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About darstamp

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    Cool Cruiser

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    Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
  • Interests
    Cruising, movies, dining out with friends
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Norwegian, Crystal
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Can't decide

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  1. I'm really sorry to hear that. Is there any dancing? disco? if not, not sure my group would want to go.
  2. Are you saying that the Maasdam doesn't have the Lincoln Stage, or any of the other offerings? We are planning a trip to Baja next year and I was looking forward to them, especially the Lincoln Stage which I loved on the Nieuw Amsterdam.
  3. I will be stopping in Half Moon Cay next March. I take a Simply Go Portable Oxygen Concentrator which gives me supplemental oxygen while exerting myself, i.e. walking. It is on a little two wheeled cart. I am concerned about my machine on the sand. I'd like to know if there are any solid walkways I could travel on and any places to sit besides on the soft sand of the beach. I am thinking of renting a clamshell and wonder if that is a good idea. I could place my machine in a plastic bag while sitting because I don't use oxygen then. I can take my machine off the cart and carry it but not for long distances as it weighs about 12 lbs.
  4. Thanks for the tip. Our TA has reserved a block of rooms.
  5. We did a 7 day cruise to Alaska this summer on Nieuw Amsterdam. Ages in our Group were 70's, 40's, 12 and 16. Everyone had a great time and we loved the ship. Having said that, I have platinum status on Norwegian and have never had a bad cruise or a problem. Not keen on Carnival, ship was dark and dreary and our room was very noisy because of music in the casino below us. Royal Caribbean was just okay but the specialty coffee bar was on the way to the buffet so we could pick up good coffee in the morning, unlike Nieuw Amsterdam where you had to make your way to the top floor to get a special coffee. Princess was massively overcrowded but we did like Vines, the wine bar for the tapas. Haven't been on Celebrity yet. Loved the Celestial Crystal cruise around Cuba but a small ship and not for kids although the production shows were the best I've ever seen. Like you, we pick the cruise for the itinerary but I hope to sail on HAL again.
  6. I have sailed on Norwegian, Princess, Royal Caribbean and HAL. I like entertainment such as sing-a-longs with a piano player, dancing with a good rock band, classical music, singers, Karaoke, but I can live without production shows. The only first rate production show I've ever seen on a cruise was on the Celestial Crystal cruising around Cuba. My view is if they can't do it right, don't do it. Having said that, I am hoping to sail on a 16 day cruise to Mexico on the Maasdam next fall and hope I enjoy it and don't get bored.
  7. I will be taking my POC on a flight for the first time next spring. I will have to go through US security and customs as I am leaving from Canada. How do they deal with a POC that is in use when going through security?
  8. I booked a 7 day trip to Alaska on the Nieuw Amsterdam about 10 days before. I was solo in my room as I didn't have a roommate and selected a partially obstructed view room on deck 4. It was terrific. Floor to ceiling glass panels rather than a small window, let in tons of light and I could see the ocean and check the weather. The best part was that the price was almost half for a room to myself than what my family paid for their rooms they booked early.
  9. Ruth, can you tell me why you feel that it is an advantage to buy a beverage card. I usually get the SBP but on HAL it cost roughly CAD$70 a day and I usually don't have more than 5 drinks a day so I'm not sure it is worth it.
  10. Looking at a cruise on the Zuiderdam. Considering a partially obstructed ocean view room. Some rooms have x symbols, some rooms have O symbols and some have triangles. Can anyone tell me what they mean?
  11. Thank you all for your comments. I am watching the videos and really enjoying them.
  12. Thanks. Don't care about TV - never turn it on. Sounds like my kind of ship. I liked the special programs we had on the Nieuw Amsterdam to Alaska and I'm not interested in the huge ships they are building now.
  13. Thanks. It seems that the disrepair I read about applies to the staterooms. I'm wondering of anyone knows whether they will be upgraded before fall 2020.
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