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  1. MsMolly

    Question for Copper10-8

    Thanks for your advice. We are actually in Canada. My son has spoken to a university here about this field of study. (this interest came after a university visited his high school to discuss this program) Out of the possible choices he has been talking about, this is the only one we know nothing about!! We have been doing a lot of research, though! We are aware there are many avenues this course of study can lead to for careers...just thought he may benefit and gain some insight speaking with a captain and seeing how things work!
  2. MsMolly

    Question for Copper10-8

    Thanks so much for the quick reply. We will definitely follow your advice! We appreciate your help!!
  3. Hello. I have a son who is starting to decide the path he will take once he graduates from high school. One of the options he is looking into is nautical sciences. We are cruising on the Nieuw Statendam March 3rd - 10th. I am curious if you know if there is a tour or a way for him to see the bridge during our cruise. If he could talk to the captain that would be even better! Thanks!
  4. MsMolly

    Balcony Question

    Thanks for sharing the picture catl331 and thank you jabcruiser for sharing your experience. We had a similar verandah on a Princess cruise so I am not concerned but was curious. I think we will enjoy the larger balcony as there are 5 of us travelling. We do have 2 cabins but it will be nice to all fit on one balcony!
  5. MsMolly

    Balcony Question

    Thanks for the information. I figured that may be the case!!
  6. MsMolly

    Balcony Question

    On the Nieuw Statendam on deck 4 there are some cabins that have deeper balconies. We are looking at 4171 or 4173. I am wondering if the balconies above these ones can look down on these balconies or are they still private/fully covered like the regular size balconies? Any information about these cabins/ balconies would be appreciated!
  7. We are also a family of six. My husband and I cruised a few times then decided to take our four children on a cruise. I was adamant that we have connecting rooms. It worked out great and we all had a wonderful time. The second cruise we booked with the kids there were no connecting cabins in the area we wanted so we took a chance and booked side by side cabins. We always book balcony cabins so we just used the balcony door to go back and forth between rooms...that worked just as well for us. (like you, we had teenagers so it was a safe way to do it. Actually I think my husband stayed in one cabin and I stayed in the other anyway! haha!)
  8. I roll everything when packing then hang everything as soon as we arrive in our cabin. This works ok!
  9. MsMolly

    Disinfecting your cabin question.

    I also pack Lysol wipes and do a wipe down as soon as we arrive to our cabin. It may do nothing but it may help! If anything it makes me feel better!!!!
  10. MsMolly

    Family cruise logistics question

    We have four children as well.(ages 14, 16, 19 and 20) We have cruised a few times with them. We have had adjoining cabins for 2 cruises and put 3 in each cabin. One cruise we could not get adjoining cabins so we booked balcony cabins next door to each other and had the steward open the divider between our balconies so went back and forth that way. I thought this way would bother me but it worked great and meant we could get cabins on a deck we preferred and closer to mid ship. For our first few cruises we booked through a travel agency. After that I started booking with a personal cruise consultant with Hal. If I can get any perks, I would go back to a travel agency as I really don't see a benefit with booking one over the other.
  11. MsMolly

    Birthday Celebrations on board

    We have celebrated my son and husband's birthdays onboard a couple of times now. Our travel agent/personal cruise consultant let the staff know there were birthdays during our cruise and my son and husband both received a small cake. One of the times we were eating in a specialty restaurant and they still brought a small cake when our meal was over. This was without me letting them know. We usually dine in the buffet and I have never notified staff about birthdays. Both cruises, for both birthdays (different days during our cruise) the cakes were tiny and enough for one....they definitely were the size of one piece of cake so not enough to share considering we are a family of 6! Perhaps in the main dining room the cake is larger.
  12. MsMolly

    Self disembarkation on Holland?

    We have done self disembarkation numerous times and have always been at the airport by 9am.
  13. MsMolly

    HAL vs NCL / Kids / Cuba

    We have 4 children who have sailed on Holland America twice. They love it. We travel for family time so we weren't too concerned with Club Hal. Our daughter who is very shy ended up loving the kids club. There were usually only a few kids there and the workers were great. Our teenage boys enjoyed watching a movie, playing ping pong, we played many board games from the large assortment we found Hal had in their library area. They definitely found enough to keep busy. Their favourite thing was the sports court. They had basketball, soccer, tennis...we often had the sports area to ourselves and spent hours up there. Our family tends to eat most of our meals in the buffet on Hal. We do go to the dining room once or twice each cruise but the kids enjoy the variety of the buffet and they can eat a lot! We all also love the tamarind and usually go there at least once or twice.
  14. We have just booked our 7th cruise with Holland America. I remember doing so much research prior to our first cruise about clothing and what was permitted. We have 4 children and have to fly so are limited to how much luggage we can take. (and are willing to take!!) Our first cruise I packed numerous dressy clothes for all of us for the dining room. I think maybe we wore 1/4 of what we took. I stressed about keeping the clothing police happy. I must say, after that cruise, we scaled way back and now travel carry on only! We do not care what others think and find we often chose to eat at the buffet many evenings. We take dockers and a golf shirt for our sons and a sundress for our daughter incase we do decide to go to the dining room a time or two. It is a fancy dining room and we wouldn't feel comfortable in jeans and t shirts but we have seen others even in tattered jean shorts and t shirts. Wear what you are comfortable in and enjoy your trip!
  15. We use a cruise consultant through Holland America and I was told last week that if the price drops prior to final payment that our price would be adjusted. If it drops after final payment they usually offer a credit towards a future cruise.