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  1. I'm a little confused by what is an EXC guide and what is an "Enrichment Speaker" for example: 1. Panama Canal transit had an "Enrichment Speaker" on it and a really good retired professor from the Univ. in Victoria, BC. 2. Southeast Asian Explorer, had a dentist from Hong Kong, who was really entertaining and knowledgeable about the region. 3. Most recent South America Explorer earlier this year had a young man from Argentina who again really knew his stuff and was a good speaker. 4. Everywhere the Maasdam now goes it's packaged as an "In-Depth EXC Experience" so there must still be this service on those cruises. I've never experienced "Enrichment Speakers" on cruises less than 14 days. 5. Finally what does HAL do with the big "World Stage Theater" on the new Pinnacle Class ships if there are no nightly production shows...seems like a really big waste of a venue designed for "world class" entertainment. Thanks, Paul
  2. Hey- Who exactly our you? I was asking about getting my laundry done and now your accuse me of trying to defraud HAL, Do you work for them or something? Yes I have spoken to my TA about this 3 times and says it is completely fine with HAL. Other's have said they have had similar arrangements being in a balcony and their relatives being across the hall in an interior an HAL gave everyone keys to open both cabins. So once I cruise Regnig I will take I will inform you of how it went and prove myself with pictures, then you and all of your ilk on CC can just find something else to be wrong about.
  3. Yea I opened this can of worms before, the cabins are considered adjoining and keys will work for both. No I don't want quadruple laundry I might want double laundry on the first sea day only, Or just do single laundry the first 4 or 5 days.
  4. Thanks Kazu, my brother's 13 year old daughters are across the hall from us, 2 laundry bags a day might become a real necessity for the 4 of us combined. Plus we have 2 days in SEA before we board. -Paul
  5. Hi CC'ers- So here is the deal, I'm 4 stars and have the "laundry for life" benefit. My brother is no stars and staying with me in a Neptune Suite. Can he also get the laundry benefit via his Suite perks and I also get my 4 star Mariner laundry benefit? Is it just one laundry bag per cabin, per day? Let the speculation begin! Better yet maybe someone else has already experienced/tried this. Thanks, Paul
  6. Never got to sail on her, but I heard she served the fleet really well. https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/21174-prinsendam-wraps-up-holland-america-line-career.html
  7. Yes, 0-72 hour weather forecasting has gotten tremendously more accurate over the last 10-15 years because of super-computer modeling. The same super computers that model potential catastrophic climate impacts due to global warming, you know scientist using their science tools.
  8. Man, where to start on your self-absorbed American Consumer Ignorance. How about here....96% of all mammals on Earth are now humans and their livestock. Over 90% of all birds on Earth are the one humans raise to eat. You can alleviate your self-aggrandizing ignorance by actually reading a factual book. Once you've learned that the current human condition on planet Earth is unsustainable you will become a better and more enlightened citizen and maybe not embarrass yourself so much on social media.
  9. Hank - Why would I or anyone else have to "stop cruising, flying or driving" just because we care about the environment and what kind of Earth we are leaving for future generations. Are you going to stop "cruising, flying or driving too? Or can you just lecture snarky on how others should live. I will bet you dollars to donuts pal my carbon footprint is a lot smaller than yours.
