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Cruiser Bruiser

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About Cruiser Bruiser

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    Portland, OR
  • Interests
    Being social, going out to eat, movies, staying in with friends. And cruising.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Hawaii was a dream, but I really want to do the Mediterranean and the Baltic.

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  1. After my most recent HAL cruise (W Caribbean on N Amsterdam), I vowed that I will never do anytime dining ever again. The choice was always to share, or wait and risk a terrible table. (So many 2-tops on NA have banquette seating, which is really low.) And the host staff seemed determined to always make things difficult. On previous NA cruises I had good luck with asking for the same table every night, but that did not work on this cruise. Early seating for me in the future.
  2. I haven't sailed on Grand for awhile, but it has the typical Princess Grand-class locker room/steam room/sauna set up that is on all Grand-class ships (i.e. men on starboard side; women on port side) Towels, showers and wash basins are available, and there is no charge for any of the above. Just ask for a locker key at the spa reception desk, and the locker room entrance is just around the corner. Enjoy.
  3. I'm surprised that no one thus far has mentioned Princess and its Club Class. Besides a mini suite with ostensibly upgraded furnishings, Club Class features Club Class Dining with a dedicated space in the MDR. It also offers a few other perks, including priority dis/embarkation. Club Orange is simply HAL's version of the former with a dedicated dining room rather than dedicated cabin categories. Also add me to the confused re the use of ATK as the Club Orange dining room rather than ATK. It must have been a last minute change, or someone in Seattle simply decided not to spend any money to make it a bit more plush. Or, perhaps it's just a test and the space on Pinnacle class will be upgraded if the test is successful.
  4. That's a once-per-cruise production show. I just saw it on Nieuw Amsterdam a couple weeks ago. I'm sure they will have it on NS, too. Saying that, I think HAL needs to come up with a few new production shows to add to the mix, as I'm worried that One World and Billboard Live will end up on all of HAL's large ships.
  5. I had just disembarked NA that morning, and I agree that Edge is impressive looking.
  6. Good point. Notice this article that CC just posted from aboard Nieuw Statendam. You will see commented about an interesting contrast between impressive spaces (Celebrity) versus impressive experiences (HAL). In the long run, I think that HAL is likely playing the stronger hand.
  7. Perhaps, but most folks have commented that the MDR is most influenced by the MDRs on Celebrity ships. The ribs are inspired by musical instruments, as is the decor on all Pinnacle class ships thus far.
  8. Great question. Capacity is about the same for the thermal suite, and that can be booked in advance.
  9. That is kind of you to say. Never say never, right? But Encore has no appeal (does it even have a thermal suite?) Maybe Leonardo-class will lure me back. I'll still be lurking on the boards.
  10. I forgot to mention that the passengers on HAL have better manners, too.
  11. I sailed NA the week of Thanksgiving and the entertainment was excellent. Aside from BB King, Billboard Onboard, and Lincoln Center Stage, there were two production shows: One World and Billboard Off the Charts. They also had Planet Earth Live and the funniest comedian I have ever seen on a cruise. Finally they had a mentalist duo called DNA. So, no fear. Production shows remain and are better than ever.
  12. She seems sexy, but Celebrity is charging a huge premium for Edge that is well above their already high prices.
  13. Except, I shifted from mostly sailing on NCL to mostly sailing on Holland America, which builds ships designed to appeal to adults. I have one final NCL cruise booked for May, and then I'm done.
  14. Pretty cool. Thanks for sharing the link. HAL definitely keeps is classy/nautical as opposed to the spectacle of some brands' christenings. How did we ever live without LED display technology?
  15. NCL continues to grow! All of those free drinks sure are adding to the profit margin. Andy Stuart specifically mentioned awhile back that the strategy is to have a number of ships that carry >2k, >3k and >4k passengers, as each has advantages relative to the kinds of ports they can visit. NCL must be very confident in the design of these new ships to order six before anyone has even sailed on one. If they have a good proportion of studio cabins and maybe a covered pool, they might be a good fit for me. Time will tell.
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