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  1. stickey_mouse

    K'dam vs NS - Is one better?

    I think this post needs a qualifier. You can still smoke in some areas within the casino. Nowhere else indoors. Nobody will be lighting up next to you at dinner. I agree with the poster, in that I think it's a shame they still allow this. But I didn't want the post to get away with such a generalization as, "hopefully you enjoy smoking indoors."
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    Nieuw Statendam

    How does the ship handle the flow of people A) during port disembarkations and B) at night around the entertainment venues? Thanks for the wonderful posts!
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    Baggage Fees with Flight Ease

    I know that using Flight Ease does not, in itself, mean baggage fees will be applied. However, as most airlines have gone the route of tiered pricing, it's a little vague which tier you end up with when booking with the most economic fare. And I find the code shares between Delta and Alitalia confusing, because the first leg of the flight I booked is coded as Delta, and the second leg is Alitalia. Whereas different code combinations of the exact same flight (for instance, both legs coded as Delta) command higher prices.
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    Baggage Fees with Flight Ease

    What is the rule of thumb regarding bag fees for transatlantic flights booked with Flight Ease? I found some good rates for roundtrip airfare to Italy but am not sure what other "fees" might be attached. The HAL employee on the telephone was not sure, either. One leg of the flight is coded as 'Alitalia,' even though it is a Delta flight, and this has me a little suspicious. Anybody have any experience with this?
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    Nieuw Statendam

    Does the casino smell of smoke? If so, how far outside the casino does the stench permeate? I'm still crossing my fingers that HAL gets its act together re: the smoking issue.
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    Nieuw Statendam Review, January 6-20, 2019

    I am impressed. But then again, I am not a musician.
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    Nieuw Statendam Review, January 6-20, 2019

    Is this comment serious or intended to be a joke?
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    Nieuw Statendam Review, January 6-20, 2019

    Thanks for the review. I had forgotten about the unfortunate toilet placements on the K-dam. Glad they fixed the issue!
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    Celebrity Edge- Major Ship Envy!

    Nobody?
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    Celebrity Edge- Major Ship Envy!

    Oh I totally agree about smoking. I took issue with your indication that it is one of the few things filling Celebrity's ships.
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    Celebrity Edge- Major Ship Envy!

    I have to take issue with this line. It's stated as fact, but is actually very conclusory and subjective.
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    Celebrity Edge- Major Ship Envy!

    As I've stated before, my envy has waned significantly since my original post. I am very content that I will be taking my large group on the Nieuw Statendam later this year. Time will tell if the new Edge model is a success or bust. I know for sure that it's too early to call, despite the HAL cheerleaders' insistence that it is a complete swing and a miss. Sure, many CC reviews are bashing it, but I've also read several "professional' reviews that praise the design. I am a champion for no single cruise line and happen to enjoy both the Celebrity and HAL product. Again, time will tell which company is moving in the right direction; or, at the very least, which choices are most profitable.
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    Celebrity Edge- Major Ship Envy!

    Read the posts. Much discussion of both HAL and Celebrity here. We also wonder why a disinterested person continues to click on and post in a thread he thinks doesn't belong.
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    Celebrity Edge- Major Ship Envy!

    I'd be interested in knowing how full the ship actually was when it sailed (not how many cabins appeared available online). And yes, they are charging a premium for the initial (and them some) sailings, but people are paying it. If they can charge a premium and still sail at 90% full, they are still laughing themselves all the way to the bank. Demand determines price, but it's not a zero sum game when it comes to cruising. Time will tell how if that demand holds steady or wanes a bit; if the latter, expect prices to decrease.
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    Celebrity Edge- Major Ship Envy!

    Interesting. Although sometimes guarantee status skews what is actually there and what is not. And I must reiterate that price is a product of demand. If demand lessens, the price will decrease. And I would call the reviews mixed, not overwhelmingly negative. I know the HAL lovers are so eager to call Edge an immediate failure, but I think it's too early to call.
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