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    Tucker, Georgia (Atlanta)
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    TRAVEL, cooking, reading
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    Celebrity, Oceania, Azamara
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  1. Well how many nights? One night, stay at Doubletree or Movenpick. This area is super convenient to the ship and train station but also extremely congested - I found it fearful to exit the area and get to the more picturesque parts of Amsterdam (that may be a bit of an exaggeration but with the trams, bicycles and pedestrians - it is a total scrum). If you are staying several nights, I suggest a hotel around the canal ring or Jordan area. Down by the park and Rikes museum has some nice places too. Enjoy!
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    You might want to get a Rick Steves guidebook - he has an Italy one and also a Mediterranean Port Guide. There will be some maps, fairly accurate, and some good logistical advice. Rome in one day is a pretty "big bite" - to maximize, you might want to do a tour. If not, pre-book anything you can. Just St. Peter's / Vatican can eat up alot of the day.
  3. But can I request they be mailed to me?
  4. Can I have HAL send out luggage tags a few weeks before departure or is the only option to print them out at home? Thanks!
  5. We will be on a 12 night cruise - can we purchase the internet package, say on day 3 at a pro-rated price for the rest of the cruise, thus not paying the 12 night price? Can we sign up from a device in our room or do we visit an internet cafe / sales point on the ship? Thanks!
  6. I would be intrested in seeing some of the routing back to the US if any passenger would care to post. We have traveled to Thailand several times - the route back to the US (Atl) is quite time consuming in best of circumstances. Wishing all onboard a speedy trip home!
  7. We have only sailed HAL two times - it has been awhile. We will be on a Med. itinerary this May on the Zuiderdam - I'm excited! Can we expect to have some lectures on board dealing with the history of the region? Also giving some tips for DIY sightseeing? (NOT promoting specific shore excursions / shops). Did I read on this board that HAL has cut back on fresh flowers? are there still jigsaw puzzles that everyone works on? where? Is there a library on Zuiderdam? Is there daily trivia? Are menus in the MDR a "set in stone" rotation - is there any effort to incorporate regional dishes / ingredients? Should we pre-purchase an internet package? price? we only need it for emails and such - not streaming movies or Youtube. I'm excited but hoping to find some of the little touches we enjoyed on earlier cruises still a part of the HAL experience!
  8. So if you can't make a reservation, does just showing up go smoothly, for example at 7pm, a couple willing to share? specifically on Zuiderdam - I mention the ship because on the line we sail most often, Celebrity, different ships in that line have wide varibility as to how well they handle the select dining. Thanks!
  9. I am really getting annoyed with all the price machinations - keep mumbling about no more cruising. But then, yesterday I booked one. I had started on-line but thought I had a CC small discount and called in and ended up booking with agent At the very end, he pulls out the non-refundable credit......grrrrrrr. I had not seen this on the on-line booking. It seems like there can now be maybe 8 different prices for the same cruise. NYT had an article about this "dynamic pricing" in all areas of travel and how often all the players can change the prices. Again, very frustrating!
  10. Some of my family are on a Carnival Cruise at Mahogany Bay today - yes, I'm wondering what they might be experiencing.
  11. Well I did a little research - I think they are docked in Mahogany Bay today - I guess I will watch CC and see if anyone reports in from ships in that area what experience they might have.
  12. Just reading about the earthquake in the Caribbean. I have a group of 8 family menbers that departed Miami on Sat. on a 7 night itinerary - can someone here figure out what ship they are probably on. I know one stop was Cancun? where Senor Frog's is (or is there more than one?) Thanks!
  13. Exactly what I needed - cin cin!
  14. Interesting - I thought the EDGE MDR experience was very good. Not sure any of the "differences" address much of the unhappiness that folks had with EDGE, do they? altho I did find the EDEN offerings too quirky for my (old-person) tastes.
  15. Well first of all, is the Summit quite similar to M class ships - for some reason I thought it was from a previous line, like the Zenith that we sailed years ago. Anyways, looking at a New England cruise 2020 - my goodness those sails seem to be booked - no verandahs. So I would appreciate some guidance on picking an OV cabin - I know there are the "stickies" but I find them a bit tedious. Maybe I don't know how to use them. Anyways I'm a bit concerned about noise from ship mechanics or areas above. I'll admit, we've always stayed much higher up so I'd love some encouragement about a lower deck OV cabin, specific numbers appreciated. Also if I call Celebrity to book, will I get good advice from the agent as to which available cabins would be a good choice? Thanks
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