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    Ontario, Canada
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    Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    San Juan

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  1. Friend100

    HAL newbies with kids

    Our children started cruising when they were 5 and 7 and they are now 14 and 16. We cruised DCL, RCL and HAL ... from Veendam being the smaller/older to Oasis/Anthem of the Seas being the largest and the Disney Dream being the most beautiful. It is true that Disney's entertainment and service are unique and you can't find it anywhere else. But for the price they are asking now vs paying less than half or 1/3, I find better deal elsewhere. We like RCI for their onboard activities; we like HAL for the destination, itinerary and overall more quiet and relaxed atmosphere. The kids had fun on all of them.
  2. Thanks for sharing! I like how the cruiseline is handling the situation.
  3. Yes, there will be. If this is a typical 7-day itinerary during April then you should see people from a wide range of age group., although relative to a similar cruise on Carnival or Royal Caribbean, there will be more people in the younger demographics there than you'd see on Holland America.
  4. Westerdam April 2020 circling around Japan for 14 days.
  5. We cruised Oasis of the Seas last month; prior to that we were on HAL Veendam in April. Both were 7-day Eastern Caribbean. Oasis OTS is the same class as Symphony OTS but 9 years older; Veendam is an even smaller and older ship than Oosterdam. Royal Caribbean is better known for their onboard activities and entertainment. They want to give you a WOW experience every minute - everything is so upfront and they want to impress you with the biggest show, biggest ships, and best entertainments. On the extreme opposite, Holland America is better known for their traditional ambience, itineraries (usually longer), and services. Onboard experience is low profile and tranquil, and among the mass market lines, I feel that I am getting a more refined experience on HAL. Onboard activities / entertainment is certainly not HAL's strength ... although I still enjoy the variety of live music onboard, but certainly you can't find flowrider, zipline, ice skating, rock climbing, iFly, bumper car ... which are all activities you can find on Royal Caribbean Oasis/Quantum classes, and are the type of activities my teenage children love. For a typical 7-day Caribbean cruise, HAL is not as competitive as Royal Caribbean (I know this is a general statement). Based on basic demand and supply, RC can charge more than HAL. Symphony is the newest RC ship so you will be pay a premium on top of that. In terms of demographics, you will see more families and younger people on Symphony than Oosterdam. However, you will still see people of all ages on a HAL ship in a 7-day Caribbean cruise. On the other hand, HAL has more 10+ days itineraries going to exotic places and very often price can stay pretty strong for those cruises. Guess what is the demographic of the people who can spend 2 weeks or 3 weeks or more on a cruise? Definitely not families nor people who have a day job.
  6. Friend100

    Name that Royal ship

    Bingo! Legend in Hong Kong.
  7. The itinerary of the July 2, 2019 sailing of the Veendam is also changed, with Kusadasi replacing Rhodes, and Rijeka replacing an overnight at Venice. TUE 02JUL19 Sail from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy 6:00pm WED 03JUL19 Naples (Pompeii), Italy 7:00am 5:00pm THU 04JUL19 Sea Day FRI 05JUL19 Thira (Santorini), Greece 1,2 8:00am 6:00pm SAT 06JUL19 Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey 7:00am 6:00pm SUN 07JUL19 Iraklion (Crete), Greece 8:00am 6:00pm MON 08JUL19 Piraeus (Athens), Greece 8:00am 11:00pm TUE 09JUL19 Nafplion, Greece 1,2 8:00am 4:00pm WED 10JUL19 Argostoli, Cephalonia, Greece 1,2 10:00am 6:00pm THU 11JUL19 Kerkira, Nisos Kerkira (Corfu), Gre 8:00am 6:00pm FRI 12JUL19 Kotor, Montenegro 3 7:00am 2:00pm SAT 13JUL19 Rijeka, Croatia 10:00am 6:00pm SUN 14JUL19 Debark Ship Venice, Italy 7:00am
  8. Friend100

    Christmas Cruises

    On a HAL cruise in Christmas, there will be relatively more children than an equivalent HAL cruise during off peak season, but will still have much less children than say a cruise on RCI, Carnival or NCL during the same Christmas period.
  9. Pacific Princess 6/12/2019 to 6/30/2019 from Ft Lauderdale to Dover Then either: Sea Princess 7/9/2019 to 7/22/2019 from Dover to New York OR ms Rotterdam 7/13/2019 to 7/30/2019 from Rotterdam to Boston Will this work?
  10. Grandeur goes to Halifax and Saint John. Maasdam / Veendam goes to Sydney, Charlottetown, Quebec and Montreal. Itinerary alone I will choose HAL. RCI ship onboard will WOW you. HAL ship onboard will unWOW you. A cruise in July that is less than 10 days will have more families regardless of lines
  11. There are many dead people cruising on HAL ... including me and my family and friends. You want to join us one day?
  12. Friend100

    Future Booking Cruise on HAL

    If you want to take advantage of the OBC and reduced deposit, it must have to be the refundable fare.