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  1. Just off the Statendam. The Jack Knife was yummy!!
  2. Does the Amsterdam have a dedicated Club Orange dining room? We were just on the Statendam and my mom really enjoyed it. The room was much smaller and quieter. We have a suite booked on the Amsterdam and I am hoping we will have the same option.
  3. My favorite mixed drink....the best I’ve had on any ship......a Lemon Drop
  4. Dinner in Club Orange on Tuesday i had the apple and cucumber salad (good and interesting), a cesear salad (mediocre-Princess makes it WAY better) and wonderful mac and cheese (on everyday menu). My mom had the veal chop which she said was great. Dessert was a chocolate thing and we added vanilla ice cream. Again, i have to comment on how much we enjoy the Club Orange dining room. It’s so quite and the food you receive is so hot!
  5. Tuesday dinner (gala night #1) i had the shrimp cocktail (sorry no picture) which was average. I had the Club Orange special which was short ribs and polenta. Short ribs can be very fatty but these were not. Very rich, though. The polenta was excellent as well. For dessert i had the chocolate soufflé and it was also good (forgot to do picture) My sister and mom had the cannelloni and risotto which they both liked.
  6. Dessert was the apple tart. Good but not spectacular.
  7. Dinner on Sunday in Club Orange I had the Bay shrimp tots, tomato soup and the special of the day, the shrimp fettuccini. All were very warm, even hot, when served to us. I liked all of these. The fettuccini was delicious.
  8. Greenhouse Spa. Holland America offers the 10/20/30 and I was told that the 30% applies to the most expensive treatment.
  9. Hello Everyone, sailing away today! Will try and post menus and other information. I plan to get internet for sea days and use my International calling plan in port. We boarded about 12 and were on quickly. Had a problem with my sisters drink package and was happy to stand in the Club Orange line (just one person ahead of me). Photo is drink events and cost.
  10. I use a slightly different concept, also from the Vivienne Files website: https://www.theviviennefiles.com/2011/06/back-to-roots-of-vivienne-files-part-7.html/ I call it Base 5 packing. Here's how it goes: Start with a base of 5 garments, no matter how long or how short the trip: (1) Jacket or cardigan (2) Pants that match (3) Skirt that matches (4) Top that goes with the above (5) Another top that matches. Then you add one item for each day of your trip, up to a maximum of 15 items of clothing NO MATTER HOW LONG YOUR TRIP IS!!! My "exceptions" to this packing is that I add 1 item (for a trip 2-3 days in length), 2 items (for a trip 4-5 days) and 3 items (for a trip 6 or more days), when the trip will have a lot of varied events or other unique factors. So, last December, when I was traveling over Christmas for 8 days, and had Christmas Eve and Day events, a wedding, cocktail party the night before the wedding, wine tasting and an open house, I allowed myself 16 items. I'd do the same for a cruise, to allow for the gala nights, and allow myself 15 items. I find it really works.
  11. Thanks for your very informative post. I get it now! I think this will be great for my mom (and myself, of course). I am glad I upgraded.
  12. Okay, thanks. So it's kind of like any other diving venue....you always have an assigned location in a dining room, but can go to specialty dining, the Lido or Club Orange. I thought maybe Club Orange became your new dining assignment! I appreciate the info.
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