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I just booked a Neptune guarantee on the Nieuw Statendam (sister ship to Koningsdam) and was wondering about the 4 Neptune cabins that are far forward on decks 10 and 11.  Has anyone stayed in these and if so, how did you like them?

 

 

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We were on the first NS Christmas cruise, had to book a NS guarantee, and ended up in 10006. Never again.

 

No balcony space was the HUGE drawback. There were two chairs and a small table which left little space to even stand at the railing. Nice to have a front facing window, and the room was big enough to hold a yoga class. Other plus was being close to The Retreat. Glad we had booked a cabana as that was the only deck space we had.

 

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On 6/25/2020 at 9:45 PM, oceanmom said:

We were on the first NS Christmas cruise, had to book a NS guarantee, and ended up in 10006. Never again.

 

No balcony space was the HUGE drawback. There were two chairs and a small table which left little space to even stand at the railing. Nice to have a front facing window, and the room was big enough to hold a yoga class. Other plus was being close to The Retreat. Glad we had booked a cabana as that was the only deck space we had.

 

Hmmm, couldn't your room steward have just have opened up the balcony partition to give you access to the forward wrap-around balcony section?  Opening up that section probably triples the balcony space for that cabin.  At 1:36 into this Koningsdam video clip, there is a photo of Neptune Suite 11005's balcony partition open, giving access to the forward balcony.  That area certainly would be windy on sea days but would give outstanding forward views.  The view would be obstructed sitting in a deck chair as the forward portion is steel versus glass but the night sky view would be spectacular.

 

 

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Sometimes you can have the partition opened, usually they won't.

 

I like to have breakfast at a normal height table, have a couple of reclining chairs with foot stools, and a cover overhead providing shade on sea days when we spend most of our time on the balcony.  That's why we spend the extra money on a Neptune.

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On ‎6‎/‎25‎/‎2020 at 4:10 PM, DaveOKC said:

I just booked a Neptune guarantee on the Nieuw Statendam (sister ship to Koningsdam) and was wondering about the 4 Neptune cabins that are far forward on decks 10 and 11.  Has anyone stayed in these and if so, how did you like them?

 

 

 

Dave, are the 2 Neptunes on the Sun Deck the only SCs on the Nieuw Statendam?  

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Friends of ours rolled the dice on a Neptune guarantee on the Koningsdam and ended up deck 10 (10006). The wife was extremely upset.  Next to no balcony.  Room was a weird shape but it was the very small balcony that disturbed her the most.  They did complain and the partition was opened but then it slammed all night so they couldn’t sleep so had it closed again.  
 

I personally don’t think they should be sold as a Neptune.

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Thanks for the info, Canadianbear.  Those forward Neptunes sound quite a bit different than the SCs I've stayed in on other ships.  I'd take one if I was upgraded from an SS, but wouldn't book an SC guarantee.  Would stick with an SB.

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1 hour ago, Roz said:

Thanks for the info, Canadianbear.  Those forward Neptunes sound quite a bit different than the SCs I've stayed in on other ships.  I'd take one if I was upgraded from an SS, but wouldn't book an SC guarantee.  Would stick with an SB.

There are 2 SCs on the Sun deck (11), but right under those (Deck 10) are two SQs.

 

We got a great deal on the Casino Offer, so we decided to take a chance on the guarantee - it was only $300 for 10 days more than the Signature guarantee.

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1 minute ago, DaveOKC said:

There are 2 SCs on the Sun deck (11), but right under those (Deck 10) are two SQs.

 

We got a great deal on the Casino Offer, so we decided to take a chance on the guarantee - it was only $300 for 10 days more than the Signature guarantee.

 

Good deal.  I would stay in one of the SCs or SQs for that amt. over the SS.

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6 minutes ago, Roz said:

 

Good deal.  I would stay in one of the SCs or SQs for that amt. over the SS.

The total was only about $1500 pp for Neptune SC guarantee for 10 days - too good to pass up!

 

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11 minutes ago, SumoCitrus said:

I maintain that only the genuine Neptunes midships are worth it. The rest (like the aft wraps) are fake Neptunes.

 

I happen to like the back aft wrap Neptunes.  I've stayed in 2 of them.

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1 hour ago, Roz said:

 

I happen to like the back aft wrap Neptunes.  I've stayed in 2 of them.

