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  1. 3 hours ago, Boatdrill said:

    HAL uses the HSC to pay their crew.   They're not really  TIPs (meaning "to insure personal service") as we think of tipping, but a percentage of the payroll.  

    I always heard it meant to insure prompt service.

  2. 38 minutes ago, Crew News said:


    A week before  boarding, members of my roll call were notified that general boarding would not start until 1:30 PM by deck number with a different deck boarding each 30 minutes and the last deck :boarding at 3:30 PM.  If you are arriving from a HAL-sponsored hotel, everyone on the bus will board the ship at the same time.


    I am supposed to board at 1:00 PM but will be at the terminal door at 11:00 AM to report on the enforcement of this new policy.

    Very interested to see what happens. We usually sail Carnival and I always receive an email prior to boarding to state not to show up at scheduled time that there will be a delay in boarding. Never happens!!!

  3. We ended up booking with Jayleen. Couldn't get the time we wanted (she already had one boat full and the other had 4 seats left but the two that had already booked wanted a later time.) She was very prompt with her return phone calls and emails and sounds very pleasant. Looking forward to meeting her and spending the afternoon and evening with her. Thanks to everyone that helped us make a decision.

  4. Will be on the Nieuw Statendam at Key West with one other ship I believe so not sure where we dock. Need to get WiFi and it doesn't have to be free. Just a good connection.

    Can anyone help me? 

  5. On 11/25/2019 at 6:40 PM, Italy52 said:

    We have gone with Jayleen's Alaska (good small independent boat company) several times with two more trips scheduled for May 2020.  Jayleen has received lots of good reviews on this thread and TripAdvisor so be sure to check them out if you are intersted.  Here is the link to her website"


    Italy52 - Do you know the size of their boats?

  6. Need to book a campsite for a west trip while we will be on Grand Turk in January. Will need reliable WIFI. Doesn't have to be free. What recommendations do you have?

    Will also need it at Amber Cove.

  7. Oakman58 - This is the main reason I want a small boat. I have heard that the viewing is not great on a larger one. Don't really care about hot food....get enough of that on the ship. Only going to be on the boat about 2 hours. Just want to be able to view the whales as good as possible. The boat doesn't have to be for 8-10. I would like 25-50. Unless some of you think that's to big. Just don't want 100-150 people.

  8. Will be on a Holland cruise next summer and want to book a whale excursion. Have looked at Holland's and Alaska Shore Excursions. Open to others. We don't want a large boat and want to hear from anyone that has taken one and who you used. 

    Is it better to book in advance or just walk off the ship and book something?

    Any advise would be helpful.


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