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About VTcruisenut

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    singing, cruising, travel
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    Holland America
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  1. Thank you all! Yes, 8 inches of snow yesterday, but as we fly on Friday, supposed to hit the high 50's! Still we are excited to get out of the snowy, cold Northeast for some Caribbean sun!
  2. This may be one here, but I can't find it. We got an email that stated a scheduled time to check in at the Port for our cruise on March 16th out of Fort Lauderdale. How strict are they with these check-in times? It seems like I have seen comments that people go over to Port Everglades and check in and just sit down to wait. Any recent experience with this? Thanks!
  3. We are booked on a return flight from Fort Lauderdale on the 23rd and I was concerned as our reservation says Boeing 737-800 but someone I worked with looked it up (he found a link somewhere) and said our flight wasn't a 737-MAX 8 and that United Airlines doesn't fly those planes. It still makes me nervous!
  4. I am glad to see this thread! We are packing to leave on Saturday. My husband broke his foot this winter and we just realized his dress shoes are a no-go! That leaves his ortho sneakers and sandals! I told him no one looks at your feet as I remember our first cruise I sun burned my feet horribly, and could only wear my birkenstocks with my black dress! yes, I got some funny looks, but hey, it's vacation and you have to do what you have to do! He will feel better knowing he isn't the odd ball!
  5. This appeared on a FB page today: March 1, 2019 (9:50 a.m. EST) -- In an effort to crack down on food waste, Holland America Line is testing a menu upcharge in the main dining room of four ships. Passengers sailing on Nieuw Amsterdam, Eurodam, Zuiderdam and Oosterdam will notice the option to order a second entree for $10. First courses as well as starters, desserts and other menu items will continue to be offered on a complimentary basis, in traditional main dining room fashion; there will be no additional fee to order a second starter or dessert. "Over the years we have upgraded the menu, and we have experienced that guests occasionally order additional main courses they simply can't finish," a spokesperson for Holland America told Cruise Critic. "Holland America Line has made great efforts to reduce food waste and with this we can better determine if guests who order a second entree will truly enjoy it." One test involves charging $10 for a second entree only on Gala Nights, while a second trial charges $10 every night. Holland America plans to evaluate the results in late March 2019 and make a decision based on its findings.
  6. OK, what in the world is Pickleball? my curiosity is peaked!
  7. Are there any of the Bicycle Taxi riders available on the Pier at Grand Turk? I have seen them at Amber Cove and Cozumel. If someone has limited mobility, they are usually available to take them down the concrete pier. Any one have experience with these?
  8. We are on the Oosterdam on March 16th - Tropical Caribbean Key West, Amber Cove, Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay. I believe this was your itinerary. Did you make it to all ports? Even if tendered? was the aft pool open and functional? (it wasn't on my sister's cruise in January) Entertainment? shows, comedians etc.? Your preferences? thanks!
  9. Going along on our Oosterdam March 16th cruise to Caribbean: annabanana50 & DH & cousins (celebrating Birthday 3/16) LUV DEM TIGERS wife's 60th BD and Anniversary KEVTIM WAPCRUZ! slpcruizer OBRAD 25th Anniversary! dmrussell09 bucketlistcheck 12 Ladies celebrating! Natref Ayla4M 20th Anniversary Toronto01
  10. I requested a Wave for my sister's cruise January 12th out of Fort Lauderdale. I told them she would be on the Aft deck (seaview Pool area) and by the railing, they zoomed in! However, sister mis-understood and was on the upper level in the middle of the ship! Oh well, we enjoyed the sail away anyway!
  11. How can a TA get better deals than booking with the cruise line yourself during special offers, etc? I booked one time thru an online TA offering and ended up transferring it back to HAL as I received a better price in the mail! It doesn't make sense to me that a TA who makes a commission on the sale could get a better price. Can someone explain this to me? Thanks!
  12. Many things, IMHO 1) Cruisecritic website is no longer easy to navigate, those members who aren't as computer savvy find it challenging. 2) There are other websites with cruise info/pages i.e. Facebook and they are active 3) New members to the site don't even know what a Roll Call is! 4) Too many snarky remarks/replies to innocent questions from new members. So they just stop asking. Stop reading and eventually stop logging in to CruiseCritic. I know I have referred people here and get the response: "I went on there once and asked a question and someone snapped at me and treated me like I was an idiot" 5) Too much information all in one place! if you are cruising Holland America, you want that info, Princess, you want that info, etc. 6) Cruisecritic comes across as a stuffy, "lets show each other up" website.............not friendly.
  13. I actually saw on another post that the reason the pool was shut down was a filter breakdown or pump breakdown for the week of January 12th. It did re-open on Wednesday of this past week. Hopefully, it remains open!
  14. wow! I've never seen those conditions on a HAL ship! we so enjoy the aft pool, I hope they get it corrected!
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