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  1. Food is poor and service is worse because of high turnover of personnel.
  2. Will be sailing on the American Duchess for the 2018 Thanksgiving Cruise from Nashville to Chattanooga from Nov. 18 - Nov. 26. Anyone out there planning on taking the same cruise? We will be leaving our car in Nashville, so am trying to figure a convenient way to cover the 140 miles from Chattanooga back to Nashville. Flying is an all day adventure, so looking for something else.
  3. I am looking into the Asian cruises for future options that leave out of Japan and China. Both trips are on either the Majestic or the Sapphire, and I know that the latter has, what I am guessing is, Chinese writing on lots of the signs through the ship. So I guess they are expecting lots of locals to board these cruises. I am just wondering if there is a big number of Americans on the ship or even if it is still catered to a more American/English-speaking audience.
  4. Hi: Husband and I are planning on a cruise July 14 or 28, 2019 Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake Rivers; Clarkston to Vancouver. Looking at Cabin C Deluxe Veranda Stateroom. Would appreciate all feedback positive and negative regarding the cruise; excursions; premium excursions (worth the extra money?). Called AAA and they claim that they can provide more perks than going direct with AQSC as well as giving better service for pre-cruise advise. Anyone else go this route? I read Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. Excellent history of the entire Lewis and Clark expedition. Looking forward to actually being there. Looking forward to all feedback and chatting with anyone who has/is going on this cruise. Joanne
  5. I booked a cruise for this June that disembarks in Civitavecchia specifically so we can visit the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery. We will be staying at a hotel by the airport, and it looks like we can take the train from FCO down to Nettuno and walk the remainder. Has anyone done this? Is it actually doable? We have been in Italy before, but have never used the trains, so I am not familiar with how this mode of transportation works. Do I need to book these tickets in advance? Any idea of approximate cost? We are also considering renting a car if taking the train will be too complicated. I'd appreciate any advice. Thank you!
  6. chaching

    American Airlines to Alaska

    I'm wondering if I can use the free 40,000 miles from getting this credit card for a flight from Anchorage to Phoenix? The application says something about the 48 contiguous states. I don't want to get it if I can't use it for my Alaska trip. Thanks in advance! Cha-CHING!
  7. Does anyone know when American Cruise Line’s American Song debuts? Or has it already? I am booked for 2019 but can’t seem to find information on this ship. I looked at the website, but can’t find any date. I want to read some reviews on this ship. It looks incredible. Thanks for your help.
  8. This is an excerpt from a Windstar Press Release on 5/2/2018: "Beverage Packages: Less Restrictive & More Affordable for Longer Sailings Beyond the wine enhancements, improved offerings for beer and spirits has also been a priority as Windstar is now offering lower daily prices for any beverage package to guests sailing 14-day and longer, back-to-back Star Collector Voyages." Has anyone been able to take advantage of the "lower daily prices" on a Star Collector Voyage? The customer service agents don't seem to be familiar with any reduced prices for Star Collector cruises.
  9. My husband and I will be doing a 14 day Panama cruise on the Star February 1st. We both cruise a lot but have only been on one other NCL cruise (Sky to Cuba). I know the Star just got refurbished. Can anyone give me any info. On what she is like now. What is new on her? We're cabins redone? How is the Star overall? We like the smaller ships so looking forward to our cruise. Any info. From cruisers that have been on her recently would be greatly appreciated.
  10. Just got back from the Sapphire; our third and final cruise of the year. Our prior two were aboard the Coral; Panama Canal and West Coast Wine Country. I found the bacon on this ship acceptable. I am trying to identify the origin of the "American Bacon" in the Horizon. This was by far the worst bacon I have ever eaten in my life and in my 63 years, I have had more than my share. The look, texture and flavor were absolutely hideous. Could it be produced in South America? A different cut? Or is it just me? Thoughts?
  11. We just returned from a 22 day cruise and 9 nights pre and post cruise visit to South America . The cruise was on the HAL Zaandam from San Antonio , Chile to Buenos Aires Argentina . We took over 10,000 photos on this trip so it will take a while to cull , download , edit and upload to Photo Bucket before writing , so please be patient . It will be mostly in chronological order and will use some photos from our previous cruises to South America . So , bags packed and ready to go ? Boarding passes ? OK , lets go .
  12. I understand that this may be a can of worms, as much of this topic is very subjective. I know for every good review you can find two bad reviews, and vice versa -- but from Forum browsing and googling, it does appear that MSC gets weighted a little to the less favorable side, but again there are MANY proponents on here. Im a semi experienced cruiser, Caribbean primarily, but across Celebrity, Norwegian, Royal and Carnival. Im not blown away with the food or the venues - they all have their pros and cons, but Im simple, I like my interior cabin cave, I do like the staff being friendly, I like some deck antics by the entertainment staff but I dont need 5 Star treatment and Top Tier food. Im all about getting away and waking up in a new port, exploring and coming back to grab a less than impressive, but very satisfying burger. With all that said, most of the negative reviews of MSC tend to lean towards not reaching that pinnacle class of experience. For a casual cruiser, as described, that is interested in trying a Mediterranean MSC Cruise, do you think it would live up to the expectations that I typically have for cruise lines? Or is it really that much different? Would love your feedback
  13. WendyCity11

