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"It's Time To Say Good-Bye",,,,,
As CC transitions to a new format, it's time for me to say good-bye with the hope that we all will be able to re-connect on the new format without issues.

In the old George Burns/Gracie Allen...
OlsSalt, Your reports are very encouraging...
OlsSalt,

Your reports are very encouraging in causing me to think I ought to consider such a cruise experience. Thanks for bringing us along and enjoy what time you have aboard the Maasdam.
I do wonder why a decision was made to not...
I do wonder why a decision was made to not include a dance floor for the Rolling Stones Room. We, the youth of the Rock Roll era that the ads say are being "covered" by the programming for the Room...
I am enjoying your excellent review. Your photos...
I am enjoying your excellent review. Your photos are also excellent and bring back good memories of my 4 Day Carnival Liberty cruise a couple of years ago. The Atrium Bar was my favorite.

You...
Access the Holland America web site. Scroll...
Access the Holland America web site.

Scroll down to "Sitemap".

Scroll down to "Social Media" Click on "Blog", the last item on that section.

The Blog page comes up and Captain's Albert...
Thanks for the information! I was remembering he...
Thanks for the information! I was remembering he said that he would return in early October. Usually, I get his Blog in my e-mail, but it has not shown up as of yet.
The comment from CC's Leaders about being...
The comment from CC's Leaders about being unavailable for "days" has me concerned.

How will we know when the new Forums are ready for us to log in for the first time?
Please permit me to add my wishes for a Happy...
Please permit me to add my wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian friends. I have met, kept in touch, and sailed with some whom I first met on Cruise Critic. And, I consider...
I always use a travel agent for any booking that...
I always use a travel agent for any booking that I make. Pricing is good with additional perks offered by the agency, including their discount. Plus, the service they provide: I need help in...
On a cruise such as a New Year's cruise, there...
On a cruise such as a New Year's cruise, there will be a pool deck party that is well attended.

Some cruises have sailaway parties that offer nice appetizers and drinks for which one pays. ...
Dancing beside your chair? I'll join you if the...
Dancing beside your chair? I'll join you if the band is playing Gloria Gaynor's I'll Survive. Or, much from the Abba playlist.
And, your dining room stewards would greatly...
And, your dining room stewards would greatly appreciate it if your arrival is not just before closing time.
The one significant difference, to me, was...
The one significant difference, to me, was exiting and entering the ship when tendering.

There is no outside stairway and platform when exiting/entering the shell door in the side of the hull and...
I just read the "sticky" today and I am hopeful...
I just read the "sticky" today and I am hopeful when they said they wanted to do it right!

The last time--don't ask me when because it was some time ago--when they improved the web site, I had to...
I want to add my wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving...
I want to add my wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends, all of whom I have met while cruising.

I have visited New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Labrador and Newfoundland, Quebec,...
I have never had a problem getting whatever...
I have never had a problem getting whatever denomination of currency from the Front Office. But, with regard to dollar bills, I am one who brings what I think will be sufficient for my cruise, just...
My most recent experiences: the MDR is open...
My most recent experiences: the MDR is open 12:00-1:00.
It sounds like you are opted for an Open Dining...
It sounds like you are opted for an Open Dining option, which is fine.

No fixed table, no fixed dining room stewards: there is no need to offer an additional gratuity. The same with a Wine...
The idea of transferring Pacific Aria, aka...
The idea of transferring Pacific Aria, aka Ryndam, back to HAL, should P & O Australia want to shed that vessel from their fleet, makes sense to me, if HAL wants that size of a ship for itineraries,...
Pacific Eden, aka Statendam, is the ship P & O...
Pacific Eden, aka Statendam, is the ship P & O Australia has sold to Phoenix Reisen. I have been told that they are already marketing/selling cruises when the ship is delivered to them. HAL would...
In my opinion, money spent on a Thermal Suite and...
In my opinion, money spent on a Thermal Suite and Hydrotherapy Pool pass is money well spent. Other than those on the S- and R- Class ships, I really enjoy the others!
This post may be too late for you, but when...
This post may be too late for you, but when considering an upgrade, in my opinion, location, location, location is important. Either category would be acceptable. Your preference, I think. But,...
Thanks for your reply. I was not aware of the...
Thanks for your reply. I was not aware of the sale to P&O, but agree that she is now sailing for some other company. I have been unsuccessful in finding what company or any definite cruising plans.
Charles, Based on my experience in Hamilton,...
Charles,

Based on my experience in Hamilton, the Bermuda tenders, sailing from the anchored ship or from the dock at Hamilton, will not sail until they are close to capacity. This results in...
I still like my method, But, surely other...
I still like my method, But, surely other interesting suggestions.