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  1. Well, I find it mystifying. We are that "HAL demographic" and we've seen PMJ on land. Neither of us recognized more than one or two of the songs they performed, but we loved every minute of it and would go again in a second. And we drove for more than 2 hours one way to see them, and paid a pretty penny for tickets. I hope they are on one of our cruises coming up. We'll be on the front row.
  2. As someone else mentioned, we used the HOHO bus for Athens. It was super. It came with a free walking tour and that was also superb. I booked the tickets online before our departure and got the details for the walking tour so we could make sure we were at the correct stop/time.
  3. I packed a bottle of liquor in our checked luggage after a cruise for the trip home. I put it in bubble wrap, taped it securely, put it in a ziplock bag, and then in a second ziplock bag and then wrapped it with clothing and positioned it right in the middle of the suitcase with packing cubes all around it. It was fine.
  4. LOL I shop there once a week and resist going anywhere else ever. Sometimes I just have to because Aldi doesn't have everything all the time, but I really don't like it. Aldi is small. I go in, get my stuff and get out. I don't have to choose between 14 different kinds of ketchup or sixteen varieties of olives. And the bill is a fraction of what it would be anywhere else. We're considering moving and the first question my husband had was "Do they have an Aldi there?" 🙂
  5. FWIW, we have a subscription to the digital version of the NYT, and it's been well worth the money. I know that doesn't have anything to do with accessing it on a ship, but I just say that to counter the nasty comments about the paper. As far as HAL offering it on board, it's nice. I like it. I wish they would continue it. BUT if they don't, it may well not be something they can control. They have to have some sort of contract with the NYT to do that, and maybe the deal simply didn't work out. It was free, for pete's sake, and I don't know any other cruise line that offers such a thing. A substitute that offers the daily news from the AP would be fine. And now I'll go read the Sunday NYT.
  6. I don't see the corkage fee as a gratuity, or at least not entirely as one. I suspect some of it is considered a tip, though, but not all. It's a fee levied because they are storing your wine, retrieving your wine no matter where you are and literally pouring your wine for you. It's the money that goes in part to pay the wine steward's salary. My husband gets about four glasses of wine out of a bottle, so typically that's four meals where somebody has to go get the bottle from the depths of the ship, and bring it to him and then take it back and put it away.
  7. That confused me too, but I think what they mean is that you can't use shareholder credit for casino charges and casino gratuities (basically, you can't use it for anything in the casino), not for the daily hotel service charge. I had to read it several times.
  8. My husband and I have tickets to see Post Modern Jukebox in mid-October in a nearby city. Some people, like us, really, really like PMJ. That's not a joke. If we were lucky enough to be on a HAL cruise where they were performing, we'd be on the front row.
  9. We've sailed in an interior cabin on the Kdam. It was great. Lots of storage. Nice big bathroom. Excellent.
  10. Your photos are fabulous and now I want to go to Japan. 🙂 I suspect you might be aware of this by now, but the reason that HAL doesn't allow you to self-serve most things in the buffet is to keep us all well. In our opinion, this is a huge plus for HAL and it means we eat in the buffet more often than we do on any other cruise line. It's not a negative. It's a positive.
  11. I just snail-mailed mine in. It was simple and done and I was credited within a few days. (Two different cruises)
  12. There is, in fact, a roll call. Somebody started it in late August. I commented over there.
  13. We are. I looked but there is no roll call.
  14. We are on the Veendam for ten days about a week before sailing to South America. It was a Cuba cruise. It's not a Cuba cruise any more. And now this regarding the Volendam. Honestly, please, universe, no more surprises. Okay?
  15. Yeah, this is enough to get me antsy. We're on the Grand South America in January.
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