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About ladyfrost

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Vancouver Island
  • Interests
    Sailing, walking, snorkling, gardening, photography, cooking etc.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    HAL & Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Anywhere we've not yet been

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  1. So enjoyed the non smoking walking through and in the Casino area on our 21 day Panama trip on the Nieuw Amsterdam. Had been away from HAL cruising for about 4 years and was so pleased to see no smoking in the Casino area...now I'm reading that the Nieuw Statendam is considering smoking in Casino, yikes!! We are heading there for a couple of weeks in the late winter, sure hoping it is non smoking! During our Panama cruise there was one balcony close to us that still smoked, fortunately it was only occasionally.
  2. We've just came off the N. Amsterdam and were surprised at the lack of music to dance to. There is still a dance floor in the Ocean Bar with one Pianist [alternating days] that played more listening type music. BB Kings...has a dance floor, nice jazz but very loud and not really good dance music. Billboard...2 pianos and good sing a long songs but nowhere to dance. No music in the Lido area for day time dancing or in the Seaview pool area during sail away. DJ music played later...sometimes 11:30pm and occasionally as early as 10:30pm. As for dining, see the Maitre D asap and possibly make arrangement for reservations during open seating for your time if set dining is not available. The food was surprisingly excellent in Main Dining Room with only a couple of meals that were not top winners. Pinnacle Lunch menu is wonderful and food always good. Out of the speciality restaurants during our 3 weeks, the Canaletto won hands down. Hope this helps.
  3. We have to agree with you on the changes over the years causing us to give cruising a four year break with our travel plans. Now days, every once in awhile you get a great server that lines up with a fabulous meal; it takes us back in time, thank heavens for those gems! We've changed our expectations and try to make our time fun, spend more time relaxing and will probably never do more than a 3 week long cruises as in the past.
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