Is There a Way To Determine If a Group Is Booked On Your Cruise

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Originally posted by trvlcrzy
Westerdam – April 15 – 24, 2012 – 10-day Dry-Dock in Freeport, Bahamas (before 17-day westbound Panama Canal cruise)
Does anyone know what HAL has planned for this dry dock?
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At last count there will be 120 passengers from Phil Hoffmann Travel of Adelaide, South Australia on the NIEUW AMSTERDAM on the Mediterranean Magic 24 day cruise departing Barcelona on 23 September. Do not worry as the group is a hosted group they will enjoy a couple of cocktail parties during the 24 days and will not be 'taking-over' any facilities onboard during the cruise. Participants will be doing their individual ''thing'' onshore. Over the last two years, Phil Hoffmann Travel in Adelaide, has been the biggest seller of HAL cruises in Australia and has a very large number of passengers spread over the 20 and 24 day Meditteranean cruises and the Baltic Scandinavia cruises for the 2012 season. The cruise on the 23 September will be hosted by Phil Hoffmann and his wife, Allison and are two of the most respected people in the travel industry in South Australia. He will not be hard to miss and if you see him on the cruise pop up and say hello. Us Aussies enjoy our cruising as it is one of the best holidays for meeting new friends.
Look forward to seeing you onboard.
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Originally posted by Big Gordo
At last count there will be 120 passengers from Phil Hoffmann Travel of Adelaide, South Australia on the NIEUW AMSTERDAM on the Mediterranean Magic 24 day cruise departing Barcelona on 23 September. Do not worry as the group is a hosted group they will enjoy a couple of cocktail parties during the 24 days and will not be 'taking-over' any facilities onboard during the cruise. Participants will be doing their individual ''thing'' onshore. Over the last two years, Phil Hoffmann Travel in Adelaide, has been the biggest seller of HAL cruises in Australia and has a very large number of passengers spread over the 20 and 24 day Meditteranean cruises and the Baltic Scandinavia cruises for the 2012 season. The cruise on the 23 September will be hosted by Phil Hoffmann and his wife, Allison and are two of the most respected people in the travel industry in South Australia. He will not be hard to miss and if you see him on the cruise pop up and say hello. Us Aussies enjoy our cruising as it is one of the best holidays for meeting new friends.
Look forward to seeing you onboard.
Big Gordon - thanks for the info re the Aussie group aboard the Mediterranean Magic 24-day cruise. It is always so much fun when Aussies cruise. Looking forward to it.
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Originally posted by Big Gordo
At last count there will be 120 passengers from Phil Hoffmann Travel of Adelaide, South Australia on the NIEUW AMSTERDAM on the Mediterranean Magic 24 day cruise departing Barcelona on 23 September. Do not worry as the group is a hosted group they will enjoy a couple of cocktail parties during the 24 days and will not be 'taking-over' any facilities onboard during the cruise. Participants will be doing their individual ''thing'' onshore. Over the last two years, Phil Hoffmann Travel in Adelaide, has been the biggest seller of HAL cruises in Australia and has a very large number of passengers spread over the 20 and 24 day Meditteranean cruises and the Baltic Scandinavia cruises for the 2012 season. The cruise on the 23 September will be hosted by Phil Hoffmann and his wife, Allison and are two of the most respected people in the travel industry in South Australia. He will not be hard to miss and if you see him on the cruise pop up and say hello. Us Aussies enjoy our cruising as it is one of the best holidays for meeting new friends.
Look forward to seeing you onboard.
Oops, not enough caffeine yet. My previous post should have been directed to "Big Gordo" and not "Big Gordon"..............sorry.
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Originally posted by trvlcrzy
The "Out of Service" List -- includes dry docks and charters
I have added group information as I have learned of it...

New Information is in red December 3, 2011 update
The information is listed in both alphabetical order by ship… and date order by ship. Scroll down for date order.

In response to a request, I am putting **asterisks by the ones that are sailing as full charters (not selling to regular passengers). These are different than the cruises with ‘groups’ on board.

Hi thanks for keeping this list updated, found something to add. I've come across a group that will be sailing on the

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I thought that by booking a 14-day cruise, I would be able to avoid a "theme" cruise. I just found out that this will be a Jazz Sea cruise (jazzsea.com). I am now rethinking this cruise. I am worried that because the Maasdam is a small ship, there may be areas that will be off limits to regular passengers. Has anyone been on a Jazz Cruise? I would love to hear your comments.
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I am on the Westerdam to Alaska on July 14th. I see there is an "Inspiration Cruises" event on this one. It features concerts from Third day and others. I can not get any info on how big this thing will be. I would like to avoid it if it is going to interfere with a lot of the ship. I have been on many cruises with many groups also on board. Normally, it doesn't bother me, but tthis seems like it might be big and honestly, it really isn't my thing. Any thoughts?
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National Review Post-Election Cruise

http://www.wright.edu/administration...-01-OHE-04.pdf

Apparently there can be 500 to 700 people in their group with special lectures, tours, dinner speakers. Late seating appears to be closed to other pax. People who have been on with this group other years claim they do not interfere with use of the ship venues by others except for a couple of cocktail parties on the Lido deck.
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Originally posted by tiggerman101
I am on the Westerdam to Alaska on July 14th. I see there is an "Inspiration Cruises" event on this one. It features concerts from Third day and others. I can not get any info on how big this thing will be. I would like to avoid it if it is going to interfere with a lot of the ship. I have been on many cruises with many groups also on board. Normally, it doesn't bother me, but tthis seems like it might be big and honestly, it really isn't my thing. Any thoughts?
It really depends on just how many people are part of the group and your personal prefrences. We have cruised with large groups that have been awesome and one group that really didn't seem to realize that my breakfast was not the time or place to check if I had been "saved" yet.
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Originally posted by the2ofus
National Review Post-Election Cruise

http://www.wright.edu/administration...-01-OHE-04.pdf

Apparently there can be 500 to 700 people in their group with special lectures, tours, dinner speakers. Late seating appears to be closed to other pax. People who have been on with this group other years claim they do not interfere with use of the ship venues by others except for a couple of cocktail parties on the Lido deck.
Closing an entire seating that is preferred by many? That's a huge impact.
Plus, post-election, these folks are going to be very grumpy.
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There is a paddy noonan and guests irish theme cruise on the Volendam, July 4th to 11th.

Unfortuanetly found this info too late as I've already booked this date, anyone know if this will interfere with my cruise?
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thanks for this info!!
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Hi, posting this the get it on my App Favourites list, to keep up to date with group news - many thanks for the hard work done on here.
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I am following one particular Roll Call as I am aiming to do the identical cruise the following year and want to pick up shore ideas plus learn more about HAL. This cruise has, as far as I can see, two separate Roll Calls with almost no activity whatsoever - is that a sign that there could be (large) group on it rather than independent travelers? It is not on any of your lists, as far as I can see....

November 2 2012 departing Rotterdam (or Nov 3 departing Southampton) for the Caribbean (34 or 32 days) - on the Rotterdam

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