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  1. I completely agree! On our cruise last year we boarded and the crew kept saying the standard, "Lunch in the Lido!" My DH and I had to go to the front desk for something and asked the lady who helped us if the MDR was open for lunch. She picked up the Navigator, turned to the back, looked at the print, looked at us and said "NO, only the Lido." Her action was so exaggerated, it was clear to me she knew otherwise, so that was kind of a bummer. Since we've been around a time or two, we figured we'd mosey on by the MDR and what do you know, it was open for lunch. I'm not sure why management is instructing crew to tell people it's not open when it is - there were very few people in there when we went. But I certainly prefer to have a relaxing lunch on embarkation day with friendly service and a lovely bottle of wine! The Lido is a mad house.
  2. The fabric split, not even on a seam. It was full, but wasn't overly stuffed. Could have been a bad batch I guess.
  3. The Club Orange bag we got with our Neptune Suite on the Nieuw Statendam in May 2019 was worse than the regular ones. The bag broke after my husband used it for one day. 🙁
  4. Has anyone experienced Club Orange on the Westerdam since it was implemented? I saw an earlier post showing it was scheduled to go live on 8/11/19. I'm looking for any info on how it has worked since it has been implemented. Also curious if you can still have breakfast in the Pinnacle if you have a Neptune Suite. Thanks!
  5. To each their own. We enjoyed it, but certainly not enough to pay $100 upcharge.
  6. We sailed in a Neptune Suite on the Nieuw Statendam in May and the Pinnacle Grill was not available for breakfast. That said, the Club Orange food and service was exception on all but one occasion. We have enjoyed the quiet and ambiance of the PG breakfast, but the food seemed just like the MDR (fine, but nothing special, often lukewarm or cold). In Club Orange it was fresh, hot and exactly as ordered. I'm curious to see how it will be when we sail on the Westerdam in November when Club Orange is in the MDR.
  7. Thanks all - much appreciated! 😀
  8. Hi All - we'll be sailing HK - Singapore aboard HAL's Westerdam with a scheduled stop in Halong Bay on November 11 of this year. We've been searching for a private or small group Halong Bay cruise and are overwhelmed by the amount of operators. Does anyone have any good recommendations or experiences? We're looking for something to accommodate 2-6 adults. We often take excursions offered by the ships, but we've been on enough to suspect this would be a huge group of people. We're willing to pay more to get a tailored or at least more in-depth experience.
  9. My husband and I rented a cabana on the K for a 20-day cruise in May 2016. At that time, the ship was brand new so there weren't many pictures available of the cabanas. After researching pictures from other ships, we decided on the corner family cabana. I will say the size of the "family" (4 person) cabanas on the K are much smaller than the older ships. That said, we absolutely loved it and booked another corner cabana for our upcoming cruise on the Nieuw Statendam in May this year. We're willing to pay the higher price for the corner, but I'm not sure how comfortable it would be for 4 people. Whether or not to book for the whole week really depends on where you're sailing and what you plan to do with the space. The first 2 weeks of our cruise was in pleasant spring weather and it was wonderful up there in the cabana. The service was exceptional and it was wonderful to have such a lovely and comfortable place to read our books or play cards while watching the amazing scenery around us. The views were exceptional and without crowds, which was especially nice when we sailed into Rotterdam and the decks were super crowded. The last week of our cruise was in Norway and while extremely beautiful, we just didn't get to use the cabana as much because it was too cold. However, we went a couple times for lunch simply because other areas of the ship felt crowded and the service from our attendants was so special. The space included two chairs, a double lounge/day bed and a table. I don't know about the cancellation - but you can only book the cabanas by calling HAL directly, so you can always ask them at that time.
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