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  1. I would contend that they are not subjective opinions but objective assessments based on a set of criteria designed to rule out subjectivity. Is Douglas Ward being untruthful when he states in the Berlitz Guide that the chosen criteria are designed to ensure total objectivity? Out of interest, which European countries award star ratings based on your cited criteria? Over, and above, it's existence, would the size, décor, quality of food, and service in a hotel's restaurant not require assessment?
  2. The 2020-2021 itineraries, and fares, are now available on HL Cruises' English language website. https://www.hl-cruises.com/cruisefinder#template=teaser&sorting=departureDate&filter:ships=9
  3. Berlitz may or may not be the be all and end all, but it does apply a standardised methodology when assessing cruise ships. For some time in the UK Celebrity's tag line, which always made me smile, was 'Five Star Modern Luxury'.
  4. Out of interest does a six star cruise ship/line actually exist? As far as I am aware Berlitz's highest rating is 5+ stars.
  5. As yet no press release on HL's English language website. On it's German language website is the following press release which states, if I have understood it correctly, that the offer of 50% discount is on any HL cruise up to September 2021. https://www.hl-cruises.de/presse/pressemeldungen/detail/verzoegerung-bei-der-werft-auslieferung-der-hanseatic-nature-verspaetet-sich
  6. vistaman, with those bar prices one would be tempted to become teetotal!
  7. Some years ago on Regent the quality of the cuisine during the voyage from Miami to Honolulu was average at best. Departing from Honolulu, we bumped into the Executive Chef, who was French, and had trained at a 2* Michelin restaurant, whom we had got to know well during previous voyages, and asked him about the quality of the cuisine. He told us that he had just boarded the ship, and from what he had seen he reckoned it would take him 2-3 days to bring the quality of the cuisine up to his standards. After 2 days the food was superb.
  8. vistaman, Have you cruised before with Oceania? How was the experience on this cruise?
  9. vistaman, Congratulations on obtaining your preferences for 2020. With regard to my waitlisted cruise, HL has advised my TA that those who have been offered places have until the 23rd of this month to either accept or decline the offer, so I will not have long to wait to find out if my second cruise is available to me. Like you, I opt for Category 2 as my maximum on the Europa 2, but on my Europa cruise the solo price for Category 3 was the same as that for Category 2.
  10. Catlover54, The cruises for which I pre-registered are the Majorca- Venice, and the Venice-Athens itineraries, and it is the second for which I am waitlisted. With regard to the Category of Stateroom, I always opt for Category 2 as the price jump to Category 3 for solo occupancy can be quite substantial.
  11. vistaman, Have you been able to obtain offers on all your options?
  12. I note that the count down clock has been removed from the, German language, website.
  13. On the 19 September last year, I pre-registered, via my TA, for solo occupancy on back to back cruises in August 2020. On the first cruise I have been offered a place, whereas on the second I am number 3 on a wait list. Are Germans psychic, and booking before itineraries are released??
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