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  1. Right?! Funny thing is, I get this email a couple hours later, which seems to be a different response: On behalf of Mr. Kruse & Mr. Ashford, we want to thank you for taking the time to email us regarding your concerns of Club Hal and our new High Score! program. We truly appreciate your feedback; knowing your personal experience is important to us and we deeply regret the disappointment and frustration you encountered. At this time, High Score! has replaced Club HAL for guests 7-17 year olds on the Oosterdam. Club HAL still exists for 3-6 year old one th
  2. Sent HAL an email about it, this was their response to me, received this morning: *** Thank you for your recent correspondence with Holland America Line regarding Club HAL. At this time the only ship without Club HAL is the ms Oosterdam which is undergoing a trial program. We try to review no things and feature to find if we can offer an overall better experience for our guests. We appreciate your feedback and will be keep our guests as a whole in mind for our future decisions. Please feel free to contact us if we may be of additional assistan
  3. We were also on this cruise. And our group contributed to the kid-count (5 kids in our group), but overall it was a great trip! We did Tamarind twice, and it was EXCELLENT. MDR lines on Deck 2 were super long, but since we were Neptune, we went in the Club Orange priority line and didn't wait at all. BB Kings was fun, but got repetitive with the same songs every other night. Billboard was entertaining, but I thought David Anthony on Amsterdam was much better. Only went to one show, Step One, and it was just OK. Pool was super crowded on sea days, and we di
  4. We took our kids (ages 8, 10 at the time) on a 2 week to Alaska on the Amsterdam. As Dulciana8 said above, because there are less kids, the kids definitely get more attention in the kids' club. We had cruised RCL before, and their kids' club was such a chaotic nightmare that my kids refused to go back. They loved the variety of activities and how engaged the counselors were at Club HAL. The counselors took them for ice cream, up on the sport deck for gaga ball and other running around games, and they enjoyed movie nights, skits, and other fun stuff at night. They made several friends that hu
  5. N Amsterdam - 23-Nov-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Our family (9 adults, 5 kids) will be on this cruise celebrating November birthdays, including a 40th & 50th, and Thanksgiving!
  6. Is the jet skiing something you have to reserve in advance, or do they have options to book activities upon arrival? If the latter, where do you go to rent/book once there?
  7. For our 14 day Alaska cruise, we packed a collapsible dolly in one of our bags. Then upon arrival in Seattle, we took an Uber to Total Wine and picked up a couple cases of wine we had pre-ordered online. We had no issues getting our wine on the boat via the dolly. In fact, everyone was asking us if they'd be invited to the party! 🙂
  8. Ahhh OK. Thank you for the clarification. Do they still have entertainment up there sometimes? Although we enjoyed the quiet evenings chatting with the bartenders & servers, we danced up a storm in there a few times!
  9. We previously sailed on the Amsterdam and spent many evenings in the Crow's Nest Bar. We booked on the Nieuw Amsterdam for Thanksgiving, so I was browsing photos of the ship. Did they turn the Crow's Nest into the Explorations Cafe? Is there no longer a bar up there???
  10. We did a 14day AK cruise on the Amsterdam with our 9 and 11 yr old kids. My kids absolutely loved it. We did have Club HAL, which they loved. But they also made friends with the few kids that were on the ship, and they all hung out at the pool together when not in Club HAL. One child even had an impromptu birthday party at the pool one day and invited all the kids to come celebrate. I would definitely say the lido pool was not crowded. And most of the time, the only people in the pools were the kids!! Since the roof could close, it didn't really matter what the weather was. The kids also part
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