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Forum: All Things Cruising November 29th, 2012, 11:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,177
Posted By Askabry
I'd ask "What's your favorite restaurant/food to...

I'd ask "What's your favorite restaurant/food to eat?"
If they say Olive Garden/midline ... "Carnival"
If they say upscale restaurant ... "Holland America"
If they say far upscale ... "At the...
Forum: Celebrity November 29th, 2012, 09:38 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 10,905
Posted By Askabry
Infinity & paying

Just back from a Panama Cruise on the Infinity ... wanted to say that I love the perspectives of people here.

Multiple cruiser, mostly on Celebrity but also Holland and Carnival and just wanted to...
Forum: Holland America April 25th, 2011, 05:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,125
Posted By Askabry
A response ... other posters and from Management

First of all, I'm going to respond to Sail7 ... who apparently never takes the time to read any of these posts. I can say this definitively, because you cast shots (no matter how softsell you wanted...
Forum: Holland America April 23rd, 2011, 08:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,125
Posted By Askabry
nicely put, 2K3F. This thread totally got...

nicely put, 2K3F.

This thread totally got out of hand. The idea was to post about how the cruise line might do something better and to simply create a thread on how reactive they are to...
Forum: Holland America April 18th, 2011, 10:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,125
Posted By Askabry
True enough, S-Mom, on both counts; the bbq isn't...

True enough, S-Mom, on both counts; the bbq isn't to die for and on days like that you can dine nearly anywhere on board alone. So pleasant.

But I do love the sand and the clear water. So few...
Forum: Holland America April 18th, 2011, 07:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,125
Posted By Askabry
The faulty reasoning and somewhat less than...

The faulty reasoning and somewhat less than polite language here is a perfect example of the rapidly declining quality of cruise passenger demanding that the cruise lines deliver more and better,...
Forum: Holland America April 18th, 2011, 12:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,941
Posted By Askabry
Keep in mind the airline can charge you the full...

Keep in mind the airline can charge you the full one way fare if you don't use the return ticket. It doesn't happen often but your credit card could be charged the additional amount. They...
Forum: Holland America April 18th, 2011, 12:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,125
Posted By Askabry
Can we pass on the 'crap' language? Thanks. ...

Can we pass on the 'crap' language? Thanks.

You want professional behavior so let's all abide. Apologies that my surprise at Bruces' post was found to be "unprofessional". LOL.

I haven't...
Forum: Holland America April 18th, 2011, 12:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,125
Posted By Askabry
You need to do a bit more homework - and re-read...

You need to do a bit more homework - and re-read my post.
I never mentioned baggage handlers at the airport.
I mentioned the baggage handlers at the PIER.

Fair enough.

Half Moon Cay is...
Forum: Holland America April 14th, 2011, 09:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,125
Posted By Askabry
Trip, I couldn't agree with you more. One...

Trip,
I couldn't agree with you more.
One could also argue that travel agents who sell you the cruise, the people who meet cruise passengers at the airport, drive the transfer buses to the pier,...
Forum: Holland America April 13th, 2011, 03:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,489
Posted By Askabry
that's some trip you took. I'll be looking...

that's some trip you took.

I'll be looking forward to hearing how you make out with Oceania. I'm big on food too (big from food? LOL). I almost went that route for 2012; but instead it looks like...
Forum: Holland America April 13th, 2011, 03:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,125
Posted By Askabry
To me, there is no excuse for the island staff to...

To me, there is no excuse for the island staff to know know where everything is. And if they dont' know, they should say they dont know rather than just guessing and send you off in the wrong...
Forum: Holland America April 13th, 2011, 07:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,125
Posted By Askabry
varied responses

Actually, I'm not looking for anything and if you read my letter to Holland it gives them what I am looking for: specifically a change in policy. Nothing more than that and certainly nothing punitive...
Forum: Holland America April 12th, 2011, 06:23 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,489
Posted By Askabry
I'm in Vancouver, $1,200 was about as low as we...

I'm in Vancouver, $1,200 was about as low as we could find for a one way home. Plus the one way down to Ft. Lauderdale was putting air at $1,500 pp. We switched to the Panama Canal instead. No...
Forum: Holland America April 12th, 2011, 06:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,125
Posted By Askabry
Oh Captain my captain? Half Moon Cay fun

I've already commented positively on my stay with Eurodam. Below is a minor complaint I've made to the management, via their website, a couple of days ago. Today I received a notice from the office...
Forum: Holland America April 11th, 2011, 09:32 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,489
Posted By Askabry
We ended up cancelling our trans atlantic this...

We ended up cancelling our trans atlantic this year due to the flight costs. Even our TA wasn't able to get anything satisfactory.

Really? I have to wonder what makes a fair satisfactory. With...
Forum: Holland America April 8th, 2011, 04:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,941
Posted By Askabry
Savings on airfare for transatlantic cruises

My wife and I tinkered with the idea of a repositioning cruise with Celebrity and hit a brick wall with airfare. Nonstop flights from NYC to Rome were running more than the cost of the cruise...
Forum: Holland America April 6th, 2011, 10:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,506
Posted By Askabry
First of all, thank you for your kind comments. ...

First of all, thank you for your kind comments.

Second ... wow! FIVE cruises on the Eurodam alone? I'm guessing some of them must have been in Europe. We hope to return, but our next trip will...
Forum: Holland America April 5th, 2011, 07:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,506
Posted By Askabry
Holland America v Celebrity

The cruise director, on our last night, asked that we consider differences and I think these became stunningly clear. From a crew that is geographically centered (and yes, I think it makes a...
Forum: Holland America April 5th, 2011, 12:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,506
Posted By Askabry
Eurodam Review: 03-26-2011

Cabins 7077 (Superior Verandah) 7093 and 7125 (interiors).
Our cabins had some nagging issues; water wasn't nearly hot enough, the a/c wouldn't blow cold enough, the room didn't have any ice or...
Forum: Silversea Cruises February 18th, 2011, 10:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 5,653
Posted By Askabry
Help wanted: Silversea v Seabourn

Love cruising, next year we'll be trying the first foray into luxe lines for 2012. Trying to choose between a 10 day in October from NYC to Barbados on Silver Whisper (Bermuda,St Barts,...
Forum: All Things Cruising January 26th, 2011, 02:59 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 10,368
Posted By Askabry
Best cruise?

Isn't that always the last one ... or the next one?

Anyways it turns out it WAS the last one for me. We left out of NOLA on August 25, 2005. Last ship to leave a Caribbean port before Katrina hit....
Forum: All Things Cruising January 26th, 2011, 02:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,462
Posted By Askabry
Tried

I tried working with a local TA. Almost out of hand, she turned down looking at cruises. "I can't make any money on them, and you can do better just looking online."

Surprised the heck out of me....
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers January 25th, 2011, 03:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 940
Posted By Askabry
dreaming

I'm limited to where I've been (Caribbean), so ...

I need time at sea, at least three and preferably four of seven days. I don't know the travel time between ports so that's hard for me, but my...
Forum: Cruise Cuisine January 25th, 2011, 01:39 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 31,175
Posted By Askabry
Best food

The parameters of "great food" now have to include quantity of choice, speed of delivery in the options AND quality delivered. At one point, the MDR for Celebrity paced it ahead of everyone but...
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