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That is the big question for which nobody seems...
That is the big question for which nobody seems to have a definitive answer. The situation with Turkey seems to be in a constant state of flux....so whatever policy is in effect today...may well be...
Just an update on the Ocean Grill (which had an...
Just an update on the Ocean Grill (which had an amazing reputation) which was a popular restaurant (lunch only) just south of Puerto Vallarta. The latest info is that this restaurant is closed! If...
A proper sports bar? Probably not. But some...
A proper sports bar? Probably not. But some lines really attempt to accommodate sports fans. Princess will put some games (especially ones of great interest) on their big screen (MUTS) at the pool...
Oh my,,,,,I can already imagine what some folks...
Oh my,,,,,I can already imagine what some folks are thinking. That on HAL, the passengers are so old they cannot remember where their cabin is located!

Hank
After 8 years we would assume you were shocked at...
After 8 years we would assume you were shocked at the changes. Most of what has happened (negatively) has been in the last three years. The new CEO, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo has made it clear she is...
Just a comment about Floridan's post. When...
Just a comment about Floridan's post. When friends tell you about their preferred line and that its better then others....the question to ask is what other lines have cruised, and when. The answer...
We have done it all (Aqua, Concierge, and regular...
We have done it all (Aqua, Concierge, and regular balconies). Paying $100 per passenger day extra for Aqua (above the cost of balcony cabin) is just nutz! Consider you could purchase a dining...
A lot? No! Enough? Sometimes! But many of the...
A lot? No! Enough? Sometimes! But many of the taxis want a longer haul then just driving a couple of miles....so you might have to wait a few minutes to get a taxi for that short haul. There...
Sounds like he would have been a fascinating...
Sounds like he would have been a fascinating dinner companion. But consider our dilemma (am in my late 60s). My generation is used to socialization, actually having face-to-face...
Let me start by saying we have been cruising for...
Let me start by saying we have been cruising for forty years on over 100 cruises (far more then 1000 days on ships) on 14 cruise lines (the 15th is booked) and over 60 different ships (we have lost...
In the morning they have an "Elite Breakfast"...
In the morning they have an "Elite Breakfast" which is a buffet continental breakfast held in a lounge (on the Solstice Class ships its usually in the Tuscan Grill (Deck 5...aft). At that breakfast...
We cruise both lines....depending on pricing and...
We cruise both lines....depending on pricing and itinerary. It is true (at least for all of our HAL cruises) that HAL tends to attract an older clientèle.....in fact the oldest passengers I have...
We would add that the best snorkeling (some of...
We would add that the best snorkeling (some of the best in the Western Hemisphere) is only found by taking a drift snorkel tour on a boat (you cannot do this from shore). And the best boat tour is...
Hahaha. We do realize that a majority of folks...
Hahaha. We do realize that a majority of folks here on CC do not take the really long cruises...since most folks are still working. But here it a tale about the "other world." We know of a lady...
Just noticed this old inquiry. We do not buy...
Just noticed this old inquiry. We do not buy trip cancellation insurance since we are willing to self-insure cancellation. Having taken far more then 100 cruises (all over the world) we simply do...
HAL probably thinks that curling is an olympic...
HAL probably thinks that curling is an olympic sport. OMG.....it is. What has become of real sports? The next think you know, they will have shuffleboard on the sports bar TV.

Hank
You can use either dollars or Euros in...
You can use either dollars or Euros in Martinique. But there are times when using dollars will cost you additional money because a merchant is not giving you the best exchange rate. If you have a...
Personally, I think that HAL air program "sucks"...
Personally, I think that HAL air program "sucks" when it comes to being user friendly. Lets do a simple comparison to the Princess EZ-Air program (or many other cruise lines) to the HAL air program....
I think you are confusing two, totally unrelated...
I think you are confusing two, totally unrelated situations. When I am dealing with somebody on the phone I expect a clear, concise conversation that quickly gets the job done. But when out in the...
The average age of passengers seems more related...
The average age of passengers seems more related to the time of year and length of cruise....when it comes to most of the mass market lines (HAL is one glaring exception). So if you take a 7 day...
Whether you book "tours" is a personal decision...
Whether you book "tours" is a personal decision (we have traveled all over the world...mostly doing things on our own without the use of tours). But a basic generalization, which is actually true,...
Just back (in August) from the VOV cruise and it...
Just back (in August) from the VOV cruise and it took just over 2 weeks to see the credit for our days. I

Hank
Ok, so I will risk the great wrath of the flame. ...
Ok, so I will risk the great wrath of the flame. But I think the entire "personal touch" when used in conjunction with HAL is a lot of baloney. We cruise many different cruise lines and HAL's...
A few years ago? That is about as relevant to...
A few years ago? That is about as relevant to current airfares as citing an air fare from thirty years ago! If you want to get an idea of what is happening you need to look at the fares today...
Guess we could go into long explanations of...
Guess we could go into long explanations of Cavitation......which we know has driven marine architects and engineers to drink :). But the simple bottom line is that vibration does happen on ships,...