From: Jean O'Boyle on 4 Nov 2009 16:10
"Tom K" <tkanitra(a)optonline.net> wrote in message
> "John Sisker" <jsisker(a)sprynet.com> wrote in message
>> Thanks Tom; we will have to be on the lookout for this. Of course, with
>> my stomach and weight, good food I may not even notice as I would bad
>> service. On the other hand, Deborah, being a gourmet cook, will spot
>> everything wrong in a heart beat. In other words, I'm not that fussy, but
>> Deborah certainly is, and has no problem in letting everyone know it.
> Charles, who's now on Constellation, says the food on Connie has been
> consistently better than the food we had on Crown Princess a few months
> ago. Said for breakfast they have a waffle station and fresh made eggs
> benedict in the buffet. He's also very impressed with the new Elite
> Captain's Club benefits. Says there's 2 hours of free happy hour every
> evening that he's been taking advantage of.
Having just returned from our 14 day Constellation cruise to NE/Canada, I
was both very impressed with the food and the Elite Captain's Member
Benefits...Two whole hours with drinks, canap�s and nuts every evening 4-6
pm. They had a card on the cocktail table listing what drinks you could
order and there was a good variety to choose from. It was held in the
beautiful Bar on the Edge of the Earth and we were card checked on entrance.
Beaucoup invitations to all sorts of events and a visit to the Bridge...The
bridge visit was arranged by being part of the Cruise-critic group. I found
the food better than it was on Princess, but towards the end of the cruise;
saw some repeats on the menu such as Osso Bucco which is one of my favorites
and there was always shrimp cocktail and escargot on the menu every night as
well as steak and chicken. There was always something to choose from or else
I would not have gained over SIX pounds! I have already lost five and a half
After an entire day and half the night at the airport in Atlanta, due to
cancelled flights, we did not get home until 2:22 AM on Saturday morning...I
shall try to avoid Delta every chance I get from now on! There were many
flights cancelled or delayed, numerous gate changes and too many people all
stressed out and angry...Anyway, with my compromised immune system,
Saturday I came down with a #$%^&* nasty cold and spent until today in bed,
worried that I might have picked up the H1N1 bug somewhere. I called my
doctor Monday morning with my symptoms and she put me on azithromycin and
I'm already feeling much better. Just hope that Ed does not get it from me.
It was a WONDERFUL cruise even though we had a snow blizzard entering the
St. Lawrence River all the way to Quebec, but it cleared up into a beautiful
next day so a couple of us were able to take the funicular up the Quebec
City, do alot of walking, shopping and stopping into the beautiful Notre
I have been in touch with Charles...he boarded the Constellation after we
disembarked at Port Liberty on Friday. I'm waiting to hear from him as to
which dining room (upper or lower) he has and who his waiters are.
I was very disappointed that Captain Ionnis was not the Master of the Connie
From: Jean O'Boyle on 4 Nov 2009 16:32
"Charles" <fort(a)his.com.remove.invalid> wrote in message
> peter <peters25(a)stockton.com> wrote:
>> In the Captain's Club lounge in Michael's Club, as an elite member,
>> do you
>> just get a single free drink (as you'll just get a single glass of
>> wine on
>> RCL as a diamond member) or two hours of free dinking....?
> There is a menu of drinks available but it pretty much covers what most
> would order. I have been having martini's. There has been no limit. On
> this sailing they had it at the Martini Bar. The last sailing they said
> it was at the Bar at the Edge of the Earth. Location may change
> depending on number of Elite on a sailing. They give you a card to put
> on the table so the waiters know not to charge.
> There is also coffee hours at Michaels Club between 8 and 10 where they
> have fresh squeezed juice and expresso coffees like Latte and
> Cappachino. It is not dispensed from a machine like on Royal Caibbean.
> They have an expresso maker like at Starbucks and the server makes your
> drink to order.
> The new benefits are all very nice in my opinion.
I agree, Charles, we did the breakfast in Michael's Club but due the large
number of Elite Members on our cruise to the NE and Canada, the evening 4-6
gathering was held in the Bar at the Edge of the Earth. I thought the list
of the drinks that you could choose from was reasonable and considered most
tastes. The Captain said this sailing had the largest number of Elite
Members of any cruise ship he had been on. This cruise has sort of
solidified my preferences of cruise lines...Celebrity and Oceania. But I
still think HAL has the very best Alaskan cruise experience.
From: peter on 4 Nov 2009 16:37
Jean O'Boyle wrote:
> After an entire day and half the night at the airport in Atlanta, due to
> cancelled flights, we did not get home until 2:22 AM on Saturday morning...I
> shall try to avoid Delta every chance I get from now on! There were many
> flights cancelled or delayed, numerous gate changes and too many people all
> stressed out and angry...Anyway, with my compromised immune system,
> Saturday I came down with a #$%^&* nasty cold and spent until today in bed,
> worried that I might have picked up the H1N1 bug somewhere.
That's terrible after a great cruise.
> I was very disappointed that Captain Ionnis was not the Master of the Connie
> this time.
Was it Captain Dimitris Manetas? He was in charge of the NE/Canada
cruise e few weeks earlier. I think he did a great job.
From: Jean O'Boyle on 4 Nov 2009 16:42
"peter" <peters25(a)stockton.com> wrote in message
> Absolutely (also taking into account the free laundry and internet
> and certainly compared to what RC says the benefits of their Diamond level
We took advantage of the dry cleaning of two items and were very satisfied
with the results. Did not do the free laundry as I am sort of picky and like
to separate the colors, delicates, etc. Once, and I cannot remember which
ship, some of my clothes came back with a dingy look and I had to re-wash
them several times until they were their true colors...But some of our table
mates who did take advantage of that benefit were very pleased and said the
clothes were not ironed but very nicely folded and quite satisfactory...so I
suppose that I should have taken advantage of that on the Constellation.
Also the internet is 90 minutes free per person so we got 180 minutes which
was quite adequate for me and also a very nice benefit.
From: Charles on 4 Nov 2009 16:43
Sue Mullen <kjmullen(a)comcast.net> wrote:
> This does sound very nice and worth considering when booking if
> everything else is equal.
> Charles, do they have any single malt scotch on the menu? I am
> the answer is no.lol
No single malts on the Captains Club menu. They have blended scotch. One
of the Johnny Walkers. I think Red. They have decent brands, like
Beefeater Gin but not premium brands.