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Av8rix

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About Av8rix

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    Western Washington
  • Interests
    Aviation, sailing, blackjack tournaments
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    HAL

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  1. You beat me to it! I had noticed the same coincidence and was thinkin' that it was the one who bumped who is the troll -- or the assistant troll. That one's only other activity has been on RCI and NCL boards.
  2. I had done the same thing, and you're (we're) right. But it's the Internet and anyone can say anything that they like. The majority of folks -- lacking critical thinking -- will believe it.
  3. Seriously??? It began to deteriorate most noticeably in 2017. I'm not going to post a gazillion links here but suggest you google "Carnival IT outsourcing".
  4. WOW!!! Talk about thread creep 😀😀😀.
  5. Well, I've been offered CO at just $15 per diem on my upcoming cruise on Volendam in a couple of weeks. Since I'm already 4*, my only benefit would likely be the extra entree on the MDR menu. I don't really trust what their concept of an "upgraded" stateroom might be. But I'm just off Amsterdam this week and it was my first cruise since implementation of CO. I did find the priority CO line at Guest Services somewhat troubling. I never really needed Guest Services except for obtaining my tip envelopes near the end so just waited for a slow time to do that. However, on my cruise there were four (two couples) President's Club folks, numerous platinum-medallion holders and even more 5*s. As we all know, the line at Guest Services can get pretty long sometimes. JMO, but it seems wrong that the President's Club members and 5*s (who have spent dearly to achieve that status) have to stand in line while someone else -- who may be on their first HAL voyage -- can just wave their orange card and receive immediate attention. Again, that's JMO so no flames please. BTW, there was much discussion among us HAL "regulars" during the cruise about the CO concept. But I never met another high-status (4* or 5*) cruiser on this cruise who had taken the CO bait. Like me, they all seemed to feel that there was little perceived benefit over the perks that we already have. Although just because I never encountered someone that took it doesn't mean that there might have been some that did.
  6. <bump> Well, I've also been offered CO at $15 per diem on my upcoming cruise on Volendam in a couple of weeks. Since I'm already 4*, my only benefit would likely be the extra entree on the MDR menu. I don't really trust what their concept of an "upgraded" stateroom might be. But I'm just off Amsterdam and it was my first cruise since implementation of CO. I did find the priority CO line at Guest Services somewhat troubling. I never really needed Guest Services except for obtaining my tip envelopes near the end (more on that bizarre experience later) so just waited for a slow time to do that. However, on my cruise there were four (two couples) President's Club folks, numerous platinum-medallion holders and even more 5*s. As we all know, the line at guest services can get pretty long sometimes. JMO, but it seems wrong that the President's Club members and 5*s (who have spent dearly to achieve that status) have to stand in line while someone else -- who may be on their first HAL voyage -- can just wave their orange card and receive immediate attention. Again, that's JMO so no flames please. BTW, there was much discussion among us HAL "regulars" during the cruise about the CO concept. But I never met another high-status (4* or 5*) cruiser on this cruise who had taken the CO bait. Like me, they all seemed to feel that there was little perceived benefit over the perks that we already have. Although just because I never encountered one doesn't mean that there might have been some that did. Off subject, but my first attempt to obtain my tip envelopes was really strange. I went to Guest Services as usual two days before the end and requested the five envelopes (stateroom stewards, fixed seating MDR stewards and wine steward). The guy behind the desk handed me five regular #10 mailing envelopes. I told him that I was sorry to be nonspecific, but what I was really requesting was the small tip envelopes. I was shocked speechless by his reply: "Oh, we don't do that any more. The tips are included in your HSC". I was so stunned that I just walked away. I returned later when Guest Services was manned by others and obtained my tip envelopes.
  7. Just off Amsterdam yesterday. Had the regular bags. Must have been a local condition that OP was informed about. On which ship was that supposed to have occurred?
  8. I waved at y'all from Kathi's deck as Amsterdam was berthing this morning!
  9. And I live in the PacNW so I've done a number of them in Vancouver, where the in-transit procedure is ALWAYS unpleasant.
  10. I generally do a wire transfer to OPC. Just did it yesterday for my cruise on Monday. However, I only play blackjack. Don't know how that works for slots.
  11. Yes, PLEASE let us know! I will board her in three days!
  12. I will wave to y'all a week from today as ms Amsterdam comes into Juneau. I'm outta here. Thanks to Kathi and webcam crew.
  13. That has been my experience too. And I think it's weird -- but VERY nice! I always start off with an interior gty 'cause I'm solo and not really wealthy. That's when you're taking a chance -- with a gty. But I've taken upsells from everything from OVs thru verandas up to NS (once). And each time they tell me which staterooms are available and I pick the one I perceive to be most desirable. This week I was offered an upsell to an OV for next week's Amsterdam cruise. I wanted one of the ones with the renovated bathroom and on the deck that I prefer -- and that's what I selected and received.
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