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    Holland America, Princess, Cunard
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    Japan
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  1. A few more considerations from our experience. Much further to most everything. Further from the Neptune lounge More vibration from the screws during higher speeds. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. If you are in the mood to negotiate. Offer them $700 for the Neptune. Be prepared to get turned down, but they have accepted counter offers in the past. If no one else bites at $899 they will circle back to you with a lower price offer.
  3. I have used a car service called Blacklane in various cities around the world. Very happy with their service. Fare will be around $300 USD Uber “Black” would be 27,000 Yen or about $250. They don’t have Uber X (cheaper). Black is the luxury car version of Uber. Ordinary taxi from the airport queue. Around $210 https://www.blacklane.com/en/ Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. No problem taking a tour from Seward returning at 5:30. Plenty of time. Here are some other considerations. A 5:30 return tour gets probably gets you on the ship around 6-630. Little time to unpack before dinner and evening activities. You may walk into your suite at 11pm with unopened suitcases. You will have to attend makeup lifeboat drill, probably next morning when you may want to do other stuff. You miss chance to explore ship at leisure before you leave. You are paying a lot for the suite and ship. You are missing out of 1/3 of a day on the ship. Weigh the above with the cost of extra hotel and value you place on simply being on the ship. But, a tour returning at 5:30 is OK from a “you won’t miss the ship” perspective. I would do the tour the day before and not be so rushed the day of departure. What would your plan be for your bags if you go on the tour the same day as you depart? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Your travel agent or PCC will be able to request your dining preference. Talk to them first. Follow up on the ship the first day if necessary. . Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I don’t think it is, but I am not sure. If you go on a smaller expedition ship - I think 100 passenger max. You can hit more spots in ANTARTICA and make 2 landings in 2 different spots instead of one landing in one spot on the Quest. Shop around. Lots of choices. But expensive. $1000 pp per day is not uncommon. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. They raised the bus fare in San Diego today. And they raised the age for senior fares to 65 Bus fare is now $2 .50.....senior fare $1.25. Senior day pass $3. All other day passes $5. You can’t buy the passes from the driver. Buy them on line using compass app. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. You don’t need to check in 5 hours prior. You tour arrival time of 5:30 will be fine. Most people want to check in at 11 AM so they can enjoy every second of their wonderful cruise. But that’s up to you. If you already checked in online you could arrive 5 minutes before they sail and be OK. If you didn’t check in online first you need to be in the terminal 90 minutes prior so they can give the authorities your information 60 minutes prior. If you miss the lifeboat drill, they will schedule a makeup. Only people who refuse to participate in the drill are kicked off. Late arrivals get a makeup drill. I would check in no later than 2 hours before sailing to give me some buffer in case they got my online info garbled. Check your ticket for any changes. My tickets haven’t had a “ you must check in NLT time”. Found it on know before you go. Probably on long form contract of carriage as well. Here is the regulation on arrival time from the HAL website. If From know before you go https://www.hollandamerica.com/content/dam/hal/marketing-assets/manage-my-cruise-already-booked/faqs/KBYG.pdf “U.S. government security regulations require us to submit certain guest information to law enforcement authorities at least 60 minutes prior to departure. To meet this requirement, we must have the necessary information in our records at least 90 minutes before departure. If we do not have your information by this deadline, you will be unable to sail. Guests are urged to complete the Online Check-in process before leaving home. Guests who wait to check in at the terminal risk being unable to sail even if they arrive at the terminal before the vessel leaves. You will be responsible for all costs you incur to join the vessel at the next port.” Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. We think Rudi’s on the pinnacle class is the best speciality restaurant in the fleet. Steak was better than Pinnacle grill. Mariners discount applies to ala carte pricing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. We did Antartica on the Seabourn Quest in Dec 2018. Found a good price as the ship had a sale. Still about $550 per person per day. All inclusive Only extra charge was WiFi/Spa/Casino. All drinks, wine and specialty restaurants included. Mini bar included. Bottles of water are complimentary when going ashore. Self served laundry no extra charge. Well worth it to us for the landings on the continent as well as some of the islands near by. See my blog for more details. Zodiac excursions are included in the fare. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I was on her In January and the Front desk had a pamphlet available to review only in the area of the Front desk. I suggested to the cruise director that they publish it on the onboard HAL app. I took pictures of each page with my phone to use as I walked around. Here are some excerpts. I will post the rest on my blog soon. About 40 pages all together. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. They round down.. they set the minimum at $6 to encourage a $5 bet on your hand with a $1 bet on the lucky ladies. You need to bet $10 if you want true 6/5 odds. They usually have a $25 min table that pays 3/2. They are starting to add a third 00 place on roulette. It is usually a HAL logo so it is a little deceptive. You are seeing more 6/5 in Vegas as well. They will keep making the game worse till people stop playing. I quit playing HAL blackjack. Tables are still busy with others. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. They sent us a memo. Copy here https://www.theinsidecabin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Door-Decorations058.pdf Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. I think they tend to enforce this more on longer cruises. They probably figure on shorter cruises people will be gone in a few days so why bother. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. On my three cruises in the last year. Door decorations were not permitted. I suspect enforcement may vary, but be prepared either way. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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