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52 minutes ago, rhinomike said:

Does anybody’s know how the showers are on the Nieuw Statendam?  How small are they?  I’m a big guy. 6 feet 1 inch and 250 pounds. I hate small showers. Most ships are ok but we had one shower on the NCL Sky that was horrible. 

 

What about the gym?  I can’t find much info on that either. 

 

Thank you. 

The showers are great on the Nieuw Statendam (and Koningsdam).  Large, roomy.  My DH is 6'6" and he has plenty of room.  

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My 3 kids in their 20's and early 30's love HAL.  They have sailed HAL and Princess and all 3 prefer HAL.

 

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Great. Thank you to everyone.  The help and friendliness was much appreciated... 

 

We just called HAL and reserved two side by side Verrandah cabins. Numbers are on the Gershwin Deck 5035 and 5037. Any opinions on the cabins?  I can switch anytime. My only thought was looking at a picture of the ship it looks as if there might be a deck right below us that protrudes and might block our view downward. Should we try to go up higher or is this not an issue?

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29 minutes ago, rhinomike said:

Great. Thank you to everyone.  The help and friendliness was much appreciated... 

 

We just called HAL and reserved two side by side Verrandah cabins. Numbers are on the Gershwin Deck 5035 and 5037. Any opinions on the cabins?  I can switch anytime. My only thought was looking at a picture of the ship it looks as if there might be a deck right below us that protrudes and might block our view downward. Should we try to go up higher or is this not an issue?

 

We were on deck 5 on the Koningsdam and we could look down onto the deck 4 balconies - they do protrude a bit.  It was a non issue for us - you still get a great view of the sea.  The cabins you have picked are far forward which to us would be fine.  Some people think that makes for a rougher ride in heavy seas.   We have had cabins forward, midship, and aft,  and never really feel it makes a difference.  

 

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38 minutes ago, rhinomike said:

My only thought was looking at a picture of the ship it looks as if there might be a deck right below us that protrudes and might block our view downward.

I don't think you'll be bothered much.

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1 hour ago, *Miss G* said:

The Explorations cafe is a great place for small bites at lunchtime 

Be sure to try the Grand Dutch Cafe for lunch.

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We called in to purchase the club orange program. It was $35 per day or $500 for our 14 day cruise. So a total of $2500 for our group of 5. Much more than I thought. We went ahead and bought it because it is fully refundable. Does the price ever go down?  Does that sound correct?  I thought I read somewhere that you don’t have to pay for the third or fourth person in your cabin. Is that not correct?  

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1 hour ago, rhinomike said:

We called in to purchase the club orange program. It was $35 per day or $500 for our 14 day cruise. So a total of $2500 for our group of 5. Much more than I thought. We went ahead and bought it because it is fully refundable. Does the price ever go down?  Does that sound correct?  I thought I read somewhere that you don’t have to pay for the third or fourth person in your cabin. Is that not correct?  

 

Yes, that is the going price ("list price") for the K'dam and NS. It's $25 on the other ships because they don't have the separate CO restaurant, and therefore CO has less value on those ships.  There have been reports of offers of $15 on some cruises, but IIRC, all of those offers have been on non-Pinnacle ships. I think CO sells well enough on the two Pinnacle class ships that HAL doesn't have to "mark down" the price for CO.

 

I thought I read that third and fourth in a cabin do not have to pay for CO. Maybe that's if they're kids. I would call HAL and ask. Look through all the links about CO on the website first. It would help if you could quote something you see online.

 

 

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$35 for CO is cheaper than what they originally were offering it at.  On our cruise on the Nieuw Statendam  (the Premier sailing) it was $50.  We did not take them up on it.  

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7 hours ago, kazu said:

 

OMG - good to know.  I was in my early 30’s when I first started to cruise and HAL was my 2nd one. We had a blast.

 

 

Yes, I was also in my 30's, but HAL was my 3rd line (after Carnival and NCL).  Once I cruised HAL I never looked back - they were the line for me & my son (about 10 when we started).  He grew up on HAL.  When he was 13 I took him on his first Disney cruise.  He asked if his future cruises could please be back on HAL.  When he was early-mid 20's he cruised a Carnival ship with a bunch of friends.  I expected him to love it (being one who likes to drink & have fun) but he HATED it.  Said the passengers were trashy/drunks, the food sucked, etc.  A couple/few years later he booked a HAL cruise and proposed in the Pinnacle Grill.  He & his wife clearly love HAL, despite being very early 30's now.  So, don't assume HAL is just for old farts.  It's for people who appreciate that age can bring wisdom and interesting experiences...which enhances our travel.  As a youngster I really enjoyed the older HAL passengers because they were so well-traveled, accomplished, and just nice people.  Now I'm 60 (almost 61) so I'm fast becoming one of those old farts the ignorant  stereotype the line to be 😉  

 

Sue/WDW1972

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Will the dress code in the club orange dinner restaurant be the same as in the MDR or more relaxed?  Will the menu be the same?  We love dining in the MDR and not sure what to spect in the CO restaurant. Thank you. 

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6 hours ago, rhinomike said:

Will the dress code in the club orange dinner restaurant be the same as in the MDR or more relaxed?  Will the menu be the same?  We love dining in the MDR and not sure what to spect in the CO restaurant. Thank you. 

 

Dress code is the same as in the MDR.

 

Menu is the same except for the addition of an entree or 2 at dinner.

 

 

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Dinner and dress code is as Kazu says.  Bottomless mimosas are included for breakfast.  I always ask for an Americano coffee and that’s included as well... but the regular coffee is fine.

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3 hours ago, kazu said:

 

Dress code is the same as in the MDR.

 

Menu is the same except for the addition of an entree or 2 at dinner.

 

 

 

Great. Thank you. 😃

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We did a 7 day cruise to Alaska this summer on Nieuw Amsterdam.  Ages in our Group were 70's, 40's, 12 and 16.  Everyone had a great time and we loved the ship.  Having said that, I have platinum status on Norwegian and have never had a bad cruise or a problem.  Not keen on Carnival, ship was dark and dreary and our room was very noisy because of music in the casino below us.  Royal Caribbean was just okay but the specialty coffee bar was on the way to the buffet so we could pick up good coffee in the morning, unlike Nieuw Amsterdam where you had to make your way to the top floor to get a special coffee.   Princess was massively overcrowded but we did like Vines, the wine bar for the tapas.  Haven't been on Celebrity yet.  Loved the Celestial Crystal cruise around Cuba but a small ship and not for kids although the production shows were the best I've ever seen.  Like you, we pick the cruise for the itinerary but I hope to sail on HAL again.

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