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Mary229

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  1. Very early. As I recall it started close to 7 am and most passengers are off by 8:45. That includes independent
  2. I haven’t read much of this thread but it comes to my mind that perhaps HAL should, instead of trying to be an all purpose cruise line, should do as P&O has done - designate certain ships as adult only. That seems to be a popular trend. Adult only cruises generally don’t require a lot of amusement infrastructure that HAL’s smaller ships don’t have. The newer bigger ships could be general audience and include features and programs for all members of the family including Club HAL. I take a lot of the longer itineraries which tend to be adult only and the Club HAL space seems wasted. This policy would have prevented the OP’s disappointment
  3. You would even have time for a shore excursion.
  4. HAL allows you to take advantage of any sales that come up between you booking and final payment date as long as you did not book a restricted fare. My TA keeps track and I sign up for alerts for my bookings right here on Cruise Critic. They tell me if there is a new sale/offering. Also if you book onboard the ship you get an OBC plus you can book a fully refundable fare and can transfer the deposit later if you change your mind. The deposit is refundable also. Many of us are also shareholder of Carnival Corporation, the parent company of HAL. They offer a shareholder benefit.
  5. If it is a card benefit have you called AMEX? HAL is always very clear with me that promos are generally not stackable. I am always re-faring my journeys.
  6. I book those special excursions early but usually wait on the others. Often once onboard there have been additions to popular, easily reproducible excursions. Usually it is a matter of timing. For instance on my last Caribbean cruise before the cruise only one (early morning) excursion was listed. Once onboard they had added a noon and perhaps even a late afternoon edition. I love to walk or run in the morning and prefer to come back and take that later excursion. The app lists the additional times.
  7. I download the navigator app and start clicking away. No lines, no fuss, immediate confirmation you can download the app beforehand and simply activate it as soon as you hit the deck
  8. Thanks for the reports. I am following you here and on the blog. John and I will be on the 2020 version.
  9. That is what I think is going on. They may want to reconsider their plans if one market is not performing as desired.
  10. Thanks for the update. I assume you had the large flat screen smart tv? I am so glad they got rid of those tubs. Hotel tubs always creep me out.
  11. Yeah, I gave up the beverage card for free gratuities, free internet, larger OBC, free dinner and lower price. It was great by me since I hardly drink anything but water and coffee. I consider it a sport😉
  12. I never miss a big sale but I think I have the best deal for my next two sailings. You never know what they might entice me with. I probably change my options at least twice after initial booking. It is so much easier to simply book onboard with the room and sailing you want then watch for the sales to modify the terms. I use a number of alert services to keep up.
  13. I always anxiously await the Cyber week sales. I have gotten some really great deals not only directly from HAL but also from FlightEase. Last year some of the best sales were held on Cyber Monday
  14. I am sorry your wife was ill but I am glad HAL could ease your burden. I hope you are both now well
  15. Thank you. So if I can create a hotspot at home from my phone on WiFi only then I am good to go, I guess. I will give it a try before my next sailing. If not I have the device you recommended in my Amazon cart.
  16. I would check how many cruise ships are in port the morning you are debarking. I was shocked at how long the lines were at FLL. RCCL had a 6000 passenger ship in the next berth at the same time plus a variety of other ships. It was crazy.
  17. I didn’t see anyone ask, maybe I missed it. If the first device is your phone, can you simply tether the 2nd device to your phone’s hotspot?
  18. The top 10 are updated every Thursday. Usually the cyber week sales are pretty good too
  19. Her budget didn’t allow for the Navigation deck aft balcony. Currently we are port side aft a few doors down from the secret deck. Hoping for an upsell but that is months away. Thanks for all of the input
  20. That is very helpful. It is a spring Northern Europe cruise so I don't think pool noise is an issue. Thank you
  21. Thank you for your input. I don't know what it is but I never like being lower than promenade. I booked on the Navigation Deck. I have sailed on the Navigation deck before but not in the far aft. I wonder if they are configured differently than the regular verandah cabins.
  22. Any comments on the aft balcony cabins deck 7?
  23. I was on the Rotterdam in 2017 just prior to dry dock and was quite disappointed in the ship’s condition. We went ahead and booked the Viking Saga for next summer. It is on courtesy hold while I make a final decision on which cabin I really want. Thanks for your input
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