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About Iris5383

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    Bonaire, Key West, Sitka (so far)

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  1. Great photos! How is the entertainment in the show room? Are the entertainers stuck on board or is it just the ship singers and dancers?
  2. If you book a certain number of cabins with the same booking number, you are eligible for a free inside which can be upgraded. Sorry I don't remember the number you need to book, but it might be worth looking into.
  3. I agree with all the others. It has been my experience that no one is checking the suggested boarding time on your paperwork. Boarding at 3:30 would mean you're rushed getting to your cabin and you won't have time to unpack before muster drill. If you're at early dinner you're rushed more to get ready without having unpacked. Even if you're not at early dinner, you don't want to miss sail-away. Not a good way to start a cruise.
  4. Not good news. I love the alcohol-laced coffee drinks. Just made 4* and was looking forward to the 50%-off perk!
  5. That is true. It's a recent thing to give a time. Before that you were told when boarding begins and ends. We like to get there by about 10:30-11 like an OP posted. While waiting we have met some nice people that we connected with for the whole cruise. And we're always anxious to get the cruise started. Would rather wait at the port than at the hotel. It won't matter for this trip since HAL is your transportation, but might matter for your future cruises.
  6. If you're waiting for a HAL transport to the port you wouldn't want to get a hotel day room and go back to the airport for your ride to the cruise port. Live and learn, I guess, like we all have. Maybe there will be others on your flight in the same situation and you'll make friends before you even board. One suggestion, bring a small stapler in your carry-on to attach the HAL luggage tags.
  7. That's good to know. We're in the early process of booking another cruise that stops at Honolulu and need new Hawaiian shirts. (My DH was ill and we had to cancel the cruise you're on. We had splurged and booked a verandah. I guess we wouldn't have used it much.) Please know that even though your vacation isn't what you planned for, your posts have value. I look forward to each one. Wishing sunny skies for you today in Kona. Also hoping there will be some compensation for passengers. Once we had open bar for an hour when something went wrong. Was very hard to weed through the crowd to order. We have got taxes/fees back when a port was cancelled. I'm sure passengers are spending more on board and that's extra profit for HAL. Maybe they will share some of that. Would be good PR.
  8. Packing on plastic bags seems to keep wrinkles to a minimum. I use the largest zipper closure bags and squeeze out all the air before zipping. Also helps to put a dryer sheet in each bag.
  9. Hope the weather clears for your Kona trip and that you find something fun to do in Honolulu. Are ship officers doing anything to ease passenger frustration over the weather?
  10. OK, got it! I looked under MyAccount before, I guess I didn't scroll down far enough. Thanks cat1331 and copper 10-8.
  11. Really enjoying your posts. I'm wondering, is trivia on the daily program? Where do they have it?
  12. I have previously seen on the HAL website details of my Mariner status. It listed each cruise and the number of days I earned for each. When I look on "My Account" now, I can see the number of cruise days, number of bonus days, total days, and Mariner status. But I can't find where all my cruises are listed and the number of days attributed to each cruise. Is that information will available? I emailed HAL a few days ago and haven't received a reply yet.
  13. Seems the blue bag shows up the night before the first shore day.
  14. Krazy Kruisers - I agree. The canvas bags are nice. I still have a few. If you're a married couple cruising, you get one bag per cabin. If you're friends cruising together you each get a bag. That doesn't make sense. Everyone pays the same fare.
  15. Happy Birthday! I am enjoying your posts. My DH and I were booked on this cruise and had to cancel the week before sailing when he got sick.
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