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    Travel, Knitting, Needlepoint, Reading
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    Holland America
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  1. The burger place makes excellent burgers and hot dogs, and they're included! I think it's called the Dive-In. On the Nieuw Amsterdam, the Dive In is in the forward part of the pool deck. Very convenient since we had a room just off the forward elevator.
  2. Unfortunately no, you can get the fancy coffees from Explorations Cafe. In fact, on my last cruise, DH brought me coffee nearly every day from Explorations. We also get milk with dinner (upon request). As far as I know. Coffee w/ Pinnacle Grill is better than the coffee in the MDR. We've cruised w/ both Royal Caribbean and Holland America to the Diamond Plus/Four Star level and prefer Holland America. While Royal Caribbean does offer free laundry at Diamond Plus, they put so many strings on it that it's not worth it. For Holland America, it's unlimited daily laundry. This laundry special is the main reason we pick HAL these days. Royal Caribbean's Diamond + BOGO for Specialty Dining is just for nights 1 and 2, while Holland America's Four Star 50% off Specialty dining is every night, and also at lunch when they offer it. We sailed the Nieuw Amsterdam last year, and enjoyed it. We do wish they hadn't decided to move the Specialty Coffee Bar to the Crow's Nest, we preferred it on deck 3. Also, HAL has much more space in the MDR. HAL is much quieter. No loud music like you'll find in the Centrum on Royal Ships. Neptune Lounge is for Neptune Suite guests and up only. No worries about a hundred guests packing the place at Happy Hour like on Royal Caribbean ships. HAL is a couple of steps up from Royal Caribbean.
  3. Those hand sanitizers came in really handing on the Zuiderdam when the bathroom faucets near the dining room stopped working.
  4. A former travel agent mentioned someone getting an upgrade from Oceanview up to a full suite.
  5. We're diamond plus on Royal Caribbean. The last few times, we hated how crowded it was in the main dining room. In fact, they oversold our high season Alaska cruise. We finally gave up on the main dining room, and ate in the specialty dining all but two nights. Our fare was 30% higher than low season Alaska, and it was not 30% better. Crew also ambushed us regularly with promotions. They do have the best Junior Suites in the industry. You'll need a JS, to avoid the crowds.
  6. Saw one of those water dispensers at the Houston airport, and it worked great!
  7. On one of the Royal Caribbean ships, we had our cabin steward's supervisor come to talk w/ us. She said they sterilize the ice buckets. HAL's tongs are hard to retrieve ice, so I use a spoon instead.
  8. Always wondered how safe it was for animals to fly in the cargo hold of a plane. I wondered if they could get by w/ less oxygen than humans.
  9. No worries. I'm not going to pet any dog with or without harness. I hate it when dogs jump in my lap or go for my legs. Dogs used to always jump in my mother's lap, and the owner just sat there.
  10. We had a lady give a speech about see eye dogs in our Toastmaster's Club, and she said, same as Kazu, petting a dog while on duty was a huge no-no. If they're wearing the jacket, they're on duty, and it can really confuse them. Now, if they're not wearing the jacket, then it's o.k. to pet them. Not sure how many hours a service dog is "on duty" before it must take a break. We had a lady at our local office depot that had a dog w/ the jacket, and she said it was for her asthma. She brought the dog with her when she showed me where one of the products was. Strange enough, I don't know what happened, because I never saw her after that.
  11. On Royal Caribbean, if you have the balcony discount, I don't think they'll give the shareholder's benefit. We used to own Royal Caribbean stock, and I NEVER got any OBC from them.
  12. I used a wheelchair before my hip replacement. Needed it for boarding and disembarking. I would slow people down too much otherwise. I also requested a wheelchair in airports for the long trek between terminals. If not for that, I would have missed a lot of transfers. During the cruise, I just hobbled along as best as I could. I also had some extra cash available for tips.
  13. Do you have a special ID to travel w/ the service animal? I'm terribly afraid of dogs, and think it will latch onto my ankle and not let go. DH thinks if the dog bites, there's something really wrong w/ the dog.
  14. I would think the dogs would be charged a full fare like passengers. But I guess they could get in under the kids cruise free promotions. But then they're not kids . . .
  15. Saw a small dog (poodle maybe) in a stroller on formal night. The owner had dressed the dog in a black gown and tiara.
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