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  1. I am so enjoying your review - especially about the food. Those pictures are wonderful and I really like that you identify what they are and that you critique them as well!! This will be great when I'm on my next cruise..I will actually be able to see what the plate looks like and not just read about it on the menu. Looking forward to more..
  2. thank you so much for that confirmation. Do you know if he will actually be returning to the Sky Princess or will he be transferred to another ship? I've heard such awesome things about him that I hope to sail with him one day..I'm sure that the videos that I've seen of him don't really do him justice!!
  3. thank you everyone for taking the time to share with us and provide so much useful information. When you have a moment would you be able to tell me whether the coffee on the Sky is made from regular coffee grounds or from the usual syrup? Much appreciated, Camelia
  4. that's a great point. We're usually not too fussy - but it is risky having them move you to somewhere you don't particularily care to be!! On the other hand..sometimes it works out...we took a move over sale a few months ago (on another line) and we were given the further most forward inside cabin..I did have a bit of fear regarding movement and noise from the stewards as they went past with their trucks but since it was in essence a free cruise I was prepared to endure it. Surprisingly it was one of the best cabin locations I've had- one I would never have picked myself!
  5. It's hard to know..we received an upsell offer from balcony to minisuite for $299. We declined it. A couple of weeks later we received another upsell..same option but this time it was for $199. We still declined. I'm curious as to whether there will be another..but it's more curiosity than anything else..perfectly happy with the balcony! If they really want our balcony they can give us a free upgrade!!
  6. I agree about the Mongolian BBQ station - so nicely organized and efficient since they introduced the beeper system. Waiting around for your dish to be cooked is no fun and you simply become another body taking up space and getting in everyone's way !! Better to use that time to find a table or get started on your meal. It's interesting though that (like HAL) the Caribbean Princess also started introducing pre-made sandwiches and there was alot of criticism about that. Some was valid I think: too cold..too dry..I think if they executed it a little better it would be more successful. There were lots of interesting combinations of sandwiches that I thought worth sampling..but then again I like the "exotic" aspect of the Marketplace and many people don't!!
  7. thank you all for your thoughts. I look forward to a new experience on a new (for me) cruiseline! Camelia
  8. Hello everyone, Though I've cruised on a few lines I've never had the pleasure of cruising with HAL. I hope to remedy that in the next year. I've been reading some reviews and I understand that the buffet is not self serve. There are staff to serve you. Is this true of all HAL ships? I think that this is a great idea. I'm really curious to know whether this results in less cases of norovirus on board? It's logical to me that if only one person is handling the tongs - rather than many (some of whom may not have bothered to wash their hands)..there is less chance of spreading of germs from person to person? I like the idea of lowering the odds!! Thanks in advance! Camelia
  9. I would also add that sometimes I've been on a tour bus that does have a restroom but the first thing the driver does as the tour starts is "gently" encourage you not to use it!! However, in cases of emergencies at least it's there!!
  10. thanks so much for this report. This is so useful to know and the timing is perfect since I will be trying HAL for the very first time in December. I'm impressed that they actually have separate menus for vegan and vegetarians..rather than the token offering that I've seen on other ships.
  11. I like to book as early as possible with a refundable deposit of course and I don’t pay attention to the price when I book because I know that over the course of a year there will be many promotions that I refare with. I just saved $1100 off the price just yesterday. The key is vigilance about checking the prices daily! Sometimes they change hourly!
  12. This is going to be fun! I really enjoy the amount of details that you include - I feel like I'm travelling alongside!! I hope that you are having a great flight!
  13. Thank you very much for letting me know. I look forward to checking out the bathroom now that you mention it! The lack of an overfriendly shower curtain has to be better I do not doubt!
  14. Hi everyone, I've just booked the Nieuw Statendam for next February. It will be my first experience with HAL and I'm really looking forward to it! We've booked Cabin 8080 and I understand that the balcony is slightly bigger and angled because of the location. My question, for anyone who has been on it, is whether the balcony is entirely exposed or is there a combination of shade and sunshine? I usually book cabins on Caribe deck with Princess and those balconies provide both and are larger so I just wondered. Thanks in advance!
  15. Wow..that was quite a tender experience!! I do so agree...attitude is everything and can make or break a vacation..there will always be things that are out of our control and at the end of the day..the only thing we CAN control is our own reaction. I do try to keep in mind that the crew members..like us..are very eager to make sure that things go well..we're all on the same side!! I think alot of issues arise when we can only see part of the picture and communication breaks down..that's not to say that we SHOULD know the whole picture of course..but in some instances it might help to keep impatience and complaints to a minimum.
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