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  1. Thank you all. Summing up the suggestions: 1. NCL Getaway 2. RCI Oasis of the Seas 3. RCI Allure of the Seas 4. Carnival Pride or Magic
  2. We live in Washington, DC and are planning a 7-day (or longer) cruise sometime in the summer of 2020. Our port choices are: New York/New Jersey and Ft. Lauderdale/Miami. The cruise will largely be focused on the needs and desires of our 5-year-old boy (who will be 6 by then). He is bursting with energy and likes to run, jump, swim, and play all day long. We will be accompanied by an aunt and grandma on the cruise. The dilemma is which ship would offer the largest number of activities for him and best service?? Some of the available activities should include: 1. Gentle slide or (preferably) slides 2. Waterworks 3. Carts 4. Tag team 5. Arcade with air hockey and other "active" games 6. Kid shows, the more spectacular the better 7. Anything else that includes games and physical activity -- jumping, suspended jumping, trampolines, even air floating and the like. (I assume wall climbing and especially zip line would be dangerous, even though I know he would like to try these activities). Some ships boast of having school-like activities in confined spaces, but that is not what we are looking for, quite the opposite. It would be optimal if the ship has an itinerary that includes destinations offering colorful kid activities (pools, water and beach games, aviaries, and the like). I would appreciate your suggestions as to the choice of ship and, possibly, destinations. Thanks in advance for your help.
  3. Two questions: (1) I read somewhere there is live piano music in the Ocean Bar? Can somebody provide some info, when does the pianist play, how is the music, can you hear well or you need to sit closer to teh piano, etc.? (2) Impressions about the World Stage shows? Read reviews saying productions are so-so. An curious whether you agree, disagree, why. Thanks in advance to anybody who can provide more info.
  4. Fellow cruisers, I booked a cruise on the Nieuw Statendam (NS) in December. My new girlfriend and I are in our early 50s. This is her first cruise, my sixth. When I booked the trip, I reasoned the NS is a new ship and assumed it must be an improvement over other Holland America ships. I like Holland America for being classy but not arrogant, offering a calmer, quieter experience. My last cruise on the somewhat smaller Nieuw Amsterdam (NA) was very good. The atmosphere on the NA was subdued and I felt the ship needed a slight "party buzz" (just a little, nothing Carnival like) and also felt what the ship offered in entertainment was just enough. The NA's elegance and other elements of the cruise made up for that slight gap in entertainment. Overall, I love the NA and would cruise again in an instant! However, since I made the booking on the NS, I read reviews that were not quite as praising of the ship. In particular, passengers said entertainment was lacking, and some said it was less than that on the NA. The following four criticisms from experienced cruisers caught my eye: - One said Holland America did away with Broadway-like shows, and whatever they replaced them with was sub-par: not enough and not quite entertaining. - Another wrote there were not enough music venues. The two main venues -- the BB King and the Rolling Stones -- were crowded since many passengers would tend to congregate there, thus lessening the experience. - A third complained about the music played in the back of the ship, or anywhere else for that matter, as not being lively. - A fourth complained the NS felt too "plain" (I guess he meant lacking in elegance) and worse, there was practically nothing to do on ship. This is a long way of saying I am concerned. I want to give the NS a fair chance, but must admit the reviews have made me nervous. I suppose I can enjoy a beautiful ship even if there is nothing to do on it, but I am coming with a new girlfriend and hope for at least some "buzz." Can anyone please share their experiences with respect to entertainment on the NS? Thanks in advance.
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