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  1. Recently, HAL showed a price drop after final payment. Our travel agent contacted HAL to ask if they would offer any kind of compensation. We knew we would not get a re-pricing before he called them, but kept our fingers crossed for a little something. We had been booked in a verandah. We were pleased to learn that HAL offered to upgrade us to a signature suite stateroom at no extra charge. This was not an upsell situation. I'm just wondering if getting upgraded to a suite would qualify us for the double Mariner points for that voyage. I know upsells to a suite do not qualify. Thanks in advance for any information anyone may have on this from your past experience. Stay healthy,
  2. We have had varying experiences with the Sip and Savour as others have reported. When the cellar master is present he/she gives a very good explanation of the wines and why they were selected to pair with the appetizers. If the cellar master does not host the event there is very little information given. On our most recent 26 day voyage on the K in October/Nov only 1 Sip and Savour was offered, no talk given and only a white wine available although later the bar tender told us that in fact there was a red available. Pours were quite small. I forget the price but think it was $8 plus 15% gratuity. Late in the voyage, I met the cellar master and questioned her as to why there had only been 1 Sip and Savour. Her reply was that with the changes to the wine offerings under James Sucking being made fleet wide that the Sip and Savours were being eliminated.
  3. Thanks Carole Just the answers we were looking for. Looking forward to a wonderful river cruise.
  4. Ahoy, all, We will be taking our first river cruise. This will be a seven night cruise on Amawaterways from Paris to Normandy. A few questions for anyone who can provide some information for us: 1. Which of the seven nights is the Chaine des Rotisseurs dinner? (Is it the same on each one week sailing, or does the timing vary?) 2. We have heard that the Farewell Dinner is actually on the next-to-last night as opposed to on the last night of the cruise. Is this true? 3. Does the air conditioning keep the indoor areas of the ship cool? France, especially around Paris, has been having some exceptionally warm weather this summer. Thanks for your help with these queries. Have a great evening. Cheers! 😎 🍷
  5. Were you successful in getting to Abu Simbel? We are booked for Feb 2020 and would be very disappointed if we could not book the optional excursion to Abu Simbel
  6. Ship name is now changed to SS Sphinx. We just booked for Feb 2020. Still waiting for information on pre-post cruise extensions. So excited.
  7. Thanks for all of the responses. We entered the port via the I595 entrance at about 10:15. There was a short line of maybe 10 cars in front of us. We had no problem finding a parking spot and there were still a few disembarking passengers vacating their spots. A very smooth embarkation day.
  8. Thanks capriccio That's reassuring about the parking lots. As of now, the port authority has us scheduled for terminal 19 and we are familiar with the lot that serves it. Do you think entering the port area via I 595 is the best way to go? That is the route we are familiar with. I see from the port map that there are other entry points that we could use instead.
  9. Thanks for the responses. We are travelling from 4 hours north, so we'll arrive after the disembarking passengers have cleared the garages. Just don't want to get there too late and find the garages are full!
  10. Hope those more familiar with PEV can give suggestions. We embark on a day that there are 8 ships in port and will be driving and parking at the port. We have previously sailed on days when only a few ships were in port. Any suggestions as to a better time to arrive to avoid excessively long waits particularly at the port gate? We've only used the gate at I 595. Would an alternate entry be a better option? Thanks for any ideas.
  11. We have stayed in a Vista suite on the Kdam and as others have said it is only slightly larger than a verandah stateroom. It would be awfully tight for 4. canadianbear Our clothes line was long enough to hook up and we had no trouble with items drying in shower area. I think we may have propped open the shower door a bit with a face cloth to facilitate air circulation. I may have also pinned some items to the lounge chairs on the verandah.
  12. We were onboard the Zuiderdam and in a Canadian port on the day cannabis became legal in Canada. There was a very large poster displayed as you approached the gangway to exit the ship outlining the lines policy on drugs on board. It included a picture of a marijuana leaf. It was perfectly clear to all, no matter the language spoken by the passenger, that bringing cannabis products on board was prohibited.
  13. Thanks for the all the answers.We'll aim to arrive before 1 just in case they close the doors early.
  14. Good day, This isn't a critical question, but if anyone has the information, we'd appreciate it. We're boarding the Zuiderdam in a few days and prefer to have lunch in the MDR after we get on. If anyone knows the times the MDR is open for lunch on embarkation days, would you pass it along, please? Thanks and have a good weekend. And happy Canadian Thanksgiving to the Canucks. Cheers! Cruisepucks:cool:
  15. MissG We have loved your reports and wonderful photos. We embark the Zuiderdam on Oct 13 and you have provided much information. Thank you. Yesterday DH and I were trying to determine if we could walk to the ship from our hotel based on your photos of QC. Today's post confirmed that we can. We are staying at Le Priori too!
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