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    Another Beverage Package question (Sorry)

    Post 30..well said. You covered everything.
  2. jimlouisesophie

    Another Beverage Package question (Sorry)

    Post 21 " I purchased the special bucket of beers at a discount and stored in my cabin mini fridge." Good idea, but you will not have a cold beer to drink, as the fridge is only cool, not cold....I like my beer cold.
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    Back from Alaska With Westerdam

    Post 11, thanks for the reply to post 10. We have subscribed to the weekly newsletter, Travel With Alan, for years and this was the first time we booked with this Seattle travel agent. I recommend them as they come out with fantastic deals and all our ports had complimentary tours including the bus from Seward to Denali and dome car back to Anchorage. All of our bags arrived before we went to our rooms and we did not have to check in, as we were presented with keys and our room number when leaving the bus. They even booked our flight to home, Nanaimo, BC. We stayed in Denali for 2 nights and meals were included as well as the 60 mile, 9 hour bus into Denali National Park
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    Drink package

    The break even point is about 7 drinks per day. We bought it prior to our cruise for $44.95 and found out that it was worth it, as drinks can be expensive on board, even a large water will cost about $5. For someone that does not drink alcoholic drinks, it may not be worth the cost. The only way to find out how many drinks one has had per day is to ask the customer service desk, or what we did was to log all drinks on my note book which I kept on my person all the time. The crows nest on the Westerdam had a bar and it was nice to get a specialty coffee while watching the scenery.
  5. jimlouisesophie

    Rough Seas In Alaska

    We just returned from the AK cruise with the inside passage from Vancouver which was very smooth, but a little choppy, but not that bad when we left Skagway en route to Seward...really nothing to be concerned about, though.
  6. jimlouisesophie

    Back from Alaska With Westerdam

    We booked a Travel With Alan Package on the Westerdam and had an incredible voyage & land package from Vancouver and flew back to home to Nanaimo, BC, and just returned. We took a choper from Nanaimo to Vancouver and overnighted before boarding the next day. We got there early, around 10 am and the embarking was very easy & fast and once aboard we went to our Cabin where our bags where already onboard. We proceed to the Lido Buffet to have lunch, and went there for all our meals, which we really enjoyed, great food. We purchased the Signature Beverage Package for 44.95 US $ per person per day and found it to be the best option with 15 drinks per day per person which included all drinks, alcoholic, soda, water and specialty drinks. There are a number of bars aboard where one can relax but we spent most of our time on the Lido deck as well as our balcony....the balcony was worth the extra cost, even though the weather can change in a few minutes. It was nice to get some fresh air. The cabin steward kept our room very clean and put towel animals on our beds every night. The bartenders were awesome, knowing our names and what drinks we were having. We did not attend any shows but just relaxed in various places on board and enjoyed the crows nest. We saw lots of whales and the best part was visiting the glaciers in Glacier Bay where we spent several hours. Weather could change in a minute so we were prepared with layers. The ports were great and with our Travel With Alan package, all tours were included. We took the bus from Seward to Denali National Park where we stayed for 2 nights with all meals included as well as the incredible 10 hour Tundra Tour into the Denali National Park, which was also included in our package. We saw several different animals, including a grizzly, moose, swans, cariboo, hawks, etc. The Mckinley Chalet Resort was very nice, so very large and we had great food there, all included as mentioned. The 9 hour train back to our hotel in Anchorage, which was also included, was great as we had reserved dome seats and had a great white table meal aboard and when in the dome car, we had our own private bartender, who came by to take our order...a real great service. Upon entering Anchorage, our coach was waiting for us, as it was in Denali and took us to our hotel, with no check in as we were presented with our key aboard the coach and our bags were in our room. The final day saw us being picked up by coach and we had a tour of the city before heading to the airport to our flight to Nanaimo. The tour was so well organized, as we did not have to make any reservations, or worry about our bags being delivered to our room or airport, and highly recommend this tour as all meals and tours in each port where included. Any questions will be answered...Jim
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    HAL Deck Plans

    http://www.cruisemapper.com/deckplans/ms-Westerdam-710
  8. jimlouisesophie

    Beverage package and water

    I believe you can also go on line, put in your booking number and follow the leads.
  9. jimlouisesophie

    Beverage package and water

    post 29..Call HAL Ship Services 1 800 541 1576 Monday to Friday 7 to 5 PST at least 4 days ahead of your cruise in order to get the discounted price.
  10. jimlouisesophie

    Beverage package and water

    post 9..Tks for clearing this up..you r a wealth of information...I always carry a very small notebook with me while traveling, so will just mark down the number of drinks we both have on a daily basis indicating if it is a single, double, water, liqueurs, etc. or like you mention, go to the app. One final question, can one also order a double wine, silly question, but wanted to cover all the bases..Tks again for your help.
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    Beverage package and water

    post 17, very informative info, tks....r u sure of the double/triple shots in one glass counting as only 1...good news, though...how does one keep track of the number of drinks they have had per day?
  12. jimlouisesophie

    Beverage package and water

    I have heard from other cruisers that at the end of the day if their 15 drink limit has not been reached, they would just get more drinks, take it back to their room (perhaps put the drink from the glass(s) into another bottle to be used later
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    Beverage package and water

    If you purchase the Signature Beverage Package pre cruise, it is $44.95 + 15% SC and includes alcoholic, non alcoholic, pop, water and spiked coffee beverages for a maximum of 15 drinks per day per person in each cabin over the age of I believe 21 and includes drinks $9 (before gratuities) or under. If you buy the package while on the cruise it is $49.95 per day.
  14. jimlouisesophie

    Beverage Package Question

    I thought this thread was dead, but just wanted to ask a few more questions, please? We would like to order a bucket of beer with our package. Is this permitted on the SBP. We would like to keep the bucket, take it back to our cabin, put a note on it asking the steward not to take it away, put ice in it on a daily basis and put our beer and bottled water in it so that we can have cold (the fridge of course does not keep drinks that cold) drinks in or cabin without going to the bar. Ship services could not answer this question. And just one more question: how does one know how many drinks they have had in one day: are we given a receipt, or do we have to ask the bartender?
  15. jimlouisesophie

    Beverage Package Question

    Post 39, yes you are correct and you have called HAL, the same as I did....15 drinks includes ALL drinks, alcoholic, water, soda...I called them previously and was told the same, so we can finally close this thread knowing what HAL policy is...wow, what a thread, but glad to have it settled....for those who do not believe us, called HAL and post their response here, but most likely you will get the same answer as we did..duh
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