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Old As Dirt Mom

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    Sunny Sequim, Washington state
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    Domestic Goaddess specializing in cooking, gardening, reading, travel, classical music, and nagging
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    So far, Alaska

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  1. Testing, testing. 1 2 3 testing. Am I on? LOL. How I love "improved" websites, hahaha
  2. Venn Diagram, count me as another grateful member who also never reads the stickies, and who would never have learned about the CC reboot without you bringing it to our attention. I guess I should start reading the stickies, LOL. I hope I can remember my password when it's time to sign in again:o
  3. Coffee makers (keurig-type) are only in the Neptune suites. However, there is always room service coffee. You could also establish a close relationship with the Crow's Nest bar staff, since you plan to be there regularly, and ask them if they could bring you a thermos of coffee. Tip accordingly if they do.
  4. On all my HAL cruises, guests have had to disembark by 9 - 9:30 am. The next group of passengers embarks at 11:30 am, which doesn't leave the crew much time to turn around the ship.
  5. Just did a two-day Seattle-Victoria-Vancouver on the Amsterdam. Departed Seattle at 11pm, and the next day also left Victoria at 11pm (similar to what the Eurodam is currently doing before starting its Hawaii itinerary round trip from Vancouver). Dining room open on both nights, at usual times, fixed and open seating. Something sounds not right, and if I were on board I would be questioning the front desk, Neptune concierges, Guest Relations Manager, and Hotel Director, etc.
  6. https://twocruisingsisters.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/pinnacle-suite1.jpg https://twocruisingsisters.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/pinnacle-suite2.jpg https://twocruisingsisters.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/pinnacle-suite3.jpg https://twocruisingsisters.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/pinnacle-suite4.jpg https://twocruisingsisters.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/pinnacle-suite5.jpg Photos above taken of Amsterdam Pinnacle Suite 7001, September 23, 2018.
  7. The Alaska season is winding down, and the ships of all the cruise lines are getting ready for their repositioning itineraries. All summer long, I've been able to follow the cruise ships as they sail past our home overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, knowing exactly which ships will pass on what day at approximately what time. Now they are dispersing throughout the west coast and the Pacific ocean, and every day's schedule is different.
  8. Stick to the remaining two "S" class ships, Maasdam and Veendam, and to the "R" class ships, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Volendam, and Zaandam. They don't have BB King's, they still have the Ocean Bar, and as far as I know they won't get the Rock Room. Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but to the best of my knowledge it's the Vista, Signature, and Pinnacle class ships that are getting all the latest changes.
  9. "Ambulatory Accessible, Roll-In Shower Only" (Per HAL's Oosterdam deck plans) There's also an asterisk that sort of looks like a snowflake star, which indicates the bathroom has a shower only. Not sure what you're observing, so here's a link to the Oosterdam deck plans: https://www.hollandamerica.com/content/dam/hal/inventory-assets/ships/pdf-files/os.pdf
  10. You should be ok, kidwise, with those dates. It's past Christmas/New Year's, too early for President's Day week or weekend, and well before Spring Break. Just input from a mom:D
  11. The suites formerly known as Penthouse suites, are now called Pinnacle suites. They are one and the same. Never been in one, so can' t answer your question, sorry.
  12. Hallelujah! Just noticed that Copper John is back!:D
  13. I have sailed in a Neptune, several of them, but not on a Grand Voyage. It's very nice up there:D Since you are on a Grand Voyage, they probably kick it up even higher. You might enjoy some nice lunches in the Pinnacle Grill.....:Din addition to breakfast. We have had some nice suite luncheons on some of our longer HAL cruises..... It's easy for me to say spend another 9 grand or so of your money, but if this is a once in a lifetime cruise, I would be tempted to go for it. However, I am not you, and you may have lots of better uses for that money!
  14. In a couple of days, we'll know the extent of the situation in Hawai'i regarding Hurrican Lane. So I would suggest waiting through the weekend, and making your excursion decisions on Monday. Just my two cents.
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