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  1. I have found lately, after final payment HAL won't budge. I recently booked a neptune suite for a ten day cruise. After final, price drop and free internet.  My TA called not for any price adjustment , but for the internet. Told New bookings only. It doesn't affect how much I will enjoy my cruise. Ten days in  Neptune suite will be heaven. 

  2. We live in Fort Lauderdale, and do a lot of last minute cruises.  We did an interior on Princess just to see if we would like it. I will tell you, I will never do an interior again unless I don't have the money to cruise.  Have done two ocean view rooms.  Not bad, but now my threshold is a balcony or higher.  Even an obstructed balcony is OK.  Just will never do an interior again. Once the door was closed, you felt like you were in prison. 

  3. Actually The Nation is a liberal magazine. Main speaker is Katrina Vanden  Heuval.  We were on a cruise several years ago with Newsmax a conservative group, and had no problems.  It was fun to see everyone walking around with Sarah Palins new book. 

  4. Having booked cruises both on HAL and Seabourn, I know they use the same web platform.  On my HAL bookings, I can view flights with their flight ease program, then call my TA to book the flight.  With Seabourn, I had to first research direct with the airlines, then call my ta to see if the same flight was available with them.  Is there a way to research Seabourn flights on their website the same as you can do on the HAL website?

  5. Since my final payment on the Zuiderdam, they have lowered the price of my Neptune suite by 100, given free internet, and free gratuities.  With two phone calls from my TA to HAL, they have given nothing. New bookings only. I know that, but had to try. 

  6. We did Australia and new Zealand last December. Food and service we thought were excellent.  Cabins are dated and really need to be updated. We had a verandah, and the small chair and small table in front of the couch were falling apart. I never complain, but I did this time. Both items were replaced. With that being said the cruise was great.  

  7. We are always travelling before we get on the ship, so sometimes we have given them a couple of bags the first night. No questions asked. Just remember to pack clothes that have been washed many times. Sometimes things come back as if they have been stone washed. After a couple of cruises, my blue jeans were paper thin. Not sure their washing process, but they do use hot water to do the laundry. With that being said, they iron even the handkerchiefs. 

  8. 34 minutes ago, raphael360 said:

    Have your TA or SB work out the price both way: separate tickets and back to back.  Are you, by chance, on the Montreal to Miami cruise?

    We are on the 12 night 11/28  MIA to MIA which used to be the Cuba cruise.  Booked with final payment coming 8/30. Penalties have already started.  The next leg is MIA to San Juan. Seabourn just reduced the price that is too tempting. I would just book the open balcony, so probably won't get the same suite. Since it wasn't planned, would do the least expensive option. Flights from San Juan to Fort Lauderdale are pretty frequent, so getting home would be easy. 

  9. I am looking at two cruises back to back. The first one ends in Miami, and the next one leaves from Miami. I have a suite assignment(currently booked) for the first segment. Haven't booked the second leg. Will just book an OB on the second one as it was not planned.  I am assuming I would be assigned a different suite, but do you have to leave the ship? I am a US citizen. 

  10. Being 5 star, we have found the itineraries we are now interested in are always on the mid size ships.  Many times the Vista Suite, which is just a slightly larger verandah cabin, is cost prohibitive. Have started taking more and more on Seabourn.  Sometimes, similar itineraries are less expensive on Seabourn than the Vista suites on the mid size ships with HAL.  

  11. Tmobile. You get 2g speed and calls at 25 cents a minute. Most countries have a service partner with tmobile. You can get a high speed pass for 5 dollars a day. All I need to do is check email on my phone, so it is perfect. You also can have your family download the WhatsApp app, and call through that app for free via the tmobile signal. Have been around the world with tmobile and have saved many dollars. 

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