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  1. We have been on the Veendam twice, the second time was prior to the dry dock. Both times we had an ocean view cabin on Deck 4. I can't speak to the porthole cabins, but the view from the window in our cabin was great. We had the same cabin on both sailings. Prior to these two cruises, we had only sailed in balcony cabins. We did not miss the balconies. BaltimoreCruise
  2. Thank you for the original post. I was able to take advantage of a reduced fare and additional HAL OBC for a Caribbean cruise in February, 2020. BaltimoreCruise
  3. All, I found it! Sorry but after initially searching I was frustrated and went to the experts! BaltimoreCruise
  4. This is probably a rehash for most of the HAL CC members... I'm currently on the HAL website and I can't locate the Signature Beverage Package information or where on the site I can purchase the package. I really just want the per day cost with the tax and grats included and thought I could pull up my reservation and look at adding the package to get the price. Any assistance is appreciated. Thank you. BaltimoreCruise
  5. Last week I was searching through deck plans for many HAL ships and thought I saw a few ocean view cabins with floor to ceiling windows. Possibly on the Nieuw Statendam or Nieuw Amerstdam. Can anyone here confirm and provide details? Thank you, BaltimoreCruise
  6. I usually pack a fan for cabin use. I fly SWA and between the two of us we have sufficient baggage allotment. On one cruise the fan stopped working near the end of the cruise. I called the front desk and had one delivered to our cabin. The fan was a larger table top box fan model that took up quite a bit of space on the desk in the Veendam, but it was worth it.
  7. I was on the Veendam twice in the past 12 months and both times had OV cabin 723 on A Deck. Great location and as a light sleeper I did not notice any noise. Also, no problems with the plumbing or a/c. BaltimoreCruise
  8. All, I saw this post early this morning and checked the HAL website to see if my currently booked September 2020 cruise was included. The website shows a tag with Explore 4 above the specific cruise. I checked on the website of my TA (Big Box) and it was not listed. I called the TA and the associate called HAL to confirm. When the associate came back on the line she stated that it's not Explore 4, but NX3 (early booking promo) which has the same benefits as Explore 4 (SBP and Pinnacle dinner). And that to add the promotion NX3 to my reservation would not increase the price or decrease the current TA and HAL OBC that I have on the existing reservation. The associate said that I would see a reference to NX3 in the new confirmation that she was to send me. I received the confirmation and it doesn't reference NX3. It still includes a benefit from February that provided a coupon book. I'll spend my lunch today calling the TA again to confirm. BaltimoreCruise
  9. Thank you to everyone that took the time to share your experiences. I'm planning to book the 14 day, hopefully this morning! BaltimoreCruise
  10. RuthC and 3rd GenCunarder, Thank you for your insight. Very much appreciated! BaltimoreCruise
  11. CC Members, I am looking for comment from experienced Alaska cruisers. For many years I have been looking at the HAL 14 day cruise. I have read reviews and comments on this site and I don't recall reading one negative thing about the 14 day cruise. And I love the small ships! I had the cruise booked for last year, and then cancelled it to go to Cuba. I'm looking to book in the next couple of days for September 2020. My issue/question is will I be disappointed if I don't do a land tour and visit Denali and the Yukon? Your thoughts and experience are appreciated. Thank you, BaltimoreCruise
  12. Thank you for the information. I do plan to call today or tomorrow and ask about pricing (refundable) and cabin selection. We sailed twice on the Veendam in the past 12 months and that experience has assisted me with determining which Maasdam cabin we want to book. I am still befuddled by the HAL website when I could not check cabins on the decks I'm interested in. The 14 day Alaska has been on the list for a few years. I had it booked for September, 2018, but cancelled it to take the trip to Havana. BaltimoreCruise
  13. I am recently off the Veendam. My husband and I sailed on her in April, 2018 and January, 2019. It is my understanding from multiple crew members that the elevators will be replaced. Currently, it appears that not all of the elevators work. Often there are only two of each set that work. BaltimoreCruise
  14. Dear CC Members, I have been interested in booking the 14 day Alaskan cruise (September 2020). I departed the Veendam on Friday, January 25, 2019. On Thursday I checked with the onboard cruise consultant to inquire about this cruise because I could not find the September sailings online or in my recently received cruise planner. The cruise consultant checked her computer and confirmed that the sailing was not yet available. Over the weekend, I received an email from HAL and the cruise that I am interested in booking is available. Yesterday I started checking the prices and cabin options. The cruise will be on the Maasdam. On the HAL website, Deck 4 cabins (ocean view) are not available. Same for Deck 5. On the big box store website, there is a Deck 4 cabin available, but when I complete the information, the website indicates that the fare is non-refundable (Not interested in a non-refundable fare). Have you experienced anything similar? I thought I would have my choice of cabin/deck and not have to lock into a non-refundable fare. I have not called the big box travel company yet. I am hoping to have some insight before I do. Thank you for your experience and insight. BaltimoreCruise
  15. ddlslm, We are booked in cabin 723 A Deck (4). It's an OV cabin. In April it was our first non-balcony cabin and we found that we didn't miss the balcony. The cabin is close to the elevators but we detected no noise. BaltimoreCruise
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