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  1. Food is poor and service is worse because of high turnover of personnel.
  2. mafig

    American Express OBC

    On one travel agent site I saw that if you booked through your American Express card you were entitled to additional OBC. I recall doing this several years ago for a Norwegian cruise and the obc was substantial and was in addition to the cruise line obc and travel agency obc. Just wondering if this American Express deal is limited only to that particular travel agency, or if it applies to any that I would book with. I know I could call my TA and ask. However, I'm not ready to book just yet, and I know she'll start with the "ready to book yet" emails if I initiate an inquiry.
  3. bellebaby

    American Express

    A new offer was added to my American Express account last night. Spend $750 or more at The World's Leading Cruise Lines (Carnival, Princess, HAL, Seabourn, Cunard) and get a $150 credit. Expires 10/15. There are some exclusions and details. I plan to call Carnival this morning and pay my balance. We'll see if it works! B
  4. I am allergic to sea food and the WEB seems to concentrate on shrimp, lobster, etc. How can I get sample menus for the meals?
  5. Hi, My husband and I (mid 60s) are experienced ocean cruisers but have booked our first river cruise for next spring on the Constitution. I am hoping that those of you with more experience can answer some of the questions we have. Some may be very basic but I am having difficulty in finding answers. First we are booked on the Revolution cruise out of Baltimore. The website lists excursions for each stop but not with details such as cost and time. When and / or how do I get more information on the excursions so that I can start to plan for each port? Second, I have read that the average age is usually an older crowd, does that mean similar to us or even older? Patience is not my husbands greatest characteristic so I want to prepare him for a slow pace. and lastly, with much fewer passengers than on our previous cruises do you rate the 1:1 service that much better than the ocean cruise lines? If anyone has any pictures of the Constitution I would also love to see her details. Thanks Donna
  6. Experience of Non North-Americans booking HAL through North-American TA I am looking for information if there are cruise guests from outside North-America, that have successfully booked through a North-American TA and making use of the far lower prices and successfully sailed a HAL cruise or even cruises, although not in possession of a North-American passport and or home address. I have tried to do a lot of different searches through the internet and CC specifically, but have not stumbled upon genuine experiences of European/UK/AUS/NZ customers, booking successfully trough a North-American TA on HAL. I have seen general comments about several cruise company’s but have not seen any regarding HAL in particular, or missed it in my searches. Some cruise companies specifically seem to prevent Non North-Americans booking their cruise through a North-American TA or even deny boarding as I have read somewhere, or even have to pay the difference before boarding (do not know that statement to be genuine). Just hoping to get some experiences from fellow cruisers from outside North-America. Thanks in advance.
  7. I have $550 onboard credit from different sources for a 14 day cruise. And just got of the phone with HAL to verify that all amounts are showing. :-) The HAL customer service rep went over the rules, she said that we would not be able to apply the OBC towards the gratuities...but confided that she knew some were able to but on others that usage was denied. Forgive if this topic has been beaten to death, I couldn't find anything newer than 2013 on it. What have people been experiencing lately using OBC towards gratuities? Thanks!
  8. I am considering getting the Amex Platinum for the travel benefits including the lounge access and all. I noted that there is an opportunity for credit to your ship board account when paying with the AMEX. For those that have the card does this apply if booking through a PCC or do you have to book through American Express Travel? I would appreciate any other comments or tips. With the high annual fee I want to make sure it is worth it and that if I take the plunge we get all the benefits! :cool: Thanks in advance
  9. I am wondering if December is a good time to a South American cruise? What kind of itinerary is good and what cruise line? We have cruised many times but I don't know anything about this part of the world and am looking for a Dec. Destination. Any guidance about must see ports, best cruise lines for this, weather in Dec is appreciated! Sent from my SM-G960W using Forums mobile app
  10. philbob84

    Americans on Costa?

    Do a lot of Americans book on this line? there are some really great looking itineraries
  11. Does anyone know? Thanks!
  12. Anyone going?
  13. 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.
  14. patrickmoran

    ATM on the Star?

