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About frankc98376

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    Quilcene, Washington
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    People, cruising, and great food
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    Holland America
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    Alaska

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  1. frankc98376

    New TV commercial

    Another TV spot that tells me that they are getting back on track. I have been saying that they need to reach out to the next generation of people close to or just retired. Here it is
  2. frankc98376

    New TV commercial

    Was on local NBC station in Seattle during Evening Magazine. At the end of the commercial was a tag line "Seattle's hometown cruise line"
  3. frankc98376

    New TV commercial

    Was my first thought. This is the HAL I first met and loved in 1983.
  4. frankc98376

    New TV commercial

    Just saw a great new HAL TV commercial:
  5. frankc98376

    Suite Guest Cocktail Party

    I was speaking metaphorically about changes that I have seen in just the last 5 years. It is pretty clear with the cutback on the number of NS on the new builds that HAL is focusing on more standard veranda cabins similar to Carnival. Perhaps they want to push the suite business toward Princess now that they are one company under the CCL umbrella. We aren't ready to leave HAL- 35 years for me- I started at 20's. HAL has and always will have a piece of my heart. Seeing the former NA at the ship breakers broke my heart. I'm sad as each of the older ships sail away from HAL. Big tears when SS Rotterdam left. A friend in the business said that HAL watches Celebrity and NCL in that order as competition. He thinks that they should be watching MSC. Many new ships coming online in the next several years. Their Yacht Club product is top notch. Yes, prices are higher but so are the benefits.
  6. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2160441380660969&id=255433271161799 Video from Volendam- Captain Turner has retired. One of our favorite Captains- great guy with a great sense of humor
  7. frankc98376

    Suite Guest Cocktail Party

    It is on one of the many letters and ads that are in the suite when boarding. Most I've spoken to said they didn't see it until the next day when they went through it all. Sort of like they want to keep participation low.
  8. frankc98376

    Suite Guest Cocktail Party

    Sigh.. soon it will likely be Sangria and Burrito samples in little plastic cups (like Costco). Suite lunch gone, VIP parties pretty much gone, so sad...
  9. frankc98376

    Suite Guest Cocktail Party

    Last few years no suite cocktail party with officers- Concierges have sparkling wine in NL first evening. Most didn't even know about it as they hadn't read all of the welcome aboard stuff in their suite yet. It is just part of a letter- no invitation
  10. frankc98376

    New dinner on "O"- Hello HAL- please take notice!

    If it's good enough for Pinnacle Suite passengers it should be good enough for Cellar Masters 🙂 I can hear someone in Seattle saying that
  11. frankc98376

    New dinner on "O"- Hello HAL- please take notice!

    When I read it I thought that it may make a good use for the infamous Club Orange space on the new ships. Would need to be scaled down and less $$ I;m sure but they could offer all of the special dinners they do now in PG on that room
  12. frankc98376

    New dinner on "O"- Hello HAL- please take notice!

    Haven't worn my tux since our wedding in 2013 on Oosterdam. Appears it shrank hanging in the closet in its bag. I sure has nothing to do with consumption.
  13. frankc98376

    New dinner on "O"- Hello HAL- please take notice!

    I have never had a problem with conspicuous consumption. I had a great friend that lived to 98. She smoked 3 packs of cigarettes a day, drank like a sailor (and LOVED great Champagnes). During "the war" she had a brothel in San Francisco. Her favorite saying when someone would chastise her for her crazy lifestyle was "Life my dear is not a dress rehearsal" Attaching a pic of Ethyl, her daughter and me on the Pacific Princess in the mid 80's. The photo says it all 🙂
  14. frankc98376

    New dinner on "O"- Hello HAL- please take notice!

    We had friends that paid $400 each for a jeep excursion in Alaska. Was self drive and had basically a recording that synced to their location by GPS. They drove and were free to go anywhere in the city. They could have rented a car for the day for probably less than $100 and used their iPhone for guidance but were happy to pay $800. Everyone has their own priorities. I can't guess what a great dinner with unlimited Dom would cost on land. I know that over the course of a long dinner we could probably drink 2 bottles so there's $400 before the food.
  15. frankc98376

    New dinner on "O"- Hello HAL- please take notice!

    People spend that and more for a 3 hour shore excursion. I would gladly spend it for a three hour diner of a lifetime
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