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  1. We were in 7151 on Westerdam a couple of years ago and absolutely loved it! I understand the cabin is smaller than the mid-ship Neptune Suites, (can't compare, as we've only been in aft-Neptunes) but it was big enough for us. And you can kinda see where the door is in this picture: And the veranda!! Hope this helps. If you have any more questions, please let me know!
  2. I'm hoping they would open the booking for next fall's Pacific Coast cruise soon so we can just switch to that. But if they don't, we'll just cancel by the end of June as well. Hope they'll have the exact same itinerary next year (and there's vaccine by then...)! And I hope I'll be able to see some of you!
  3. When you purchase the Beverage Card onboard, can you use the non-refundable OBC? And will the remaining balance still be refundable at the end of the cruise?
  4. We're in our 50's, but we prefer peace and quiet and go to our room at 9 pm to relax, so HAL is a perfect fit for us. We've only been on 2 HAL cruises since 2018, so we don't know what it used to be like. Maybe that's why, but we're VERY happy with HAL so far and have two more cruises booked (and one unused FCD). What we love about HAL: - Smaller ships with fewer passengers. - Not too many children. - Older and mellower fellow passengers. (Yes, it's POSITIVE for us.) - Quiet, relaxed, and elegant atmosphere without any pool parties, silly game shows, vulgar comedians, loud and obnoxious music in public areas, etc. - Affordable (meaning, not owner's suite-level price) aft-corner suites. - Lincoln Center Stage. Lack of entertainment doesn't bother us, since we cruise to see and feel the ocean, so we'll happily spend hours on our aft-wrap balcony watching the wake, instead of sitting in dark, window-less main theater. We'll probably start looking for other lines when they start playing hip hop and rap to attract the generations younger than us, but for now, we're happy with HAL and don't feel any need to try other lines.
  5. OP, you don't have to wait and see. Explorer4 deal is fully refundable until final payment, so you can go ahead and book now, and if you find a better price/promo later, you can just refare.
  6. We were on this cruise also and dave.s's experience is very similar to ours. Tracy Arm boat tour was great, and we also did the train ride to Bennett Lake in Skagway (Bennett Lake was beautiful!) Glacier Bay was great also, but Margerie Glacier felt a bit anticlimactic after seeing South Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm. I thought Sawyer Glacier was prettier. South Sawyer Glacier Margerie Glacier For me, the best entertainment was Lincoln Center Stage, but I enjoyed Leon Etienne's show as well. I also got sick (cold) toward the end of the cruise and missed Ketchikan. This was our second HAL cruise, and there was one unwelcome change that I noticed. I'm pretty sure that the special in-room breakfast items (smoked salmon benedict, steak and eggs, etc.) were free for suite passengers on our last cruise in 2018, but they were not free this time. At first, I thought we got the non-suite menu by mistake, but the menu said SIG/NEP/PIN/CLUB O, so it was the correct menu. So it looks like the only free item suite passengers get now is just mimosa (which we don't drink). Definitely not a big deal, but slightly annoying. Oh, and we had our breakfast in Pinnacle Grill when we didn't do room service. It was wonderful! Overall, we had a GREAT time and can't wait for our next cruises, Pacific Coastal on Koningsdam in 2020 and another Alaska cruise on Oosterdam in 2021.
  7. We just got off Nieuw Amsterdam this morning, and I don't think they had Club Orange yet. I think someone posted a list of when they start Club Orange on each ship a while back, and I recall seeing it's starting on the cruise after ours, so people who are on the ship right now might have the answer. FYI, we had Anytime Dining and ate in main dining room twice (both on Gala Night). We eat early (between 5 pm and 5:30 pm), so we had no trouble making reservations (table for 2).
  8. Thank you!! So looking forward to trying Nieuw Amsterdam and Tamarind! Looks like it's going to rain the whole time, but oh well, we're from Seattle, so we're used to it ;)
  9. Hi kazu, We decided to cancel our NE/Canada cruise and booked something else. And while we were at it, we booked a cruise for 2021 too :) Please remove: SEPTEMBER 2020 Zuiderdam - 07-Sep-20 - 10 day Colors of Canada & New England crunchii & Zarmengar - 3rd HAL cruise And add: SEPTEMBER 2020 Koningsdam - 26-Sep-20 - 7-Day Wine Country & Pacific Northwest crunchii & Zarmengar (Not sure if we'll like Koningsdam, but we'll give it a try.) and AUGUST 2021 Oosterdam - 22-Aug-21 - 7-Day Alaskan Explorer crunchii & Zarmengar Thank you!
  10. Just reporting back to say we booked 5196. According to our PCC, aft-Neptune Suites on Deck 5 is 30 sqft. larger than the ones on Deck 6, and the balcony is slightly bigger too. We'll be sure to take some photos and send them over to hal facts to be posted. (It won't be till Oct. 2020 though )
  11. The new Zuiderdam Fall 2020 cruises are available to book now. I'm still debating whether to keep this cruise or cancel. I looked into these new ports and they do sound wonderful, and we would LOVE to visit them someday, but we're not sure if we want to go there next year...
  12. Yeah, I think I'll do a little more research on those ports before I cancel. Thanks!
  13. Yeah, I thought it looked smaller than those LARGE Category-K Insides on Vista class... We'll be booking it for the verandah, but if we're going to pay the Neptune price, we want Neptune-sized room... I think I'll go with the one on Deck 5 and hope the people that booked one the rooms on Deck 7 will cancel ;)
  14. I'm currently on the Sept. 7, 2020 cruise and thinking of canceling it, since they removed the three ports we were most interested in (NY, Charlottetown, and Saguenay). But you all think it's a great itinerary? I'm not familiar with St Johns, St Anthony, Harre-Saint-Pierre, and Baie-Comeau. What's there to see?
  15. We're looking at a cruise on Koningsdam and trying to decide on the cabin. We like the aft-wrap Neptunes and always try to get the ones on Deck 7, but unfortunately, both of those are taken. I thought we'd go down to Deck 6, but looking at the deck plan, the aft-Neptunes on Deck 6 look smaller than the ones on other decks. There are some photos of SB6229 on HAL facts, and it looks tiny and cramped in the photos too. Has anyone stayed in SB6210 or 6229? Are they as small as they look in the deck plan? Would the ones on Deck 5 be bigger?
  16. We're on this 10-day NE/Canada cruise on 9/7/2020 also. They removed the three ports we booked this cruise for (NY, Charlottetown, and Saguenay), so we're going to cancel it and book something else... I hope they bring this itinerary back someday, because it was perfect.
  17. Thank you for posting the picture! I was wondering about this. Wow, so these aft-cabins have been out of service for a few weeks then! We'll be on Nieuw Amsterdam later this summer. Looking forward to reading the rest of your review!
  18. Here's another pic. This is Westerdam, taken last week in Osaka, Japan.
  19. We're not on this cruise, but we are in Japan right now and went to Port of Osaka to see Westerdam today. We were on her last year, so it was nice to see her again.
  20. Bon Voyage! We'll be in Japan starting next week (not on a cruise, unfortunately) and plan to visit Port of Osaka to see Westerdam, our first HAL ship. :)
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