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About AlexCherie

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  • Location
    Lockport NY
  • Interests
    Nature, Architecture, Food
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity; Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call

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  1. I think you'll love it. For me I especially loved the touches in the cabin. Not sure it if is precisely "wood", but the rooms looked great - fresh, clean, modern. Nice flower arrangements in the hallways (not enough of them). Mmm. Miss it already.
  2. Excellent. To each his own, but for me worth the price of admission.
  3. My experience was different. We did a B2B on Celebrity. We had to clear Immigration, but we never left the ship and that was in FLL. We chose to leave the ship in Montreal on a B2B on HAL, but I can't recall if that was required on that ship. Worthwhile noting that on that particular Celebrity cruise, the last stop prior to returning to FLL was Key West and we cleared Immigration at that time. But regardless, my point stands - we would not have been required to actually leave the ship.
  4. As much as I liked the sister ship Nieuw Statendam - and gave it an overall excellent rating and will likely only sail on this class ship again - I also found disagreeable many of the things you didn't like. I didn't make mention of them in my commentary but they were good points. Especially the smoky casino (we don't gamble at all) and the preference for sliding doors, shimmy in the sailing and the TV selections. None of them were sufficient to bother me/us - but you are indeed right about them. Good review!
  5. Any reason not to make the reservation now - especially since you are looking at only a few excursions? It seems unlikely to me that your other onboard costs will be less than any OBC. At the least you will have roughly $160 per person in gratuities alone. I suppose if you pre-paid everything ... We knew of several people that for instance couldn't go horseback riding in HMC because they were completely booked before the ship left port.
  6. We did back to back on several other cruises and on other lines. Yes, you can just chill on deck - you aren't required to get off and get back on again.
  7. Well that's surprising ... we never heard a thing. Only a few rooms away in 4086, same side of ship. There you, location is everything.
  8. Where was your cabin located? I was worried about the bands, given that they were only two floors away. But we were mid-to-forward. I'm guessing you must have been mid-to-aft to have heard the band. Glad you enjoyed it as well.
  9. Same cruise. Pros: Food was just a hair short of outstanding in every venue. We dined in Canelletto, Rudi's Sel de Mer and Tamarind as well as the MDR. Canelletto: Menu is much, much improved. We enjoyed Suvat's service (such a smile!) and I felt combining regal Lamb and Truffles with humble beans and polenta was a master stroke. Moist, wonderful. Breads served warm, the various dips served with were excellent. Appetizers, desserts spot on. I could and should have gone back. Rudi's Sel De Mer: Dined twice. First experience was mostly outstanding. I spoke with Constantin regarding the be
  10. generally speaking, how obstructed are the obstructed Verandas on the Pinnacle class ships? Ignore the post. I found an example here: https://travelingwiththejones.com/2019/04/20/a-look-inside-obstructed-verandah-stateroom-4079-on-holland-americas-nieuw-statendam/
  11. It's odd but those look like some good 'shrooms. That is one incredible evening ... just marvelous looking.
  12. Me too! And dang if those mushrooms don't look great next to that Lobster!
  13. Highly, highly doubt it. At $20 for a 12 ounce lobster tail? Besides, mushrooms are the side dish of beef, not seafood.
  14. As a fellow Buffalonian, I leave a day early just for local weather, and fears that the highways in town will close. We actually almost missed a flight out of town because our car got stuck in a snow bank in the airport. Always the case in Buffalo, somebody helped us get the SUV in place and we ran, through the lot, security and the airport as the last on the plane. I think I’ve got the winner of “got to town early” stories. We arrived in New Orleans on Friday,, August 25th 2005 to board a Carnival cruise ship and left the hotel on Sunday, August 27th at 10 AM to board the ship. Our c
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