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Completely agreed that such a period is...
Completely agreed that such a period is intolerable. My objective in the earlier line of questioning was to establish some reasonable standards against which to measure. I would certainly not have...
Clear enough, although I would not stand for a...
Clear enough, although I would not stand for a delay of several hours. If the toilet turns out to be broken, waiting for several hours would simply be a waste of time.

I think I would do what I...
OlsSalt, I have a serious question and I want to...
OlsSalt, I have a serious question and I want to be perceived as asking it in a respectable manner. I'm a fairly rational fellow. I strive to form my opinions based on data. When data is...
But isn't that the whole point though? Not the...
But isn't that the whole point though? Not the change in wine policy itself but the perception that HAL is becoming more and more like its competitors. If HAL is losing the qualities that...
I couldn't comment on that portion of the post...
I couldn't comment on that portion of the post because I don't have the experience with HAL to agree or disagree with it. However, as I've read through this board, I'm inclined to conclude that...
To be fair, I've noticed a reduction in quality...
To be fair, I've noticed a reduction in quality of food and services on other cruise lines as well, as each line lowers prices in an attempt to fill cabins.

There are a few exceptions of course,...
Ah, but that's the point of my question. At what...
Ah, but that's the point of my question. At what point does a quirk become unacceptable? The reason I ask is because it's sensible to establish a baseline and then measure data (the OP's...
I'm not sure I understand this whole concept of...
I'm not sure I understand this whole concept of "switching" cruise lines. While I do understand the advantages of accruing benefits from loyalty programs, I have always cruised for itinerary and...
Based the track record of your past conclusions,...
Based the track record of your past conclusions, I don't think your latest one carries much weight with me.
Gee, maybe HAL should quote you in their...
Gee, maybe HAL should quote you in their brochures. That would certainly get the customers through the door!

Okay, time for full disclosure. I've never sailed on HAL before but do sail regularly...
How long would a delay have be be before a flush...
How long would a delay have be be before a flush toilet is declared non-working? 30 seconds? A minute? 3 minutes? 30 minutes? An hour? I think that expecting a non-delayed flush toilet well...
Well, you'd pretty much go nuts just...
Well, you'd pretty much go nuts just photographing all the food, never mind eating it.

Anyway, I don't want to hijack this into an Oceania thread. I just wanted to mention that they're kind of...
I think that sticking with Microsoft Security...
I think that sticking with Microsoft Security Essentials might give you a false sense of security, considering that it just failed its security certification (see post #104). If you want to stick...
That's really great. We paid $69 for the classes...
That's really great. We paid $69 for the classes on Oceania. Do they give you your own workstation and let you actually prepare a few dishes? If so, then Hal is offering a real bargain.
You'll wind up hurting yourself on Oceania. The...
You'll wind up hurting yourself on Oceania. The food is so good and they even have cooking classes!
Folks, it seems that the crisis has passed. But...
Folks, it seems that the crisis has passed. But for future reference, understand that having an antivirus is no guarantee of safety. I've noticed that some had been saying that they weren't getting...
We flew the Trans-Atlantic on the Riviera last...
We flew the Trans-Atlantic on the Riviera last November and were booked LAX-BCN via JFK on American, arriving in the early morning of the embarkation date. Since we'd arrived at BCN so early (7AM),...
We were offered an upsell a couple of weeks ago,...
We were offered an upsell a couple of weeks ago, which we declined for budgetary reasons. It was a very good deal. Just wasn't one that we were willing to spring the money for.
CutiAngel. Pop me a note (it's on the Meet...
CutiAngel.

Pop me a note (it's on the Meet and Greet attachment in our Roll Call). When I get your e-mail address, I give you access to the pics I took during the cruise.
So what exactly does "Kobe burger" mean? That...
So what exactly does "Kobe burger" mean? That it's made in Kobe? That it's not beef unless you read the description? Not trying to be argumentative about this. I'm just not seeing your point. ...
As hinted in post #6 of this thread, Wagyu is not...
As hinted in post #6 of this thread, Wagyu is not the locally grown Kobe cattle, but a crossbreed. So you're not even getting a true local version of Kobe beef. As hinted at in post #7, paying...
I had no worries about getting back to the ship...
I had no worries about getting back to the ship on time. Traffic can be notoriously bad in St. Petersburg, but we allowed ample time for our return.

We used Red October, and the highlight of our...
I will vouch for Red October. They provided an...
I will vouch for Red October. They provided an excellent tour for us. Do ask to have lunch hosted by a Russian family if you can. It was the highlight of our tour and we stay in touch with the...
Who spends 60 minutes/hour, 24 hours/day on the...
Who spends 60 minutes/hour, 24 hours/day on the Internet?
Lunch with a Russian Family
We went on a private tour with Red October (split the cost with another couple we encountered on the CC Roll Call) in 2005 and the highlight of our tour was lunch hosted by a Russian family. Our...