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    Eurodam??? Not a catchy name!

    quote[PHP]Having the name "Euro" may well depress cabin sales in the North American market. Many Americans think the "Euros" hate them (and, based upon rhetoric coming from Paris they may be right). Also, many Americans who love the Dutch history and traditions of the Holland America Line may think twice about sailing on a ship which lauds European unity at the expense of the line's century-old naming tradition. Indeed, it seems to me that tacking "dam" on the end may be construed as an insult to HAL tradition and long-time mariners ... as if Kruse just thought "we'll stick a dam on the end and the boobs will never know the difference." [/PHP] C'mon Greg you should be bigger than this. There is no such thing as a "euro". Are you seriously suggesting that an Icelander has the same culture and traditions as a Greek, or the Portugese are the same as a Ukrainian? Your "euro's" do not hate you, but they sometimes may disagree with your policies. As an aside it appears many of your recent electors also dislike your governments policies!! Many cruisers are north american and I have personally always found them friendly and generous.... although one US citizen did confide to me on my last cruise - "We don't like texans":eek: Are they the american equivalent of the French?
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    Eurodam??? Not a catchy name!

    [SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman]The tradition is still there with the ….dam signature, true eurodam does not exist as a place or a point on the compass or even a dyke (that’s a new one on me) but what connection do they all have. Could your average cruiser find Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Zaandam or Maasdam on a map – could they even point to Holland without the aid of google?[/FONT][/SIZE] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3] [/SIZE][/FONT] [SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman]I think we are getting a little xenophobic here. Even the French :rolleyes: (so I am told) can be a pleasant and cooperative nation. It is also possible to be in the European Community and not part of the euro - we Brits still have our Pound Sterling. It is also possible to be in Europe and not in the EC or part of the euro – as in Norway and Switzerland[/FONT][/SIZE] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3] [/SIZE][/FONT] [SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman]Also the problem with some dam names is that we are uncertain on how to pronounce them. Is the Oosterdam, “oo” as in shoe or “oo” as in post?[/FONT][/SIZE] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3] [/SIZE][/FONT] [SIZE=3][FONT=Times New Roman]HAL has not in the past chosen its names to conjure up an image you will get – apart from old world traditions and timeless elegance that comes from the Holland part of the name reinforced by an obviously foreign name. I don’t think that Eurodam really contradicts that tradition.[/FONT][/SIZE] [FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3] [/SIZE][/FONT] [FONT='Times New Roman']Having said alllllll that, I have distaste for the “marketing speak made up names” and Eurodam comes into that category. There must be at least one more village, town or city in Holland that has a pronounceable name that ends in dam!!![/FONT]
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    DVD/CD Writers

    The best way to store the photo's is to take along a spare memory card. When the original is full pop in your spare. You can buy a 1gb card on the internet for about $20 which will hold about 600 pics. My daughter came back from her last extended cruise with 1800 pics on 6 cd's. This time she is taking 4 memory cards - easier to store and less likely to get damaged and loose her pics Regards
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    What Nationalities are the Cruisers?

    Sorry, I forgot to mention that most non US citizens seemed to be Canadians. Regards
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    What Nationalities are the Cruisers?

    We were on the Oosterdam on the Mexico cruise in January. I guess 95% of the cruisers were americans. All the non US citizens got to meet each other at a special "party" organised by the immigration department!! The "party" was at 05.30am ish on the day we got back into San Diego due to the fact we were re-entering the US. We were all stood there in a long line waiting for the immigration people who were 45 mins late. My advice is have your breakfast first, then go down to for the immigration checks - if you are too late and they won't let you off you will have another cruise courtesy of HAL!!! - I must try that next time. You see people claiming the various merits of cruise lines, but I was impressed with HAL for one small but thoughtful detail. You probably know that all passengers get an abreviated copy of the NY Times (I think) each morning. One day on the cruise it was a copy of The Times (UK newspaper), to me that shows HAL knew I was a Brit and somebody went to the trouble to personalise MY cruising experience. Regards
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    The CEO Has Spoken

    What kind of company do you work in? Do you think the "employees" have decided on the bumping policy!!!!!!! No - that comes right from the top. Also if the CEO has decided to apply a bumping policy to the company, it is up to him to have a training policy that ensures the staff can do it with the least amount of impact on the customer.
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    Table for 2?

    Hi folks We like it the opposite way, table for 6/8 or 10. On our last cruise on Oosterdam a couple of weeks age we table hopped. One night for 4, one night for 6, two nights for 8, one night for 9 + the Pinnacle for 7 and a night in PVallarta. Some tables we changed in the early in the day with the "seating manager". It was no problem for him but if everyone did it it would be chaos!!!! We met some delightful people that way and I can recommend it. There also seemed to be empty tables (late sitting) even though the ship was sold out, so I guess a table for 2 shouldn't be a problem. There will always be a proportion of people eating in the Lido or taking advantage of room service. Regards
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    10% gratuity

    I think you are all correct about the tipping. I sympathise entirely with "dontfit" about being charged per person for young kids. I remember those days days when money tight with a brood of kids to feed, entertain and clothe. Most of that time was on one salary which made it doubly difficult. Perhaps a fairer system should only be that the charge should be applied to the adults (over 18years) in the cabin. I suspect for many posters on the forum, the nest is now empty (or nearly) and we can spend our wodge of cash on ourselves AND have more to spend on the luxuries - like cruising and tipping. Unfortunately "dontfit" will probably have to wait a few more years before she gets to the point that the kids have left to make their own way in life!!! Also I have never experienced a cruise!!!! (I have booked my first one in about 7 weeks time), so the comment to suck it and see about service vs tipping is very valid. I also agree about tipping should be to reward excellence of service and is not there to subsidise poor HAL wages. My view is that tipping in the USA is done as a norm (10%-20%) and is not always linked to the level of service. In the UK a nominal tip may be left (0%-5%) and increased to 10% - 15% if service was good. People feel they are rewarding service and not subsidising employers. Sorry for the long post from someone who has not experienced what you all seem enthusiastic about, apart from "dontfit"
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