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    Cruising, LA RAMS, Chemistry, Scrabble
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    Oceania,Crystal,Celebrity,Holland America, Princess
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    Alaska / Baltic

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  1. Thanks for all the responses. We are on Sirena departing today (Dec 7) and will see a reservation host ASAP. Will not bribe anyone as suggested. If the staff is accommodating, we will reward them at the end of the cruise, as is customary. -OP
  2. We are sailing today and due to procrastination or forgetfulness, we never booked our specialty restaurants. What do we do? Should I meet with a Maitre D as soon as we board? I read that some people book all of their specialties and then attempt to get extras! All we want is maybe 1 or 2 nights out of our 7 day cruise. Does having 3 Oceania's in our past help at all? Or should it be old school and tip the Maitre D for putting us in? Any advice would be GREAT! Thanks!
  3. The Red sort of reminded me of a Bordello. Yikes!
  4. AWESOME! We will be on Sirena for the 2nd time this December.
  5. We just booked for a December Pacific Coastal on Sirena and CANNOT wait! The travel agent said they poured $25 million into the refurbishment. Just curious what is new...we sailed her a couple years ago.
  6. This would be devastating. Do any of you know how serious she is? This would (I assume) include Carnival, Princess, Holland america, etc. as the violation was a Caribbean Princess Ship and the judge is saying Carnival (aka the parent company) Any feedback from you smart cruise fanatics out there? https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/judge-threatens-to-bar-carnival-cruise-ships-from-u-s-ports
  7. We found a fairly good deal on a Neptune Suite early this season to Alaska. We have stayed in Signature Suites before. What are all of the perks for getting a Neptune suite? It's about $500 pp more than a Signature Suite from my research on our cruise. For those that book Neptune's, is the higher cost worth it? Any input to this discussion is highly appreciated!
  8. Thanks for all the WELL CRAFTED responses. I now know all I need to know. My favorite cruise line is Crystal BTW, because it is simply no hassle. We have cruised several lines, but there is a reason why Crystal gets all of the rewards. So looking forward to a great Cruise. Thanks again! - Curtis
  9. We just booked Serenity for a California Coastal Cruise out of San Pedro. It's been a while since we cruised Crystal. What do I need to know about reservations for dinner? I do understand Serenity is quite changed as of her dry dock earlier this year. We like to eat early, will that be a problem? Any other tips will be appreciated. - Curtis
  10. Sometimes cruises do "clothing optional" or nude cruises. I suppose there is no dress code on those.
  11. So sorry that we were just on the Amsterdam 2 weeks ago and took ZERO pics. We have done Alaska several times so left the camera @ home. Cell phone as well. Yes, I know it sounds insane but we wanted a total disconnect on this vacation. :o Let me attest to you that Amsterdam is absolutely gorgeous. New furniture and carpeting everywhere. Well thought out. Crows Nest is totally inviting. New leather recliners, couches, the works. As far as "ugly stepsisters" comments.. PLEEZE!!
  12. No worries. You will have a great cruise, trust me. Another hint, try the Pinnacle Lunch for $10. Even on Hubbard Day. We ate @ Noon, was done @ 1pm and we didn't actually get to the Glacier until 3pm. Another Hint. You see the approach to Hubbard on the way out, just in reverse. Sun is usually up by later in the day and all of the glacier watchers are fully worn out. Best time to appreciate it in my opinion. Hubbard will blow you away. Just saying!
  13. They did. I heard and experienced it 6am one morning and 8am another. It seems a bit random when it chimes but it is spectacular when it does. Perhaps an officer can tell you it's supposed schedule.
  14. We were on Amsterdam 2 weeks ago on the same Alaska Cruise you are on . The refurbishment from May was great. Lots of upgrades. Mostly new carpet and furniture, but it almost feels like a new ship. We noticed hardly anything that felt aged or worn out. MS Amsterdam is 18 years old. Yes, the ship gets very close to Hubbard Glacier and we saw perhaps the best calving ever. Anyone on the July 4th viewing can attest to that. The smaller size (1300-1400 passengers) is an attribute in our opinion. no lines anywhere. Easy disembarkation at ports. All venues are a short distance to walk from your stateroom no matter where you are assigned. My wife and I have been on about 30 cruises, and we now trend towards the smaller ships. For music, there are a number of venues. We prefer the Ocean Bar and the Piano player Joel. He is a young chap from Tasmania who is incredibly talented. Adagio is a Classical group, just Piano and Violin but quite good. There are also 2 house bands. The venues rotate from Crows Nest, to Pool Area, to Ocean Bar to Explorers Lounge and Piano Bar. We were fortunate as well because a Jazz Group (Jazzdagen) was on board. They offered several free concerts. At 4pm there is a great happy hour with free and awesome appetizers and 2 for (almost) one drinks. We went every night, usually at the Ocean Bar but also the Crows Nest. Speaking of the Crows Nest, it is one of the best observation lounges @ Sea. HAL did not change it to the highly criticized Explorations Central thingy with video screens blocking your view etc. It is a beautiful lounge with brand new leather furniture, highly decorative and huge windows. Amsterdam does not have all of the bells and whistles of larger newer ships. Instead, she offers sophistication and a more classical cruise feel. You will have a wonderful time, believe me. Let me know if you have any questions.
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