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Iseaster

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About Iseaster

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  • Location
    Victoria, BC
  • Interests
    Cooking, Music and playing volleyball
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Bahamas

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  1. @Blue WaterThanks so much for your helpful reply!
  2. Port times are 0800 - 1700. Not sure of the dock - but it says "Charlotte Amalie" on one of my itineraries. Does that make sense?
  3. We are looking forward to our first cruise in March and will be St Thomas for the first time. Reading through your many posts have been great but we're wondering - are there any MUST SEE excursions for first-timers? We're more for the cuisine/culture/history vs. lying on the beach or swim with dolphin types. Any suggestions would be GREAT!
  4. We are looking forward to our first cruise in March and will be visiting Amber Cove. Reading through your many posts have been great but we're wondering - are there any MUST SEE excursions for first-timers? We're more for the cuisine/culture/history vs. lying on the beach or swim with dolphin types. Any suggestions would be GREAT!
  5. @OlsSalt - do you know of such a luggage service? That sounds like an amazing idea... and would really lessen our hassle of carting luggage around with us while we wait to embark.
  6. @Iris5358 - Thank you so much for such a wonderful suggestion. That sounds so much more civilized than camping out at the airport. I think the cost of taxis will be far cheaper than booking into a hotel! Any other suggestions for what to pick up before boarding (the wine sounds great!)
  7. Our credit card does allow for premier lounge access - but I'm not sure we can access the lounge from arrivals...
  8. Thanks for your honest feedback from what sounds like some previous horrible experience. It sounds like we are "hooped" according to your experience as we have booked the flights through HAL and really don't feel like we have any options other than to pay the exorbitant fees to change flights but we're both working the day before so we can't actually leave much earlier than this. I guess we'll have to suffer through this experience and learn better for next time. Good thing I grew up in India - so I have lots of experience camping out in airport (probably much less convenient than FLL). Anyway... I'm sure we'll be wasted by the time we get on the ship and will enjoy a nice nap in the afternoon after our lunch on the NS. Cheers.
  9. @baggal - I actually booked the flight through HAL and am departing Victoria the day before, flying all night and arriving at "0 dark stupid" the day of the cruise (which leaves at 5:00) so I figured I was safe. But thanks for catching the "civility" of the other posters. You bring up a really good point, which I noticed once I checked the airport website. I'm thinking that we might be fine with just the Starbucks, washrooms and free wifi...especially since we'll plan to hit the terminal and board the ship as soon as possible and eat there. But thanks so much for your concerns...
  10. @Krazy Kruizers - Wow thank you so much for your helpful and encouraging post! This is exactly what I was hoping we could do. We've already done all the paperwork, completed to online check in and printed our baggage tags! Thanks so much!!
  11. Thanks everyone for you great responses and suggestions. I think we will take our chances with camping out at the airport, taking advantages of shelter, restaurants, washrooms and free Wifi!!! It seems like the terminal opens for boarding around 1130 so we'll probably head over and get in on early embarkation (do we have to register for this or just "show up"?). Thanks again for all your response. Much appreciated!
  12. @DAllenTCY - ...when you put it that way. 🙂 Thanks for that perspective. @Cybergoth - we depart on March 17th. I'll look into the roll call - but wasn't really sure what it was about.
  13. Hello! This is our first cruise EVER on HAL Nieuw Statendam in March. We're flying overnight to Ft Lauderdale from Victoria, Canada and arriving at the airport at an ungodly 0530!!! Can anyone advise/recommend what we should do (i.e. stay at airport until embarkation or ?) and how early can we arrive to board the ship? I have images of trying to sleep in airport chairs for hours while waiting to board...
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