From: Rosalie B. on 14 Dec 2009 23:40
"Tom K" <tkanitra(a)optonline.net> wrote:
>"Charles" <fort(a)his.com.remove.invalid> wrote in message
>> The show lounge had lots
>> of obstructions and weird seating.
>The seating was very weird. Some seats had 6 feet of leg room, while others
>had about 16 inches of leg room.
IMHO the theatre configuration on this class of HAL ships is the worst
I've seen anywhere.
From: Seehorse Video on 15 Dec 2009 06:21
"Tom K" <tkanitra(a)optonline.net> wrote in message
> "Charles" <fort(a)his.com.remove.invalid> wrote in message
> By the way... this was the only cruise I've ever been on where the captain
> YELLED at all of us during life boat drill. He told everyone to BE QUIET
> very loudly and sternly. Everyone said that he sounded MEAN. He did joke
> about it later at a get together.
What was your take on the captain's attitude? Most of us go through the
drills with a "ho-hum, been there" mind set, but there is a slim chance that
the info could be vital. I think I might have applauded the captain for
literally taking command. Any opinion?
From: Susette on 15 Dec 2009 10:39
Charles and Tom
Loved both your rerviews and boty in my eyes were correct.
My take on the cruise
#1 Group above ship was the importance of this cruise adn 2nd it was
chosen for Itinerary from FLL
Ship: I like this size of ship. Getting off the OASIS prior to this ,
wow what a difference in getting around..... OASIS is the WOW, the
Westerdam was the AHHHHH
I did not care for the Decor the reds and dark colors, but I think in
some ways it grew on me. I did not care for the artwork it was not
whimsicle and I guess I like Whimsy. BUT again I am not a Art Expert.
I took a cheapie Room a Inside- I know I know I always do a balcony
but Lately I never use the Balcony so went to conserve $$$. WOW was I
suprised this was by far the BEST inside room I ever had . IT WAS
HUGE! Comperable to jr Suites on many ships. It was square and had a
corner ( pit style) sofa had a bed in it, a vanity and I thought
plenty of storage some thought not enough But i came with 18 days
worth of luggage from previous stays in FLA and we thought WOW what
space 3 closets and 2 BIG drawers under the bed and in the vanity, We
had NO problem at all. Our tv in our room though would not Swivel so
it made it a little difficult seeing from the bed, and I wish they had
interactive TV all ships should makes it so much easier. ROOM was a A
NOW the Door Key. Hmmm no one mentioned this but our door keys kept
needing to be recharged as did Toms and Many others, We had to do ours
about 5 times. and we never had it near anything that would discharge
it, Just was a glitch I think.
Cabin Stewards A+ Wonderful Clean room and Ice and towels What more
can you ask for! Elemis hair and body items Very nice.
NO problem at all if you get a deck 1 inside NO noise and great ride
and Large room I was in 1018 ....I would take it again in a flash.
Shows- Magician was pathetic. COmedian Julie Barr funny and the 2
productions shows I saw were wonderful. and they were just new to the
ship. Seating was odd, But its a carnivazl thing They have lots of
obstructions and they shovel you in . 16 inches of leg room is being
Kind Tom! Ermalee was jumping on tables to get in to sit.
Pool AreA- not that big and I feel they need pool workers to remove
towels more readily you can not find a seat and do not want to remove
a towel if it was someones and if there is 2 people in the pool and NO
seats where the heck are they??? This needs attention but we went to
back aft pool, that was more fun adn this new Cruise Director Keith
COx was great not Obtrusive and he put on Pool Games somethign I was
told HAL did NOT have, theya re trying to make it YOUNGER. Our cruise
was not YOUNG lots of old people but there were a good amount of our
age too, I do not mind Old I mind Rude, and some of these folks on
there for Channukah were just plain out rude, I would NEVER retire to
that Area because I would not get along with these folks who migrated
from the Bronx area.... They are whiners. BUT that is NOT HALS fault
The employees on this ship were amongst the finest if not the BESt I
ever have sailed with Kind and gentle folk they weer from Indonesia
( Bali) and Phillipines. Front Desk was marvelous. PRINCESS should
take heed on how a front desk is run, these ones were wonderful.
Another thing from a TA's Point of View was that, everything I asked
for to be in place WAS! Dinner seating was FINALLY done just like I
ASKED no glitches!!!! they bent over backwards to make everything
right for the group too!
DINING ROOM- I loved the touches from the Guy whom before dinner
dressed like a Bell hop or the Phillip Morris guy went around and rang
the DInnger bell via a wood xylophone WAS that ever so cool! the FOOD A
+.... I have never in 45 cruises had such good food....
the lobster was BIG and they gave you 2 and a filet that was delish
although small but it was plenty. I liked everything except Lobster
bisque but that is ME not their Bisque.
Tom liked 3 meals WOW that is alot for Him hahahahahhaha BUT the same
fish he did not like everyone else thought was very good. I had the
Filet of beef he said was chewy mine melted in my mouth and was done
to perfection. the Shrimp that night I also ordered were JUMBO shrimp
and I thought they were done to perfection. Our Waiter was wonderful
and we had a Happy go lucky WIne Steward. many do not even have these
A+ for the dining room
Ports- AHH Curacao was great!!! and half Moon Cay is wonderful!
Embarcation SIMPLE Disbarking was even easier JUSt go at the time you
are told and walk off!
The group was wonderful Tobie and barb and Barbara Moore and Ermalee
was first time I we all sailed and I feel like they are family. How
wonderful these new found friends are. I look forward to barb coming
up in the next few months!
ANy questions Just ask!
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From: D Ball on 15 Dec 2009 12:11
Welcome home, Susette & The Vikings! (Good band name--I'm afraid to
ask if y'all perform...I know The Vikings put on a show wherever they
go! Hint hint Charles, do you have any pix of the crazy hats on parade
Thanks to all for your reviews and impressions. I am so happy y'all
had a great big fun group cruise together!
Tom, you are the Renaissance man--when you put on your creative
writing hat (post 1), there is no better reading! Your nit-picky
analyses are, of course, helpful in evaluating ship/line fits. I had
to ROTFLMAO when you wrote, "We're likely more critical than 99% of
the people out there, but as an engineer, that's the kind of stuff I
notice." Understatement of the year. ;)
Happy tidings, friends from Viking land.
From: Tom K on 15 Dec 2009 12:37
"D Ball" <dianakball(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
> Welcome home, Susette & The Vikings! (Good band name--I'm afraid to
> ask if y'all perform...I know The Vikings put on a show wherever they
> go! Hint hint Charles, do you have any pix of the crazy hats on parade
> or ?)
> Thanks to all for your reviews and impressions. I am so happy y'all
> had a great big fun group cruise together!
> Tom, you are the Renaissance man--when you put on your creative
> writing hat (post 1), there is no better reading! Your nit-picky
> analyses are, of course, helpful in evaluating ship/line fits. I had
> to ROTFLMAO when you wrote, "We're likely more critical than 99% of
> the people out there, but as an engineer, that's the kind of stuff I
> notice." Understatement of the year. ;)
When some of our old pharmaceutical executives used to do unannounced
cleanliness inspections of the production areas, they'd do it with white
Other people walk down the hallway on the ship, maybe they're looking at the
artwork.... me I'm looking at how the hinges on watertight doors work....
We are what we are...