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Ray in NH

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    Southeastern, NH USA
  • Interests
    Cooking, Wine, Travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, HAL, RCI
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Anything In/Out fo Boston

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  1. Hi All, It is with great anticipation that we leave tomorrow morning for a cruise we have been looking forward for some time now. We have seen mostly positive reviews from others and NOW it is our turn. I probably will not be doing a day-by-day posting review, but will try to post a complete review when we return home. Thank you to all that have offered positive reinforcement, and suggestions in our discussions of this itinerary. NRayH
  2. SteelMagnolia9, Thank you very much for the valuable insights of this itinerary. We have been looking at this cruise and were still somewhat un-decided as to it's appeal. Your review has raised our level of interest again. We grew up in the Mid-Atlantic states (Pennsylvania) but have been here in New Hampshire for the last twenty (+0) years, and now are less tolerant of high temperatures/humidity levels. The timing of these cruise seems to be limited to August/September, which is a major reason we have not yet booked it. Also, we had not seen many reviews of this itinerary. Your review has rekindled our interest. I guess "time will tell"? At least we have some additional information, from a ACL cruiser. Thank you, again. NRayH
  3. I would echo much of what M&M Hayden said, but, do not be too surprised by a different wrinkle being thrown in, especially if it is a non-U.S. port. We have done a number of B-2-B,s and had some very different "experiences". However, we almost always had the proper information to help make it somewhat "seamless". Most of the cruise line staffs have experience in making as painless as possible, and they usually succeed. If something goes slightly "amiss" it may be a great "You had to be there" story. Hope all goes well for your first "B-2-B" experience. NRayH
  4. SteelMagnolia9, Thank you for providing a record of your cruise experience. We have been thinking about this itinerary, so it is especially timely. We will next be aboard for the Northwest Pioneers Cruise on 11 October. NRayH
  5. "Just Saying" One needs something "revolting" to happen to engender a "Revolution". 🤔 NRayH
  6. Missabby. Quoting from ACL Brochure, "Fare: American Cruise Lines, Inc.'s per person fare includes passage, dining service, snacks, complimentary cocktail parties, and entertainment aboard the ship. Fares do not include most shore tours (unless otherwise noted) or port charges and fees. Guests are not expected to leave a gratuity on board." Having said that I have not seen, nor heard of, any free-will offer a gratuity being refused. However, they are not really expected. Hopefully, that answers your question. NRayH
  7. Unfortunately, Not always. We tend not to mention any "special occasion" when making our reservations. In discussions, over the years, with various guests, this topic has arisen and the results seem to be very inconsistent. If it is important, to you, I would mention it (before the event in question) to whomever you think appropriate. It may vary according to your cabin/stateroom assignment. It could be the Dining Room Manager, Concierge Services, Butler, Guest Services, Food/Beverage Manager, Hotel Director. If you are successful in receiving an acceptable level of accommodation, please be sure to mention the good accommodation provided, by whomever, in the Post-Cruise Survey. NRayH
  8. Might be advisable not to meet in the pool -- I heard/read that some folks do "stuff" in the pool. 😏 NRayH
  9. Hi SuziCruises, Not sure which cruise you are looking for information on? This thread was started about ACL's Harmony, which started its initial sailings very recently. I also mentioned that we would be hoping to book aboard ACL's sailing the Great Rivers of Florida itinerary for later this year (based upon availability, in our preferred staterooms. This would be booked whilst aboard our Northwest Pioneers cruise, next month. Booking aboard Harmony is on our "to-do" list, for "someday". I will usually post a review of whatever cruise we complete, not always with photos though. NRayH
  10. Very well stated. We can totally understand your train of thought. We are very much looking forward to our next (only second) Azamara cruise. Just need to make the final decision and book it. NRayH
  11. I think it may be some time before we see any reviews on American Harmony, based on the over-all paucity of reviews in general on this board. We are also looking forward to whatever reviews may become available. We will be aboard ACL Song in a few weeks and are planning on booking a Great Rivers of Florida cruise for later this year (depending upon availability). This would be aboard American Star, the only ship (at this time) doing this itinerary. NRayH
  12. Well stated, even coming from a "mid-westerner" 😎 NRayH
  13. Your choice of ending the cruise closer to home makes sense to me. In our situation the flights from either Charleston or Jacksonville to Boston doesn't really make much difference. We had been to Jacksonville on other occasions, but not to Charleston, hence our choice. Nice to have easily scheduled options -- not always the situation. NRayH
  14. We did the reverse of your "wish list" cruise. We did Jacksonville-Charleston in March 2018, and had a lovely time. We started in Jacksonville because we wanted to spend a few days in Charleston, post cruise. I hope you have, at least, as an enjoyable cruise as we did. NRayH
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