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  1. Question: if you are having a glass of wine in your cabin and not finished, can you carry it into the dining room?
  2. He is sold out on our date, 10/3, also. ☹️
  3. Thanks for the tip about the tender tickets. We are early risers so will get to lounge area and also check in with guest services the day before.
  4. Many of you have shared your experience with excursions. So helpful! Can you give feedback on the ships process for people who do not book their tours? We have a HA cruise scheduled for end of September, New England and Canada, and have booked several tours which involve tenders(Newport, Bar Harbor, Sydney). Any suggestions or thoughts on this? Thank You
  5. Many thanks to everyone for the great tips and sharing your experience. We now have an idea about how to handle the tender (no pun intended) issue. We leave NYC on 9/27 so when we return I will do a follow up on our experience. Hoping for great weather and beautiful foliage.
  6. Yes, it is next to Marriott. Thank you for directions. Someone suggested getting down to the disembarking area at 7:55 if tender ticketing starts at 8:00, another person mentioned fog, something else to worry about! So far I haven’t heard that anyone missed their tour. I guess there is something to be said for the ship excursions but on a previous cruise with Viking we booked private excursions and it worked perfectly. No tendering though.
  7. In Newport we go to the visitor center to catch the trolley and need to be there by 9:30. Do you think we could get on the tender by 8:30?
  8. Thank you for the response! People on Cruise Critic are awesome, so helpful to the newbies. We have booked excursions at two tender ports, Newport and Bar Harbor, with a 9:30 check in. We need to allow time for the tender and finding our way when we arrive at the dock. What time should we arrive at the tender? Would 8:30 be early enough?
  9. We are looking forward to our first cruise on HAL from NYC to Quebec City. I have been researching excursions offered by HAL and independent tours. I am leaning towards booking independent based on reviews, price and selection. I have been getting conflicting information about disembarking at tender ports. It appears that passengers booked with the ship excursion are allowed to tender first, then Neptune. Passengers booked with other vendors get off last. I am concerned about meeting our scheduled tour on time. Does anyone have experience with this process? Do you need a tender ticket? Getting various answers to this question. Any advice? What about other ports that are not tendered? Any tips will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  10. Excuse me!!! This thread relates primarily to Cuba. You might want to look for another thread or start a new one based on Canadian Maritimes. Good luck.
  11. Evening casual. There is one Captains night but not formal, nice slacks and top or casual dress for ladies. No tie or tux for the men. Excursions included in every port. Tip guides and driver. The lectures are outstanding, especially Janis. You may want to have a full experience of Pearl Seas before committing to another cruise. I think most people were positive but I would not book another cruise with this company. Enjoy your time Cuba.
  12. Thank you for taking the time to respond. My expectation is more positive after reading your comments. We have been looking forward to this trip and are ready to go!
  13. Thank you very much for your response. It sounds like you were able to go to every port. Did Pearl Seas do a good job with guides and spend plenty of time with the people to people program? Did you go to the Tropicana? We are leaving Saturday and excited about the trip. Just want to be prepared for any glitches that I read about on another thread on CC. Any tips would be appreciated. Thank you again
  14. How was the December 29th cruise to Cuba? We are booked on the January 30 cruise and concerned about reviews regarding difficulty docking in the various ports It appears that because Pearl Seas is a small ship they may not be able to get in due to the larger ships with many more passengers. Would appreciate hearing about your experience. Thank you
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