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  1. xtremely friendly and helpful crew.....always cheerful and go out of their way (in most cases) to make your cruise enjoyable....the ship is in soso condition....some areas are good so, others are bad so...some areas have seating that's well past it's prime. The buffet lunch food was perhaps the best we've had on an M-class ship....the indian, asian, mexican areas are especially good. Desserts look wonderful, but sometimes the experience doesn't live up the look. The cheese selection is better than our last cruises on Celebrity....as are soups. If the sign says spicy, it is...not killer spicy, but spicy enough to be interesting. The MDR has also improved...subjective, of course. Yes, serving sliced turkey twice on a 7 day voyage shouldn't happen....and the everyday "NY strip steak" which I ordered one day should be used to resole shoes...but most everything else came out quite well done. The fish, which is always difficult to get just right, was sometimes a bit overdone, but understandable. We didn't need to return anything other than that shoe sole. Select dining worked very well....we quickly got to know the lady handling guests with reservations (we always reserve every night at 7 before the cruise)....she was wonderful and put us the same section each night at our request (great waiter, asst and wine steward) and always managed to seat us next to a window. We don't go to most of the evening entertainment....there was a wonderful magician, and we caught a not wonderful singer (subjective of course)....we do not attend Celebrity ensemble shows....to be honest, we avoid them, based on many years of experience. No string quartet or otherwise....bands and disk jockeys provide the music....in many cases the loud music. The cabin was perhaps the quietest we've ever had...no noise from neighbors, above, below...the only negatives were that the doors were missing hinge parts and one hinge wasn't even connected....it was fixed quickly when we mentioned the problems. The plumbing mostly worked...stopped flushing a couple of times, but quickly restored. One day it was difficult to get hot water in the shower. We did not have everyone pushing us to upgrade to the premium package...we had classic. I guess we were lucky.... Also had soft sell on specialty restaurants...the only one we ate at was Sushi which was actually quite good....well to be honest it was OK and nice for a change of pace. Fairly priced, had you not already paid for a meal.
  2. Paddle wheeler first timer. Looking for fellow "paddlers" to communicate with prior to cruise. Lewis and Clark itinerary. Should we buy coonskin caps? Bop
  3. We are considering the 3/29/2020 seven day Bahamas cruise on the Anthem. We did the Canada / New England cruise on this ship in the fall and had a great time. This particular cruise leaves Port Liberte 2 weeks before Easter. Not that we don't love kids but we are concerned that because of the proximity to Easter and Spring Break that the ship will be carrying a larger amount of children than usual. Also children under 12 years old will be sailing free. I am aware that Royal Caribbean markets itself as a family cruise experience and I expect there to be children on board. I am wondering however if this particular week would be one to avoid. Any opinions or comments?
  4. Today I got a flyer in the mail that is offering me a "free" cruise (ocean View) and $1,000 AUD in casino "fun play". I have several cruises to select form, ranging form 9 days to 16 days, all sailing from Sydney or Melbourne. What cost ate not covered on these 'free" cruises, how much would that costs come to? The cruises are on the Splendor and Spirit. What are the advantages/disadvantages of each of these ships? Lastly what is "fun play"?
