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Maggie North

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About Maggie North

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • 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 prefer Aqua Class when we’ve sailed on Silhouette and Equinox as we LOVE Blu Restaurant on those ships, as well as the location of the cabins. On Edge, we enjoy the Four Dining Room concept so much, that we ‘rough it’ with an inside cabin, then purchase separate Persian Garden access with our savings.
  2. Not too exotic, but we love grabbing a last minute cruise from Florida to the ABC islands. These cruises usually have a good number of sea days and longer days in port, as well as many fun snorkeling opportunities.
  3. Thank you for the pleasant review; we booked a cruise (similar itinerary to yours) on the Veendam sailing from Tampa in December. Looking forward to our first cruise on one of HAL’s smallest ships!
  4. We have had the Signature Drink Packages for many of our HAL cruises (6 since last November), but we have found a new formula that works well for us. We found that we were always looking at menus to make sure we didn’t order a drink that was over our limit. Of course, the Elite package has a higher limit. For the last few cruises, we purchased a wine package for 8 bottles (there are three different levels depending on your tastes) and have a bottle for each dinner or Pinnacle lunch (on sea days). If we deplete that pkg, we simply add another for the number of bottles we need for the remainder of the cruise). That has worked well for us. We don’t have really fancy tastes, so Cellar 3 has been quite adequate (we actually have discovered some decent everyday wines that we now purchase at Total Wines while at home). For other drinks, we purchase a $250 drink card for each of us...again, if it hits zero, we purchase another. The two good things about a drink card are that you can purchase two drinks at a time AND if you don’t use it all, you can request a credit on your account! I’m not saying a drink package is bad (heck no!), just letting you know what has worked for us. The convenience of either drink package, wine package or drink card makes a cruise easier....don’t have to keep signing all those receipts! Happy sails!
  5. GP51: Thank you for your reports on the Edge. We are cruising soon out of Fort Lauderdale, mostly just to give her a try. We actually booked the trip while on a recent Silhouette TA! Hubs is a little bummed about no Sky Lounge, but I’m sure he will find another favorite roost. We picked a Deluxe Inside Cabin for our first Edge experience to keep costs down. Looking forward to the 4 MDRs and Eden. I appreciate all your tips and observations! Happy sailing!
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. Yes it was...huge flat screen mounted on the wall. I marked up the cabin diagram from HAL website...hope this helps.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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