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Overhead Fred

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    Minnesota, USA
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    Tennis, flower gardening, bass & muskie fishing, old boats and motors, art & photography
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    HAL and Celebrity
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  1. The date that cancellation fees begin is the key deadline for purchasing HAL's cancel for any reason plans (CPP). For most cruises, this is the same as the final payment due date. But for long cruises, it can be a month earlier than the final payment date. As an example, our scheduled 32 day South Pacific cruise has the final payment due on 11/23/2020 but the cancellation penalties start on 10/24/2020. The dates are clearly laid out on the Guest Booking Confirmation that HAL sends out by email.
  2. @SilvertoGold - Just curious about where you hail from in Canada. We have a place in the Kawartha Lakes area near Peterborough, Ontario.
  3. Here is the most current (I think) list of wines in the packages if you have not already found it (Roger, i.e. Crew News, is a fantastic source of info!) - http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Sommelier-Suite.pdf I would tend towards cellar 2 & 3 although cellar 1 was OK. We have a long cruise coming up and will likely try all 3 again. You do save some $$ by buying the packages. If you are 3 or 4 star you get another 25 or 50% off making it a pretty good deal. We are newly minted 4 stars and I doubt I will bother paying corkage again to bring extra wine onboard since we can find decent enough wines in the packages.
  4. I have been a little concerned. No one on our roll call seems worried. I do have HAL's Platinum CPP but I am not ready to cancel yet. We will see how the next couple of weeks play out. It should be a fantastic cruise - but it would only take one coronavirus person onboard to make things go south (intentional play on words!) in a hurry.
  5. I think the new menus are on the Pinnacle class ships that have the separate sushi bar. The Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam Tamarinds may not have that yet and are using the "old" menus. Can anyone with recent Tamarind experiences on both ship classes clarify? Thanks!
  6. Hi Bob! The menu I posted is for the Pinnacle class ships with the dedicated Sel de Mer. This is after they changed to a fixed price format. I hope to be trying the Dover Sole per your recommendation next month! Fred PS- I owe you an email...
  7. Good to know. Thanks! I pre purchased one for our next cruise (44 days!) mainly for mixers to use with in-room cocktails and was not sure it would be sufficient.
  8. But do the soda cards purchased onboard come with the 50% discount the pre purchased ones have?
  9. Here is (I think) the current fixed price Sel de Mer Menu-- Rudi's Sel de Mer Menu.pdf
  10. This link might be helpful- http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Bar-Menu.pdf
  11. I think you have to add in the 15% gratuity also
  12. If you have the Signature or Elite beverage package you do not need to worry about the 15% gratuity when deciding if a drink is covered by your beverage package. The 15% is already included when you buy the package (or get it as a perk).
  13. This might help- http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/specialty-2/hal-regular-and-specialty-restaurants/hal-beverage-menus
  14. If I recall correctly, you were in quite the panic when the Nieuw Amsterdam had azipod issues and there were possible cruise cancellations. I am glad that things worked out for you and your daughter and that you had a nice cruise!
  15. There have been several threads about aft facing cabins over the last year or two. It seems that people either love them or hate them! We had an aft facing cabin on a circle Hawaii cruise and it was wonderful. But that cruise had 5 sea days over and 5 sea days back with rough seas and high winds for most of them. The Promenade was closed several times do to the conditions and people with "normal" verandahs could not use them much. We were on ours for extended times every day - no wind! It is unlikely that you will get such weather conditions in the Med and it is probably a fairly port intensive cruise. For myself, I think I would not pay the extra for an aft facing room on a Mediterranean cruise. I think the aft views would be fine and an aft facing cabin would not be a bad choice, but I would rather save a few $$ and spend more time walking the decks for panoramic views.
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