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About obriendan

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    Bryan, TX
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    Cruising. Classical Music, Gardening
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    Europe, Asia, and So. Pacific

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  1. It seems that the negative comments often come ill-defined and heresay from secondary sources. Well here is another "glowing report" from direct, recent experience. We have recently cruised: Statendam-Alaska and final cruise-44 days-9/2015 Maasdam-Circumnavigation of Australia-29 days-10/2016 Maasdam-FLL to Papeete-34 days-9/2018 IMO neither of the ships looked tired and we had no "ship happens" problems. On the recent Maasdam cruise a more apt description would be elegant after its recent dry dock refurbishments. The crises were wonderful and as usual the crews are outstanding. We hope to cruise on the Maasdam as long as she is still around. Dan
  2. I agree with sammiedawg. At the end of our cruise on the Maasdam last Sunday having already visited 2 other French Polynesian ports and using USD's, I got 4000 XFP at an ATM so I wouldn't have trouble getting a taxi from the port to the airport in Papeete. The taxi asked for the fare in USD's! If you are flying out of Papeete use a taxi rather then the HAL ($34.95 pp!). We teamed up with three others in a large cab and the fare was only $5 pp! Dan
  3. Please add obriendan to Maasdam - 10 - Sep - 18 34 day Kon Tiki Voyager Thanks. Dan
  4. We received the brochure the day after we booked the first leg, FLL to Papeete. Maybe it is being sent to those who have recently returned from a cruise and haven’t booked another yet. We returned from a Prinsendam cruise on Nov. 18th. Dan
  5. What a wonderful, wonderful post! Thanks for correcting the often stated stereotype of HAL guests as being "old" and therefore uninteresting. Outside I am indeed old but inside I still feel young and so much enjoy visiting with the young in spirit on a HAL cruise. Dan
  6. The World Ocean Cruise Liner Society (wocls.org) may still be selling Stephen Card prints to members. I purchased one of the ms Ryndam from them about ten years ago. Dan
  7. It's the penance that you have to pay that is the worst part! Dan
  8. Oh dear, dear! I have indeed committed the very serious sin of aging:). Where or where and how do I get absolution? Dan
  9. Hi Jacqui, But you didn't tell us which cocktail she recommended! Thank you so, so much for such an excellent and detailed journal of your cruise. What wonderful pictures!! Its was the perfect antidote for the Koningsdam cruise we had to cancel. Barb's treatment is complete and all is well. We're off on Tuesday for a brief 12 day makeup tour of Arizona and southern Utah in celebration. I may get back to you about tour operator recommendations for our Oct. 19, 2017 30 day Prinsendam cruise. Wish you and Jose were going to be aboard. Dan and Barb
  10. Have a great cruise, Jacqui and Jose! We had to cancel our April 2nd Koningsdam cruise so we'll enjoy the TA by following along with yours. After several trips to Houston Barb's news is all good and we will resume cruising with an October 19th TA from Athens to FLL on the Prinsendm. Dan and Barb
  11. Hi Jane, Thanks. Barb is recovering well and the tests for spreading were negative!! You should join us on the Princendam. We are trying to get Suzanne and Woody to come along. With you and Helen it would be a 9 year reunion cruise. Dan and Barb
  12. Thanks everyone for your kind d thoughts. Only 201 days until we leave for a TA from Athens to FLL on the Prinsendam!:) We we're able to get a no cost voucher from American Airlines for our non-refundable DFW to FLL flight. Took a little searching around the AA website but they will consider a medical reason among others for a refund. Will use voucher for FLL to DFW after the Prinsendam cruise. Dan
  13. Unfortunately we had to cancel our upcoming April 1st Koningsdam cruise for medical reasons. I wish to report how well HAL’s insurance worked. We submitted a cancellation form to our TA and she forwarded it to HAL. Very shortly we received a confirmation email from the TA. It contained the usual statement “Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for the cruise line to refund you back to your original form of payment”. In less than 24 hours the refund had been credited to our credit card. Kudos to HAL! Dan
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