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  1. Thank you so much for your insights and suggestions. I 'm sure we will have a great time and hopefully the air problems will be resolved by 2020 🙂. Again, Thanks!
  2. I really don’t have a need to check my emails. I was hoping the social plan would work for Facebook and just do it through instant messaging on Facebook. I’m taking my first solo trip and leaving all the children and grandchildren are home. 😂🤪
  3. Thank you Richwmn and Poa1 for the great information. Much better then my PCC provided. I'm sure I'll be good with the social plan. Just to check in w/my family occasionally since this is my first solo trip. Thank Again!
  4. I really really did search and I found a lot of information about the Internet. Some of it seem to be older and I wasn’t real sure about getting the latest information. So then I emailed my PCC i’m asked him and really got no real answers. I’m hoping y’all can help me again. I leave on Sunday Mexican Riviera new Amsterdam . And even though I was on a HAL cruise just last October I cannot for the life of me remember if I even purchased an Internet package. I remember the ones I get on Carnival because they offer social packages, full blown, Internet unlimited etc. So my questions to my PCC was 1. Does HAL offer the same type of packages the carnival? 2. Did he by any chance know what the pricing was. 3. If it’s by minutes how do you determine how many minutes you should buy? This question is really just for you folks 😂 For those wondering here is his response: HAL does offer internet packages – this will be specific to the internet manager on board, as it’s a 3rdparty company that runs the internet. When you get onboard, they will have a desk with sheets listing the packages you can purchase. Again, if you can wait to get into ports of call, you can simply find a coffee shop and use free wifi to message and save the money. Any help/Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  5. I have been trying to get the pre-purchased Internet before my cruise on Sunday but I’ve not been able to find it on the website. Does anybody know where it’s at? I’ll be traveling on the Nieuw Amsterdam out of San Diego. thanks
  6. I sail on Sunday on the Nieuw Amsterdam. I don’t know how to tell how many cabins are open but looking online it appears quiet if you are still available. I booked this cruise in February since that time I’ve gotten three upgrade offers. The best one was going from my original inside guarantee to an unobstructed balcony for $189 total. I received my current offer yesterday to go from that balcony to a signature suite for 229 pp. as I’m traveling single would have to pay the single supplement. it’s over $400 to me it’s just not worth it. I would imagine this will be the last offer I get before I sail. So I guess it’s time to print my luggage tags and boarding pass. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you get an upgrade email offer.
  7. Yes I have a PVP and asked to reserve a room for three passengers and she would not do it. I’m paying double occupancy and since I’m by myself she wouldn’t do. my thought process is by the time I get closer to the cruise child and my granddaughter want to go so it be just easier to have the room to begin with. But she absolutely refused to let me book a 3 person cabin.
  8. I runoff of coffee from the time I wake up till about 1130 or noon and then I switch over to Ice-T. I plan on stopping on the way to the port to pick up a six pack or so a unsweet iced tea. I know they have an on the ship but the flavor is in that great and I don’t want to have to keep bringing it back from the Lido deck. 10 more days😀
  9. I just received a small tax return, yah for me. So I’ve done the drink cards before and struggled using them up. I am not a soda or specialty coffee drinker or even water for that matter. I added up what I thought I’d spend on drinks, bingo, daily hotel service charge and the spa and I just added that amount to onboard credit. I like knowing that most everything is paid for in advance and I don’t have to keep track of my charges per say. I’ll just check it occasionally to make sure I’m not going to crazy 😂😂😂
  10. Thank you so very much for your review. I will be selling her in 11 days, April 7. Due to my husband‘s passing I will also be traveling solo. Llike you I’ve done these ports many times so I have no interest to really get off the ship. This is also a new ship for me so any suggestions, ideas you wanna pass on would be greatly appreciated. Thank you again
  11. I know my personal Chris consults has said they try not to book 2 people in a 3 or 4 person room. I really don’t think you getmuch more floor space just cause it says it’s for three people. But if you really want a three-person room I would do a fake booking on the website for three people pick a room out and call carnival and say you want to upgrade to that room number. I guess the worst they can tell you is no they won’t do it.
  12. Call the PCC number and another person should be able to help you. When my PCC has been off, others have helped me.
  13. I also had a guarantee inside cabin. I was hoping to get a free upgrade to a window. But I have received 2 up sell offers. One this morning for 89 pp for a veranda. I'm cruising solo, so I have to pay double occupancy. When I talked with my personal cruise consultant he said: Typically a very good deal for a cruise is $100 p/p a day, not including taxes. You are at $558 in the room by yourself for 7 days – even adding the upgrade asking amount now, that still puts you in a very good overall price savings. So I went for the upgrade. Have a nice midship balcony between 2 floors of cabins. 31 days before I leave.
  14. I also got an upsell email last Friday. I got mine at 11:05 AM MST. Mine is for an offer to go from an inside guarantee to: Veranda for $99 a person Oceanview for $89 per person That was a really good deal. I am a solo traveler and since I have to pay double occupancy I opted not to go with one of offers. I’m hoping to get either a better offer or for a free upgrade from inside to an ocean view. Neither of those will probably happen but you know what they say hope springs eternal.
  15. Oh man, so happy to hear you're having a great time. 49 days, how amazing that would be.
  16. WOW that's an impressive stack :). The down side is paying double. I was offered an upsale on my cruise, but still would've had to pay both fares. That's was getting way out of my price range.
  17. I'm so happy to hear this. I'm excited but also afraid I'm locking myself away from family and friends for 7 days and by day 3 I'll be stir crazy. This is way out of my comfort zone.
  18. Oh I hope you really share lots of information and pictures on the New Amsterdam. I will be doing my very first solo cruise on her April 7th. I’m a big fan of HAL and have sailed on other ships but this is like I said my first solo and my first time on the New Amsterdam. I have an inside guarantee booked because that’s all my funds would allow. I’m really hoping for a good location but I don’t plan on spending a lot of time in the cabin so I’m sure anywhere will be fine. Any suggestions on where I should hang out and what I should do as a solo traveler would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Tammie
  19. Congratulations on your first Mediterranean cruise. I did the Mediterranean last October with my sisters and one of their husbands and we just loved it. I went in a few days before hand and explored room and that was just fabulous.
  20. This is so true and it’s not HAL specific. I never get that nice warm fuzzy feeling from any of the spa staff from any of the lines I have cruised on. I’m always uncomfortable when I go into the spa area. But I have the Hydro pool and the massage therapies. But from room steward to dining room staff and encountering people in the hallways the best I’ve ever seen is from HAL.
  21. I have the same cabin set for April 2020. So I look forward to hearing your thoughts about it when you get back. I hope you took lots of pictures and will share them. And I hope you thoroughly enjoy yourself.
  22. I have a Lanai booked on the Rotterdam in Sept. 2020. My first Lanai and I'm really looking forward to it. Do I really have to rent a cooler/refrigerator? If so, do per arrange that through guest services or after I get on the ship? Thanks for any feedback.
  23. You might want to start a new thread with this question. I’m not sure if people have read back far enough to realize this is a new question. I have not sailed on the Zuiderdam but on other HAL ships and cruise lines I’ve sailed with I don’t recall any TVs on movable arms.
  24. In October while on our cruise my sister and I booked another cruise. I had gone through my PCC and she was just in the general pool. We asked the FCC consultant to assign my sisters booking to my PCC and she said she did that. We found out after we got home that that was not the case. My sisters booking was thrown into the general pool and mine did go to my PCC. In order for my sister to be with a PCC she had to cancel and rebook through the PCC office.
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