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Ray in NH

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  1. Hi Tom47, Thank you for your impressions of your Pearl Seas cruise. We have been considering them as a possible choice. First, we have to work our way through FCC (Future Cruise Credits) for the three cruises we had cancelled for 2019-2020. We have two booked for 2021 (one ACL (Sept.) and one Celebrity, in May). Hopefully, these will be cleared to sail??? Still awaiting some sort of "definitive" resolution on when cruising will again be reasonably do-able. NRayH
  2. Having been on many Celebrity cruises, starting with Meridian (1993), I cannot recall any that I would characterize as terrible. Some were "less enjoyable" for one reason or another, but nothing that would keep us from repeating. Cannot not say that about all the other cruise lines we have sailed with. We have sailed on all of Celebrity's ships except those to the Galapagos, nor Edge or Apex. Cannot say any one class was more superior than the others -- although, there were many varied experiences, over the years. Plan to give Apex or Edge a trial cruise next year (hopefully). Having three cruises cancelled this year has not been fun. 🙁 We are planning for probably three next year -- hopefully, One of those may be Edge or Apex, depending upon timing/availability. NRayH
  3. Izena, Thank you for the reply. We also have an ACL cruise scheduled for next September, but on the Ohio River (St. Louis to Pittsburgh). I guess our meeting on a cruise will have to wait a tad longer. 🙁 NRayH
  4. Hi All, How are things progressing (regressing ?) in your cruise-world? This "Wait and See" mode is getting tiring for us here. Two cruises on the books for 2021 (May and September) and hoping to add a December 2021 itinerary. This "Wait and See" mode is understandable, but still getting to be somewhat "old". Stay safe, and smart. Hopefully we will meet aboard a ship someday "soon" (he says -- somewhat hopefully" NRayH
  5. Best Wishes toward reaching your goal ☺️ Been down that pathway. The only "downside" is the need to purchase a new wardrobe, but that is also an incentive not to allow the weight to rise again -- get rid of the bigger sized clothes as an added
  6. Izena, We, and I assume many others, most certainly hope you are correct in your prediction. NRayH
  7. Glad I saw this thread, although I thought we were pretty safe with our renewals. Just checked and we are good until April, 2022. Hopefully there will be some semblance of "normality" by then. NRayH
  8. Hi Dave, Thank you for this information. Maybe I should just contact ACL to request the Eagle Society Cruise Brochure? We, also, usually do our future cruise bookings whilst aboard one of their ships, just as we usually do with other cruise lines. NRayH
  9. jebhoward3, Thank you for posting this question. I have often wondered exactly how different the "Eagle Society Cruises" may be . We have only done seven cruises on ACL, usually based on itinerary. Perhaps, some day, an Eagle Society Cruise will show up with an itinerary we are interested in doing, and we will give it a try. NRayH
  10. Suitcasefull, We usually post a review on most of our cruises. So, there will probably be one after the Ohio River cruise, although it will probably be lacking the great detail that many folks include in their reviews 🙁 We have done a previous stern-paddle cruise on ACL's America (our first ACL cruise). There is not a lot of on-board difference, unless you are in the Paddlewheel Lounge. Or, on-shore looking at the ship. One thing we like about ACL's Paddlewheels is that all the cabins have access from an interior hallway. With some other lines, the access to the cabins is by way of an exposed. but, at least covered, outside walk-way. Not so nice, if the weather is not co-operative. NRayH
  11. Hi Suitcasefull, Difficult to recommend a specific itinerary without knowing what your major interests are. We pick our cruises mostly based on the itinerary -- sometimes some place we haven't been, or something of a "special happening" that we wish to be a part of. Sometimes it is just getting away with friends (known, or un-known). We tend to try to remain "flexible". Over the years there have been very few "clunkers". We have been very blessed, in that regard. Happy Sailing, wherever your travels take you. NRayH
  12. Suitcasefull, Right now, the only ACL cruise we still have booked is on their Queen of the Mississippi, 10 nights, St. Louis to Pittsburgh via the Ohio River. We would, happily, welcome you to join us. The Queen of the Mississippi is one of ACL's Paddle-wheelers, 150 passengers, max. NRayH
  13. Totally agree with Dave on this -- probably because it is just what I do.😇 I usually have a jacket with us, but seldom wear it to dinner whilst aboard . NRayH
  14. We were in Brugge on that fateful day. On our way back to the ship (HAL's Noordam), someone asked us if we had heard about the plane hitting the WTC. We had assumed that it was probably some small plane in a horrible "accident". Once back on board, we learned what really happened. We were half way through the first half on a B-2-B cruise, and we were quite impressed/surprised at the genuine compassion that the European natives shared with us at every port. I guess we Americans are easily detected. Two of our travel companions were from NYC and were, of course, concerned about friends and family that were at home, and lived/worked in that area of the city. It is one of our strongest "Cruise Memories" and one we hope never have to endure, or re-live, ever again. NRayH
