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  1. We’re sailing the Eurodam in 2021 and hoping they have SBPMJ onboard. I thought they had a dedicated performance space on that ship.
  2. We’ve been cruising on HAL since about 2005 and we love it. When our son was younger, the kids’ activities were definitely inferior to DCL, but he had fun anyway. We love the new entertainment options of BB King’s, Lincoln Center Live and Billboard. We’re not the kind of people who enjoy big production shows and BB King’s is amazing. The musicians are super talented. We like the food on HAL a lot and find the service is excellent. There’s virtually none of the “Let me hear you say YEAHHHHHHHH!”
  3. Last year, we traveled on the Nieuw Amsterdam and booked in part because we are big Scott Bradlee fans and were excited to see their shipboard show. The agent who made our reservation assured us they would be on the Nieuw Amsterdam. She was wrong, but we had a great time and booked the same ship for this year’s winter getaway. Subsequently we’ve read that SBPMJ will be rotating through HAL ships. Does anyone know if they are on the Nieuw Amsterdam in February? Thanks!
  4. Thanks! This is great advice. My husband was just reminding me that I’ve found the Pilates classes on other ships disappointing, so I shouldn’t sign up for the package, but just try one class at first. Your idea of a yoga app is excellent. Many thanks.
  5. My friend and I are sailing on the Summit this summer. I like to work out with Pilates, spin, and yoga. Are any of these classes available iin the fitness center? If they are and you took them, how were they? Thanks for any insight that you may have.
  6. I did look at them, but my friend only likes to book through the ship.
  7. My friend and I cruised to Bermuda on the NCL Escape last year and had a great time on the Sunset Swizzle Catamaran cruise. This year, we are sailing on the Celebrity Summit and they don’t offer the same excursion. Instead, there’s something called the White Night Catamaran Party. Has anyone done this? The description on Celebrity’s website doesn’t really explain the trip too deeply beyond that you have to wear white and mentions dancing under the stars. There’s a Celebrity video on youtube that just shows two people kind of hanging around a catamaran while wearing white. I called Celebrity to ask them to what the excursion is like, but they essentially read me the same description from their website. If it’s actual party with loud music, then I’d rather not book it as what we liked about our previous catamaran sails was sitting up front and peacefully taking in the sunset. I guess my question is: is this more of a party or more of a sail? Thanks
  8. Here’s a link to my review of our President’s week Western Caribbean cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam: http://click.email.cruisecritic.com/?qs=f0cf51dc77b0e9829b7afbfc0adfcb76d0a8bb5e9f2605b28a6393dd2e43fd3dae9a5fd61820deb2751e544dfc4da1b600581223c4a05de1 Two aspects that I forgot to mention in this review were the dress code and the population. Attire: There were two formal nights and I had brought some simple maxi dresses and gold accessories. I have to say that many of the ladies on this ship put me to shame with fancy cocktail dresses and beautiful wraps and jewelry. If you like evening wear, you don’t have to worry about being overdressed on the Nieuw Amsterdam. People put in the effort to look gorgeous. Only some of the men bothered with tuxes, but formal nights saw many suits and jackets. For ladies, if you don’t like getting dressed up, a simple black dress that’s been dressed up or black pants and a sequined top or otherwise embellished top will suffice, but I wouldn’t treat formal night in the dining room like any other night. Population: I know, I know...Holland America is the cruise line for seniors, except this week when it wasn’t. I’m not saying that there weren’t still a fair number of retirees on our sailing, but because it was President’s week, there were certainly many families with children. We met several younger families with small kids on our day at HMC. What I found more surprising was the number of 20-somethings that we saw drinking and dancing and generally enjoying themselves every night at BB King’s. These young ladies and their boyfriends were very well-dresssed and very enthusiastic about dancing to the BB King All-Stars. While I would not say that RCL or Carnival have to worry about HAL stealing this demographic from them, there were definitely more people under 30 than I have seen on past HAL cruises.
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