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  1. Food is poor and service is worse because of high turnover of personnel.
  2. I am looking into the Asian cruises for future options that leave out of Japan and China. Both trips are on either the Majestic or the Sapphire, and I know that the latter has, what I am guessing is, Chinese writing on lots of the signs through the ship. So I guess they are expecting lots of locals to board these cruises. I am just wondering if there is a big number of Americans on the ship or even if it is still catered to a more American/English-speaking audience.
  3. We are booked on Baltic cruise out of Stockholm August 2019 on the Spirit. Any tips for this 15 day Baltic adventure. We were a little concerned about having from one port and returning to another. We suppose the airfare will be the challenge.
  4. I booked a cruise for this June that disembarks in Civitavecchia specifically so we can visit the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery. We will be staying at a hotel by the airport, and it looks like we can take the train from FCO down to Nettuno and walk the remainder. Has anyone done this? Is it actually doable? We have been in Italy before, but have never used the trains, so I am not familiar with how this mode of transportation works. Do I need to book these tickets in advance? Any idea of approximate cost? We are also considering renting a car if taking the train will be too complicated. I'd appreciate any advice. Thank you!
  5. chaching

    American Airlines to Alaska

    I'm wondering if I can use the free 40,000 miles from getting this credit card for a flight from Anchorage to Phoenix? The application says something about the 48 contiguous states. I don't want to get it if I can't use it for my Alaska trip. Thanks in advance! Cha-CHING!
  6. It was announced in July 2018 that a third expedition ship, the Hanseatic spirit, would debut in 2021. Although structurally identical to it's sister ships, the Hanseatic nature, and the Hanseatic inspiration, the Hanseatic spirit will be the first ship in the Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet to be 'adults-only.' https://www.tuigroup.com/en-en/media/press-releases/2018/2018-07-03-hl-new-expedition-ship-named-hanseativ-spirit The Company has recently posted a Corporate video on the Expedition ships: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI_n2n6sqPE&t=11s
  7. gabbyisadog

    Silver Spirit Holiday Cruise

    Currently on the Spirit. This is our second day and we have had two medical emergencies. We had to return to Fort Lauderdale after we departed yesterday today we could not tender at our first port due to weather,so had a sea day.The second medical emergency has now diverted us to Nassau. We are due for a sea day tomorrow then the Turks and Caicos. The joke around the ship is if this keeps up we will spend 14 days circuling at sea. The ship is lovely ,wonderful decor, very good food and service in public areas.
  8. Does anyone know when American Cruise Line’s American Song debuts? Or has it already? I am booked for 2019 but can’t seem to find information on this ship. I looked at the website, but can’t find any date. I want to read some reviews on this ship. It looks incredible. Thanks for your help.
  9. Just got back from the Sapphire; our third and final cruise of the year. Our prior two were aboard the Coral; Panama Canal and West Coast Wine Country. I found the bacon on this ship acceptable. I am trying to identify the origin of the "American Bacon" in the Horizon. This was by far the worst bacon I have ever eaten in my life and in my 63 years, I have had more than my share. The look, texture and flavor were absolutely hideous. Could it be produced in South America? A different cut? Or is it just me? Thoughts?
  10. Sorry that it's so long! It's been a week and a half since we got off that beautiful ship and I'm still on a high. Urge everyone to do this cruise.
  11. Hi, Does anyone know if Carnival Spirit does anything special on Valentines Day. Once was on a princess ship and they made lots of different cakes etc. This year i will be on the Spirit so was just curious. Any thoughts would be appreciated. RegardsZanny
  12. We just returned from a 22 day cruise and 9 nights pre and post cruise visit to South America . The cruise was on the HAL Zaandam from San Antonio , Chile to Buenos Aires Argentina . We took over 10,000 photos on this trip so it will take a while to cull , download , edit and upload to Photo Bucket before writing , so please be patient . It will be mostly in chronological order and will use some photos from our previous cruises to South America . So , bags packed and ready to go ? Boarding passes ? OK , lets go .
  13. I understand that this may be a can of worms, as much of this topic is very subjective. I know for every good review you can find two bad reviews, and vice versa -- but from Forum browsing and googling, it does appear that MSC gets weighted a little to the less favorable side, but again there are MANY proponents on here. Im a semi experienced cruiser, Caribbean primarily, but across Celebrity, Norwegian, Royal and Carnival. Im not blown away with the food or the venues - they all have their pros and cons, but Im simple, I like my interior cabin cave, I do like the staff being friendly, I like some deck antics by the entertainment staff but I dont need 5 Star treatment and Top Tier food. Im all about getting away and waking up in a new port, exploring and coming back to grab a less than impressive, but very satisfying burger. With all that said, most of the negative reviews of MSC tend to lean towards not reaching that pinnacle class of experience. For a casual cruiser, as described, that is interested in trying a Mediterranean MSC Cruise, do you think it would live up to the expectations that I typically have for cruise lines? Or is it really that much different? Would love your feedback
  14. cdawg582

    Included Spirits?

