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  1. @durangoscots So sorry to hear your sad news. My condolences and prayers go out to your family.
  2. Last December, we were in 8188, which was our first aft cabin. The balcony was larger than most veranda cabins and the overhang covered the entire balcony, unlike the cabins on the lower decks. That may come in handy in Alaska if/when it rains. We did get a little noise from the deck above, but that wasn’t a problem for us. Being at the ship’s stern, we did walk more than when we were in other cabins on the Koningsdam. Overall, we really liked the cabin with its larger balcony.
  3. Roy, looking forward to hearing about this adventure of yours. A couple of years ago on the Amsterdam, one of the excursion staff told some stories regarding her Trans Siberian trip. She had some fascinating tales to share.
  4. They’ve both posted recently on the 2022 world cruise roll call, so they should be back on their blogs by then, if not before.
  5. My first and only WC was in 2019. I just want to reiterate Kirk’s statement that the vast majority of passengers are nice and interesting people. Obviously some repeat passengers did things together, but DW and I also did things together with new found friends, who were also on their first WC cruise. We thought 2019 would be our only WC, but within a few months of our return, we signed up for the 2021 WC, which has now been transferred to 2022. We made it ashore to Easter Island, but that was the most “adventurous” tendering we’ve ever experienced. I had initially booked a HAL e
  6. We were fortunate to have two cruises aboard the Amsterdam. The first was for two weeks in 2017 to Alaska. Earlier that year we spent 22 days aboard another HAL ship, which gave us an opportunity to “compare” our experiences on two almost identical ships. I had read many posters’ comments about the Amsterdam’s outstanding crew and, after these two cruises a few months apart, I was able to understand the Amsterdam’s favorable comparison. Our second cruise aboard the Amsterdam was the 2019 world cruise. Needless to say, that was a most memorable experience due to the ship, crew and itinerar
  7. We were on HAL’s 2021 WC, but last month we were advised our cruise was “postponed” until January 2022. This week I received a new booking number showing a comparable cabin. I never saw anything in writing about our canceling rights, although the travel agent mentioned that option in a phone conversation. We’ve been given $250 pp OBC for the “inconvenience.”
  8. When I booked the 2021 WC about 18 months in advance of the departure date, our deposit for the two of us was $7000. I was kicking myself for not booking while on our 2019 WC, when it would have been $100 pp.
  9. You’re so right about the cistern being a fascinating place. Several years ago we took Istanbul’s Tramway to get from the ship to the cistern/Hagia Sophia area. That was our first time in using public transportation in a large foreign city. I know some people think nothing about doing such things, but for us it was quite an adventure. Hopefully, one day we can get back to Turkey.
  10. In honor of World Daffodil Day here are a couple of photos from Keukenhof gardens in the Netherlands.
  11. Cool photos! Thanks for posting them.
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