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    Kitty Hawk, NC
  • Interests
    Fishing, gardening, reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, RCI, Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Canada; Alaska, Caribbean

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  1. CDC and FDA know what is going on BTW. People are still getting sick and dying and some people fully vaccinated seem to still be susceptible to some of the Covid "variant" strains. I would bet you would be one of the first whiners when YOUR cruise had to return to port when a Covid case was confirmed on YOUR cruise. YOU wourl blame the CDC again I would also bet on.
  2. We sail both also and agree that your summary is very accurate. However, looking at a recent comparison of PRICES on HAL and X, we find a significant difference with X approaching the ridiculous when calculated per night for two persons.
  3. Totally agree about "stingy" perks on HAL compared to both RCL and X from our experiences on all 3 lines. HAL still honors "stockholder" onboard credit if you own at least 100 shares of Carnival stock while RCL and X get around this by giving a $25 cabin OBC that eliminates eligibility for the stockholder credit for owning RCI stock
  4. Sorry but if this is implemented like on HAL where they have been doing service by the staff for years, YOU won't be "grabbing" ANY plates, they will provide them from behind the glass; but THREE would be accomodated if that is what you want I would imagine
  5. Holland America has been doing this for YEARS already. Even the desserts that are "self serve" are plated in single portions and you take the cup/plate or whatever it is on. The "bacon hounds" griped endlessly about this but eventually most passengers came to accept the changes on HAL as improvements to the "persons of entitlement" who casually tossed the tongs or serving spoon into the middle of the lettuce, lasagna or whatever.
  6. We love both Celebrity and Royal but found that the Diamond perks we get on Royal are all that we need and that makes the cruise price very, very reasonable. The problem I foresee on Celebrity with All inclusive perks for everyone is that the crew will be so overworked tht the lines at the venues will be onerous and service will plummet from its current state of elegance to become substandard. Will have to wait to see if they can overcome the new challenges resulting from their perk policies.
  7. After many cruises I too always referred to the need for ships to stop at a foreign port as the Jones Act. In fact this is not correct from my reading today. The Jones Act dealt with goods transported from port to port but in fact the REAL culprit that affects cruise ships is the PVSA, the Passenger Vessel Services Act. If you google the last terms you will find that it is a doozy in that you just can't stop at ANY port it often has to be a "distant" port if your cruise started in one US city but disembarked in a different city. On the other hand, If you start in Seattle and
  8. Don't be too sure that the "vaccine" will mean the end of Covid now that the "mutants" or variants in the virus are starting to kill people internationally and look to be more easily transmitted from person to person. Passengers will have to be repeatedly tested to rule out the "symtomless" carriers. Sounds dire to me for the cruise industry with the higher prices/per passenger/day I am seeing. Land trips will be our choice for quite a while.
  9. The problem I see with the All Included pricing is that unless they increase STAFFING at the bars and at Cafe el Bacchio, there will be horrendous service waits. Internet could bog down also during the middle parts of sea days. It will be VERY interesting to see how this new strategy works out. We love Celebrity and have cruised often on various ships but the infinite verandahs and smaller walking deck on the Edge class are just not appealing.
  10. Fascinating on how the stock market buyers are inflating cruise stocks for companies that have no income and only growing expenses. Even when cruises start, the profits will take a huge hit since the ships will not be full and it won't be long until some ship has a major outbreak. Even the precautions in the White House weren't enough if people don't take it deadly seriously.......................and on cruise ships MANY people are too inconvenienced with rules from our past many experiences from hand washing to use of sanitizer...........toooooo inconvenient for many on "VACATION"
  11. We were on the Zaandam several years ago and had a similar reaction to the organ. The those who liked it.......fine............but we thought it was the cheapest looking atrium decoration of any other ship we had been on up to that time.........maybe because on our cruise the organ NEVER really did anything
  12. It's official. SOLD and you cannot book ANY cruises on either ship if you try today
  13. One year our cruise down the West Coast from Vancouver was cancelled when the ship lost an Azipod. We still had plane tickets so flew anyway, rented a car and did a 1,500 mile loop from Vancouver to Banff with multiple stops along the way including Jasper, Kamloops, Whistler and a final night at the newer Chinese sector of Vancouver near the airport. We drove leisurely, saw incredible sights in Banff and north up the Icefields Pkwy and met many interesting people. THAT was a landtour we will never forget.
  14. Must not be many contributors who also sail on Holland America. THEY have modified their buffets over 2 years ago and most of the food in the buffet is dished and handed to you on plates from a server. Many items are all served plated e.g., desserts, salads, sides etc so NO utensils used by multiple people needed
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