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  1. Excellent info TAD! I think I will give this a try!
  2. Thanks Everyone! This website halfactsdotcom is excellent. Tomorrow I will call ship services and make my request. I've always made these requests myself and not burden my TA. They are a high volume, non-hand holding agency that gets me the best price and wonderful booking services, but they are up front that they aren't a full service agency. Just the way I like it. Enjoy, Kel😁
  3. Thanks kwb, KK, and GiGi. We have six BtoB cruise coming up next week (all on different lines) and I have emails for all of them except HAL. I got confirmations back from everyone (except Open Seating lines), showing table numbers and locations. I guess I will call the number GiGi provided and see how it goes. First world problem of course. Thanks again, Kel😁
  4. Good Evening HAL cruisers, I tried to send a request to Holland America's dining room services and the old email I have didn't work. Does anyone have a new email? We want to request a table for two in the MDR. We are Three Star Mariners and have always been able to request our table choice using an email or by calling a special phone number, but my old info does not seem to work. Thanks for the help, Kel😁
  5. Phil, I agree 100%. We are Elite Plus on Celebrity; three star on HAL; almost Diamond Plus on RCL; enjoy the YC on MSC; if the price is right, NCL can be ok; we have over 100 days on Cunard, and Princess is not even on our radar. We've tried it three times and it's not bad, it's just plain and very average. Most magazine polls are based on how much advertising a cruise line is willing to take on. RCL and Celebrity would get way better ratings if they advertised with CN. Enjoy! Kel😃
  6. What happened to the Old F*@#s that were complaining about the Edge being geared to a younger generation? I was a Freshman in College in 1967 and this ad seems to target me big time! I love the song and the ad. 😎https://www.celebritycruisespresscenter.com/video/159/wonder-awaits/ Enjoy! Kel
  7. MSC has beautiful ships, and the only way to go is in the Yacht Club. In general, the ships are like a European version of NCL with large crowds and so so food. We sailed the Seaside in an inside YC cabin; price was right and the perks of YC are outstanding. We are scheduled to do the same on the Meraviglia in November. Don't think I would cruise MSC without the YC perks? Since we are Elite Plus with Celebrity, we got "Black Card" status with MSC (their highest level). 😃Enjoy! Kel
  8. It might be that MSC's Yacht Club is pulling over ex-Haven passengers. The YC is a wonderful deal compared to the Haven.
  9. We've cruised Celebrity 30 times and NCL nine. We prefer the smaller NCL ships as they have a much better passenger space ratio. The large ships are very crowded and have some smoke issues because of the location of the casino. Lots of things for the kids to do on the larger ships however. We ONLY cruise NCL with a prepaid Ultimate Dining Package, as their MDR in the evening is so so, but their alternative restaurants are excellent. NCL will nickel and dime you, and the "free" drink package will cost you $99+ per person in additional fees. Speaking of fees/taxes -- I find NCL's charges in this area are higher than any other line. By the time you add up all the additional costs, NCL is not that cheap. We have ten cruises booked, and none are on NCL, which is strange because a couple of years ago we were regulars. Good luck, Kel😃
  10. All three cruises are Western Caribbean; all the prices listed are total cost for two people in inside cabins, except OV on the Crystal ship. All are 7 night cruises. Enjoy! Kel😃
  11. We've cruised multiple lines, including Celebrity, HAL, RCL, Cunard, MSC, NCL, Princess, Oceania and Azamara. So after paying $2,238 for an inside cabin on Celebrity's Edge, why not experience an all-inclusive line like Crystal for $3,564 in an OV cabin, both cruises are 7 nights. These two cruises got the better of me, curiosity-wise (is that a real word?). We cruise frequently and try to keep our budget within reason, but next November is splurge month, and what the heck. We even added 7 more nights on MSC's Meraviglia in the Yacht Club (inside cabin of course @ $2,902). There you have it! Kel😃
  12. Thanks Everyone! Looks like there will be two Carnival ships in port the same day we are there and they always use Puerta Maya Pier; two Royal Caribbean ships will be there and they use TMM International Pier; so that leaves an Oceania ship at Punta Langosta, as that's the one NCL uses and they own Oceania -- my guess will be -- the second ship (Symphony) at Punta Langosta???? This is not official, so it's just my best guess. Actually, I hope this is correct as this puts the ship downtown. Close to more restaurant locations, if we decide to do lunch off the ship. Thanks for your help! Kel😃
  13. Thanks for the link! Once Crystal gets back to the Caribbean I will see if there is a trend. Kel😃
  14. My wife and I have been to Cozumel a couple a dozen times on cruise ships, but I have no idea which of the three piers Crystal uses. Anyone have a clue? Thanks, Kel😃
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