  5. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING Updated August 23rd, 2019 We all love to hear what cruises you are booked on. I post the Bon Voyage threads 7 days before sailing so, to be included in this, you need to post your details here to allow sufficient time to be on the updated Future Cruise Listing. It’s better to post earlier than later but if it is later please post THREE weeks in advance to make sure it doesn’t get missed. We would also be interested to know if this is your first cruise, your first HAL cruise or if you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary. Details needed are in the 2nd post of this thread. Please use REPLY and not QUOTE when posting to this thread. Using 'Quote' makes a very long thread and difficult for others to read. While this list is a lot of fun, please don't mistake it for a Roll Call thread. You can go to the Roll Call Section here on Cruise Critic and find your cruise to sign up there too. That's where your Meet & Greet planning, tour sharing, and other activities specific to your cruise will be happening. This week’s additions and changes are in BOLD and highlighted in aqua (sea colours). AUGUST 2019 N Statendam - 25-Aug-19 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic asebastian we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th & 25th & with Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Cailey53 - 1st sailing as 4* Mariners N Statendam – 25-Aug-19 – 53 days - ? we’re sailing away…. Veendam - 26-Aug-19 – 12 day Voyage of the Explorers JR42 ksmaxey & DW Amsterdam – 26-Aug-19 – 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer StLouisCruisers – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary on board Av8rix N Amsterdam - 31-Aug-19 - 7 day Alaskan Inside Passage crunchii & Zarmengar SEPTEMBER 2019 Oosterdam - 01-Sep-19 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer/Hubbard operakatz Zuiderdam - 03-Sep-19- 12 day Colors of Canada & New England vms & majormomma- mother - daughter trip lynanken Eurodam - 07-Sep-19 - 7 day Alaska Explorer R/T Seattle Gonzowifey - 1st HAL cruise & 1st Alaska Nieuw Amsterdam - 07-Sep-19 - 7 day Inside Passage R/T Vancouver threebluestars - first HAL cruise - sailing with Mom & family friends Oosterdam – 08-Sep-19 – 7 night Alaska Explorer razzinger – 1st time on HAL & to Alaska, 9th cruise overall N Statendam - 08-Sep-19 - 7 day Norse Legends we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th & with Sept. 15th, 27th & Oct. 7th Amsterdam - 09-Sep-19 - 14 day Great Alaskan Explorer IrishSmileyM3 - 3rd HAL cruise, 1st Alaska, celebrating 12.5th anniversary N Statendam – 15-Sep-19 – 12 day Iberian Adventure travelqueen101 - celebrating 60th birthday we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th and with Sept. 27th & Oct. 7th Zuiderdam – 15-Sep-19 – 12 day Quebec to NYC mamaofami – 60th anniversary trip Amsterdam - 23-Sep-19 - 35 day Incan Empires ArtsyCraftsy woodworker & knitter Volendam - 25-Sep-19 - 23 day Panama Canal Av8rix N Statendam - 27-Sep-19 - 10 day Mediterranean Mosaic we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th & with Oct. 7th Eurodam - 29-Sep-19 - 16 day collector R/T Vancouver - Hawaii & Pacific, Mexico pizzadog -celebrating 54th wedding anniversary cemnm18 - celebrating DW's birthday gypsymama5996 Westerdam – 29-Sep-19 – 13 day North Pacific CrossingK rwams – with granddaughter OCTOBER 2019 Rotterdam – 05-Oct-19 – 14 day European River Explorer doncarlos & Fishbabe N Statendam - 07-Oct-19 - 10 day Mediterranean Dream I like vacation - celebrating an anniversary & achieving 3* status we're sailing away.... - B2B2B2B2B2B2B following Aug. 4th, 18th, 25th, Sept. 8th, 15th, 27th N Statendam - 07-Oct-19 - Best of the Mediterranean Dismomx5 - celebrating 35th anniversary on their 4th HAL cruise Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America vinonme2 -with sister, DS's 1st cruise, pre-cruise stay in Lake Como & Tuscany for 2 weeks Eurodam - 15-Oct-19 - 4 night Pacific Coastal msmayor - B2B with 7 night Mexican Riviera Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 13 day Mediterranean Legend we’re sailing away…..