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    Lake Stevens, WA
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    travel, gardening, needle work
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    Holland America
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    Eastern and Western Med

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  1. Thanks. The post I was quoting said that the salad bar, pre-made sandwiches and desert bar are self-serve. So I wondered if something had changed recently ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. On all my cruises in recent years on different ships the salad bar has not been self-serve. Is it back to self-serve on the NS?
  3. We probably all have one or two of those friends who may be 4 or 5 star Mariners and yet really don't know much about HAL cruising! In my case those friends don't read CC. Or they may only post on roll calls. In the 12 years I've been reading this board, the amount I've learned is priceless! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
  4. DH checks ours faithfully, we've had similar experiences to yours. Happy for you! (no price drop yet on our bookings, but keeping fingers crossed!)
  5. I'm sorry this happened to you. If you had gone to the ship doctor, you would at least have your injuries documented. Now it will be harder to prove your case in the lawsuit. JMO
  6. Thank you! No, we haven't been to the Flower Market in Nice. I just looked it up, it looks fabulous! I have added these suggestions to my list, so excited ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much. I like your plan. I know what you mean about picnic food, usually we do end up stopping at a deli and have had wonderful picnics. We usually "wing it" and start looking when we're hungry, we haven't starved yet ๐Ÿ˜‰ It's so nice to know that we can do all this, love those longer port days!
  7. In mid-October our ship will be in Monte Carlo from 8 am to 10 pm. We have a rental car for the day, and would love any suggestions how to spend our time. We plan to go to Villefranche and Rothschild Villa. We've been to Eze and Nice before, looking for some other ideas. Also any markets along the way? We love to pick up bread, cheese etc. at markets and picnic. Unfortunately I see that the market in Villefranche is on days we won't be there. We'll have a nice long day, hoping to really make the most of it. We're experienced at DIY and rental cars in France, but haven't spent much time in this area. Thanks for any help!!
  8. I don't think so. Open Dining and making reservations is discussed here often. Your post is the first I've ever seen that mentions that possibility. I believe Inga in the Neptune Lounge was mistaken, or didn't understand the question. Not only that, but Artsy Craftsy sailed the same ship that ScottC sailed within a couple weeks. We have used Open Dining ever since HAL started it, years ago and many different ships. We have never been told we couldn't make a reservation in the MDR. Limited hours, yes, but never told no we couldn't make a reservation.
  9. Many times we have requested a table for 2 in a favorite dining steward's area -- and other times we have been given the same table each night without even asking. Once they find you prefer a particular steward(s), they seem to want to accommodate both you and that steward. No need for reservations each day, but it can help. If you don't make reservations you can do a walk-up and wait for what you prefer.
  10. I'm sorry you haven't been able to reach your PCC, sounds like you need to change to another ๐Ÿ™‚ Ours answers within minutes. Anyway, yes you can do this, we have done it after final payment. I *think* you should get the Mariner points as long as you're paying full price for the suite. In our case they made a deal and we didn't pay full price, and didn't get the points.
  11. I agree there should have been a formal announcement, people who aren't on Cruise Critic are left out of the loop. But as for being within the 60 days, several of us have said on this thread that our cruises booked long before the 60 days have been able to transfer our cruises (no matter what the terminology on the transfer form is).
  12. LOL -- trust me, I'll be saying that too for the cruises booked within the 60 days. I just wanted to be sure they knew that these 3 should transfer too, even though they were booked last year. ๐Ÿ˜„ Our 3 went through too, still have to do the last one that was just booked last month. I wanted to be sure these would go through first.
  13. He said all the PCCs were completely taken by surprise too. I'm sure they are slammed! Ours is great, he answered within a half hour even though they're super busy. He said the PCC is NOT hurt by transfers. There is no difference in what they get whether you book directly with them or transfer. Just as our previous PCC said, as long as we don't cancel the cruise, the PCC will get credit. So we will continue to book with him so he gets credit, and then we'll transfer within 60 days. He also said that previously booked cruises before now are grandfathered in. In the "Reason for transfer" box we're to write our reason (I wrote "because of HAL's recent change in policy for transfers and we had no notice, we believe this cruise should be grandfathered in". )
  14. Thank you AQ. Our forms are ready to send in, it's encouraging to hear how it went for you. DH has a call in to our mutual PCC. He's going to ask him point blank how this affects him. I think his answer will be the deciding factor whether or not we continue as we have (book with him first) but then transfer sooner than in the past. We don't want to take up his time if it isn't beneficial for him (although from what our previous mutual PCC told us, it's always beneficial to them).
  15. Thank you for your review! Sorry to hear about the Pinnacle Grill dinner -- good to hear that lunch was better -- we've always loved lunch in the Pinnacle. We'll be aboard the NS for 40 days this fall. I guess we'll try dinner in the Pinnacle early on so we'll know whether or not to book again! Thanks again.
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