    Does anyone have a list of what liquors are included in the "all-inclusive" category on the Paul Gauguin? I cant find a breakdown anywhere.
  15. Hi everybody, This will be our first Caribbean experience - the Spirit leaves Ft Lauderdale on Nov 28 and gets back there on Dec 11. We have booked a slew of excursions with Silversea - some snorkeling, some horseriding, etc. Being new to this part of the world, and not knowing exactly what Silversea provides, I'm wondering if there are any special items I should bring. Other than the obvious (clothes, Kindle, toiletries, etc.), on my list I already have : - 2 snorkeling masks (the big all-in-one ones) - 2 bathing suits each - 2 sports shorts each (for excursions, easy to slip over the bathing suit and easy to take off) - 1 pair of hiking trousers each (light ones, mostly for the riding excursions) Do I need to bring beach towels or does Silversea provide them? What about fins? Anything else? Thanks in advance!
  16. BeachyGirl64

    American Regatta excursion

    Hi - has anyone taken this sailing excursion? I've never sailed before and it sounds exciting but I would like to hear about other people's experiences.
  17. 686laughing8

    Cabin on Spirit

    We will be staying in cabin 518 on the spirit. Is the balcony railing plexiglass? I was hoping you could sit and look out. Anything negative about that cabin? Thanks.
  18. What would be a reasonable flight time after arriving back into Venice on a Sunday morning?
  19. We were in Pago Pago, American Samoa last month and, like numerous cruise ship passengers, did not book tours with the ship. We simply got off the ship to look around. There were some vendors set up nearby and one of them was a tour company called Best Tours - American Samoa. There were a lot of people wanting their 3-hour tour ($40 USD) and we were one of the lucky ones to get seats. They took us to parts of the National Park and to some small villages. The memorable thing about the villages was seeing school children walking home. Without exception, every single one of them wanted to engage us in some way, be it conversation or just exchanging smiles and waves. I have never seen such a happy, friendly and welcoming bunch of children anywhere. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and, had we known about this tour company in advance, would have made reservations by email. Contact information: Web site: https://www.touramericansamoa.com/ Email: paulam@ampacresources.com
  20. On the last 7 days of 17 days Twice the Tahiti. Did this 25 years ago on Wind Song and it was the cruise of our lives then, and it gets our votes for the same again. Service, food, atmosphere of the ship and of course the incredibly gorgeous Fr Polynesian adventures combine to make us the most relaxed and dazzled we’ve ever been. I’ll be back in a week or so to write a review but just had to report something now. Weather has been stunning for the last 10 days and we got our first day of overcast and rain today. But nothing’s a problem on this cruise.
  21. Hi: Husband and I are planning on a cruise July 14 or 28, 2019 Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers; Clarkston to Vancouver. Looking at Cabin C Deluxe Veranda Stateroom. Would appreciate all feedback positive and negative regarding the cruise; excursions; premium excursions (worth the extra money?). Called AAA and they claim that they can provide more perks than going direct with AQSC as well as giving better service for pre-cruise advise. Anyone else go this route? I read Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. Excellent history of the entire Lewis and Clark expedition. Looking forward to actually being there. Looking forward to all feedback and chatting with anyone who has/is going on this cruise. Joanne
  22. I am usually able to get lots of info off the boards about ports but not so much for South America. We are looking at a cruise on Costa Fascinosa at the end of February. These are the ports and times: Day 1 Buenos Aires -leaving 16h00 Day 2 Montevideo 08h00-16h00 Day 3 and 4 cruising Day 5 Angrados Reis 08h00-18h00 Day 6 Buzios 08h00-20h00 Day 7 Cabo Frio 07h00-18h00 Day 8 Rio 08h00-20h00 Day 9 Ubatuba 08h00-20h00 Day 10 and 11 Ilhabela 08h00-17h00 Day 12 and 13 cruising Day 14 Punta del este 07h00-18h00 Day15 Buenos Aires arriving 08h00 We don't often do excursions with the ship people because they are just too crowded and you often end up on a coach most of the time. We like site seeing rather than sitting on a beach. We also like good food and I assume these countries serve a good steak. Any info would be appreciated. Alicat
  23. Just looked on the Marine traffic app and I see that the spirit is anchored at Alana on the west coast of India. Sadly this looks like it’s final voyage has come to an end as this destination is where old ships come to be broken down for scrap. We only sailed on her a couple of times but it definitely had a charm of its own, I just hope that all of the wonderful staff and crew get other positions on the fleet.
  24. briehon

    List of spirits

    Anyone have a list normally available on board? Specifically wondering about bourbons.