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    Western Washington
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    Aviation, sailing (meaning boats with actual sails), blackjack tournaments (the real ones on land)
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  1. CCL (corporate, not the line) outsourced IT to a French contractor, Capgemini, back at the end of 2016. And the web site has been fraught with problems ever since.
  2. Sorry, didn't see this post until now. Anyway, to answer your question, there is always one 3/2 table on every HAL ship on which I've sailed (I am a tournament player on land and will NEVER play a 6/5 table either on land or at sea). The 3/2 table always is higher minimum and varies with time of day and with the ship. Sometimes I've seen it $25 at all times throughout entire voyage, sometimes $15 in the daytime and then bumped to $25 after dinner. And sometimes, on the big ships, they won't open the 3/2 table in the daytime because it is in a separate pit from the 6/5 and they don't have e
  3. No, unfortunately the "Have It All" does not include prepaid gratuities. And that was probably the only thing even remotely of value to me since I'm not much of a drinker (glass of wine with dinner), already have 50% off specialty dining anyway and the rest is paid for by shareholder and other types of OBC, and generally prefer exploring places on my own or with independent tour contractors...rather than in a packed HAL shorex bus.
  4. Oh, I think that I've sailed with them! The couple I'm thinking about is not only thin, they're rather tall also. And at the Mariner reception, their white Platinum medallion ribbons were plastered with pins from previous voyages. <-- do they even award those pins any more? I have quite a few but haven't gotten a new one in a few years (you know, those enamel pins with "Statendam", "Ryndam", "Panama Canal", etc).
  5. Just one of the many things that Ashford took away from us. Like the Halve Maen on the logo, the Yum Yum Man chiming us into dinner, and fresh flowers on the tables in the MDR. Wonder if Antorcha could be persuaded to re-institute any of those?
  6. That was my experience on my last two cruises (September 2019 on Amsterdam and October 2019 on Volendam). There used to be some snack choices...I liked the smoked salmon bites... in the Explorations Cafe, but on the above cruises it seemed that the only offering was some biscotti. The pretty photo posted by @Crew News is just a memory of days gone by.
  7. Such a sight would almost make it worthwhile to make the trip down to King County. Well, almost but not quite 😉.
  8. Well, if you're a real tea lover, I'm happy to see that you're in a Neptune Suite. As you can see from the picture posted of the tea selection in the Lido, it is mostly Bigelow. They also have PG Tips in the Lido. But in the Neptune Lounge they provide Harney & Sons!!! And that's the ONLY place that you can get it except for the Pinnacle Grill.
  9. My unit is on the 4th floor of a midrise condo here in Everett. Overlooks a residential street with single-story dwellings. So I get to sleep on an air mattress on my balcony!! No one at street level can possibly see my balcony -- I know because I checked it on my daily walk. OTOH, I dunno about my flying buddies who may be on final approach to runway 16R at Paine Field. I'll soon find out if they have anything to say about my choice of PJs 😉.
  10. NOBODY knows!! I mean nobody knows about the specifics of Ocean Players Club (CCL corporate casino subsidiary) rating/tiering system. Of the three corporate entities with gaming subsidiaries OPC is the most opaque. Although I don't cruise on either NCL or RCI, I have looked at the sites of their gaming subsidiaries (Casinos at Sea and Casino Royale respectively). They both are definitely more transparent about their tiering structure. I don't know why CCL is so secretive. It has been this way since I've been cruising on HAL and, so far, has never changed.
  11. Not overly fond of catfish – except as an excuse to fly. Back home in Texas our gang would be hanging around the airport, chatting, working on our planes, whatever. Around lunchtime someone might say, “Anyone up for catfish”? And we’d all run to our hangars and pull our planes out. Why would we do that instead of just getting in our cars and driving to a restaurant that serves catfish? Because there is McGehee’s Catfish Restaurant up in the tiny town of Marietta, Oklahoma. McGehee’s had its own dirt airstrip (don’t know if the airstrip is there any more) so you could land, park your plane ther
  12. Mine too. Perhaps that means the inaugural is really going? Just kidding, only kidding 😒
  13. BUMMER! I meant about the "5 degrees warmer". Not Issaquah, which is such a pretty area.
  14. @atexsix, you're down in King County aren't you? @Cruising-alongand I are up north here in SnoCo, where it's generally cooler (yeah, even in winter when we get snow and you don't). Anyway, I checked the 10-day forecast and it looks like the darn stationary Pacific High will settle in early this year. Lowest high-temp forecast for my zip code will be 76 on Aug 6! But it was 66 for my morning walk an hour ago.
  15. Today is also National Mascot Day. So I thought I'd post a photo of our lovely mascot Taima leading the Seattle Seahawks out of the tunnel. FYI, Taima is one of only two live mascots that actually lead their team out of the tunnel. The other one is Thunder, the Denver Broncos palomino.
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