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  1. Got upgraded and never got to stay in one of these forward facing rooms. Thanks for the input.
  2. It is simple for me not sales tax so not an issue. If you have a sales tax do the math as above.
  3. Yellowstone Park is closed until further notice.
  4. Worst Web site in the cruise lines. Must loose mega $$ a day.
  5. Any updates on the unrest and safety of the island?
  6. I do not have a job. Not sure about the tone of this post. I wanted to know so I can adjust the large tip that we always leave in addition the the daily gratuity The fascination is for a good reason.
  7. How is the room service gratuity distribution made for the crew and staff. Anyone know the approximate percentages? Does the Company take a cut of the gratuities? Nice to know who is getting what of the mandatory tips.
  8. Damajagua Waterfalls is a must see. Book off the ship, I use Iguana Mama (Tour Company) our tour had 4 people total, eventually formed into a group of 8 with 10+ guides and helpers. So book private, the walk off the port is about 15 minutes. This is a can't miss adventure. Not many people are up for an adventure of this level. Early 70's and it almost wore me out. The 27 (upper falls) was closed but the bottom 12 were open and plenty for a normal person or family.
  9. My DGF wants to look at other cruise lines for a future trip. I really like HAL but must look. What are options for couple in their later 60's fit and like to leave the ship at each port. Like good food and wine. Bring out own wine and pay the corkage fee. Love the staff on HAL and would like similar on alternative line. Price is not the most important consideration. I do not like roving bands of kids, booze cruises, water slides/attractions and really big crowded ships. Please let me know your first hand experiences both pro and con.
  10. Brought our own, cheap enough to pay for it self in a couple of rentals. Snorkel right next to the ship is really nice.
  11. Yes back in time to shop and walk, about 5 hours and 4 rum and cokes. Iguana Mama tours are really the best. You might be pretty tired, so the walking and shopping might be limited.
  12. Took a HAL tour, nice tour guide and look at the country side. Cave minimal but still fun. Back to city center and the main center park. Nice but the place is really messy, cups, papers and garbage most every place. Much more noticeable that any other island in our cruise. The island needs to hire someone to pick up the trash. Huge shopping area, which was nice. Floating market is done due to embargo from US on Venezuela, sad for many reasons. Lots of negative impact from the embargo on the locals. Had the best lunch, local, see picture, you must go, 1 1/2 grouper, beans, rice, plantains and
  13. Did a HAL tour of the island. Started with the salt plant, and slave huts, interesting. Toured showed much of the island. 2+ hour stop to snorkel and lunch, very nice.
  14. Nice island bigger than I thought. First ship could not maintain tend position and left. Koringsdam (HAL) was able to and we tendered to shore. Nice to have only one ship lots of room. Extremely nice beach, minimal snorkeling but need to try new equipment. Great buffet lunch. Tendering went better than I expected. Nice to begin or end a cruise on this island.
  15. There are 27 falls but all but the bottom 12 are closed due to low water. The bottom 12 are enough for anyone. 40 minute hike is really extreme, mud, heat and uphill. Finally get there and then the fun starts, one little jump first and the the big one (25 feet) nice but I took the "Chicken Way" around so did others. Slides, jumps and lots of MUST NOT MISS fun. I am old 70+ and survived it and had a great time would recommend the falls and Iguana Mama tours at a 10+ great small 4 people tour joined 6 others and had 6 guides. Only down side is the walk off port about a 1.5 mile trip put it went
  16. Small island but nice to see once. Great guide and a nice stop at a local shopping area. Did the hop- on-hop-off never hopped not sure when the next might come by. Snorkeled next to the ship in the afternoon, nice swim.
  17. Had a nice tour of the country side with a nice guide. Went to 2 caves in the Arikok national park this is a must see. Tour of the California lighthouse was nice and the donkeys were every where. Miss the high rise stuff if possible on the north end of the island. Fresh water Tilapia fish can give you a pedicure. Nice island had a great time.
  18. Trying the NS next Jan hope it is as good. Comments on the two ships?
  19. More comments please? Has any one else been on this ship?
  20. Just off the Koringsdam in mid January and I would like to share some of my impressions. Embarkation – Smooth considering the number of passengers. We did get an upgrade without notice but is was a nice one. Would have been nice to know about it before trying the board. The HAL Navigation app really is not good, just like their Web site, no or wrong information and did not work some times. The TV interface was much better. Staterooms – Really nice, modern and ultra clean. Bathroom is a little weird with the angled toilet but you get used to it. The shower is possibly
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