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    Austin, Texas USA
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  1. We're about seven points shy of 4-star. We're booked for the 77-day Grand South America/Antarctic on the ms Volendam in Jan 2020. We believe that we will awarded our 4-star about a week after we sail. Just to get a head start, among other reasons, we're mulling over doing a B2B on the Volendam in December 2019 for 16 days so that we'll become 4-star on the start of the 77-day cruise.
  2. On our World Cruise on the ms Amsterdam in 2018, we saw a couple that took regular 'mountain bikes' (not folding bikes) off the ship at several ports. So maybe they'll allow it on grand and world voyages but maybe not on the shorter cruises.
  3. You would think that HAL (and the other cruise lines) would 'trust' a company like Keurig so that their machines could pass muster for PAX who want to bring them along and not be sent to the naughty room. It couldn't be more dangerous than a CPAP machine,
  4. For the Venice sail away, the left (port) side will have nicer views -- if your ship will be allowed to port in the Venice Terminal and be allowed to sail between San Marco & Giudecca.
  5. We would not consider taking our coffee maker with us on shorter cruises (7 to 14 days). On HAL we book the longer voyages, like the 35-day Voyage of the Vikings, the 77-day South America & Antarctica & world voyages. On these longer cruises, we would like to take a little of 'home' with us. Now, we know that coffee from a Keurig is not the best coffee but it's darned consistent in quality, such as it is. On several cruises on RCI that we have taken from the UK, they almost always had some sort of tea kettle in the staterooms with tea & coffee pouches. The notion of having coffee every day that has a consistent quality beats the crap shoot of trying to get good coffee on cruise ships.
  6. .....take it aboard. Yeah, we know you can't take heat-producing appliances. But, it would be great, wouldn't it? We really enjoy toting it on long car trips.
  7. And your Diamond status becomes Elite status on Celebrity. With Elite on Celebrity you get a much nicer 90-minute free internet package that you can turn on & off so it can last lots longer than the RCI 24-hour package that runs out in 24 hours after logging in. Take an internet screen shot of your C&A Diamond status so you can transfer your Diamond status to other cruise lines, like MSC, which will grant you Black Card status.
  8. Really enjoying this blog. Bringing back memories of our 2018 WV on the Amsterdam. BTW, was Dolly on-board? And, who was the regular piano entertainer on your WV? Was it Jamm?
  9. We noticed, during our visit to the Rotterdam V museum ship, that the teak deck chairs are exactly the same ones we've seen on the current Rotterdam & Amsterdam. Of course, most of these beautiful (and comfortable) chairs are now for the lanai staterooms. Don't like those new plastic & aluminum lounge chairs we're seeing.
  10. We visited the Rotterdam V today in Rotterdam. Had lunch also. We're wondering if we would like to sail on her now, especially with the dedicated smoking room and perhaps unlimited smoking in the other public areas. Still, it was fascinating to tour this ship. The yellow and orange leather/fabrics reminded me of the home of the TV series The Brady Bunch. 😉 One of our guides was a British lady who was married to a ship's engineer. She worked several of the shops on this ship -- first name was Amanda. She was very nice and lamented the loss of this ship to active service. She also lamented the loss of the Prinsendam. It was also cool to walk the sloping promenade deck -- downhill, level, then uphill. Amanda also pointed out repairs in the dance floor caused by stiletto heels.
  11. While we were on the 2018 world cruise on the Amsterdam in 2018, we were awarded our Two-Star & Three-Start Mariner status while on-board. We got our medallions but did not really take advantage of any enhanced perks. We are 32 days away from Four-Star Mariner. Other cruise lines, such as RCI, do not award your new status until after you complete the cruise whence such new status is gained. So does it follow that, while we are on our 77-day South America & Antarctica voyage on the Volendam, we will be awarded our Four-Star Mariner status? Now this is the one with complimentary laundry so we'll be looking for this perk.
  12. First time we sailed MSC, they took our RCI Diamond Plus status and made us 'Black Card''. It would be great if HAL took our 241 days at sea with RCI and made us 4-Star. But, sadly, we're 32 days short of free laundry.
  13. We're still seeing, on RCI web pages, that the Vision OTS still has Concierge & Diamond Lounges, no Suite Lounge. Just checking to see if the Concierge Lounge hasn't already be converted to Suite Lounge with only P & suite guests allowed.
  14. Not an expert, but you could try online with RCI. Their website has a C&A button. Otherwise, guest services on-board could probably sign you up.
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