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  1. My problem is that I am unable to make the commitment at this point. Thanks for all the suggestions and advice.
  2. I'm already booked to sail on the Nieuw Statendam out of Fort Lauderdale on January 5th. What are the odds that I might be able to book a second cruise on the Koningsdam January 12th sailing while I am on board the NS? I'd be booking the first or second day aboard the NS, only 5 or 6 days in advance of the Kdam sailing.
  3. We usually sail during the Holiday season but this year are waiting until January 5th 2020. In seventeen cruises, we have never experienced a ship without Christmas decorations. Kinda looking forward to enjoying the Nieuw Statendam's elegant beauty without extra adornment. Can we expect that she will have been de-decorated by the time we board her?
  4. Thanks so much for all the information, folks! I will definitely take my disinfectant wipes with me. I'm not surprised how popular the sessions are but it's reassuring to know they're worth getting there early. Looking forward to taking in a few of these classes.
  5. I'm curious about the Microsoft courses being offered on the Nieuw Statendam. Is it necessary, advisable, or even possible to book the classes in advance? Is there a schedule for the specific classes? Any feedback re other cruisers' experience with this would be much appreciated.
  6. Thanks so much for all the answers to my question! I learned much more about OBC than I would have even known to ask. Gotta love CC peeps!
  7. Just about to make our final payment on our January cruise on the Nieuw Statendam. I've thought I'd like to purchase some on board credit as well so that I'll have pretty well payed for the entire cruise experience in advance. Wondering what will happen if I have not used it all by the last day of the cruise. What is Holland America's policy in that case?
  8. Where and when are the 'BBC Earth Experiences' films screened on the Nieuw Statendam. Are they also available on your stateroom TV?
  9. Complicated but I think I understand. Thanks!
  10. For our next cruise, I am looking at midship balconies on the Nieuw Statendam. I have found that my motion sickness is mitigated by having the foot of the bed nearest to the ship's bow so that when I sit up in bed I am facing forward. Is there any way to determine the bed placement in specific staterooms?
  11. I recently saw a post about Duval Street being closed. Does that mean that all or part of it has become a 'pedestrians only' street?
  12. Which would be the closest bus stop? Which intersection is closest to the entrance to the gardens?
  13. Does the chat feature notify or alert your cruising companion that you have left a message?
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