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  1. I just received the same notice for my March 7 Mexican Riviera cruise.
  2. YES! Love the pea soup. And DH now insists on aft balconies only for AK for all of those reasons. But do get outside and listen to the glacier. Have a great trip.
  3. Having done HAL for several GB cruises, I would recommend going up to the Crows Nest early, by 700 is a good target if you want a seat. Park rangers ( and a Native representative from Hoonah) will set up displays and maps that show the approximate times of arrival for all the glaciers. Park rangers are picked up around 0830, and are happy to answer questions. Bring good binoculars and camera, walk around outside too, the promenade can be a great spot. And yes, your aft balcony is the best when you sail out.
  4. Thank you for posting and the great pictures. We are seriously considering this cruise next year and this is very helpful.
  5. Boarding in March, thank you for posting and have a great time! With all the posts about azipod issues lately, did the recent fix do the trick for the Oosterdam?
  6. Join us on the March 7 cruise!! I loved your posts on your recent cruise. My DH fishes too, they can have fun swapping stories lol.
  7. Hello, I think you will enjoy the Nieuw Amsterdam. I have done my last 2 AK cruises on her ( last one this past May and I posted a review on this forum with dailies) I have enjoyed your posts on the MSC forum, and my last 2 Caribbean cruises have been on Divina. Production shows are not HAL's strength...however the Nieuw Amsterdam has the BB Kings and we love them. I have found HAL more low key overall, less food venues than NCL, but better food (IMO), than MSC or NCL in the MDR. We seem to be gravitating more towards HAL for our most recent cruises and enjoy their newer ships. Although the very best cruise we ever had was a 2 week cruise on the Maasdam several years ago.
  8. Yes, that is what I had to do after I saw that we had initially did not get double points. They looked up the booking and saw that we had upgraded to the published fare and made the change while I was on the phone with them.
  9. We have that suite for our March cruise and we are really looking forward to it! I upgraded from a balcony to a corner aft suite for our AK cruise this past year as a surprise to DH. But I think I let the genie out of the bottle with that surprise and it's going to be tough going back to balconies. Thanks for your update.
  10. I had sb5186, port side, this past May and loved it. Quiet, and we are hooked on aft suites or balcony cabins. Longer walk to the Neptune lounge, Crows Nest, and Atrium than other Neptune suites, but closer to MDR and Lido. Would get that location again (actually we did on the Oosterdam for March 😁).
  11. Thanks, I normally definitely do try to reward those that make my cruise enjoyable, wasn't sure if there was a way to get that extra OBC to them. But if I can just increase it across the board I will, and give extra to those I wish.
  12. Glad I came across this thread! We have quite a bit of OBC for our next cruise and I was wondering how to do this on HAL. When you fill out the form, can you break the amount down among certain crew members (say room steward , waiter, bartender, etc)?
  13. Thanks for the heads up! Was able to add it to my February cruise with no change in price or loss of OBC.
  14. Following, we loved our cruise in May on the NA. Looks like you should have good weather this week, enjoy, and thank you for taking the time to do a live post.
  15. The Dive in is just outside the entrance of the lido on the pool deck and they serve burgers, hot dogs, and great fries. Open for extended lunch, hours are on the dailies I posted. They take your order, give you a beeper so you have time to grab a drink and find a table, normally 10 minutes or so for orders.
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