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Everything posted by john2003

  1. In the past I have found that the Australian approval was available for less cost elsewhere, including your travel agent potentially. Not sure if that is still the case. The NZ ETA is new so I have no info on that. I also got the email from HALs contractor and was disturbed by it. It is also a sales effort packaged as "HAL is helping you".
  2. Interesting comment about adding the additional stps increasing revenue. I had assumed they found them more marketable and could increase the per diems. Either way, our less expensive quick getaways are going away.
  3. I never knew the sand was imported. Thats a lot of sand.
  4. Sounds good to me i grt best value and the other lines bump up the value of my shares!! I wish.
  5. Oops, I had forgotten about excursions. We so seldom use a ship excursion.
  6. Yes I agree it seems unreasonably high. They should set it lower and then add if the charges exceed the hold at any point in the cruise.
  7. I would not be concerned about the creaking. It is supposed to act like a ship!!! However visible shims are unacceptable.
  8. I think you could also make an appropriate deposit to your card before you leave so it has a positive balance.
  9. Those bad pools that prevent cabins being placed underneath.
  10. It should be a hold, not a charge. I would be very surprised if NCL didn't do something similar. Even hotels often do something similar. I can't confirm the actual amount but it sounds as though it is right. It is just reserving a part of your credit limit to ensure you will be good for the bill at the end of the cruise. Neither unusual nor unreasonable.
  11. It used to be that HAL refurbished before it really showed as needed. Obviously not anymore. It was my beef with Celebrity that they let the older ships get too worn before refurbishing.
  12. I think it was a matter of the time. My sister's was very early.
  13. Suggest you consider the transportion after u disembark. We did this a few years ago. It was not smooth. My sister had arranged a taxi but it was a long way from the ship and they had to drag their bags. We took the Peoplemover but it doesn't start that early. We missed the first one as the gate was still locked. The next one, we ended up going the wrong way as the electronic signs at the station were reversed. Not a major issue but did waste time.
  14. I would also vote for Kenai. We stYed post cruise near Seward a few years back and really enjoyed our Kenai cruise. Lots of wildlife.
  15. I think that the phone time is the unpredictable part. We normally set it manually as one has no idea what time the ships cell service will use.
  16. I agree the short HAL trip makes no sense. We were there in 2002 so a while back. I dont think it is critical to see the Brazilian side although it was good. The Argentine side is huge so you need time to enjoy it. Try to stay at what was the Sheraton. We did it precruise, before embarking on Rio. We flew in and took the bus out.
  17. I felt bad for my TA for the same reason. Two refares within a week.
  18. One of our all time best cruises was to the polar icecap on the Prinsendam. Small gifts from Michael such as a chair from a champagne cork. Dinner at the Captains table. Lots of great memories.
  19. We live in Victoria and have done several 1 night cruises. They make a good quick break. Experience is different than a regular length cruise and it is really short by the time you board and get off early the next day but still worth it. We have never experienced a problem resulting from overconsumption by others. Maybe we have been lucky.
  20. I see they want to increase efficiency and cut costs to address the stock setback. Wonder if we will see the downside as passengers or just reap the benefit on our shares. I think I know the answer.
  21. Iancal we have also used Jetstar to/from HNL a couple of times and like it. Also in Canada we have both Westjet and AirTransat that offer reasonable one way flight segments. Alaska also works for one way flights but otherwise not sure they have similar south of the border.
  22. Its benn a while do my recollection is fuzzy. I think i had to click the print button twice.
  23. This is correct I don't see the rationale. If CC can list as a cruise line, I don't see the reluctance to do the same in the roll calls.
  24. I thought they put a sticker on each bottle to show corkage was paid. I would expect the corkage to be charged in the dining room.
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