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  1. Hey Sid, great review, thank you. I’m curious about the Smoke and Fire, do you remember more details, ingredients, methods?
  2. Yes I saw the 10 year old thread and thought it would be time for an "update"! So small ships may not have a fridge, I did not even think to ask about it. Thank you!
  3. Are there wine glasses in all stateroom categories?
  4. Hi Sue, We will be on the May 4th sailing... with our children (!!!). In Valdez, more than the HAL options, there is the Dock Point Park & trail, the Solomon Gulch Hatchery, Valdez Museum, Maxine & Jesse Whitney Museum and a few kayak tours, but I didn't note what would not work for us. Worthington Glacier is not possible according to one tour operator. I like Frommers and the website that is an advisor about your trips (think I cannot actually reference it?) for a quick overview of the choices and start from there. I found the Alaska Cruise Handbook by Upton not extremely useful to start with but will be fun to read before/during the cruise.
  5. I see! It is on their cruise "ports of call schedule", last column, "Kelsey". That's a start, thanks!
  6. Hi! In our great series of "Shuttles to downtown", next up we have Valdez. Any recent experience about this Holland shuttle, does it exist, is it regular and free? Also, the location of this port/dock/pier is a bit more difficult to find, with different info around, or is it me? Can you tell where does the ship stop? Thank you!
  7. Hi! We will be docking in actual Anchorage. Does anybody have experience about the complimentary Holland shuttle to the city : Is it to Egan Convention Center, 5th Av and E/F St? Are there enough shuttles, good frequency? Thanks!
  8. Also 1st timer here... Does anyone have experience about forest walks/hiking in May? We are looking for example at a forest walk to Deer Mountain Trail at Tongass National Forest from the Ketchikan pier.
  9. Hi! We booked at cruise at the start of May in Alaska and have a lot of OBC. I guess we cannot use it for excursions booked pre-cruise? In that case has anyone been able to pre-book excursions online and still use OBC on them? Are we stressed for nothing because we will be able to book most excursions onboard? Its our first Holland Cruise and we are usually doing more private tours, but is Holland competitive? Any comments? Happy sailings and holidays!
  10. Thanks Ruth! For me anyway, a reference to the Maasdam would be useful!
  11. I thought it would be interesting to aggregate here the most important Holland tips and secrets. Here are my top tips in "chronological" order: - You can use OBC to pay for automatic gratuities - You cannot use OBC to pay for excursions booked before the cruise - The formal clothes we need if we want to limit packing are, for men : collared shirts and pants excluding jeans - Holland does the MDR lunch on embarkation, for a more relaxed experience than the buffet - You can order more than one item from each category on the menu in the MDR (it depends for Pinnacle) - You can order anything from the MDR menu from room service from any cabin category. Top suites can get the meal in separate services, but other categories get all at once with warmers. (any tips on when to order if you want your meal around 5:30 or 6:30 if it is possible?) - Behind the scenes tour available for 150$ - DVD player in all staterooms and free DVDs to borrow at Guest services - Laundry : 3 options 1) unlimited for x$pp/day ; 2) x$/bag ; 3) on Maasdam self service for 2$ wash/1$ dry using quarters you can get at Guest services - Ask about Master Chef's Table / Cellar Master Dinners for a foodie experience (any current info on the Maasdam would be appreciated). Any more? Good day!
  12. Can you tell us if there are life vests/jackets for children near the main pool, particularly on the Bliss? Thank you!
  13. Hi! We are thinking about snorkeling with our equipment at Great Stirrup Cay this December. We would like to avoid NCL excursions if possible. In which area would you suggest we go for interesting views? Can we go to the sculpture garden, where is it? Thank you!
  14. Exactly cruisequeen4ever, we just booked the 14 day, we can bring my parents along to cruise while they can, it is a perfect fit for our schedule, we find the itinerary extremely interesting and we (parents and child) are very confident about our child's experience. I could enumerate reasons but it's not the point. We did cruises with kid's clubs and enjoyed them, and will do more, but we want to try something a little different this time. So nice to know about the pool being usable and available although possibly a bit cold! Thank for your review GirlGoneTexan!
  15. Hi there! We are experienced cruisers (6 NCL + 1 CCL / longuest cruise 19 days), avid CC board reader, and looking at a Maasdam cruise in Alaska in May. Could you share your thoughts about the crowding at the pool, Crow's nest and at the ports? Are most activities available at the ports in your experience? Any advice or thoughts? We have children 4-7 years old and have cruised with our children since our first child had 20 months. We always enjoyed ourselves on moderate size (2200 passengers) ships, and always had positive comments and smiles from other passengers. We know there is no Club HAL on Maasdam. If someone has constructive thoughts about ship services and experience, or tips, regarding children on Maasdam/HAL or ports, please share! It would be very appreciated. Thanks!
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