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Cruzin Terri

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  1. Jeepers! Give the lady a break. If you don’t want to hear her and you’re in your cabin just close the door and she’s gone. I was on one cruise with her and frankly I really don’t remember her taking over the mike. I had a great cruise and found her to be friendly and helpful. I ran the M&G and she stopped by and asked if we needed anything, spoke for a minute and left. She greeted me every time we met on the ship and was lovely. I really don’t remember the infomercials at all. I do remember that I had a lovely cruise. Terri
  2. We are on the same cruise. Have you joined the roll call. Please do. Terri
  3. Hi Jayne, I just posted on the roll call that I booked the Silver Moon, despite the increase in price. That is because of the new taxes imposed by the government of Barbados. I don’t know if you are interested in joining us. It is still less expensive than the ship catamaran cruise. Also planning on using the same group in St. Lucia again. Will post more on the Roll Call so as not to hijack this thread. Terri
  4. We are doing a Caribbean on Feb 14 and then in Oct 2020 from Lisbon to Miami. We have done the Med with Oceania and have been very pleased. This will be our fourth voyage on the Riviera. We did one on the Insignia and liked that very much. Actually I liked the small ship but the itineraries that we have enjoyed have been on the Riviera. Enjoy your cruises and I hope we meet one of these days. Terri
  5. Denise, Welcome to O from another ex HAL cruiser. You will love Oceania. We made the switch and are not sorry in the least. What cruises are you on? Would love to meet you. Terri
  6. Hi M. Jim and I are on the Riviera on Feb. 14 for 12 days. Want to join us.? It will be a great opportunity to reconnect. We need to do that. Terri
  7. In 2014 we had HAL’s Platinum Insurance for a cruise beginning and ending in Rome. We had to cancel prior to boarding as my DH became ill in Rome and required surgery. HAL’s insurance returned 90% of the cruise fare. That was it. If we had taken out better insurance we would have been covered for the expenses prior to the trip as well as the time we had to spend in Rome after his hospitalization while he recovered. Fortunately for us health care in Italy was free so we incurred no expenses there and we both had health insurance that covered us outside of the US. HOWEVER, we had to remain in Rome for an extra 5 or 6 days (I don’t remember exactly) and that was not covered. Had we taken out a different policy that covered us from the time we left home until we returned, our extra hotel expenses would have been covered as well as anything else we needed during our extended stay. We also would have gotten 100% of our cruise fare back. You live and learn. We used frequent flier miles and AA was very good about changing our flights without charging a penalty once the phone rep heard our story, so we did not incur a cost there. In the future, we do not pick up HAL’s insurance. We now take insurance that covers us from the time we leave home until we return. Just another person’s experience. Terri
  8. Regardless, it was a terrible experience. Combined with everything else that went wrong on that cruise (we were in the Pinnacle Suite) left us feeling like we could spend our money elsewhere and do better. We have been sailing on Oceania for the last few cruises and a few river cruises with Tauck and it is like night and day.
  9. How does HAL deal with wine brought on board? In our experience, not very well. On boarding the Rotterdam a few years ago in Fort Lauderdale, the woman at the security scanner said to us, “You have wine.” I said “Yes, we are three and entitled to three free bottles and will pay for the rest. She then proceeded to put two fingers in her mouth and whistle to the wine person across the room and yelled “They have wine,” and had someone walk us over to him. Every head turned on the security lines. Even the wine person was embarrassed for us. That was the beginning of one of the worst cruises we ever experienced on HAL. It all went downhill from that moment on. Check in was a nightmare, the food and service were below par and it sent us running. We are four star Mariners and we really expected better from HAL.
  10. This option did not show up for me but I charged $500 toward my final payment on my AMEX card. $100 came off the bill anyway. So it worked despite not having the offer. Terri
  11. Hi there. We just returned from an Oceania cruise that stopped in Scarborough. We usually do private tours or just walk around the port area. From all I have read, this area is not very safe. We ended up putting a tour together with Hans Phillip, which took us around the island and included lunch. The cost was $80 per person. A number of people on the cruise did go to a beach at Pigeon Point. They said it was very nice. I don't know about facilities at the beach. If you want info on Hans, email me and I will be glad to send you his contact info. Terri
  12. Well I must be the lucky one here with Oceania. We have done four and have another booked. I find the food to be much better than HAL and service quite good. On our last few HAL cruises we could never get the wine steward to return to give us more wine and we were totally disappointed with the food. On HAL we avoid the Lido like the plague, but have no problem with the Terrace Cafe on O. We like the fact that we are allowed to bring on as much wine as we want and only pay the corkage if you bring the bottle to the restaurant and not HAL’s wine police at embarkation and the ports. I do agree that O is not perfect and we do have another cruise booked on HAL becaise we are going with friends,but given the choice, O wins out hands down. DH keeps asking why we didn’t switch to O sooner. Terri
  13. Keith, we, too, live in South Carolina, BUT we’re actually transplanted New Yorkers. I feel that we were very inclusive and just accept everyone as a new friend. As I said before, if the opportunity presented itself we would have been delighted to share a meal with you. Terri
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