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  1. I have done it before. The person you are buying for needs to have a Mariner number. When I did it, who I was buying it for didn't and the Future Cruise Consultant obtained the Mariner number. This may have changed - this was in 2011.
  2. I agree, I have a travel consultant that gives me a wonderful rebate. I don't understand why HAL doesn't offer the same deals with PCCs. If the PCCs get the same 'commission' as the travel agencies, I applaud them, but I don't think so.
  3. I totally agree with you on this last statement. Even when we have a Pinnacle reservation, we always tell both the other diners and our waitstaff so they know not to wait for us. And we usually have only one specialty reservation per cruise unless it's one of the really long cruises that have the 'really' special dinners - sommelier or chef's for example.
  4. On all of our cruises, 4*, we've always requested fixed dining with a larger table in order to meet new people. However, that being said our cruise this past year has convinced us to change to fixed dining, table for 2. The reason - we had a table for 6 and on the entire 10 day cruise we sat alone for 8 of those nights. Never knew if the others would come or not. So no I don't think asking for a table for 2 is rude.
  5. About Medicare, my husband had a medical issue on board one of HAL's ships. When we returned I followed the requirements for the insurance I bought, I filed with Medicare - since it's the primary insurance before my travel insurance. MEDICARE PAID the bill. You have to do your research and file with your primary insurance.
  6. I've been on Holland America Line since 1988. I have never thrown about 20's every now and then, and got good pours for all this time. Yes, things have changed. However, I have sat at the bar many a nights and watched bottles being opened. The seals were intact. This is just another person trying to disparage the cruise lines.
  7. Veendam goes into dry dock in early April this year. Your answer depends on what happens in dry dock.
  8. Thank you for commenting on the Bamboo Beach Club excursion. We have previously done this excursion and loved it. We were going to do it again on our upcoming cruise, however, when you mentioned the 1.5 hours to get there I looked into it more closely since we are also docking at Falmouth. When we took the excursion before it only took about 15-20 minutes to arrive, since we docked at Ocho Rios. I looked up Falmouth v Ocho Rios -- they are 60 miles apart, also most of the excursions go to places that are much closer to Ocho Rios. Having ridden in the 'luxurious' school buses in Jamaica, there is no way I am going to do an excursion 60 miles away. Thank you again.
  9. There is a hierachy here also -- the 'snow birds' and 'the winter colony'
  10. In the south we call them "snow birds" -- just ours is in Jan, Feb, Mar - vice June, July, Aug.
  11. oh no. So far I have been enjoying your knowledge. If I ever get back to Buffalo I am going to find your hotel. (keep in mind I moved from upstate NY after the winter of 227 inches of snow). Granted I only went to Pennsylvania, but I got even smarter and moved to South Carolina - where the year 3 months after I bought the house we had an ice storm -- 5 days without electricity(good news, I wasn't living there then) but since then we've only had torrential rains but no flooding.
  12. Saint Greg, Thank you for your reviews. I don't comment much,but you do provide vivid images of life on board. Momatibm
  13. Thank you. I even asked Uncle Google and didn't get an answer. May next time I should just ask 'Miss G'.
  14. Sorry, I must be dense -- couldn't figure BH out. Could someone enlighten me. Thanks awfully?
  15. I can't reply about the Eurodam, however, my last trip - was 'interesting' - apparently my husband and I didn't look like high rollers because after telling the maitre'd we wanted cocktails -- no one came -- the wine steward didn't really care what we wanted -- -we had to refill our glasses. This was for dinner. However, we had a lunch from our travel agency and it was totally different. No clue why it was so different. We will be checking it out again this year.
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