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  1. Thank you for taking the time to post your photos and give us hope that cruises can resume again. As long as they're not filled to capacity, there are many safe, open spaces on them. The ship is a beauty. Have a wonderful cruise.
  2. Hi St. Pete Cruiser,. I'm also sad about losing those ships. The only other HAL ship I've been on is the Zaandam and that fortunately is still around. I much prefer those smaller ships and wish I'd had the chance to go on the Prinsendam.
  3. We were on the Veendam, Boston to Bermuda, in June 2018 and appreciated docking in Hamilton. I loved the ship and the crew so much I immediately checked where she was going in the future. We took a Greek island cruise on her in May 2019. On the Bermuda cruise, I asked Mike at the Martini bar to make a drink based on one served during the last dinner on the Titanic. My murder mystery centering on a Titanic re-creation dinner had just come out and I'd been asked to blog about drinks on that ship. Mike not only whipped up a cocktail from my recipe but also hummed the Titanic movie theme while he did it. A unique memory.
  4. We've always been happy with oceanview on HAL, Celebrity, and Azamara. The OV on Sirena was the size we expected, but our cabin, 4041, had engine noise that was really hard to take. It was an intermittent hum (on two seconds, off two seconds) for 10 or 15 minutes at a stretch. Then it would stop, and two minutes later it would start again. I don't mind a steady hum from the engine. That's like white noise. It was impossible to get used to the on-and-then-off noise. I don't think it was a general problem in that part of the deck. We couldn't hear it in the hall, only the cabin. To Oceania's credit, they did move us to a different cabin after I took the issue up the chain. Avoid cabin 4041.
  5. On HAL ships for the last couple of years and on Oceania (my only cruise with them was in February), no passengers served themselves at the buffet. Celebrity can easily do the same. Yes, it entails more crew, but the health of passengers is worth the cost. I would be reluctant to go on a Celebrity cruise unless they changed the buffet system.
  6. Thank you so much for the clear explanation, Wrk2cruise! ~Maya_C
  7. Thank you for the information. My cruise is next fall, outside the window of Cruise with Confidence and final payment isn't due until June. I want to cancel, even if Celebrity doesn't cancel the cruise. I booked it as nonrefundable deposit. For $100 pp I can apply the deposit to another sailing in the future, but I don't know if there are restrictions for when that cruise can be and if I can make a reservation for that cruise, and then change my mind and move apply the credit to another cruise. I assume I would be able to apply it to a less expensive cruise than the one I originally, but I'm not sure.
  8. What happens if the future cruise fare costs less the FCC? Do you lose the difference?
  9. Just off the Sirena. Hairdryer was in the top drawer of the set of drawers in the closet in the two cabins I saw. If you didn't have a dryer, I'm sure the cabin attendant would have supplied one.
  10. I've converted to going a day early after that experience with the Summit.
  11. What everyone said about ease of mind is true. I flew from Washington DC to Rome twice and San Juan once, arriving on the day of the cruise all three times, and had no problem. I risked it only because the flight was nonstop and the port for the next day was easy to get to--Naples is a 2-hour train trip from Rome, and San Juan has numerous 45-minute flights to St. Croix. But airline delays aren't the only possible glitch. The itinerary on the Summit from San Juan changed to avoid over-crowding at ports. So instead of St. Croix, the first port was going to be Curacao after a sea day! Needless to say, we were sweating that one. We made it on time and got to the ship before 1 PM. Here's what happened to one passenger: Flight to San Juan was delayed. Passenger arranged to fly directly to St. Croix because he didn't get the message about the itinerary change. When he landed, he found out the Summit wasn't going there, but to Curacao. So he flew to Curacao from St. C. But at the last minute before departure from San Juan, the Summit had a computer problem that affected navigation, so the ship didn't leave San Juan until 24 hours later than scheduled. The passenger ended up flying from Curacao to San Juan. I hope he had insurance that covered those flight changes.
  12. To answer the question about tender tickets, this was our experience last May on the Veendam in Santorini. An announcement notified us when the tender tickets would be distributed. I don't remember the exact time, maybe 7:30. People who wanted to take the first tender (like us because we were meeting a private tour guide) began lining up half and hour before the distribution time.The ticket indicates which group you are in, and each group is announced by number over the PA system when it is time to board. The tenders were quite large, and we easily got on the first one though we weren't near the front of the line for tickets. Once on shore, we bought tickets for the cable car and got on with little or no wait. To get down on the cable car in the afternoon, we had to wait 30-40 minutes.
  13. Go to the following thread and scroll down for pictures of this cabin on the Summit. It should be the same layout. https://boards.cruisecritic.co.uk/topic/1587582-room-6035-summit/
  14. Thank you for the information. I've enjoyed the Indian dishes in the Lido. It's great to know Indian food can be ordered to a particular spice level in the MDR.
  15. I love Indian food, but I request mildly spicy when I order at an Indian restaurant, where the food can be fiery hot (at least for my tastes). I know tastes differ, but I'd appreciate comments on the spiciness of the ship's Indian food. Thank you.
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