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taxmantoo

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  1. Not really ... it is a step towards attaining 5-star level.
  2. Not quite correct. On most other HAL ships, the Promenade provides an unobstructed view of the ocean. On the 2 Pinnacle Class ships, the view of the ocean from the Promenade deck is severely restricted by the tender boats.
  3. As did everyone for the weeks of Nov 17 and Nov 24, you will find there is NO enforcement whatsoever of that policy. People were already lining up by the hundreds at 11:00 am.
  4. Same here. We just can't figure out why people enjoy dining in what looks to us like a fishbowl or aquarium. It is way to bright to enjoy a relaxed meal with everyone walking outside staring in.
  5. We were on for the Nov 17 - Nov 24 cruise and the Nov 24 - Dec 1 cruise and that is exactly the way it happened. We all met in the World Stage, were walked off, waved our passport at Immigration officials, and walked back on. After waiting for a few stragglers, of course πŸ™„ one of which was actually a B.B. King band member who had to know the routine.
  6. I've never seen a copy but I would wager that they advertise in "Oprah Magazine" πŸ˜‰ Just saying ... And I'd wager even more that this will increase with the new "North American Sales Manager" person being appointed.
  7. Same time next week ... we will be on Nieuw Statendam 😁
  8. I sincerely believe some of the blame for poor sales in the last few years can be attributed directly to very poor operational decisions taken by the gentleman they have just put in charge of North American sales. πŸ™„ Am I the only one thinking things will get worse before getting better? Just saying ...
  9. Bon Voyage G & G !!! Hope the weather is great. πŸ˜‰ We will be following a few days behind you.
  10. Really enjoyed Mike's show a few times now. Interaction with the crowd is hilarious!
  11. While I agree with this to a certain point, I believe the MOST important attitude is that of the individual passenger πŸ˜‰ A pleasant demeanor, please and thank you will go a long way in getting what you want without any hassle.
  12. A lot of angst, argument, assumption, rudeness and even some sarcasm over NOTHING... and that is exactly what a credit card hold is in the end ... NOTHING! πŸ™„
  13. If you have the card in your room on boarding and would rather go at another date/time, just go to the Reservations desk set up for Specialty Dining across from the Pinnacle Grill and ask for it to be changed. I've heard of requests being denied, but every time we asked for a change they accommodated us. Good luck!
  14. Hope you got yo your TA in time. $100 difference for a Neptune over a Signature Suite is a great price.
  15. It is just a hold of $60 per day on your card (processed at embarkation for the total) to ensure that you have sufficient credit on the card to pay the final bill at disembarkation. There is no factual charge to the card until disembarkation when the hold is released (cancelled) and the actual amount is charged. While no amount is charged, it does affect your credit balance and could limit the amount you can spend elsewhere if you have a low limit.
  16. Any chance you might find out the piano players' names in Billboard Onboard? Thanks!
  17. Taxis or car services will drop you off at the terminal where ship is docked ... right at the door.
  18. Jacqui's suggestion is certainly a good one and we go one step further. We bring our own wine quite often but also order packages to supplement. When sitting down on our first night in the MDR, when the food waiter introduces himself we immediately let him know that we are not in a hurry and that we will never order food until the wine attendant has poured our first glass. The wine attendant usually shows up a minute or two after that and they are trained for the rest of the cruise. πŸ˜‰
  19. I've been told it is more like "brownie" points towards a good performance review at contract end or a bit of time off while in port instead of staying on board for bar duty.
  20. Cruising on HAL in November ... did not receive the email. Cruising on Princess in February ... received the email. Seems like all of Carnival ships are involved with giving data away to this company.
  21. A favorite of ours ... we go every time we have a port day in Civitavecchia. TRATORRIA SORA MARIA within very easy walking distance of port shuttle drop-off. https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g194743-d1778342-Reviews-Sora_Maria-Civitavecchia_Province_of_Rome_Lazio.html
  22. The Mainstage going away? The entire two stories? To be replaced by what?
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