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  1. Thanks to the original poster for your thoughtful comments. And they resonate even more when I think about the extreme poverty I sometimes see minutes from the port. I have a haunting memory of seeing a child scavenging a trash can in Mexico. And ramshackle dwellings. But even seeing a family in a small Baltic port snapping photos of the ship made me think that they could only dream of taking such a trip. Juxtaposing that with overhearing a woman complaining to Guest Services about rough seas. ”Madame, we can’t control the Atlantic Ocean.”, was the reply she received.
  2. No. I enjoyed the HAL cruise we just finished on 7/7 too much to quibble. I only seek sanctuary on CC for that...
  3. I think that on my next cruise, from Fort Lauderdale, I will bring bottled water onboard if feasible. Those charges for cabin bottles add up.
  4. I love having the lemonade with a customized pizza!
  5. Is the price differential that great? (Oceania never charges for diet cokes.)
  6. On a Celebrity cruise 15 years ago, I seem to recall that I was told the crew had another option to actually cook dishes themselves. But maybe my memory is faulty.
  7. ...and what are transport options to the city center?
  8. Is there a best bus company? And we prefer live narration. Harry
  9. We will be visiting Amsterdam soon. Will I save time pre purchasing ticket vouchers online? Will I actually “skip” a long line?
  10. We would like to hire a reliable driver / guide for a day trip from Amsterdam to Delft and windmill area. Any recommendations?
  11. I will - if I win tonight’s lottery drawing!
  12. I linked my credit card to two other family reservations. When they book excursions online before the cruise, is the payment automatically charged to the linked credit card?
  13. I did but got no replies. I guess I’ll call HAL.
  14. I linked my credit card to two other family member reservations for an upcoming cruise, for the shipboard accounts on HAL. if they book excursions online before the cruise, will the billing automatically be held by my credit card?
  15. I linked my credit card to two other family reservations. When they book excursions online before the cruise, is the payment automatically charged to the linked credit card?
  16. Thank You for your uplifting story. I always tell friends who procrastinate about making travel plans to snap out of it and do it NOW when you can. I remember having to cancel a cruise due to health problems, but calling my TA from my post surgery hospital bed to book a future cruise! I am in my 60’s but marvel at cruise passengers 20 years older who enjoy every cruise moment despite needing scooters, walkers, or even legally blind. Harry
  17. I will be on the Statendam this summer in Norway. whatsinport.com provides helpful information.
  18. Thank You for a nice review. Are Debbie and Nate still playing piano in Billboard? We heard them in January and they were wonderful. Is the food in the Grand Dutch Cafe free?
  19. I had forgotten their names....but just asked my wife...they are definitely DEBBIE AND (maybe) NATE.
  20. We heard many of the married couple’s wonderful themed sets in January, and wonder if they will still be performing when we take another cruise in June.
  21. I find the analysis insightful too. While CC remains an invaluable tool for me, the ugly or egoistic posts have often been distracting. I can understand how they chase many away. They do deflate my sails. Thank God I haven’t met the offensive souls onboard (yet)! Or not to my knowledge.
  22. I wish that there was a way to quantify how much traffic has changed on CC. i would like to add that I started a roll call many month’s ago for my upcoming June cruise, and not one person has replied. This lack of response may have been unthinkable a year or so ago. I also miss the old format. Why fix something that wasn’t broke.
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