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  1. Thank you all so much for your replies,,, I feel much better.

     

    I don't know how to pull a quote from another thread, but post #30 from "Thoughts about Suites" is what worried me:

     

    "Luminae on Equinox last year was wonderful. However, with the terrible new menus, it seems that Miami has changed the serving process in Luminae. Just finishing up a 10 day cruise in the Penthouse on the Reflection. Luminae was very poor. EXTREMELY slow service. Seems they have cut the staff. The “runner” who used to get orders from the kitchen no longer exists. The waiters now do it. Hostess is now cleaning and resetting tables. maitre’d was serving bread. Makes for a very slow service. Along with the new menus, Luminae is no longer worth visiting. "

     

    On second look, I see that the second Luminae experience mentioned is on the Reflection, so there's that.  Anyway, from all of the above reassurances, I will put my fears to rest.

     

     

     


  2. We have booked our first suite ever (a Sky Suite) on the Equinox mainly for the Luminae experience. I saw a post recently that reported the new menus (starting in Oct 2019?) are not nearly as good as the previous menus.

     

    Now I am having second thoughts about spending all the extra money if the Luminae dining experience is a victim of more cost-cutting.

     

    Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.

     


  3. Thanks for all of your insights. 

     

    Just to clarify, the reviews in the "review" section that I read were from Dec 2018 and Jan 2019, so "teething" issues for Kdam would be a moot point.  And the NS, which is the newer ship got great reviews (take a look). 

     

    But if the Kdam is not even going to be in the Caribbean in Nov 2020-Dec 2021, then I'm spinning my wheels for nothing.  If that is the case, I may have to reconsider the 10 or 11 night itineraries.  There are several reasons why this would not be my first choice, and I may decide to wait ANOTHER year.

     

    I've wanted to try HAL for awhile, but need a wheelchair accessible cabin, and many of the ships prior to these two have very limited cabins for full-time wheelchair users. (I've been in a wc since I was 27 yo).

     

    Again, thanks for all of the thoughtful replies.


  4. Hi.  We want to try HAL on one of these ships.  We currently enjoy X, NCL and MSC YC.

     

    We are looking to do a 7 night in Nov 2020.  The NS schedule is out, but they are all 10 or 11 nights.  K schedule is not out yet, but I am assuming that it will have 7 night cruises (the reverse of 2019).

     

    Here is my concern.  In reading the reviews for these two ships, the NS gets glowing reviews, but the K'dam's reviews are mostly "disappointing", "not for us", "never again", etc.

     

    From those of you who have sailed both ships, is there really a difference?  (I understand that the physical ships are identical). 

     

    We were looking for a new cruise line to add to our mix.  Food, wine, evening entertainment and nice bars/lounges are important to us.

     

    Thanks.

     

     


  5. I was wondering if tipping is customary when you drop off your luggage at the YC entrance. Who actually takes possession of your luggage? I know that for other cruises, the porters at the dock expect tips when you drop off your bags, and some people feel that it is sort of bribery to ensure your luggage is handled properly.. Any thoughts?


  6. This morning I tried to call to inquire about a deposit refund on a cancelled cruise. I've been waiting for my $198 since July 17. I was on hold for 1 hour and 55 min before I had to leave. In what universe is this an acceptable situation for a business?

     

    I am looking forward to my first MSC cruise this month, and have 2 others booked, but their customer service is ridiculous.


  7. Do you have the dining package? There is no charge at the time of booking for those who do not have the dining package. Or, if you've already made reservations exceeding or equaling the number of dining package meals you have, then there wouldn't be an upcharge for this at the time of booking. In both scenarios, they are expecting you will pay the menu prices at the time you dine.

     

     

    This scenario applies to me. Ocean Blue exceeds the number of meals in my dining package. Darn. I thought they changed the price.

     

    But with the recent comments in this thread, I'm wondering if I should cancel it.


  8. The number of cabins available in the YC depends on the number of people you request.

    this happened to me. When searching for a cabin for 2 people on their website, the are very few cabins left on some sailings. But if you enter 4 or 5 people in the search, there are many cabins available. I don't know why they "hide" the cabins that sleep extra people when they could sell them to 2 people. Seriously, how many people want to travel with 5 in a cabin? I wonder if there is a deadline when they start releasing these cabins to fewer people.

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