- B2B2B with Oct. 31st & Nov. 13th Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 26 day Mediterranean Legend & Passage to America Sailingdutchy Vict0riann Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana Queen Mary 2 - 18-Oct-19 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Bach Oct 25 and Crystal Serenity Nov 5 Eurodam - 19-Oct-19 - 7 night Mexican Riviera msmayor - B2B following 4 night Pacific coastal N Amsterdam - 19-Oct-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean DFD1 N Amsterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 14 day Eastern/Tropical Caribbean saturn93 Rotterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 32 day Holy Land and Passage to America aliaschief & DWaliaschief Cinder Again Oosterdam - 20-Oct-19 - 17 day Circle Hawaii cat shepard Zuiderdam - 20-Oct-19 - 10 day Panama Canal Sunfarer RetiredNow AMA Amacerto - 27-Oct-19 - 7 day Legendary Danube (Nuremburg - Budapest AZNATIVE2000 - visiting Prague Oct. 21st precruise Crystal Bach 25-Oct-19 - 10-night Enchanting Moselle rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18 & with Crystal Serenity Nov5 Amsterdam - 28-Oct-19 - 51 day Tales of the South Pacific Traveling Dot FlorenceItaly Veendam - 30-Oct-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean anderson1203 - first HAL cruise Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America we're sailing away.....- B2B2B following Oct. 18th & with Nov. 13th NOVEMBER 2019 Eurodam - 02-Nov-19 - 7 night Mexican riviera dobiemom Crystal Serenity - 5-Nov-19 - 19-night Explorer Combination - Barcelona to FTL rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 and with Symphony Nov 24 N Statendam - 10-Nov-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean Crazy For Cats the2ofus- B2B with Nov. 17th Judyrem - first HAL cruise, 70th birthday celebration Himself DFWGUYZ - achieving 3* on this sailing Koningsdam - 13-Nov-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer we're sailing away.... - B2B2B following Oct. 18th & Oct. 31st Celebrity Silhouette - 14-Nov-19 - 8 Day Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta N Statendam - 17-Nov-19 - 14 day Western/Tropical Caribbean taxmantoo the2ofus- B2B following Nov. 10th Volendam – 20-Nov-19 – 30 Night Amazon Explorer Loreto – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary Chergs N Amsterdam - 23-Nov-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Cruise twin - with twin & a friend celebrating the twins' belated birthday grest - celebrating Thanksgiving birthday N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean HELENPSL - annual Thanksgiving cruise with Angelo N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean oldpharmguy Koningsdam - 24-Nov-19 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer wdw 1972 Crystal Serenity -24-Nov-19 - 7-night Caribbean Cornucopia from Miami rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 25 & Crystal Serenity Nov 5 DECEMBER 2019 N. Statendam - 01-Dec-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 Eurodam - 01-Dec-19 - 10 day Panama Canal partial transit DFD1 - celebrating birthday Maasdam - 03-Dec-19 - 20 day New Zealand & Pacific VK3DQ - first HAL cruise, with MIL, celebrating 95th (MIL) & 73rd (VK3) birthdays on board N Amsterdam - 07-Dec-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean 1ANGELCAT- celebrating with friends - 1 receiving their Platinum medallion sp2 - celebrating 23rd anniversary & sp2's birthday & their 25th cruise WScruiser & Kopfhunter - B2B with Dec. 14th (on their longest cruise) Rotterdam - 06-Dec-19 - 15 day Panama Canal sambamama - 1st time on Rotterdam & West to East Panama N Amsterdam - 14-Dec-19 - Eastern Caribbean WScruiser & Kopfhunter - B2B following Dec. 7th Amsterdam - 18-Dec-19 - 17 day Panama Canal Holiday