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About moorerf

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    North Carolina
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    Celebrity, Princess and Holland America
  1. we were on the oosterdam in early may in the med. I forgot a swimsuit coverup. I found one but the selection was very limited, some were quite expensive and since I had a couple at home did not want to pay a lot. I was able to get 30% off as it was on sale that day. the shops were limited, very open area with clothing in one place, jewelery in another, liquor in separate area with some things like medicine, sundries etc...I did not spend much time there. I only saw a few sales in the daily program and each time we walked thru shops they were fairly empty.
  2. sorry about the delay in answering....there were a couple of people walking around with shrimp kabobs, bruschetta like items, pastries with various fillings. on a table they first had many cheeses, fruits, breads and crackers and bite size items like mushrooms. after while this became a selection of sweets and fruits. it was all delicious but might for some have not been enough to consider it dinner. we had a large lunch around 1 pm so it was just right for a light dinner. ( I heard a few people mention either they had dinner reservations around 930 pm at the hotel or they were going to try and find something else to eat when we got back around 9 pm.)
  3. We were on the April 30 Oosterdam 12 day Adriatic Dream cruise. We booked a Neptune suite and got the pre cruise signature experience in Venice. We arrived on Saturday, two days before the cruise. We were met in baggage claim by a well marked HAL rep who after we got luggage directed us to three ladies outside. One of the ladies walked us the long trek to the new airport boat dock. There were moving sidewalks but it was a good 20 minute walk. After a short wait we and our luggage were put on a private water taxi and taken to our hotel-Papadopoli near piazza Roma. It was about 25 minutes by boat. The room was not ready at 1130 but promised for 2 but it was actually about 220 before we got our room key. We went out for lunch and a stroll but still had to wait a bit in the lobby. There was a HAL rep in hotel lobby who gave you letter with info about experience and transfer to ship. The hotel was 4 star, well located, very clean and nice staff. Our room was a typical small European hotel room but ample space and nice amenities including a great shower. The buffet breakfast was massive and had many good choices. You were sure to find something to suit your needs. The experience on day 2 was wonderful. We left hotel by water taxi at 530 pm for a 25 minute ride to a doge palace. There we had drinks, heavy appetizers, desserts, entertainment and a talk by a member of the doge family. It was a grand evening weather wise and we thoroughly enjoyed the 2 and half hours. We were returned to the hotel by water taxi by 9 pm. The day of the cruise embarkation we had to put our luggage outside our room by 8 am. It was next seen in our stateroom. We had to checkout at 10 am and the water taxi transfer began about 1050. After a 20 minute ride we got out and had a fairly good walk to the terminal. A shuttle would have been nice esp for some the older follks. Checkin was a breeze and we were in and out of the terminal, on to the ship in about 20 minutes. All in all it was a grand experience and so glad we had it included. Kudos to HAL for all the arrangements and the excellent planning.
  4. We are a bit less than 3 weeks from departure (April 30) for our Adriatic Dream cruise on Oosterdam with our booking of Neptune suite we got the pre Venice Signature experience. We were told our hotel a while back (Hotel Papadopoli) but told no breakfast included. Today my HAL rep sent info saying our hotel does now include buffet breakfast and our experience will be to Palazzo Nani Bernardo on Sunday with motorlaunch transfer, drinks, heavy appetizers, venetian music and a member of countess family to greet us. It also gives a dress recommendation and says not suited for those with limited mobility. Also a note-- it does say buffet breakfast is included with all signature experiences. I thought I would share this with those booked for this or other experiences. I also know from my HAL rep that other hotels are being used for other Venice experiences based on availability, I am pleased with ours and its excellent location.
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