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  1. I am gaining weight just looking at your food pictures! Looks like a wonderful journey.
  2. Looks great! Interesting that the beds are so hard. We found the same thing in Russia. Ouch! Thanks for taking us along.
  3. Business class is the way to go on flights that long. Hopefully you can get some good rest enroute and arrive ready to roll.
  4. Enjoy the journey! I'll be following you along the way! We really liked the Diamond Princess when we sailed the Mexican Riviera some years ago.
  5. I use these, and they're great. (A store-bought version of what Krazy Kruizers made.) https://www.walmart.com/ip/Cruise-Luggage-Tag-4-pack-for-Carnival-Cruise-Lines-Costa-Holland-America-Norwegian-and-P-O-Port-Sea/930841609?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=10488&adid=22222222227161440428&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=273471606127&wl4=pla-455996349798&wl5=1026831&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=117097109&wl11=online&wl12=930841609&veh=sem
  6. It all depends on the weather. We've been in mid October and have seen stunning colors.
  7. We love the aft-facing staterooms on the Rotterdam. Especially the corner ones. There is no problem with people looking down on you that I have experienced. I believe we were on the navigation deck.
  8. The dhip will charge a premium, so if you can find a post office convenient in port that would be your best bet.
  9. Yes, the cookies celebrated half a million HAL passengers in Montreal. I just wish that we would have been told that. https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/21361-montreal-to-mark-500-000th-passenger-from-holland-america-line.html
  10. Dear Curious People: EATEN!!! (And it was quite good.) 😋
  11. No. They gave it to us in the terminal after we had collected our luggage.
  12. As we departed Zaandam this morning we were given cookie pops commemorating 500,000 guests. Seems like there should be more.
  13. The first night's World Stage program was an introduction to the entire performing cast. we were told there would be two production shows this week, and we're very happy for that. The singers and dancers were very good. The violinist from Adagio is a little weak, but we enjoyed listening to them before dinner last night. Speaking of dinner, things went pretty well for night one. We have early fixed seating, and I was surprised at how relatively empty the upper dining room was. Still, the storage same to be rushing around trying to get everything done. (I had trout, and thought it was amazing.) Tonight will be the first off to Gala nights for this week. Additional posting for this cruise will depend on if I can find Wi-Fi somewhere. I'm not going to purchase an internet package this time, especially just for posting on social media. Okay, Bar Harbor, let's see what you have in store for us today!
  14. I will generally adjust the temperature by only 5 degrees. If things get too hot or cold, it will take too long to get back to a comfortable temperature when arriving home, as RuthC noted. I used to always shut off water to the washing machine, but since the house we live in now is only 2 years old I take the chance that it will be okay. Especially since the hoses are stainless steel wrapped.
  15. This is it! The beginning of our 50th wedding anniversary celebration. We are aboard the ship, and are happy to be here. Everything went very smoothly this morning. Check in was a breeze. Everything very well organized. Boarding was swift. Rooms were ready at 12:15. We have enjoyed our burgers at Dive In, and will be heading to the Mariner reception at 2:00. I have a feeling this will be a great week.
  16. I think we need a FlowRider!!! Everyone could be a Big Kahuna and the envy of all their friends! Of course I'm kidding! 😁
  17. Ain't that the truth! Thanks, KK, for posting the link. We'll see if they're on the Zaandam next week. I still miss the beautiful original blue Delft motif on the Pinnacle Grill's base plates. Wish they'd bring them back.
  18. I'm certainly looking forward to having the chocolate squares next week! It just wouldn't be the same without them!
  19. I'm with you. I understand why they don't send them out any more; but it was always an exciting time when the TA called and said, "Your docs are in!" I also liked the pouches they came in. First leather, then pleather, then fabric. Ah, the "good old days."
  20. Today's reality. Not enough people, not enough people knowledgeable.
  21. We sailed Princess for a land and sea journey. We really did like the Princess lodges. Haven't been in HAL's lodges, so can't compare. Our "home" is Holland America, but I must say that Princess did a great job for us in Alaska.
  22. I believe you'll feel back at home. Yes, there are changes; but the feel is the same. The stewards are still top-drawer. We really enjoyed the Koningsdam, even though I was somewhat skeptical going in. She's different in decor, for sure. Especially in the dining room. And there are significant changes in the menus. But the extras the ship provides are nice. Don't miss the Dutch Cafe.
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