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About tamsno

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    Southeastern PA
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    Travel, Grandchildren, cooking, golf
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    Celebrity Princess Holland America
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  1. No hand washing stations outside MDR, however. Better something than nothing.
  2. Puerto Rico has certainly had more than its share of trouble recently. Those of us whose cruises have been or may be affected by the pod problem are grateful for the continuing excellent first hand and technical info. Thanks everyone. Hopefully HAL will respect our concerns.
  3. Thanks for taking the time to share recent first hand info bahalter and fatcat. Balcony sitting and sipping definitely falls under doing something or doing nothing category of best cruise activities. Cheers!
  4. I hope NS has the excellent Bloody Mary with huge shrimp and veg garnish I enjoyed at aft pool bar on K when it was new. Almost lunch. Not on a special menu at the time but many takers.
  5. Thanks for the comments and pics. Back to my earlier comment regarding the April transatlantic I'm booked on, won't this have to be fixed before then?
  6. Still a bit concerned about repositioning Ft Lauderdale to Barcelona 4/04/20 and the Med beyond. If in fact full repairs were not made, would they attempt a 6-day transatlantic on one pod which would eliminate redundancy? Hopefully, this saga is indeed not over yet.
  7. On line payment still not working. A very efficient 5 minute phone call to main HAL number with credit card info did work fine. Other login and account access options don't always work either. Screen sometimes freezes and turning everything off is the only way to exit the site. They are well aware of site issues but never criticize just apologize and politely take care of what you need.
  8. Machines still at Lido and Dining Room entrances on Zuiderdam to Canada in September. Noticed more people seemed to use them in dining room with welcome receiving line right there than lido unattended.
  9. Actually my preferred Marriott Harbor Beach Ft. Lauderdale in April through HAL is $150 less for one person and $100 less for two per night with transfers so not always more. As well, one way flight back from Barcelona HAL booking is half AA price so a good deal all around.
  10. Thanks so much for taking along on your voyage. Lovely pictures. Will be boarding in Boston when you return. Hopefully we'll be as lucky with the sunny weather. Smooth sailing.
  11. I will also be boarding in Boston for Quebec City with my two sisters and BILs when you return - one couple's first cruise It has been so enjoyable to travel along with you. Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to share your experiences on land and sea. I was on Zdam when new and I'm pleased to see the ship looking so lovely though quite different in places like the very red dining room it was then. Smooth sailing now and in the future.
  12. Also, please always leave passport, most of your money and one all but one credit card in the hotel safe. No need to carry it around. A copy of the picture page or your drivers license along with a hotel card will at least ID you in an emergency. Glad your OK. Enjoy the rest of of your trip.
  13. Did B2B on Koningsdam to Iceland. Embark, turnaround, and disembark in the nice port facilities in Amsterdam 2 years ago. All worked very easily. HAL tour on turnaround day got us off the ship quickly. Return to ship only required showing in transit card and waiting in line with everyone for usual security bag check. HAL airport transfers, and the very nice Movenpick hotel next to terminal before embark made it all seamless. HAL picked up luggage from room. Before England and Scotland ports UK officials came on board for face to face with everyone including crew. Have a great trip.
  14. As it states this is "STATEMENT CREDIT" not "stateroom." That's $100 off your Amex billing statement not the ship statement. Amex sent confirmation of use of the $500 right away. If you buy OBC with the $500 it's just like any other OBC. I have used the $500 toward final payment. Simpler that way.
  15. Per HALS's Captain Albert, he will be blogging daily as conditions allow from Nieuw Statendam from 10/26 through 12/19. He always shares great insiders ship and port info and includes many pictures. Looking forward to it. Search Captain Albert's Blog.
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