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  1. Meanwhile I requested another one and it was delivered to my room and NOW after talking with Guest Services they have some of the forms on their desk when they are present. So no need to speak with them anymore. But still none is in the rack to help yourself and drop into the box when they are not present.
  2. I am not drinking alcohol and in my surrounding I do not know ACTIVELY one who is impacted of alcohol problems. So I am not familiar. When I did the very first cruise on an American cruise ship in 2007, I found on the daily program Friends of Dorothy Friends of Bill W (and there was third one, which I did not see again or very rarely on a few cruise ships). I asked someone from the front desk and was told Gays Anonymous Alcohol (and the third group, I forgot) As said: since I was not impacted of Alcohol-problems, I did not follow up what is behind Bill W. Just here onboard, I was wondering that after two meetings, Bill W. continued to be shown on the When and Where and LGBTQ not anymore and asking. But as said: guideline from Seattle
  3. LGBTQ-Meetings are normally not set up in a meeting room like the Bill W.-Meetings. From Cunard: You have this sign in the corner of the Commodore Club (similar to Crow's nest) in one corner (similar to Captain's Corner) and if none is showing up, they just remove the sign and open it to the public for other guests... But other guests who are sitting here before the meeting starts should not wonder if it become very male, gay and you can direct their attention to this sign, if they ask you to move away because they were already here all day... Here, onboard of VEENDAM, it worked with the very first two days only and to my surprise: somebody of the Entertainment Department showed up and hosted. We had this only before on NORWEGIAN JADE and the host was gay himself and we got a lot of giveaways etc. But after the two days, I was only surprised that it did not show anymore on the When and Where and the Hotel Director told me "Guideline from Seattle" - and all I was asking here was: does somebody know why there is a guideline like this. They set it up again on my request but the new time and place was not convenient for everyone since it was squeezed between set-sail, event in the bar, trivia etc. On the first day, it was great since we could sit up in the bar and wait "neutrally" (since there was no sign). The first time I had my rainbow lanyard around me and other men just showed up around me... and next time I would discretely put this sign on: The second I was wondering and try to find out here: Again: according to guideline to HAL Seattle: no officer should show up for Meet & Greet of cruisecritic.com, and I was wondering on other HAL-cruises they did or on any other cruise lines they are doing more for US cruisecritic.com-members? And all I was interested to know: did cruisecritic.com becomes an "enemy" of HAL or what for would be the guideline for officers to attend to a meeting. I met here a lot of nice fellow-cruisers, but I also like to meet the senior officers around like I used from previous meetings or with other cruise lines. I did what I usually did: speaking with the Hotel Director and there were too many guidelines... no more peppermill no more snacks etc. etc. But after the talk, I got at least a few items back: so there is now a pepper mill around me... and I must not ask for peanuts anymore when I am buying a drink... and my favorite bar has now cucumber around that I can order "Cool as a Cucumber" immediately. I suggested the Hotel Director to mark his box "Dear Hotel Director" appropriately and to be more "open" and "inviting" guests to contact him and they did promptly: So far, I am still "complaining" that I cannot buy a Future Cruise Deposit, without having an appointment: a box to dispose but no blank forms. For me, I do not see a need to show up at their opening hours and to ask for something which should be in a rack on most ships (no matter which cruise line) and you can order at any time a Future Cruise Deposit.
  4. 1. It was a kind of "weak" communication. The toilets in the public area were not impacted by the maintenance and you could use them - they only forget to tell. But since everyone has different need and I need to see frequently the toilets due to medication. The situation ashore when you have buckets and preparing something at home AND NO vacuum toilet might be different from a situation on a ship at high sea. 2. LGBT-Meeting was listed again - but still unsatisfied answer why only two meetings are listed. Understood that Billy W.-meetings follow a different structure. Thanks to everyone who explained me the difference of the two meetings. 3. They improved the security measurements by setting barriers of "closed" areas impacted by works so nothing could move anymore from above to the lower promenade deck. By this way: thanks to everyone who were explaining the different areas. Had a chance in St. John's to see it from the pier. But (although port call in St-Pierre et Miquelon was canceled) could see that our section under liferafts are "safe" to use if there is tender operation in port, while other sections were closed in preparation of tendering. So disadvantage of less sunshine vs. potential use during tender operation was one more aspect to double check for next booking. I value all inputs which helps me to make the right decision which ship and which cabin. Regarding the Bahamas: sorry for the loss of lifes. But I feel free to ask. I did not complain but asking how other cruisers handle this situation and regarding to Billy W./LGBT I was wondering why it is so differently handled by HAL compared to other cruise lines. It was the first time I had a Lenai cabin, it was the first time I had problems with the works around my personal space, it was the first time I had such a water-supply-suspension. Sorry to bother everyone who felt the need to answer without helpful answers and thanks to everyone who gave me good answers to estimate the situation and telling what would be the best way to prepare.
