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  1. We've decided to do the Las Caletas tour. Sounds like there is more to do there. We were there before but it's been 10 years and from the YouTube videos I watched it looks like it's even better now.
  2. Hi, We will be here in April and am looking for YOUR experience as to which is more fun - or what your experience was. They both look like decent beach days - but is the beach "better" at one than the other? I am hoping for a beach that is easy to get in and out of the water, and clear water? Any insight is greatly appreciated as to what your experience was like at either of these and if you'd recommend it. Thanks.
  3. How much are the Retreat area cabanas for like a port day? Where do we go to reserve one? Thank you! Diane 😀
  4. Thank you Jenny! I'm hoping this will give me some kind of idea of what to expect on our first sea day and what to recommend to our group. I really appreciate that you took the time to do this. Thanks again! 🙂
  5. Hi Jenny, thank you for posting the patters! I have a group of 30 going in April so it's most helpful for me to plan. Would you be able to post or email me the first sea day patter? I'd be truly grateful. Dlyazzie@hotmail.com or post here? Thank you, Diane
  6. I'd sure love a list of those 150 songs if you'd be so kind? We'll be on the Royal Princess in April and might be so inclined to participate. I'm no Mariah Carey or Adele, but I did sing with an 8-part acapela in high school many years ago, church choirs, solos, concern choir, state competitions, etc., oh and karaoke, of course. I have no grand delusions about winning, but it might be fun to participate. Thank you in advance.
  7. Hi Cruisamaniac, we'll be on FOTS as well on that sailing. If you haven't joined our roll call I hope you will. We are also still trying to figure out some kind of land tour this time around since last time we did a sailing excursion while in Barbados 2.5 years ago.
  8. We had similar experiences while on NCL - the Jewel and Dawn. Suite passengers are treated royally, but I would not be able to recommend cruising on NCL (nor would I) in anything less than a suite, due to a lesser quality in services elsewhere.
  9. Hi, Just trying to figure out which would be the better ship. Same stops, pricing pretty similar. We have a variety of ages going. We've been on Princess 3 times, Carnival 2 times (and 9 other cruises on other lines). We usually go in full suites, but would consider mini-suites. Our various friends will book whichever they want. I just wanted to get some points of view from you all. 🙂
  10. Well, I think I've narrowed it down to Princess or Carnival's new Panorama ship going there. Our friends with kids might like that better than the Royal Princess, but we'll figure it out. :-)
  11. Hi everyone, Can anyone help me with "when" the cruise lines will be coming out with itineraries for the Mexican Riviera for January - April 2020? Is it just going to be Carnival & Princess? What about Royal Caribbean and HAL, or NCL? Any help is greatly appreciated.
  12. No explanation. Just that they knew it was an issue. The pool deck above was NOT an issue at all. I'd attach a video I recorded, but I can't seem to be able to. Our Concierge was sympathetic and offered a sleeping cabin down the hall but I paid to sleep in my suite, not schlepping down the hall in my jammies. Major disappointment. It wasnt until my 3rd complaint that they even offered compensation of $750, as we were getting off the ship. Sent from my SM-G960U using Forums mobile app
  13. We love aft cabins as well. Which is precisely why we chose this aft wrap-around cabin on the 8th deck on the Eurodam. We have been on for other aft suite cabins never had an issue except when rough weather. I did my due diligence and looked online on cruise critic and YouTube as well as other websites to see if there was any problems with these aft cabins. As I stated, our neighbors were moved after the 1st night. Sent from my SM-G960U using Forums mobile app
  14. Yes, I did. I found nothing about previous problems. But again, HAL moved our neighbors after the first night and we found a towel tucked under the 60" TV on the 3rd night so obviously an issue. Sent from my SM-G960U using Forums mobile app
  15. We were just on the Eurodam, 8173, aft Neptune Suite. Our neighbors in the balcony cabin to the right of us were moved after the first night. We had constant (awful) vibration from Day 1. I figured since we were going northbound against the Pacific current with eastward winds from the Pacific that that was the reason for our horrible noise/vibration. It wasn't until we headed southbound from Glacier Bay on the 4th day that I was concerned. I have video of the noise/vibration. I've been on 13 cruises and this was our 4th aft suite, so I know that weather, currents can be an issue with vibrations. This was unlike anything I'd experienced ever before. someone previously had put a towel behind the tv on the wall due to the noise. Let's just say I did not sleep well 5 out of the 7 nights we were onboard. We've been on the older Adventure of the Seas in an aft suite, last year, so I do know what I'm talking about, as well on the NCL Dawn and Jade in aft suites (3 times), I'm no novice, but this was beyond ridiculous. Obviously our neighbors were smarter than we were after the first night and got moved.
  16. Hi again, well we are back from our cruise. The weather was great, the food was amazing and yes, we did eat in Tamarind twice and the Pinnacle Grill for dinner once. Plus we used the Pinnacle Grill for breakfast on three mornings including disembarkation day. Entertainment was good, scenery was amazing. The only problem we encountered was the tremendous vibration in our cabin on all days/nights except for two when we were only going a short distance and therefore, going much slower, to our next destination. I've never encountered this type of noise and vibration on any of our other four aft suites, except during stormy weather, which is to be expected. It was so bad that our neighbor to our right, was moved after the first night. I thought it would subside after we turned south and going with the Pacific current and if we were moving more slowly, but nope. It wasn't the noise so much (I wear earplugs anyways), but the vibrations, so much so the tv shook all the time, the cabinets made noise and the ceiling as well. I didn't sleep much. :eek:
  17. You too! We leave Thursday morning. See you soon! Sent from my SM-G960U using Forums mobile app
  18. We will be with them too. Sent from my SM-G960U using Forums mobile app
  19. Hi Paul, We are also on the Eurodam, and are getting so excited to be on her. I knew before we booked that the Aft NS's were smaller, but the wrap around deck is what hooked us...especially for Alaska. And the fact that it's a covered balcony was icing on the cake, so to speak. I'm sure I'll do a report since it's my first time on Holland America and it'll be fun to compare with what we've done in the past. I always try to find the best in things, so it won't be "apples to apples", but I'll do my best. :-) Diane
  20. Hi DMG, Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation! It was great to hear about your aft Neptune Suite as we will be in 8173 in 18 days. We chose that deck for the Neptune suite fully knowing that we were down one deck from the pool area, but thought pretty much the same thing as you did -- not as much use during Alaska cruises. Besides, the view from the corner suites has to be spectacular. We are so excited! We are also from the Twin Cities - Farmington to be exact, so the weather shouldn't be much different than our fall season (or spring) here. I understand September is rainier than the others, so we'll come prepared. It's a bummer about Glacier Bay, but you can't do anything about the weather, and we'll be disappointed too, but that's cruising for ya. I wish we'd gotten the included beverage package when we booked but it wasn't available. I thought we got a pretty good deal though, considering the full suites are generally quite a bit more than say the Signature suite. I also know these aft corner suites are smaller than the others, but I'm all about the views from that wrap-around deck. :-) Did you use the hot tubs at all? I like using ours at home when it's cold outside, so I hope they'll all be available for using while on this trip. This is our first trip to Alaska, but my 13th cruise overall I believe. Any other words of wisdom for us? Thank you! :D Diane
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