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Forum: Holland America July 2nd, 2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,313
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: 1,101
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: 839
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: 14
Views: 2,517
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: 6,551
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: 10
Views: 1,873
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: 1,656
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: 4,024
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: 1,420
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: 664
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: 664
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: 14
Views: 2,517
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: 1,973
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: 706
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: 1,168
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: 873
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: 646
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: 2,053
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...
Forum: All Things Cruising December 1st, 2011, 06:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,082
Posted By zdgp
I use straps to help identify my bags, and for...

I use straps to help identify my bags, and for security. I have never fully trusted the zippers on today’s luggage.
Forum: All Things Cruising November 9th, 2011, 08:21 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,862
Posted By zdgp
Prior to our last cruise, we took all our evening...

Prior to our last cruise, we took all our evening meals in the MDR. However, on our last cruise (our 13th, and our longest) we had bad luck with table assignments and tablemates, so we used the Lido...
Forum: All Things Cruising October 16th, 2011, 07:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 524
Posted By zdgp
Smile Thnks for your input; we found it helpful.

Thnks for your input; we found it helpful.
Forum: All Things Cruising October 15th, 2011, 08:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 524
Posted By zdgp
Question Travel Agent Question

We have been loyal customers of the same TA for our entire cruise experience. A few years ago we used to get little “thank you” rewards such as bottles of wine or shipboard credit. This ended about...
Forum: All Things Cruising September 8th, 2011, 12:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 583
Posted By zdgp
We prefer to get the longer flight and airport...

We prefer to get the longer flight and airport hassle over with before the cruise.
Forum: Gambling and Games July 11th, 2011, 10:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,482
Posted By zdgp
The biggest problem with slots is you can never...

The biggest problem with slots is you can never know what the house percentage is. On the other “big three” we can be precise. The house percentage is 5.26% at roulette and 1.414% on the come bet at...
Forum: Holland America June 28th, 2011, 06:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,616
Posted By zdgp
Ditto. Over the years, we have learned to...

Ditto.

Over the years, we have learned to “read between the lines” of the shore excursion descriptions. Our experience is that “snack” is usually a joke, and “lunch” is OK, be we have had some...
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