  10. Thanks everyone for you great replies! Hurrah for thoughtful, civil discourse on social media. Maybe CC can be a model for the rest of social media🙄 I too have no children, (Double Income Lifestyle choice has given us wonderful travel options) we leave a very small carbon footprint at home, live in just a 900 square foot condo with my cruising and life partner. We live in the same city we work in, she even walks to work some days. I just wish cruise ships where more fuel efficient, or ecologically friendly. I know HAL use to get good marks for environment stewardship but now under the Carnival Corporate Umbrella it seems like profit margin runs rough-shot over any other metric. As for carbon offsets I've been skeptical of them, but I guess if you buy them from a reputable source and you can actually track how the money is offsetting carbon emission it is worthy. -Paul
  11. I found this NYT article very sobering, even if you have a Signature Beverage Package. The most efficient cruise ships produce 3 to 4 times the amount of carbon per passenger mile then an airliner. Remember if a train is a viable option take it. It the least carbon emitting way to travel. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/03/travel/traveling-climate-change.html?searchResultPosition=1 -Paul
  12. A few years ago another float plane crashed into the side of cliff in the Misty Fjords NP all on board where lost and it was I think a Princess tour group of passengers. We've taken the Misty Fjords float plane tour and really loved it. But after a rash of these incidents I wouldn't suggest it to anyone, and I love flying. I must have over 2500 hours of PC flight simulator experience. As many have noted smaller planes don't have TCAS, and for it to work both aircraft must have it and it must be turned on to Transponder B mode. http://www.sitnews.us/Kiffer/CrashHistory/082507_fatal_crashes.html Rest in Peace victims. -Paul
  13. Man or Man what you got a love about CC is everyone is A: An Expert, B: A Busybody, and So.....Judgmental. Don't worry y'all it will be all taken care of, and Copper 10-8, I wasn't intending on letting my nieces off the ship without me or my brother, but I did read about the options in the HAL rules. My nieces are very mature for their age, more mature than my brother in many ways, so I'm not at all concerned about them getting into any trouble on the ship and I'm sure all of us when in a cabin will make extensive use of the SB suite and people will only be in the inside cabin when they are sleeping. It is an early August run so there should be other kids their age to make friends with. For the record are cabin #'s are 6158 and 6166 so why don't you pull up the Oosterdam deck plans and see if they are "adjacent" enough for your further judgement. I guess what the say about most HAL cruisers is true, they are old fuddy duddies who hate kids and think they know what's best for everyone else. Happy Earthday, Paul
  14. Well, this has certainly hit a spark with some CC'ers. So let me provide more details: My very experienced and long time HAL affiliated Travel Agent in San Francisco, CA helped me extensively with this booking since she is a very hands-on type agent and her agency specializes in Cruise Planning and has been in business since 1955. And I have never had to arrange a cruise for more than 1 cabin and 2 people in that 1 cabin. I'm not bragging but I think she knows her stuff. My 13 year old nieces are indeed the only passengers listed on the booking for the Category L, inside stateroom. They now have their own Mariner #'s too. My Brother and I are the passengers listed in the SB cabin, both cabins have different HAL Booking #'s. I did look at the HAL rules for guests under 21 as Copper 10-8. suggested. Since they are 13 they fall into the 13-17 year old category where they do not have to be constantly accompanied by adult when on the ship: Teens’ Program (ages 13 – 17): There are no registration or sign in/out procedures for teen programming, additionally children under 16 may go ashore alone if arrangements are made in advance with the Ship's Chief Security Officer. Also my original intent was to book an SY, and a nearby I cabin but my travel agent could not find a suitable arrangement since all the I cabins on the upper floors are sold out. Believe me the price for my magnanimous generosity for my brother and nieces would have been more affordable. I have been to AK 4 times already and know the importance of having a balcony. So she came back the next day with an offer on an SB and the L right across the hall but not adjoining. The SB is an Aft wrap-around balcony on Deck 6. Even though I'm 4 stars I've never gotten to experience this unique Neptune Layout cabin and since we are going to AK I jumped at it, you get 180 degree views of the glaciers and scenery in spite of the price increase from the SY and I combo. My question is I just want everyone in my party to know that if allowed you can stop in the Neptune Lounge and get a fancy snack, drink or even use the espresso machine instead of having to go up to the Lido. As for Breakfast in the Pinnacle Grill I'm a breakfast person, my brother probably would also enjoy it but the 13 year old nieces eat like little birds and probably would not care. Since it's the exact same breakfast as offered in the Dinning Room what would HAL really care if we had a table for 4 instead of a table for 2? The 13 year old nieces are not going to drink bottomless Mimosa's. OK, I'm not trying to pull one over and get by something on HAL, a company and brand I really like and recommend to almost anyone I talk to who asks me why I like cruising so much with them. Not to mention that most likely me and my wife an have spent well over $100K as customers with the company achieving 4 star Mariner status just after 12 cruises. Not just on-board spending but at least three 15 day cruises in a suite to rack up Mariner points. Hurumph! -Paul
  15. Hi Everyone- I know this might sound like a really big Privileged People Problem but I'm treating my my brother and his daughters (my nieces) to an Alaska cruise in August. Me and my brother are in the Neptune, my 13 year twin nieces are across the hall in an inside. I'm wondering if my nieces and my brother and can be my guests to the Neptune lounge and to breakfast in the Pinnacle? My nieces are listed as "traveling and dining" with Me and my brother. My Brother is in the Neptune with me so obviously has Neptune and Pinnacle breakfast options. Thanks, Paul
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