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    United States
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    Travel, wine, my family
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America
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  1. And I just redeemed 20,000 Amex points for a $200 carnival CORP card that is good on ALL I have the cruise lines under the Carnival Corporation, including Holland America, using my Amex blue. Maybe your purchase is doing double duty - earning you amex points as well. Check your amex rewards. You might be earning Amex reward points and kroger fuel points at the same time, which is even better!
  2. It depends on whether it is a Carnival CORP gift card or a carnival cruise line gift card. I just traded 20,000 Amex points for a $200 Carnival Corp card that is good on all of the cruise lines under the carnival corporate umbrella, including HAL. So you will have to check the card.
  3. The 2020 European itineraries came out around mid-October last year, including transatlantic, so you may be in luck.
  4. Not defending them, but just looked this up and they went to different colleges. 🤔
  5. Yes, it does sound a little callous. Why not? It is one of the most economical ways to travel-your food, hotel, accommodations are all included. I encourage my adult children to dedicate some money for travel and not to wait until “the perfect time”. There may never be a perfect time for some people. $60 pp per day is excessive. I understand the rationale and it is, thankfully, not an issue for us, but it is not for me to judge when others should or should not experience the joys of travel. Just my opinion.
  6. Last year they were available at least in mid-October...we are keeping a lookout as well!
  7. For those that have done transatlantic from Fort Lauderdale to Europe: it is better to do the cruise in the spring or the fall or doesn’t matter? We really want to try this - I think we would really enjoy it! But, worried about rough seas. Since we have never done a transatlantic, my imagination runs wild with what it is like in the middle of the ocean. I bet the stars are fantastic at night! Thank you in advance!
  8. We did that cruise and had a port side room and felt we had a better view of the land than starboard bc of the direction the ship traveled. We were happy with the port side...but people have told us it doesn’t matter...there’s not a bad seat in the house.
  9. Hotel Colon in the Gothic district. Book a room with a cathedral view. Rooftop bar is lovely.
  10. On our Mediterranean cruise, in the MDR, each meal consisted of multiple courses - appetizer, salad/soup, entree, dessert - plenty of food for a wonderful meal. We loved the amazing service and the food was fabulous. In fact, HAL continues to focus on foodies, music lovers and those seeking unique itineraries. I read so many negative things on this board and we never take the time to focus on the positives. We had a wonderful dining experience with a wide variety of choices in the MDR and actually preferred it to the specialty restaurants. All included in our fare.
  11. Yes, there are quad cabins on the new ship where the bunk is over the bed.
  12. I think it is for cruises 16 days or less
  13. HAL is offering $1 deposits today only and I was wondering if anyone had any exciting plans to book anything or if anyone saw any good deals they were going to book. Thank you!
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