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  1. Absolutely! The Haven is definitely not worth, say $8,000 for two, when you can sail MSC Yacht Club for $5500 for two (February, 2022), both to the Caribbean, and all things are pretty much equal. Except for the room size, 300 sqft for MSC vs 238 sqft on Epic. It's a no brainer.
  2. Two. Baronet Sir Cosmo and Lady Lucile Duff-Gordon.
  3. They called bread and water catered? That's just sad.
  4. I think a private, fully catered lifeboat would seal the deal for me. I can't be seen mingling with the riff-raff in the event of a serious accident. 🚢
  5. I'm fortunate to be able to cruise at any time of year, so I make an effort to take fall or January sailings. Kids are in school, or at least most of them are.
  6. Not to go off-topic, but when I first heard some cruise lines might move from Florida ports my first thought was the logistics involved provisioning massive ships from tiny islands.
  7. At one time, you could transfer a HAL booking to an agency, but I don't recall reading where someone did the reverse. Sorry I can't help.
  8. I said years ago that other lines were going to eat HAL's lunch when it comes to Suite perks. As much as I enjoy HAL, I've had a taste of MSC Yacht Club and at $300 to $500 per person per day (usually), the privacy and perks of it makes it worth it.
  9. A shot in the dark. But if that interminable wait time was why, I won't be making that mistake again.
  10. I am on hold with Holland America. I called when Moses was in diapers. The on-hold "music" (I use the term loosely) is an abomination, and I don't care how much HAL appreciates my patience. Nevertheless... A very nice young lady from HAL called me last month to offer assistance with booking. I didn't have any cruise plans so I told her I would keep her in mind when I was ready. She sent a follow-up email with her contact information, but when I deleted literally thousands of old emails that were gathering dust in my in-box recently, it appears I deleted hers as well. I'd like her assistance, although I have a travel agent I use from time to time, but does anyone know if they keep records of contacts? I know it's a shot in the dark, but I'd really like to find her. I'm assuming they have a quota in sales, or might even earn a commission on saIes. I tried to start an email, hoping that typing "Holland America" in the addressee line would bring something up, but no dice. If anyone has any experience or suggestions for finding this consultant, I would appreciate it.
  11. I am on hold with Holland America. I called when Moses was in diapers. The on-hold "music" (I use the term loosely) is an abomination, and I don't care how much HAL appreciates my patience. Nevertheless... A very nice young lady from HAL called me last month to offer assistance with booking. I didn't have any cruise plans so I told her I would keep her in mind when I was ready. She sent a follow-up email with her contact information, but when I deleted literally thousands of old emails that were gathering dust in my in-box recently, it appears I deleted hers as well. I'd like her assistance, although I have a travel agent I use from time to time, but does anyone know if they keep records of contacts? I know it's a shot in the dark, but I'd really like to find her. I'm assuming they have a quota in sales, or might even earn a commission on saIes. I tried to start an email, hoping that typing "Holland America" in the addressee line would bring something up, but no dice. If anyone has any experience or suggestions for finding this consultant, I would appreciate it.
  12. Pricing (starting at $4999 per for a seven night) seems a tad steep, even for a luxury line. I realize fares are all very complicated and depend on a variety of factors, but pricing a rando seven night Caribbean cruise on Seven Seas Splendor is $4199 per couple (2 for 1), including domestic economy air in March, 2023. It will be interesting to see where that goes, but if the fares remain fairly constant I would be perfectly happy staying with YC.
  13. It's cool. I was, too (with the levity). 😄 I am a vodka fan, myself, but alas I don't partake that much anymore. Once in a while, otherwise I am happy with a glass of good wine! 🍷
  14. Vermouth? PUH-LEEZ! I do like Churchill did and put the bottle of vermouth across the room. Then I glance at it when adding the gin or vodka to the mixing glass.
  15. I'll yield to you as the authority on the matter.
  16. That's the crux of your entire argument. I haven't read up on the entire matter as to how the CDC responded to the pandemic since the beginning, but count me in on erring on the side of caution. Hindsight is always 20/20 and everyone can be an armchair quarterback or psychologist, but I am going to yield to the people whom all evidence suggests knows what they are doing. Like every other new disease that comes down the pipeline, especially one caused by a virus, it takes TIME to learn what it will (or potentially) do. A lot of people think that the medical community should know everything there is to know about this disease within a finite time of their choosing. It doesn't always work that way. Myself, I am/was reticent to take the vaccine because it takes YEARS when a vaccine is developed to know the what, where, when, and whys of all things related to it. Then it occurred to me that, like the flu vaccine every year, it might not keep me from getting Covid but it might keep me from permanent body damage or death. Perhaps take a moment from being a drama queen and breathe before you hurt yourself. The CDC is doing what it was created to do and, until there is CONVINCING proof (to me) that they don't know what they are talking about, I will continue to take their advice. What you do is entirely up to you.
  17. I like salmon cooked medium. Tuna rare.
  18. I have found Yacht Club dining to be quite good. I've not dined in other venues on the ships so I can't comment about other locations. I agree that in the beginning MSC North America's cruises stayed geared towards European tastes and pacing, but changes have been made. Sorry for anyone who had bad experiences with Yacht Club dining (the subject of this thread).
  19. High up and forward on a ship does get the most movement. People who prefer a smooth(er) ride want to be as close to midship as possible, on the lowest deck.
  20. While it wouldn't apply to ships, I once saw a sign that said, "Unattended children will be given a shot of espresso and a free puppy." I like the way they think.
  21. We had something similar happen to us a couple of years ago. There were six of us booked into the Queen Mary suite (Q2) and the adjoining Royal Suite (Q4). We had specified no upgrade because the aft Q1s have absolutely no privacy on their verandahs. Since the Q4s don't have a verandah we were all going to use the Q2's. Everything was confirmed but four months prior to departure, those of us in the Q2 were reassigned to a Q1 and the rest were left in the Q4. Because we could prove we had requested no upgrade, each suite got an extra $2,000 OBC. That was all well and good but we still had half of us with no verandah and half with a verandah we weren't completely comfortable using.
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