  5. Check on the deck plan of VEENDAM 366 is a non-Lanai cabin but regular oceanview with a railing in front of us like us: while (estimated 380 and higher) the other have a sheltered promenade in front of their cabin: Maybe this make the difference of the obstruction. H/HH at the aft or in the front had always the sheltered "wall/railing"
  6. Thanks. But as said before: never had the situation before. So no chance to say how other cruise lines handled a similar situation.
  7. Obstruction with HAL: Also rooms you are watching on railings etc. Our cabins in front and aft were formal obstructed view!
  8. Most time: better than on any other cruise ships before... Just now between the coverages between Europe and Canada it is is weaker like before but most of the time 90%, you could even upload pictures without any problems. Even movies are possible.
  9. Well... out of my 27 times with NCL, it was 3 times in The Haven/Courtyard. But anyhow: no matter if I am staying in an inside stateroom or in the Courtyard Villa: if I am dialing on EVERY NCL SHIP FLEETWIDE 8888 I have the Hotel Director right on his phone or if he is not able to attend, I have his secretary. By the way: it was you who started to compare NCL / HAL: My observations right now from VEENDAM: You get the same empty bread plate and butter knife like with NCL and bread only on request for lunch: Both removed the tray service for Danish and you have to asked for it... and while NCL has peppermills on every table of the MDR... You have this here on VEENDAM and none is showing up anymore with a peppermill unless you are asking for. But as said: It was a different HAL in 2016 when I had my last sailing with. Too many changes. Before many things were offered with out the need to ask for and many nice things were just withdrawn without replacement like I had a long list what made HAL better than any other. But this list getting smaller and smaller compared to others... and the first time: MSC and Costa are appearing on my list what they are doing better than HAL... As said: this is my list - and what is important to me and what I am willing to pay to get MY outstanding unforgettable experience and making me coming back to HAL. Normally the first action before I am moving to my cabin: grabbing a form for the FCD. This time I might need to wait until the end of the cruise.
  10. Well - there are different philosophies: Like NCL: You get a list of the phone number of the Senior Officers and they present themselves to say hello and offer you to get in touch with them and to hear from ASAP if something on your cruise does not go well. They want to hear it from you and take immediate action to make your holidays perfect. They want you to leave the ship and share with all your friends how good it was. Like RCI: All "partners" are present and they not just offer some cookies and water, juice, coffee and tea: they had a buffet and many gifts. It is also a way for the cruise lines to "communicate" via satisfied and appreciated customers and I think a friend is telling how good something is counts more than the opinion of any travel agent. Therefore I was only wondering how today HAL handled cruisecritic.com-Members while others are pampering us. But as said before I made the same experience also with HAL before. But not today and just want to find out, if on other ship or other itinararies it was the same "new policy" observed or maybe there was only one here onboard who did not give a certain attention to this event.
  11. And how serious the malfunction that they cannot wait another 36 hours until we arrive in St. John's? There most guests would be on shore excursions and must not use water onboard. And the others who are onboard may use the washrooms in the cruise terminal. And what if they would not complete the work at 06:00 hrs and everyone wakes up... and... need toilet and coffee and no water available...
  12. Well... since this is my cruise no. 100 (and not all of them with HAL) and HAL changed a lot since my last on HAL 2016 and become in some parts level like MSC and Costa... everything good on HAL which made them better, more exclusive than others are removed. By the way: I asked for background information on the changes - so EXPERIENCED cruisers would know what I am talking about. In 99 cruises before, I never had a total suspension of water supply for 6 1/2 hours - and I was just wondering how other cruiser handled the situation. But with 330 postings right now, I do not expect that you can add something informative for me.