    I seem to recall ATMs on the various Princess ships. I never paid attention since I wanted to avoid the fees. We are doing a South American cruise where a number of the tour companies take US$s. I do not want to carry alot of cash to Buenos Aires. Since I bank at TD Bank and ATM fees are reimbursed, I could get the needed cash as we go.
  15. This will be our first river cruise for my wife and I.We have been on a number of ocean cruises. We found it fun to chat with people prior to the cruise and then meet them on the boat/ So here goes. We are from Missouri and plan to fly out to Portland on the day before and maybe rent a car and drive up to Mt St. Helen and see the volanco:):):)
  16. I don’t write many reviews, but we see so little about American river cruising that I thought this on needed a review. Mrs Banjo and I were on the American Queen October 15 from Memphis to New Orleans. Here is the great, the good and the needs improvement. the ship was great, it was clean and in good repair. The captain and crew were pleasant and well trained. We really enjoyed the engine room that was available to tour at any time, it was very interesting. We also enjoyed the captain, who had a great sense of humor and is a really good guitar player! The service staff was always pleasant and helpful and kept our cabin neat and clean. we found the food to be generally very good, but we are not really fussy eaters so we are not hard to please. Food is also very subjective, i’ll Leave it that the food good and plentiful. Wines served at dinner were always good, not fabulous, but good. The wait staff was pleasant, but could have used a bit more training, IMHO. They didn’t seem to know when to replace silverware or what was needed, (always had to ask for a steak knife, etc). The daily HoHo bus was ok, it provided a brief overview and some basic transport, we used it whenever we did not buy a premium tour and were glad it was there. The premium tours were generally very good with the exception of the pre-cruise tour that we thought was managed rather poorly. They had 3 busses of incoming people, (150+/-) all arrive at Graceland , expecting to see the mansion at the same time. Can you say lines and confusion.... did I say I don’t like lines. This particular tour could have been managed much better with very little effort. The pre cruise hotel, well that was a three ring circus. The Sheridan is a convention hotel, with a convention checking out while the cruise people were trying to check in. Here’s how it went; stand in line for 30 minutes, get to the front desk, check in, “sorry sir, your room is not ready, we’ll text you when it is ready, NEXT”. so we go leave our luggage in a ballroom full of other luggage. Ok, so let’s check in with American Queen..... another long line, we leave, go to grab a late lunch could not get service in the hotel restaurant or bar, go back to check in hours later, line is now longer, stand in line for another hour to check in, we get a text that our room is ready, back to the lobby, stand in line for another 15 minutes to get room keys. I think you get the picture, Overall, we did enjoy the cruise, but it did get off to a bad start that I think was not necessary. Hopefully they can make some improvements. Once on the boat it was a real treat.
  17. Spanky My

    Star Breeze

    We just returned from a 7 day cruise doing the islands off Spain, France and Italy. The seas were rough and it rained 3 of the 7 days . That said we still enjoyed the trip. The star breeze food was excellent . The ship was in very good shape and the suites were very nice. The service in the dining areas were not as good as our last Windstar cruise but just OK. Our room steward was excellent however. I would be happy to answer questions about the ship while it is fresh in my memory😊
  18. 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.)
  19. Again, for those not receiving emails there is another offer on the N.A. site. Look for BOOK PAY SAVE. As its title suggests, there is apparently a deduction for paying upon booking. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  20. AspirationalFlyer

    £100 American Express Discount on Cunard

    Hello everyone Just to say that I was delighted to see (using the offers tab in the American Express mobile app) a special offer of £100 off when you spend £500 or more with Cunard. The offer lasts until 31 December, so I suspect it could possibly be used in conjunction with any Xmas/Black Friday offers Cunard launches. Terms and conditions, as always, apply.
  21. 1- Size of ship (less than 800 passengers) 2- Cabin (cabins start at suite level) 3-All inclusive (all beverages and tipping) 4-Service (impeccable-trained staff) These are the basic criteria for 6 star cruise line Regent, Seabourn, Silversea 5 1/2 star cruise lines Azamara, Crystal, Oceania, SeaDream Yachts
  22. flipflap78

    star on cruisecard

    Hello All! I started a diary but I can't find it anymore with the new forum. So I open a new topic to ask you: what is the star that at the second cruise they put me on the cruise card? did you understand the type of promotion (go best) or other? Thanks
  23. Hi Just a question does the star have any formal nights thanks
  24. I check my American Express account daily because I love those $100 off $500 offers. Finally saw a new offer tonight, and I am so disappointed. This offer is to spend $1000 or more and use the Plan It feature for 6 months with no plan fees. I was really hoping for a statement credit, not an interest-free loan.
  25. Noticed today that the American Express offer is back for the Carnival family of cruise lines. See below for details: DETAILS Get a one-time $150 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend $750+ on cruise line sailings with Carnival, Holland America, Princess, Seabourn, or Cunard by 10/15/2018. See wlcl.com/amex. Terms and exclusions apply.