Generally you can board earlier than what guidelines tell you.
The special duty-free, discounted prices of items offered on-board were not so special or discounted at all.
Looking for a place to just kick back, hang out and have a great view? Go to the library.
We liked the size of the ship.
You can go much earlier than the suggested boarding time and its recommended. People start lining up to check-in VERY early and it gives you a nice opportunity to explore whats on the boat before everyone gets on. Bring nice gala clothes - a lot of people dress up.
In Barcelona, book a Delta flight and use their transport to the airport. It makes disembarkation very easy!
The Library had a wonderful view , great mocha coffee, puzzles ,books. but if you wanted to get on the internet to go through your email. .. forget it. That did not work. No Air service.
The internet café and Crow's nest was a great place to hang out.
Dine as you wish gives the flexibility we enjoy. Eat whenever, wherever we choose. Sometimes with large table, other times eat alone as a couple.
The chairs in the "Crows Nest" were the most comfortable. We also liked playing cards with friends to pass the time.
The age of this cruise is much older than expected but everyone was very nice and fun to be with. Try dine as you wish as you get to meet others from around the world.
Eat lunch in the dining room,much more relaxing and good service.
If you are going to anything in the Vista Lounge, go early as a lot of the seating is taken up by large support poles that cut off the line of sight to the stage. If you come in late you will not be able to find seats from which you can see the stage.
Bring back the old days; HAL is no longer offering the outstanding service that we have been used to.
No launderette on board. Use the laundry bag in your room for $20 per bag and stuff it full. Works great. Also, go to the Explorer's Café on deck 10 to see the canal as you enter. Local guide is located there. Then, move to the bow of the ship when the sun comes up. When you in the 3rd lock, check out the view from the aft pool deck for a great picture of the whole Gatun locks.
Older ship. Seemed more confined than newer ships.
Number goes up when you walk to the end of the ship,
Get to know one of the waiters in each of the bars that you frequent. They will know ou by name and what your drink of choice is.
Check and see if all repairs/updating have been completed before booking a cruise on this ship. The ship itself is nice but it just was not ready and many passengers were inconvenienced.
Be smart, plan ahead, ask the right questions and check your billing statement often. They have a self service printer but I tried to use it and it didn’t work for me. We also tried the Navigator app which they offered free over their onboard WiFi but it was not kept up to date very well and there was no way to communicate with others in our party for planning or anything. If going to Panama Canal, watch the documentaries available on board before. They don’t give much information, no play-by-play or anything. And get up early if you want to watch entering the locks! Lake Gatun was unimpressive... no “tour”, we just sat there until they let us leave again. Timing there is all subject to change based on ship traffic at the time.
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