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  1. If I was getting a free cruise it might be different. I don’t think it’s too much to ask to have some decent food to go with the hefty price.
  2. I'm having a hard time being sympathetic with HAL. They brought a lot of this on themselves.
  3. That really sucks. I don't know why this would be different. I did enjoy the sel de mer very much on the Nieuw Statendam in 2019 but with the "new" set price and lesser discount I think I'd rather go to the other specialty restaurants. Thank you for the information.
  4. So true. Years ago I used to worry that people would remember what I wore to work and that I'd just worn it the week before. Unless its an outlandish outfit (I don't own anything like that) I couldn't tell you what they wore yesterday. Same for a cruise.
  5. That’s so annoying about the beverage charges. If they aren’t going to uphold the dress code they should not have one. Next stop, speedos in the mdr 🙄😛😉.
  6. So exciting to be on the newest ship. Thank you for doing a live from thread.
  7. I got the 50 percent discount in sel de mer. This was in November 2019 when it was still ala carte on the nieuw statendam. I don’t know why it would change. I don’t care for sushi so I can’t help with that.
  8. I think it’s going to be a shock for you, I feel. World cruise menus have always been a step above from what I’ve seen posted. The gala menus are disappointing. I feel the “everyday” are better.
  9. Anyone still in the workforce has dealt with a lot. I’ve seen things in the last 2 years happen that I never saw in the 35 years prior. It’s not just travel that has dealt with a lot. No one I know is being cut a break. You have to deal with the cards dealt or 6 people behind you will.
  10. This is from a world cruise right? I haven’t seen anything like this on my cruises in a very long time. I’m not a newbie, I’m a 5 star. Have you seen the gala menus from 2021? Not even close. I don’t like to give people false hope.
  11. Would love to hear your idea of special. Would that be the $30 upsell to the steak and lobster that used to be free? A piece of fish or steak and shrimp? Any specialty restaurant is better than that. I’m not eating in the mdr on gala night. I’m making a point not to.
  12. What? They’ve been working remotely for several years. While it’s not for me, most people I work “with” absolutely love working remotely. I don’t understand this comment at all.
  13. I would believe what posters say on this board over someone in ship services that has likely never been n one and doesn’t have a clue about what goes on in one.
  14. You’d think this was their first cruise ever 🙄. That is ridiculous.
  15. Thank you so much! I hope it's the same on all ships, not just those that sail in Europe. Some days I want to just throw in the towel on my cruise because of all the other issues surrounding getting to go. It just seems to be a bit much some days. This does give me hope.
  16. That is a wonderful idea but it's hard to get anyone to answer. I've posted on one of the Koningsdam roll calls about testing of Canadians and no one has bothered to answer. If I go on my cruise next month I will be letting Canadians know what is going on. It's the right thing to do. @Vict0riannthank you for the testing info. It much appreciated. I'm enjoying your thread very much. Very informative.
  17. Thank you for all the menus. I just wish hal would get rid of gala night, including the dress up. I used to dress and and will to a point, but when others are dressed in less than smart casual it's hard to make the effort. Just speaking for myself. Thank you for the wonderful thread and all your effort. I really appreciate it!
  18. I agree that covid has gotten rid of things and companies will never bring things back if they feel they can get away with it. Look at hal doing cabin service once a day but upping the grats. I know you can request the 2 x but I’m guessing most won’t including myself. I’m guessing that will mean less staff because hal isn’t going to pay people to sit around.
  19. I’m pretty sure I read a post on the celebrity board about someone that tested positive and celebrity actually flew her home on a private jet. As I recall the situation this was a few months back at the start up. They might not be so keen now that they have a few bucks in their pockets. edit - I think I found the story. It was actually royal in case anyone wants to read
  20. It doesn't say if its pcr or antigen though. I'm not sure if the nasty one means pcr as I've never had one.
  21. That's my worry. Would love to hear. Hal is supposed to pay for a hotel for you to quarantine.
  22. @aring75did you notice a drug store or supermarket close by the hotel? Thank you.
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