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Forum: Holland America Line 05-12-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 427
Posted By Billbo
Private Fares for Mariners??

Question for frequent HAL cruisers and price shoppers: When Holland America sends me a promotion with "Private Fares reserved only for Mariners," is this anything to sneeze at (i.e., is this pricing...
Forum: Holland America Line 07-04-2013, 11:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,861
Posted By Billbo
I return to answer my own question. No, we did...

I return to answer my own question. No, we did not end up on the wrong side of the ship. Assigned to port side when we thought we wanted starboard--we weren't sure how it would be. Turned out that at...
Forum: Alaska Port Chat 07-04-2013, 11:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 852
Posted By Billbo
As it turned out, we ate so much salmon onboard...

As it turned out, we ate so much salmon onboard and enjoyed such wonderful crab in Sitka that our penchant for seafood was satisfied by the time we got to Ketchikan. All in all, we found Ketchikan...
Forum: Alaska Port Chat 07-04-2013, 11:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,309
Posted By Billbo
We let a taxi driver give us a tour. It was a...

We let a taxi driver give us a tour. It was a mistake, but we were in such a good mood that it didn't matter much. The tour might have been good in the daylight. But he kept driving us through...
Forum: Alaska Port Chat 07-04-2013, 11:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 694
Posted By Billbo
I return to report that it was not much colder up...

I return to report that it was not much colder up on the glacier than it was down in town. Just one man's experience on one day. With temps in the 50's the poor sled dogs were suffering from the...
Forum: Alaska Port Chat 06-18-2013, 04:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 694
Posted By Billbo
How cold higher up?

They are having a warm season in Alaska right now. I'm not sure how to dress for excursions. Especially I'm thinking of excursions to higher elevations, like up on the glacier above Juneau. How much...
Forum: Holland America Line 06-15-2013, 07:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,861
Posted By Billbo
End of story...Just got cabin assignment for SS...

End of story...Just got cabin assignment for SS (from SZ guaranteed). Concerned because my roof is the Lido deck. Will that be loud overhead?
Forum: Alaska Port Chat 06-14-2013, 11:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 693
Posted By Billbo
Sounds like that pretty well covers it. Thanks!

Sounds like that pretty well covers it. Thanks!
Forum: Alaska Port Chat 06-14-2013, 10:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 852
Posted By Billbo
Skip Ketchican excursion - Find seafood

We are thinking of skipping the excursions in Ketchikan and instead finding a good hunk of salmon (in a restaurant). Anyone have a good strategy on this? Taxi? Car rental? (Walking is not an option...
Forum: Alaska Port Chat 06-14-2013, 10:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 693
Posted By Billbo
Currency exchange in Victoria?

I'll pull into Victoria this summer on a Holland America Alaskan cruise. For such a short visit, exchanging currency seems like a nuisance. What have other non-Canadians done here? Try to get by...
Forum: Holland America Line 05-06-2013, 09:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,384
Posted By Billbo
Yes, excellent! Thanks very much.

Yes, excellent! Thanks very much.
Forum: Holland America Line 05-04-2013, 10:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,384
Posted By Billbo
Large Oosterdam-Alaska photo?

Nearing our Alaska cruise, I've searched online without success for a nice big, high quality photo of the Oosterdam in Alaska...to put on my computer desktop. Either my google skills fail me or...
Forum: Holland America Line 04-22-2013, 06:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,838
Posted By Billbo
Lured more by the extra elbow room, we took the...

Lured more by the extra elbow room, we took the "guaranteed" upgrade and shoved aside mobility issues and concern over which side of the ship we will end up. Comments here and on some other threads...
Forum: Holland America Line 04-21-2013, 08:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,838
Posted By Billbo
Sounds like good general advice Dave, not unlike...

Sounds like good general advice Dave, not unlike what I've read elsewhere. But we are dealing with limited mobility. Long periods at the rail and/or strolling around the deck may not be an option.
Forum: Holland America Line 04-21-2013, 05:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,838
Posted By Billbo
http://www.hollandamerica.com/images/itineraryMaps...

http://www.hollandamerica.com/images/itineraryMaps/AES307.jpg
Well, the routing up and back is different. So I thought there might be a difference.
Forum: Holland America Line 04-21-2013, 04:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,838
Posted By Billbo
Alaska: Port or Starboard?

Cruising the 7-day roundtrip HAL route from Seattle (Tracey Arm, Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Victoria). I have it in my mind that starboard side offers the best views from my balcony. Is that correct,...
Forum: Holland America Line 04-17-2013, 07:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,861
Posted By Billbo
Very perceptive, Lisa? Thanks. That may be it!

Very perceptive, Lisa? Thanks. That may be it!
Forum: Holland America Line 04-16-2013, 09:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,861
Posted By Billbo
Cruise date is 6/23/13. Not sure what you mean,...

Cruise date is 6/23/13. Not sure what you mean, BillyBuzz, about a credit. I'm not looking for compensation for anything. Just the way the pricing works out is odd, since earlier the VC cabins were...
Forum: Holland America Line 04-14-2013, 08:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,861
Posted By Billbo
Did I choose the wrong cabin?

Did we choose the wrong cabin? We knew we wanted a balcony on our Oosterdam Alaskan cruise. We picked the cabin location we thought we might like, and that happened to be VC. But I'm watching prices...
Forum: Holland America Line 03-16-2013, 11:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,768
Posted By Billbo
Very helpful, Dave. Thanks. There are so many...

Very helpful, Dave. Thanks. There are so many "exactly how does this work" issues in anticipation of a first cruise (or first time on a given line or destination). Obvious to veterans. But I could...
Forum: Holland America Line 03-16-2013, 08:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,768
Posted By Billbo
How exactly does boarding work?

Concerned about boarding and mobility issues, I've been unable to learn exactly how the boarding process works on Holland America. My particular concern is with boarding in Seattle, but it may work...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Line 03-14-2013, 01:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 488
Posted By Billbo
What would it take?

With each Carnival mishap, I hear "I'll still cruise Carnival," "Passengers and the media exaggerate," "Bookings are still strong," etc.

What would it take...what would need to happen...before...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Line 03-01-2013, 09:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,487
Posted By Billbo
How are those bookings coming along, Dave? Pretty...

How are those bookings coming along, Dave? Pretty much business as usual?
Update: I see a Wells Fargo analyst was quoted yesterday as saying, "With bookings remaining strong, aggressive discounting...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Line 02-20-2013, 06:57 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,305
Posted By Billbo
I, too, appreciate the thorough report from Jim,...

I, too, appreciate the thorough report from Jim, and I don't begrudge him having been spared the cruise that lower-deck passengers had. But I welcome also the reports and complaints from other...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Line 02-15-2013, 12:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,487
Posted By Billbo
I keep listening for the major clunking sound of...

I keep listening for the major clunking sound of prices dropping on my June cruise. The silence is deafening. And I tell myself one shouldn't be greedy. (listening...listening...)
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