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wdw1972

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About wdw1972

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  • Location
    Gainesville, FL
  • Interests
    Walt Disney World, Disney Vacation Club, HAL Cruises
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America Line
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    ABC Islands

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  1. Thanks for sharing your experiences - the good and the not so good. It's helpful to know what to expect when it's my turn in December, and I enjoy reading all the details. Although it's only been a little under 2 years since my last dam cruise, it feels like a lifetime ago! Sue/WDW1972
  2. Thank you so much for doing your live report! Can't wait to read all about it, and I'll love any and all details. A "dear diary" style works just fine! Sue/WDW1972
  3. The pinnacle class ships would fit the bill nicely - Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam & Rotterdam. The signature class would be a close second - Eurodam & Nieuw Amsterdam. Sue/WDW1972
  4. That's what it sounds like to me too. It would be nice if HAL would just come out and say so, in plain language. Sue/WDW1972
  5. I use Park & Go for every cruise, and they're very fast. If the shuttle's not already there, I call them & it's there within minutes. From pick-up to drop off at my car is generally under 15 minutes. I've walked off the ship at 7:30 and been in my car by 7:45. Sue/WDW1972
  6. Thanks! They make you wear hard hats in Harrison? I don't believe we had to wear any in Hato. Sue/WDW1972
  7. I did it several years ago, and enjoyed it. The steps didn't bother me, as I'm mobile and fit (for an older person, lol). I'm strongly considering doing Harrison Caves in Barbados later this year, since I enjoyed Hato in Curacao. Sue/WDW1972
  8. Not to mention a total waste of time. I think the world knows by now that covid isn't spread via surface contact. It's respiratory - breathed in. Sue/WDW1972
  9. Those 2 ships are the only one with a dedicated Club Orange venue - a separate restaurant. On the other ships they designate a section of the main dining room, which makes it not worth any upcharge at all in my opinion. Sue/WDW1972
  10. I would run from that stateroom! A friend & her husband had it on a Noordam cruise years ago and were bitterly disappointed. The verandah is small - regular verandah stateroom size rather than superior suite size. Because of the location, they require you close your drapes after dusk, until after sunrise. You'll do much better in any other location - superior suites are normally very nice on this class of ship, but not 5001 or 5002. Sue/WDW1972 (also a dvc member)
  11. My guess is you booked what was shown as either "best price" or something similar. That means no perks, but also generally means the deposit is non-refundable and you can't refare your cruise if you see a better deal. You can cancel the booking, but you'll probably lose your deposit - then have to start over. HAL's not offering free gratuities. Their new Have it All pricing includes a bundle of wifi, shore excursion (1 per week), 1 dinner and beverage package at less than full price for those components. They're not free - you pay for them in the fare. Sue/WDW1972
  12. Thank you - sounds good to me. Although I almost always have a Retreat cabana and therefore don't have to stand over at NY Pizza waiting for my order, I'm glad to see the availability of ordering through the app now. Sue/WDW1972
  13. I would prefer to have a ship where everyone's vaccinated, and life is normal like it was pre-covid. However, if anyone regardless of status can book, then so be it - I'm still going. I'm not worried about catching it or getting sick if I did catch it. However, I'd just hope that if the unvaccinated pass it around onboard they get put off the ship at the nearest port, and the cruise goes on for the rest of us. I'm long past the point of wanting to be inconvenienced to keep the anti-vax people safe. A person who truly can't get it for medical reasons will most likely either stay home or st
  14. You're correct. As long as your sister is staying in your stateroom you'll both be considered to be 5-star for that cruise. If she's in her own stateroom, then no - she'd be at her actual star level. Sue/WDW1972
  15. Couldn't agree more. Those who truly can't (for medical reasons) are a different story, but absolutely no sympathy for anyone who "can" but "won't". Sue/WDW1972
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