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rkacruiser

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    Centerville, Ohio, USA
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    Travel by rail and cruising, reading, watching sports, and exercising
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America Line, Princess Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Singapore, Hong Kong, Rome, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, Fort Lauderdale

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  1. I don't disagree that the exterior appearance of the Solistice Class ship's sterns are somewhat lacking. But, those "tinted windows" hide a superior Steakhouse, the Tuscan Grill, that far exceeded any dining experience I have had at a Pinnacle Grill. That was my experience when I sailed on Celebrity Eclipse.
  2. Sip & Savor is an enjoyable activity when it fits into my schedule. The wines, a red and a white, being served were specifically selected for that afternoon's event. There is a small cost for the event. Do you want another glass of wine? It will be available, sometimes there is an additional charge. If the attendance is small and the Wine Steward wants to "kill the bottle", I have had re-fills gratis.
  3. Sip & Savor is an enjoyable activity when it fits into my schedule. The wines, a red and a white, being served were specifically selected for that afternoon's event. There is a small cost for the event. Do you want another glass of wine? It will be available, sometimes there is an additional charge. If the attendance is small and the Wine Steward wants to "kill the bottle", I have had re-fills gratis.
  4. Sip & Savor is an enjoyable activity when it fits into my schedule. The wines, a red and a white, being served were specifically selected for that afternoon's event. There is a small cost for the event. Do you want another glass of wine? It will be available, sometimes there is an additional charge. If the attendance is small and the Wine Steward wants to "kill the bottle", I have had re-fills gratis.
  5. Why would I want to upgrade? A quality New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and a quality Canadian whiskey, CC is fine, Crown Royal is better, available. I will be a happy YC guest.
  6. My experience of the Na Pali coast was on the S. S. Independence of American Hawaii Cruise Lines. The scenery was spectacular. Cruise itineraries that deprive their guests of the view of this area are deficient. But, these itineraries also cater to those Hawaii cruise guests who, through no fault of their own, don't know better. Thus, the cruise line is saving some $$ in fuel costs in sailing in that area once they depart Kauai by avoiding the Na Pali coast.
  7. My experience of the Na Pali coast was on the S. S. Independence of American Hawaii Cruise Lines. The scenery was spectacular. Cruise itineraries that deprive their guests of the view of this area are deficient. But, these itineraries also cater to those Hawaii cruise guests who, through no fault of their own, don't know better. Thus, the cruise line is saving some $$ in fuel costs in sailing in that area once they depart Kauai by avoiding the Na Pali coast.
  8. I enjoyed the "Mix" bar concept on the ships that had it. I spent many pleasant hours there. The Champagne Bar area was truly a wasted area of space and had to be a negative revenue producer for the space it occupied. Introducing the "Billboard Onboard" concept in this area is a good idea. I really enjoyed it on Nieuw Statendam. But, is the space large enough to comfortably accommodate the guests who will want to attend?
  9. Thanks for your reply. Yet, more and more ships are in the pipeline. Where are they going to homeport? Mardi Gras is headed for Port Canaveral. It seems to me for the cruise terminals that now are available are going to have to be used on a different calendar schedule than Saturday-Saturday or Sunday-Sunday or whatever. Do agree that there is an inefficient use of the cruise terminals in Port Everglades for the purpose for which they were built. What to do from both the port administration's and the cruise lines' perspectives?
  10. No new cruise terminals? Miami seems to be able to keep adding to their port. I realize that Port Everglades is somewhat land-locked for any more such additions. And, I wonder if those who own property on the East side of the Turning Basin may find themselves offered a substantial sum of money to sell so that cruise terminals could be built in those areas in the future.
  11. Blazerboy, I am envious of your collection. I'm thankful that you recognize the historic, if not interested in the financial, value that you possess. Those final sailings, as you did on QE2 and Michaelangelo, are so memorable. I sailed on HAL's Statendam--Seattle to Singapore--her final HAL sailing before being transferred to P&O Australia. Our Seattle departure was just as memorable as yours. Leaving the dock and sailing South towards a large waterfront park where HAL Office employees were gathered with signs, etc., the Captain pivoted the ship as the ship's whistle was repeatedly sounded among the sounds of the cheers from those on-shore. It's Time To Say Good-bye by Andrea Bocelli was played over the PA. Many of the staff and crew were on the aft Lido Deck along with many guests. There were tears in my eyes that afternoon just as there are now as I remember that sailing.
  12. Completely agree. I have experienced more slowdown issues on I-75 in Knoxville and Atlanta than in/near Fort Lauderdale. Miami: I expected heavy traffic and I did experience that. Slowdown issues, not really. But, on I-95 it was the unsafe, erratic driving that I witnessed that makes me think far more than twice: do I want to drive on I-95 towards/in Miami again?
  13. But, is Royal Princess best suited for an Alaskan itinerary? Having sailed on her in the Caribbean, the outdoor decks for guests to view the glaciers and scenery seemed limited.
  14. What is permitted for this interesting ceremony obviously differs from ship to ship. maybe cruise line to cruise line. The statement that I posted was based on several such Crossing the LIne Ceremonies that I have witnessed and was told why guests were no longer permitted to participate. I hope you don't disagree with my suggestion to arrive at the site early in order to obtain a good vantage spot for photographs.
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