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Always good to do a per diem comparison to see...
Always good to do a per diem comparison to see what the tangible and intangible extras provided by the luxury lines are actually worth to each individual.

However, how does one really put a value...
I get the impression from its marketing Viking is...
I get the impression from its marketing Viking is positioning itself in the luxury brand market - more like Crystal or Regent. So if you can get HAL prices, it would be fun to give it a try.
How much homework did you do on the different...
How much homework did you do on the different brands before you chose HAL? There are brands known for what you are looking for. HAL does tend to be known more for their unique travel itineraries...
Notify ships services well in advance as the...
Notify ships services well in advance as the online instructions provide for your special diet needs and they will be able to support them as best they can. The will bring specially off-site...
Putting in a pitch for Argovia coffee in Chiapas...
Putting in a pitch for Argovia coffee in Chiapas Mexico for those coming into that port - Puerto Chiapas - shore excursion goes up to their very lovely Swiss heritage coffee plantation resort. We...
Welcome and sounds like you have done a good job...
Welcome and sounds like you have done a good job on your homework. As already reported, yes, yes, and yes. We like this ship a lot - smaller, lovely decor theme and all the usual HAL whistles and...
Great itinerary - looking forward to your report.
Great itinerary - looking forward to your report.
I think you are reading too much into this and...
I think you are reading too much into this and reaching the types of conclusions one hoped to avoid. Just take the two statements for face value.

Agree, my original statement was awkwardly phrased...
Shop HALonline website sells Beukenhorst coffee -...
Shop HALonline website sells Beukenhorst coffee - don't know if they use this in-house too....
Problem starts when people make statements like...
Problem starts when people make statements like "the plumbing did not work" - do not go on the XXXdam. Then others who have cruised on the XXXdam can very reasonably report - the plumbing was fine....
"Cheerleaders" understand this. Who goes into any...
"Cheerleaders" understand this. Who goes into any mass market cruise line and expects "consistency" across the board? Consistency in concept - room, board, transportation -- but never consistency in...
We have always done the full transits so we did...
We have always done the full transits so we did not have excurions offered. But I see they do offer them on the partial transit as you wait to go back down the locks at that end. Hope someone else...
We followed right behind the Zuiderdam in the...
We followed right behind the Zuiderdam in the locks last year on the Veendam when the Zuiderdam did her partial Canal trip. I like seeing the canal from this direction better than coming in from the...
Thanks for link and including your own stories...
Thanks for link and including your own stories for contrast. That was great to read.

I can add some of my own since my first round the world cruise in 1977 was on the Galileo which at the time...
If the stars a shining right, the Rotterdam art...
If the stars a shining right, the Rotterdam art auction will have another dogs playing poker poster and you can whisper to me what you paid for yours before I make my final and hopefully winning...
Checking the net for cut off ages for "children's...
Checking the net for cut off ages for "children's menus" is all over the place, but often anyone over 10 is often no longer considered a child for restaurant children menu purposes.

Perhaps that...
Well France did get England to leave the EU....
Well France did get England to leave the EU. Maybe it was in the cards after all. Now tell me, what do the cards say about it raining the day we get to Bergen Norway.
Not sure if this is a good or best birdwatching...
Not sure if this is a good or best birdwatching spot but probably the aft open decks down on the lower deck (Main deck) might be most interesting, because that is where the water gets stirred up in...
The Neptune Lounge now has an all day honor bar...
The Neptune Lounge now has an all day honor bar that was available to the OP. However, it does not provide free drinks and an evening social gathering spot, like his favorite cruise line NCL offers....
The OP is a he, one child, age 10. Who already...
The OP is a he, one child, age 10. Who already established a track record for grossly inaccurate reporting. (Eg: Staffing demographics)

So merely bringing facts into this thread, that children's...
Here is the crazy take on this using a microwave...
Here is the crazy take on this using a microwave and boxed cake products. Essentially make up the cake mix, pour it into form, then dollop the canned icing so it settles in the middle and microwave -...
Link to the rogerjett - Hal Children's Menu: ...
Link to the rogerjett - Hal Children's Menu:
http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/HAL-Kids-Menu.pdf
Glad you have some back up choices. Best to stick...
Glad you have some back up choices. Best to stick to what works for you. HAL is probably far too low key. You sound like a very high energy person. Sorry we could not have warned you ahead of time...
Obviously you picked the wrong cruise line for...
Obviously you picked the wrong cruise line for your needs and wants. Happens. Thanks for your report.
Welcome and you are asking a very interesting...
Welcome and you are asking a very interesting question. There are some who have sailed both and can be more specific in answering you. Yes, as noted the CMC is probably the same thing as the...