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  1. I wouldn't do it, but that I just me! I think the question you need to ask yourself is "how fast will you recover from Jet Lag? Even though you aren't interested in Rome will you feel like doing anything if and when you arrive in Naples if for some reason your flight gets delayed a full day. Only you can answer if saving on a hotel room and meals is a good trade off for the possibility of peace of mind that you will be there when the ship sails! No matter what I hope you have a great cruise....
  2. We usually use HMC as a sea day without a lot of passengers at the pool! I don't remember being charged extra for drinks the last time we were on the ship at HMC.
  3. It is so sad that all the wonderful classical music is fading away. Any day now I expect to see a dj sitting in the explorers lounge taking requests for what pipped in music people want to hear.
  4. Just cruise on Zuiderdam and the music coming from the "American test kitchen" I think if was the bb king band was so loud my ears hurt just walking by the place. The fact that there are no more bb king on our next cruise -Rotterdam is literally music to my ears!!! Now if we could just go back to the three violins playing in the explorers lounge I will be a happy person!!
  5. We had been thinking of a cruise to either the Baltic or the med in 2021 to celebrate our upcoming anniversary, but after reading about this new visa I think we can scratch that idea off our list. We already did the med and there isn't anything there I would pay an additional 7 euro/pounds/ dollars to see. I think we are paying enough to each country already with the port charges we pay. I haven't been to the Baltic, but I guess I won't miss that either since I haven't seen it and also am not interested in paying anything additional after paying for our passports.
  6. I usually buy the FCD for the obc. Do you know if the longer cruise qualifies for a larger obc? I tried to find out on HALs website, but alas no luck. (useless site)
  7. Can you use a future cruise deposit as a down payment for a longer cruise? I want to take a 32 day cruise in the future. (2021 isn't available yet) anyway I would like to get some future cruise deposits, but when I called HAL the rep. indicated that I wouldn't be allowed to use them as a deposit for a cruise this long. Now I am not sure if she was referring to the one for $100 that I already have or what. I was going to call again, but it seems as if each time I call I always get a different answer to my questions. I have an upcoming cruise and I plan to buy them then. What is the amount I would need for a longer cruise like this? I know a lot of cc members have taken longer cruises so they are going to know for sure if they can or can't be used. Thanks Helen
  8. I have been bringing one for years!! They take up no space in the suitcase and add no weight. A win, win in my book.
  9. Honestly, with HAL's website anything can happen. For the cruise I booked on I did get a couple of different prices before the dreaded blue circle that keeps going round and round started and I couldn't get out of. So I finally called HAL and low and behold the price was even lower than what their website said! Guess which price I picked??? I have all but given up on HAL's website for anything but to check in online and sometimes that doesn't work properly.
  10. I haven't been to the casino on my last couple of cruises. No more Caribbean stud poker. And the last time I played 3 card poker I actually lost money on a hand I won! I am no poker expert but that is what happened. It was very odd. Anyway I picked up my money and went back to my cabin. Dealer explained but I don't remember all the details. the point is if I win I want to win money not lose any!!!
  11. Only if he has had a pedicure first! hehehe!!! Hay as they say. "anything goes now days"
  12. Pet peeve - People who give me a dirty look because when I see a person in a wheel chair or scooter I usually say "excuse me" as I slide next to them. I think they think I am trying to butt the line when in fact I am going to reach my arm in and hold the door from coming back and crashing into them as they try to roll over the ledges that the door rolls on. So many people have done this to me and then look at me sheepishly when they realize I am only trying to help. I saw a door roll back and hit a woman's arm once causing her a lot of pain so I made it a habit to do this when ever I see someone in a wheelchair or scooter. I know too many people will rush into the elevator before a person with a wheelchair or scooter can get in. Honestly in our world we all need to take the stairs more often and leave the elevators to those who truly need them.
  13. You misinterpreted what I meant. I wouldn't bother me because we can bring our own/1
  14. If I follow your theory, why doesn't HAL charge for additional appetizers, desserts etc. or additional entrees in the buffet? My statement about the $10 is simply that it is tacky. Even before this latest I believe the dining room will be going away for some time. Now as it is it is barely open for anything but dinner. There was a time it was always open for all three meals every day. HAl isn't controlling their waste to help us with fares, but to increase their bottom line.
  15. DH and I were just talking about looking at different cruise lines (we have sailed hal for the last 8 - 9 years) when I saw this thread. Since we live in Florida and usually cruise out of FT Lauderdale not having an extra chair and table wouldn't bother us at all. I have a small fold up table and chairs. One more piece of luggage is no big deal when we travel with 3 or 4 all ready!
  16. I think the whole idea of charging people an additional $10.00 for an extra entrée is just down right tacky! In my humble opinion the food in the dining room isn't that good to begin with. After a couple of days on our last cruise we started eating at the Pinnacle Grill every night. There was an additional charge, but at least the food and service were very good. I have been saying for some time now that I think the main dining room will be gone in the not too distant future. I believe that the buffet will be the "included dining area" and the rest will be the "additional charge" restaurants. I mean really the dining room is only open for 1.5 hrs. for breakfast, for lunch it is not open at all on port days and on sea days only for 1 - 1.5 hrs., that is unless there is some function or special lunch going on. The buffet is open almost the whole day and evening. I wish I could afford a more upscale cruise line, but alas Holland America is about as pricy as I can afford. If they keep adding extra charges we will either need to stop going on cruises or find another one that doesn't.
  17. I wish it had been on Zuiderdam's…..
  18. It sounds like you need to arrange your own "private" tour. Meaning just you and maybe another couple. But I have to warn you it will cost you much, much more! I have done many CC arranged tours and there are usually a group sometimes 15 sometimes more and the numbers are usually listed when you sign up. Generally the more people who book the lower the cost. Just remember the cruise lines also offer tours which have many, many more people maybe 200. It all depends on how much you want to spend for tours If you haven't already paid why don't you see if you can get another couple and arrange for a "private tour" say just the 4 of you? Good luck. My last thought was why don't you just wait until you get to the port and grab a cab and have them take to you where you want to go. That could be an option also.
  19. I just did a cruise on Zuiderdam (jan 6 - 16 2019) and we did use the old locks. Old lock/ new lock I was still thrilled to do the transit. This was the first time I stayed onboard to go back out of the locks (we usually take a tour and meet the ship when it docks) but this time we stayed onboard and really enjoyed the experience of going back thru!
  20. I use to love HAL's onion soup, but the last two cruise K'dam and Zuiderdam I didn't see it on the menu once. I still love their bread pudding but only if it is plain. One day they added chocolate chips! yuck!
  21. I am looking to do a Hawaii/ Tahiti cruise to celebrate our 50th Anniversary in the fall of 2021. I would like to do the long one from San Diego out as far as Fiji, Tahiti and Hawaii and back to San Diego. The same cruise Amsterdam is doing this fall (2019) Before I get my hopes up to high does anyone have any inside information on Amsterdam for that time frame? As a back up I see this year Rotterdam is doing a shorter version in that time frame during the fall of 2020 and I could do that in the fall of 2021, if Rotterdam does it. I would just prefer the longer version. I thought I read something that Amsterdam was going to do a long Asia trip, but of course I can't find it now. Thanks for any info. Helen
  22. I have a suitcase (on the smaller size) that I use to pack my ginger-ale. It will hold 4 8 packs. each are wrapped in bubble wrap and then taped. I put a room tag on it and hand it off to the porter. I have been doing it for years. It arrives at my room ready for use.
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