Infi Veendam – 18-Dec-19 – 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer Holiday Crazy For Cats Zaandam - 18-Dec-19 - 22 day Holiday South America& Antarctica RetiredNow - B2B with 09-Jan-20 Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana Volendam - 20-Dec-19 - 16 night Christmas & New Year hal lover - 1st time on Volendam Westerdam - 21-Dec-19 - 14 day Far East Discovery TN Fem Rotterdam - 21-Dec-19 - 17 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) dbaudit & Doc Bear- 2nd Panama Canal Koningsdam - 22-Dec-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Holiday jagger16 - 1st extended holiday cruise Oosterdam - 28-Dec-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera LynnObie - 50th wedding anniversary with 3 daughters, spouses & 2 grandchildren JANUARY 2020 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer RevNeal Amsterdam – 04-Jan-20 - Grand World Voyage we’re sailing away…. mame42 scluvsrain Scrapnana DeepWaterMariner – 2nd World Voyage N Amsterdam - 04-Jan-20 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean kcohleffel - 1st HAL cruise Volendam – 05-Jan-20 – 77 day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage Oak Hill Cruisers travellersrest TBcruiserguy N Statendam - 05-Jan-20 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean ger_77 - escape from the frozen tundra Zaandam - 09-Jan-20 - 22 day South America& Antarctica 0bnxshs & Missy's Mom – birthday celebration on board & achieving 5* RetiredNow - B2B with 18-Dec-19 bobalink - 1st time on Zaandam & South America N Statendam - 12-Jan-20 - Eastern Caribbean pjck71 - celebrating 25th anniversary & DH's 50th birthday, 2nd time on HAL Westerdam - 16-Jan-20 - 30 day Far East Discovery Collector pictonite Koningsdam - 22-Jan-20 - 12 day Caribbean aliaschief & DWAliaschief Crystal Serenity - 22-Jan-20 - 40-day World Cruise Segment Los Angeles to Sydney rafinmd - B2B with QM2 March 5 Silver Wind - 23-Jan-20 - 11 day Eastern Caribbean Randyk47 Regent Seven Seas Mariner - 24-Jan-20 - 131 day World Cruise ArtsyCraftsy - first World Cruise N Statendam - 26-Jan-20 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean forwardho - celebrating birthday on board FEBRUARY 2020 Oosterdam - 05-Feb-20 - 17 day Panama Canal VintageGeo-1st time through the Canal Zuiderdam - 08-Feb-20 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean OVgirl - B2B with 11 day Panama Sunfarer cruise N Statendam - 9-Feb-20 - 14 day Tropical Caribbean Typhoon1 Zuiderdam - 15-Feb-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer OVgirl - B2B following 7 day Tropical Caribbean Feb. 8th Eurodam - 16-Feb-20 - 14 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) RetiredMustang summer slope N Statendam - 16-Feb-20 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Brewgirl1 - 3rd HAL cruise, travelling with parents & adult children Koningsdam - 23-Feb-20 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer esimon - Robert, Ellen, Lynn and Will Ohio MARCH 2020 Queen Mary 2 - 06-Mar-20 - 50-day World Cruise Segment Sydney to New York rafinmd - B2B with Crystal Serenity January 22 Zaandam – 07-Mar-20 – 31 day South America, Inca & Panama Canal Discovery kazu Rotterdam – 11-Mar-20 – Panama Canal San D to FLL DeeniEncinitas - B2B with Oceania Riviera – March 30th summer slope Oosterdam - 14-Mar-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera KroozNut Westerdam - 14-Mar-20 - 14 day China Explorer LTC_Motes - daughter's graduation cruise Koningsdam – 15-Mar-20 – 44 day Voyage of the Americas – (FLL – SD) Overhead Fred – longest cruise ever Maasdam - 15-Mar-20 - 19 day South Pacific madera1 Eurodam – 18-Mar-20 – 18 day Circle Hawaii lakeside42 jeda -celebrating 40th anniversary - B2B with Pacific Coastal Apr. 5th CaliforniaAC - with friends Bill & Di Cailey53 Oosterdam - 21-Mar-20 - 28 day Hawaii, Tahiti, Marquesas Tomndeena crystalspin & dr'spin - belated celebration of dr'spin's retirement at end of 2019 VacationingCharlene Oceania