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  1. I have never waited more than 24 hours. Once it was only 6 hours. Best service!
  2. I have been checking my EZair flights the same way as above. At first I was really nervous about checking because I was afraid I would inadvertently cancel the original booking but as stated, as long as you don't click cancel your fine. I have a limited seating reservation on a non-stop Copenhagen to Boston which disappeared already, so I dont want to lose that return flight. I am watching for a BOS to LHR price change and if that happens I will call Princess as I dont want to lose that Copenhagen flight.
  3. If you book a cruise through an online TA, using FCCs and then cancel that cruise, with the intent of not using that TA again, will the credits be automatically sent back to my account at HAL? thanks
  4. We also just disembarked the Veendam. I agree 100% with the OP, it was a fabulous cruise and I love this ship. The entertainment was low key, although not as low key as my last Maasdam cruise. The Veendam has their own singers and dancers troupe and they are very talented and energetic. This troupe performed 3 different shows and they were all superb. There was Magician Jeff Peterson and Indy. He was very good and comedic. Then there was Mike Robinson, a Ventriloquist/Comedian who was fabulous. I have seen him on two different ships and we didn't stop laughing. I found the crowd on my Boston-Montreal cruise to be a little younger on average..more 50 somethings. The captain Steve MacBeath and the cruise director Hannah Delaney were so friendly and outgoing. The crew and staff were terrific.
  5. Yes, I brought one of my "free" bottles to the MDR on embarkation day. They put the charge through at dinner.
  6. Oh, that is interesting...and I had brought the wine on board myself!
  7. Interestingly we were already at sea, and out of Boston Harbor, but I guess still close enough to the Harbor.
  8. We sailed out of Boston earlier this month on the Veendam. We brought our bottle of wine to the MDR on the first night. We had just left Boston Harbor, still in Massachusetts waters and we were charged Massachusetts sales tax in addition to the $18 corkage fee. The total charge was was $19 and change. It never occurred to me that sales tax would be charged.
  9. The Laundry stuff a bag is the best service ever! The socks and personal garments returned folded and placed in a wicker basket wrapped in tissue with a gold seal. As Ruth said above, you can fit a LOT of items in this laundry bag, rolling every item individually very tight. Items on hangers were delivered in a hanging garment bag.
  10. From my experience, if you book through a TA, the TA can opt you in or out of upgrades. One TA told me that he did not recommend opting in for upgrades because "most people don't want them". I disagree with this. My last cruise was with a different agent and I was offered an upsell from an interior to an OV which I took. I knew what category it was to be and it was a last minute upsell. When I arrived at the pier HAL had not updated its rooms and we were still booked in the interior. It took a bit of time but the ship finally adjusted the records. When we arrived, our room keys to the new room did not work, so we had to go to guest services. All worked out in the end but it took about 2 hurst's to get the new information and keys straightened out. No big deal because, heck, we were on a cruise and happy to be aboard!
  11. Tessan makes a neat little block with three plug outlets and 3 USB ports. Bought it from Amazon for $15 USD
  12. We are looking at the 32 day RT San Diego to Hawaii, Tahiti, Marquesas. This itinerary runs in November and February. We have never sailed to the South Pacific. We are wondering about the difference in the weather in November vs February. February appears to be more popular for the obvious reason but what might we expect if we went for the November sailing? Thank you
  13. We were just on the Veendam and met Captain Steve MacBeath. What a charming , approachable, down to earth people person. So friendly, an amazing navigator (ie the bridge leaving Quebec to Montreal (tidal)). He sat with us one morning at breakfast in the Lido and we had a great conversation. The new CD was Hannah Delaney and she was also a gem. I got to talk with her several times. This particular sailing was her very first experience in this new role for her. She did a fabulous job, the best I have seen. She was always out and about, enthusiastic, she was the trivia master of ceremonies every day in the Crows Nest, always very friendly and approachable. I hope she will always be in that "honeymoon" phase of her job!
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