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  1. Hi Terry. Would the "Health Regulations" have to do with the current coronavirus outbreak which started in China? Thanks again for all your posts by the way! Continue to have a great time. ~Nancy
  2. Gung Hay Fat Choy Rob! I am enjoying following along on your voyage and appreciate the pictures and menus also. I too just love the sea days. I hope the new unscented bath products are on board by my next cruise in June! The Etro shampoo and soap are fine for me but the lotion is just way too strong! Last cruise the wonderful stewardess brought me some Aveda unscented lotion that was still onboard. Curious about the Year of the Rat $100.....is it good for onboard credit??? πŸ˜‰ ~Nancy
  3. Very nice video and I especially enjoyed the mixing of the music with sounds from the scenes! It reminded me of my cruise on the Noordam last year from Sydney to Honolulu........sigh......I want to be on board......now!! Thank you, ~Nancy
  4. My two cruises on HAL to Alaska had quite a few kids on board who looked like they were having a ball! Depending on the age of your grandchild you should check out Club HAL. I loved the Noordam and on my cruise last year I became friends with a family that had a 6 year old boy. He LOVED club HAL!!! Have fun! I really hope they keep the club HAL option on most of the ships. ~Nancy
  5. melakwa1, welcome to Cruise Critic. There is no need to skip the Gala nights in the Main Dining Room due to your wardrobe. As long as a man has a shirt with collar and non-jean pants and closed toe shoes and women can wear any non jean pants with a nice top or a skirt or dress you are good to go. Of course if you want to dress in more elegant clothes you are welcome to and will look great. πŸ˜€ You can be comfortable and still look nice while enjoying a tasty dinner. Based on my cruise in December, your Gala nights will probably be Sunday March 8th (at sea) and Thursday March 12th (Cabo San Lucas). Have a great cruise! ~Nancy
  6. Yes, Elite Package limit is $15. Welcome to Cruise Critic and have a great cruise! ~Nancy
  7. The ingredients for those dishes were already onboard though. The chef just needed to prepare them in the way you requested.
  8. Welcome to California! I'm glad on many levels that we can offer you some non-smoky air for your visit. When the smoke was bad here last year it not only was hard on people physically but emotionally too. So glad things are getting a bit better over there. I'm looking forward to reading all about your trip while wishing I was onboard too. I'll see you on Symphony in June though. 😊 ~Nancy
  9. Have a great trip Stickman and I'll be reading your posts daily (if the Serenity internet allows) Thanks for sharing your adventure! ~Nancy
  10. I suppose it does get crowded like all the popular tourist areas anywhere in the world. Depends on when you are there. The last time I was in Bergen, way back in June 2005, it was not really bad at all. I don't enjoy shoulder to shoulder crowds so I just avoid any areas that are like that! That's why part of my visit to Norway will be in a rural area at a beautiful house on a fjord an hour out of Bergen......I can hear Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite in my mind now.......... https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=grieg's+spring+morning+song&view=detail&mid=41E6B132652FBE13278A41E6B132652FBE13278A&FORM=VIRE
  11. Thanks Splinter. Yes, I wouldn't want to walk from the cruise port to the Hurtigruten port with or without luggage....as you mentioned, I am not a young person!!! I guess the point I wanted to make was that the Bryggen area is geographically between the two ports and central. I will be staying at the Clarion Admiral Hotel right next to the ferry dock the night before I take the Expressboat to Balestrand (it has a great view across to Bryggen). When I return I'll stay at the Bergen BΓΈrs Hotel which is right by the fish market. There are many nice places to stay right in that area. I'm so excited to be going there! ~Nancy
  12. scrappytraveler, this sounds like a good new program if it plays out as described. I would love to attend those types of cooking/tasting events featuring destination based cuisine! ~Nancy
  13. Based on everyone's recent experience, go ahead and ask, but don't count on getting it. bobpell said he's had the expanded card on 17 SS cruises. HAL isn't particularly consistent from ship to ship with a lot of policies/foods/beverages. I've never had the expanded menu card for any of my Signature Suites as recently as a month ago. Good Luck and please let us know if they give you one if you only ask.
  14. Thank you for the wonderful reports! They made me smile. ~Nancy
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