Riviera – 30- Mar-20 – TA Miami to Rome DeeniEncinitas – B2B following Rotterdam March 11th APRIL 2020 Eurodam - 05-Apr-20 - 6 day Pacific Coastal jeda - B2B following Mar. 18th Rotterdam - 06-Apr-20 - 16 day Azores & Normandy Explorer grest NIAGARANGIE - first HAL cruise Oceania Riviera - 19-Apr-20 - 10 day Monte Carlo - BCN DeeniEncinitas - Christmas present from DH Zuiderdam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 day Passage to Rome kazu - followed by visit to Galicia, Spain N Statendam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 night TA to Amsterdam TriumphGuyAL - 1st HAL cruise, 4th overall - celebrating 43rd anniversary on board Veendam - 22-Apr-20 - 17 day Azores & Normandy Explorer lizzies_mom esther e Westerdam - 25-Apr-20 - 16 day North Pacific Crossing Taters Oosterdam - 25-Apr-20 - 7 day Pacific Coastal lazey1 - 1st time cruising as 5* & in a Neptune wrap around suite MAY 2020 N Statendam - 10-May-20 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic rwams Zuiderdam - 15-May-20 - Mediterranean Empires gwilli Maasdam - 18-May-20 - 14 day Great Alaska Explorer TomAndJane woodworker & knitter Zaandam - 23-May-20 - 7-Day Canada & New England Discovery BRWolf - (Bruce and Karen) JUNE 2020 N Amsterdam - 03-Jun-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires/Adriatic Dream taxmantoo Zuiderdam - 20-Jun-20 - 12 day European Splendour (Rome - Copenhagen) mr. godfredo - celebrating 25 year anniversary JULY 2020 Zuiderdam - 02-Jul-20 - 24 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltic Lucie73821 N. Statendam- 19-Jul-20 - 7 day Norwegian fjord Bramcruiser AUGUST 2020 Viking Orion - 04-Aug-20 - 68 day Grand Cape Horn Adventure ArtsyCraftsy Zuiderdam - 09-Aug-20 - 10 day Jewels of the Baltic shudie- B2B with Aug. 19th Caribbean Princess - 16 day Greenland & Canada StartrainDD Zuiderdam - 19-Aug-20 - 19 day Viking Passage I like vacation Vict0riann - big birthday on board shudie- B2B with Aug. 9th Queen Mary 2 - 21-Aug-20 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Serenity 30 Aug and Zuiderdam Sept 17th Crystal Serenity - 30-Aug-20 - 13 day TA Discovery (BCN - Que) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and with Zuiderdam Sept. 17th SEPTEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 13-Sep-20 - 12 night Iberian Peninsula Poulsbo Cruisers - 30th anniversary cruise Zuiderdam - 17-Sep-20 - 10 day Newfoundland & New England Discovery (Quebec to Boston) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and Crystal Serenity Aug. 30th Viking Sea - 21-Sep-20 - 10 days Empire of the Mediterranean (Venice to Athens) terrydtx - 1st Viking Ocean cruise, celebrating50th anniversary Koningsdam - 26-Sep-20 - 7 day Wine and Country & Pacific Northwest crunchii & Zarmengar OCTOBER 2020 Viking Tir – 01-Oct-20 – 14 day Grand European River Cruise (Budapest to Amsterdam) aliaschief & DWaliaschief - 1st Grand river cruise Westerdam - 07-Oct-20 - 37 day Inca & South America Discovery GeorgeCharlie N Amsterdam - 13-Oct-20 - 12 day Mediterranean Romance canadianbear - 1st time in Europe Rotterdam - 17-Oct-20 - 15 day Transatlantic (BCN - FLL) sambamama- 1st time to Africa Zaandam – 31-Oct-20 – 14 day Southern Caribbean Overhead Fred NOVEMBER 2020 Westerdam - 13-Nov-20 - 14 day South America Passage (BA - Santiago) Taters N Statendam - 22-Nov-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruiseguy56 Westerdam - 27-Nov-20 - 22 day South America, Antarctica & Solar Eclipse Loreto Zuiderdam - 29-Nov-20 - Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta DECEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 02-12-20 - 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer wdw1972 N Statendam - 02-12-20 - 21 day Caribbean (B2B Dec. 2-23) cate54 - mother & daughter cruise Zuiderdam - 09-Dec-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Mr and Mrs CIQ -retirement cruise grest Westerdam - 19-Dec-20 - 22 day South America & Antarctica Holiday StartrainDD - pre-cruise trip