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    Food and wine (good)
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  1. There may not be too much slack built into Ponant schedules. Earlier that year, I had a no-stop repo from Honolulu to Maizuru. On the original schedule, the ship was supposed to sail at noon but instead set sail in the mid/late afternoon. I also noticed that the schedule was for X nights but with crossing the IDL, it would have been X-1. E-mailed Marseilles to inquire and they insisted all was right. The ship's crew knew about crossing the IDL and even had a demonstration presented by the captain and featuring the dancers. At any rate, there was a Pacific storm so t
  2. I see on the French tripadvisor site that there is a complaint (well, at least 2 actually) pretty much similar to yours; no response from head office and elevated prices for the rollover cruise that is not covered by the 20% credit. Don't feel you're being discriminated because you are not and don't speak French! My wife and I were going to book an Antarctic cruise on the repo from Hawaii to Japan 2 years ago (right at this time) but the cruise consultant was "too busy" to accommodate any booking requests (and there were only some 70 pax onboard). Soooooo glad I didn't give them
  3. A few more thoughts: My wife and I were on Le Soléal 2 years ago right around this time sailing non-stop from Honolulu to Maizuru, Japan. With no annoying stops to cut into enjoyment of food and drink, we had many nights to talk with other passengers about the drinks package, at the bar of course. The consensus was that, with what was on offer, there was no real need to spend more for specialty cocktails and the like.. There may have been some special pours that required extra payment but I am not much of a spirits/liquor drinker so didn't think much of those offerings.
  4. Henri Abele (sp) seems to be the Champagne of choice. For special evenings (e.g., Captain's dinner), Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin may be served. Wines will be some lower-label, most likely French. Nothing top notch. AFAIK, all spirits at the bar are included. Basic cocktails, yes. There are some special ones that are extra € or require a drink package (there were trialling them 2 years ago) Only special events. No standard menus.
  5. Most definitely, though you may very much be in the minority if American English is your preferred flavour of language - there were only half dozen U.S. passengers on the cruise I took 2 years ago, and there were 11 Canadians (9 from Québéc). I've heard Australia is said to be the 2nd largest market for Ponant (has been aggressively marketing in Australia) after France. The hotel crew (the ones who are not French are usually Filipino - usually cabin attendants, most of the wait staff and the line cooks, etc.) converse better in English than French anyway, and the French hotel crew (chefs of t
  6. Yes, some of that past even engineered by the U.S. Exhibit A: Pinochet's Chile
  7. It's a stoo-pid 60 year grudge the U.S. holds. Little harmless mouse just scares or maybe merely irritates the elephant next door. Little mouse that won't accede to the whims of its omnipotent neighbour. Cuba has never declared war on the U.S. s no peace to be made. The U.S. did invade Cuba to wrest control of it from Spain.
  8. No good if you have already booked. You need to be referred first and get a €500 off per cabin. [quote] (1)TERMS OF OFFER ✓€500 off, per stateroom for the sponsored person on his first cruise. ✓The sponsor must have already sailed on a PONANT ship. ✓The person being sponsored cannot have previously sailed on a PONANT ship. ✓ €500 off, per stateroom on the sponsor's next cruise, as soon as the sponsored person cruise is booked. ✓The sponsor and the person sponsored cannot be a curre
  9. Median age in Québéc is nearly 42 years, while California's median is 37. The 5 years must make a difference.
  10. My last cruise was a repo. Left Honolulu and arrived in Maizuru 12 days later, no sight of land between leaving Oahu and transiting the Strait of Hokkaido. No annoying stops to interrupt dining on French food and the all-inclusive wine. Arrived 8 hours late to boot so we got an extra lunch!
  11. Martha Stewart had a U.S. broker's licence so she would have had to pass SEC exams, which would have dealt with insider trading. What's more, she was a director on the board of the New York Stock Exchange at the time she committed the offence. Yep, unsophisticated.
  12. Not much to address COVID though lots of questions from participants (shade under 1,200) about such. More about the future style of cruising, eco/environmental-responsibility, working with local communities, etc. Catch up here. https://event.webinarjam.com/replay/47/68mplh5vip8hg4hog4
  13. Interent is free and unlimited on Ponant since early last year so he should be able to post.
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