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  1. Really good post. Great word pictures of Fanning Island. Fun to read. Much Thanks.
  2. It will be months or years before a dock will be completed. I understand there are other expansion/enhancements in the works as well. As for the roller coaster....I doubt it.
  3. Thanks for sharing one of the world's most beautiful islands. It is a magnificent place. Your blog is a joy. Great fun to read.
  4. I expect HAL's repeat passenger claim is based on the size of their ships...especially if the claim dates back to the days when she was sailing only R and S class ships. I learned of that claim many years ago. It is not new. In any event, with few exceptions, you can count me among the repeaters.
  5. We just returned from a week on Nieuw Amsterdam. There was way too much junk mail in the room every day. On the other hand, we were happy to see the daily onboard newspaper go from 4 or 6 pages to 8 pages and not unhappy that the New York Times connection to that daily newspaper has apparently been discontinued. The paper was more news and no editorial. It also had the crossword. Rumor has it that the printed newspaper will eventually go by the wayside in favor of putting it on the in-room televisions...again in the interest of saving paper. Personally, I'm not too happy about that possibility.
  6. We are sailing on her tomorrow afternoon. Looking forward to being on board again.
  7. Capt. Albert joined the Zuiderdam in Quebec yesterday.
  8. We have not been put off by this. There are usually not many kids of board anyway, especially on cruises of more than seven days. We've seen very few...and on some cruises, none at the sea view pool. I would not let this be a game changer in deciding about a HAL cruise. IMO
  9. I love the lack of loud noises and confusion on board HAL ships. The music is generally reasonable and not intrusively piped throughout the ship. That's a plus. Dining outside on the aft deck is really important to us. Most of our meals are eaten out there when we're not in the main dining room or one of the specialty restaurants. The ease of embarkation is a plus as is the usual trouble free disembarkation. We are often off the ship by 8am on our return. The general atmosphere of a pleasant calmness on board...supported by a great crew and staff gives one the feeling that being on a HAL ship is a really nice place to be.
  10. With respect, it is certainly not a hoax. That deck can be a wonderful, relaxing part of any cruise for many of us.
  11. It would be an unwelcome departure from the norm for a Carnival ship to be there with HAL ships. The outcry from HAL passengers would be heard all the way from Half Moon Cay to HAL headquarters in Seattle. I don't think you have to worry about that.
  12. There is plenty of space on the island for the passengers from those two ships. Having them both there should not have a negative impact of your visit. We've been there with two much larger ships and the impact was not unpleasant. There's lots of space on Half Moon Cay
  13. We find the crow's nest on the Nieuw Amsterdam to be just fine. There is a bar, good seating, great views, an interactive map/ book/library area. Great place to read, chat or drink. There was happy hour there during our cruises as well. There are some games held there from time to time and they are a bit disruptive, but not too bad. There is also coffee there in the morning. We enjoy that space on Nieuw Amsterdam.
  14. For some of us, the incredible beauty of the place along with a few good drinks and a comfortable chair make a most rewarding day. We go ashore in the morning...sometimes stay ashore through lunch....sometimes come back to the ship for lunch. Whatever your plan, it is a magnificent place.
  15. I can't imagine the sand is imported. I'm not disputing the post above, but I surely would like more supporting information about it. I'm not convinced.
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