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Riversedge

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    Indian River, Michigan
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    travel, reading, watching football, exercising
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Southern Caribbean

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  1. I thought it worked well on the Zuiderdam in August. However, as as previously been said, it didn’t always match up with the When and Where. It was nice being able to see the day’s menu but I could do that on my tv as well. It always reminded me that I had dinner in the dining room scheduled even though it was just fixed dining. I don’t sign up for other things onboard so can’t speak to anything but dinner.
  2. I hope you are are happy with HAL. We just got off from our cruise and it was exactly as you are afraid it might be....just a means of transportation from port to port.
  3. The only thing I ever do is bring some glass wipes if we are in a verandah. For the outside, not the inside, because they get spattered by salt water. I would never bother to clean inside. My bathroom on the ship gets cleaned much more frequently than at home. After being a teacher for 34 years I do not get freaked out by germs. I just wash my hands after being out of the room.
  4. I am not a fanatic about wiping things down or worrying about who touches things in the Lido. You’re going to be exposed to germs no matter what. I used to get sick on cruises but my ENT suggested using a NeilMed sinus rinse twice a day. It cleans all the germs out of my nose and sinuses and I haven’t been sick since I’ve started doing that. You can’t use tap water but I take a survival filter pump that I bought on Amazon. I fill 2-3 empty water bottles at a time with the filtered water, add the needed salt packets that come in the kit and then use that water 2 times a day for flushes. I then pump more water into the bottles as needed. It’s a little bit of a pain but I feel it keeps me healthy.
  5. We just returned from 35 days on the Zuiderdam. Wouldn’t recommend for many, many reasons. BB King is too loud and we are people that like a lively atmosphere and are in the same group as you. They also seem to play the same songs a lot. I am going to post some comments about our cruise in a few days. Trying to get all the things done at home that seem to mount up while gone.
  6. I’m surprised at the number of people who want quiet. We really miss the live bands by the pool. They weren’t too loud and the music got us into a vacation, relaxing mood. We’ve heard many complaints about the lack of a band for an hour or two in the afternoon. We heard they stopped the bands because of danger of electrical cords near the water. Apparently there was an incident somewhere. I’m more likely to think it was another cut back. We like the more sedate ambience of HAL but honestly sometimes it seems half dead.
  7. We booked back to back cruises last fall through the same travel agent. They both had a fair amount of OBC from the travel agent. HAL said that one of my cruises had refundable OBC and the other did not. They could not explain why (it was because they goofed). Now I check a couple of days after I board to make sure how they have it listed correctly on my account. Since my agency gives a LOT of OBC I expect to have any excess credited to my credit card at the end. They use your future cruise deposit and Stock option money first along with any promo HAL gave when you book. Any OBC from your agent should be refundable. No need to buy stuff you don't need just to spend the money.
  8. The noise level should be no different than a regular cabin.
  9. Personally we don’t think it’s worth it but what’s good for one is not necessarily good for another. We like the food in the dining room better. The lunch in the Pinnacle grill is worth it to us though.
  10. Alaska is one cruise I would never do without a verandah. Unless you have to cut back somewhere else, go for it. You won't regret it.
  11. Use black and white if that's your option. You will be fine.
  12. So beautiful. It was fun seeing pictures of Norway. We have one stop in Norway next month but it looks like I might like to do a longer land tour there too.
  13. Yes, it is a computer issue. It wants you to pick a time but in reality it doesn't matter. You can go whenever you want. You'd think they could get their software figured out. I had to call HAL to make sure I was doing it right.
  14. I would definitely attend gala night in the MDR. They do such a nice job and those nights always have their best menus of the week. Save the specialty restaurants for another night. And make reservations in advance if you think you can figure it out before you leave. Either that or immediately upon boarding. The good times/days will go fast.
  15. Sending an appreciative note....what a great idea. I do fill out the comment cards a few times on each voyage and almost always with positive comments about a crew member or division. I know that when I was teaching those nice notes from parents meant so much to me. I like the idea of paying forward and making someone else's day. I never thought about the laundry but I will do that on my upcoming cruise.
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