  15. Suitecasefull, I would agree with Dave on most points ... we, however, do enjoy the balcony (even though, on the small side). We have been on both the Star (N.E. Islands) and Independence (Southern Golden Isles), usually on Deck three. Hope this is helpful -- Enjoy your cruise. NRayH
  16. C-Dragons, Sounds a lot like our rationale for picking a cruise itinerary. Sometimes, it is to join friends, or a particular group of friends. Thank you for condensing our rationale, to just a few sentences. NRayH
  17. Sounds like a "win/win" situation. Hope you enjoy your North-West Pioneers cruise as much as we did ours. NRayH
  18. Hi Izena, We have cruised with ACL six times and agree that they are easy to do business with. We also have had three cruises cancelled this year. The process for reimbursement/rescheduling was very efficient -- of course, my travel agent had the direct dealings with them. He told me that they (ACL) were much easier, and quicker, to deal with than with Celebrity. Perhaps a function of a smaller amount of dealings to handle? We have only one up-coming cruise booked with ACL, but are planning to book two additional itineraries when we are next on board. NRayH
  19. Could you please send a portion to us here in New Hampshire? Things have be exceptionally dry here. We have had three cruises either "cancelled" or "suspended" this year. We really enjoy our home here, but "DO!!!" miss cruising. 😒 Nothing scheduled prior to next May. NRayH
  20. Hi Dave, Thank you for your comments We chose to sail from St. Louis since it meant being able to start our cruise on Janet's birthday, instead of leaving the ship on "her day". We have not been aboard the Queen of the Mississippi, but have sailed aboard America, which we enjoyed very much. The travelling between decks doesn't bother us (at least not too much). We almost always use the stairs, even on the "big" (ocean-going) ships. We decided to skip, the pre-cruise "up-graded" hotel option (Four Seasons) especially at $285.00 pp. We have found the hotels that ACL has used to be very satisfactory and convenient. We may well spend a day or so, at Pittsburgh, post cruise, before returning home. Thank you for the feed-back. NRayH
  21. Good Day, We are interested in doing an Ohio River cruise and are interested in any information this group may be willing to provide. If all had gone according to plan, we would now be aboard ACL's Constitution doing the Grand New England cruise, but alas, that cruise was cancelled by ACL, due to "complications" stemming from the Covid 19 virus. We would appreciate any first hand (preferably) information on this itinerary, that folks are willing to share. The sail-date we are considering is September, 2021. Thank you for whatever you can provide. NRayH
  22. Hi glenbrook, I am not Ron, but we also had our Grand New England Cruise cancelled. Ours was scheduled to sail on 01 August. We received our notice of cancellation on around the 16th of July; we opted to take the 125% Future Cruise Credit and received notification of it being granted on 20 July. I do not know if a refund check would have had the same time-table. I hope this helps. NRayH
  23. No Need for apologies. If we all had all the answers, there would be no need for this forum. ACL has two itineraries that cover the Columbia and Snake Rivers. One is a seven night itinerary and the other is a ten night voyage. Both voyages are one-way and leave from either Portland, Oregon to Clarkston, WA, or the reverse. The longer itinerary has more/longer stops. We recently, October, 2019, did the longer version from Portland to Clarkston. We found it a most enjoyable cruise. We were aboard the American Song. Now, as to whether your planned cruise will sail ..... Who knows?? We just received word this week that our scheduled cruise (ACL's Grand New England) scheduled to leave 01 August, 2020, has been cancelled. A week earlier we were still optimistic that it might sail, but, alas it was not to be. Good Luck with your planning. We find the American Cruise Line experience to be quite satisfactory, after seven different itineraries. NRayH
  24. Hi Ron, Thank you for the "Well Wishes". Not sure if we will re-book this same cruise next year. We were planning on booking another cruise whilst on board -- perhaps the Ohio River, or the Upper (or Full) Mississippi, or possibly the Ohio River. We will have a "boatload" (pun-intended) of Future Cruise Credit, so time will tell just what we end up doing. We do enjoy the ACL "experience" -- our next one will be either #7 or #8 ?? Tough getting "old". NRayH
  25. Hi All, Just heard from our Travel Agent that ACL has cancelled our 01 August cruise (Grand New England) 😒 They are offering an immediate full (cash/check) rebate, at their convenience, or 125% Future Cruise Credit. Since we were planning on booking another ACL cruise whilst aboard, we will most likely take the Future Cruise Credit. Fortunately, there were no flights needed for this cruise - so no hassle there. This is the third cruise we have had cancelled this year -- that is getting "an old feeling" quickly. Hope everyone else is having a wonderful day. NRayH
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