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  1. Glad I’m not the only one who thought it was a poor design with the showers in the same area. Wonder why they designed it like that. Bad in my opinion. Yes the snoring was awkward but I tried to ignore and just turned my new age “spa” music up a bit more on my earphones! After a bit, I just decided I’d had enough and left. Guess it didn’t bother anyone else 😊 For the next cruise, I am investing in high quality noise canceling head phone. That should take care of any noise issues for me - or at least I hope so! 👍🏻
  2. Headphones worn while on the heated ceramic loungers helps a bit when there is a “talker” in that quiet area. Next cruise I am investing in noise canceling headphones! I hate when I go there to just zone out and relax and some people are carrying on a loud conversation. Very inconsiderate. But then there is occasionally the loud snorer near by too! 😱 While on the NS, I did enjoy the spa area, I found the way they designed that ceramic heated lounger area to not be the best for quiet relaxing. The crew kept coming in and out to fiddle with the water dispenser and the plastic cup
  3. Yes agreed with 7seas! The shower on the Nieuw Statendam is heaven! You will not miss a bathtub. For me personally, I prefer the wonderful and spacious shower on the NS than one with a smaller / cramped tub any day of the week!
  4. Yes, maybe that is their escape hatch (catch). Very vague. Your PCC seemed to be as clueless as mine. When the V&V sale came out and I spoke with my PCC about this free wi-if perks, he was clueless at first and appeared to not know anything about it. Then he checked into it and agreed it was a perk of the sale. I’m not sure it is worth dealing with a PCC at HAL. I like to have more control over my reservation so I have been dealing with HAL’s PCC. But, I am some loosing additional money (now a store gift card instead of OBC) as I could very easily go back to the Big Box travel agency
  5. It is for December 2020. And was one of the cruise dates that qualified for the V&V sale. When booking the cruise, the V&V sale is what was shown on screen. So it was eligible for the promotion. I guess the issue is that it turned out to not be eligible for all the promo benefits due to the casino rate (that I was unaware was included). It is just hard to decipher what rate you are booking under as in this case the particular “casino rate” was hidden to me. I think the online booking process needs to be more transparent so a passenger can fully see what rate they are u
  6. I tried doing that to compare fares prior to booking. I would log in with out my Mariner number (made sure to clear my browser history /clear cashe before proceeding) and I received the same fare cost as with my Mariner number so I assumed it was the general fare for the V&V sale. Do not remember any price difference if I was logged in or out. That was why I just thought the booking was with the V&V sale. But it turned out it was not.
  7. Hope some experienced cruisers can help explain something to me…… (sorry in advance for the long winded post) I booked a new 10 day cruise in an assigned verandah under the V&V sale that just expired Feb 29. V&V sale comes with certain perks as seen in the screen shot below. I received all the perks with the exception of the free "premium wi-fi". Called my PCC this afternoon and was told that I received a "casino discount" and that discount is not combinable with the free wi-fi perk. When I booked online, I had a choice of 2 rates: Restricted lower rate
  8. I was on the NS earlier this month and enjoyed a one week thermal spa pass. Great Thermal pool and love those heated ceramic loungers!!! I purchased pre-cruise and paid $139 for the 1 week pass. Here is a recent thread where the thermal spa was discussed. It might offer you some additional information
  9. Your welcome! Glad all the info everyone mentioned help you make a decision that is right for you. Enjoy your cruise! I'm sure your wife will find lots of ways to spend the "saved" money!! LOL 😉
  10. Great! Glad that info helped. Have a wonderful cruise!!!! 😁
  11. I think sometimes it is cheaper to pre-purchase, but it may depend on the cruise sailing. Not sure. I usually pre purchase because my understanding is that the thermal spa is capacity controlled and they only sell a set amount of weekly passes and that is it. So I want to make sure I have access to the thermal spa, as that is my “treat” for the cruise. Also, I have read other posters mention that if the price is less on the day of embarkation that the spa will refund you the difference. In my experience, I have not had that happen (always has been more $ on the ship) but each sa
  12. I purchased my thermal spa pass prior to sailing (Nieuw Statendam) and it was $139 for the 7 night cruise. When I was on board the spa told me the price was $199 for the week.
  13. 👍🏻👍🏻Woooohooo! Great deal!! I hope I get that lucky sometime in the near future 😉
  14. I agree Ruth, but it think the days are numbered. NS newspaper only on app. I’m pretty sure this is something that will be rolling out to all ships. Very unfortunate but sounds like it is unavoidable.
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