  13. Well - to "warn" your son: Have a box for money with you (like in Churches) to collect money for your provided show. Although they tell you it is "mirrored": when outside is dark and inside is illuminated, you could see every little details of your life in your cabin... So be sure to have the right "costumes" for a show with you. There are many people who are looking inside when you have the door open... And it is quite "noisy": from 04:30 hrs they start to clean the deck and to set up the chairs... LAST NOT LEAST: Check if you have the Galley above you: we have this part... it is like a New York Metro is above you when they move their trolleys with food around... it starts at 04:00 hrs and ends around 01:00 hrs. It is also important to know: do you have a life boat above you or a tender boat? Life boats like with us have a ceiling between boat and our "private area". If you have a tender boat you look always on the bottom of a tender boat: when they clean them with water from the top to the bottom: this gives you an extra feeling of sitting in a rain forest since all the drops will fall down on you sooner or later... AND the part under a tender boat has more sun since the ceiling between life boat and lower promenade deck exceed over the line of the railing and it is more shady. BUT ONE UNBEATABLE ADVANTAGE: no need to wait for an elevator after the life drill!
  14. Lanai are only on the smaller ships... like R-/S-Class Cabana are on EURODAM and following ships... that would not work... My suggestion: they pay all coffee from Exploirations lounge plus medical treatment if you have high blood pressure the night...
  15. By the way: since we are heading towards North America and jump into the next time zone: + 1 hour = 6 1/2 hour to bridge without toilet... But my problems are mainly "solved": I am staying on the Lower Promenade Deck and could use the places reserved for dogs: or stepping out of Lanai cabin... checking the direction of the wind to avoid becoming wet... since I am not in the sheltered part of the Lower Promenade Deck... Since we are arriving soon at the location TITANIC sank, I am just wondering that the works had no time to wait until we arrive at the next port and are so urgent to be fixed tonight.
  16. which means... you need to see later a toilet again and have to flush...
  17. When I am booking Lanai cabins on HAL's S-Class-Ship, I booked the space in front of my cabin incl. the two reserved deckchairs. Now they work above us and I have next to me an access to the life/tender boats by a ladder. Fact: when I was sitting and "enjoying" their noise, I also enjoyed the dirt, which I found later on my hair and around my "personal space" (since I am German: next time, I will get my "fence", "artificial lawn" and a "Garden Dwarf" with me)... Now they announce more works to do and you should not use anymore your "personal space"... But we paid for the use of the "personal space". To fellow-cruisers who experienced the same before: how did you or the ship handle the situation to find a solution they could work and you could enjoy your "personal space"?
  18. In 2014, I was "lucky", none of my fellow-cruisers appeared and I was the only one from cruisecritic.com with all officers incl. Captain on EURODAM. In 2016, at least the Hotel Director appeared with a few of his team on KONINGSDAM. Today, I learned, HAL Seattle would not allow their Senior Officers to attend the Meet & Greet - is there a specific story behind? Recently on Azamara, NCL, RCI, Celebrity some of the Officers always appeared. But HAL now? What happened in the last three years that they are not allowed to attend anymore?
  19. How does it work on a cruise ship if you have NO water supply incl. access to toilet flushing for 5 1/2 hours tonight between 00:30 hrs and 06:00 hrs? At home, we would arrange some buckets of water but we have no vacuum-toilet either, and here we have no buckets. We could fill our bathtub with water but that would not be helpful at all. Would they set up some mobile toilets on the open decks?
