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  1. Zelker--We were in 7038 on the Rotterdam for 28 days this fall. Absolutely no noise or vibration. The location is very convenient to the Lido and MDR. There are Vista Suites past the elevator so you're not at the very back of the ship.
  2. I am not a germaphobe. In fact, I believe that exposure to germs helps develop my immune system. However, my attitude changes when I travel. I use my arm for support on escalators and stairs. I use antiseptic wipes on my tray table, arm rests, seat belt buckle, etc. on airplanes. Once on the ship, I use my knuckle on elevator buttons. I use the sanitizer dispensers at the dining venues both before and after meals. I avoid using the public restrooms. I wash my hands with soap and water upon returning to the stateroom. Despite these precautions, I have managed to catch a cold on several of our cruises. When I was a child, we were taught to cough into our hands to avoid spreading germs. And then the germs on our hands were transferred to everything that we touched. Now the protocol is to cough into our elbow. However, there are still people who cough into their hands. One area where I cannot control what my hands are touching is on excursions--and not going on excursions is not an option. For safety reasons, I use the railings on the stairs to and from the tenders. If we are seated at the rear of the bus, I have to use the rails at the stairs at the back door. The people who are coughing into their hands on the bus are spreading their cold germs to everyone who uses the railings after they use them. With cold and flu season coming up, let's all help everyone stay well! We'll all enjoy our cruises more!
  3. Another couple who hate to lose breakfast in the Pinnacle Grill. It's one of my favorite perks. (We're five star, so we've had the free laundry for quite some time.) Since the breakfast menu in the Pinnacle Grill is the same as the MDR, the ambiance and service are why we choose to eat in the PG rather than the MDR. I feel that having breakfast in the MDR (even in a separate area) is a downgrade to the Neptune Suite experience. This year we will be spending 49 days in Neptune Suites. Our first cruise was on the Maasdam. The service in the PG was excellent. Coffee and juice were served as soon as we were seated--no need to order. The waiters knew what we wanted after two days. Our second cruise will be on the Rotterdam. In fact, we will be sailing on her during the change to CO. Will we have breakfast in the PG for the first part, and then have to switch to the MDR for the rest of the cruise? Scubacruiserx2--We sailed in an aft suite on the Crown Princess. Breakfast is served in Sabatini's and has a separate menu from the MDR. On the Crown, Sabatini's was located on an upper deck aft--great view! I know that it can be in a different location on other ships. Club Class Dining had not yet been implemented on the Crown on our cruise. While we have enjoyed HAL's great itineraries, there are plenty of other ships in the sea. We've sailed on six other lines, and perhaps it's time to give our $ to those which will give us what WE want.
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