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About atexsix

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Seattle's Eastside
  • 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. Great review, always like to hear how our favorite ship is doing. We sailed on her to Alaska a few years back and haven't looked back; but we only sail west coast ports so maybe we'd change our mind if the newer bigger ships ever make it out this way. We're pretty vanilla foodies when at home so even the MDR is specialty dining for us, our trip last year to Hawaii was excellent, the service and the food; once in a while the menu would be a bit meh but overall we couldn't say enough about it and took every meal there with the exception of a lunch in the Pinnacle. I know people rave about that place but I've always found the atmosphere to be lacking the warmth of the MDR; even the suite passengers always look like their half asleep when we walk past in the morning, we're not exactly doing back-flips at that hour but the MDR mood is elevated enough to remind everybody how lucky we are to be waking up on that beautiful ship, the smiles and laughter confirmed it, even at 7am. Anyway, can't wait to see her again in 6 months.
  2. Skeptic here too. I have a feeling the controversy will worsen until such time that the cruise lines begin to see lawsuits arise from those with dog allergies or a ruined vacation in general. If I witnessed some of what people have brought up in this thread such as dogs eating in the Lido, climbing onto passengers and crew, you can bet I'd be photographing it and presenting it to HAL for compensation post-cruise. A short little obedience demo during port check-in would be all they need to do to see if the dog is truly trained. I have nothing but the utmost respect for true service animals, but comfort pets or people that feel the need to take their dogs everywhere gross me out and I'm getting tired of traversing a pack of animals every time I come out of Starbucks or Whole Foods, two places that have lost a lot of my business now.
  3. When we sailed on Eurodam to Alaska in 2017 we had the ability to stop and rest (Dad has mobility issues) around the elevators, especially midship. But when we sailed to Hawaii last year every single one of them was gone and it really presented an issue, we would have brought a portable seat of some kind had we known. We're sailing again to Hawaii in April, also on the Eurodam, and we're trying to get an idea of what to expect. Could the removal have been temporary? For cleaning perhaps? There was nothing put in it's place, no plants or anything, just empty space 😞 I googled a picture of the area in front of the glass elevators, thinking maybe they were in the path of people entering/exiting, but they weren't even close. I don't get it.
  4. Dear Dad keeps receiving reduced deposit and dinner package offers and I thought they were new bookings only because I have trouble believing they will credit me for a booking paid in full. Most of the time we receive these from PCC's we've never heard of, I posted a similar thread on this some months back because I am suspicious they actually work for HAL, it seems so telemarketing-ish IMO. Or does this fit right into HAL's new paradigm of multiple price tiers on offer?
  5. You too? We were promised seamlessness for our sailing last fall, I won't go into the details, it's water under the bridge, but Canada Place stinks for disabled travelers and never again will I fall for a "promise" by HAL.
  6. Currently I'm playing: 7 Wonders Duels, Valley of the Kings, Star Realms, and One Deck Dungeon....most of these I think are small enough for travel with equally small footprints, but.....the only place in a stateroom large enough is the bed and who wants to be cooped up in there anyway? So where do you all play? Now that the library is gone I don't know of any good places where I wouldn't be hogging a whole table. Or a venue where shaking 20 dice wouldn't disturb somebody's peace/quiet. Seats are not the problem, because I'm mostly a solo gamer. Is the Gallery Bar a good spot? Sad to say that on my last cruise I had only wandered through there one time while taking a short cut, so I remember little about the layout, especially regarding the size of the tables. And years ago, long before the Lido makeover, I remember people playing games up there because the tables didn't seem to be set all day for dining, the rectangular size made those tables perfect for a lot of games (cards/board). I did see a table of Mahjong going in the Half Moon room one night, very late, when it was obviously not in use. Let's say that was my only option, can I just wander in and set up shop? Or do I need permission from somebody on the ship? Thanks!
  7. And if so will you sail with them? I ask because I watched a couple of online videos about these gigantic, somewhat ugly looking ships and got very discouraged as it seems to be the trend among every mainstream line with significant North American market share: except HAL. So is the writing on the wall? Will they eventually go along with the majority or stick to their niche? I know this is pure conjecture, but it just seems like they've already done some things I thought they'd never do like as you wish dining, private cabanas, and the infamous Crow's Nest makeover. Is HAL's version of the Haven next? Followed by Go-Karts and Magic Carpets? I'm not trolling here, just wondering if I'm the only one. I'm not even close to being in the same league as most people in this group with only a dozen cruises under my belt. Are you all seeing something I'm not? Or is the traditional cruising market going the way of the DoDo and I just have to deal with it? Celebrity being the latest to join the bandwagon is concerning, unless they intend for that class of ships to attract a different segment of the market while maintaining their current brand. It's hard to get a feel for the latest happenings when you are a once a year cruiser like me, all of a sudden it's like it's there: aft pool one minute, laser light show the next, omg I hope not!!
