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About sheepers21

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    Saskatoon, Sask, Canada
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    golf, baseball, running
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    Holland America
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  1. Thank you, Bruce and Bax. This will help quite a lot.
  2. Does anyone know how a person can find an updated retreat cabana price list for the Koningsdam or Nieuw Statendam? Is there a link or page somewhere that can be found with this sort of information?
  3. Management is not listening to this volume problem, likely because they are deaf from being in proximity to these venues too many times. The increased volume is either added to show off their newest technology and enhanced audio systems or they are trying to drown out the inadequacies of the musicians and the singers.. I believe it is the technology because most acts that I have seen in my cruises with Hal are pretty good. One only has to see the lack of cruisers in these exceptionally loud venues and see the full capacity during the Lincoln Center Stage sessions to notice the difference. I've been to many, many rock concerts during my younger years and enjoyed them back then. Things change, and now that I am in my sixty's, my preferences have changed as well. The demographics of Hal cruisers are not the best fit for ear drum splitting volumes. Those with hearing aids are especially affected. It's a shame that Hal management refuses to lend an ear to the demographics of their loyal past customers.
  4. Not too certain what time it opens, but it closes at 10 PM. A word of caution, though. We have booked the thermal suite on numerous occasions in the past. What they don't tell you when you give them your money is that they arbitrarily close it down during normal operational hours. They cite either cleaning or maintenance as the reasons. You will be inconvenienced by this on approximately 4 days out of the 16 days. On our last cruise, they had it closed 2 days in succession, first day for maintenance, the 2nd day for cleaning. Why they couldn't do both in one day is a mystery. Footnote: On some of the days, the thermal suites are only shut down to the cruisers for an hour or two in the evenings.
  5. Such a huge loss, both close to home and globally. His input and efforts for us all in cruising made for a better experience.
  6. Again................Useful information that I am thankful for. This input will facilitate a much easier transition. I appreciate you all. Thanks so much..
  7. We don't mind walking and schlepping our own luggage providing that it is safe to do so and legal . If it does come to pass that the two terminals are way too far to walk, then a taxi would be our only other choice???
  8. I am grateful to all who have taken the time to reply. There's a lot of very useful info to absorb. Special tip of the cap to catl331 for the enclosed map of the area. Tremendous help... Thank You.
  9. Ty so much for your replies. Mobility is no issue whatsoever. I was more concerned about access from ship to ship with luggage. Distance between ships is an unknown to us as well as possible denial due to forklift loading etc. I expect that taxis will not look kindly on such a short fare, especially since they endured waiting at the port for a long time to get a fare. We don't mind walking at all if it is possible to get to the terminal for processing. (Customs, embarkation, etc.
  10. We have booked back to back cruises on 2 different H\A ships in February. Does anyone have any experience or advice as to how we get from one H\A ship to the other?? from Koningsdam to the Nieuw Statendam on February 23rd, if that helps???
  11. Just booked Koningsdam cruise for Feb. 2020. Did not book retreat cabana because of negative feedback in previous comments. We loved the cabanas on Nieuw Amsterdam and Eurodam and Zuiderdam but were unimpressed with the ones on the Westerdam. Does anyone have any more recent comments or observations about the Koningsdam retreat cabanas that may be a little more recent? Any upgrades or changes that may sway our decision???
  12. I have been told that non alcoholic beverages eg..(coffee, juice, bottled water, etc) are excluded from the 15 alcoholic drink limit. To my understanding, the 15 drink max per day pertains ONLY to alcoholic drinks. Can anyone confirm in certainty that this is indeed the case for the Signature Beverage Package???
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