Dec. 13th to Igazu Falls Noordam - 20-Dec-20 - 15-day Far East Discovery LTC Motes - party of 7 NCL Escape - 27-Dec-20 - 7 night Eastern Caribbean msmayor - holiday cruise to celebrate with adult children JANUARY 2021 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera mab4285 - first solo cruise & HAL cruise as an adult Amsterdam - 04-Jan-21 - 128 day Grand World Voyage vinonme2 Maasdam - 04-Jan-21 - 40 day Australia, Indonesia & Indian Collector aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B with Feb 13th & Mar 4th N Statendam - 06-Jan-21 - 21 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer/Seafarer crystalspin - with dr'spin, mom & DBr0 & SIL, celebrating 30th anniversary & DB's 60th birthday Koningsdam - 09-Jan-21 - 24 day Collectors' Cruise - Hawaii & Mexico DeeniEncinitas N Amsterdam - 09-Jan-21 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 FEBRUARY 2021 Maasdam - 13-Feb-21 - 19 day Papua, New Guinea & Phillipine Adventurer aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & with Mar. 4th Rotterdam - 21-Feb-21 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti, & Marquesas Overhead Fred josumello - first HAL cruise samsonmo MARCH 2021 Maasdam - 04-Mar-21 - 25 day South Pacific Crossing aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & Feb. 13th N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 10 day cruise doone - Friends & Family cruise APRIL 2021 Maasdam - 09-Apr-21 - 14 day Mexican Riviera sambamama - 1st Mexican Riviera, birthday celebration on board AUGUST 2021 Oosterdam - 22-Aug-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer crunchii & Zarmengar HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  6. this cruise goes to costa rica to get off the boat is a passport needed ? tried calling carnival wait time on phone 25min thought maybe someone had gone there on a cruise and could let me know thanks
  7. We are booked (and paid in full) on the Viking Trade Route 4/16/2020 sailing. I saw today that there is an anniversary sale going on where the price has dropped. I was told when I booked that I should not wait because The Ocean cruises to not have sales and book quickly. Viking also makes you pay in full so much earlier than other cruise lines. Now I know why. I got in touch with Viking and was told that they did not honor the lower price. This surprised me. Anyone have this issue before?
  8. Sea Princess leaves Sydney today on her Grand World Tour. Bon Voyage to all on board .
  9. Came across this article on overtourism Cruise ships are singled out as a major concern. First because they bring so many people all at once, and second because those visitors are "day trippers" who don't stay in the city and don't actually spend much money there. Compounding this problem is the fact that almost all of the mainstream lines visit the very same ports. It got me to thinking that maybe there was a win-win-win solution for tourist destinations, cruise lines and cruise passengers. Simply stated.... it's about time cruise lines get aggressive about developing new ports of call and lessening the burden on the same old, same old, ports. I scour the new itineraries when they are released looking for something new and interesting, only to be disappointed by seeing the same ports on very similar itineraries across all of the cruise lines. I know that expedition and luxury lines offer more variety, but they aren't the problem with overtourism (and often aren't in my budget). Given the growing problem of overtourism, don't cruise lines have a responsibility to expand their ports of call?
  10. We have ticketed flights on AA through EZAir and when I pull up the tickets on AA they are ticketed with our first names being our first name and middle name as one name then our middle names correct and last names correct. I seem to recall this happened to others. AA will not fix it and suggested I call EZAir - any suggestions as the hold for EZAir tends to be about an hour or two. Suggestions?
