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    Holland America
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  1. The Frosty Chocolate Mint Buzz is very good. That's why I'm hoping someone can report on whether it is still available.
  2. Can someone who is currently on board confirm for me whether or not you can still order a 'Frosty Chocolate Mint Buzz' from the bar? It's like a adult mint chocolate shake. It's been several years since I was on a HAL cruise and this was my go-to drink. To the point the waitress in the Theater would see me and ask if I would like "my drink". I didn't see it listed in any of the current bar menus on the app. I found this photo on the internet (dated 7 years ago).
  3. Do you have any post-cruise excursions booked? Maybe that is why. Pure conjecture on my part.
  4. Hope this made you laugh. Laughing releases endorphins which make you feel exhilarated and happy and block any feelings of pain.
  5. It's great to read trip reports from someone else that has mobility issues. I actually purchased an upright walker on Amazon to use on my upcoming cruise. It was cheaper than renting something twice. Plus I like the way it folds up so it is easy to get through any narrow doors or spaces. The one I rented for my last cruise was a nightmare to get in and out of my cabin.
  6. Any suggestions for disposal of the underwear? Those trash cans in the bathrooms are pretty small and not airtight. I'd like to make things as easy as possible for the room steward.
  7. I've enjoyed following this thread. Thanks so much for sharing with us. I'll be on the NA in Dec. Has anyone gone to Bingo? I'm trying to get my budget together and was wondering what the prices were for the different card options.
  8. If you don't have a Kroger near you, Amazon also sells HAL gift cards.
  9. If you decide to book the Riverside, sign up for their deals. It saved me $20 more than my AAA rate would have been. I booked them for a before/after cruise night in December. It'll be my first time there, but the price couldn't be beat for the location and all of the good reviews that I have seen here.
  10. I'm in the same situation. I asked my TA to price out what it would be to add the "Have It All" to my current partially paid cruise (have until September). They quoted me a $315 increase. So I did a little math on this end and figured that chances were good that I would save a little money or at least break even. I had already planned on at least one Dinner at Pinnacle @ $40, plus have an excursion that I was thinking of that would use nearly the full $100. I wasn't planning on the internet package at all (unplugging is one of the reasons for cruising), so I'm not including that in my calculations. If I subtract $140 from $315, that would leave me with $175 for the SBP. $175 divided by 7 = $25/day for beverages. 2 adult beverages, a Coke, and a special coffee will be more than that per day. So I'm thinking it'll save me some money. I won't know for certain until after the cruise and I review the "paperwork", though.
  11. Have you looked into the site Raise "dot" com? People buy and sell gift cards there. I've bought a few "after market" gift cards from that site and have never had a problem.
  12. I recently purchased an upright walker on Amazon. It cost a little over what it would to rent a walker for a weeks cruise. Since I plan on doing more cruises, that's a cost savings over time. Make sure that you pay attention to how the rollator/walker folds up. I rented one on my last cruise and it was a nightmare to get it in and out of the cabin because once it was folded it wouldn't roll. The hinges were on either side. The one that I purchased has the hinge under the seat, which allows me to easily maneuver it while it is still folded.
  13. I just saw that they have an Unlimited Pressing Package for $28 (7-night cruise). https://book2.hollandamerica.com/secondaryFlow/gifts/packages/2624
  14. Thanks everyone. I do appreciate the suggestions for alternatives, but that's not what I was looking for. I get headaches from most artificial sweeteners.
  15. The last time I sailed on HAL, the tea was unsweetened. I'm assuming that this is still the case. If it is, I'd like to bring on some bottles of my favorite brand of sweetened tea. It comes in either 20 fl oz plastic bottles or in a gallon. I doubt that the gallon would fit in the "mini-fridge". Has anyone had success otherwise? Or are you even allowed to bring on a gallon of a beverage on board (aside from distilled water for CPAP - which I will be bringing also)? For those of you that have brought on your own non-alcoholic drinks... (keeping in mind that I will be eating in mostly in the MDR or Signature restaurants) Do you pour it in a glass/travel mug and take it to your meals that way? Do you take the bottle/can unopened to your dining location? and then just ask for a glass of ice at the restaurant? Is there a limit to the number of bottles that you can bring on? This brand does not come in packs. So I'm guessing that bringing a type of soft-side cooler will be ok for transport on to the ship? The cabin stewards are able to empty the mini-fridge correct? How many bottles have you been able to put in the fridge at a time? This Southern girl must have her sweet tea, especially since she no longer drinks carbonated beverages. Thanks!
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