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  1. Thanks for this important tip!
  2. I cannot thank you all enough for the info! I'm especially happy to hear it leaves from the usual sea port (ie where I know where I'm going!) and that the excursions are reasonably priced. I'll look into booking a hotel this month while there's still a good selection. We don't have any OBC, but we did book a gratuity-included fare (worth $70 each). I'll be sure we check that with the office on board about that. We'll plan to tip the bartenders in dollars and have plenty for local guides for anywhere we choose to skip the ship excursions. Can'
  3. Just booked a highly-discounted sailing on the Star Clippers' line's Star Flyer Jan 16 out of St Maarten. Looking for accommodations recommendations for places around Philipsburg that aren't the Holland House for the night before the cruise. We've been to Philipsburg briefly on our last HAL cruise and having stopped by the place see no point in spending $400+ for the Holland House's location and reputation (which are stellar and deserved, but not what we care about it). Trying to keep it under $250. Less if possible. All we need is at least a double bed, a private bathroom with shower, and wit
  4. Taking advantage of an amazing deal to make our tall ship dreams come true. Seriously, go check out the prices for next year on their website if you haven't already. We're doing the Star Flyer Treasure Islands Jan 16 2021 itinerary, stateroom 300. We've been briefly to St Maarten on a HAL cruise in December and look forward to going back. We've never been to any of the other islands on this itinerary. Yes, we know about how very different this will be from a regular cruise and that's the appeal. I've read about as much as I can find but the over-planner in me still has questions.
  5. Carnival bought HAL in 1989. There's been lots of changes in the last three decades 😉 Rest assured, I can confirm there's a vegetarian menu in the MDR still, in addition to daily vegetarian selections on every menu. I saw it in use in December.
  6. We much prefer the deeper 4th deck balconies. Were able to sit out on ours in the rain thanks to the overhang, but loved the larger space. The regular veranda will feel cramped when we eventually have one again. I prefer to be far forward or aft. 4180 on the Koningsdam had great views and no downside to speak of.
  7. I’m sure this will sound silly, but how where we know where to go inside the port to get to the Koningsdam? We head that way within the hour and I can’t find anything saying a pier or berth or whatever to tell the driver.
  8. February 2019 on the Eurodam it was shown on the big screen in the main theater with some drink specials (beer buckets, etc.) and in the Queen's theater as an all-inclusive package with drinks and snacky game day foods. Pretty sure the bars with TVs had it on, too.
  9. Other than the travel books and a stack of the Oprah's book club shown in the photos, there's no official library. There is a bookcase where cruisers deposit books. They hold over the prior itinerary's leavings, but there's not much at the end. I suspect people grab reading material for the flight home ;) We bring books we don't mind leaving behind and put them there after they're read. There were about usually 3-4 shelves of books, each containing 8-12 inches width of books on our Hawaiian cruise in February. My guess is that people bring the most books on itineraries with lots
  10. You might be able to trade a more expensive venue for a cheaper one if you ask the restaurant desk nicely on board. They'll have one set up on embarkation day. But you'll definitely not be able to repeat any of the more expensive options. This is also the time to adjust your preassigned dining times (you can't pre-pick on packages).
  11. We had the cellar master package on our February 2019 Hawaii HAL cruise. I also tried to get clarification on it from HAL pre-cruise with equally little success. It was 6 bottles from list #1, plus a bonus bottle (a house brand cab, you had no choice on this one, but you could choose any from list #1 for the others), plus two nights at Pinnacle, plus two tastings (the standard and the premium). Oh, and there were also wine charms as the other mystery gift. We paid onboard for the "around the world" tasting (which is a rather amusing and disorganized all you can drink a
  12. We use the unlimited bag service. We set the bag out every morning when my husband wakes up. About half the time it's back around 5pm. At least 80% of the time it's back by turndown service. We've never had it return later than the following day around noon. But the promise remains "48 hour" turnaround. At a minimum, you'd need clothing for 4 full days to be safe. Note that the chances of it being slow go up significantly at the end. And always check your laundry on return. If there's an error, report it immediately. My husband was once missing and item and it got returned within the hour. Ano
  13. Dec 3rd we'll be at the Hilton Marina that several others have mentioned. We also stayed there our last cruise out of FLL and liked it. On the return on the 22nd, we're trying the Hilton Garden Inn nearer the airport. Unless the price at the Doubletree on the beach (the only Hilton Resort property without a Resort Fee) keeps falling, then we may move over there. I'm checking prices twice a week and surprised to find it's down to be the same price as the Garden Inn, but haven't jumped because requires longer/more expensive transport. Checking has paid off, though. We canceled and r
  14. So I take it this applies to my upcoming 18-day itinerary on the Koningsdam in December. We have one booking #, but we go back to Ft Lauderdale in the middle. It's really two cruises (11 days + 7 days). It hadn't occurred to me that we would need to do anything for that except a second muster drill. Is the "in-transit" sequester and check usually done at the beginning, middle, or end of disembarkation? We do get to stay in the same room and not have to pack up/move, I hope? Our plans to visit friends in Boca fell through, so no longer planning to do anything in port that day (turns
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