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    Not Chicago, unfortunately
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    Any type of traveling, napping, reading, tater tots, shoes
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    Caribbean (it's the only destination I've cruised!)

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  1. Thank you! This is very helpful to know and much appreciated!!
  2. Thank you, Barbara! I am really excited about this itinerary and think the kids will be thrilled. And the hubby has always wanted to go to Australia so he definitely won't be complaining. We actually found our recent Celebrity cruise to have been lacking in terms of lectures / educational talks; everything was so sales-oriented! Glad to hear HAL will be different. Our little one is a nature and animal lover so think she will enjoy this adventure quite a bit. I'm hoping to book this week! Linda
  3. I think the only ones available now are on Deck 10 - BB040 and BB042. I'm surprised there is still a set of connecting cabins available, which is why now I'm wondering what's wrong with them! BTW, how do the cabins on HAL connect? Is there a door in the rooms? On Celebrity, the two cabins shared a foyer (that could be closed off to the hallway with an outer door)so the connection was not INSIDE the rooms themselves, per se. Linda
  4. Thank you! I am hoping any noise will wake the kids up earlier so they don't sleep the day away, as 21 and 18-year-olds tend to do quite easily. 🙂 Then again, they pretty much can sleep through anything so probably not an issue for us. Appreciate the photos as well, Ann! The "suite" looks like our concierge cabins (which are just regular balcony cabins) that we had on the Celebrity Silhouette last year so space will be fine. Is that a large / extensive overhang over the balcony? We had connecting aft cabins on the Silhouette and loved them but don't think the Massadam has thes
  5. Hello - I am looking at a 13-day southern Australia cruise for my family of five later this year (around Christmas / NY) and am looking specifically at two connecting suites on Deck 10. Would someone be able to advise if Category BB cabins may simply be "normal" balcony staterooms on other cruise ships, in terms of size and amenities? Also, should we be concerned re: noise from above as, according to deck plans, the Lido Market would be right above our rooms. This would be our first cruise on HAL! We've only cruised with Celebrity in the past and will be traveling with three chi
  6. Great review, thanks for sharing! My husband would absolutely, completely agree with you about the World Class Bar. He found that place on our third or fourth day of our 12-night cruise last year on the Silhouette and that became THE spot for him. He loved the Old Fashioned they would serve him (he would get at least one every night before dinner) and has been replicating it at home as well (including the giant ice cube!) and everyone he's been serving it to has converted to this new format. Definitely agree that we enjoyed that bar - and its environs - much more than the Martini Bar.
  7. We did the river tubing excursion in Dominica through Celebrity last December as the time in port was a bit limited, and I wanted to be assured that the ship will wait for us if the tour was delayed in returning. We also had some OBC to burn and there was a sale; two more reasons I booked through the ship, which I rarely do. We all had a great time. Our group was broken up into several small vans / buses, which was much better than having to be in a large bus with 50-plus other people. There was a lot of driving and the roads can be windy, so make sure you take your meds if you get carsick
  8. I wanted to respond to your post but you may want to post on the board specific for destinations - in your case, Hong Kong. You may get better advice there. I've never cruised into HKG but have traveled there often for work and always grabbed a taxi at the airport. They are plentiful and the drivers pretty much always know where you are going. If you need to get to a hotel, they should know it. Most will not speak English very well, but just have the address written on a piece of paper (or show them the hotel information on your reservation printout) and they will be good to go
  9. Our two balconies - not sure if you can tell, but the first one has more room than the second one. Note there is a bit more space on the other slide of the glass doors in the first picture, whereas in the other balcony, this extra space is not there. We also had the divider between the two balconies opened up so we had more space, and the space itself felt more open. Anyway, hope these pictures help!
  10. I thought some of the more interesting aft views were when we were docked in port. Here we are, backing into St. Maarten: This is when we were docked in Grenada. So peaceful and quiet:
  11. This is what the hallway looks like as we step out of our room and start heading down the hallway, towards the first set of elevators / stairs. The dark doorway at the very end of the hallway? That's where those elevators and stairs are. It looks really long and endless, I know, but it was manageable for us. I'd say, at a regular pace - not too leisurely, but like you're walking with a destination in mind - it took a a good 45-60 seconds to get from our cabins to the elevator banks.
  12. Here are a few pictures of the inside of our two, adjoining cabins. One was our room, and our cabin steward pushed the two beds together for us. We kept the beds in the other room separated for our two older daughters, and the little one slept on the sofa.
  13. We booked two of these (concierge level) on the Silhouette late last year. We all loved them! Very quiet, no foot traffic at all outside of your cabin. Yes, it is a "long" walk from the stairs / elevators, but it's all flat (not like it's uphill anywhere, haha), so very easy to do and also fun to walk by rooms if doors are decorated (which a lot were for the holidays). The views were amazing, as you've noted - very broad and expansive and when the captain backed the ship into port at St. Maartens ... just incredible. We never felt more movement in the cabins than anywhere else on the ship
  14. They were a pretty horrible group, to be completely honest. We were in loungers right by one of the hot tubs on the first sea day and they were all vaping there. My husband asked them to stop;; they told him to "F--- off". I told my husband to just leave it alone because I was sure Celebrity would handle it. Boy, was I wrong. The servers and pool staff all saw them, and a few approached them and asked them to stop, but they would just change locations and start all over again. Think Celebrity staff just gave up after a while. That was the biggest disappointment - how Celebrity refused t
  15. Thanks, Nanjen! St. Croix on Christmas Day for us was a really nice, low-key day. At first, I was really upset the historical sites / National Park would be closed and no tours would be going on, but spending the day at Rainbow Beach turned out to be a really good idea. The Santa / Christmas activities that morning meant we weren't one of the first off the ship, but that was OK because we weren't in a hurry to join a tour or meet up with a guide. Our little one still got to enjoy time with Santa and we didn't feel rushed / pressured to leave the ship RIGHT NOW. Instead, everything was don
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