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    near Toronto, Ontario
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    Holland America
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  1. I couldn't pay over $10,000 cdn for seven days at sea I moved back one day, Feb. 26, 2022, and got a Signature Suite on the Nieuw Amsterdam with a savings of $4,000 If I owned a new ship...Rotterdam... I would offer a tremendous deal to entice customers to see my new creation, not gouge them into running to my competition I am titillated at the saving which includes the Have It all package God I hope a vaccine comes this upcoming year, somehow my martinis don't taste the same my wife says Thanks for all your input "Just the facts" Bob
  2. Hope you are right KAKcruiser!! A $4,000 increase in one year will drive prospective customers to investigate Carnival Corps. competitors. Was there not a sign up somewhere on this site that would alert you to price decreases? Bob
  3. We would have paid $6185.42 Canadian for a 7 day Eastern Caribbean jaunt in a signature suite commencing Feb. 28, 2021. We cancelled outside of final payment date cause of Covid. Asked TA for a quote for same suite starting Feb. 27, 2022 sojourning the same route and was surprised at $10,316.40 Cdn!! those that go will be paying for Rotterdam!! Gob Smacked Bob
  4. Any word when 2021-2022 version will be ready? Dreamer Bob
  5. Having cruised on the Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam for the last 3 trips I learned quickly to wander down to our muster station way earlier than the required time We watched the milling masses merge , looking for the crew person who enters your card number into the computer. It was always chaotic. Afterwards we rested our tushes (sp) for upwards of an hour before the elevators weren't jammed packed with humanity Any new muster drill which spreads out the turgid seething masses is advantageous to me PS... While mustering on the Noordam the drill was exasperated with having
  6. Do you start the renewal process in the last year of your current card? thanks Bob
  7. An icy cold Gray Goose Martini with 3 olives stuffed with blue cheese turns my steamy BH into putty in my hands !! Usually served from the aft Lido bar prior to late evening retirement. Maybe this is a cruiser's vaccine Cheers Bob
  8. 6 ft in my grocery store means one way arrows on aisle floors so shoppers won't have to go head on . Maybe Carnival ships will have those in the corridors and in the Lido 6 FT means way fewer chaise loungers around the pools. Chair Hogs will multiply 6 ft at muster drills will have passengers spread all around the ship. What was said I can't hear!! The Crows nest and gym will be converted to isolation wards...just saying Happy hour is only available after midnight on the Lido aft deck when all the old geezers are in bed. Whoops I guess I will miss that one!! Canadian g
  9. I muse over the vaccine less pax lined up to use the elevators?? Sorry only 2 per ride or one scooter Maybe you will be assigned a time to go up elevator 2 portside for dinner. Failure to make your time means going to bed hungry!! Failure to keep six ft behind on the promenade deck means you have to do laps on your own balcony ...or not Lining up in the Lido like when Seinfeld went to the soup Nazi will be the norm I will wait for the vaccine before boarding a floating petri dish Bob
  10. During our last two cruises on the Nieuw Statendam the daily Canadian and Times newspapers were only available on line. This was relayed to me via the front desk. As I walked back to my cabin I passed a crewmember who was putting flyers from the shore excursion desk and the spa in everyone's mail slot!!? Why not put those solicitations on the website also? (mentioned on our last survey) Come on vaccine Bob
  11. Some more tidbits You can only take bottled water ashore, nothing else to eat or drink Bottom of Suite breakfast menu reads...sig/nep/pin/club 0(2/19) No paper news at all, must go through HAL's app, lots of paper ads from spa and signature store though!! Predicted weather not on front of paper "When and Where" delivered each eve. It is on tv 2 min. call to Toronto from room phone was $15.90us Miss the waves already Bob
  12. Got off natty Nieuw Statendam in FLL on March 8 Stayed in a sumptuous suite deck 7 port side No extra precautions on the ship or at the airport due latest problem Happy hour 4-6pm at all the bars!! BB King's earliest performance was 9:45pm Younger crowing crowd , hardly any speeding scooters Only 2 blatant bathrobes observed in local Lido all week Our shower floor was so slippery my BH put her polident on the soles of her slim feminine feet!! Had to visit the modern Medical Center on deck A forward. Visit was $99 charged to your room acct!! Main
  13. We too will try but... in light what's happening across the globe I believe HAL will be more serious about the embarkation. Decks going aboard were mentioned specifically this time starting at 1pm I just hope you are right and my email from HAL is erroneous Bob PS... my TA mentioned the health forms will be back for filling in prior to entry into the hall
  14. Was advised via email through our TA today that special embarkation times are in place for our 7 day toot on the Nieuw Statendam First boarding time is 1pm for 4 and 5 star paunchy patrons and those in nifty Neptune and Pinnacle suites Others by deck follow every 30 minutes I surmise a more detailed health screening will be applied prior to boarding!!?? curious Bob
  15. I'm gob smacked!! Faxed.....6080 Saturday at 9am, got email confirmation at 1pm I am titillated curious Bob
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