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  1. Just returned from a Caribbean holiday cruise on Nieuw Amsterdam Cabin 7134. This was our first Aft cabin experience. Seems like there was more engine vibration than we are used to, the mounted TV on wall actually shook. However they had trouble with one of the Azipod propellers and were sailing with only one instead of the two. So actual experience might be different if they have that fixed. In rough seas we also noted the ship rocked abit more in the aft cabin than in our usual side cabin. But I have no problem with seasickness so that did not bother me. My wife took a bit to get use
  2. From my experience, I've asked on HAL cruises but got an evil look from the cabin steward. On two cruises, after asking and upon my return to the room, the fridge was emptied and the drinks were set on top of the desk above it. So much for taking away the temptation to have a drink. Truthfully, I did say "can you empty the Fridge." I'll try "can you take away the items in the fridge" next time. 😞
  3. Sorry, but the point of the post was that 6 of us are going. 6 bottles of wine, 30 cans of soda and 30 water provides less than 2 drinks and less than one glass of wine per day for each person. Ship retail value: wine $300, Soda $150, Water, $120 for a total of $570. Cost off port about $70. Paying corkage at dinner for 6 bottles on the ship will add $90 and I get to drink the wine I really love instead of the cheap crap they serve on board. SO, humping 30 pounds on-board actually saves over $400. Sorry but to me that is a lot of money. Enough to allow us to enjoy a few alcoholic dri
  4. In our case, one of our couples is driving and offered to bring whatever we wanted. It does sound like a luggage dolly would be the best bet. It appears several folks have had success but curious if anyone has had any trouble and what when wrong. Thinking something like this: Folding Hand Truck
  5. Good Point! I'll suggest that to the group. Agree, the Lido water is excellent but cabin tap water, not so good in my opinion. But perhaps because it is not cold. Having the right refillable bottle may do the trick.
  6. So stack the case of water, soda and wine and secure to a luggage 2 wheel cart. When you go through security, take the items off individually. Re-stack and move on. Interesting, anyone have any experience doing this? ******* Skip the water per below, bring more soda. ************
  7. Well that answers that question. Sounds like splitting up in several backpacks might be the best bet. Don't really have 6 mobile Coolers. Doing the math, 6 guests x 2 each day x 6 days = 72. So each get one water and one soda each day. Not really much when you come down to it. I see your point on bringing it into port. Going to Nassau, Turks, Half Moon and Dominican. Don't remember grocery nearby on most of these places. Have to do some research. Thanks.
  8. We have six of us traveling in three cabins in December. Want to bring our own water, soda and wine which by the rules we have to carry on-board. I'm thinking between the 6 of us I can see at lease a case of water, 30 pack of soda and six bottles of wine. Logistically, that is a lot to carry on board. Even divided by 6 that is a lot to carry around. I thought about a large wheeled cooler. Then again, how exactly does that go through security? Pretty heavy when put through the scanner. Anyone have any experience doing this, taking large quantity on board? Some in our party think it
  9. We have six of us traveling in three cabins in December. Want to bring our own water, soda and wine which by the rules we have to carry on-board. I'm thinking between the 6 of us I can see at lease a case of water, 30 pack of soda and six bottles of wine. Logistically, that is a lot to carry on board. Even divided by 6 that is a lot to carry around. I thought about a large wheeled cooler. Then again, how exactly does that go through security? Pretty heavy when put through the scanner. Anyone have any experience doing this, taking large quantity on board? Some in our party think it
  10. Is it me or does HAL seem to offer cruises at substantially higher prices a year out, then as it gets closer (5 months in this case) they dramatically reduce the price as to sell out the cruise. I was considering the Oosterdam cruise for Christmas but at the original price is was over $3500 for a balcony cabin, a bit out of my price range. Now I see it is around $2,000. Too late, I already booked a different cruise on that stupid sunshine promo with non-refundable deposit. Going to the Caribbean instead. Oh well, at least I'm cruisin. I see the Caribbean cruise is even less no
  11. Just returned from our cruise and was a little disappointed with the beach chairs at Grand Turk. I thought I'd red a post that chairs are somewhat free at this port. That may be so but I never found one. Got off the ship, it was crowded! Went to find chairs but first vendor stated $25 per day for two chairs. Same with 2nd guy. In fact there were many vendors available right off the ship. Wound up getting a front row chair with a close up view of the cruise ships. Granted beach and water were great but would rather have open water. Interestingly another vendor came by and asked if we h
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