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    Belgium, Europe
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    Maritime world, aviation, history
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity Cruises

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  1. Strange that. I never had better food than in my time in the Belgian Navy. Steak, shrimp, even unlimited lobster from time to time, and the occasional deck BBQ! Fresh cakes in the afternoon etc etc... One of the most important factors is food to maintain crew morale. I would expect an aircraft carrier to serve VERY good and nutricious food
  2. One remark: ”the sick sick passengers”... this is not correct. They were not aware of any indicators, asymptomatic and this not sick/ill at all. yes, they tested positive, that does not mean that they had any negative experience.
  3. Simply DISGUSTING. The person has lost all respect from me.
  4. It is Captain Werner Timmers. 😉 ask him about the well endowed elephant in Catania 🤪 and actually, there will be 2 great Captains onboard, with Captain Kevin Beirnaert acting as Staff Captain.
  5. Both Koningsdam and Zuiderdam are Medium sized vessels, and not at all megaliners. Let’s put this straight first. That being said, we do love the entertainment options on Pinnacle class ships, especially the new R S Rock room and sensational Queens Lounge with the BB Kings band. Zuiderdam has also sufficient entertainment, and a larger main showlounge. You can not, in any way, claim that a HAL interiour decoration is “too modern”. Even on Pinnacle class vessels, the decor is classical, restrained and far from modern clean style interiours of for example Celebrity
  6. Nope, it will not. if there is enough immunity, the virus will die out. But for that, we need a complete population to be vaccinated, and it will take some time. In any case, when vaccinated, Covid19 is no more serious than a cold or light flue and should not be the reason anymore for big brother restrictions.
  7. Actually, for a balcony cabin, the newer ships are much cheaper. Have a look...I recommend HAL
  8. Sorry, but that is not correct. Nowadays, HAL’s new vessels offers better entertainment, especially in terms of music, than Celebrity for example.
  9. Hello Everyone! I am a long-time contributor to CC, and used to be involved in the cruising Industry. 😉👨‍✈️ I moved with my family to Southern Spain and can help anyone in need of advice with some tips to make your day in the following ports more worthwile: * Alicante * Cartagena * Valencia These 3 ports are close to home and offer some of the best days out in the Mediterranean. so don’t hesitate and contact me if needed. ps. There is truly amazing Golf here, consider a golf day out...
  10. Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, the Capital of the amazing Communidad Valenciana, which includes the Famous Costa Blanca and its resorts, but also Alicante. Valencia is a truly amazing city, well worth spending several days in. Do not miss the Old centre with the Mercado Central , which is MUCH more authentic than the popular mercado on the Barcelona Ramblas. Also the Ciudad de Sciencias by Calatrava is a must is you love modern architecture. for lunch, there is only one option: the only AUTHENTIC Paella. try it at Playa Malvarossa for a beach view (
  11. Hello, As I now live in Spain, I might give you some advice. Skip Marbella. it is an overhyped, overpriced resort, full of Arabs and Russian Mafia really. when docked in Malaga, I highly recommend visiting Malaga itself, or if you can manage a long drive, visit amazing Granada. Marbella is just for show-offs and has nothing to do with Andalucia.
  12. Some tables are in a better location than others obviously, but it are mostly the people who make a table crap 😉
  13. On Pinnacle Class vessels, the Milkshakes are ordered and prepared by the Gelato stand. They are normally not covered by the SBP. ( although they can in theory put the milkshake in as a “bar drink”, but not all servers are willing to do so as it is not allowed) On other vessels, milkshakes are ordered and prepared at Dive-in. There, they are included according to the crew I spoke to. Confused yet? ...
  14. A CAPITAL sin! NEVER EVER put cream in a spaghetti Carbonara! *****! And Carnival claims to have an “ Italian” influence?!
  15. People still think in Doomsday scenario’s where Covid19 social distancing, facemasks etc. Are permanent...they are NOT. this is all temporary and we WILL get back to pre-Covid times, AND people are hungry for travel. Very hungry indeed. I am planning now our son’s first vacation trip, which will be DisneyWorld and then a 7 day Disney Cruise . I will not let Covid, China or other Criminal acts rule my future.
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