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  1. Thanks for this thread. Finally some sanity on CC. We are not cancelling our cruises. We have four booked. We will start looking for bargains soon. Just read that zinc lozenges are good to fight off the flu.
  2. Just heard from my TA who was supposed to sail on the Royal. Crew member OK. Passengers on last cruise OK. Computers out on the ship. They were given money for lodging, refund and free next cruise.
  3. We have sailed all the cruise lines in the past 22 years. In the past two years we have sailed Crystal, Princess, Holland America, NCL and RCL. Our latest cruise was last month in a Neptune Suite on the Nieuw Statendam. We prefer the Haven on NCL’s larger ships. Just our opinion.
  4. Must have been balconies we saw down the hall as there are no mini suites on deck 10. The cabins down the hall looked better to us due to the layout of the SF suites. We love aft suites on the bigger ships.
  5. We were on deck 10. Noise below never bothers me because I am a night owl...but can’t stand noise above especially early in the morning. We were just disappointed with the layout of the cabin...not a lot of useable space. The minisuites we saw walking down the hall looked better to us.
  6. We were in one of these Cabins on the Jade for 2 weeks. If you normally sail in suites on the bigger NCL ships you will NOT like these cabins. They are very small and the arrangement is poor. Our favorite cabin at sea is 12304 on the Breakaway. When we walked into this “suite” on the Jade we said this is the smallest suite ever. We vowed to never sail again in this category on the GEM ships. IMPO it is not worth the money. Save your money and get a minisuite.
  7. Been there many times. I say my 2 cents then shut my mouth. Really hard for me to keep it shut! Hope you have a great cruise in spite of everything happening. Only you know what is best for you. None of us are walking in your shoes.
  8. I have several questions. When was the last time this man traveled? Has he ever been on a cruise? Have your son and daughter-in-law ever cruised before? Who is paying for your son and daughter-in-law’s Cruise? Who invited the father? These questions may have already been answered. If so I apologize. From what little I know, I think this problem is your son and daughter-in-law’s problem. This will be a learning experience for what is yet to come with this man’s health problems. Some very serious decisions will have to be made.
  9. We have experienced the same thing on every HAL cruise. We eat there once on every cruise because it is gratis. Just off the Nieuw Statendam and it was just as you described BUT Rudi’s was worse and we paid for that experience! We preferred the service and food in Club Orange but the venue was not good. The chairs are uncomfortable and it”s like eating in a fish bowl. HAL would have a great product by changing the Club Orange venue.
  10. I booked this cruise after our Cuban Cruise on HAL was cancelled. I loved the itinerary and was excited about the cruise. We had visited all the islands and were excited to revisit. Then came our Sapphire Princess Cruise in July. We disliked the cruise so much I cancelled the Crown when we got home. TA was not happy but was not passed final payment. Switched the Crown for HAL Nieuw Statendam. We had a great cruise and made all our ports. DH is not fond of sea days....he was unhappy with the 2 on our HAL cruise! My perfect cruise is 2 ports....sea day....2 ports....sea day etc...
  11. We are on the Nieuw Statendam. We had plenty of time to explore Amber Cove port area before and after our tour.
  12. We did the Dominican coffee experience today. Our tour meet time was 8:15 and we returned to the ship at 2. We were served a local chicken stew for lunch. Transportation was the rough part. You have a one hour ride in an open “bus”. The road going up the mountain is unpaved....very bumpy ride. Lots of pot holes! Once you reach the coffee experience area everything will be explained. Our group prepared 300 coffee seed planters for the greenhouse! The work experience was followed by a presentation of coffee from seed to cup of hot coffee. Very hands on. My DH said the coffee was the best ever. I don’t drink coffee. We learned so much in the brief time we were at the coffee experience. The excursion was one of the most unusual and educational excursions we have done in 23 years.
  13. We are on the Nieuw Statendam at the moment. Went to the Rock Room two nights ago. The place was jammed with 4 deep standing. DH and I are in our 70’s. Most of the crowd was our age or older. We maybe old but we’re not dead yet.....we loved it. They do a little bit of everything and nothing repeated in the next show of the night.. the early show had the Beatles, Sony and Cher, Queen , Bob Dillon etc.
  14. I am on the Nieuw Statendam. ATK is GONE! We loved ATK and booked this cruise for it. Even the videos on the TV are gone. Very disappointed!
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