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  1. 15 hours ago, St Pete Cruiser said:

    Hi Roy,


    Thanks for sharing your Grand Voyage with us.  We hope Prinsendam, at the ripe old age of 31, proves to be delightful for you and all aboard.  I was surprised Orlando Ashford was there at embarkation.  In years past, sometimes the Grand World and the Grand South America left the same day and that brought Stein Cruise to Ft Lauderdale as well as Gerald Bernhoft of the Mariner Society.  Best wishes and enjoy.


    I'm hoping that Roy will let us know what happens with Orlando and Gerald on the ship.  I had heard that at least Orlando was on (P'Dam) in Northern Europe at one point to see (scuttlebutt had it) what people liked about small ship sailing.  I only hope he likes it and the seas are calm (heard he has had mal de mer :classic_unsure:). 


    Linda R.

  2. Hi, I'm wondering what upgrades were done to the verandah cabins on deck 6 on the Amsterdam at it's dry dock last spring.  Specifically if they added any USB outlets and if they took out that nice medicine cabinet storage above the sink.  I really dislike those open shelves and the cabinet is great on a long cruise.  Anything else that anyone knows about would be good info also.  We are spending 4 months on her in a couple weeks!  :classic_biggrin:



    Linda R.

  3. 5 hours ago, DeepWaterMariner said:

    I received journals on my last 3 grand cruises including the 2018 World and the 2018 Grand Asia.


    Thanks everyone; it's good to know that they are back.  We didn't have them on the '17 Grand Asia and I ended going out to a dollar store (actually, it was a 100 Yen store, lol!) to buy something to use.


    Linda R.

  4. We used to get a nice journal near the beginning of a grand voyage.  The later ones were Moleskine journals.  They stopped for a year or so but I was told on the Grand Asia last year ('17) that they would be back in 2018.  For anyone that has been on the WC or a Grand in the last year, did you get a journal?  I keep one and refer back to them all the time and need to know if we will get one or should I bring one.  I can't tell you how many times my DH has said "Do you remember...we were on a cruise....(this is where I start rolling my eyes)...we went to a market...."  So, I go to my closet and get out the journal I think that info might be in to find the answer.  They have been invaluable for refreshing my memory of where we've been for when we know we are going back...and to answer those infernal questions my DH comes up with, lol!


    Linda R.

  5. 19 minutes ago, twodjs said:

     Does HAL ever do focus groups with well-traveled, higher star mariner guests, to find out what we really want, before coming out with disasters like Orange Club? They should be able to get it right without insulting half of their loyal customers! 


    One would think that they would but it seems that they are trying to "get rid" of that population with the changes they are making.   They want younger cruisers who will spend more money and not utilize the benefits that we have.   One thing that I'll bet that they are not thinking of is the fact that the Baby Boomers are retiring and there will be quite a number of years where they will have an older population that will want exactly what HAL has been known for offering.  Baby Boomers would be a great asset to them as they will be able to cruise longer than the 7 day cruisers.  There is a market for every type of cruiser among the lines...why try to change to be like everyone else?  They have a good thing going and are messing with it big time, in my NSHO.


    I do believe that they read CC though.....we have a very strong voice in the industry and what better place to come to see how the changes they are making are being received by that strong voice than here.


    I spoke with someone at the world cruise desk the other day and I mentioned C.O. and told them that a lot of us don't like the idea.  They told me that it was only on the K'Dam and the N.S'Dam on a trial basis.  My guess is that it might just not be going very well so hopefully they will get rid of it.


    Linda R.

  6. 7 hours ago, Galley Slave said:

    We heard everything in the next cabin with a connecting door on the Koningsdam.  This included coughing, talking, television, spoons stirring in cups.  I would never book a connecting room again!


    This was our experience also.  We would never get a connecting room again.  Regarding loosing closet space, while that may be an issue on another ship, that wouldn't be on this one as the door is closer to the window than the hallway (which is where the closets are located).  What you won't get is a couch.  You'll only get a chair.


    Linda R.

  7. And yet another example of an oversold cruise.  Years ago (20+) we were offered one of the 2 largest suites on the Sky Princess (Malaga Suite) if we would go on a cruise 2 weeks later than we had planned.  We had paid for an ocean view.  We were planning on bumming around Florida for a couple weeks anyway, so we said yes please and just did our planned "bumming" before the cruise rather than after. 


    Linda R.

