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  1. Germancruiser, Thanks for sharing your experience. What time did you arrive for Embarkation? Thanks!
  2. Here's more about the Orange Party from a recent Thread:
  3. This Thread made me think of one from last year. Several posters reported their flights getting cancelled just by browsing for better prices. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2551853-flight-ease-concern/ Seems like there was another Thread or two on this topic, but I couldn't find them. Hopefully, whatever glitch there was has been fixed, but just wanted to pass that along.
  4. Be sure to either get the rate in advance or have them use the meter. We used Sourdough on one occasion and they charged us $35 for a 4 mile, 6-8 minute ride!!! 😀 They were very friendly, but we felt that was steep. Lesson learned. Yellow Cab was up front with us with our rates and we were pleased with them.
  5. Didn’t do a private tour, but booked a 2 day tour of St. Petersburg with them online and was with other passengers from our ship who also booked independently. We were in a van. Had an amazing time! Highly recommend!
  6. At the Nieuw Statendam’s Grand Dutch Cafe, the koningsbol is not bite size, but quite large. I didn’t see the ones at the Orange Party, but there were smaller versions in the Lido on occasion.
  7. They call the Bossche Bol “koningsbol” on the menu at the Grand Dutch Cafe. 😀
  8. Last month aboard the Nieuw Statendam, there was no entertainment on the World Stage for the first evening, except for the EXC Guide's "Norway in a Nutshell" talk at 9:30pm. I called the Front Desk to see if it would be broadcast on tv and was told it would. It was not. I am not the only one who politely voiced my displeasure. After that one, all of the EXC Guide's talks that were in the World Stage were broadcast on tv. The English talks were standing room only and she followed them with another in Dutch.
  9. calgaryflames, Did BA inform you of the reason for cancellation? Under certain circumstances, you may be entitled to compensation under EU Regulation EC 261/2004. See https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/british-airways-executive-club/1948451-2019-ba-compensation-thread-your-guide-regulation-ec261-2004-a.html
  10. Wow, calgaryflames, it sounds like you had quite a trip! I, too, experienced a canceled (independent) flight a few weeks ago, but it was at the end as we were disembarking Nieuw Statendam. I take it you booked your flights through HAL? If so, like previously said, they really should have helped you find an alternate route. I have also used CDG, BRU, and RTM + train. I believe the Eurostar also has this route. I am so sorry this happened and completely understand the mix of emotions and hassle as you try to manage airline contacts and schedules. In our case, AA was too busy to answer phones so we had to get to the airport to sort things out. Am I to understand that the NS did in fact make it to Eidfjord? I, too, am curious about the response you will receive. All the Best!
  11. oceanmom, Six years ago, on the Eurodam there was a walk in closet close to the front desk where the gently used clothing was stored. They let us go in and see what we might need. I’m not sure of the current policy.
  12. Six years ago, our bags stayed behind in Berlin, missing our flight to Copenhagen (along with FIFTY other passengers’ luggage!!!). We were without our luggage for 3 days. HAL offered to let us borrow formal wear and other types of clothes. While we had enough in our carry ons and also were able to shop for clothes at the on board store (the airline reimbursed us), it was nice to know this was available through HAL. I do not know the current policy. Happy Sailing!
  13. Thanks, PandaBear62! We disembarked this beautiful ship on June 23. I see they added a movie on the World Stage the first night (we didn’t have anything other than the 9:30pm EXC Talk, which didn’t get broadcast on stateroom tvs), that’s better than nothing. I also see there’s a different Captain and Cruise Director. Have a wonderful cruise! Ours was fabulous.
  14. riceowl, I, too, hope perhaps your credit card wil have insurance. On this subject, I got a notice that Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select and Executive World Elite Master Cards and also Citi Prestige cards will be discontinuing travel insurance (among a host of other benefits being discontinued) September 22, 2019. Insurance will still be valid for bookings prior to the end date. Just wanted to pass that along. I liked to use mine as a supplement in the past.
  15. iflyrc5, Last year they had a postcard to return to continue receiving it by mail. Here's more: Happy Sailing!
