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Poulsbo Cruisers

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  1. Interesting thing about Princess; they don’t require everyone in the cabin to have the beverage package. Most of the other cruise lines require everyone in the cabin over 21 to purchase the beverage package if anyone in the cabin purchases one. I imagine the day will come when Princess joins the club.
  2. Could be. We’ve been primarily sailing Princess. We are trying HAL next year for the first time in many years. Princess does not have this requirement. Their rule merely states: Packages may NOT be shared, are NON-transferable and NON-refundable.
  3. But, HAL requires that everyone in the cabin buy the package. You won’t find that requirement on many other cruise lines.
  4. I’m considering this strategy also. We are book on the Statendam for next September. It’s the repositioning Iberian Peninsula Cruise. The same cruise this year, one month out, still has plenty of cabins at half the price. It seems that this isn’t a cruise that sells out. If I wasn’t so chicken, I’d cancel now and wait until a couple months before the cruise to book.
  5. Yes, we were disappointed in Itineraries. Didn’t see anything new. Same cruises, different ships. We wanted to use up a FCC, but couldn’t find anything new.
  6. HAL needs to hire IT people from Princess. I find that Princess has the easiest website to navigate. I really like how easy it is to find cruises on Princess and love the ability to get flight quotes without having to do a phony booking.
  7. We loved our river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. It’s not for people who’s primary goal is the ship with its casino, pools, entertainment, all-day food options, etc. But, it’s a fantastic way to see some amazing cities. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Bon voyage.
  8. Thanks. I see that. I guess the cruise is still there, it just doesn’t show up.
  9. I’d be surprised if this cruise was sold out 14 months in advance, but I’ll check that out.
  10. We have a cruise booked on the Nieuw Statendam for September 2020 from Amsterdam to Civitavecchia. When I look for this cruise on the HAL site, it no longer appears. However, my booking for this cruise still shows up on the HAL site. Has this cruise been canceled and I just haven’t been informed yet? The HAL site shows no cruises departing from Amsterdam in September 2020.
  11. N Statendam 13 Sep 2020 - 12 Night Iberian Peninsula. 30th anniversary cruise.
  12. Thanks for the video. We booked one of these cabins on the Statendam. Nice to see how big the balcony is.
  13. I’ve been primarily cruising with Princess. They do not have this requirement. They just say that it can’t be shared. I probably shouldn’t have commented on other cruise lines maybe having this policy. I haven’t sailed with any of them recently so don’t know their policies.
  14. It seems perfectly logical why they do this. I’m sure every other cruise line does the same. It would be a simple matter for those gaming the system to just buy one beverage package and then share the drinks.
  15. We’ve also booked a cruise on the Statendam. We are new to HAL and like you have had trouble finding information on the Signature Beverage package. It’s a good thing we have this forum because trying to navigate the HAL website (for newbies) is a nightmare.
  16. I haven’t sailed on HAL in many years. We have booked a cruise on the Statendam for September 2020 through a big box TA. Flights are not yet available for this cruise through Flight Ease. When they become available will I be able to use the HAL website to find them since I have a TA? If so, can I just book online or will I need to call the TA?
  17. I’m planning on transferring my booking to a big box store to get the OBC. The cruise is still more than a year away and flights on flight ease are not yet available. Will I be able to use the HAL website to find flights and book them if I have transferred my booking?
  18. Thanks. I just thought I was missing something or some secret link.
  19. My DW and I have a cruise booked on Holland America for next year. We haven’t sailed with HA in many years. I’m trying to find information on the website concerning my booking, but I’m having no luck. I have no problem finding my booking, but I can’t remember what perks this booking included such as OBC or prepaid gratuities. I can’t seem to find this information on the website. I’m sure I’m missing something simple. Any help would be appreciated.
  20. I was trying to be sarcastic. If I’m eating bacon, which I do regularly, it would never be made from anything but pigs.
  21. We are also long time Princess cruisers who have decided to try HAL. The information regarding refrigerators is a little troublesome. I’m used to having a refrigerator in veranda cabins with Princess.
  22. We are also long time Princess cruisers who will be trying HAL. We primarily cruise in Europe. We are switching to HAL because we have run out of new itineraries with Princess. We are looking forward to trying something new. I think the only thing we will miss with Princess are our free internet minutes and their superior website. We aren’t party people so HAL seems like it will fill the bill for us.
  23. We are also new to HAL. We have a cruise booked on the Nieuw Statendam for Europe in 2020. Like you we have been primarily cruising with Princess, but wanted a new European itinerary. HAL has an itinerary we really like and we are looking forward to this new experience. Also like you we were shocked how bad the HAL website is. Why doesn’t Carnival have universal websites for all the cruise lines? The Princess site is very easy to navigate. It’s easy to look at the price for any cabin and check out flight prices while in the planning stages. A website is one of the first experiences one has with a cruise line. The HAL website is a total turnoff.
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