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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. Food is poor and service is worse because of high turnover of personnel.
  4. 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
  5. mafig

    American Express OBC

    On one travel agent site I saw that if you booked through your American Express card you were entitled to additional OBC. I recall doing this several years ago for a Norwegian cruise and the obc was substantial and was in addition to the cruise line obc and travel agency obc. Just wondering if this American Express deal is limited only to that particular travel agency, or if it applies to any that I would book with. I know I could call my TA and ask. However, I'm not ready to book just yet, and I know she'll start with the "ready to book yet" emails if I initiate an inquiry.
  6. I am thinking of taking a Tahiti cruise on Wind Spirit. Can one swim off the ship? In one review I read that the marina platform closed at 3pm daily. In another I read the marina platform was abandoned? In other reviews I read the kayaks were in poor condition? What has been your experience on Wind Spirit using the marina? Thanks.
  7. bellebaby

    American Express

    A new offer was added to my American Express account last night. Spend $750 or more at The World's Leading Cruise Lines (Carnival, Princess, HAL, Seabourn, Cunard) and get a $150 credit. Expires 10/15. There are some exclusions and details. I plan to call Carnival this morning and pay my balance. We'll see if it works! B
  8. I am allergic to sea food and the WEB seems to concentrate on shrimp, lobster, etc. How can I get sample menus for the meals?
  9. Hi, My husband and I (mid 60s) are experienced ocean cruisers but have booked our first river cruise for next spring on the Constitution. I am hoping that those of you with more experience can answer some of the questions we have. Some may be very basic but I am having difficulty in finding answers. First we are booked on the Revolution cruise out of Baltimore. The website lists excursions for each stop but not with details such as cost and time. When and / or how do I get more information on the excursions so that I can start to plan for each port? Second, I have read that the average age is usually an older crowd, does that mean similar to us or even older? Patience is not my husbands greatest characteristic so I want to prepare him for a slow pace. and lastly, with much fewer passengers than on our previous cruises do you rate the 1:1 service that much better than the ocean cruise lines? If anyone has any pictures of the Constitution I would also love to see her details. Thanks Donna
  10. Experience of Non North-Americans booking HAL through North-American TA I am looking for information if there are cruise guests from outside North-America, that have successfully booked through a North-American TA and making use of the far lower prices and successfully sailed a HAL cruise or even cruises, although not in possession of a North-American passport and or home address. I have tried to do a lot of different searches through the internet and CC specifically, but have not stumbled upon genuine experiences of European/UK/AUS/NZ customers, booking successfully trough a North-American TA on HAL. I have seen general comments about several cruise company’s but have not seen any regarding HAL in particular, or missed it in my searches. Some cruise companies specifically seem to prevent Non North-Americans booking their cruise through a North-American TA or even deny boarding as I have read somewhere, or even have to pay the difference before boarding (do not know that statement to be genuine). Just hoping to get some experiences from fellow cruisers from outside North-America. Thanks in advance.
  11. 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
  12. I have $550 onboard credit from different sources for a 14 day cruise. And just got of the phone with HAL to verify that all amounts are showing. :-) The HAL customer service rep went over the rules, she said that we would not be able to apply the OBC towards the gratuities...but confided that she knew some were able to but on others that usage was denied. Forgive if this topic has been beaten to death, I couldn't find anything newer than 2013 on it. What have people been experiencing lately using OBC towards gratuities? Thanks!
  13. I am considering getting the Amex Platinum for the travel benefits including the lounge access and all. I noted that there is an opportunity for credit to your ship board account when paying with the AMEX. For those that have the card does this apply if booking through a PCC or do you have to book through American Express Travel? I would appreciate any other comments or tips. With the high annual fee I want to make sure it is worth it and that if I take the plunge we get all the benefits! :cool: Thanks in advance
  14. I am wondering if December is a good time to a South American cruise? What kind of itinerary is good and what cruise line? We have cruised many times but I don't know anything about this part of the world and am looking for a Dec. Destination. Any guidance about must see ports, best cruise lines for this, weather in Dec is appreciated! Sent from my SM-G960W using Forums mobile app
  15. philbob84

    Americans on Costa?

