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About rkacruiser

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    Centerville, Ohio, USA
  • Interests
    Travel by rail and cruising, reading, watching sports, and exercising
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America Line, Princess Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Singapore, Hong Kong, Rome, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, Fort Lauderdale

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  1. rkacruiser

    Music on the TV

    I have no interest or experience with Bluetooth or whatever--and won't be doing so--, but the interactive TV on Nieuw Amsterdam provided a wealth of entertainment options and the audio was perfectly fine for my senior citizen's ears. I would expect such an experience on the Pinnacle Class ships as well as any of the other HAL ships that are so equipped.
  2. rkacruiser

    New Years Eve Cruises

    Informative, Kara! I was not aware that the balloon drop was timed for celebration of the British New Year's date change. Two celebrations that night! This would be my second of such. On a holiday cruise aboard the Prinsendam, we were in the Atlantic Time Zone and we celebrated the New Year at Midnight. The party then moved to the Ocean Bar and we celebrated the New Year at Eastern Standard Time while watching the "Times Square Ball" drop on a big screen TV.
  3. rkacruiser

    Your favorite food On Princess

    Fettucine Alfredo is my Princess favorite. Looking forward to it being available as a "daily available item" if what I have been told it still is.
  4. A note from the Chief Engineer to the Chief Electrician: Light bulbs are needed illuminating the aft port side funnel as well as the top of the "Z" in our ship's name on the port side.
  5. rkacruiser

    Serious incident on Royal

    I would not be at all surprised that whatever happened was video recorded.
  6. For me, that is one of the advantages of watching late sailings. (Or, if one has a hotel room overlooking the entrance to Port Everglades, the entry of the ships into the port.
  7. rkacruiser

    Argentine Pesos

    Keeping up with the daily exchange rate? No. Before departure for the cruise, I had a general idea of what the rate was. I bought nothing in Argentina other than post cards and the price for those was acceptable. I had planned to try to buy one or two leather items, but the tours I took offered very little time for shopping. I simply thought: "Forget it." Argentina: you don't want my credit cards or traveler's checks, you make it impossible to obtain currency, I am not going to enrich your economy anymore than I have done.
  8. rkacruiser

    Music on the TV

    On the ships that have the interactive TV's, there is a very much expanded selection of programs and that includes music channels as well.
  9. rkacruiser

    Pinnacle Grill experience declining?

    Responding to some recent comments: Sometimes when the huge shrimp are served in the Shrimp Cocktail, they are flavorless and rubbery. Pork Chop recommendation: absolutely! What I feared would be dry and tough was moist and very flavorfull! Crab Cakes: so good! As the Lamb Chops have been. Another entree worthy of mention is their Seafood Stew.
  10. The Half Moon and it was Henry Hudson's ship. Don't recall the answer to Q #1.
  11. rkacruiser

    Pinnacle Grill experience declining?

    I have enjoyed the Pinnacle Souffle for desert. My most recent experience of the desert on the Zaandam last Winter was quite disappointing. I chalked it up, as I have done with other not-so-great dining experiences on HAL ships, as one Executive Chef is better than another.
  12. rkacruiser

    Club Orange Press Release November 12

    As a 5 Star Mariner, I am not sure that this Club Orange concept is in the best interests of HAL's frequent guests. My opinion: it is another example of the "ship within a ship" concept for guests. i.e MSC's Yacht Club, Princess' Club Class, Cunard's Grill Classes.
  13. rkacruiser

    Advise for gifts for a world cruise

    I am not acquainted with Viking Cruises as to how inclusive their amenities are for a guest. I have found for HAL world cruises having friends/relatives purchase on-board credit for me to be used to be most welcome gifts. Maybe on Viking, such would not be as much appreciated, however.
  14. rkacruiser

    Argentine Pesos

    I also was unable to obtain Argentine Pesos prior to my departure from home. I found what gift shops I visited would not take credit cards or traveler's checks (not surprised with that refusal in 2018). US dollars were accepted. I bought some post cards for a reasonable price and asked to buy postage to send them. The price for the postage exceeded by a large margin the cost of the post cards! Our next port was Montevideo and mailed them there much more inexpensively.
  15. rkacruiser

    HAL Christmas Tree

    Correct. I assumed that Miss G was sailing during the Christmas Day holiday.