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  1. I think the trick to Pub Lunch is to get there 15 min before they close, whether Crown Grill or Horizon Court. Having it in Horizon Court two weeks ago made for very bad traffic problems for scooters trying to get by.
  2. Oh Craig! We just got off the Rottie after the Thanksgiving cruise from FLL to SAN and LOVED our room 3437! I think it was the best room on the ship because of its location. Yes, it's a handicapped room and plenty big enough, but if you're feeling lazy or if the sun is too hot on 8, you can open your door, go 10 feet to the Promenade set of double doors and you're out on your own private verandah aft area on the Promenade, overlooking the wake. Some pax did find it and read there all day long, but it was mostly exclusively ours. About 16 loungers, no tables. Great for private happy hours! And so convenient to Lido! Out your door, left 30 feet and into the aft elevators up one floor to MDR and up to 8 for food and sun. By the way, there is no swimming pool up there. It's a very dated kids' pool about 12" deep, and very much in the way of the loungers. We never saw all the loungers filled, but still the pool is just a 1990's afterthought.
  3. I’m buying the premium internet package. Does that package have unlimited minutes?
  4. Thanks for these great responses. Boring topic, I know, but important for us on this cruise.
  5. We're booked on our first HAL cruise in November after cruising exclusively Princess for over 40 cruises! We look forward to comparing both lines, but can you tell us about the quality of the internet on the Panama Canal cruise from FLL to San Diego? DH will need to send emails for business most of the 16 days. How is the reception and speed during that voyage? I'm not sure we understand what kind of packages are offered ... he's gotten a couple different answers from HAL customer service. Is it cheaper to buy a package in advance? Thanks in advance.
  6. Thanks, all! I look forward to meeting him at Most-Traveled. Does he do a luncheon or the normal cocktail hour?
  7. Is he on the Star right now? Can't wait to meet this legendary man! I just saw an interview on YouTube with him and he's hilarious, so our fingers are crossed he's still on the Star for 2019 Alaska end-of-season runs (before he goes to the Sky this fall).
  8. I simply left my cookbook on the Captain's Circle desk when she wasn't there. There was no way I was toting that thing home!
  9. We had this cruise booked and needed to cancel at the last minute so I'm so pleased to see these beautiful pics. I completely forgot to follow you on the Ruby Bridgecam (what was I thinking?), but friends who were on her the week before had identical weather. Crew onboard tell me that most of their cruises so far have been perfect weather. Lucky for us the prices are way down for insides for what looks like the entire month of June (I've not seen pricing this low before) so we're headed out on the 29th (4th of July cruise, which I can't believe isn't fully sold out). When Alaska is this beautiful it just does something to your soul. I think we all become Alaskans.
  10. We're leaving on our 16th Alaska cruise this month, 8th on Ruby. The question might be: have you ever stayed in an inside before? Did it bother you in any way? A couple other things: if the weather is bad, you wouldn't use your balcony anyway, and the days are getting shorter in late July so not as much sunlight in the evenings. The upper decks are so much fun on GB day: carts of hot toddies being pushed around and happy people oohing and ahhing, listening for the telltale "gunshot". We always get an inside --- I just checked your cruise and they're half of what a balcony would be ... and there are lots of balconies left. Would you like to choose an inside and then take a possible upgrade or upsell? It's possible with so many cabins left unsold right now. Also, re your wedding ... you'll be fine ... you don't need another cruise date or port. We can be home to Portland as soon as 2pm after disembarking at Pier 91 and it's 190 miles.
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