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About pmjnh

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  1. In our last HAL cruise we ate in the MDR as well as 2 nights in the Pinnacle Grill. I can honestly say that we found no difference in the quality of the food. Menu variety, a bit better in the Pinnacle but both venues were excellent.
  2. We are in the same boat. I want to book with my $100 pp excursion credit , but must pay to book excursion upfront. I am hoping that if I book now, that the credit will be subtracted from our account when on board. Not really sure how that works. I might go ahead and call HAL with this question.
  3. Love my harness strap!
  4. We are birders and we use the Nikon Monarch 7.
  5. pmjnh

    EZ Air

    Thats great, thanks again for clarifying this.
  6. pmjnh

    EZ Air

    Thanks for this great explanation. Having never used EZ Air, but plan to do so for our 2020 Baltic cruise, can the prices go up with flexible fare before final payment date?
  7. BJzink, I understand that a cooking class is being held on the current Alaska sailing of the Maasdam. Can you tell me what they charge to take this class if not a five star?
  8. After our final payment our cruise pricing went way down. Our TA called HAL and we were offered the choice of either a room upgrade or an amenities package . We chose the amenities package which included a good sized ($) beverage card and shore excursion allotment. Eliminated my plan to find a wine store before boarding.LOL We were told that Hal will allow this just one time after final payment. The sad thing is I made the mistake of looking at the cost (today) and the prices have dropped even further! Note to self...never look back.
  9. Not a stupid question at all! You ask the TA directly if the charge goes directly to the cruise line or does the charge go directly to the travel agency. Never go with an agency that does not directly charge your credit card to the cruise line. Within minutes of giving your CC# to the TA for deposit or payment, you should see it on your credit statement paid to the cruise line.
  10. Does anyone know the best place to pick up wine pre cruise either near the airport or near pier 27? thank you
  11. Regarding DIY touring....We went on the Coral to Alaska (Northbound)a few years ago. We went with 2 other couples. After disembarking in Whittier, all 3 couples went separate ways...my hubby and I rented a car in Anchorage and did a DIY tour for 10 days. The other 2 couples went on 2 different Princess land tours. it so happened that we all met up in Denali on the same day (coincidence for them , and we planned our trip to meet them) and took the NP bus into Eielson, a long but so worth it day, by the way. In the end, both couples were mostly happy with their land cruises but when they saw that we covered so much more territory with our car, they were a bit regretful because they were limited in what they could see and do.. The one thing they were happy with was that they didn't have to carry their own bags from lodging to lodging, which is a huge plus for most people, I get that. Case in point, when they were near Denali (the mountain) it was in clouds when they were there. we were able to stay another day in that area and see it in crystal clear skies.We even took a flight seeing tour over it ..also so worth it! I think the point is that DIY touring is not for everybody. It is for people who want to be on their own free time, who want to stop to take a photo when they want to stop and take a photo, want to take a second trip into Denali and not be confined to a schedule. It takes a lot of planning but ohh, so worth it!
  12. Question~ If we bring 4 bottles on board , pay the corkage for 2, can we have the ship hold the corkage paid bottles for use with dinner? We generally only have one glass with dinner and I would like to avoid carrying a bottle to and from our cabin. In other words, will they store our wine for dinner if we did not purchase it on the ship?
  13. Thank you all for your opinions. I do understand that different issues are very subjective but I also appreciate reading about others experiences. Since we have cruised Princess previously we do know the product...at least from back in 2012, we have decided to book our Baltic cruise with Princess. Perhaps we will try NCL another time. Thanks again.
  14. Regarding the Island Princess Aloha deck, I have a couple of questions. 1. if you have 2 adjacent BC category staterooms, can the divider on the balcony be removed? We were able to do this on the Coral Princess years ago. 2. As anyone who has stayed on the Aloha deck found the the rooms to be pretty soundproof from the Lido deck activities above? We are looking at a Baltic cruise, where I am guessing the average age will be a bit older, so hoping it won't be a problem. These particular cabins are closer to the Lotus pool. Thank you
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