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Good answer, Ruth!
Love your attitude, both toward the dependability of HAL, and your willingness to answer questions. You're a blessing to many of us!
an opinion
Have not yet been on the Zaandam, but HAL's other ships of that size have self serve laundry facilities, operated by quarters. You can also send out single items for their laundry service, but if...
Agree!
I agree with all of you who say the sounds are too loud! My solution is to not attend the shows and to comment about the audio discomfort on my evaluations. Maybe if ALL of us put our complaint in...
Easy
We've never had a problem with "drop offs" when we've cruised in and out of Boston. Your plans should work out well. Happy sailing!
Good to check . . .
. . . at the front desk. We didn't receive our 100 day medallion on the qualifying cruise, then not on the next one either. That made us go immediately to the front desk to ask "Why not?" They...
Travel agent help
I always appreciate the help, as well as occasional OBC our TA gives. We booked our upcoming cruise while on a cruise last year and had it immediately put in our TA's name. Recently she was able to...
Old fashioned wheels
Remember the days before carry ons had wheels? We had a "trolley" with 2 wheels at that time, and now it easily carries 3 bungy corded 12 packs of my favorite no sugar added, cherry coke. I wheel...
location
Some cabin categories were changed because of their location. They are now more "desirable" because they are midship rather than the old "cheaper" price because they are on lower decks. Personally,...
HAL wins with me
Have cruised both lines, and always in inside cabins. There is no comparison in size of the cabins. NCL was so tiny we could hardly move. HAL has some good sized insides and we usually can book...
Thanks, Ruth C
... for the clarification. I do like your idea of HAVING to book a next cruise so that I can use those new amenities.

Or maybe with the new "organization" at HAL and Carnival Corp. there will be...
New status while on board
It's exciting to know that some of you have received the new pins before you got home. Did you also get a new room card with the correct number of stars so that you received the appropriate...
Thanks . . .
. . . for posting this. It does give those choosing cabins a heads up. It's not the experience HAL passengers have come to expect and to appreciate. Not that we expect perfection, but this is a...
Chocolates on Maasdam
Just finished the 14 day New England and Canada excursion on Maasdam and she had the regular chocolates. DH brought most of them home since we ate so well on the ship. I don't feed him the way HAL...
V of V
ninkb and husband (Nancy and Jim) will be on Veendam, Voyage of the Vikings for the 35 day sailing beginning July 12, 2014.
number on the tag?
Doesn't that tag number correspond to the laundry bag number? If you leave tags on clothes while cruising and mix together things that have been in previous loadS won't some of the things risk being...
Lodging in Venice
Just a reply to your question about ease of getting your luggage to lodging in Venice. Most places require you to transport it up/down the stairs on the bridges over the canals.

For this reason,...
The "other side"
On our recent cruise (NA . . . eastern Med. in May) we did mostly ship tours b/c hubby didn't want to risk missing the ship in Athens or any other ports. I was hesitant for the very reasons so many...
Higher price
Seems the price for unlimited laundry is up to $9/day. That's what we paid this spring, and other posters have also reported this higher price. For us, it was worth the expense. We sent things out...
Also waiting . . .
Finally . . . DH is interested in this cruise for 2014 so we're also looking forward to the posting of this cruise. I'm already looking at the cabins and thinking about what is best for us . . ....
Good experience
On our recent E. Med cruise on NA we did many HAL tours and were very pleased with them. I was hesitant, but DH liked the assurance that the ship would wait if the tour was delayed. I found most of...
Key Lime Pie
I add another vote for Kermit's Key Lime Pie shop. It's close to the dock and has a lovely garden area where you can sit and eat that delicious "Key Lime Pie on a stick" or whatever treat you...
No problem
We thoroughly enjoyed our Mediterranean Empires cruise and did not find lines to be an issue on NA. Everything is well managed, and as another poster commented: they know how to take care of...
Great views . . .
Agree about the views, but the speed detracted so much from the actual experience (totaling relaxing for me) . . . that included an excellent commentary from HAL staff rather than this music that...
Great service!
Used the unlimited laundry ( $9/day) on our recent NA cruise. I think they used mesh bags rather than tags for undies and socks. Those items always returned to us and never had tags. The service...
Main Deck
Just off the same cruise as Essiesmom and was right next door to 1053. The location is great . . . no noise from above. We love the large J cabins on Main Deck. Suggest you give it a try!