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Nieuw Amsterdam and Club Orange

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We are considering the Transatlantic on NA in April and wondering if there is anyone who can tell us about Club Orange on that ship. We plan to be in a Neptune suite as we have been in the past so we are concerned about dining. Normally we are on the upper level of MDR at a table for two at second seating and find the prospects of being in a roped off area in the dining room very unappealing. It would be out first experience on a ship with CO. I admit we have some trepidation about this program. I guess everyone may have different perspectives on that. Although we are 4 Star Mariners we have never cruised on NA and would greatly appreciate any information in general. Is Lincoln Center stage on NA? There is the possibility of waiting for Zuiderdam a few weeks later. Can anyone make a comparison? Thanks to all.

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There is no roped-off section in the MDR. There was talk of doing that, but so far it hasn't happened. Since you're doing fixed seating, the only part of CO that should affect your dinner will be the availability of an extra entree. People doing open seating get a priority line so they get a table faster. 

 

NA and Zuiderdam both have Lincoln Center.

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Correct, if you already have confirmed fixed seating; that is what you will  have on the ship. Club Orange does not come into play other than the extra entrée option. 

 

I hate to read how this Club Orange is panicking those in Neptune Suites who already have the benefits of Club Orange by virtue of their cabin class.

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Being in a Neptune suite, if you have anytime dining, go to the MDR and there is a Club Orange line.  You should be seated quite quickly.  If you have set dining, no issue at all.  
 

I’d suggest going to the Neptune lounge when they do the “talk” for all Neptune guests if you can.  For us, it was the first evening.  Even though we usually cruise in a Neptune it was a good refresher plus got to meet other suite guests.  

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Thank you for these helpful replies. It also sounds as though breakfast in the Pinnacle Grill is still an option. We are not panicking over this but think it is better to know as much as possible in advance to have a better experience once on board. Thanks again and look forward to other information or advice!

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