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About catnana

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    gardening, cruising, reading, grandchildren
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America
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  1. RuthC is spot on! No question the round trip Vancouver is better! Both itineraries have Glacier Bay, which is a highlight of the Alaska HAL cruises, but the round trip Vancouver also has the bonus of Skagway, a cute little town with fascinating history. Either end of the cruise spend a few days in Vancouver, it's a beautiful, vibrant city.
  2. Thanks. Will be waiting to hear what you find out on your cruise Feb24. Bon Voyage!
  3. Theatre looks great, as we like to "go to the movies". Watching a movie on tv is like being at home. LOL. Will miss the library. thanks for the info everyone!
  4. Anyone been on the Oosterdam recently? We have been on many HAL ships and are considering a Panama Cruise in April on the Oosterdam and wonder about the library and a movie theatre now , two important features we always loved about HAL as they really made our trip. Not interested in the National Geographic shows, we have seen them so many times, they need to offer something new.
  5. Just home May 6 from 8 day Honolulu to Vancouver cruise on the Noordam - balcony room 5025. a few thoughts.... 1. ship looking a bit tired - but only small details in need of repair such as some stained cushions in Lido. 2. fully stocked, popular library still. 3. small 20" flat screen tv and dvd player on counter (not on wall). 4. good movies in Vista Lounge, free popcorn. 5. good entertainment and lots to do sea days. 6. Dive In - still the Best hamburgers! ......still the absolute best exceptional service that keeps us coming back!
  6. Totally agree it is basic cooking! Very dry presentations, missing the entertaining banter back and forth of the chefs in the old HAL cooking classes. Had to laugh on one cruise last year when the presenter showed how to keep a bowl from sliding around the counter while you were stirring. Elaborate twisting of a tea towel and then securing around the base of the bowl. Really?? They lost me after that class. I think this is another HAL flop ( along with Oprah and crows nest). When the demographic is older and have survived their own cooking skills why offer boring basic stuff. We already know how to boil water!
  7. We received that identical message last year and spent considerable time trying to figure out what we could wear that was orange, as it is not a colour that either of us wear. We gave up looking for flattering orange clothes and took 2 things we already had - an orange golf hat, and an orange print scarf. The special day on the ship arrived, and hardly anyone was wearing any orange at all! non event!
  8. Last April we flew to Honolulu from Vancouver and boarded the Noordam as she repositioned up from Australia to Vancouver for the Alaska season. The cruise was April 23 for 7 days, 5 days across the Pacific, stopping in Victoria and then Vancouver. I was worried about seasickness out in the open ocean but the seas were like glass! We had absolutely no rough spots at all. The first 2-3 days were still warm, then each day got cooler as we got closer to Vancouver. We have booked the same cruise again this April ( it's 8 days this time) it was so nice!
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