French, but have...

We are certainly not fluent in French, but have driven thousands of miles throughout France with very few language-related problems. The one time we did have some problems was years ago when we got...
Forum: Spain Ports July 26th, 2014, 05:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,174
Posted By Hlitner
We have been "long hauled" in Istanbul, which...

We have been "long hauled" in Istanbul, which turned out to be a very interesting experience. Since we were quite familiar with the best route, we knew exactly what our driver was doing, but sat...
Forum: Italy Ports July 26th, 2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 17,746
Posted By Hlitner
Livorno is a somewhat unique port in that it is...

Livorno is a somewhat unique port in that it is nearly impossible to get out of the port without being on a tour, having a rental car that is delivered to the pier, or by a taxi. The cruise line...
Forum: Italy Ports July 26th, 2014, 05:27 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 8,532
Posted By Hlitner
We agree with Lew. Some Chip/PIN cards have the...

We agree with Lew. Some Chip/PIN cards have the PIN encoded on the chip at the time the chip is manufactured and coded. It cannot be changed without issuing a new card. Certain Chip/PIN issuers do...
Forum: Italy Ports July 26th, 2014, 05:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 681
Posted By Hlitner
So here is what happened. The hotel simply ran a...

So here is what happened. The hotel simply ran a test charge to verify that your card is valid. You might want to make sure that when you stay at the hotel they credit you that 1 Euro (we would do...
Forum: France Ports July 26th, 2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 198
Posted By Hlitner
The vast majority of strikes are announced well...

The vast majority of strikes are announced well in advance, although a wildcat strike can happen on any line. But there are two other issues that might impact schedules trains running between...
Forum: Holland America Line July 26th, 2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 7,593
Posted By Hlitner
Just to clarify an earlier post, a Cremant is...

Just to clarify an earlier post, a Cremant is simply a sparkling wine that was grown and produced outside the Champagne region. Many Cremant's are produced by the exact same process as Sparkling...
Forum: Holland America Line July 26th, 2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 382
Views: 42,144
Posted By Hlitner
By golly, we think you have cited the HAL...

By golly, we think you have cited the HAL philosophy. If it was good enough in the 1800s why change now ?
Forum: Holland America Line July 26th, 2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 576
Posted By Hlitner
Whether WiFi will work in your cabin is dependent...

Whether WiFi will work in your cabin is dependent on the actual ship and the location of your cabin. For example, last year we did a long cruise on the Westerdam and there was no usable WiFi signal...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 26th, 2014, 04:48 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,015
Posted By Hlitner
Keep in mind that a cruise to Hawaii involves...

Keep in mind that a cruise to Hawaii involves many sea days (each way) and a very short time in Hawaii. We have been to Hawaii on both cruises and by flying and recommend that if you really want...
Forum: France Ports July 25th, 2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 198
Posted By Hlitner
Travel from La Harve to Paris????

If you want to enjoy the various sites around Normandy you will either need to rent a car or arrange for a private tour. As to Paris you could either drop the car in Le Havre ( or another city in...
Forum: Italy Ports July 25th, 2014, 05:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 337
Posted By Hlitner
Correct. Just enjoy your trip. Hank ...

Correct. Just enjoy your trip.

Hank


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Forum: Italy Ports July 25th, 2014, 05:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 17,746
Posted By Hlitner
We would just remind folks that there are...

We would just remind folks that there are frequent trains from Livorno to Florence that are pretty cheap and often faster then land transportation.


Hank
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