  8. 5 hours ago, mame42 said:

    Who is blogging the 2019 GWV?


    I will be...but I do need to update my Voyage of the Vikings from this past summer!  :classic_unsure:  I started way back in 2008!  I do more pictures than text but you will find a wide variety of blog types so you should be able to find ample stuff to check out.  Hopefully the others will come on and post too.



    Linda R.

  9. On 12/20/2018 at 9:44 PM, 65 Gator said:

    Wow...  Veendam due in at 0100...  Now that is EARLY...


    We did get in early!  At the noon report the Captain told us about the weather situation and that he requested getting in early.  He said with the wind and 7 ships coming in, there would be a backup waiting for tugs.  He must have been the first one to contact them to get us in so early!  Strangely enough, when we went thru the actual front, he must have snuck us in thru a break in that line of storms as I only saw 2 flashes of lightning at dinner.  We did have heavy rain and some wind but the ride was basically smooth when I was expecting some rock and roll.  It was pretty strange checking my GPS and seeing that home was 36 miles away (Miami) at one point and I wasn't even in bed yet! 


    Linda R.


  10. On 12/21/2018 at 9:06 PM, sandiego1 said:

    1) Thinking about bring my sleeping pillow. I'm never 100% satisfied with the pillows on a cruise ship. My pillow is a king size. Does the Amsterdam have king pillow cases?


    They do have 2 king sized pillows on the bed so have that size pillowcase.  I bring my own pillow as I have neck issues.  I even bring my own wedge!  I bring 2 pillowcases and send them out with the laundry.  I make a notation on the laundry form that there is 1 pillowcase.  I make sure I have a colored case as I don't want my pillow to get mixed up with theirs. 


    Enjoy the cruise; we will be on it also!!


    Linda R.

  11. 6 hours ago, ChinaShrek said:

    At this very moment, I am sitting outside on Deck 6 looking at Half Moon Cay.  We just started our 7-day cruise yesterday and I thought I would post some observations relevant to this thread.  1) Two elevators are currently out of commission: one at the aft elevators and one at the forward elevators.  I asked about the elevators at guest services and found out they have been broken for weeks and they have no idea when or if they will be fixed.


    We got off of the Veendam and you got on...we were on the 11 day cruise prior to your cruise.  2 of the aft elevators were out and one forward.  The day before we arrived in Ft. Lauderdale (12/20), one of the 2 aft elevators was finally working. 


    One thing that we really dislike that came out of the last drydock is the seating in the upper level of the theater.  The seat backs on the so called couches, hit you at your low back.  I sat at the very rear up there at one of 2 bar stools and watched people squirm around, end up just leaning forward with their elbows on their knees.  Some people got up and left.  The couch seating on the lower lever has a normal height back but the seat to back angle is way too severe for me.  This configuration has been in place since at least 2015 when we first experienced this.  I only hope that people SAY something about it so maybe they will change it in the next drydock.  I saw enough people that clearly were uncomfortable.


    Hope you enjoy your cruise!

    Linda R.

  12. 5 minutes ago, scluvsrain said:

    If we’ve been quiet here for a bit it’s because our internet crashed for the bulk of yesterday. I went ashore in Malaga around 8:30 in the morning and returned around 2:00 PM. The internet and the intranet both were not working. 


    Of course I called the front desk and the woman there didn’t even know. She tried to log in while we were on the phone and discovered that she too could not get on. 


    Throughout thr the rest of the day and well into the evening I kept trying with no success. I finally went to bed. And now it’s the middle of the night and I’m awake and the system appears to be back up again. Yay!




    She gets up in the middle of the night and checks the internet AND posts!  Now, that is dedication, lol!!!!  Back to bed, woman!  I lurk mostly, but have been reading all the posts with great interest!  Thank you!


    Linda R.

  13. 17 hours ago, cruisingnewtoit said:

    The MDR looks like a banquet hall for a wedding. I love following along on this maiden voyage. Thanks for sharing. I’m booked on NS for Dec 2019.


    The one thing we didn't like about the MDR was, when you are not sitting in that open '"rib" area, the ceiling is VERY low so you feel pretty closed in.  This was on the K'Dam.  Honestly, the decor did nothing for us and we never saw that view that has been pictured.  It was like night and day coming in and being seated on the main floor.

  14. 20 hours ago, Vict0riann said:

    We are going to eat at Rudi’s Sel de Mer tomorrow.  I understand the menu there has changed, too.  Rudi is on board overseeing all the changes.


