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  1. My wife and I recently were on the Star for its Around the Horn cruise. We had a very good cruise. Weather kept us from seeing the Falkland Islands and caused problems in Puerto Arenas, otherwise it would have been a great cruise. We had Cabin E710, an obstructed oceanview. Excellent location, near rear elevators, 1 deck up from Promenade deck, low enough that the rough seas we encountered over a couple of days did not bother our sleep, adequate room, and quiet. We had signed up for late Traditional Dining time when P changed dining times. It was advertised as 7:15 pm but turned out to be 7:45 pm, too late for us. After the 1st night, we switched to AnyTime. That worked well. We often could get a table for 2 without a wait between 5:30 and 6:30 pm. Sometimes we were sent upstairs to the TD dining room as many people did not show for their assigned time. It may have been the passenger demographics (many passengers from SA and Europe who eat late; about half of passengers were from the US) but the dining rooms were routinely less than half full when we ate (regardless whether TD or AT). The menu was the old one. Food was good. We had breakfast in the Horizon Court. I always got an omelette. Usually had lunch in the HC or got a cheeseburger. (We had 1 lunch in the MDR to get the pistachio ice cream.) There seemed to be fewer waiters and the white shirts (managers?) were doing the same work. They were pretty good about clearing the dirty dishes but weren't big on table wiping. The buffet would routinely be busy but seats were always available. We ate at Sabatini's one night. We enjoyed it but way too much food. Very good service. I did not attend any of the port lectures or production shows. I did catch one of the magician's shows in the theater and one of the comedian's shows in the Vista Lounge. I enjoyed both. A tango group was brought in when we had the overnight in Buenos Aires. That was very good. We also had a gaucho show later in the cruise and I enjoyed it.
  2. are there any cruise topics for this cruise company?
  3. Food is poor and service is worse because of high turnover of personnel.
  4. Hi everyone - Tomorrow, I'll be heading down to New Orleans, where I'll be boarding AQSC's newest ship, American Duchess, on Friday. It's a short preview cruise before the christening on Monday. Let me know if you have any questions!
  5. Will be sailing on the American Duchess for the 2018 Thanksgiving Cruise from Nashville to Chattanooga from Nov. 18 - Nov. 26. Anyone out there planning on taking the same cruise? We will be leaving our car in Nashville, so am trying to figure a convenient way to cover the 140 miles from Chattanooga back to Nashville. Flying is an all day adventure, so looking for something else.
  6. Has anyone recently returned from a South American cruise: Buenos Aires to Santiago or vice-versa? How was the trip? Any suggestions? Any tips? We are sailing in a few weeks and wanted to hear the latest information. Thanks for your input.
  7. I posted this question in the casino forum but got no answer so hoping someone here can help since this is a busier forum... I have a question I hope some Americans who have gambled on MSC can answer. If you are American and hit a jackpot ($1200 or over) on an MSC cruise sailing in EUROPE will they issue you a W2G tax form and report the winnings to the IRS? I ask this question because MSC is not a U.S. based company and we would not be sailing through U.S. ports when sailing in Europe. I have also heard that the slot machines are all set to Euros. I am guessing that when MSC sails out of U.S. ports to places in the Caribbean, etc. that the tax rule is in effect as I have heard that all the machines are changed to dollars for those sailings. I always get a tax form when sailing with Celebrity, NCL, etc. but those are U.S. based companies. I know that MSC has offices in the U.S. so I'm not sure if that counts as being "U.S. based" and therefore Americans are subject to the cruise line reporting winnings to the IRS or not or if that only applies when an MSC ship is sailing into/out of a U.S. port.
  8. I have a question I hope some Americans who have gambled on MSC can answer. If you are American and hit a jackpot ($1200 or over) on an MSC cruise sailing in EUROPE will they issue you a W2G tax form and report the winnings to the IRS? I ask this question because MSC is not a U.S. based company and we would not be sailing through U.S. ports when sailing in Europe. I have also heard that the slot machines are all set to Euros. I am guessing that when MSC sails out of U.S. ports to places in the Caribbean, etc. that the tax rule is in effect as I have heard that all the machines are changed to dollars for those sailings. I always get a tax form when sailing with Celebrity, NCL, etc. but those are U.S. based companies. I know that MSC has offices in the U.S. so I'm not sure if that counts as being "U.S. based" and therefore Americans are subject to the cruise line reporting winnings to the IRS or not or if that only applies when an MSC ship is sailing into/out of a U.S. port.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. New article on Cruise Critic: Celebrity Cruises Partners with Renowned Chef and American Ballet Theater This is huge! Daniel Boulud is a terrific chef, and this partnership will benefit Celebrity guests both in suites [the Luminae menu] and everywhere [the tastings menu and chef training]. The partnership with American Ballet Theatre means that entertainment will NOT be strictly Grammy and American Idol pop music. There is hope!
  12. Host Star

    Cruise critic host star

    Hi all, i am one of the cruise critic hosts for this board and can be reached at hoststar@cruisecritic.com
  13. My husband and I will be doing a 14 day Panama cruise on the Star February 1st. We both cruise a lot but have only been on one other NCL cruise (Sky to Cuba). I know the Star just got refurbished. Can anyone give me any info. On what she is like now. What is new on her? We're cabins redone? How is the Star overall? We like the smaller ships so looking forward to our cruise. Any info. From cruisers that have been on her recently would be greatly appreciated.
  14. Host Star

    Cruise critic host star

    Hi all I am one of the hosts for this board and can be reached at host star@cruise critic. Com
  15. Hi everyone i am one of the cruise critic hosts for this board and can be reached at hoststar@cruisecritic.com
  16. Hi all I am one of your cruise critic hosts for these boards. I can be reached at hoststar@cruisecritic.com
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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 .
  20. 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!
  21. 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!
  22. Which trip would be best to start our travels in middle America? We've already been to Nashville and Louisville and New Orleans. We enjoy walking around pretty towns. Is there a Presidential library in any of the stops? What time is early and late dinner? What type of entertainment is on board and how often? The website says "Broadway style." What is the average age group? 60-70? 70-80? Are the ships well kept? Someone mentioned that when it rained, the stateroom carpets were wet. Anyone else experience this? Are the staffs on board terrific? That's enough for now. I appreciate all of your responses to see if this is a cruise for us.
  23. We have two 11 year olds and I know that the extent to which they enjoy cruises is mainly a function of whether there are other kids on board. We are thinking of taking a 2-week cruise from San Antonio to Buenos Aires for the last two weeks of February on the Norwegian Star. I realize there are not going to be as many kids as there are for one-week cruises in the Caribbean. What I am wondering about is whether there are any kids really at all on board, and if so whether there will be any whose first language is likely to be English. 8+ kids in the 8-14 age range who speak English would likely be a huge success. 0 kids in the 8-14 age range who speak English is likely to lead to sadness. So I am trying to project the possibility of the two outcomes!
  24. Paddle wheeler first timer. Looking for fellow "paddlers" to communicate with prior to cruise. Lewis and Clark itinerary. Should we buy coonskin caps? Bop
  25. This is an excerpt from a Windstar Press Release on 5/2/2018: "Beverage Packages: Less Restrictive & More Affordable for Longer Sailings Beyond the wine enhancements, improved offerings for beer and spirits has also been a priority as Windstar is now offering lower daily prices for any beverage package to guests sailing 14-day and longer, back-to-back Star Collector Voyages." Has anyone been able to take advantage of the "lower daily prices" on a Star Collector Voyage? The customer service agents don't seem to be familiar with any reduced prices for Star Collector cruises.
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