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  • Location
    West Virginia
  • Interests
    besides travel, gardening, reading, singing in choirs
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Mediterranean. No, wait, Alaska. Hmm, no, New Zealand-Australia......

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  1. They must be sending it out kind of randomly. We were on the Zuiderdam in October and have an Alaska cruise on the Westerdam booked for July, but we haven't received any surveys.
  2. Both wonderful itineraries. So do one this year, and the other next! I do go along with what most people are saying--go to the Baltic first.
  3. We were just on the Zuiderdam where we had an unexpected extra "sea day" because of a cancelled port. We ended up watching "Crazy Rich Asians" in our stateroom and enjoying it a lot. Free movies on demand--very nice. There seemed to be a pretty extensive selection.
  4. I was very interested in your review because we were on the same cruise with you. Funny thing--I also had problems with my "sea pass" card the first time I tried to use it. My picture did not show up--only a "blank wall" they said! It was kind of annoying to have to go stand in line at the passenger service desk when all I wanted to do was unpack and settle in. Was there a second Mariners Reception? We missed the first one because it was over before we boarded, which I thought was disappointing--not many "perks" for three-stars really. Oh well, we enjoyed our cruise very much. All
  5. Keep up your interesting reports! Enjoying your perspective.
  6. Happy anniversary MAMAOFAMI, and thank you for your "live" reporting. I am very interested in your posts because we, too, are boarding in New York on September 27! ( SJSULIBRARIAN - I haven't seen your name on the Roll Call. You should join us. We have a Meet and Mingle set for Sunday, Sept. 29 at 11 in the Billboard Onboard area.)
  7. Crazy For Cats--thanks so much for posting that! We took a Norway Cruise on the Koningsdam a year ago and thoroughly enjoyed seeing that "review" of our trip along with all the inside info.
  8. We also are Trivia players from way back--but recently the biggest threat to enjoyment of the game is Google. We pointed out to the CD on a recent cruise (not HAL, by the way) that some teams had cell phones out and were looking up answers. His reply was basically--oh well, it's just for fun. But what's the "fun" in that?! And speaking of cheating--we were on another cruise where the team sitting at the bar always got everything right (the bar tender was giving them the answers!) We've also been playing when well-meaning "passers-by" would lean in and give us an answer. Completely ruins
  9. We've been fortunate enough to travel a lot and our friends always ask us which places are our favorites. We never can come up with a definitive answer. We've been to every U.S. state at least twice and we have a beautiful country. But since we retired (nearly 20 years ago) we've visited about 40 countries --mostly thanks to cruising. We've enjoyed every place we've been. But I think the stand-outs from all the cruises is Australia-New Zealand (HAL Statendam); trans-Atlantic and back to back Mediterranean (HAL Noordam); the Baltic (on Celebrity Constellation); and Norway (HAL Koningsdam)..
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