  20. The last part of the blog on the AZAMARA PURSUIT takes us back to Venice and later to Germany. A great morning: LE LYRIAL and HORIZON are coming to town. But so good that I can have breakfast in peace, without continually jumping up and down and bringing our waiters to despair. Unfortunately, there is only a breakfast buffet on the day of departure! I hate breakfast buffet. But the breakfast buffet does not remind you of COSTA or MARCO POLO, but of the roof terrace of the Hotel Danieli. I will "survive" on the disembarkation day. For another coffee, we do not have to have cash in hand, like the MARCO POLO. The crew may now start their party when I leave the ship. Even the deck is flagged - to my farewell. We arrive at the airport on time, thanks to the reliability of Venice Taxi Airport, it works well too. In Germany, we go first Croatian food. In Opatija, we had no time for it. We are just getting our car dry. Then it starts to rain. I want to go back to MY AZAMARA PURSUIT. A few 360 ° videos from Venice and a few impressions of the White Night Party. I hope to see it again before 2022 on the AZAMARA QUEST. https://heinbloed-x.blogspot.com/2019/06/tagday-4-auf-deron-azamara-pursuit-in.html
  21. The last part of the blog on the AZAMARA PURSUIT takes us back to Venice and later to Germany. A great morning: LE LYRIAL and HORIZON are coming to town. But so good that I can have breakfast in peace, without continually jumping up and down and bringing our waiters to despair. Unfortunately, there is only a breakfast buffet on the day of departure! I hate breakfast buffet. But the breakfast buffet does not remind you of COSTA or MARCO POLO, but of the roof terrace of the Hotel Danieli. I will "survive" on the disembarkation day. For another coffee, we do not have to have cash in hand, like the MARCO POLO. The crew may now start their party when I leave the ship. Even the deck is flagged - to my farewell. We arrive at the airport on time, thanks to the reliability of Venice Taxi Airport, it works well too. In Germany, we go first Croatian food. In Opatija, we had no time for it. We are just getting our car dry. Then it starts to rain. I want to go back to MY AZAMARA PURSUIT. A few 360 ° videos from Venice and a few impressions of the White Night Party. I hope to see it again before 2022 on the AZAMARA QUEST. https://heinbloed-x.blogspot.com/2019/06/tagday-4-auf-deron-azamara-pursuit-in.html
  22. Here are the videos: https://heinbloed-x.blogspot.com/2019/06/tagday-4-auf-deron-azamara-pursuit-in.html
  23. Unfortunately, we are already on the way back to the AZAMARA PURSUIT and day 3 of my blog takes us back to Koper, Slovenia. Here we were already with our parents at the NORWEGIAN JADE 2011 (2). Even then we were traveling with Istranka Tours. So I am glad to see the manager Ivan again. He still runs his booth in front of the cruise terminal and offers the excursions. He is also amazed that I could show him a picture of that time. It's the little gestures that often stay in better memory than the big attractions. At that time, he got my mother a set of Slovenian euro coins and gave them to her as souvenirs. With his guide Mateja we go to a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the caves of Skocjan. The excursion is not offered on board. Therefore, there will be no masses from the ship. Unfortunately, the place is not for photography addicts like me. But my eyes and my operated meniscus will long remember this place. Alone within the caves: 500 steps up and down and besides the ramps up and down. Then we go with Mateja briefly in a bar for locals to taste local specialties. On this occasion, we are already planning our next visit to Koper. It would be a Meet & Greet with a singer who participated in the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest in Tallinn, Estonia. Does anyone remember the three drag queens in red glittering stewardess uniforms? One is a distant relative of Mateja! Another trip with Azamara is also booked on board. You cannot get Azamara for the price of a Mediterranean cruise in January with MSC or Costa. One night with Azamara costs just as much as you would pay for an entire week in January with MSC or Costa in the Mediterranean. But we get disproportionately more for our money. But that's fine if I'm not in exchange on board always fumbled at the front desk or paid extra for every glass of water. And as it turns out: a large share, which we usually spend on board, moves into the fixed cost portion of the cruise, which we then pay before: Machu Pichu: we come. And finally, we will have time for Valparaiso and Santiago de Chile. We get a better choice and above all a much higher quality. We hate fixed table times, and therefore, the system Azamara comes to us. Usually, flexible dining times and the same waiters contradict each other. But we have developed our strategy to get it: flexible dining time with the same waiters Kimberly, Aurelio, and Jerome. They know our preferences in such a short time, and so I'm very sorry that we do not meet crew members anymore to have. I can be a decidedly disgusting passenger with quirks and individual wishes. I'm sure one or the other crewmember or senior officer will be partying when I get back on board. But I could not have been that bad either if someone I saw a few years ago with NCL. Now she is working for Azamara. A message came on Facebook that I should see her friend. Jennifer de Guzman will take care of me if I miss something. Thank you, Maria Anna Grace Ocuaman, for recognizing me. Hotel Director Elisabeth has already arranged a special inspection of our luggage leaving the ship. We mention how great our cabin stewards Ashley and Berry are. Obviously, several crew members have lost their grip on such drastic measures. But the crew