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  1. Ours is not to be puzzled. Ours is to obey the ship's rules, which is to keep the door closed.
  2. This is roll call info. Please copy it to that forum. Thanks.
  3. They were there on our Grand Asia last fall.
  4. I guess this answers a poster's question: It is a complaint. If it is the Catholic Church that supplies the priests aboard the ship, why a complaint to Holland America? They did't supply the Catholic priests, either. How many other cruise lines, BTW, do supply clergy of any denomination?
  5. That was not the scenario, however. The HAL provision referred to was being applied to the context of a M&G, where people were actively pushing for fellow passengers to join their cruises. That is being done publicly in a HAL hosted venue. What you appear to be referring to is a private, non-public exhange of money or independent tour info.
  6. There is a difference. The one poster mentioned calling the airline to cancel the return trip.You cannot just not show up. That is where the problem lies. You can, however, cancel and rebook within a certain period of time. Many people plan their cruises around that plan: Buy a R/T and leave the return open. The following year they cruise to Europe and fly back. I don't see what one's moral or ethical objections have anything to do with an airline's rule and regulations. If one objects to them, don't fly with that airline. I'm not sure, however, that I see the practice of just letting the year run out as cheating. I do see that not notifying of a cancellation, thereby causing someone to lose an available seat, could be considered as such. If nothing else, it is certainly inconsiderate of other passengers. I understand that this was not was doublebzz was suggesting, however.
  7. Thank you. So there is a basis for M&G leaders to caution about trying to arrange independent tours. I thought that it was just common courtesy, analogized to house guests raving about a recent party at someone else's home. Good to know that there actually is a HAL rule. Every time I have ever cautioned about this, the response was to shrug it off: "Everyone does it!"
  8. Actually, it is CC that sets the roll call rules, not HAL. M&G rules, OTOH, are set by HAL or by good taste. And it was always a no-no to spend time in a M&G sponsored by HAL and at which officers were present, talking about private tours. That appears to have gone by the wayside since HAL officers are not usually at the functions any more.
  9. A meet and greet list, also referred to as a roll call spreadsheet. At least that is how I titled the one that I did for the Grand Asia.
  10. Because I misspoke! What I meant was that no one on the roll call has actually started a roll call of its members, i.e. a list. No one has offered, including me.
  11. Our 22-day SA/Antarctica cruise of December 18, 2019, does not even have a roll call, and to date it comprises only five pages. And, no, I have no intention of starting one. I did it for the Grand Asia, and I want a break. So far, no one has offered to do it, despite my suggestions. Maybe this ship will sail half full and we can get a reasonable upsell to an NS! LOL.
  12. They also like to use the smaller ships because they can get into ports that mid-sized or large ships cannot. That is why you don't see the Vista class and larger ships on the Grand Voyages. The Amsterdam, if you have never been on it, is a most comfortable ship, even in rough waters. HAL would get more income by using the larger ships, at least on the WC's, which usually sell out.
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