  8. Thanks. I called and checked because of a few other questions that I had, she rattled off a number of special offers and my head was spinning by the time she finished, I don't know how they keep track of it all. My wait time was only 10 minutes, not bad for a Saturday.
  9. I keep seeing notices in my email and on HAL website that this latest promotion ends June 30th. Does that include the reduced deposit or is that just something that's ongoing? Some friends are thinking of booking and this would really help them out even if it's not refundable although I'm not sure of that. Thanks!
  10. Eurodam is our favorite ship, but I have to second everyone on the Crow's nest. It used to be our daily hangout, we just loved the cozy ambiance that the library had. This last sailing we were hardly ever up there, thankfully we have adopted the Ocean Bar as our new "hangout". And we weren't alone, many of my fellow cruisers had also abandoned the Crow's Nest for this fantastic midship venue. By day we could sip coffee, work on our puzzles, read, and look out at the passing promenade parade all under the watchful eye of Poseidon; they have a fantastic daily happy hour with great prices and usually there wasn't a seat to be had; but the conversation was friendly, plentiful, and spirited even when it was standing room only. Evenings were quieter which made it the perfect place for a nightcap. We feel very lucky to have discovered it because we were so bummed out about the Crow's nest and we did give it a try, a couple of times, and it was ok for a coffee in the morning but the warmness of the "lounge" is gone. Agree with everybody on the Tamarind as well. We loved their lounge, and it's the room I requested for the Cruise Critic M/G that I coordinated. It's off the beaten path and it's never packed, it's one of those quiet spots that every ship seems to have. And it sums up what we like about the ship as a whole, it's the right amount of passengers, never felt crowded nor did it ever feel dead. We're sailing on her again in April and highly recommend this ship!
  11. I finally found some threads, but still a few years old; one had a couple pics and oh my god is all I can say, I think we might be better staring at the wall of an inside! So no need to reply, but I'd still like to hear opinions just for the sake of current discussion.
  12. Hello, I have a few questions for the partial view stateroom experts please: -I have googled a few reviews of these rooms and it looks like you stare out at ugly lifeboat/tender equipment, I'm assuming there is some type of view though? -Will tender prep wake us at some ungodly hour? -Any problem with noise from the shops below? -I noticed several rooms mid-ship are for crew, and I thought I saw the cruise director coming out of one once while waiting for an elevator; any noise issues since crew come/go at all hours? -I don't get the floor to ceiling window concept, is it for people to be able to see above/below and around the lifeboats? Did you like/dislike it? -Would you consider them to be a good value? What you book these rooms again? Or steer clear? -Anything else important to pass along. Thank you so much, happy Father's Day and happy sailing! (Forgive me if this has already been discussed, I have trouble searching for older threads since they revamped this site, so feel free to link). Many of the reviews were 10 years old too, so some info is no longer relevant, ie. the tv's are all different now I believe.
  13. On our Eurodam Hawaii sailing last October a musical group occasionally appeared in the Ocean Bar, I believe they were the same group that performed elsewhere: BB King's and the Mainstage. It was usually early evening-ish and there were a few dancers, but most people would have been at dinner during that time period. I remember being able to count several grand piano's on any ship, now it's just the Piano Bar (is that what they are turning into a new rock venue?) and Lincoln Center Live had one. So sad!
  14. I too am just not thinking about it when I'm on vacation or planning one, but I guess it's okay if others do. There was a big todo some years back about all the exhaust the ships put out while in dock by people who obviously have never lived near an airport. Years ago when I lived in Atlanta I remember you couldn't even see the airport from downtown because of all the jet haze/exhaust. But the media looks the other way out here in Boeing country.
  15. You'll love the Tamarind, it's out of the way and quiet. I wore jeans in the Pinnacle for lunch and felt under dressed compared to the people around me, but that's just me. I'm sure it's fine, especially on an embarkation day.
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