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Lovely other

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    Causeway Coast, Ireland
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    walking, travelling, gym, reading, playing squash, DIY
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  1. I specifically ask not to be seated with people from the UK if possible ... it’s the same reason I would never sail a UK cruise line. Once bad experience was enough ...
  2. No I didn’t have to pay extra ... I called and asked figuring the worse they could say is no. Tbh I wasn’t thrilled about sailing solo but I am now quite excited given my new cabin.
  3. I think it depends what you like doing onboard as well as how you feel about motion etc. I was recently assigned a midship deck 1 inside and hated the thought of it. It made me feel claustrophobic just thinking about it. However, I’ve moved to spa inside on deck 10 forwards and couldn’t be happier. I’m a gym bunny, who wants to be able to get outside quickly or down to the gym and spa easily, I love the movement of the ocean even in rough seas, so for me it’s perfect.
  4. Is that lunch only for singles or those of us that are not single but cruising solo for whatever reason ?
  5. I recently got to swap my guarantee assignment for another cabin so it happens. I’ve also sailed on deck 4 of the Koningsdam and can confirm you can hear some of the music albeit very muffled. I didn’t mind because 1. I’d been given a huge upgrade from inside to verandah ( didn’t feel I could justify complaining) and 2. Most nights I’d be dancing away with the band anyway
  6. Even though I have cruised from Venice myself, personally I’m wholly supportive of banning cruise ships from the canal. However, I’m baffled by the above poster that wishes all ships over 2000 pass ngers be banned from the med? I’m not a fan of those floating skyscrapers of RCCL etc but there are HAL ships and many others over 2000 passengers too. Maybe it is time to limit the amount of large ships docking on the same day though ... a port that is over loaded with people is no fun for anyone
  7. Update because I don’t know how to delete my previous reply. A lovely customer service agent has found me a rather nice Spa Inside on deck 10. Thanks for for encouraging me to try guys ... sometimes it’s worth pushing myself out of my little bubble.
  8. The cabin is I-1146 on the Nieuw Statendam. Doing a dummy booking I can find nothing on a higher deck which is what I’d be hoping for. HAL were not helpful but then I find the UK call centre rarely is. Thank you you for all your advice anyway. I’m off to make a cup of tea to calm my mind 😌
  9. Thank you for your reply. The cabin is a higher category than my booking I think ( I get confused as to the order they go in ). I don’t have a travel agent as tbh in the UK they’re nothing more than a shop front with no real use. I always envy the fact that in the US you get such things as TA’s with real clout. I will psyche myself up for the phone 📞.
  10. Has anyone ever asked and successfully received a change in a guarantee cabin ? I’m sailing on the Nieuw Statendam in 10 days time and received a cabin on Deck 1 which I honestly hate the idea of. I know I take my chances with a guarantee but that is all I can realistically afford, particularly as I paid close to 200% as a single. Before I psyche myself up to call ( I have an autism spectrum disorder and phone calls are very difficult and stressful) I just thought I’d ask around thanks in advance
  11. Complimentary hold usually lasts 24 hours and I’ve always received a call the next day from a rep. Sometimes if you speak nicely to the rep when they call you get a further 24 hours. Don’t know about flightease and tbh I don’t even know what it is ..
  12. Bushmills ... but mainly because I live down the road 😂
  13. As an extreme introvert I hate crowds. but having done 33 days on the Koningsdam and 14 on the N.Statendam neither felt crowded. Yes there are areas that get busy , such as lido at midday and crows nest at happy hour, but nothing unpleasantly so. I’d be the first to avoid a return trip if it felt crowded and as I’m on the N.statendam in just over 2 weeks time you can guess I found it fine.
  14. And that is how the Orange Order here got there name ... from William of Orange . Thankfully they seem to be on the wain here now ...
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