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  1. Thanks, that's good information!
  2. That is what finally worked for me -- the deck I wanted was coming up as unavailable, but when I typed in a cabin number on that deck, it was available! Thank you!!
  3. Hello, We're looking at cruises for the early part of 2022. When I select my cabin type (verandah), and pick the option to choose my own stateroom, the choices are extremely limited. I'm only offered aft cabins on lower decks. When I try to select a higher deck or a forward cabin, it says "not available." Can all those cabins possibly be already booked, or am I doing something wrong? Or maybe they don't release all the cabins till a later date? I'm doing all this on the Holland America website, not a third party site. (and when it comes down to it, I'll book through my travel
  4. We went on our first cruise recently, and the muster drill was fairly painless. I, for one, was glad to actually know where my muster station was, rather than watching a presentation from a lounge. The only two things I noticed: When a cabin number was called and there was no answer, the crew just went right on to the next number. No one seemed to be "scouring the ship" for missing people, and we certainly didn't wait for latecomers to show up. I didn't know if that meant that attendance really wasn't as mandatory as I had thought, or if those people would be hunted down later.
  5. (sorry, I posted in the wrong place)
  6. Gadgetlady, I second what others have said: I had laundry done on the Zuiderdam, and I didn't notice any smell, and I had no allergic reaction at all. I have broken out in a rash before from changing laundry soaps, so I was worried, but I couldn't have been more pleased. The laundry was very nicely done, and I told my husband that if we ever go on another cruise, I'll definitely spring for the unlimited laundry.
  7. Spa things I think might appeal to younger people: spray tans, waxing, specials on mani-pedi's, massages, simple facials, eyebrow grooming (young ladies these days seem obsessed with their eyebrows!). Simple stuff. I personally wouldn't go on a cruise to get expensive, exotic treatments, but I might like to splurge on less expensive, fun stuff. If they had a reduced-price day on shampoo and blow dries, the women would be lined up because it's not that easy to do our hair in those little bathrooms. However, I realize they're looking to sell "big ticket" items, not to give me a
  8. "One can only wonder how many of these were offered by the SPA?" Yes, you're right, I think these were mostly spa offerings. I guess they know what sells, so if they're offering "wrinkle relief" they must be getting takers.
  9. Just sailed on the Zuiderdam, and the Orange Party was no big deal at all. I thought it was something that the whole ship would participate in, and all day would be "orange day," and it wasn't that at all. There was a party in BB Kings, which was more crowded than usual, but not standing-room-only or anything. They passed out snacks to everyone. I'm not sure if the orange beverage offered was free or not. I had read about it in advance, so I brought an orange-ish top, and made my husband bring his one shirt that had a little bit of an orange in the pattern. I'm glad we didn't
  10. We had heard that HAL catered to an older demographic, which was fine with us, and we did find it to be true. Our cruise probably had fewer than 20 children, all very well behaved. I can't speak about Club HAL because if it was up and running, I never knew it -- I never saw or heard any children's activities going on. My husband and I did notice, though, how much the activities were geared to senior citizens. Here are some items that were on our daily schedule: "Arthritis Pain Relief through Acupuncture"; "Diminish Swollen Ankles and Fluid Retention"; "Wrinkle Remedies"; "Advan
  11. VT Cruisenut, here's my top packing tip since I just returned from a cruise: take a nice neutral sweater or wrap because you'll use it a lot! I wore or at least took a sweater many times, especially in the evenings -- to bars, to shows, and sometimes to dinner. Some areas of our ship (the Zuiderdam) were rather chilly. The Lincoln Center area, in particular, was freezing! I noticed many ladies had elegant shawls and wraps that looked so nice -- I wished that I had at least packed a neutral dressy sweater. (The one I packed was not dressy and really didn't even go with anythin
  12. We were on this cruise, too. It was our first cruise. It seemed like we were the only "newbies" on board! I was amazed to realize that many people take multiple cruises per year -- lucky folks! Anyway, we were thrilled with our cruise and enjoyed every minute. Thank you for your detailed review and wonderful pictures! I enjoyed re-living our cruise by looking at them. (I did take photos but mine aren't as good as yours). 🙂
  13. Yes, there were several items that were available every night for those who didn't like the nightly menu -- a strip steak, chicken, salmon, and I think one or two other items which I can't recall. I'm not a real adventurous eater, but I never ordered from those standard items -- I always found something on the menu that appealed to me. The food was excellent - there wasn't a single meal that we didn't enjoy.
  14. Thank you, Canadian Bear. We LOVED our cruise. I can see why some people take two and three cruises a year. We would love to do that, too! (I'll keep buying lottery tickets....) 🙂
  15. To reply to my own question, we just got back from our cruise, and we had plenty of hangers. (all wooden). I don't see the wooden hangers being a space problem unless you are on a round-the-world cruise or something and take your whole wardrobe! An added note: we did have one bag of laundry done for $20, and it was done beautifully. Next cruise I think I would spring for the unimited laundry package.
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