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Forum: Gambling and Games March 23rd, 2016, 01:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 900
Posted By zdgp
6 to 5 Blackjack follow up

This is a follow up to my post of three months ago. It appears that most cruise line casinos have gone over to “6 to 5” blackjack. Apparently the customers are tolerating it, and the reduction in...
Forum: Gambling and Games December 24th, 2015, 06:01 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 900
Posted By zdgp
Thumbs down Avoid HAL blackjack

On all my previous HAL cruises, I enjoyed playing blackjack often, but no more. A few months ago HAL changed the payout on blackjack from the traditional 3 to 2, to the reduced payout of 6 to5. ...
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff March 8th, 2015, 08:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,208
Posted By zdgp
Peace of Mind

We always fly the day before. Even if the flights are on time, we still have 24 hours to solve any luggage problems.
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff December 30th, 2014, 06:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,138
Posted By zdgp
This is very helpful. Thanks much for taking the...

This is very helpful. Thanks much for taking the time.
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff December 29th, 2014, 07:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,138
Posted By zdgp
Travel Agent Questions

These are going to seem like dumb questions from someone with a couple of hundred days of cruise experience, but here goes.



When you have been a long time good customer of a single travel...
Forum: All Things Cruising December 23rd, 2014, 06:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 973
Posted By zdgp
Jamaica again?

My guess is that Cuba will be another Jamaica. Communists aren’t any good at public relations, because they have never had to be concerned about it.
Forum: All Things Cruising December 21st, 2014, 06:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 593
Posted By zdgp
Cuba?

I'll bet they'll slap on some big per head "visa fee".

In the immortal words of Sam Goldwyn: Include me out.
Forum: Holland America July 2nd, 2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,983
Posted By zdgp
No Problem

We do one cruise a year, usually four weeks or longer. Ten years ago we did the 7 and 10 day cruises. On short cruises many people are trying to “eat their money’s worth”, by indulging in all the...
Forum: Shore Excursions May 25th, 2013, 06:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,446
Posted By zdgp
Exclamation I have one suggestion. Before you spend money...

I have one suggestion. Before you spend money going to tourist traps like the Blue Grotto, check out the reviews of each attraction on a site such as Tripadvisor.
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff March 11th, 2013, 06:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,390
Posted By zdgp
Similar experience

We are HAL regulars and gotten off in Ft Lauderdale many times. The earliest flight we had was 11:25am, and we also had a close call. A flight time of 11:05 is just too early. We never schedule a...
Forum: Gambling and Games January 6th, 2013, 08:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,691
Posted By zdgp
Money Management

When some people talk about their “strategy” in the casino, what they are really talking about is “money management”, not the method of playing a particular game. In order to limit your losses, you...
Forum: Gambling and Games December 28th, 2012, 06:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,816
Posted By zdgp
The main problem with slots is not knowing what...

The main problem with slots is not knowing what the house percentage is. The house take is a known quantity on table games, but is a complete mystery with slots.
Forum: All Things Cruising December 1st, 2012, 10:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,545
Posted By zdgp
We usually get a room with a balcony. The worst...

We usually get a room with a balcony. The worst noise problem we ever had was the time we were below the lido pool deck, and listened to the chairs and tables being rearranged. What is worse than...
Forum: All Things Cruising October 13th, 2012, 09:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,389
Posted By zdgp
Post A few cruises ago we had 100 shares of CCL and...

A few cruises ago we had 100 shares of CCL and exercised our OBC benefit. We also had OBC due to early booking, and another reason that I can’t remember now. However, I do remember that the...
Forum: Gambling and Games August 19th, 2012, 08:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,996
Posted By zdgp
"Signature pairs" follow-up

On my last two HAL cruises, it looks like “signature pairs” is a good moneymaker for the casino. A lot of blackjack players like this game, as it is more popular than the previous gimmick at the...
Forum: Gambling and Games August 12th, 2012, 09:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,294
Posted By zdgp
Thumbs down 6 to 5 blackjack on HAL

On HAL, blackjack is normally dealt from an eight deck shoe. They now offer a table of single deck paying 6 to 5 for blackjack. Reducing the payout for blackjack from 3 to 2, down to 6 to 5, is bad...
Forum: All Things Cruising June 22nd, 2012, 04:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 833
Posted By zdgp
People relate what a great time they had on their...

People relate what a great time they had on their vacation. Of course, if we stayed at home and spent money at the same rate we do on a vacation, we would probably have a great time at home!
Forum: All Things Cruising June 22nd, 2012, 04:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 833
Posted By zdgp
The only time I have ever set foot in a casino is...

The only time I have ever set foot in a casino is on our cruises. I play blackjack for the table minimum. It’s great entertainment, especially watching the dealer’s reaction to some really bad...
Forum: Gambling and Games June 9th, 2012, 06:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,691
Posted By zdgp
There is no strategy to win; the only strategy is...

There is no strategy to win; the only strategy is to minimize losses. As “Jimmy the Greek” once said: “Nothing is as certain as death, taxes, and the house percentage”.
Forum: All Things Cruising May 25th, 2012, 06:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,028
Posted By zdgp
Exclamation :oA gift from my TA? Am I on Candid Camera?

:oA gift from my TA? Am I on Candid Camera?
Forum: Ask CruiseMates Staff April 11th, 2012, 06:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 877
Posted By zdgp
Question Traveling with a child – question

We are planning a cruise to Alaska and Canada, and plan to take our granddaughter (age 14) with us. Her mother (our daughter) is a divorcee with sole custody of her children. It is our understanding...
Forum: All Things Cruising March 11th, 2012, 06:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,118
Posted By zdgp
Wouldn’t the motion of the ship turn this into an...

Wouldn’t the motion of the ship turn this into an exercise in frustration?
Forum: All Things Cruising January 21st, 2012, 07:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,013
Posted By zdgp
I checked the satellite map on Google. The...

I checked the satellite map on Google. The peninsula nearest the ship is 500 to 600 feet long, so the relative size of the ship looks OK.
Forum: All Things Cruising January 18th, 2012, 06:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 789
Posted By zdgp
A 15% price decline (to 29) is not enough to jump...

A 15% price decline (to 29) is not enough to jump in. I want a price that assumes a worst-case scenario (not sure if 25 is low enough) --- then anything better is a winner.

A few years ago I...
Forum: All Things Cruising January 2nd, 2012, 05:47 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,801
Posted By zdgp
The most significant change we have experienced...

The most significant change we have experienced over the last seven years is the decline in personalized service from the room stewards. This is a direct result of each steward being responsible for...
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