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  1. I’ve also always been happy with the laundry on HAL. I’m so looking forward to free laundry at 4 star in 5 mare cruise days.
  2. Yes, we were on the Zaandam. I think we went on a Shore Excursion organized by someone on the Roll Call with you. No idea which one.
  3. Enjoying your posts. Pretty sure we were with you on a South American cruise in 2013.
  4. I’ve done 2 cruises to Asia with HAL. Loved them both.
  5. My DH and I were on from Hong Kong to San Diego on the Grand Asia 2017.
  6. I’m 5 days short of 4 Star. We booked a 30 day cruise directly with HAL. I mentioned this and our PCC said he would check to see if we could be moved to 4 Star during the cruise. Does anyone have experience with this?
  7. I think it depends somewhat on the length of the cruise. We were on the Grand Asia and at a table for 8, 3 men in tuxes and my husband in a jacket and tie. Last cruise was a two week in Asia and more casual on Gala night and less tuxes, for sure.
  8. It's been several years so I don't remember the name of the private guide we hired but he didn't show up. One of the other private guides called him and he said he had a flat tire or some other problem. There were several taxi drivers there and we, along with a couple we had met on Cruise Critic, hired him for the day. It worked out great! We we went to Sugarloaf and Christ the Redeemer plus in downtown we went to the Library and a church. That evening he took us to a Brazilian steakhouse. Quite expensive but very good. Then he dropped up at our hotels which were both near Copacabana beach. We took off the next morning for Igazu which we planned on our own.
  9. We have usually gotten in fairly quickly. Only made reservations on our last cruise when there were six of us traveling together.
  10. I had no idea they were called YumYum Men but I’ve enjoyed them on my HAL cruises and have had several photos taken with them.
  11. While I agree with some of the OP’s points, my husband and I and friends went on this cruise an really enjoyed ourselves. Loved Havana and probably won’t go again but that’s only because there are lots more places to see,
  12. I hope it’s a new book FOR 2019.
  13. On the Grand Asia we did get a discount for ordering and paying for unlimited laundry before the cruise. I think this applies to any Grand Voyage.
  14. Does anyone have any idea how many ask for their gratuities to be removed? We never have and I really prefer it to the “old” way where you got envelopes and “suggested “ amounts.
  15. We were very pleased with SPB Tours. We also used them in several other ports also.
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