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  1. Hmmm, couldn't your room steward have just have opened up the balcony partition to give you access to the forward wrap-around balcony section? Opening up that section probably triples the balcony space for that cabin. At 1:36 into this Koningsdam video clip, there is a photo of Neptune Suite 11005's balcony partition open, giving access to the forward balcony. That area certainly would be windy on sea days but would give outstanding forward views. The view would be obstructed sitting in a deck chair as the forward portion is steel versus glass but the night sky view would be spectacular.
  2. I don't have any intel on whether HAL will continue the promotion but my guess is yes based on some other recent extensions: - "Save now, Cruise Later, Have it All Sale" promotion's expiration was just extended from June 30th to September 30th. - Cruise With Confidence (can cancel for any reason up to 30 days of cruise start and receive FCC) was extended from October 31, 2020 to Dec 31 2021. Need to book by August 31 2020--I think that used to be by July 31st. Also consider that HAL needs cash NOW to cover costs during shutdown. You are basically floating HAL a
  3. If you are choosing between "V" category cabins 5094 and 6169, 6169 looks like the better choice. - 5094 is a connecting cabin with is a greater chance of noise coming through the connecting door than through a solid wall. - 6169 is one cabin further back from the end of a lifeboat than would be 5094 so you should have a slightly better view down past the end of the lifeboats. Here's a video view from handicap cabin 5175 directly below 6169: https://cruisedeckplans.com/DP/deckplans/youtube.php?id=10516. - 6169's balcony is angled so it will be a bit wider than 5094's and wil
  4. Sailing around South America must have been a financial decision or canal availability. The new Panama Canal locks, completed in 2016, can easily fit the Koningsdam with more than 50' in width and 200' in length to spare. Even the largest cruise ship in the world, RCL's Symphony of the Seas, could fit through those locks. It couldn't make the canal transit through because it is too tall to fit under the bridge on the west end of the canal.
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