    Canaletto menu has changed, too.  No more Zuppa di pesche ....


    Thanks for posting the Tamarind menu.  I'm so happy they have kept the Curry Chicken and especially that to die for Tenderloin in Wasabi!

  15. 11 hours ago, cruisemom42 said:

    I've only ever redeemed points from my HAL Barclaycard for small things (like a beverage card) that I had enough points to purchase in total.


    I have acquired a lot of points and will be looking to use them to pay for all or most of an upcoming cruise -- my question is this: Must I have enough points to cover the total cost of the cruise to be able to get a statement credit?  That's the case with another travel credit card I have -- you cannot 'erase' the expense unless you have the full number of points to cover it...


    As an example, if my selected cruise is $3400, would I have to have the full 170,000 points in order to offset the cost, or can I apply a lesser amount of points and get a credit, e.g., apply 150,000 points and get a $3000 credit?



    You don't need to have the full amount, just use what you can and that will show up as a credit.  I've been chipping away at  the '19 World Cruise with my points.  There is no way that I could ever have enough points for that cruise, so they've been pretty small "chips" relatively speaking.  It took me a while to figure out how to use the points.  I use them mainly for credit on my credit card bill or for putting on board credit (choose Shore Excursion credits) for an upcoming cruise.


    Above all, remember to use the Barclay Card for all HAL purchases as you can since you will get 2 points per dollar.


    Linda R.

  16. Oh, this is such a bad idea!  We've $pent year$ getting to 5 $tar.  On many cruises, there are so many of us that should have priority tendering, that they have to discontinue it for that cruise.  When half the passengers qualify for it, it no longer works.  If these people with this Orange thing get to get off when we can't, man, will we be unhappy! 


    Regarding the dining perk; this is very similar to what Princess has gone to with their "Club Class" where they rebranded the middle of the ship verandah cabins and of course, charge more. 


    This is a blatant slap in the face to those of us that have been loyal for years.  But...the almighty dollar always seems to speak a lot louder than loyal passengers...it's a shame....


    Linda R.

  17. 9 hours ago, POA1 said:

    Happy to help. If you make any tweaks that you think are an improvement, let us know. You can just write about what you changed. No need for pictures, unless you want to. 


    I made a tweak.  I changed "Sorting" to oldest first.  If I haven't been on in a day or so, there may be a lot of responses I haven't read.  This way, the oldest one will show up first and then I can go sequentially rather than having to scroll down and work my way back up.


    Linda R.

  18. Just now, Globaliser said:


    At the top of the page, there are three tabs for Forums, Gallery and Activity.


    Click Activity. Then click My Activity Streams. All of your custom Activity Streams should be listed in the drop-down menu that then appears.


    If you need to tweak any of them, then as soon as you have changed a setting you should be offered the option of saving changes.



    Thanks!  I did go back and found the stream that I created...I had given it a name (Duh!!).  I need to look more closely as I didn't see a save option.  'Tis a learning experince, for sure!


    Linda R.

  19. 29 minutes ago, Paul from Maryland said:


    Where do you find the number of the Activity Stream?


    Once in a while my main Activity Stream will have "#039" between the words.  Other times the name displays correctly.


    Once you set up the activity stream, where to I do find it?  Mine is partly ok, but needs to be tweaked as it's giving me some of what I want and still too much of what I don't.  I certainly hope this will become manageable. The state CC is in now, it's a major project to find only what I want...like I used to be able to do.  I would go in, check new posts on the threads I follow; make a quick dash thru the HAL posts and then I was done.



    Linda R.

  20. Well, that is a bummer! It's always dicey getting in there.....I was wondering how it would go for you when I was just reading your previous post about going there. I checked out ocean conditions and took a screen shot of the situation heading to Easter Island. Wish I could figure out how to insert it here; it does look like high seas are coming within the next 24 hours. Maybe this link will work. http://www.stormsurfing.com/cgi/display.cgi?a=spac_height



    If you watch from 16 hours and on, you'll see the area around where Easter Island is blow up big time. I hope it subsides and you can get in. It is an amazing place and would be a shame to miss it.


    Linda R.





    20 foot waves ahead of us at Easter Island if we tried to land on schedule -which the Captain said would not be possible - we are changing course and reducing speed to try to avoid the worst of the stormy seas and will delay our potential arrival 24 hours - we can still make the rest of our cruise schedule.

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