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    Indianapolis, Indiana
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    HAL
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    South Pacific - Bora Bora

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  1. We made a 10am flight this past February with 6 ships in port and we were the last ship to dock. We did the carry off our own luggage process and we have Global Entry that let us through the customs line with zero waiting and the TSA per-check at the airport and we were at the Southwest gate by 9am. It was tense but we did it. Would be more comfortable with a flight at 11 or after.
  2. I am not at home now to check but as I recall on the HAL documents it stated the we needed the Yellow Fever for Devils Island. When we did the Amazon in 2008 HAL required it for our stops in the Amazon and if you didn't have it you could not board the ship. Some folks tried to say that they would just not get off in Brazil and that was not allowed - you could not board without the shot or a letter from your doctor. You need to check with HAL for the current requirements so you won't be surprised in FLL when trying to board the ship.
  3. We did not get ours yet so I call HAL Mariner society yesterday and they are mailing me one out. Don't know why we did get it as we have over 600 days on HAL and have 4 cruises booked.
  4. Below is the response that I received from HAL when asking about lecturers on our upcoming cruise on the Rotterdam in Oct/Nov 2019. Nov 2 is when the segment starts for the TA back to FLL so it appears we will have 2 extra presenters for this segment. Hello Ted, We would like to thank you for your email. Yes, we do have EXC personnel on all of our voyages giving talks on ports. In addition, on the segment starting 11/2 we will have EXC Culture & EXC Nature – Presenters We hope this information is helpful and look forward to welcoming you on board your Holland America cruise. Thank you and best regards, ANNA BABCOCK Onboard Events Coordinator 877-885-4259
  5. It was more than swearing - it was a lot of vulgar and sex related language. Certainly not family friendly and we did have about 6 kids in the audience. The CD should have stopped the show.
  6. I just went on their website and one of their groups is performing in Indianapolis next week. On the KDam in January the female comedian got very dirty with many 4 letter words and half of the audience walked out. A large group of us went right to the front desk to complain. Don't know why the CD didn't stop the show as he was back stage hearing all of it. At a coffee chat with the HD the next day he apologized to the audience for what had happened.
  7. They must have come on late in February. We were on the KDam through Feb 24th and didn't see them.
  8. In the mail today I received a promotion booklet from HAL for holiday cruises that talks about a musical group "Postmodern Jukebox On Deck" and states they are currently on the Rotterdam. It stated that "they are bringing the excitement and glamour of their show to sea with two unique performances created exclusively for HAL". Just wondering if anyone has witnessed these shows and what you thought. We will be on the Rotterdam in October so they may have moved on by then.
  9. In 2018 on the Koningsdam we had to move nextdoor on our turn around day. Loaded the drawer/bathroom stuff in the luggage and left the hanging stuff in the closet. We did the turn around process (FLL) came back aboard went to the front desk - got our new key cards - then to the new room and everything was in the new room. Took about 15 minutes to get stuff put away.
  10. On the Koningsdam in Jan/Feb 2019 they just asked for our cabin number when we got to the desk. The first night of a cruise can be rather busy and also the Gala nights but other than that there is normally a minimal wait if any especially if you are willing to share a table. If you go about 7pm there is usually not a wait.
  11. I don't think so because I don't see a dry dock scheduled between now and then.☹️
  12. We will be on the Rotterdam in October for 42 days. Has the audio/visual systems been upgraded to include the flat screen TVs and does it have the ability of streaming movies like the new ships or does it still have a DVD player?
  13. Nope - no Apron on the Kdam in January - see my posting above
  14. A little personal story on this subject. We are 5 star - Before our 42 day B2B2B2B on the Kdam this past January/Feb I contacted the Mariner Society folks and they assured me that we would have the 5 Star cooking classes. When I got on the ship I went to the front desk and asked about the classes and got the deer in the headlights look. During the first segment of our cruise I talked to the ATK chef on board and she said that with the new configuration on the Kdam (and Nieuw Statendam) that they could not offer the 5 star classes and that ATK had notified HAL of this in December 2018. So, when we had our turn around day in Ft Lauderdale I called the HAL Mariner Society folks and after a lot of back and forth discussion over 45 minutes they finally agreed that yes these classes were not being offered on the these 2 ships. I asked what alternative they would offer because this 5 Star benefit was not available. I suggested an additional complimentary dinner in the Pinnacle and they offered a $25 OBC for each of us. After a few days the OBC did show up on our account. We will be on the Rotterdam this fall and the Volendam in January 2020 so it will be interesting to see if the classes are available on these ships. If anyone are on these ships and reads this I would be interested to know if the classes are being offered.
  15. Campolady - just found this thread. We will arriving on the Holland America Rotterdam on 6 Nov 2019. How far is it from the entrance of the port to the Plaza de la Constitucion where the freetour folks start their tours? Thanks so much for your help
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