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    Sedro-Woolley, Washington
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    Reading, needlework
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    Holland America
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  1. We're on this itinerary right now and having a great time. In Ketchikan port side was to the dock. In Juneau starboard is. We're on the port side - last cabin on deck 6 (it's a handicapped one). We have a rather large balcony and have enough space in the cabin for the scooter, concentrator and all our "stuff". Karen
  2. Yes, all charges are billed from Holland America. At the end of the cruise the final amount is what is billed - it's not billed daily. Karen
  3. Hi Copper, We're on the Amsterdam on Monday. I remember you mentioning earlier that our captain is Captain Bolton but what can you tell me about the other officers? Thank you! Karen
  4. Still useless. I can't even log in. It's very frustrating as we're getting close to sailing.
  5. Thank you Kazu! We're really looking forward to getting away from doctor's appointments, etc. and enjoying the msAmsterdam!! Karen
  6. I think you could park in the lot and take the shuttle over to the pier and just hang out. You'd have to see when the last shuttle back is.
  7. Yes - she is doing the two week itinerary. It includes Ketchikan, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Icy Strait Point, Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak, Hubbard Glacier, Sitka and Victoria (we get to be there from 1:00 - 11:00 - yay!). We love this itinerary and are on the next sailing!
  8. We now have a zoom! We're on her the next sailing - can't wait!
  9. Amsterdam is in view but no zoom. Where is that webcam person?
  10. I second the recommendation for Chilkoot Tours. We did the Bennett Lake excursion with them and it was very good. We did the train first and bus back to Skagway. The guide/driver was excellent and we saw bears a couple of times. She could spot them! Karen
  11. We have sailed on both Princess and Holland America. Of the two we found HAL to be more "scooter" friendly, etc. Part of the reason is the lack of cleaning carts cluttering the hallways. On Princess, at times, it was hard to get anywhere because of the cleaning carts. We'd stop and wait for a crew member to come move them - which they did graciously, but it was an obstacle. Both lines were great with getting off at ports and helping DH get up and down the ramps with his scooter. We found the Princess ships, because they were larger than the HAL ships that we sail on, to be more crowded and DH was more nervous with the scooter as a result. Fortunately he can walk (and should more than he does) so that forced him to do some more walking. Karen
  12. 1. From doing some checking I didn't see a laundry on the Volendam. You may have to do the $20.00 stuff a bag or $49.00 unlimited laundry. 2. As long as you have luggage tags on the items they can be delivered to the stateroom 3. The only food that can go off the ship is the pre-packaged that you bring from home. I've even seen people having to finsh up coffee before disembarking. 4. Lunch at both the MDR and buffet have similar items. There is also the Dive-In for good burgers and fries.
  13. If you have a TA they can request the wheelchair assistance before you leave and then you can confirm at guest services. Since you have the scooter you'll check in at the handicapped desk and be in the handicapped area until boarding (depending on when you arrive to board). On HAL they have a designated spot to meet up and then you are wheelchaired off. If that is too far to walk you can let them know and a wheelchair will be provided to get you to the meeting area. Karen
  14. We were on the Oosterdam June 23 -30th and there was nothing on the menu anywhere about any extra charges for a 2nd entree. It's a good thing that there was no charge for 2 desserts because that became DH's plan every night! Karen
  15. Hi, We did the Small Group Whale watching excursion through HAL in June on the Oosterdam and it was run by Gastineau Guiding. The boat holds 20 maximum and it was a great excursion. The boats do remain in radio contact and are very professional about letting each other know where they have sighted whales, how long the whale has been down, etc. We were coming back in to port and spotted a whale in an unexpected spot. Captain Lee was on the radio right away to let other captains know and our location. This excursion was pricey but so worth it. I priced it out on their site and it was only $10.00 more on HAL and it was pickup and return to the dock with a guide on board the bus. I'd do it again in a heartbeat and the budget allowing. By the way, the bulk of our group was a family group from Minnesota. One of the members was mobility challenged and our guide and captain did a great job of ensuring that he could make it on and off the boat. My DH has some mobility issues and they were great with him! Karen
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