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Host Walt

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    Cruise Critic Host & Blue Ribbon Cruiser

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    Tarzana (San Fernando Valley), CA
  • Interests
    Classical Music, World Travel, Photography, Pro Tennis fan
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Windstar, HAL, Princess and Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Barcelona, Spain

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  1. SULLY (his name) also visited the Capitol Rotunda today and will be reassigned to the Walter Reed hospital. It was a tear jerker on TV, and will continue to be forever. What a great dog.
  2. This thread is closed. Without facts the discussion is based on unestablished conjecture. The process for boarding any animals onto a cruise ship is complex and requires a significant amount of advance paperwork.
  3. Boy you tickled my jealous nerve. Congratulations and the best part is how much you enjoyed the upgrade and the cruise.
  4. From your lips to God's ear!!! We'd love a mate for the Surf but not having to shell out the money we'd love having a replacement for the Wind Song.
  5. Back when we first caught the cruising bug (1980's forward) it has usually been the case on HAL and Princess that "open seating" was standard for the first day of sailing and for ports in Europe and the Caribbean with late scheduled departures. Sounds like that procedure has remained in place.
  6. Question was asked and answered. This thread is closed.
  7. We were on HAL cruises with priests and in one case he was assigned to our table. He had a great sense of humor and, although he said blessing before he ate, it was to himself and he made no effort to get us all to join him. He became a major part of our cruise two days before the end of the cruise when someone at our table passed away during the day and he handled the Last Rights privately. At dinner he led a prayer for the individual and handled the situation beautifully. Sad as it was he did a wonderful job dealing the situation.
  8. Be careful. Michener's "Caribbean" is banned in many schools because it describes how some "Indian" tribes treated others For example the Carib "indians" were cannibals devouring the peaceful Arawaks on the basis that doing so permitted the Caribs to acquire the strength of the Arawaks. Many school boards have banned this book because it suggests that not all "indigenous" Americans were peace loving and welcoming.
  9. The answer to all your questions is yes. In docked ports the ship is really your hotel where you can come and go as you wish. You must be on board ahead of the deadline so you won't be left behind. At tender ports it's the same thing except you need to plan more carefully so you don't miss the last tender back to the ship.
  10. Your post has been copied over to the Roll Call thread for your cruise. Click here to find that thread: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2478280
  11. As a veteran Windstar cruiser and a Canal traveler (2 times), I need to question the author's knowledge of the Windstar (the ship) and/or the Panama Canal when she says, "In the winter of 2020, the Wind Surf will offer a 56-day Grand Caribbean Cruise visiting such ports as Philipsburg, St. Maartin; the British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Aruba and even a partial transit of the Panama Canal, which is entirely new for the Wind Star, a ship too big to make the entire passage." [emphasis added] There is no question the idea of new itineraries and new ports of call is exciting so I'm looking forward to hearing more from Windstar..
  12. Questions about the removal of a large number of posts in this thread indicates a need to restate Cruise Critic posting guidelines regarding discussions about cruise travel agents. Quoting from our guidelines: Our Cruise Community is meant to be an exchange of advice and tips where cruisers can talk about their travels -- not a marketplace for advertising and selling services. There are thousands of cruise professionals online and if we didn't insist on a non-solicitation policy the cruise boards would be very quickly overrun with nothing but ads. Cruise Critic defines advertising as an individual or company's attempt to generate business or other commercial enterprise, either directly or indirectly, by using our Cruise Board. Solicitation includes, but is not limited to, requests to be E-mailed, the posting of phone numbers for your business, constantly mentioning that you are in the travel business, and the referring to or posting of one's own Web site address. There shall be no third-party recommendation (whether positive or negative in tone) of travel agencies on any forums within Cruise Critic. General discussions regarding the TYPE of AGENCY to be used to purchase a cruise will be allowed, as long as no recommendations for any source of purchase are posted. Touting of your personal cruise agent or cruise line "personal cruise consultant" (or any other venue by which you purchase a cruise) is not allowed on our message boards. Postings that contain "tell them John sent you" will be removed without notice. This means you should not ask about someone's travel agent, nor should you respond in kind. Offering to email someone your travel agent's name or info is also not allowed, nor is asking members to email you for the information. It also means you cannot post links to travel agencies, no matter what the specific reason. Cruise Critic will remove violations of the "third-party recommendation" rule without warning. Additional posts will result in permanent suspension of your posting privileges.
  13. Now back to the original question. Keep in mind two important characteristics of a Canal cruise. #1 - The Canal transit usually has a narrator who describes most of the journey over the P. A. system. Many lines will not pipe the commentary into your cabin. Equally as important is that you will likely want to see everything as you transit the Canal which you can do only on an open deck. #2 - The transit from the Caribbean to the Pacific is, believe it or not, a west to east trip so if you want sun on your side you'll need a starboard cabin. Not pertinent to your question but another curious fact is that the Canal is, longitudinally, east of Miami Florida and is in the Eastern time zone.
  14. Host Walt

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    Just a suggestion about an inside cabin. With kids even an obstructed view cabin can be a major benefit over an inside. With an inside the boredom factor kicks in very quickly so your kids will want to escape to daylight two or three nanoseconds after arriving in your cabin. Even an obstructed view room will give them hours of entertainment (and daylight) for free. And obstructed view cabins are frequently priced at or slightly above inside cabins.
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