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  1. YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Today, we had our "interviews". We drove to the CBP office at the Ambassador Bridge Detroit crossing from the USA to Canada. When we went into the room, there were 5 CBP officers next to each other at a counter. My wife and I were called at the same time. We were each asked about 5 questions-name, address, phone number, e-mail address, if ever arrested, etc. They then took our pictures and fingerprints. My prints were difficult for the scanner to read. I told the officer the countries visited on the application were incorrect and that I had an updated list. He said "don't worry about it." We were approved and given a little booklet that he wrote our Known Traveler Numbers in. They said we would receive our cards in about 10 days. The "interview" lasted approximately 5 minutes. I am only reporting this because I started this thread. It took 5 months from the application day until today. Thanks to those of you who told me to contact them about the delay, or we could still be waiting. AND, we did have a nice lunch afterwards.
  2. We just like a nice mild wine with our meals. We bought Cellar 1 (3 times). We drank the Estancia Pinot Noir and the Dreaming Tree Chardonnay. Enjoyed them and it was "good enough" for us.
  3. We are Celebrity Elite and HAL 3 Star. We have done trans Atlantic cruises on each line. We enjoyed all of them. We decide based on time of year and itinerary. I have always felt HAL offers more interesting itineraries. We just did a Rotterdam to Boston, stopping in Iceland (4 days) and Greenland. Very enjoyable and interesting cruise.
  4. We did this last April. We are in our early 70's. We did self disembarkation with our luggage (RCCL). We each had a 25" roller suitcase and a small carry on bag. We walked to Centraal Station-fairly flat walk and took about 15 minutes. A lot of passengers were doing this. We had purchased Thalus train tickets on line with first class reserved seats. Our luggage was stored in the compartment near to the entry door. Much easier to do all of this than I had anticipated. The first class tickets allowed us to use the lounge at the train station, so the wait for the train was a little more pleasant.
  5. We booked RT business class air through them for our cruise this coming January to South America. I booked it the first day it was available. It was Flexible Air. It was "expensive" but still less than booking direct with the airline. The cruise was through our TA, but I did the air myself through the HAL web site. Since then, I have continued to check and have changed the reservation twice, choosing different flights and airlines, and lowering the total cost by quite a bit. I will keep checking to see if I can do it again. We used them last summer to fly home from Paris. No problem.
  6. Thank you for the information. We also have the Melia booked for 2 nights at the end of January after we disembark from HAL Zaandam. We have booked our air already, but will probably book the driver through Melia. Approximately how many steps are there UP from the boat ride, as we are a bit old to be climbing mountains?
  7. Thanks for the information. We are on HAL Zaandam out of San Antonio on January 9. Did you use an AA credit card to book and get all of the miles?
  8. Just to report back-I FINALLY got through to someone at HAL. I was told that IF I re-book the departure flight, it will cancel the entire reservation and I will also have to re-book the return flight. I realize that prices change each day. If I re-book the departure flight to the previous day, which is what we want to do, then the first segment will go from business class to coach class, and the price will drop about $250 pp. (YEA) BUT if I then re-book the return flight, taking the same flight I am currently booked on, then the price will go up about $450 pp (BOO). I can avoid this extra charge by making one extra stop on the way back, and extending the total travel time by about 3 hours. Just reporting back on what I was told. Not sure what we will do.
  9. We have a reservation on FlightEase and want to change our departing flight so we leave for SCL one day earlier. Can we just change the one flight and keep the return flight, or do we have to actually cancel both flights and then select both of the flights, even though we will be selecting the same return flight we now have. It shows that if we do that, our flights will increase almost $500 pp, even though it is the same return flight. Any information is welcome. Thank you.
  10. In MHO, having eaten pizza on many different ships and many different cruise lines, Princess has the only GOOD pizza. And I don't know why, as pizza seems a fairly common food all over the world.
  11. We can save some money by selecting - AA (dtw-mia economy class) and (mia - scl business class) vs business class on both flights. It would be the same on return (eze - mia business class and mia - dtw economy class) vs business class on both flights. IF we decide to do this, changing our current booking on FlightEase, will we have baggage fees? Or since we are on business class for each international portion, are the fees waived? Would we still get to use the AA lounge in MIA and EZE? If we do this, it would also be all flights on AA vs one of the international flights on LATAM, which we currently have. Any advice/information is welcome. Thank you.
  12. Ye, we just did a cruise and waited until we were on board. When walking around the ship, they were selling wine packages. I asked the person selling them if all of the wines offered on the package were currently on board. She could not tell me and suggested I wait until I was in the dining room on the first evening. We did, and asked our wine server if certain wines on the package were available. When we found out that they were, we bought it.
  13. We just did this in July. We are in our early 70's and fairly active and mobile (although still in our early 70's🤔). We flew from Detroit into Schipol, arriving at 8:00 am. We each had a 25 inch checked suitcase and a 20 inch rollaboard. We got our luggage, exited to the BIG hall, went to the train desk, and bought DIRECT tickets to Rotterdam central. (No other stops-25 minutes). We took the elevator down to the train platform. When boarding, there is a place inside the door to place your luggage (on direct tickets, no worry of someone grabbing your suitcase and running away at one of the intermediate stops). At Rotterdam Central, off the train, up the elevator, and out the door. We stayed at the Rotterdam Hilton and I totally recommend it. An executive room allows you to have breakfast each morning and drinks and snacks each evening from 5-9. We walked with our rolling luggage to the hotel. Flat easy walk that took less than 10 minutes. The Marriott and Holiday Inn Express are even closer. We had considered a very costly transfer but are glad we did it this way as it was far easier than we had imagined.
  14. As to the Zuiderdam dining room, we were on a 17 night sailing last month. We had anytime dining, so we were seated in different areas of the dining room. We found the "ambiance" to be quite different, depending on the table. There is the main walkway area that goes around the dining room. When seated anywhere along this area, the overhead lighting was extremely bright. Not very conducive to OUR idea of leisurely dining. In the center area of the dining room, the lights were much darker. We preferred that area, although it is a matter of individual taste. There was also an "overflow" area on the third level, which we found quite bright. All of our servers were very good.
  15. We were just on Zuiderdam for 17 nights. I found that most "normal" drinks (G&T, Whiskey/water, vodka, etc) were in the $8.50 range (+ 15% gratuity). We tend to have 2 drinks each prior to dinner, so we generally went to Happy Hour between 4-5. We would each buy one at regular price and get the second for $2.00. We do not drink special coffees, much alcohol during the day, or especially care for bottled water. So a beverage package is not for us.
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