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  1. We like 3 cruise lines the best which are Princess , HAL and Celebrity . Among each line there are a couple of ships that stand out for us . The itinerary is usually the main factor with cabin choice being a close second for us . Our favorite cruise was on our least favorite HAL ship (The Zaandam ) . The reason that we picked that ship over the Coral was a 22 day cruise instead of the 16 day one on the Coral .
  2. Continuing forward on deck 2 The setup for mass Near a bar Where our CC meeting was held
  3. We really loved our breakfasts at the Pinnacle Grill , in fact it was one of the major reasons that we booked Neptune Suites . It's quite ambiance and elegant decor reminds us of how good cruising can be . Service has always been very good to excellent and it has a variety of seating options small , medium and large .
  4. It was about 6 AM when I go to fetch coffee or cream for Pat .
  5. As a size comparison the Zuiderdam 935' long , 82,305 tons and carries 1970 - 2364 passengers . The Regal is 1083' long , weight is 142,714 tons and carries 3560 - 4272 passengers . I had reached the Pinnacle area on my walk The entrance to the Grille
  6. I used to do a ship walk early in the cruise but I saved it for the last day at sea Forward Aft Aft elevator area
  7. Princess is better but Holland is improving .
  8. Lunch offerings at the Lido . A Taste of Indonesia and I had been craving a slice .
  9. Me too as it's nearly dinner time here . That evening we had dinner in the cabin . The first photo was the soup before the broth was added
  10. The food was good and we really like the Pinnacle for breakfast . We had a little change up from our usual eggs with waffles for me and a Japanese Breakfast for Pat .
  11. Pat had the beef short rib and I had the 10 oz Filet that was cooked perfectly for me and was delicious . The Cab Sav was perfect for the beef . For desert we each had the Baked Alaska that was huge - big enough for 2 . It was a great meal with excellent service and company .
  12. We had a hankering for beef and so we made reservations for the Pinnacle with Ann Margret . We had also requested Escargot which is not normally on the menu . HAL doesn't carry our favorite beer or wine so we brought it from home . We like the window seats in the morning but the booth seating in the evening . Since it's almost dinner time we'll let the photos do the talking .
  13. That is correct they do not . DW does like the coffee pot in the rooms and we both love the Tamarind Restaurant on the newer HAL ships . The Tamarind is an Asian fusion restaurant . Here's some photos from dinner there one night . Thai chicken and rice soup Indonesian style Laksa with quail eggs Satay sampler Peking duck with Chinese crepes Lobster roll Pat's Wasabi and soy crusted beef tenderloin My Penang Red Curry Boy did I love that stuff , but it's big bowl ! Trio of sorbets And the Tamarind Chocolate The food and the service were great and the staff was very friendly .
  14. Thanks Loucat we're glad to be back . The Pinnacle Grille functions like the Crown Grill on Princess , It is open for dinner every night ( $ 39 ) and for lunch ( $ 15 ) on days at sea https://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=2270#:~:text=Pinnacle Grill costs %2439 per,De Librije" (%2469). . And like Sabatini's on Princess it is open for suite guests for breakfast .
  15. Thanks everyone for the kind words . We've a lot of changes going on keeping us really busy so we will try to catch up . We like that HAL posts menus on the TV . We decided to try the Pinnacle lunch and we were sure glad that we did .
  16. One of our favorite buildings was the Singer House in Saint Petersburg , Russia . It on Nevsky Prospect across the the street from the Kazan Cathedral . After the Revolution it was taken over and made into a book store . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singer_House
  17. We got to the museum by riding the bus and arrived when it opened at 10 AM. The first stop inside was a house that needed it's roof mowed A little walk brought us to the stave church rear This church was built in the 13th century at Gol Hallingdal. It was moved to it's present site in 1881 by King Oscar II in 1881. The interior features a painting of the last supper of Jesus The keeper of the keys appeared in native clothing. Seeing some of the farms reminded me of my grand parents farm in the 1950's in Texas Small wooden houses - with a double outhouse The same style of interior But the town didn't look this nice
  18. We got off the ship in Oslo early in the morning hoping to beat the crowds and got a great seat on the Hop on hop off bus that was waiting for us. Our plan was to go to Vigeland Park first because it was the first thing open. They seemed to be waiting for the bus to fill so we inquired about taxi prices to the park. In an Amazing Race moment we jumped the cab and figured that we would have a hour before the bus arrived. It worked ! The park was empty and the light was nice. Many of the statues were very touching The fountain was off It was fun to figure out what some of the statues were doing. Touchdown ! Angry baby Piggie back rides and doggy piles Catching butterflies The back lit monolith At the monolith you are naturally drawn to look up Or take a close up photo The bridge is lined with sculptures Like this The museum in the park did not open until noon and the first Ho ho bus had stopped, so we boarded the empty bus to our next stop , The Norwegian Museum that will open at 10 AM.
  19. It was in the late Spring and early Summer .
  20. At the fjord tour boat , the crowd had swelled and was getting restless. We were going to Pulpit Rock and this map was posted on the ship. There is a commentary in Norwegian and English We didn't see too many seals because the boat moves fast and the seal teams are masters of camouflage. There are 4 hidden in this picture. As we got closer to the main attraction , Pulpit Rock - we realized that we were not the only cruise. And here it is towering at 1982 feet above - Pulpit Rock ! I must say that we preferred some of the other scenery like Hengjanefossen with a 400 meter fall. In this video clip we approach the falls Almost beneath the falls
  21. We looked forward to Stavanger a smaller town before the city of Oslo , our next port. We had a quite day planned of relaxing , strolling and a Fjord cruise. We booked with Ronde online and saved about 1/2 price. We looked at the cute little houses above the port and thought that it would be fun to walk up and visit while we waited for our cruise to Pulpit Rock. We took one more look at the cute little harbor before we went down to leave the ship. Suddenly (Cue theme music from Jaws), we felt a massive presence on our left side. The port got much louder. We jumped ship as soon as we could before it got crowded on shore. A nice quite little street With a view. In the fish market area Norwegian woolen sweaters and hats are sold at a discount price (made in China).
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