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  1. I was on the Summit to Bermuda and New England late last month and play the slots. The first time I ordered a drink at the casino bar - I paid for it. After that, I did not. The bartender - Randy told me just to see him, though when he saw me playing he always asked if I wanted anything. I either got a glass of wine, a vodka tonic, or Bailey's on the rocks.
  2. After paying many times - $24.99 - to check in for my flight home and to print a boarding pass, I lucked out and a rep of the ship was by the computer area. I bitched to him about having to pay the high cost for a few minutes of time. He advised that I could use the cheaper rate of $14.99 - when you get to the page - scroll down and all the airlines are listed - use your airline to check in. Hope this helps.
  3. I was just on this ship late January into February. The lido pool has an up stair deck where there are lounge chars that face the sea and are totally shaded. You might enjoy this in lieu of the lack of deck chairs on the Promenade.
  4. I was on the "Oosterdam" for Thanksgiving week and the casino was non-smoking for the entire cruise.
  5. Another question for those who have been on the Koningsdam lately. Is the casino smoke=free?
  6. Thanks for all the comments about the Koningsdam. I am a four-star mariner, but shortly I will be doing my first cruise on this ship. I have always steered clear of it because of the extra amount of passengers. I like the 1,900 to 2,000 range. I have two questions - (1) Is there a welcome 3-4-5 star mariner cocktail party the first day or any day? (2) I received today a notice of embarkment times done by deck level which start at 1 pm. Four and five start mariners can do anytime between 1 PM and 4 PM. I usually arrive at 10:30 and they let you on at 11:30 or noon. Is this procedure of 1 PM embarkment start time normal for this ship? Thanks in advance for replies!
  7. Although, while on a January cruise this year, a flyer I picked up showed HAL going to Bermuda in 2019, obviously this isn't happening. I have been going to Bermuda from Boston on a 7 day cruise in June for the past three years. I heard they do this every few years - discontinue going to Bermuda for a full week cruise. Sad.
  8. Is Calico Jack's walkable from the tender drop point?
  9. Update - after calling HAL - I obtained a $300. credit on a future cruise. Since I cruise all the time now in my retirement years, this was fine with me !
  10. Just checked my booking on the "Zuiderdam" - Dec. 16 - 26 - with the Endless Summer Promo - it's $358 less plus $75. on board credit for a like cabin on the opposite side of the ship from where I am currently. I booked on HAL's site during a Top 10 Sailing Promo and had to pay the full fare at the time of booking. I now have a call into my HAL personal consultant to see if I can get some sort of adjustment. We'll see - I am a four-star Mariner (better mean something)!.
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