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  1. Call it virtue signaling, if you must, but I'm pretty sure the sea turtles are celebrating the disappearance of plastic straws. Every little bit helps.
  2. We were on the Eurodam January 4th to the 15th and had a wonderful cruise. We ate in the MDR, Tamarind, Canaletto, Rudi's Sel de Mer (Pop-Up) and Pinnacle Grill. We had great experiences every evening except for our visit to the Pinnacle Grill on the last night. We made reservations for 7:30 and were seated promptly. It took a while for our order to be taken but we didn't really mind (although the delay was quite noticeable). Our entrees were served at 9 p.m. When our server started presenting the food, we asked where the clotheline bacon appetizer was. She said they had forgotten it and would get us one (served with our entrees). My filet was overcooked and I reluctantly sent it back. The evening's special, the Red Snapper, was not good and one of our guests had to work to cut off the fat (with a dull steak knife) from his porterhouse steak. The baked potatoes were hard, making it difficult to apply the butter and other toppings. During our last several cruises, we had noticed that PG wat hit or miss, but this experience convinced us that it was our last dinner visit to the PG. (We spoke to the manager afterwards, letting her know how many missteps there were and she said she would be certain to forward our comments to the Head Chef.)
  3. I just got off the Eurodam this week and the Tasman Room is the studio for the very expensive Black and White Photography.
  4. You don't have to choose between a partial cruise and a full transit! There is an excursion whereby you get off of your ship and onto a 300 passenger boat and transit the remaining locks -- all the way to the Pacific Ocean! Then they bring you back to your ship by bus! It's a much more intimate experience than doing the entire transit in a ship! It's a long, hot day but we wouldn't have missed it for the world. Bring a hat and sunscreen and a handfan or battery operated one but just don't miss this opportunity!!!
  5. Glad you posted about the people in shorts being turned away. I've seen it on a few cruises and people don't want to believe that it happens. Yes, sometimes someone "gets away with it", but it's a pain to be sent away.
  6. Either way is fine. Doing it now means you don't have to rush to make the reservation once you get on the ship. The charge will be the same.
  7. In a word ……… ABSOLUTELY NOT! (I know, I know ….. two words.)
  8. You are absolutely right. Those who don't like it will refuse to believe it. And find more reasons to remove the service charge. The rest of us will continue to leave it in place and tip more.
  9. This is sometimes true but this one was a disaster. In addition to being unfunny and insensitive, she was actually insulting the older audience members when they didn't react the way she thought they should.
  10. Just wondered if anyone else had experienced the "comedy" of Frances Dilorinzo onboard HAL ships. We just sailed on the Nieuw Amsterdam and were very underwhelmed with her set. We loved comedians and were so happy to see two were scheduled to perform last week. Sorry that I can't remember the man's name, but his humor was topical and funny. We can't say the same for Frances. I was mortified to hear her make a joke about the carpets in the elevators having the days of the week on them. She wondered if maybe HAL thought ALL of their guests had dementia. At other times when the audience didn't respond with a belly laugh to her comments, she said she would "slow it down" …. as if the audience was too old or stupid to "get" her humor ------ we "got it", it just wasn't funny. Twice she mentioned being with us on the "Amsterdam" ….. she couldn't even be bothered to get the name of the ship right. Hope we don't encounter her again.
  11. For a unique dining experience in Aruba, you MUST go to Screaming Eagle. They have regular tables and chairs, inside and outside …… but they also offer lounge beds so that you can have dinner in bed! Check the reviews on TripAdvisor -- the food is exceptional and the experience is amazing! We can't wait to cruise to Aruba again, just to go to Screaming Eagle! (The name belies the gourmet aspect of the restaurant!)
  12. I can understand being displeased about using the nightgown from the drawer, but ……….. I would love it. First world problems.
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