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Sharon in AZ

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    Tucson, Arizona
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    Holland America

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  1. This was the MDR menu from the Oosterdam June 2, 2019. Not too different from Crew News menu. Sorry if it is blurry. We love eating in the MDR breakfast, lunch, dinner. That is just us and I know it isn't for everyone, just as the Lido isn't for everyone.
  2. For us it holds a days worth of clothes for two people including sleepwear, not much else. I've squeezed in an extra pair of slacks or tops here and there. Jeans take up more space. It would probably hold 3 pairs of jeans but not much else but socks pushed in here and there. You might be able to ask your steward for a second bag if you have extra laundry on embarkation day but I've never sent out 2 bags at a time so not sure this is doable.
  3. Personally I don't like being under the Lido Pool where the deck chairs are. Other areas are fine, like closer forward and further aft. I am a nap everyday in the afternoon person and the chairs scrapping above back and forth back and forth were just too much for me. If you don't prefer an afternoon siesta then go for it.
  4. Me too!!! I still wear a long gown, not as fancy as in the past though. Husband wears a white collared shirt, jacket and tie. I do see people dressed up more than us, not very many though.
  5. You can buy casino chips ahead of time. They are delivered to you and you just take them to the casino to cash them in. Easy and you don't have to carry all that cash with you traveling.
  6. Don't do the $600 Romantic pkg just for a table for 2. We have changed our table preferences over the years. We started out loving large tables, 8 - 10 size. But that was 20 years ago. We evolved to tables for 4 - 6 and those worked out just okay... Once we were with a couple where only the husband spoke English and couldn't communicate with the wife at all. Another time we were with a group that complained about everything little detail. I couldn't stand that and we were able to change our table. Once at a 6 top and never once did all 6 eat together and we never knew when the others were going to show up or not. And the times we sailed with my mother we were at a table for 4 which worked out perfect for the 3 of us. Now we ask for a table for 2 and if we can't get a confirmation before sailing for whatever reason we just ask upon sailing. The Maitre d' is usually available in the MDR to ask. We weren't able to get a confirmed table our last cruise because we booked so close to sailing. I went to the MDR, spoke with the Maitre d' and asked for table for 2 at 8:00pm. He took our cabin number and noted it and it was never a problem. I do have to say he wasn't the friendliest person but he was efficient and helpful. Lucky us, 3 night we were taken to MDR for fixed seating and had a lovely table with great stewards. The main steward offered the table to us for the rest of cruise because it hadn't been reserved and of course we said yes. He then went to the Maitre d' and set everything up for us. A very pleasant chain of events made for a wonderful experience in the Dining Room each evening.
  7. Watching right now, see her just coming away from the pier.
  8. Write a note on your form “Cold Water Wash”. And if you want low heat dry add that also. Only one issue in all our cruises. We received a phone call about a piece of laundry and to come to the Front Desk for details. They brought out a shirt of my husbands that had been damaged, I think it had tear but I really don’t remember what happened. The shirt was older and not a big deal. We got a credit for the damage.
  9. BTW we have disembarked in Montreal also with no issues but we did that on our own and were going to the train station. I have ave been in and out of Seattle two cruises and never found it chaotic. Lines moved and things got done, you just have to be early. I’ve had more close calls at my own little Tucson airport than anywhere else, but do have to say most of them were my own fault for being a bit late.
  10. We took HAL arranged transfer from the ship to the hotel as part of our post cruise package just off the Oosterdam in Seattle 2 weeks ago. We had a 9:30 am disembarkation time. First disembarkation group was for 7:30 am. Disembarkation began about 30 minutes early and groups were called early very frequently. Our group was called about 35 minutes early. We didn’t hurry but didn’t delay either. We were off quickly and in our shuttle waiting for about 30 minutes for others to get on. We wouldn’t have had any problem getting on a flight.
  11. No problem sending laundry out first day upon embarkation. Just leave it in the "blue bag" on your bed with your form filled out and you should get it back the next day. Probably not early but in the evening though. We choice unlimited laundry each cruise and it is well worth for us.
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