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    Europe, Alaska, Caribbean, Panama Canal, Mexican Riviera, Hawaii, Trans-Atlantic, Canada & New England
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  1. Title :: 11/24/07 Author :: Paul Griffith Category :: Zuiderdam Information :: Excellent experience, fine ship, wonderful stateroom Description :: Eastern Caribbean My wife and I are college professors and love travel. This was our 10th ocean cruise, our first on HAL, the prior nine were on Princess Cruises. We arrived at the embarkation port in Fort Lauderdale at about 12:30 pm. We were in our stateroom in about 1/2 half-hour. We had reviously been upgraded to a VA veranda stateroom. On most of our princess cruises we have had balconey (veranda) staterooms. Overall this one was superior to the one's on the Princess ships. From the couch to the wonderful mattress and bed linen, and from the closets/shelf space to the bathroom with tub, the stateroom was was was designed and layed out. The veranda was also excellent. Both the food and enterainment were excellent. The dining room staff were also excellent, but HAL's organization as far as the delivery of food from the kitchen to the table could be improved. On one or two occasions we had to wait about an hour between courses. Princess Cruises has a leg up on HAL in the Dining room service area.The buffet on the Lido deck was very superior compared to that on Princess Cruises. Overall the entertainment on HAL and Princess Cruises are quite comparable. Our fist port of call was Grand Turk. We took the Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour, it had three stops: the point of origin, Her Majesty's Prison, and the Lighthouse. We saw everything in about two hours and returned to the ship. Our second port of call was Tortola. It reminded us of it's next door neighbor, St. Johns. It was much better than Grand Turk. Our last port of call was St. Thomas. The was our fourth time there, so we went on our own. It was exciting. We got a taxi to go to town. As our driver search for more fares, he got into a heated argument with another driver, who pulled a knife on him. He retaliated by breaking the other drivers side window with a whip baton. At this point my wife insisted that we immedately leave, so took another taxi to town. Our last stop was at Half Moon Cay, HAL's private island. We took the island nature walking took, which was excellent. After eating and a short swim we returned to the ship to pack because the next day we returned to Fort Lauderdale. In early Mardh we are taking a Mexican Riviera cruise on the Golden Princess, with of course a balconey stateroom. After that, we are taking a 15 day transAtlantic cruise in August on the Eurodam from Copenhagen to New York. We have also booked a veranda stateroom for that cruise. We love to cruise and both Princess & HAL have proven to to excellent cruise lines and con count on our trade. View Review
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  4. Title<] :: 08-16-07 Author<] :: Paul Griffith Category<] :: Regal Princess Information<] :: [*]Our 2nd cruise on the Regal. It was wonderful. We will miss her. What a GREAT ship. Description<] :: Hawaii This was my wifes and my 9th Princess cruise and our second on the Regal. Our first was to Alaska 2 years ago. (This was the Regals last Hawaiian round-trip and next to last cruise as a Princess ship.) We are both college professors. I am also a retired IRS-CID Special Agent. We live in the Chicago area and flew to Los Angeles three early inorder to tour the city. We stayed at Marriot LAX thru Princess and then used a Princess transfer to the ship. The embarkation went very quickly and smoothly. We were in our stateroom A189 within 1/2 hour. Our luggage arrived before dinner. We ate at the 1st seating. Our four days at sea were fantactic. We met "Hawaii Bob" Basso, the Hawaii Specialist, what a charater. Our 1st stop was Maui. We took the Haleakala Volcano tour. It as excellent. Next stop was Kauai. We took the Waimea Canyon tour. Breath-taking! Then on to Oahu, where we toured the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri. I one day I saw where the United States entered and ended WW II. Next came Kona, where we did the cloud forest tour. Our last Hawaii stop was Hilo. We visited the Kilauea Volcano. After that we has four more glorious day at sea. One for which was our wedding anniversary. Princess had ballons at our stateroom entrance and a cake at our dinner. We made a three hour "service call" at Ensenada, Mexico. We got off the ship, walked around the pier and got back on the ship. The next moring we were back in LA and Flew home. The disembarkation went smoothly. We will miss the Regal Princess. It was a wonderful ship View Review
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