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  1. 😁 Looks like fun to me!
  2. We were on the 20 day Land/Sea a couple of years ago (two weeks on land and then a one week cruise from Seward to Vancouver) and we used the hotel self-service laundromats as needed. Sometimes the machines were very busy so it can take up some valuable free time. Once we boarded the Noordam, we signed up for the unlimited laundry package for the one week cruise and sent out several bags of laundry the first night (our cabin steward brought us extra laundry bags when I mentioned that we had a lot of laundry.) Well worth the flat fee for the week. We're now 4* Mariners so have free laundry which, for us, is the best benefit of all.
  3. Host Anne - Thank you for sharing this sad news and for telling us a bit about Walt as a person. Sincere condolences to you and to his family who read the CC community's expressions of sympathy. It is easy to overlook the work that the CC Monitors do here so please accept my thanks for the work that you do here as well. Although I did not know Walt, I will miss his presence here.
  4. Just to clarify, 3* does not get you Priority Boarding, but booking a Neptune Suite, does. Once you reach 4*, you will receive Priority Boarding for any cabin booked.
  5. If you're considering one of HAL's "Land/Sea" Alaska trips, you will receive double Mariner points for the land portion as well as the cruise portion if you book a suite. We booked a Signature Suite for their longest Land/Sea combination a couple of years ago and received double points for the entire 20 day trip even though the cruise portion was only 7 days.
  6. Wishing you a fabulous cruise, Ruth!
  7. Included in our experience on several HAL ships under the QBP.
  8. This is what I was going to suggest - spend the $400 on a Retreat Cabana rather than the balcony.
  9. That was our experience as well - went very smoothly with no waiting. We had signed up for it and were in our cabin and ready to go the moment that our group was called. Off the ship very quickly. Normally, we like to take advantage of the "Luggage Direct" program (Port Everglades/FLL) but our flight was a tad too early to qualify, so we elected to self-disembark and it worked beautifully in our case. (This was Oosterdam in January of this year.)
  10. We used the self-disembarkation for the first time in January, as we had an earlier flight than usual. Worked beautifully.
  11. Yes - the two "MAX" planes that have crashed. After reading what the two professional pilots have posted here, that's enough for me to make up my mind.
  12. I really appreciate hearing from the two experienced pilots who have posted here. Thank you.
  13. I think it would be worthwhile to pack his suit especially for that many Gala evenings. My husband still wears at least a jacket and tie on Gala nights (Caribbean and Alaska) but on longer cruises we would pack his suit and a few ties - especially for cruises abroad.
  14. Just remembered something about the breakfast time frame on the menu that I posted. Although it shows 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. for the Cabanas, we learned that it is actually only until 10:00 a.m. Has to do with the Lido closing down to prepare for lunch and so the Cabana Stewards have to adhere to that closing time. Not sure why HAL hasn't printed new menus with the correct time frame. We found this out one morning when we slept later and arrived at our Cabana for breakfast at 9:50 a.m. We were able to order a simple breakfast but just barely in time for the Stewards to be able to hurry down to get it.
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