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sevenseasnomad

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    Newport News, VA, USA
  • Interests
    cooking, reading, writing, traveling, sewing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    HAL, RCCL, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska

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  1. Sitting here at hotel, revving to embark NS tomorrow. We've already met several other HAL passengers at the hotel. Almost everyone staying here (Hyatt House) is on some cruise ship leaving tomorrow. Weather is terrible: wind and rain. More predicted for tomorrow. Ugh. First time we've had rain at embarkation. I packed our rain gear, LL Bean waterproof pants and jackets, so we won't get wet; however, I hope the weather miraculously improves. We wont' be at sail-away as I understand we'll already be at dinner; however, we WILL have a wave on Dec. 29 sailing (if it isn't raining that day too) and we'll hold the yellow Happy New Year sign. Anticipating a wonderful cruise. See all of you on the flip side of 2019 as it slides into 2020.
  2. Great Christmas gift for all these passengers. These last few days had to be nerve-racking. So, to all who sail on Saturday, relax and have a wonderful, fabulous voyage. 😎
  3. You also get two stewards who wait on you hand and foot, even bringing all your meals to you from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. We only rent a cabana if we're in an inside/outside category cabin. If we have a balcony, we don't bother. Our last time renting, we got the family cabana on Oosterdam, a huge space, much larger than the family cabanas on NS. However, the stewards are the real draw here. Best service I've ever received. If you're thinking of a cabana, buy before leaving home, as they sell out and all of them may already be taken. Have you checked out our Roll Call for the 12/22 sailing? Please do so. We're mulling over when and where to meet, but I don't think we've made it an official Meet and Greet, just something very informal.
  4. And if they were downgraded or upgraded in cabin category. All around, it was a bad situation, but HAL did attempt to "do right" by the passengers, IMO. Of course, nothing can make up for the vacation they anticipated for months and now missed, at least for the majority of them. Very sad.
  5. Crew, the toots were awesome this afternoon. Did you hear them? I largely give you credit, since you wrote a note to the captain, right? Anticipating doing the same on our cruise.
  6. Thank you for your great review and amazing pictures. Since we're boarding next Sunday, I'll study your menus etc. this week and begin to savor the culinary delights awaiting us.
  7. Well said, especially the last paragraph. OP indicated cruising in November. You should be fine with a blazer and nice slacks. If doing a Christmas/New Year's cruise, you see more tuxedos and dark suits. My son loves wearing his tux. Due to his job, he can only cruise during the holidays, so he makes it festive and wears his tux. His choice. We normally drive to Port Everglades, which means we can pack a little heavier. Were we flying, no way would I take my formal gown, and I doubt that he'd take his tux with all its accoutrements. He would bring his blazer and some nice dress slacks.
  8. If nothing else, they'll have a "story" to tell when they return home. I'm glad NS and K could accommodate some of them. Crew, how did HAL determine which passengers would come aboard either ship or which would return home? Is this information anyone in authority would be willing to share? Really curious.
  9. Well, okay, then. This is acceptable. I was envisioning all of us sharing a pot of jam or a bottle of syrup, which would have been less than sanitary IMO.
  10. So glad you enjoyed your time aboard the O. Thank you for your great review. I enjoyed hearing about the comparisons between HAL and other lines with whom you've cruised. You sound like me, a perfectionist when it comes to the written word. Since I teach English (Language Arts as they designate that subject now), I feel every noun, verb with its tenses, adverb, and adjective must be perfectly selected and, of course, punctuated correctly. Most posters don't care; they want the information or the answer to their question with no criticism of improper English. I suppose that's as it should be. LOL.
  11. We can thank a CC member onboard right now for all those toots. He requested them in a note to the captain. This new captain accommodated. Excellent show.
  12. Poor NA looks so lonely sitting there as she did last night at 2:00 a.m.
  13. Oops, sorry. Looks like the K sitting there. We're on NS. Still, I don't want the K to be damaged either.
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