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About ernieb

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    USA - Tennessee
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    Cruising, photography, cooking
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Regent Seven Seas, Silversea, Holland American
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  1. NCL’s Norway. That big beautiful navy blue ship must be why we love the HAL ships.
  2. I agree with Jacque. I hope HAL will be back for our B2Bs out of San Diego beginning 4-10-21.
  3. Once again, I agree with Hank. However, there are different stokes for different folks. My DW and I do enjoy the extra space provided by the Neptune suites and particularly their magnificent balconies. I am concerned about the quality of the food as compared to the luxury lines, but we tend to dine in the alternative venues much more than the MDR. We also appreciate the convenience of the Neptune lounge and the service of the concierges there. Our experience with cabin attendants has been excellent on HAL and equal to the luxury lines. I’m sure we will probably miss the attention we became accustomed to from other service personnel. Since we will have the SBP on these cruises and I am able to cover the airfare with miles, I do believe we will have a comparative experience to the luxury lines for significantly less cost. Our experience on HAL has always been enjoyable, however it has been a few years since we have sailed with her. I am concerned about the diminution of quality that so many folks complain about on these boards.
  4. The Neptune Lounge, complementary laundry and dry cleaning, exclusive breakfast venue for a few.
  5. I agree with Hank. We are 3 star mariners who sailed primarily with HAL up until about 2015. We started looking elsewhere due to the smoking policy at that time that allowed smoking on the verandas. Since then we have sailed with Princess, Silversea and Regent. Silversea and Regent are both luxury lines with Regent being the most all-inclusive including airfare and excursions. They are also probably the most expensive. We have primarily sailed in SA Neptune suites on HAL. On the luxury lines we could only afford a suite that is smaller than the SA on HAL. Also, a number of the fantastic perks included with the SA were not available on the luxury lines. However, the smaller size of the ships and the greater staff to guest ratio provides outstanding guest service and the food is outstanding. We also appreciated the lack of the nickel and dime practices with no need to sign for every thing you want. However, we only like to sail on ships that provide a number of alternative dining choices which are not available on any of the older luxury line ships. Consequently we have recently booked B2B cruises in an SA suite on the Koningsdam next April which include the Signature Beverage Package, gratuities and a specialty dining package which will be significantly less expensive than our luxury line experiences.
  6. April 2021 Koningsdam April 10 Mexican Riviera Followed by B2B April 17 California Coastal
  7. No, we’re not titanium. This will be our second cruise with Regent. The first was on Explorer last year and we booked this one while on board. We did not take advantage of the included excursions and transfers previously. Thanks for all the help.
  8. Thanks a bunch. What about on the Regent transfers?
  9. My DW and I will be taking our second cruise on the Explorer next month and will take a few of the included excursions. I’m wondering if tips are also included or if most people add a tip for the guide/driver?
  10. We stayed at the Danieli last year because our normal favorite, the Europa & Regina was closed for refurbishing. We found the Danieli to be very nice, particularly the lobby bar, but otherwise quite rundown. The Europa & Regina should now be back in service and we would definitely return there when we can.
  11. We will once again be spending a few days in Venice prior to our cruise the middle of October. We enjoy good Italian food and would appreciate any suggestions for restaurants that provide excellent meals. While we do not mind paying for an excellent meal with great service, we do not appreciate restaurants where “fru-fru” presentations of pretty but unsatisfying food is the norm. We do enjoy the food served by A Beccafica San Stephano but that is a longer walk than we would like from the Danieli hotel where we will be staying. Does anybody have any good suggestions for the area around the Danieli? Sent from my iPad using Forums
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