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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 used to. For me, the benefit of having a left and right view made it worthwhile. Also, the cabin size and deck size were a tiny bit larger than the side cabins. That little bit seemed to make the cabin more comfortable than I remember. I would book it again but my wife wants calmer seas next time. But she enjoyed the larger deck area. Hope that helps.
  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 drinks on board giving the ship some profit and allow us to enjoy our vacation. In the end, I think 6 of us with backpacks or canvas bags carrying their own bottle and several cans of soda is best. Also bring a refillable water bottle in lieu of water, I like that idea and got something from this post. Thanks everyone for the spirited conversation! Happy Sailing:)
  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 would be odd wheeling a cooler around on board. But, some of us are on a budget. Advice Please:)
  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 would be odd wheeling a cooler around on board. But, some of us are on a budget. Advice Please:)
  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 now, anyone get a price reduction with the Sunshine Promo? Wonder with the non-refundable deposit if thy will do that?
  11. I guess to each their own, but I assume you are taking a "Caribbean Cruise" because you like beaches? I love the beauty of the beaches at Grand Turk. As i mentioned in previous posts, I don't mind paying $15 for a chair and umbrella with beach service at a bar called Reef Shark. That is much cheaper than any tour offered by the cruise line. Others have mentioned a beach within walking distance that rarely gets visitors, if you have kids, let them explore a shipwreck. One of these days I'll venture there. Anyway, the whole point of the post was to walk down further from the port to find a good (less expensive) spot to beach for the day. Yes, you might have to pay a small fee but totally worth it with the savings from a couple of drinks verses buying on the ship. The local beer is also very good. If you have kids, the soda is cheap too. As for Amber Cove, the pool facility is so large I find it hard to believe one could not find a chair. Okay, yes an umbrella does cost extra. Usually there are some friendly cruisers standing in the pool anxious to talk with anyone. Lots for kids to do as well. The facility is free which given the paid tours is a great deal. I find the facility is much better than any ship pool. And sure, for a small fee you can go to the beach just off the cove if you prefer. Now compared to Puerto Rico, Cayman Islands, Sint Maarten & St. Johns and even Cozumel where the only thing you can do is pay to be driven or taken somewhere, well gosh I just don't see why you would want to abandon these great places.
  12. Just returned from our Christmas cruise which included Grand Turk. There were plenty of fee chairs under the Green Umbrellas marked Grand Turks Cruise Center. Once again behind crowded vendor umbrella's with view of a big Ship as in the photo above shows. Walked further down to Reef Shark and got front row unobstructed view chairs at $15 for two. Beach service to bring your drinks and watching the beautiful crystal clear water was well worth it. I highly recommend the conch fritters and wings here.
  13. Travel companion is a Vegetarian. Does Oosterdam have a Vegetarian Menu separate from the main dinning room offerings or are you stuck with what is on the list? If so, do you have to request that in advance?
  14. 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 had paid and was somewhat intimidating. Decided to go for a walk down the beach toward the coast guard pier. As I walked, price went from $25 to $15 to $10 with less crowds and better view. We soon realized the view of open water was much better than that of the ship. Decided to write off the $25 in favor of nicer chairs at Reef Shark Bay and Grill. View of open water, beach service and free wifi. Chairs were only $15 and were nice. I highly recommend you try the local beer. Lesson Learned: In Grand Turk if you want to sit on the beach in a nice chair walk further down the beach just off the pier. Don't fall for the tourist trap!
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