Us, too. Fabulous for our March 2018 Panama Canal Cruise on Oosterdam. Practically stayed there for the whole transit - and a lot of the rest of the trip. Plenty of room for dining and socializing, too. Depends on what you like to do, though. Only drawback for us was it was soooo far from the Neptune lounge - especially important in the morning...

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17 minutes ago, What was that? said:

Us, too. Fabulous for our March 2018 Panama Canal Cruise on Oosterdam. Practically stayed there for the whole transit - and a lot of the rest of the trip. Plenty of room for dining and socializing, too. Depends on what you like to do, though. Only drawback for us was it was soooo far from the Neptune lounge - especially important in the morning...

We had a Zuiderdam deck 5 aft-wrap for a partial PC transit and it was fantastic!  Really a great way to watch the locks operate.  Nice to hold a transit party as well on those huge balconies.

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2 hours ago, SumoCitrus said:

I maintain that only the genuine Neptunes midships are worth it. The rest (like the aft wraps) are fake Neptunes.

We usually stay mid ship only because hubby gets the motion sickness.  However we’ve been guests many times of friends in aft wrap Neptune suites and I loved them.  The huge balcony is a plus for many people.  Everyone has their preference for different reasons.

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2 hours ago, What was that? said:

Us, too. Fabulous for our March 2018 Panama Canal Cruise on Oosterdam. Practically stayed there for the whole transit - and a lot of the rest of the trip. Plenty of room for dining and socializing, too. Depends on what you like to do, though. Only drawback for us was it was soooo far from the Neptune lounge - especially important in the morning...

One good thing about the far forward wraps vs the aft ones - the walk to the Neptune is only about 1/2 as far.

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2 hours ago, What was that? said:

Us, too. Fabulous for our March 2018 Panama Canal Cruise on Oosterdam. Practically stayed there for the whole transit - and a lot of the rest of the trip. Plenty of room for dining and socializing, too. Depends on what you like to do, though. Only drawback for us was it was soooo far from the Neptune lounge - especially important in the morning...

 

Yes, that's the only drawback, being far away from the Neptune Lounge.  But then I think about all the calories I don't consume by not being in close proximity, and the 2 calories I burn walking to and from my aft cabin and the NL. 😉

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33 minutes ago, Roz said:

 

Yes, that's the only drawback, being far away from the Neptune Lounge.  But then I think about all the calories I don't consume by not being in close proximity, and the 2 calories I burn walking to and from my aft cabin and the NL. 😉


Spot on Roz!!  We actually, for the first time last December, chose a Neptune on deck 6 on the Oosterdam.  Since we were going to be on for 2 weeks, when we booked we could only get a guarantee (which I don’t like) an aft (which no way because of hubby) or mid ship on deck 6.  Figured we’d try it and actually really liked it!  I’m so glad we got that cruise in as I’m really struggling with withdrawal from no cruises 😒

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27 minutes ago, canadianbear said:

I’m so glad we got that cruise in as I’m really struggling with withdrawal from no cruises 😒

 

I hear you about cruise withdrawal and nothing to look forward to.  I cruised in January and have another one booked for next January, but that's becoming less and less likely as each day goes by.  Forget the Neptune Suite.  At this point I would stay in a lifeboat if only I could cruise. 😎

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2 hours ago, canadianbear said:


Spot on Roz!!  We actually, for the first time last December, chose a Neptune on deck 6 on the Oosterdam.  Since we were going to be on for 2 weeks, when we booked we could only get a guarantee (which I don’t like) an aft (which no way because of hubby) or mid ship on deck 6.  Figured we’d try it and actually really liked it!  I’m so glad we got that cruise in as I’m really struggling with withdrawal from no cruises 😒

I was curious about that. We used to only cruise once every two years but after retiring,  we were going twice a year.  We did just have a nice Panama Canal in March but our Hawaiian cruise in September was canceled.  What are other people doing? 

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12 minutes ago, JeffElizabeth said:

I was curious about that. We used to only cruise once every two years but after retiring,  we were going twice a year.  We did just have a nice Panama Canal in March but our Hawaiian cruise in September was canceled.  What are other people doing? 

We are being very bored at home 😒  Supposed to fly to see our grandbaby but not flying for awhile anywhere.  We do have a summer place and boat that we can now go to (involves a ferry).  I’d still rather be planning a cruise!  We had to cancel one for October to Europe so I’m really suffering.  Was hoping to get to 5* but doubt that will happen now.

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