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  1. Tiggis, Thank you for taking the time to post your thoughts on the Europa 2. I addition to the questions raised by Catlover54, how easy, or not, was it to obtain an evening reservation for, my favourite, the Tarragon restaurant? If you dined there how was the cuisine?
  2. Travelcat2, Your second paragraph reminded me of one occasion in Austria when I walked into the reception/lounge of a five star hotel in which a group of elderly American women were discussing in very loud voices their respective medical, including gynecological, issues. As for Vistaman's observations, I have no reason to doubt that the incidents he observed took place. I have observed on Regent entertainers acting high and mighty, a passenger tapping on her wine glass with a knife to attract the attention of a sommelier, and on Silversea a passenger taking an item from a dish in the self service buffet, taking a bite of it, not liking it, and putting it back on the dish.
  3. I am intrigued. How does an opinion of an European differ from that of an American? How does nationality impinge on the interpretation of an incident? Some years ago on a Silversea cruise I found the officers to be aloof to the point of rudeness in not even acknowledging a 'Good Morning'. Would the interpretation of an American have been different?
  4. That adds an extra dimension to the concept of 'togetherness' !
  5. The following videos have a German commentary but visually provide a comprehensive over view of the Hanseatic nature:
  6. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has posted a video charting the construction of the Hanseatic nature:
  7. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has posted a video featuring the christening of the Hanseatic nature:
  8. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has posted a video featuring the official handover of the Hanseatic nature:
  9. Three stars more than Michelin's own maximum award?
  10. The following video is a real trip down memory lane for me with another favourite ship of mine --- The Radisson Diamond: I have fond memories of sailing on her into Venice.
  11. I have great affection for 'the three sisters'. The great advantage of their small size was being able to dock in places inaccessible to large ships. The convenience of embarking at Tower Bridge then cruising down the Thames, and docking opposite The Hermitage.
  12. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises just cites received awards. https://www.hl-cruises.com/cruise-with-us/our-awards
  13. I would contend that they are not subjective opinions but objective assessments based on a set of criteria designed to rule out subjectivity. Is Douglas Ward being untruthful when he states in the Berlitz Guide that the chosen criteria are designed to ensure total objectivity? Out of interest, which European countries award star ratings based on your cited criteria? Over, and above, it's existence, would the size, décor, quality of food, and service in a hotel's restaurant not require assessment?
  14. The 2020-2021 itineraries, and fares, are now available on HL Cruises' English language website. https://www.hl-cruises.com/cruisefinder#template=teaser&sorting=departureDate&filter:ships=9
  15. Berlitz may or may not be the be all and end all, but it does apply a standardised methodology when assessing cruise ships. For some time in the UK Celebrity's tag line, which always made me smile, was 'Five Star Modern Luxury'.
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