  11. Hello, We'll be in Oslo early next May and I'm really interested in visiting the Norsk Folkemuseum and the Viking Ship museum (that is practically next door). I know I can get there by ferry from Radhuusbrygge 3, however I don't know where the cruise ships dock in relation to Radhuusbrygge 3 or how to get there from the cruise dock. If anyone is able to post a map/link that shows the cruise dock and ferry stop I'd be delighted! Is it walking distance or should I take a taxi? If a taxi, do you have any idea how much a taxi would cost from the cruise dock to the ferry dock? Our ship docks at 10:00 and I want to maximize my time at the 2 museums as much as possible. We'll be on the Sky Princess if that helps to determine the cruise dock location. Thank you
  12. I appreciate live trip reports where I feel like I’ve being taken on a trip with the traveler. That’s my aim here. When I travel I like to enjoy myself and find good experiences, so I intend to slant positive, but I will share what happens as I see it. I’ll yield to the expertise of those more travelled / insightful, and instead just share my pictures and a record of events, thoughts, feelings, somewhere on the naive-wise continuum. For DW and me, this will be our 9th cruise, 6th time on Celebrity. We like non-cruise travel, too. We live in Columbia, MO, USA, a small college community, where we’re blessed to have all our adult kids and our grandkids in town. But my work days are long, and with limited vacation time, I want to enjoy time off when it comes. This cruise is a twice re-booked reservation, after a deposit on a previous cruise. We’ve rescheduled a few times since. On this trip, we’ll be with my cousin and her husband who live near San Francisco, CA, USA. On Celebrity we once had a suite (a random upgrade), else usually go in Aqua, but this time a Concierge balcony, port side, mid-ship. Itinerary is: Fri, 8/23: drive Columbia to St. Louis, fly to DFW, change planes to fly to London Sat, 8/24: land in London, change planes to fly to Venice, Italy Sun, 8/25: board ship in Venice Mon, 8/26: Zadar, Croatia Tue, 8/27: Dubrovnik, Croatia Wed, 8/28: sea day Thu, 8/29: Catania, Sicily, Italy Fri, 8/30: Valetta, Malta Sat, 8/31: sea day Sun, 9/01: Palma de Mallorca, Spain Mon, 9/02: Valencia, Spain Tue, 9/03: Barcelona, Spain We’ve been to the Spain ports, but not the others. Disappointed I couldn’t arrange for more time in Venice pre-cruise; we’re really not going to get to do much. On some cruises I’ve done a lot of reading and pre-planning, but this time, while I’ve read some, I’ve booked nothing, as there are 4 people to please with different wants and needs. We will take each day as it comes We used frequent flier points to book flights. Where we live means three airplanes to get to Venice. I hated the idea of starting a trip with a day and a half of airplanes and airports and fitful or no sleep sitting upright in a cramped seat. So, took the plunge and used (just enough) points for business class, one way to Europe. Very excited (never done it before). Hoping to have a good night’s rest on a proper flat bed. I travel light. Ok, I obsess over it. I got hooked about 15 years ago, and since then I’ve gone on every cruise (actually every trip since the 2000s, short trips, long trips, summer, winter) with one bag, a carry on, nothing else, no checked bags (alas, DW is no longer of this pure faith, making us a mixed marriage).
  13. I am somewhat surprised to see that all the segments for the 2021 Whisper World Cruise are available for booking on the website, and thoroughly amazed to receive an ROL brochure this morning offering the very first segment from Ft Lauderdale to Lima in conjunction with a trip to Machu Picchu with Cox and Kings. I suspect that bookings must be way down, and if I was on for the full WC I wouldn’t exactly be overjoyed that the very first segment is being flogged off like this!
  14. I have booked a cruise to Bermuda next July on the Insignia. With 5 days in port, what can I expect of the restaurants. Will they have limited openings? Will lunch be available in the GDR?
  15. Can anyone give the approx dates the RWC 2021 will be released. Am also interested in Round the pacific circle 2021 year as well due to having to Cx the 2020 one. Getting desperate to get our Sea legs back. Cheers and thanks for any info Rod
  16. Holland has changed ports on 10 day cruise. Following is old to new: Flam to Skjolden Geiranger to Molde Cancelled cruising Geirangerfjord Please give me your thoughts.
