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Maggie North

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About Maggie North

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  • Location
    The Villages Fl
  • Interests
    Travel, photography, cycling
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Whatever is next

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  1. We were on the Zuiderdam in March after sailing only on the Pinnacle class ships; loved the decor and the coziness of the Z-dam. I did miss the double decks above the Seaview pool, but found plenty of spaces to get away from the crowd. We had an inside cabin on Deck 1 that was massive (by inside cabin standards), staff was wonderful, food was fabulous. We learned during ‘Ask the Captain’ that the Z-dam is going into dry dock later this year, to add the Grand Dutch Cafe and New York Pizza venues. Food from both is included in fare, but the wonderful Specialty beers and drinks are not (and totally worth the extra cost). Our cabin had plenty of outlets and storage (for us). We attended and greatly enjoyed the Martini Sampling every night; mixologist Alvin was just fantastic. I know all of this is subjective, but wanted to add my observations and experience to help you feel comfortable with your decision. Happy sailing!
  2. The diagram is of the standard inside cabin; I simply added arrows and notations to indicate where features were different for the ‘sideways’ inside cabin.
  3. Yes it was...huge flat screen mounted on the wall. I marked up the cabin diagram from HAL website...hope this helps.
  4. We had a "sideways" inside cabin on Nieuw Statendam (which is basically the same as Koningsdam); felt it was slightly roomier because door opens into cabin between desk and TV wall; used the hallway between bathroom and closets as a dressing room. We tended to tag team when getting ready in the morning or for dinner; worked well for us. Would have probably seemed bigger if beds were separated, since the king takes up so much room. Bathroom is really spectacular for an inside room; especially the shower. Lots of closet and storage space. We have actually booked the same cabin for a cruise in December.
  5. Thank you for your review; we are on same ship and itinerary next week. This will be our first HAL cruise on a non-Pinnacle ship. Looking forward to smaller crowd and exploring a smaller ship.
  6. We have had inside rooms on NS the last two cruises; one configuration had the hall doorway located between desk and tv wall. Actually felt slightly roomier than normal configuration of hallway door located between closets and bathroom door. We spent so little time in the cabin; we ‘tag-team’ when getting ready for the day, so we aren’t bumping elbows. Works out fine...I’d rather have an inside room and cruise more than book a larger room and cruise less. Of course, I do get excited when the upgrade offer emails arrive, but we’ve only taken advantage of one so far! We study the deck plans to find best location of our Inside rooms, even for last minute cruises. I use the HAL website, cruise critic and cruisedeckplans.com for my research.
  7. Two pages back someone posted a photo of the laundry sheet...you can select by the bag ($20) or unlimited ($7/day if I remember correctly). We used the service by the bag last month and it worked beautifully. I'm packing light from now on!
  8. We were just on Koningsdam last month and submitted a bag of laundry. We were advised to check each item on the list just so we would have a record in case something was missing. We checked the box for “Laundry by the Bag” and was charged only $20. Was returned the next day in perfect condition; shirts and tops on hangers and the rest folded beautifully. This will become a regular practice for us on longer cruises.
  9. This is fabulous! Thanks for all the detail. We have become HAL fans and would like to do this cruise in the future. Enjoy yourself!
  10. We were on that same cruise...your experiences were so similar to ours! Totally enjoyed the ports and ship! We have already booked another cruise for November to Southern Caribbean.
  11. I’m on the Nov 4th Freedom sailing based on itinerary. Booked soon after cruise on Majesty to Key West and Cuba. Appreciate all the tips and info!
  12. We just returned from cruise to Key West and Havana on Majesty of the Seas; we had an obstructed view cabin(8012). Room was small but fine for a short cruise; we spent 99% of our waking hours on deck away from the crowds. We are considering inside for our next cruise for that reason. Food was fabulous! Staff we encountered was friendly, helpful and very professional. We had the deluxe drink/internet package. I would do internet again, but maybe not drink package. I found myself ordering drinks to ‘get my money’s worth’. If possible, pick dates when schools are in session (if you want to have a more adult crowd). Spring breaks can last from March to early April. Hope this helps! Sent from my iPad using Forums
  13. Thank you for the review....leaving for 4 day KW & Cuba on Majesty on Saturday! All great tips and info!
  14. Thank you for the review; we just booked KW/Havana out of Tampa on Majesty for early September. I appreciate all of the information you shared.
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