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shipshapegirl

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    Kentucky
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska

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  1. We are going on the Volendam for 9 nights November 11th. Our boarding passes say 2 Gala Nights. I would think your cruise would be the same.
  2. I have Verizon and I use Travel Pass. $5.00 a day calling home from Canada and Mexico, $10.00 a day (24 hours) from everywhere else. I have used it in the Caribbean and on the Voyage of the Viking cruise. It worked great. I did leave my phone in airplane mode until we docked in each port we were visiting.
  3. My husband and I were also on the 2019 Voyage of the Viking cruise. We thought this was one of the best cruises we have been on. This made our 14th HAL cruise. We loved the ports. I am sure the crew were tired at times, but they did not show it to us. We ate early in the dining room, we were always in and out within 45 minutes. The dining room waiters always took time to talk to us and ask about our day. Maybe it was because we ate early. It was not unusual to go into the Lido for breakfast every morning and find the employees singing and laughing. There were several opportunities to meet the captain and my husband commented after the cruise that we had never seen a captain so visible on a ship. He even spoke to the captain and told him how friendly the staff were and how well the ship was ran. This was not our first cruise on the Zuiderdam and we would not hesitate to book another cruise on that ship.
  4. We were on the Eurodam in May 2019 and were told that Escargot is only being served now on the longer cruises and in some specialty restaurants. We requested escargot and the manager in the dining room came out and told us Escargot was being replaced by scallops. We have been on 13 Holland America cruises and this was the first time we can remember escargot not being offered. We are leaving on July 30th for the Voyage of the Vikings, anxious to see if it is on the menu on the Zuiderdam.
  5. We use Verizon, the same plan that BermudaBound2014 uses. Like they said, ports in Canada and Mexico are $5.00 per 24 hours and in other countries it is $10.00 for 24 hours. The plan is called Travel Pass on Verizon's website. We have used it in the Caribbean and it works great. We will be using it on the Voyage of the Vikings in two weeks and hope we have the same success. With this plan, when you leave the port, you must put your phone in airplane mode. If not, and the ship passes another phone tower you will be charged $10.00. I call Verizon and let them know what countries I am going to and they charge my credit card for how many days I want to call home.
  6. I have never sailed on Princess so I can't compare the two. We just returned from 7 Day Alaskan Explorer on Sunday on the Eurodam. We stayed in cabins 8129 and 8127, both are Veranda rooms. We did hear some chairs in the Lido but was not bad. It was directly under the Lido and straight up from the dining room. We really like the location of these rooms, very convenient.
  7. We use the Holland America transfers very often from the airport to the cruise port. When you receive your Boarding Documents, they usually will have a section that says, ARRIVAL INFORMATION TRANSFER INSTRUCTIONS: Welcome to Seattle! If you have purchased your transfer to the ship through Holland America Line, a representative from Holland America Line (wear a read vest and white shirt) will meet you in the baggage claim area and direct you to your transfer vehicle. If you cannot locate a representative, please have one paged at the airport. In case of emergency, please call 1-206-939-6022. Please refer to your itinerary for specific instructions concerning your pre-packages or your transfer from the airport (if applicable). Hope this helps.
  8. My husband and I did this cruise in October 2017. Holland America offered the Meiji Shrine and Temple Excursion, which ended at the Narita Airport. We had a great tour guide and seen a lot of interesting places. We thought it was well worth the price of the tour.
  9. We received the Private Sale in the mail. I called my travel agent and we booked the 17 Day Voyage of the Vikings. The price was exactly what was on the brochure. Maybe we got lucky.
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