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Adoptionmsw

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About Adoptionmsw

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    Cool Cruiser

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    New Jersey
  • Interests
    Knitting, reading, walking, Cruising
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    HAL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    North Atlantic

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  1. Before everything shut down, we were considering Caribbean Princes for fall 2020 for two reasons. It was to leave from NYC while HAL sails from Boston. Last year both Caribbean Princess and our HAL ships (we took one north and another one back) shadowed each other. We are loyal HAL 4 star mariners but NY is closer and we’re not tender fans. We’ll see what is offered in Autumn 2021 and make a decision then. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  2. Another consideration for this itinerary: it’s become very popular in the last year or two. We were disappointed in September 2019 to find that the larger ships (in our case, Caribbean Princess) got the dock space and we had to tender. This happened in ports we never tendered in the past. So, round trip there were six tender ports rather than the two listed on our booking. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  3. I communicated with my HAL PCC and she reported that she was not affected by the reorganization. I’m relieved for her. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  4. We book inside cabins because they have showers, not bath tubs. I understand the newest class of ships has showers in more cabin classes but we need a ship with teak deck chairs as well. We won’t be cruising until the pandemic is over. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  5. I’ve said this on other CC threads but it bears repeating. It’s the lack of transparency that has people stirred up. If HAL would announce weekly what sailing dates they have processed and refunded in the previous seven days, people would have a handle on where they stand. I don’t have a dog in this fight. We usually book a cruise around the time of final payment so HAL isn’t holding any of our funds. We spent most of February on the Zuiderdam and feel as if we dodged a bullet. My guess is that HAL does not have the funds and is reluctant to make that public. I have a lot of empathy for those waiting. I’d be pretty upset too. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  6. One downside to the changeover day on a back to back is certain regular activities are not available. All of the deck chairs are stored in preparation for the life boat drill. There is no afternoon tea and no happy hour. In Fort Lauderdale it’s not really possible to walk into town. The port is huge, always under construction and there are no sidewalks. It is possible to call an Uber. Sometimes a back to back is necessary to put together a long enough cruise to make the trip to the port worthwhile. We usually do three plus weeks in February and that almost always entails a back to back. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  7. We have sailed from Tampa numerous times. We use the Comfort Inn Airport-Cruise Port. It’s reasonably priced and has shuttles to the airport and the cruise port. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  8. I’m surprised the percentage of positive tests is that low in NJ. We are so short of test kits, a person has to be pretty sick and have a doctors prescription to be eligible to get in line at a drive through test center. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  9. It seems to me the Rotterdam crew was sandbagged. They held a meeting before the mission began and told the crew only half the story. The crew agreed to participate. As far as I can tell, this transfer of guests was a surprise. There is no guarantee the transferred guests are healthy. We know many people do not show symptoms at first but they can infect others. The memo says if they don’t want to participate, they don’t have to. Will there be peer pressure on crew members who would rather not? My husband and I have more than 300 days on HAL and I have always thought they were an upstanding, ethical company. Now I have my doubts. The room stewards and dining stewards are not highly paid. And now to ask a healthy crew to put their lives on the line? I don’t think it’s an ethical plan. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  10. Not really on topic but here it is anyway. When we go on a long cruise, we disconnect the car battery. When we get home, we reconnect it. Our mechanic told us the car is using some battery power while it sits idle. After an extended period, it drains totally. Since heeding his advice we haven’t needed AAA. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  11. We have frequently been waitlisted fo early dining. See the dining room person as soon as you board. He will usually be able to solve the issue. He is usually in the atrium near the front desk.
  12. We’re on the Zuiderdam right now. There are printed papers available at the front desk. It’s a selection of AP articles. The same content is available on the Navigator app. In the past one could read the entire NY Times on the app, much more than appears in the eight page paper copy. We cruise to relax, rarely do excursions and spend time in deck chairs Each day reading The NY Times. It’s been a big disappointment for us.
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