One of my fondest memories of cruises with sea days is the friendships and conversations in the Knit/Stitch groups organized through Cruise Critic. I have asked cruise directors and mentioned on surveys that HAL should list activities like this on the daily planner. The answer I get from cruise directors is that it would need to be authorized through HAL and they won't do it. I am willing to be the cruise critic point person for this activity on this cruise but also want to encourage HAL to do their part. To this end, I have decided to make a pest of myself and to ask others to join me in this campaign. Please if you agree with me, join in! Even if you are not a Knit/stitch person your voice could help. I plan to send this email weekly for now and if a reply isn't received will begin phone calls soon.
Address emails to Guestrelations@hollandamerica.com (800 599-8256)
Here is the paragraph I send on a weekly basis:
I would like an answer about this concern. Being a 4*, I have been on many cruises. I especially enjoy the cruises with several sea days. The daily planner lists many activities and opportunities to meet for games etc. I have asked several times to add a meet-up for those of us who knit or stitch. The answer I get from the cruise director is that HAL must authorize such listings, and they won't do it. My question is why? We don't need anything special like coffee service or a dedicated room. We don't need a staff member to supervise. We just need a listing on sea days that we meet at a given time and place. I know there is an interest. On a couple cruises such meet-ups have been organized by Cruise Critic members and they are very well attended. Please tell me why HAL won't authorize such a meet-up.
Looking forward to another Prinsendam cruise in March
Colleen @ Sequim