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  1. @kwb101, what do you mean by "we had to pay for the air on the spot," ?
  2. $2100 on board credit !?! For transferring 2 bookings? Wow.
  3. @ChinaShrek thanks for your feedback on recent experiences. Just curious - what were the perks you enjoyed with the transfer to a TA ?
  4. WOW ! Congrats! Did you call HAL directly or a travel agent?
  5. Ha! @Crew News if you included superlatives and exclamation marks we might all think someone had hijacked your account! 😂
  6. EXACTLY !! One my 1 cruise eons ago with Carnival, that was exactly what I said out loud when there was some situation of extreme disorganization with how they were handling a situation that affected a lot of passengers. I didn't continue cruising (till my current Alaska booking in August which I'm very excited about!) for that main reason - It just didn't make sense to pay someone else to try to organize travel for me via a cruise when I knew I could create a better overall experience via air, land, etc.
  7. @VennDiagram, I also bring Starbucks Via as my emergency backup in suitcase + 1 spare Starbucks Via in my purse. It's quite decent. Q: What is the ratio you liked re: espresso + water on your last cruise? ps: Ruta Maya https://rutamayacoffee.com/ " EST. 1990 | Chiapas, MX - Austin, TX" is my current overall fave. I've had to switch to decaf coffee and coke zero. Ruta Maya is by far the best decaf I've ever tried. With shipping, Costco becomes the best way for me to order. https://www.costco.com/CatalogSearch?dept=All&keyword=Ruta+Maya+Whole+Bean+Coffee If you're in New Jersey, New York, or Pennsylvania, they will be coming to a road show near you with samples. https://rutamayacoffee.com/pages/ruta-road-shows
  8. @Crew News Congrats on completing your Great Alaskan Adventure 2019 ! I know others have said it but thanks again for the great reviews and informative supplemental materials. Question: After I click through these menus below, I only see the Lido Lunch menu. For example on Embarkation Day, I see a page 1 and then a blank page 2. Are you in the process of uploading these, or is that a bug?
  9. @Crew News I'm so happy for you ! Look forward to seeing your pics. You were on a plane, not a helicopter, right?
  10. Congrats on reverse engineering how to take a shower! What amazes me about situations like that: You know the people before you who stayed in that room had experienced same thing. Did they not complain? Was the complaint not fixed?
  11. FYI - my Alaska cruise fare for a Neptune Suite dropped significantly ($820) since final payment deadline. Request made to my TA: "Can you see what you can negotiate with HAL? I would value on board credit, a beverage package, shore excursion credit, or future cruise credit (in that order)" Result: "Holland America is giving you $100 beverage card and 1 dinner at the Pinnacle Grill."
  12. Remember those anti-DVT exercises every so often! https://www.finavia.fi/en/newsroom/2017/easy-flight-exercises-prevent-deep-vein-thrombosis
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