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  1. This morning I was forwarded a message from HAL by my TA telling me the April 15, 2020 Trans-Atlantic cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam has been cancelled and rescheduled for April 4, 2020. HAL has taken down the cruise on their website. Anyone know what happened? They are offering some OBC but I expect this will upset some folks.
  2. Are the veranda rooms on the Insignia with a sofa bed as good as the ones without for a couple? Is the only difference is that the sofa makes into a bed versa one that does not? Thanks
  3. My wife and I have taken a spring transatlantic cruise for the past four years, three times on Celebrity and once on Holland America. We are now considering Oceania for a spring 2020 TA. We have been lucky with mostly smooth seas on all four. My wife is concerned that the smaller ship could make a real difference. What has your experience been? Thanks.
  4. On our recent 22 day cruise on the Koningsdam I took a look at the Retreat each time I visited the Crow's Nest. Only saw two of the cabanas in use the whole time. $85 a day for the privilege of sitting in a private wind storm was a little too much it seems. Except for warm weather cruising or one-upmanship, I would say they are a waste. HAL could put the space too much better use for the passengers. I doubt if they made the cost of service back during the 22 days.
  5. Just completed a 13 day cruise and now on a separately booked 9 day one. First cruise, no Mariner Brunch and no "Collectible Gift". This cruise no Welcome Reception and no Brunch. We used to get tiles at the end of every cruise, apparently not anymore. Three Star status isn't worth very much.
  6. I just got a credit for the days without internet service. Went to the desk on deck 12. Very easy but it looks like if you don't ask for it, you won't get it. We use 12 channel Cobra 2-way phones on board and while in port. $39 for the set at Best Buy. They work great.
  7. Every time I ask, I was told the system was "challenged". I will be asking for a partial refund for this very expensive non-service. It's a shame but a reality that we are very dependent on our internet service, even when on vacation.
  8. The transatlantic passage has been mostly smooth so far. The ship, music and staff have been great. I am very glad I booked this cruise. Two minor complaints that I wish HAL would address. The coffee tastes like warm dishwater with a little flavor (ok, so I've really never drank dishwater but it's what I think it would taste like). Army coffee was much better and it was nothing to brag about. I wish HAL had taken the money spent on the Ophra (Went on one and it was a joke) themed cruises and spent it on coffee instead. Other cruise lines have adopted name brand coffee and it has paid off. And don't try to find a real croissant for breakfast, they are at only one station and they are just like the little ones Sam's sells in a carton of two or three dozen for little or nothing, a week old and not flaky at all. Does HAL bake any bread onboard now? Celebrity is by far better in both of these areas, minor as they are but for some of us a good cup of coffee really starts our day right. End of rant!
  9. Do 3,4, & 5 stars get their discount when booking a dining package before a cruise? If not and you purchase on line, can you get the discount applied as a credit when onboard? Thanks
  10. To anyone who's been on the Koningsdam lately. Does the smoke still drift down the staircase from the casino to the music walk? On our last cruise in November of 2017, it was really bad. We have an upcoming cruise and i hope something has been done.
  11. If you purchase a laundry package for the entire cruise, does it include dry-cleaning? Thanks
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