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Hawaiidan

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  1. Hawaiidan

    Loyalty Perks Just Got Better

    To quote a fable " come into my parlor , said the Spyder to the Fly" YES we will give you special loyalites.... just pony up $300 to$ 900 a day to enjoy them...... We would love to have your ( dollars) company. I God we trust....all others pay cash.
  2. Hawaiidan

    Loyalty Perks Just Got Better

    I am in the same boat, er ship. I am on a segment of a 43 day on the Massdam, because of its itinerary stepping down from Oceania and Regent, because of the ports. I do not expect to be wowed nor will I judge the experience by prior ones. Thats to me , foolish and not fair. I expect I will have a great time because I want to. I will say HAL's way of doing business is to me pretty bad... Like if there is a cruise fare reduction, To get it, you need to cancel your current reservation, forfeit your deposit, make another deposit for the new fare. Thats a first... like a used car dealer. Suppose they reduce the fare 3 more times ??? thats 3 more deposits gone !
  3. Hawaiidan

    Loyalty Perks Just Got Better

    As I remember, correct me if I am wrong but on Seabourn ALL liquor, gratuities, spec. restraunts internet, are included in the fare? Thats why its called an all inclusive. Regent too. So you could say on Regent how much is a drink on Regent... Answer: $4850. ( the price of the cruise) Or what is your bar bill after 200 Hendricks martinis... 0
  4. Hawaiidan

    How do I adjust automatic Gratuity ?

    Speaking of which, some countries exempt money earned out to the country after a period of time. Too,, the money earned in cruise ships, which we westerners judge to be horrible, are in actuality, in the workers home country very very high !!! They are very well to do by their own society's standards In some countries earning $400 a month is good money A server on a cruise pulling in 3 to 5 times that is in a good position. I met a nurse on HAL serving tables who told me she was earning 3 times what she could earn at home.... !!!!
  5. Hawaiidan

    How do I adjust automatic Gratuity ?

    In the US if your a server/ hospitality worker, if you dont declare your tips, the government will calculate a % of your declared income and add that to your tax due. May sound out of place in our society today but is it not good to be honest just because of your ethics ?????
  6. Hawaiidan

    How do I adjust automatic Gratuity ?

    I sort of think honest people would... we all pay taxes for our mutual betterment. Isn't it cheating on your taxes. I know some people do, But just because some people do does that mean you should????
  7. Hawaiidan

    How do I adjust automatic Gratuity ?

    I would have hoped others at the table would have expressed their revulsion to these creeps.... and not just sat there and said nothing..... there is a time when people need to stand up for decency.
  8. Hawaiidan

    How do I adjust automatic Gratuity ?

    Maybe we could get some tips from this person
  9. Hawaiidan

    How do I adjust automatic Gratuity ?

    Pretty sad.... why do people act this way.??... they are spending thousands on a cruise and want to stick it to the very people who made it happen for them.... WC Fields....." never give a sucker an even break" is some folks mantra ... You never know how low some can go, nothing to do with age, wealth or education... that makes some apples rotten.
  10. Hawaiidan

    How do I adjust automatic Gratuity ?

    That is astounding, a person sailing in one of the most expensive cabins being extravagant on themselves and down right cheap to everybody else...... It is a mentality that is sad and selfish to see. on a ship or anywhere. What makes them tick? I was on a 28 day cruise from the med and ran into two, Dentists who were staying in top cabins bragging how they were not going to leave anybody anything ! And do this all the time....they were so smug about it . ( sorry If your a dentist, I am not singling you out, just mentioning it because they could afford a lot) I guess they were devotees of Gordon Geko....
  11. Hawaiidan

    How do I adjust automatic Gratuity ?

    The $14 daily charge was designed to be disguised way of increasing the profit, Part of the fare Just like all the other charges HAL does not show on the cruise price they advertise, Things like port and Taxes... are in the fine print, Cost of corkage, specialty restaurants, shore ex, visa services, Service charges for getting or converting currency, Medical assists... nickel and dime this and that. I too an very neat in my cabin and try to keep the work load down for the stewards who work their butts off. $14 is most reasonable for what you get... and to have them available to help you if any need arises. Its worth it ... I am not a high maintenance guy.
  12. Hawaiidan

    How do I adjust automatic Gratuity ?

    I suspect VERY honest.....they are on a 6 mo contract in many cases. If they get fired and prevented from future employment why would they risk it for a few dollars.... Too, many are or become friends and are of the same culture /nationality. There is a strong sense of family among them. When they turn in the money, others do it too and then there are all the respectful passengers who see the $14. as part of the fare...such a small part. of your cruise cost... in reality.
  13. Hawaiidan

    Onboard clientel?

    Ok..... I don't get it.... What are you trying to say???
  14. Hawaiidan

    Onboard clientel?

    Ha.... my wife went with girl friends on a 4 day out of LA..... She came back....saying never ever again.... people passing out vomiting, Passing out in their own emissis.. pigging out . They had to stop the ship before it went out if the breakwater to get people off who had overdosed on drugs....... Carnival.... what an appropriate name .
  15. Hawaiidan

    Pinnacle Grill is it worth the expense?

    Personally , I am not a fan of deserts, but enjoy a cheese plate of several variety and a glass of a good port I did not see chaese plates shown. In looking at the photos, the presentations are nice, serving a much smaller dinner service gives everyone time to give each dish finesse, not possible in the Main Dining room.
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