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La raison de certains des balcons etant acier plein est completement structurale. Malheureusement Je ne pas un ingenieur pour te donner les details, mais toutes les verandas pleines sur la classe de Vista et l'Eurodam (et bateaux de soeur dans l'autre flotte avec la meme conception generale telle que la Queen (Reine) Victoria, Costa (Cote) Luminosa, P&O Arcadie, etc.) sont purement structuraux sur le bateau. Cependant, en raison du balcon etant de ces facon (et plus vers l'avant) les categories de VH et de VF sont egalement les plus basses sur les bateaux et un prix meilleur marche. Et certains aiment meme l'intimite supplementaire. ;)

 

Mon Dieu, mais vous etes incroyable!:p

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Laissez les bonnes temps roulez!:p

 

 

Arrgh!! That quote is like fingernails on the blackboard to me! Maybe there's a French idiom that I'm not aware of, but I think that is the worst mis-translation I have ever seen! I never understood that advertising slogan when it was everywhere a few years back. I figured someone slept through French class and years later Madison Ave. paid that same idiot big bucks for that gibberish.

 

My French training was more than fifty years ago but it seems to me that 'bon temps' had masculine gender and meant 'good weather'. Furthermore, the grammatically correct phrase would begin with "Laissez roule les.....whatever good times translates to in French.

 

Just my two cents worth!

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Arrgh!! That quote is like fingernails on the blackboard to me! Maybe there's a French idiom that I'm not aware of, but I think that is the worst mis-translation I have ever seen! I never understood that advertising slogan when it was everywhere a few years back. I figured someone slept through French class and years later Madison Ave. paid that same idiot big bucks for that gibberish.

 

My French training was more than fifty years ago but it seems to me that 'bon temps' had masculine gender and meant 'good weather'. Furthermore, the grammatically correct phrase would begin with "Laissez roule les.....whatever good times translates to in French.

 

Just my two cents worth!

 

It's OK, 'laissez les bons temps rouler' is Cajun French!;)

 

In French:

Prenons du bon temps

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John, I bow to your great wisdom. Cajun French I'll accept,... I think.

 

But...."Grab the good weather"????

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I asked this on another post but maybe you can answer here. When will they release itineraries for Alaska 2010? We wanted to try to get something booked while together in 2 weeks so may have to go with another line but some of the group would really like to look at HAL.

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Golly gee wheez, Copper --

 

English, French,and Dutch

 

Mercy Buckets! (don't that be French for "I can't believe it!") :D

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But...."Grab the good weather"????
Google says "Prenons du bon temps" translates to "Take a good time" :)

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Hey, Hey, DBA...looks like a lot of folks (me included) are going elsewhere for our "Dutch Experience" inasmuch as we dont speak, read or write french. English is still the the most "spoken, written and read" language on the net. Plus, it appears you've left and headed out already. Oh well...it was swell!!:)

 

Happy Sails!!

Fred

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Hey, Hey, DBA...looks like a lot of folks (me included) are going elsewhere for our "Dutch Experience" inasmuch as we dont speak, read or write french. English is still the the most "spoken, written and read" language on the net. Plus, it appears you've left and headed out already. Oh well...it was swell!!:)

 

Happy Sails!!

Fred

 

Still posting every day. I just had no clue how to respond to the French stuff. I took Spanish in high school! :)

 

Don't write me off just yet :eek:

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I asked this on another post but maybe you can answer here. When will they release itineraries for Alaska 2010? We wanted to try to get something booked while together in 2 weeks so may have to go with another line but some of the group would really like to look at HAL.

 

Itineraries usually release about a year in advance. I would guesstimate Alaska and Europe both in the May-June range.

 

Call reservations though and ask about a Future Cruise Request. They require a VERY minimal deposit ($125.00 for US$ bookings) and you'll be reached approximately 1-2 weeks before it releases to the general public.

 

Hope that helps!

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Any updates as to dining/show times for upcoming cruises? Know there has been discussion of changes (or changing back!). We are cruising beginning of May. Thanks!

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thanks for your expertise......I was hoping that HAL'S ships will have the ship building contest. My friends and I have enjoyed this group-planning activity and have found on other cruise lines, it was not offered. Will HAL's ships offer this ship building activity?

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thanks for your expertise......I was hoping that HAL'S ships will have the ship building contest. My friends and I have enjoyed this group-planning activity and have found on other cruise lines, it was not offered. Will HAL's ships offer this ship building activity?

 

They will if you approach the CD (or staff), request the contest, and they can find some other interested parties. There's a poster here, Cruisinetta, who builds a very impressive miniature HAL (replica) ship on every cruise she goes on! Awesome looking ships and they float also!:)

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Dutch ... with the transition to edocs, I understand from HAL's press release that paper docs still will be available should a passenger choose them. Will there be a fee for the paper docs?

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Hi Dutch- I see the Noordam is sailing in May 2010 in Ft. Laudersale. What is it doing in Florida so late in the season?

 

Thanks

 

Jay

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Hi Dutch- I see the Noordam is sailing in May 2010 in Ft. Laudersale. What is it doing in Florida so late in the season?

 

Thanks

 

Jay

 

Without going into too much information, a May repositioning isn't all that uncommon ;)

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I was reading the entry on your blog about HAL's new "Showroom at Sea." It talks about smaller groups performing each night ... but I was wondering, does this mean no more of the large-scale production shows? Are these smaller productions meant to replace or add to them?

 

Just curious.

 

Blue skies ...

 

--rita

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We are sailing on the Amsterdam the first cruise after its spring dry dock. Can anyone (DBA, especially) what is being done to this ship during dry dock?

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I was reading the entry on your blog about HAL's new "Showroom at Sea." It talks about smaller groups performing each night ... but I was wondering, does this mean no more of the large-scale production shows? Are these smaller productions meant to replace or add to them?

 

Just curious.

 

Blue skies ...

 

--rita

 

I can't see the ship going the way of removing the large production shows, but I think it means that there will be more variety with the smaller acts that supplement them.

 

That's how I read this at least.

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We are sailing on the Amsterdam the first cruise after its spring dry dock. Can anyone (DBA, especially) what is being done to this ship during dry dock?

 

What I am aware of, is:

Canaletto being added

Casino refresh, rearrangement

 

What I assume will also happen:

Volendam had a refresh of its shops with new flooring and lighting, I would assume Amsterdam will get the same treatment

 

And of course:

Any projects on a large enough scale they can't be done during a cruise. (Carpeting of some corridors and public rooms, etc)

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Dutch, have you heard whether the Westerdam is still in Code Red? We board this Sunday and I don't know whether boarding will be delayed or not, and I'd rather not hang around at the pier if we can't board! Thanks so much!

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I can't see the ship going the way of removing the large production shows, but I think it means that there will be more variety with the smaller acts that supplement them.

 

That's how I read this at least.

Thanks, Dutch!

 

Blue skies ...

 

--rita

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Dutch, have you heard whether the Westerdam is still in Code Red? We board this Sunday and I don't know whether boarding will be delayed or not, and I'd rather not hang around at the pier if we can't board! Thanks so much!

 

I ahven't specifically heard anything about it, although a friend from the corporate offices will be on that cruise so we were all crossing our fingers it wouldn't be.

 

Hope you have a wonderful cruise!

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Just curious about HAL's method of determining where a cruise director might be placed for their next contract. For example, if a CD did the summer in Europe last year would HAL put them in Alaska this coming summer and then possibly flip them back to Europe in 2010. Thanks in advance.

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