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  1. @kazuI use barkeepers friend all the time for tough jobs. It's the best. Enjoy planning that next trip. I have followed your trip reports and great pics for quite a while.
  2. Thanks all for the daily and for all of your efforts in creating this community. Prayers to all on the lists. Below is my first attempt to attach a photo on cruise critic, so I hope it works. Roy, your sunrise pictures have inspired me to post today's sunrise as seen from my kitchen in NJ.
  3. Another "lurker" checking in. Have been following all year long and really appreciate all the time involved in keeping this going every day. Makes me feel like a part of the community. Blessings to all for 2021.
  4. Hank, all the announcements were made in french and english and for the zodiac excursions the passengers were grouped according to their primary language. Most of the staff were non French speaking, but there were a few waiters that were French. Probably about 30% of the passengers were French, the rest mostly US, Australia, New Zealand with a sprinkling of many other countries. Most of the excursion team were not French speaking.
  5. I would second the above post. Ponant was fantastic. We thought we were crazy when when booked it, but after the trip felt is was worth every penny.
  6. Sounds like a good plan. I think we had to call a number of times to get things straightened out.
  7. We got approval from HAL before booking the cruise. This was for a 2019 transatlantic where we boarded in Barcelona instead of Civitavecchia. We got the letter from HAL before final payment.
  8. I have boarded at the second port myself. The only extra thing we had to get was a letter from HAL indicating that we were boarding to present to the port agents. And yes, you do not get a credit for the days missed.
  9. Very emotional. We had to disembark early in Funchal this November because my husband was ill and couldn't afford to risk the transatlantic. The port of Rotterdam is very special to me since it is the first time I met my grandfather at the old HAL terminal in 1963. Tears were certainly flowing at that video of her last sail in as the RotterdamVI. Will miss you.
  10. My first trip on the Rotterdam V was a round trip transatlantic crossing in 1963 for a trip to meet my grandfather and the rest of my family for the first time. An unforgettable journey. Have also cruised several times on Rotterdam VI and will miss her. Also enjoyed staying at the Rotterdam V hotel. It was very interesteing to see all the areas of the ship we couldn't reach from tourist class! My family is from an area about a half hour from Rotterdam and Zuid Holland is my favorite place in the world. Shout out to Cooper 10-8 - I always wondered how you knew so much Dutch, but yo
  11. We are also primarily HAL cruisers, but would say that Paul Gauguin is the way to go for French Polynesia. You get to all the major islands during one week, including their private beach stop where you walk off the amphibious vehicle into the water and spend a great day using all the facilities and equipment at your disposal. The service on board was fantastic and the small size of the ship made things easy. If you go, book Patrick's outrigger tour in Bora Bora, a day you will never forget. Where else would be eating your lunch at a picnic table located in the water of the Bora Bora lagoon! (a
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