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  1. PMJ was on the Rotterdam last fall also. They did two performances on one night. Both performances were different, one I liked the other not so much. The first show had a lot of current popular music, the second show featured a long tap dance sequence that wasn't preformed live it was all on a video screen.
  2. Shhhhh, we don't want everyone knowing how fabulous the retreats really are! I prefer it when the area is referred to as tent city. It sounds so unappealing, that way when I want to rent a cabana for a week they are not all booked. I have been on the Vista ships before the Retreat area was put into place. That area was always a dead zone and not generating any income. Now it generates money on a regular basis. The only expense is the original build, maintenance, and the staffing of 2 cabana stewards. I'm confident the rental fees of the cabanas more than cover the expense. Otherwise, HAL wouldn't keep adding them to the new ships and retrofitting the old ships.
  3. Unless you like to play evening trivia. If memory serves me correctly, trivia is at 7pm.
  4. We had the EXACT same issues off/ on for our entire 11 day sailing on the Zuiderdam last December! Frustrating!!
  5. KK, I know this was just a simple typo and you did indeed mean dinner. However, it gave me a bit of a chuckle and an ewwww at the same time. I had recently read a book about the Donner Party tragedy in 1847. The Donners were indeed dinner and the chocolate desert would have been a blessing.
  6. OMG, this is super COOL!!!! Thank you for the information.
  7. You can charge the casino to your room before all the OBC is used up. Their computer system now can keep better track. However, be aware what shows on the navigator app will show the casino charges going against the OBC. This gives you a false picture.
  8. We specifically asked our dining room manager (Zuiderdam) about the above statement since we have heard similar statements mentioned many times on cruise critic. He stated that the tips handed to attendants do NOT go into a pool, regardless of whether tips are removed or left standing.
  9. Sadly, our recent experience getting a good coffee from the Explorations Café is a relic. Since the Explorations Café moved out of its own space and into the bar space at the EXC Crow's Nest, bartenders make the coffee. It is my opinion that the coffee just isn't as good as it was when there was a Barista making the coffee. I also miss the case of beautiful pastries, scones, and tea sandwiches.
  10. Aside from the pollution Exactly, also many of the new water bottles are insulated so you can enjoy cold water all day as opposed to room temperature water from a disposable water bottle.
  11. As of 1/6/19 it was still An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.
  12. Curious, when two people occupy a cabin can one (a non-alcoholic drinker) order a quench package and the other order a signature beverage package? Or do they both have to order the same package?
  13. There is no reason not to feel safe. The sliding glass doors lock and can only be accessed with a lanai key. As someone said above you will have two keys, a lanai door key and a regular stateroom key. I have had a Lanai room twice now, and would book one again in a heartbeat! BB King is not on the Rotterdam, however Post Modern Jukebox is currently onboard.
  14. Post Modern Jukebox is currently on the Rotterdam and does two performances on the main stage. We also had a comedian and a magician other evenings. Trivia was offered twice per day. Music and dancing took place in the Ocean bar nightly.
  15. Our recent route was similar, Day 1 - Tampa Day 2 - Key West Day 3 - sea Day 4 - Guatemala Day 5 - Honduras Day 6 - Costa Maya Day 7 - sea Day 8 - Tampa Our Gala nights were 3 & 6.
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