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  1. Try several of the Hampton Inns or Comfort Inn Midtown. These usually include breakfast. Also there are several In the Marriott chains in midtown. New York hotels quote high prices, but usually drop prices 2-3 days prior to check-in. Kind of like cruise ships.
  2. HAL could save lots of money by not printing and delivering advertising sheets for spa treatments, jewelry, etc. The must be dozens delivered to each cabin every week. Would also help the environment.
  3. If production shows are important, try MSC Cruises. They have production shows every night, sometimes an additional afternoon show, including an abridged opera performance one afternoon.  But MSC is nothing like Holland America. Most of their ships are largeer than HAL’s ships.
  4. If production shows are important, try MSC Cruises. They have production shows every night, sometimes an additional afternoon show. But MSC is nothing like Holland America. Most of their ships are largeer than HAL’s ships.
  5. OK, you have convinced me to try Crystal!
  6. Roy - Thanks again for your detailed analysis. Since I’v never been on Crystal (my most upscale cruise experience was on the Queen Mary), I’m interested in the overall Crystal experience. Internet, gratuities, drinks, port shuttles, etc. are available at a fee on HAL. HAL service is outstanding. You are someone who cruises on both HAL and Crystal. So is the food on Crystal that much better? What makes Crystal worth the much higher prices they charge vs. HAL?
  7. Celebrity and RCI brands are not allowed into Glacier Bay because of past environmental policy violations. Any of the Carnival brands are allowed into Glacier Bay. In addition to Princess, consider Holland America.
  8. Thanks. Very informative. On HAL, 10 day to Panama Canal on Zuiderdam, we paid about $150.00 per person per day for an unobstructed balcony cabin, $14.50 per person per day for the hotel service charge, plus $129.99 for internet. We didn’t pay for any ship tours, but prices were generally $50 - $200 per person. We didn’t pay for specialty restaurants (but we have paid for Tamerind on ships that have that specialty restaurant.). We also had the HAL shareholders on-board credit. What services, fees, etc. that HAL charges for, are free or included on Crystal?
  9. Roy - I’m really enjoying your posts. Could you tell us about Crystal compared to HAL? Crystal appears to be much more expensive than HAL. Is the experience (food, service, etc.) much better?
  10. The “Music Walk” with Lincoln Center Stage, BB Kings, Billboard, etc.
  11. HAL has the Lincoln Center Stage for classical music. Service and food is much better on HAL. We canceled a Princess cruise for this winter after experiencing Princess last summer. The current Princess product is not what it once was. (10 Princess cruises, 7 HAL)
  12. For classical music, Holland America’s Lincoln Center Stage is great. Not sure if it is available on all Holland America ships yet, though.
  13. Some of us find the pop music arrangements for piano quintet really interesting. Not at all an embarrassment. They do play the Brahms and other piano quintets - at least three programs per cruise.
  14. On Nieuw Statendam, Lincoln Center Stage shares the large space with BB Kings (not at the same time, of course).
  15. HAL has Lincoln Center Stage on many ships and is rolling it out on more. There is usually a piano quintet (piano, two violins, viola, and cello). Programs range from pop music arranged for the piano quintet (Stairway to Heaven by Led Zepplin) to serious classical pieces (Brahms piano quintet). The performers are usually young musicians, programs are developed by HAL, and seem to appear across the fleet ( we have seen the same programs on three different ships.). Programs are about 40 minutes, and there are two or three programs most days. For anyone who enjoys classical music, Lincoln Center Stage is a great addition to HAL cruises.
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