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About edgeman61

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    DFW, Texas
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    Travel, History, my Dog
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    HAL, Celebrity, NCL for Hawaii
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  1. Reduced airfare was not offered when we booked. We did get 1 night before embarkation in a Honolulu hotel (Hilton Hawaiian Village), I was interested to see if transfer from the airport to the hotel was provided. I suspected that I would have to arrange transportation but wanted to explore others experiences.
  2. I can see that. The floor plans for deck 7 don't show much furniture other than the bed. From photos I've seen, the aft wrap balconies on 7 May have a chair or two inside but many seating options on that huge balcony. Thanks for the reply.
  3. DW and I are sailing on POA next year. We have 1 night in Honolulu (Hilton Hawaiian Village) as one of our booking perks. Does NCL provide the transfer from the airport (HNL) to the hotel? or are we responsible for getting ourselves to Waikiki? I am going to get this clarified with NCL but wanted to know if anyone had the same situation and what was their experience. Thanks for any input.
  4. Is there anything wrong with the aft wrap balconies on deck 7?
  5. Frankly, I was stunned when I saw that there was a $7.95 fee for room service. I might understand the practice to minimize food wastage for late night orders, but having cruised on nearly all the major lines this is the first time I have seen a charge for room service at all times. IMO, if there is a charge for Room Service adding an automatic gratuity to the fee is adding insult to injury.
  6. Greetings, I collect the plastic room key cards from all of our cruise sailings and mount them in frames along with itinerary and ship info. I wondered if Princess still gives out the plastic room keys on sailings that have the Ocean Medallion? We will be on Royal Princess in September of 2020. I appreciate your responses.
  7. Thank you for the photos of the room at the Hilton at T4. From the U.S. I just booked on the Hilton HHonors site, the price was in GBP but everything worked just like booking a hotel in the U.S. I think we are going to stick with our original plan of staying at Heathrow when we arrive and take a transfer straight to the ship the next morning. Every time we have flown to the U.K. we are always are so tired when we arrive we end up asleep by 19:30 or earlier.
  8. If staying near Southampton, is it difficult to transfer to the port from the hotel(s)?
  9. That's dissapointing to hear. I try not to watch too much of the cable news outlets (of either side of the aisle) maybe some BBC. I guess I'll have to take some reading material. Thanks for the replies.
  10. We have only sailed RCL once before in 2016 on the Navigator OTS, we enjoyed it immensely, the only let down was the TV programming. There was a limited selection that played over and over, not a huge deal but on a 12N cruise you eventually saw everything (at least two of three times). Has RCL upgraded their TV programming to be more of an on demand affair much like the newer offerings from Celebrity or HAL? Either way we'll still enjoy our 14N on Explorer this fall. Thanks for any replies.
  11. We are not flying over until mid September so the Hilton Garden Inn should be open by then (they are taking online reservations). We are arriving about 1300 and due to the overnight flight we will be pretty tired. My thoughts were to save on the price of the hotel and the transfer into London by staying near Heathrow and transferring to Southampton in the morning. Having an on-site restaurant and perhaps a lounge are the only amenities that would be of use to us. Your thoughts about transferring to Southampton that afternoon and staying there for the night are well received, I'll be looking into that.
  12. We are arriving at Heathrow Terminal 3 on BA from US, we plan on staying at the airport overnight before cruise out of Southampton. Currently have reservations at the Hilton, Terminal 4 but have been looking at the Hilton Garden Inn at Terminal 2. A hotel at Terminal 2 would be easier to get to from Terminal 3 but the Hilton at Terminal 4 appears to have more amenities. Any other thoughts that I might have overlooked, recommendations? Thanks in advance.
  13. I agree with a previous post that the PG lunch might be a better option than dinner. I've had their tenderloin several times and they have always undercooked it and contrary to popular belief you can't just put it back on the grill, it will come back dry. I've had their halibut, overcooked and I've had their porterhouse, most flavorless, toughest steak I've ever had but at least was cooked to the doneness that I ordered. We're going to try Tamarind again on our upcoming cruise but in future will probably stick primarily with the MDR.
  14. +1 on that, I've just about given up on the Pinacle Grill (and pretty much all land based and cruise line steakhouse for that matter) as I can cook a better steak at home. As for service, we've had 4 good experiences and one atrocious experience on the Eurodam where we got up and walked out.
  15. First time sailing out of Galveston (12/2019). Driving from DFW day before. Wanted to know how early to book a hotel & parking, keeping in mind that this cruise will be over New Years (eve & day)? Better to stay in Galveston or somewhere nearby? Thanks for any advice.
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