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    metro-Portland, OR
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    Holland America
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  1. On the Eurodam last week, we got milk one night and dark the next. They alternated all week. We were in the cheap seats (plain verandah VB category).
  2. It absolutely is AS LONG AS nothing else is done to it while cooking. For some, even cooking it in a pan that has previously had some flour in it is enough to cause problems. Then there is the whole bit with sauces and glazes. Even soy sauce generally has gluten it it. We're also long-time HAL cruisers thinking about a move and like the OP, my DW is also gluten and dairy intolerant.
  3. There are usually 2 shows (one early and a repeat later) but it will depend. We tend to eat early and go to the earlier performances. Seems the early shows this time out were around 7:30 and the later were 10 or 10:30 but I'd have to look at a program to confirm (they're in piles on the dining room table). Since we had a party of 10 this time out, we had a table for 10 at 5:30 in the MDR several nights and I seem to recall that our Tamarind reservation was for about the same time.
  4. I find that it is a lot easier to pack on the last day of the cruise than it is before the cruise... DW keeps very detailed spreadsheets and continually tells me that I should do the same.
  5. It's been beautiful both times we sailed Glacier Bay. Tracy Arm was also a blue sky day for us but Hubbard (our first time up) was fogged in and we never got very close. Last week was gorgeous at each port (although it was a little damp in the morning in Sitka). This was our first trip with the kids and grandkids and the extended family had an excellent time with grandma and grandpa.
  6. ...and the Tamarind!! Yes - there is a lot of negativity here. Much of it lamenting the glorious days of yore. We have been sailing HAL for 10+ years and have begun thinking that it may be time to start looking around however HAL offers a competitive "product" and in general their cruise is what YOU make of it. As an earlier post comments: if you go expecting it to be bad, you'll find everything possible to complain about. We just sailed Alaska for the 4th time with HAL and had a really great cruise. Were there points to quibble over? Sure, what we paid for photographs last year on Koningsdam was awesome - what they wanted this year on Eurodam was ridiculous (and we didn't - although we usually do). DW would like a better selection of GF desserts and better assurances that Lido items are in fact gluten-free however GF dining in the MDR and Tamarind is easy.
  7. ...and the glacier face taken several minutes earlier from Eurodam.
  8. The Westerdam approaching Margerie Glacier as seen from the Eurodam leaving Margerie Glacier last Tuesday.
  9. When you are in front of the glaciers (usually stop at 2) the captain will allow the ship to spin so that either side will face the glacier face.
  10. Just off Eurodam. Tamarind was a highlight (again). My only regret was only eating there once. Don't get me wrong: the MDR is perfectly fine but doesn't compare quality-wise or in ambiance.
  11. I'll be curious to see how that app improved over the browser version. DW and I have downloaded (kids too I expect) and we'll board tomorrow. I'll comment when we return.
  12. We were on the Westy the last time we were in Alaska and since we'd sailed the Oosterdam previously we were very familiar with the ship layout. We've been on the Eurodam previously as well - looking forward to Tamarind this trip.
  13. Thanks JHawk! We won't be going that far north...
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