  16. My printed copy arrived July 16 and the Email notification for the online version arrived today, July 20. Happy Sailing!
  17. This is a mix of an old and new list. Have a GREAT time! The chilled soups are so good! Love the cooking shows where we are taught how to make them and given samples. * The Royal Dutch Tea is very nice. Love the chicken a la king and swan boats.* The Indonesian Tea is nice. Love the special food and fried banana treats.* Love the samples at the cooking shows.* Love the craft sessions where we can make journals and jeweled lanyards for our key cards.* Love the complimentary cappuccinos in the evening.* Enjoy the private movie theaters.** Love the wrap around decks with teak chairs.** The library is a quiet haven, filled with a nice selection of good reads.** Enjoy the Surf & Turf with lobster and filet mignon on Gala Nights.** Enjoy the informative port talks by expert EXC Guides.*** The YumYum Man adds a nice touch as he greets you before and after dinner.*** *Items marked with an asterisk are no longer offered aboard HAL* **Now not always offered** ***Being phased out*** Love the Grand Dutch Café on the newest ships. Love the fresh flowers. While not private and a bit loud at times, I do love the new seating areas to watch movies on the jumbo screen in the Lido pool. Love the snack choices for movie times at the pizza place. The Lido Marketplace (buffet dining) keeps getting better and better. Excellent variety of choices and we enjoyed every single meal on our last sailing. Love the art collections. Love the variety of music offered in the Music Walk. Love that you can order the dining room menu into your stateroom during dinner hours. Love the Club Sandwich and Chocolate Cake from In Room Dining! Love the Tamarind. Love the new theaters aboard the newest ships. Lots of potential for high-tech performances. The crew is fabulous, professional, efficient and courteous. Couldn’t ask for a better staff. They go above and beyond. We have enjoyed every HAL cruise we have taken and look forward to more in the future! It is my hope that some of the things we love that have been or are in the process of being discontinued will be brought back. As others have said, you do get that feeling of coming home every time you sail. Happy Sailing!
  18. Our recent sailing aboard the Nieuw Statendam did not feature an Indonesian or Filipino Crew Show. Some of the previous participants seemed disappointed about that. I have read reviews from other ships, however, where they were featured. ymmv.
  19. I don’t think so. My first cruise to those regions was a 12 Baltic + 10 Northern Europe and we fell in love with the regions, especially Norway. If you have the time, the more the merrier!
  20. On a recent Nieuw Statendam sailing, I missed the previous design of the promenade deck, as the newest ship did not feature deck chairs and some of the views were obstructed by life boats. The library offerings are now mostly coffee table books and it is located in the Crow's Nest. Still a beautiful, nice ship, but those were 2 things that made HAL "HAL" to me and I missed having them.
  21. grest, the link for the new issue is in this Thread: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2675897-mariner-magazine/page/2/#comments
  22. syesmar

    Icy Straight Point

    It depends on where the excursion is going hiking. Here’s a Thread from last year that might help. We enjoyed the short hiking trail and also the coastal walk. If you are a nature lover, you will enjoy Icy Strait Point. Icy Strait Lodge has car rentals and boat rentals, if that interests you. https://icystraitlodge.com/ The local tribe also offers excursions in dugout canoes. Hoonah Adventures offers jeep rentals. Happy Sailing!
  23. I’ve been to Ketchikan twice. Last time we took a public bus to Totem Bight / Potlatch Park and a taxi from there to a Ward Creek trail head and a taxi back to Ketchikan from Ward Lake. LOVED this day! (Spent the better part of $70 on cab fares...make them use the meter or ask for rates in advance:>). Next time, we will rent a car for the freedom it gives.
  24. We really enjoyed our time at Sitka National Historical Park. Loved this port! I thought it was the perfect port, complete with gorgeous natural beauty plus places to visit. The sail away was incredible. We saw quite a few whales. Loved Glacier Bay National Park, too! Truly amazing!
  25. Also did this journey by train 6 years ago and it was such fun! Highly recommend!
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