About Holland America Line Meet & Mingle
Meet & Mingle Online Before Your Cruise
The information below has been compiled from the Holland America Forum, and is based upon individual experiences by members. It should be made VERY clear that there is no official sponsorship of Meet & Mingle Parties on board Holland America ships. We appreciate the generosity of Holland America in setting up these gatherings as they recognize the loyalty of Cruise Critic members. However, it should not be expected that each ship will offer the same amenities, or anything at all. Remember, too, that paid groups on board take precedence over non-paid groups, and there are often many groups on board vying for the same space. All of the above said, let's get started with the party planning!
1) Before contacting anyone at Holland America, your first step should be to POLL everyone on your ROLL CALL to see if they are interested in attending a Meet & Mingle on your cruise. It would be helpful to consider your daily itinerary, and obtain a general consensus as to when our fellow cruisers would be most likely to attend. More than likely someone has been keeping a general who's sailing list on the ROLL CALL throughout its duration. Keeping this listing fresh encourages others to continue to participate and to join in on the fun! Please make sure your efforts are coordinated so that only ONE person from each sailing is contacting the cruise line.
2) Once you have determined that there is enough interest, you will need to contact the Holland America On Board Events Coordinator for your ship no later than 5 weeks before your sailing. See the list here.
3) The On Board Events Coordinator will ask you to complete a Meet & Greet Space Request Forum. Get the form here
and return either via email or fax. Note you will have to return the form to HAL 30 days prior to departure. The On Board Events Coordinator will then contact the ship for space approval and get back to you with your confirmation.
4) Tips for Completing the Form: Be sure to ask for a NO HOST get-together, which means no one person will be responsible for payment. Indicate what you would like them to serve, such as Coffee, tea, pastries or a NO HOST Bar. Best bet is to choose only those items indicated as no charge. Also it's nice to invite Officers, such as the Beverage Mgr., Hotel Mgr. CD, etc. to attend your get together. You should have a general idea of when/where you'd like the party to be held. Offering up a few suggestions would be very helpful.
If You Sign Up, GO!
We know there were SO MANY choices on board it is easy to see how it would be tempting to skip the M&M, but DON'T! You'll be pleasantly surprised by how much effort is put into these gatherings by the staff on board. Make it worth THEIR while, too. They truly want to meet you (and you can get a few nice pics with them, too!). Also, don't sign up just so a party will be held. It is disappointing to members, as well as the staff on board, to have only a few show up -- when they were anticipating a crowd.
Don't Sit -- Mingle!
We cannot stress this enough. You won't have a good time if you just park yourself in a chair. There is no entertainment other than each other. Get up, walk around, and mingle with your new friends.
When You Return From Your Cruise, Don't Forget to Share
Before the memories fade, be sure and share your Meet & Mingle experience right here with everyone on the Holland America Line Forum
Upload your Meet and Mingle photos to our Meet & Mingle album and your photo could be chosen as a featured photo of the week! Winners receive some cool Cruise Critic Swag. Upload your photo here: Meet & Mingle Photo Album
! Everyone loves to see pictures of community members, and you'll be able to share firsthand just how much fun your Meet & Mingle can be.
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