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About bjarrett7

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  1. Yes... I just looked on amazon for inflatable pools. I am just not sure how to fill them with water... and was a little worried about water spilling on the ship. what are your thoughts. is pretty tiny so I don't think it would be obtrusive.
  2. Thanks Everyone! This information has been helpful... except... I am really sad about the pool. I didn't know that HAL didn't allow toddlers into the pool. This could be especially challenging since my daughter has a pool at home and I am sure my grandson won't understand why he can't get into the pool. Ugh! At least I know before I go.
  3. We are taking my daughter and her two children on the Oosterdam in just 5 short days! I am a little concerned about the 18 mos old since he is too young for any of the children’s programs. Does anyone have any experience, suggestions or helpful advice? Maybe it would help me sleep better tonight! 🙃
  4. Here is a link to Newsweek article about the accident. So very sad. https://www.newsweek.com/elderly-passenger-dies-after-falling-cruise-ship-1212454
  5. Would love to know more about the ship! We will be sailing at the end of November. We are booked in the signature suite and I keep hearing that the air-conditioner is broken. Do you have any feedback about this? And what did you think of the renovations? Did the ship look good?[emoji41] Sent from my iPad using Forums
  6. Congratulations! We loved our Alaskan cruise on the Westerdam for our 30th anniversary! It’s the perfect size ship and the staff was amazing. We splurged and did a Signature Suite which I highly recommend... it was nice to have a balcony in Alaska. We’ve cruised Celebrity and Disney but find ourselves returning to HAL... mostly because of the intimate, laid back vibe. And the food! Sent from my iPad using Forums
  7. The J and K cabins on the Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam are pretty awesome. If we can’t swing a Suite, we look closely at those inside cabins... they are huge! Then we book a retreat cabana for the week. It’s a nice trade off! [emoji41] Sent from my iPad using Forums
  8. Thanks everyone for the responses! Went out and did a little shopping for them yesterday! Great Labor Day sales on cruise attire for kids. [emoji41] Has anyone used the babysitting service? My daughter was thinking about leaving the 18 mos old one night to have a night out on the ship since he goes to bed early. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  9. These are my thoughts exactly but I would feel terrible if the ship didn’t share these assumptions. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  10. Hello everyone... we are taking our grandchildren with us on our next cruise ages 18 months and 5 years old. I know that no shorts are allowed in the MDR but I am wondering if there could be exceptions for the 18 month old... the dressier clothes for him usually involve shorts... even with a bow tie. How strictly do we need to adhere to the shorts rule? Obviously we are talking about dress shorts not play attire. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! As an added bonus [emoji41]: has anyone used HAL’s baby sitting service? Would love to hear your experience. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  11. Glad to hear you enjoyed your cruise, the ship, and what HAL has to offer. [emoji41] Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  12. Same here! We have rented a cabana for the weeks we have cruised without a balcony. For that purpose, they’re great! We had a fabulous time and experienced warm and friendly service. We thought they were a fantastic value. Our preferred room is a SS and we enjoy our balcony so much that I don’t think we’d use our cabana enough. So it’s been a while since we rented one... but I am considering that combination for a longer cruise in the future. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  13. Does anyone know if you earn points toward your mariner’s status if you purchase this pre-cruise? Sent from my iPad using Forums
  14. My DH and I have sailed both Celebrity and Holland. Both are great! We prefer HAL for the reasons most people have named here. We too, read the reviews and were concerned about the Oosterdam since we have only cruised on the Westerdam and the Nieuw Amsterdam... both of which we LOVED! We’re sailing in a Signature Suite on the Oosterdam in November... I’ll try to report when we return. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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