    Norwegian Star

    I will be on the Norwegian Star for her Eastern Caribbean voyage (St. Thomas, Tortola, Bahamas) and was wondering is this the first time the Star will be doing this itinerary? Looking for the dailies, reviews, information, etc. Looked around the CC site and was unable to find anything. Thank you for your help!
  14. I just saw on a Facebook group for the Star Trek The Cruise Facebook page that somebody posted a photo of an announcement for the 2020 cruise. I cannot vouch for its credibility, but it was added by a member of the group, most likely a Trekkie, so was probably seen at a convention. If it's true, looks like the ship will be Royal Caribbean, not Norwegian like the 2019 cruise, and March instead of January like the 2019 cruise. Click on the attachment below to see the pic. (Sorry, I couldn't figure out how to show it in-message.)
  15. BeachyGirl64

    American Regatta excursion

    Hi - has anyone taken this sailing excursion? I've never sailed before and it sounds exciting but I would like to hear about other people's experiences.
  16. We stop in Rome and are trying to figure out what is the usual time for disbarkment so we can book train tickets, tickets for Sistene Chapel and Coloseum and what time do you have to be back on ship 1 or 2 hours prior to leaving???
  17. We were in Pago Pago, American Samoa last month and, like numerous cruise ship passengers, did not book tours with the ship. We simply got off the ship to look around. There were some vendors set up nearby and one of them was a tour company called Best Tours - American Samoa. There were a lot of people wanting their 3-hour tour ($40 USD) and we were one of the lucky ones to get seats. They took us to parts of the National Park and to some small villages. The memorable thing about the villages was seeing school children walking home. Without exception, every single one of them wanted to engage us in some way, be it conversation or just exchanging smiles and waves. I have never seen such a happy, friendly and welcoming bunch of children anywhere. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and, had we known about this tour company in advance, would have made reservations by email. Contact information: Web site: https://www.touramericansamoa.com/ Email: paulam@ampacresources.com
  18. memoak

    Star Princess

    I haven't been on the Star for a few years but will be sailing her in 2019 - can anyone tell me if Shooters Bar is still a smoking area or have they made it non smoking finally ?
  19. Im looking at booking an Oasis of the Seas Star class suite. Does anyone know if this includes admission for Coco Cay. I can find info on Labadee but not coco cay.
  20. I am usually able to get lots of info off the boards about ports but not so much for South America. We are looking at a cruise on Costa Fascinosa at the end of February. These are the ports and times: Day 1 Buenos Aires -leaving 16h00 Day 2 Montevideo 08h00-16h00 Day 3 and 4 cruising Day 5 Angrados Reis 08h00-18h00 Day 6 Buzios 08h00-20h00 Day 7 Cabo Frio 07h00-18h00 Day 8 Rio 08h00-20h00 Day 9 Ubatuba 08h00-20h00 Day 10 and 11 Ilhabela 08h00-17h00 Day 12 and 13 cruising Day 14 Punta del este 07h00-18h00 Day15 Buenos Aires arriving 08h00 We don't often do excursions with the ship people because they are just too crowded and you often end up on a coach most of the time. We like site seeing rather than sitting on a beach. We also like good food and I assume these countries serve a good steak. Any info would be appreciated. Alicat
  21. I just completed a one week cruise on Star Pride Dec.1-8. This is the first cruise I have ever been on that I was not asked to complete survey of my experience. They made a big deal onboard about being sure to fill out the survey that will be emailed to you but I never received it. I know they have my email because I am getting messages daily from them about booking another cruise. The cruise was great but I had a few minor comments and some suggestions to pass on. has anyone ever received this post cruise survey email?
  22. Hi, I booked EZ Air for the first time. I recently paid for the tickets so that we could use our status on American Airlines to get better seats. The problem is if I go to the AA website and look at our names for this flight they are firstmiddle Mrs as my first name (husband is same pattern). So our names are "firstmiddle Mrs middle last". I have called our travel agent and he conferenced me in with Princess. On the Princess side our names are correct on the cruise and on the air side. I called American and they have seen this before supposedly the only hitch is we can't check in online, must check in with a human. Now my question :-), Has anyone else been through this? My biggest fear is getting to the airport and being denied boarding which means we miss everything. TIA
  23. deec

    Pan American Pier East

    We were just notified that our cruise out of San Juan will not be from the Pan American Pier East rather than the one close to Old San Juan. Is there a shutlle that runs from the pier? if so How often? How about a ferry? or water taxi. Thanks for your help
  24. Will I be able to use my cell phone to call mainland USA without an international phone plan?