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About algriff

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    Lincoln, NE
  • Interests
    fishing, woodworking, lawn bowling
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess & Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean & Panama Canal

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  1. algriff

    MSC vs Other Cruise Lines

    We are thinking of a cruise on MSC but need some input from some seasoned travelers. How does MSC compare with Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity, etc. The price on MSC seems too good to be true so is there something we are missing or is it just a good deal? Let me know what you think of the food, cabins, entertainment, casino, and anything else. Thank you for any info you may have.
  2. algriff

    Shade at beach in Nassau

    I didn't know the name of the beach but I have since found out it is Saunders Beach. Thanks
  3. I understand there is a beach that is a short bus ride from the port in Nassau. Can anyone tell me if there is any shade at this beach or do you have to rent umbrellas. I know that there is a beach you can walk to from where the ship docks but this is not the beach I am talking about. Thanks for any info you may have.
  4. algriff

    Casino Offers - room selection - HAL

    So does anyone actually know why certain people receive "casino offers" or "casino discounts"?? Does it matter how much you gamble in the casino or is it just a random number of people who get such offers. I have heard so many rumors as to how much money you have to gamble or how much time you must spend in the casino, that I have no idea how these offers come along. My sister who had never been on a HAL cruise before last Feb now gets casino offers via email all the time and unless they snuck down to the casino after we all retired to our rooms, then we were all in the casino together spending about the same amount of money, so none of us can understand why they keep getting these offers and no one else does.
  5. We are booked on a Cuba cruise on Veendam in April 2018. Has anyone been on this cruise and if so do you have any advice on shore excursions in Havana, can you go on your own or do you have to book a tour ahead of time? Any other insights on this cruise would be appreciated. Thank You
  6. Does anyone have pictures of cabin HH301 or cabin HH313 on the Veendam? Or any HH class cabin will suffice. I am trying to see what the "total obstructed view" would look like.
  7. Does anyone have a picture or know what the obstructions are for cabins HH301 or HH313 on the Veendam. Are all the HH cabins fully obstructed views?
  8. You show the Eurodam sailing on 18 Jan 2018 but we are booked on that ship on 21 Jan 2018 so I hope they didn't change the dates.
  9. On several cruise lines we were able to go to the casino and cash in onboard credit for cash. I think they held back a 10% fee. Does Holland America allow this on their ships?
  10. algriff

    What should I do with my OBC ?

    Last year on Royal Caribbean you could take your onboard credit and turn it in for cash at the casino..I think they kept 10 percent. Can you do the same on Princess?
  11. algriff

    Princess Cruise Insurance

    Just a quick question..what do you folks think of Princess Cruise Insurance versus others. There seems to be a wide range of costs for insurance for a 7 day cruise, so didn't know whether some were better than others. Let me know your thoughts or experiences. Thank You
  12. algriff

    Beaches at Falmouth, Jamaica

    When you get off the ship at Falmouth, are there beaches right there that you can swim at or do you have to do some kind of tour that takes you to a beach? What other options are available at Falmouth?
  13. We will be staying in Vancouver for 2 nights before our 7/24/2015 cruise to Seward..has anyone stayed at Best Western downtown and taken their airport shuttle & breakfast for 2 package? Has anyone taken the bus from the airport to the downtown hotels? Are there other ways to get from airport to downdown..other than a taxi? Looking for any advice on how to get from airport to hotel and over to cruise port. Thanks to all.
  14. algriff

    BOGOHO sale ends, large increase in prices?

    We booked the Jul 14, 2015 Alaska cruise with the sale and the price for an E-2 balcony was 3811.68. Today when I look at the same cruise for an E-2 cabin the price is 4951.68. That is a BIG price increase.
  15. algriff

    Vancouver Hotel Info

    We will be going on an Alaskan Cruise in Jul 15 on Radiance and will leave from Vancouver. I assume the ship leaves from Canada Place, so is it better to try and find a hotlel near the cruise terminal or get farther away and find a more moderately priced hotel and figure out how to get to the port on departure day. Also have any of you used the Vancouver Trolley to tour the city and what are your recommendations? Is the trolley a viable way to get to the cruise port or is there a better way. Thanks for any help with all these questions.