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  1. I was trying to make fun of myself eating at the buffet. My understanding is that the food on HAL is significantly better than some of the other cruise lines. It probably was not my brightest moment to make the joke in the first place.
  2. I went on the HAL website and found excursions with prices. I also saw the pre cruise hotel package of 400 plus US for the Pan Pacific hotel.
  3. I was thinking “ugly feeding objects” in the buffet.
  4. I was looking at those. I’ve eaten too much pizza and pancakes and am 263. The small print said people weighing more than 250 could get charged extra. I understand fuel and aircraft balancing issues apply because of smaller aircraft. I am not sure I want to experience an extra expense that I hadn’t planned for.
  5. The price is US. After booking I did research and discovered the size difference. I’m happy in an Amtrak roomette. So the smallest of these with its own bathroom is extravagant compared to a roomette which doesn’t have a bathroom. I wouldn’t miss the chair since I lay here n the bed a lot when I’m in the cabin. Of course for sight seeing I can go where I want on the ship.
  6. I got a pretty good deal on OO guarantee for August 1, 2020. I’m a solo cruiser and paid about 2900 for this. The per person cost for an inside on this cruise was 1799 per person so I’m paying significantly lower tha the normal 200 percent single occupancy rate. The OO cabins are outside on the main deck near the front. These cabins are for solos. The main deck is the lowest deck. They are under the show area. I have ave no previous experience with HAL but I have cruised enough to understand the risks involved with a guarantee.
  7. Thank you. I did set that account up. I’ll go back and look for excursions. It’s to early right now but I can start researching for each port. My must do list includes seeing Bears and Riding the Train in Skagway. Sled dogs are kind of cool too.
  8. August 1, 2020. I know it’s too early now. But knowing that I could helps. Is the cruise personliser the website where you enter in information to get your documents?
  9. Is it possible to book excursions ahead of the cruise? Some of these excursions in Alaska are expensive. Paying ahead of time would spread the cost out.
  10. I paid the deposit. HAL sent a welcome email with link and I started the check in process. The only thing that needs to be done is to add flight information and credit card information for the onboard account. I downloaded the app and and was asked for an 8 digit pin number. I do not understand where to get this number. Maybe it is something that I get after check in? What are the next steps?
  11. The HalFacts was very helpful. There are photos of these exact cabins. Cross referencing the cabin number with the deck plan helps and determining the relative size of the cabins. I would function well in this cabin. Anything else is gravy.
  12. Thank you for the responses. Since there are relatively few of these OO cabins and I have a guarantee I see there is a chance of an upgrade to a regular outside cabin. I would be happy with whatever I get though. I’ve had insides on a carnival fantasy class ship and on the NCL sun and was happy with those cabins.
  13. I have done additional research on these OO cabins. They are on the main deck at the front of the ship under the world stage. I suspect that this location has possibilities for noise and motion. I have noise canceling headphones if I need to go that route to sleep. I am thinking that since the main deck is lowest the motion won’t be too bad. Am I missing anything?
  14. The deposit for the fare that I am considering on the Konigsdam is non-refundable and non-transferable. So once I commit to the Konigsdam then that is what I would do.
  15. First, I would like to thank the people who worked with me on the Maasdam thread about the 14 day Alaska Cruise. While this is still firmly on my bucket list, I decided to go with the August 1, 2020 departure of the Konigsdam because this is more in my price range. I have a hold on the OO cabin which I have done a little research on and determined that there are only a few of these on the ship and that they are designed for the single traveler. This is also a guarantee booking which provides an opportunity of an upgrade to a full sized outside view cabin. I suspect this cruise will sell out and I will enjoy the OO cabin. That being said, What can you guys tell me about the OO cabins? Since the Konigsdam is one of the newest ships I am sure it has better restaurant choices. What are the things to look for? Thank you. This is exciting.
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