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  1. I completely agree. We have a cruise booked on the Zuiderdam in July 2020 that has a unique itinerary - Norway, Iceland and northern Scotland. These ports are new to us and up to now I made the assumption that there would be a port guide on the ship. Since we are well within the cancellation without penalty period and I haven't booked air yet, I am going to look for a similar itinerary on another line. Are you listening HAL?
  2. Vtcruising, thank you for taking the time to post these menus. I'll be on the Edge in December. I have one question about ordering cocktails in any of the MDRs. I'm not a wine drinker anymore due to a sensitivity to the sulfites found in most wines. Can I order a cocktail of my choice with dinner or am I restricted to the 3 special cocktails in each of the MDR? Thanks again.
  3. baggal

    Edge Gym?

    Thanks so much for your responses, especially Jim for taking the time out of your relaxation time to photograph the gym and walking track. I prefer to walk outdoors on a Caribbean cruise, especially since the temperature this morning in New Jersey has dipped down to 34 degrees with a chance of snow later in the week. Yikes! Jim, and everyone else, enjoy your cruise. I can't wait for mine!
  4. We're sailing on the Edge for the first time in December. I've been reading a lot of threads about the food and drink but unless I missed it - not too much about the gym and/or an outdoor walking track. Can anyone fill me in? Thanks in advance,
  5. I would change my motel reservation to a property that has restaurant/snack bars (Starbucks for ex.) that are open and available when you arrive.
  6. Yes, we have also sailed Princess and they do have a similar itinerary to the one we are taking. But for this particular cruise, we think HAL will work best for us taking into account "included" perks (never "free') that we are getting on HAL and the itinerary itself. We hope to be so busy during the day that we won't be looking for that much evening entertainment. But clearly we are managing our expectations. Hope you're enjoying your current cruise on the Maasdam.
  7. We are in our late 60's. We have two booked cruises coming up: a Caribbean cruise in December on Celebrity and a Norway/Iceland/Scotland on HAL in July. We've given up going to the Caribbean on HAL even though I will miss Half Moon Cay - its just too boring. Although I enjoy BB Kings, the other music venues become repetitive after two days into the cruise. In January of this year on the Niew Statendam, every time I walked by "Billboards" they were either singing Billy Joel or Elton John. All week. And, IMO there is absolutely nothing worthwhile going on in the Mainstage. HAL has Celebrity beat when it comes to interesting and varied itineraries. For that reason, we have the Zuiderdam booked in July. We have learned to adjust our expectations.
  8. I wonder what the calorie count is for the Godiva Chocolate Martini with Bailey's...
  9. Is Aspen Coffee similar to Princess's Milky Way Martini?
  10. Can you be served a non-wine alcoholic beverage, say a gin and tonic, in any of the dining rooms? I've developed a sensitivity to sulfites and had to give up wine but would like to sip on a drink through out dinner. Thanks.
  11. I don't understand the problem. That cruise was scheduled for 18 months from now leaving plenty of time to find another cruise. Its not as though a doctor called and said you had to cancel your trip so that your DH can start chemo right away. Having been on the receiving end of that phone call, I would not at all be bothered by a canceled cruise 18 months from now.
  12. Celebrity is offering a similar itinerary in August 2020 on their "revolutionized" Summit. Begins in New York (actually Bayonne, NJ) and ends in Dublin so it doesn't get to Norway. Then you can do the reverse itinerary and there you have a cruise very similar to the VOV. Or, fly home from Dublin. So there are options other than HAL. If I felt as strongly as the OP about the degradation of service on HAL, I would cancel my next cruise with them. Actually, I did that. We had a Caribbean cruise booked with HAL but was really not looking forward to it. Now that's ridiculous! So we canceled HAL and booked the brand new Celebrity Edge. At least we'll have evening entertainment.
  13. I thought the ad was meant to appeal to aging baby-boomers who remember the song from their youth. I'm not offended.
  14. OP - you don't say where you're flying from. Which might make a difference at another time of year but since its during the December Holidays I would urge you to fly in the day before your cruise. If there are extenuating circumstances that prevent that - book your air through HAL. At least you won't be left at the pier on your own. Although you might have a hard time finding a last minute hotel room - South Florida is very crowded over the holidays - and not just from cruisers. And finally, if you do decide to take the most risky choice - red-eye in the day of the cruise, realize that you must pass through the security checkpoint to claim your luggage. After that, there are very limited seating and food options in baggage claim. You'd probably want to leave the airport and have about 4 hours to spend before you can go to the ship. I can't imagine what decent hotel in a safe area would be willing to rent you a "day room" during the holidays.
  15. Celebrity prices, in general, are usually higher than HAL's. The perks like beverage package, internet, etc. aren't really "free." The perks are "included" in your higher fare, and may be a benefit to you, but they're not free.
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