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  1. Even if they changed the mats at 9 pm, very few if us would see them changed!
  2. Oh yeah, I forgot free gambling money too.
  3. Surprised to hear that some folks wouldn't wait a couple of hours for a free cruise, a premium beverage package, free gratuities and free WiFi. I have the time to sit on hold, lol.
  4. Lots of pompous people who are so certain of their own class. HAL needs to replace the most senior members as they will not be sailing with anyone much longer. We have always been, and still are, huge HAL fans, 4 star, so we have earned our Stars. Main problem to me is, I don't think HAL knows what they want to be when they grow up! With luck, we will be still sailing with them when they figure it out.
  5. I just don't get the aversion to buffets. We are elite status, so we cruise a lot. On the royal class ships the food in the buffet is amazing, wonderful choices, fresh, hot and tasty. As far as sanitation is concerned, we have always worn latex gloves while serving ourselves and always wash our hands when entering. We don't even leave our used gloves on the table, we take them with us and immediately throw them away. To my perspective, I can control the circumstances better myself than the menus,waiters, asst waiters and all the others who touch things I use in the MDR. Just another perspective for the " never buffet" people.
  6. This entire refund issue seems a little "Ponzi scheme" ish. Relying on new monies in, to pay old obligations out. Must be patterned after our government's social security system. Only difference is our government owns the money printing presses and HAL doesn't. Good luck to all of us.
  7. John, you exemplify all that is good in this world. In such trying times, you set a beautiful example. Thank you.
  8. Exactly. The person before who licked their fingers or picked their nose before touching the tongs or serving spoons, the spit or boogers will stay on my disposable gloves, not my hands. I consider that a HUGE win for me.
  9. And some people still wonder why I wear a plastic surgical latex glove while serving myself in the buffet. Folks can be so gross.
  10. And we have been ridiculed for wearing a glove in the buffet. Even though we are being served by staff, mostly.
  11. Same experience on the 49 day Royal around south America. Booked as 3 segments, got 3 mini bar setups and best of all 3 stock holder obc credits!
  12. To the op that wondered about using food handler's gloves the the HC, we always do that. Have gotten some really weird looks from other pax, but never noro. 250 + days on princess, so not a newbie
  13. My 2 cents. We ALWAYS use plastic gloves when we are serving ourselves in the buffet. Gotten some really weird looks from fellow pax, but never noro.
  14. Does it have anytime dining or it is it traditional, early and or late?
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