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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. Wow!!! Sure has been quiet here? Isn't anyone planning to cruise with ACL in the near term? We are booked on the ACL Grand New England Cruise (departing Boston on 01 August 2020). Anyone else going along?? NRayH
  2. Congratulations, You are somewhat fortunate that Celebrity chose to offer you some compensation for whatever difficulties you had with your original booking. As to the Specialty Dining options, I would say "go for it". In our opinion, the most sophisticated of the venues is Murano, although the service can sometimes feel "contrived". We have always enjoyed the slightly less "formal" feeling of Tuscan Grill -- there are also some great window seat tables, for a fabulous view whilst dining. We are not fans of Le Petit Chef, although many folks seem to love it. We view that venue more as "entrainment" rather than "fine dining". As stated this are merely our opinions. The only way you can decide which is your best option is give them a "trial run". At least it won't cost you any charges -- unless you "really" like it and it becomes a "must do" for future cruises. Enjoy your cruise -- wherever to choose to eat. NRayH
  3. It is a bit surprising, to me, that they are only adding to the present itineraries. Some of the other rivers would add more possible incentives (in my opinion) to try river cruising to those unfamiliar with the product, or those tiring of the same old/ same old. Maybe someone at ACL will read these boards??? NRayH
  4. Hi Dave, Thank you again for sharing your experiences. Somehow my first reply did not allow me any comments ??? Even though we live in New England and have been to some of these ports, we are looking to do this cruise. We think ACL does a good job with their product -- despite comments from some of the "Nay-sayers". NRayH
  5. Good Morning, We are curious about any "first hand" comments concerning ACL's Grand New England Cruise. We have done a number of ACL cruises, but not this one. Anything special, or "not to be missed" about this one? Thank you for whatever you are willing to share. NRayH
  6. Having done a number of river cruises, in Europe and/or U.S., we have seen a number of "changes" from the original itinerary -- some very "last minute". There are often not many "immediate options". For that reason, independent tours can be more "subject to change". Fortunately, many times the ship's staff are attuned to these "possibilities". We fortunately, have never had a cruise "ruined" by such deviations. NRayH
  7. We have stayed in these suites a number of times. The only "pole intrusion" was very minimal, at first sight. Then it was no more intrusive than a chair or table -- plenty of space to go around it easily. As mentioned, previously, it is a long walk from the mid-ship elevators -- my excuse to avoid the gym. We really enjoy these suites. NRayH
  8. I think that is a proper attitude. Only you can decide if Azamara Cruise Lines meets your needs/expectations. I agree that you will probably not get the "total experience" but should still be able to get a "feel" of the Azamara experience. We have completed over 125 cruises on about 15 different cruise-lines (river and ocean), and have found most of them enjoyable (some more so than others). Please stop back and let us know how you found your Azamara cruise experience to be. NRayH
  9. We leave here in nine days, and spend a day in San Juan prior to boarding Azamara's Journey for a Caribbean Journey. Then we will have to wait until we board Silhouette for fourteen nights on an Iceland/Ireland cruise (May 2020). Then we have a cruise aboard American Cruise Line's Constitution (August 2020) for their Grand New England cruise. Perhaps we might also be tempted into booking some additional "Future Cruises" whilst aboard any of the up-coming ones. Unfortunately, the circumstances do not permit doing this continually. NRayH
  10. Hi Cruzinchar, We have not been on ACL's Harmony, but have completed six other ACL cruises. I have never felt "underdressed" at any meal on ACL, and have never packed a sport jacket`. There are no "formal nights", but I feel confident that there would be no adverse reaction to you, if you chose to wear more formal attire. Hope that you enjoy your time on ACL as much as we have. NRayH
  11. Hi SauvBlanc, Whilst we have not personally done as to what you were inquiring about, I will share some of our experiences whilst aboard ACL cruises. At dinner, if my wife and I were ordering the same wine, we have usually been asked if we wanted the bottle for the meal. We usually have finished it there, especially when involved with some great dinner conversations with other guests. When we haven't finished the bottle (rarely) we have been asked if we wanted to take the remaining wine with us. I have also observed folks leaving the Dining Salon carrying wine bottles (I cannot vouch for how full/empty they were). Our personal after dinner routine has been to adjourn to the venue for the evening's entertainment, where there is a full open bar until the completion of the evening's activities, and usually a tad longer. Without having done so, personally, I do think your request would probably be honored. This is based upon our experience of six ACL cruises over the last two plus years. Hope you enjoy your cruise. NRayH
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
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