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Btimmer

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    Burien
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    Motorcycling, camping, cruising
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    Holland America
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    Everywhere

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  1. As indicated above, yes they will. I also have to substitute certain vegetables that I cannot eat (spinach and asparagus) and they willingly do that.
  2. What are your expectations and perhaps we can help you.
  3. When you go to the 5 Star America's Test Kitchen presentation, be sure to ask about the red aprons if they are not offered to you. We received them on the Nieuw Statendam's inaugural cruise. Have a great time on the Eurodam; we enjoyed a very nice transAtlantic voyage on it a few years ago and fell in love with the Tamarind. . .
  4. I've experienced up to a week delay before confirmation of the shareholder credit. If I've not heard within a week, I recontact HAL.
  5. We received our 5* pins at the end of the cruise on which we earned them. As for wearing them, they look nice pinned inside my backpack. . .
  6. Several years ago we did 60 days on the Maasdam to and around Australia and loved it. Then we did the inaugural 48 day EXC voyage to French Polynesia and thoroughly loved that one. A few months later we rejoined the ship in Singapore for a 3 week RT voyage to Sri Lanka and loved that. We're now booked for a couple more months onboard from Seattle to Sydney starting in July, 2019 and we're looking forward to it. It's a nice older ship with great itineraries and that's what draws us back.
  7. Generally I book non-refundable fares for us; and twice in the past year, the fare has dropped enough to more than offset the loss of the relatively small deposits plus in one case we added prepaid gratuities for a further savings. Since we really don't care which cabin we're in, we think that we'll shift our purchasing to after the final payment is due. That's unless it's a cruise that we really want to take.
  8. In July 2019, the Maasdam is using Pier 66, so it's really important to verify which terminal your specific cruise will depart from.
  9. Over the past 2 years and 6-8 cruises there has been no Karaoke on the Volendam, Ooosterdam, Maasdam, or Nieuw Statendam.
  10. Near the end of your cruise, the Front Office will send out a questionnaire regarding your disembarkation plans. One of the options is to get what I believe they call Expedited Disembarkation for travelers who require no assistance and have no luggage. Select that option and it's the first group allowed off. If you have that color code, once it is called you can get off at any time. My experience over many cruises is that the ship staff is very strict in following the disembarkation color codes. One can't just wander down to the gangway and disembark.
  11. We have sailed the inaugural voyages of the Koningsdam and the Nieuw Statendam. I see a future cruise on the new Ryndam. We sailed the R3's last westbound transatlantic cruise.
  12. Our experience is it's very easy to get early seating using Anytime Dining. We love eating at 5:15-5:30. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. (1) We sailed on the Nieuw Statendam's Inaugural trans Atlantic from Rome to FLL and the roof was closed at night. You can get blankets if you are cold. Personally, we found the screen too pixilated to enjoy watching movies on both the NS and its sister ship Koningsdam. (2) Check in with the Maitre-D at the MDR to make any changes. Enjoy your time on the NS, we sure did.
  14. I believe there's a veggie burger in the Dive-In and I know they have a scrumptious portobello mushroom burger (no meat). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. We've sailed the Oosterdam to/from Alaska two years ago, and there's no lack of things to do for all ages. Have a great time!
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