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atexsix

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  • Location
    Pacific Northwest
  • Interests
    Cruises, Fantasy/RP/Solo Board Games, World of Warcraft, Books, Coach Bags
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Hawaii, Alaska, Sea Days!!

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  1. I know, and I can't even imagine myself on either line because their ships are not really our cup of tea; but....as I said somewhere else, HAL is getting stale, so it's time for a change.
  2. I'm perfectly open to Carnival. HAL MDR's: severe changes in recent years, hang out in the HAL Forum for a bit and you'll see umpteen threads about it, so it's not just a one off, even loyal HAL for life cruisers are avoiding the MDR or spending limited time there. LOLOL....I googled Oceania menus and completely agree Good question, because he's not the foodie in the family (that would be me); if asked he would probably say the entertainment and the overall value of a cruise compared to comparable land vacations. He had the club a couple of times 🙂
  3. It's pretty much this. We're not even talking about somebody that picks at their food, he won't even order something to begin with and then he sits there with nothing in front of him while everybody else is chowing down. As far as Carnival....HAL is getting a bit stale for us, we're very open to trying something new. We travel during off times when ships are less crowded. @rkacruiser I will check out the other forum suggestion. HAL buffets: they aren't really actual buffets, they are "food stations", there's one for sandwiches, salads, pasta, asian, and maybe a carvery. So yeah, if it was a true buffet like Las Vegas or the mainstream cruise lines, then I agree that he should be able to find something. With that being said, he did have better success up there but they are not open all day on HAL, let alone 24 hours, so we couldn't always dine there. All others: appreciate the suggestions and taking the time to respond.
  4. I heard enough good reports about the Lido to know it wasn't just a fluke (someone catching them on a good day). The MDR was just MEH, poor Dear Dad, only time there was anything remotely appealing was when the French onion soup was on it, but that wasn't every day the way it used to be. I know I know...how DARE I criticize when businesses are facing labor shortages and supply chain problems, I've been ripped to pieces in other discussions, but....as many have pointed out, if those were the primary issues, we'd be hearing about the same problems on other cruise lines and we're simply not, quite the opposite actually. I don't know if prayers will help, but what's more fixable in the immediate term is the upselling, magic tricks and other interruptions, hideous piped in music, and maybe the return of sommeliers.
  5. Why not? That's standard when you are having to send food back to the kitchen. As to guest services, you took it out of context, I wasn't speaking about my own personal experience, did you read the rest of the thread?
  6. Yikes! I don't remember that beach being THAT crowded.
  7. Grand Turk is one of the places I've always wanted to fly to and spend a couple of weeks there. I will begin praying for the MDR menus, lol, good idea!
  8. The good news is the Canadian border opened in your absence, maybe we can finally do our casino meeting with Carol, although this is not the best weather to be driving in.
  9. Good morning from a damp and sloppy Washington State. Heavy rain moved in overnight right on schedule, it's always about the 3rd week in October that the rainy season begins and the forecast is predicting rain as far out as they can predict, no complaints here, but driving in it can sometimes be a challenge when it starts to pool on the roads. Nothing going on today other than to take in our abundant moisture and admire the fog/mist covered mountains. Prayers and thoughts to all; thanks for all the contributions. I was once in a culinary arts program, I quickly realized it wasn't for me, as others have pointed out, restaurant work is hard, thankless, and you have to be able to do about 50 things at once. I did like the desserts department though, the pace there is a bit more relaxed. Have a great Wednesday!
  10. Welcome back. And glad you had a great time. Sorry the MDR strikes again! You must have brought the rain with you too.
  11. That's what I thought. Survivor has been on for decades it seems and I've never had the desire to watch a single episode; but I never missed Dallas and Dynasty.
  12. It's wonderful and so kind of you to respond to my request. She's beautiful, and I think she thinks of you as her Mommy.
  13. Completely agree. On many lines even 14 day itineraries are rare unless it's a repo or a luxury line, which mean big bucks.
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