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Forum: Alaska July 5th, 2011, 11:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 10,293
Posted By Rivilian
Vancouver Hotels w/Airport and/or Port Shuttles?

I am arranging a Holland cruise for two family members. The cruise is to Anchorange, departing Sunday July 31. I have arranged for them to fly into Vancouver, arriving on July 30 around 11:00 AM.
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Forum: Alaska June 28th, 2011, 08:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,370
Posted By Rivilian
Post-cruise flight Anchorage to Dallas

I've booked a cruise on Holland departing Vancouver and ending in Anchorage on Sunday, August 7, the ship scheduled to dock at 6 AM. I'm guessing that the passengers (my daughter and son-in-law)...
Forum: Royal Caribbean International March 13th, 2010, 08:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,601
Posted By Rivilian
Many people said it's very quick to get out of...

Many people said it's very quick to get out of Oasis and FLL is not too far away from the port, in addition it's on Saturday therefore I guess not much of traffict in morning

We were booked on the...
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff March 12th, 2010, 04:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 637
Posted By Rivilian
Thank you, Paul. As I said, these reviews were...

Thank you, Paul. As I said, these reviews were some of the most helpful, along with the message boards, that I found at this site. I appreciate everything here very much! What a resource this is....
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff March 12th, 2010, 01:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 637
Posted By Rivilian
Are Cruise Reviews at this site "Backed Up?"

It's been a couple of weeks since my first cruise on the Eurodam concluded (2/27), and I submitted a review. It hasn't been posted yet, and that prompted me to notice that ...

1. No Holland...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines March 7th, 2010, 12:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,289
Posted By Rivilian
Part forward worked for us

We were on Eurodam in the last week of February (I'm still dreaming in Eurodam themes!), and had a verandah cabin, starbord, right at the forward elevators. We were on the fifth deck (Verandah Deck;...
Forum: Holland America March 1st, 2010, 09:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,182
Posted By Rivilian
Okay, a Vicar and a Pastor were on a ship.......

Okay, a Vicar and a Pastor were on a ship.... (Sorry :D, I just couldn't help it! All we need now is a Rabbi!)

For all I know, there were plenty of rabbis on this trip! :D I know I saw at least...
Forum: Holland America March 1st, 2010, 03:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,182
Posted By Rivilian
I've been on 22 HAL cruises, and in general...

I've been on 22 HAL cruises, and in general people wear cover-ups ... t-shirts or other loose, light weight shirts, and possibly shorts if their swimming suite is close-fitting or otherwise skimpy. ...
Forum: Tipping February 28th, 2010, 04:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,381
Posted By Rivilian
Fern: Once on board ship we would just put all...

Fern: Once on board ship we would just put all our money in the safe until we reach a port. !

We just returned from 7 nights on the Eurodam. As soon as my thoughts settle (it'll be this week!),...
Forum: Travel Gripes! February 17th, 2010, 02:46 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 12,317
Posted By Rivilian
What a refreshing comment from someone who...

What a refreshing comment from someone who apparently hasn't read or participated in the Great Tip Debate :D .

Thanks Riv,

I think I stumbled across that one, read a few of the posts, and...
Forum: Celebrity February 17th, 2010, 02:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,129
Posted By Rivilian
"Because they are travelling for free when...

"Because they are travelling for free when everyone else is paying??"

Interesting. I'm an Angican priest, and I'll wear my clericals while on cruise, especially at the formal occasions. ...
Forum: Travel Gripes! February 16th, 2010, 02:03 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 12,317
Posted By Rivilian
A tip is not a right, just to be expected but...

A tip is not a right, just to be expected but rather for a job well done.

Yes, and no. The word "tip" has a couple of different meanings, depending on the "job" being performed and the wages of...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers February 12th, 2010, 10:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,304
Posted By Rivilian
Rivilian... Riv... why don't you tell us what...

Rivilian...
Riv... why don't you tell us what ship you are on (we won't stalk you, really). You can send me a private message if you want to.

Paul,

The ship's in my signature line, after all...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers February 12th, 2010, 03:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,304
Posted By Rivilian
One thing, though. I have come to realize that...

One thing, though. I have come to realize that for 19-20 year olds a cruise could be very boring. They have no clubs or special programs, but they cant drink either. They are stuck on the ship (so...
Forum: Carnival Cruise Lines February 11th, 2010, 04:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,390
Posted By Rivilian
Grandma, I'm going to be interested in what...

Grandma,

I'm going to be interested in what others here report. I've heard second hand that cruise prices get discounted near sailing date for accomodations that have not been sold at that point....
Forum: Styles At Sea February 9th, 2010, 01:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,327
Posted By Rivilian
Anglican priests in and out of uniform

Hi, Fern,

Yes, I do know about the British series you're thinking of. I've run across it when I've grazed through Netflix's offerings, though I've never ordered it. My wife and I find that there...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers February 8th, 2010, 05:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 421
Posted By Rivilian
Hearts and Guts Tour

I've taken this one several times when I lived in vienna. I'd always take visitors.

It's a tour in the catacombs and other nether regions beneath Stephansdom, the 12th Century Romandesque...
Forum: Styles At Sea February 8th, 2010, 04:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,327
Posted By Rivilian
Query regarding an Option for Formal Nights

I hear that men who do not own, nor wish to purchase, a tux for formal nights are permitted to wear dark suits with ties. My question turns on an upcoming cruise (our first) on Holland America --...
Forum: Hotels February 8th, 2010, 04:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,426
Posted By Rivilian
We're staying at the Best Western. It, too, has...

We're staying at the Best Western. It, too, has a free shuttle to pick you up at the airport, and another free shuttle to deliver you to the port (but not the return). Breakfast is included.

We,...
Forum: Holland America February 8th, 2010, 01:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,182
Posted By Rivilian
Mike, This is very helpful for someone who's...

Mike,

This is very helpful for someone who's new to all this.

Who knows? Maybe my bride and I will find ourselves on many cruises in the years ahead. If so, then we can supply some answers...
Forum: Tipping February 7th, 2010, 09:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,381
Posted By Rivilian
Fern, Thank you for the examples. They...

Fern,

Thank you for the examples. They prompt another question, if I may.

You speak of tipping the porter when you deliver the bags, and that's done at the time of service, right? On the...
Forum: Holland America February 6th, 2010, 01:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,057
Posted By Rivilian
The water on most ships is hot enough to scald...

The water on most ships is hot enough to scald you. They have a sign warning people to check the temperature before entering the tub or shower.:mad:

That's how we run the water heater here at the...
Forum: Holland America February 6th, 2010, 12:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,057
Posted By Rivilian
Is Holland Bath Water Hot?

Newbie here, first cruise in a couple of weeks now.

We have a cabin with a bath tub, selected precisely for that feature.

Without meds (which I'll bring in abundance!) my legs can be painful...
Forum: Holland America February 6th, 2010, 12:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,182
Posted By Rivilian
Sometimes you will see people wearing them to the...

Sometimes you will see people wearing them to the pool which to me is tacky. Now there is the possibility that they forgot to bring a cover-up for the pool or their luggage has been lost.

DeeDee,...
Forum: Tipping February 6th, 2010, 12:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,381
Posted By Rivilian
How to prepare for tipping?

My question does NOT involved the $11pppd service charges that Holland America automatically inclues in the cost of the cruise. And, I'm not asking about the rationale or justifications for tipping....
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