is so fantastic that you just want to take them home with you. On other cruises, I often retired and took a nap. Meanwhile, I suffer from lack of sleep. In the morning again an incredible sunrise and in the evening cruise director Tony, his wife Christine, his assistant Lee, his musicians under Sasha and his singers Abbey, Kelsey, Nate, and Luke. They do not let me all sleep: "You do not bring me Flowers ", I do not know if I should find Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond or Tony and Christine better. However, with a chocolate buffet, it does not remain as the highlight of the journey. Other cruise lines abolished such events as cost drivers. Instead of tomorrow morning, Captain Antonio brings us back to Venice at around 23:00 hrs through the Giudecca Canal. The only complaints on board: the ventilation of an elevator cabin has failed. Furthermore, they always have too good food and far too much. They have not placed lanterns along the Canal of Giudecca, so I can see more. Unfortunately, Venice at night is not The Venetian in Las Vegas or Macau. https://heinbloed-x.blogspot.com/2019/06/tagday-3-auf-deron-azamara-pursuit-in.html
  24. Unfortunately, we are already on the way back to the AZAMARA PURSUIT and day 3 of my blog takes us back to Koper, Slovenia. Here we were already with our parents at the NORWEGIAN JADE 2011 (2). Even then we were traveling with Istranka Tours. So I am glad to see the manager Ivan again. He still runs his booth in front of the cruise terminal and offers the excursions. He is also amazed that I could show him a picture of that time. It's the little gestures that often stay in better memory than the big attractions. At that time, he got my mother a set of Slovenian euro coins and gave them to her as souvenirs. With his guide Mateja we go to a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the caves of Skocjan. The excursion is not offered on board. Therefore, there will be no masses from the ship. Unfortunately, the place is not for photography addicts like me. But my eyes and my operated meniscus will long remember this place. Alone within the caves: 500 steps up and down and besides the ramps up and down. Then we go with Mateja briefly in a bar for locals to taste local specialties. On this occasion, we are already planning our next visit to Koper. It would be a Meet & Greet with a singer who participated in the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest in Tallinn, Estonia. Does anyone remember the three drag queens in red glittering stewardess uniforms? One is a distant relative of Mateja! Another trip with Azamara is also booked on board. You cannot get Azamara for the price of a Mediterranean cruise in January with MSC or Costa. One night with Azamara costs just as much as you would pay for an entire week in January with MSC or Costa in the Mediterranean. But we get disproportionately more for our money. But that's fine if I'm not in exchange on board always fumbled at the front desk or paid extra for every glass of water. And as it turns out: a large share, which we usually spend on board, moves into the fixed cost portion of the cruise, which we then pay before: Machu Pichu: we come. And finally, we will have time for Valparaiso and Santiago de Chile. We get a better choice and above all a much higher quality. We hate fixed table times, and therefore, the system Azamara comes to us. Usually, flexible dining times and the same waiters contradict each other. But we have developed our strategy to get it: flexible dining time with the same waiters Kimberly, Aurelio, and Jerome. They know our preferences in such a short time, and so I'm very sorry that we do not meet crew members anymore to have. I can be a decidedly disgusting passenger with quirks and individual wishes. I'm sure one or the other crewmember or senior officer will be partying when I get back on board. But I could not have been that bad either if someone I saw a few years ago with NCL. Now she is working for Azamara. A message came on Facebook that I should see her friend. Jennifer de Guzman will take care of me if I miss something. Thank you, Maria Anna Grace Ocuaman, for recognizing me. Hotel Director Elisabeth has already arranged a special inspection of our luggage leaving the ship. We mention how great our cabin stewards Ashley and Berry are. Obviously, several crew members have lost their grip on such drastic measures. But the crew is so fantastic that you just want to take them home with you. On other cruises, I often retired and took a nap. Meanwhile, I suffer from lack of sleep. In the morning again an incredible sunrise and in the evening cruise director Tony, his wife Christine, his assistant Lee, his musicians under Sasha and his singers Abbey, Kelsey, Nate, and Luke. They do not let me all sleep: "You do not bring me Flowers ", I do not know if I should find Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond or Tony and Christine better. However, with a chocolate buffet, it does not remain as the highlight of the journey. Other cruise lines abolished such events as cost drivers. Instead of tomorrow morning, Captain Antonio brings us back to Venice at around 23:00 hrs through the Giudecca Canal. The only complaints on board: the ventilation of an elevator cabin has failed. Furthermore, they always have too good food and far too much. They have not placed lanterns along the Canal of Giudecca, so I can see more. Unfortunately, Venice at night is not The Venetian in Las Vegas or Macau. https://heinbloed-x.blogspot.com/2019/06/tagday-3-auf-deron-azamara-pursuit-in.html
  25. Sorry to read that you have problems but with me it works actually pretty well. If you use an iPhone please scroll down to click on „View Web Version“.
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