  17. We've got a late flight out of FLL following our upcoming cruise on Explorer of the Seas. Since we've basically got a whole day to fill, we thought we might like to visit the Everglades. Our current plan is to rent a car at the Miami airport and then drive over toward the Shark Valley entrance of the park. We definitely want to take an air boat tour (seems like a quintessential Everglades experience). What should we do after that? Does it make sense to also do the tram tour inside the park, or will we have seen basically the same stuff by doing the air boat? Other options nearby? Thanks in advance for any thoughts!
  18. At the end of next month, DH and I will be embarking on a 34 day cruise which, for us, will be more than twice as long as any previous cruise we have taken. It’s exciting, but as the date comes closer, the inevitable questions start to come up: What are you guys going to do all those days? Won’t you get tired.of the same food every day? Don’t they repeat the shows every week? And so on, and so on. Our response is that we’re not sure! All you seasoned long-cruise veterans - what is your input? Any suggestions? DH usually likes to sit on the back deck and read, but that’s going to get old after a bit. I hope to attend some computer workshops, bring some knitting or other crafty stuff, etc. but what else can we look forward to? In port, we’ll take a few tours in the places we haven’t been before (anything South of Panama). Will there be a ‘crossing the equator’ celebration? Thanks for your help!
  19. I have seen posts saying you may be able to get a free upgrade to the next category, but does this apply to suites? I am looking at a cruise for next May. We will be on a cruise in October. Thank you for your advice.
  20. Hi Everyone And Welcome To My Liveish Blog On Harmony Of The Seas. I Am Going To Start The Blog A Little Soon So I Can Have Time To Write About What Mine Plans Are For This Sailing. I hope You Will Follow Me For This Cruise Adventure!!!
  21. We recently received email from RCI regarding a terminal change. The email states that on debarkation day, we will shuttle from the pier to the World Trade Center Terminal South. They suggest, since taxis re limited, to prebook a transfer. We are staying in Barcelona for a for a few days post cruise, so we need a ride to our hotel, which is near Las Ramblas. Does anyone know the taxi situation? I looked into private transfer, seems expensive for a short trip. Thanks.
  22. My d/w and I will be finishing a transatlantic and Norway fiord cruise aboard the Niew Statendam in Early May 2020 and am having a hard time with post cruise hotel in Amsterdam. Will probably stay in the city 3 days or so. Can anyone recommend a hotel central location that doesn’t break the bank?
  23. We have a cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona booked on the Pursuit for September next year. I certainly understand that cruise companies pre cruise packages are expensive compared to planning the pre cruise stay ourselves. I have done both on our other cruises and have found pros and cons to both. One of the things we have enjoyed on other cruise lines pre cruise stays is getting to know some of our fellow passengers before the cruise as our experience has been that the pre cruise passengers are small in number and usually very outgoing. My questions are for anyone that has taken an Azamara pre cruise package is: #1. Have you found the quality good(knowing it is more expensive then DIY)? #2. Have they been well organized? #3. Did you enjoy the hotels Azamara utilizes? #4. Is the transition from pre cruise to cruise seemless? #5. Did you experience getting to know other cruisers during this time a positive? I'm considering booking the Lisbon precruise stay. Any thoughts appreciated Brian
  24. We will be in Mexico,Costa Rica and Colombia on a Panama Canal cruise. I feel pretty sure that all 3 countries accept USD, but is it a GOOD exchange rate, or is it better to get local currency?
  25. Our cruise, leaving out of Hong Kong, officially starts on Saturday, but does not leave Hong Kong until Sunday night around 8pm. Usually we try to board ships at the start of boarding (i.e. around 11am) but in this case, if we wanted to sight see on Saturday, how late could be board the ship on Saturday afternoon? Does anyone know? thanks
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