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About drumcorpsmom

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Waterford, Ontario, Canada
  • Interests
    Travelling, Cruising, Drum & Bugle Corps
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    HAL 5 Star Mariner
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
  1. Usually I purchase a plan that costs $50 for 100 Minutes or $100 for 250 Minutes. It was a good deal especially last spring when our house was for sale. I usually sign on, download my email and then sign off again. I just got off the Koningsdam and they just introduced new plans that cost $25.00/day or a set amount for the cruise... some plans for social media and others for email. I didn't like this change, since this would over quadruple my cost to use the internet (I was on board for 31 days) and voiced my disapproval both to the front desk and on the post cruise survey. As a result, for the first time, I did not use the internet. US customers can usually get plans for the Caribbean on their phones, unfortunately Canadians cannot. If you are going on the Eurodam in March there are a lot of sea days. I hope they have not changed over to this new plan.
  2. We just got off and had a wonderful cruise.... it was our second cruise on the Koningsdam. Some suggestions for the new ships.....Bigger hot tubs would be nice (other than the one in the midship, they are only meant for 2 people and I often see 4 trying to get in) and the stairs in the aft pool go into the deep-end????? Bizzarre! The size of the aft pool is too small, there is enough deck space to expand it a couple of feet on each side. I seldom saw anyone in the expensive jewelry stores on deck 2.... seems like a real waste of space. Also, I was constantly directing people on how to get to either the Crows Nest or how to find their rooms on deck 11.... it would be really hard for a new cruiser. My other comment is that there are not enough tables for 2 in the dining room. Not everyone likes to eat every meal with strangers. We stuck to our guns and were able to get a table of 4 for us (as a table for 2) for most of the cruise. I agree it would be nice if they could make the bathroom four inches wider, so you can sit on the toilet properly.... otherwise it is a beautiful bathroom. The Promenade deck is very narrow. and dark, we missed not having deck chairs in the shade (all the lounge chairs are in the sun and it is nice to be able to sit in the shade and read a book).
  3. We have booked on the Oosterdam from Vancouver to Aukland and are really looking forward to it. We have been on the Westerdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Eurodam and Noordam. My sister and her husband went on a cruise our of San Diego a couple of years ago and really enjoyed the ship, although they had a few issues with meals at the Pinnacle. We have booked our 40th Anniversary dinner at the Pinnacle as we cross the International Dateline, so are hopeful that any problems have been rectified. We are interested in hearing from other cruisers about shore excursions, either through HAL or independent, that will help make this a cruise to remember. We have never been to Hawaii, or anywhere in the South Pacific. What are the "must see" things to see and do? Cathy
  4. Teenage boys? If they wear & shirt & tie that should be sufficient. If they had a jacket, I would bring it, but I would not go out and buy them if they won't wear them again.
  5. Don't worry, we have been on 6 weeks in the past 6 months (Noordam & Neiuw Amsterdam) and have had our share of formal nights. We usually change for dinner since they do not allow shorts in the dining room (although I've seen people wearing them). I usually just wear slacks & a dressy jacket on formal nights & my husband a jacket & tie. Sometimes the Maitre 'D offers men a jacket to wear on formal nights if they do not have one. There are enough people on the ship that show up in smart casual dress and those that opt to eat in the Lido do not always change. We have found the food and service awesome & really enjoy HAL. We are really low key people and don't dress up often, but do not find it too stuffy.
  6. We bought Kindles for Christmas and will be using them for the first time on our 3 week cruise with HAL next week. I haven't read with it yet, but my husband really likes his. Just a word of caution to Canadians.... a lot of ebooks are not available to Canadians. I love James Patterson & can buy his hardcover books here, but Amazon will not sell me their ebooks. This is a real bummer. If I go down to the states & change my address to where I am, then I can order them. This does not make sense, and hopefully they will resolve this in the future.:mad:
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