    Do a lot of Americans book on this line? there are some really great looking itineraries
  16. New article on Cruise Critic: Just Back from American Empress: Cruising the Quirky Pacific Northwest
  17. This will be our first river cruise for my wife and I.We have been on a number of ocean cruises. We found it fun to chat with people prior to the cruise and then meet them on the boat/ So here goes. We are from Missouri and plan to fly out to Portland on the day before and maybe rent a car and drive up to Mt St. Helen and see the volanco:):):)
  18. 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.
  19. golfer1903

    Spirit ship

    Alaska cruise on spirit. Are there Joining rooms balcony and if so can you open up the balcony part so we can all be outside together from both rooms and the balcony would be larger
  20. I don’t write many reviews, but we see so little about American river cruising that I thought this on needed a review. Mrs Banjo and I were on the American Queen October 15 from Memphis to New Orleans. Here is the great, the good and the needs improvement. the ship was great, it was clean and in good repair. The captain and crew were pleasant and well trained. We really enjoyed the engine room that was available to tour at any time, it was very interesting. We also enjoyed the captain, who had a great sense of humor and is a really good guitar player! The service staff was always pleasant and helpful and kept our cabin neat and clean. we found the food to be generally very good, but we are not really fussy eaters so we are not hard to please. Food is also very subjective, i’ll Leave it that the food good and plentiful. Wines served at dinner were always good, not fabulous, but good. The wait staff was pleasant, but could have used a bit more training, IMHO. They didn’t seem to know when to replace silverware or what was needed, (always had to ask for a steak knife, etc). The daily HoHo bus was ok, it provided a brief overview and some basic transport, we used it whenever we did not buy a premium tour and were glad it was there. The premium tours were generally very good with the exception of the pre-cruise tour that we thought was managed rather poorly. They had 3 busses of incoming people, (150+/-) all arrive at Graceland , expecting to see the mansion at the same time. Can you say lines and confusion.... did I say I don’t like lines. This particular tour could have been managed much better with very little effort. The pre cruise hotel, well that was a three ring circus. The Sheridan is a convention hotel, with a convention checking out while the cruise people were trying to check in. Here’s how it went; stand in line for 30 minutes, get to the front desk, check in, “sorry sir, your room is not ready, we’ll text you when it is ready, NEXT”. so we go leave our luggage in a ballroom full of other luggage. Ok, so let’s check in with American Queen..... another long line, we leave, go to grab a late lunch could not get service in the hotel restaurant or bar, go back to check in hours later, line is now longer, stand in line for another hour to check in, we get a text that our room is ready, back to the lobby, stand in line for another 15 minutes to get room keys. I think you get the picture, Overall, we did enjoy the cruise, but it did get off to a bad start that I think was not necessary. Hopefully they can make some improvements. Once on the boat it was a real treat.
  21. Again, for those not receiving emails there is another offer on the N.A. site. Look for BOOK PAY SAVE. As its title suggests, there is apparently a deduction for paying upon booking. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  22. AspirationalFlyer

    £100 American Express Discount on Cunard

    Hello everyone Just to say that I was delighted to see (using the offers tab in the American Express mobile app) a special offer of £100 off when you spend £500 or more with Cunard. The offer lasts until 31 December, so I suspect it could possibly be used in conjunction with any Xmas/Black Friday offers Cunard launches. Terms and conditions, as always, apply.
  23. Unibok

    Spirit, June 2020???

    Seeking crowd wisdom: all of the June 2020 Spirit sailings have disappeared from the Silversea website. Any educated guesses why?
  24. I check my American Express account daily because I love those $100 off $500 offers. Finally saw a new offer tonight, and I am so disappointed. This offer is to spend $1000 or more and use the Plan It feature for 6 months with no plan fees. I was really hoping for a statement credit, not an interest-free loan.
  25. The British government has revealed that, in 2019, holders of American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and Japanese passports can use LHR’s eGates. The privilege was previously only granted to European passport holders. The move is seen as an attempt to encourage ties with non-European nations. Long lines at London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR) have been the bane of many an arriving traveler over the last few months, but it seems that – for some passengers, at least – a reprieve is in sight. On Monday, the British government announced that holders of American, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and Japanese passports will be permitted to use LHR’s eGates, something that should make entry formalities move more swiftly and smoothly. Though this news garnered only a small paragraph of a recent press release issued by LHR, this announcement is notable in that it comes just as Brexit negotiations enter a new phase. As NerdWallet indicates, it is hoped that this relaxation of rules for this particular group of passport holders will help to encourage and foster stronger trade ties among travelers from non-European nations. This speedier processing comes just months after both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic criticized the immigration wait times for non-European nationals arriving at the airport, which were exceeding two hours in length. Speaking to the BBC this past August, Craig Kreeger, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, was quoted by the outlet as saying, “At a time when the UK needs to show the world it is open for business, the government and Border Force need to provide a great first impression for every visitor every time.” It appears that Kreeger’s words were heeded and, as of January of 2019, passport holders of these nations will now be permitted swift processing via LHR’s eGates, something only previously allowed for European visitors This was from another web site I think you can't mention. Since Cruise Critic is really big on censorship .