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  1. fkfad

    Upgrade Question

    Just curious -- when you receive an upgrade offer, is it after final payment? Has anyone ever received an upgrade offer before final payment?
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    Just off the Oosterdam

    We just got off of the Nieuw Amsterdam and played Pickleball almost every day. We had to kick the basketball players off of the court (they were not too happy with us), and had to string the net up a couple of times (a tennis net set strung at the height of a pickleball net). There were a few experienced Pickleball players, but we found ourselves teaching a lot of curious people how to play (it was still fun as it's always fun to play Pickleball!)...
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    VIP Casino Offer

    I received this via email... I hope you get a new offer --- it looks like a fun time!
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    VIP Casino Offer

    The perks are VIP boarding and disembarkation, specialized service with a dedicated VIP host, VIP-only welcome aboard party, complimentary beverages while in the casino, comp entries to the slot and blackjack tournaments, private VIP-only farewell party and prize drawing, free play in the casino and special fares. I had read about these offers for other cruise lines where your travel companion is included for the comp beverages, the tournament entries, and the prize drawings (as well as all of the other things offered)... Just curious if HAL has the same policies. Thanks for asking... 🙂
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    VIP Casino Offer

    I received a VIP casino offer which my husband and I will be taking advantage of. This is our first such offer on Holland America. I have a question regarding all of the perks of this offer -- are they given to both me and my husband? For example, will my husband be included in the prize drawings, get a free entry in the blackjack tournament and the slot tournament, etc.?
  6. Thank you for the replies!
  7. I have read that it is possible to make table reservations for three days at a time... Can you make a table reservation if you are assigned Open Seating?
  8. fkfad

    Pickleball on Nieuw Amsterdam?

    Thank you for this quick reply! I'm not sure what it will be like playing Pickleball on a moving ship in the wind... lol But, I'm willing to give it a try!
  9. We are sailing on the Nieuw Amsterdam in 11 days (yeah!!)... Can anyone tell me if they set up pickleball courts on this ship, and if yes, are they set up every day and do they hold organized games/tournaments? Thanks!
  10. fkfad

    Booking excursions on Holland vs another site

    We book tours through the cruise line when it is an all-day tour and there is a chance to not make it back to the ship on time. We book with a 3rd party when they are highly recommended in the Ports of Call board. We go on our own when possible also based on recommendations in the Ports of Call board.
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    The Dream was a Dream!

    We were in 2212... Sorry -- no pictures....
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    First Day Dream Lunch

    Also -- the Mongolian Wok will be open...
  13. We had our shareholder benefit refused by Carnival once before due to the hugely discounted cruise we had booked (casino rate)...
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    The Dream was a Dream!

    I was able to purchase FTTF approximately two months before our cruise. Keep checking...you never know when it will come available again! It was definitely worth the money!!
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    The Dream was a Dream!

    The ride to the falls was OK -- our driver was pulled over for speeding and was given a ticket... It is a long drive, however, our tour guide kept us entertained the entire time so time passed quickly. I'm guessing we had about one hour at the beach... It was a quick dip in the sea, eating lunch, drinking a couple of rum punches, and hopping back on the bus.