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Tinytinkmom

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  1. Congrats on your upcoming trip! We have cruised extensively (this was our 18th) but, as mentioned, this was our first time with HAL. The Nieuw Statendam was lovely! Favorite hangout spots for us were Explorations Central, the Grand Dutch Cafe (enjoyed the Bossche Bollen and pea soup... as well as the pancakes!), and all of the music venues. Don’t miss the productions by the dance troupe at the World Stage. We really, really liked the Lido Buffet - especially the freshly prepared to order stir fry at dinner! Have a fabulous time!!
  2. Any thoughts on room 1038? That’s the one we have on hold, as it appears to be between the casino and BB King’s. Right now, we pretty much have our pick of category J rooms, so I want to make sure I choose a good one & can change it, if need be!
  3. We just returned from our first Holland America cruise on the Nieuw Statendam (LOVED it!!!), and are in the process of booking a July 2020 cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam. We typically stay in ocean view cabins (though we have also done inside and verandahs over the years), but I really like the size and layout of the inside J rooms, especially as there will be 4 of us in the cabin for 12 nights! However, I see that there are a few potential noisemakers on the deck above - BB King, the casino, etc. Any suggestions for particular J category staterooms that are quiet? Thank you!
  4. We are leaving the kiddos with grandma and sailing on the Nieuw Statendam March 3rd. Is there a phone number to leave with people back home, in the event that they need to reach you on the ship? We’re just looking to provide grandma with an “in case of emergency” number, as we won’t have cell/internet service most of the trip. Thank you!
  5. Thanks for all of the great responses! Relieved to hear that it’s okay to get there earlier than our suggested time... When we go on a cruise, we like to be onboard as early as we can, to get the vacation started!!!
  6. We are going to be sailing on the Nieuw Statendam out of Ft Lauderdale on March 3rd. This is our first Holland cruise, so please excuse the rookie question!! We received an email today, indicating that our port arrival time should be based on the deck that our stateroom is on. It starts at 1pm, and is staggered until 3:30pm, which is the scheduled time for our deck (1st deck). With the other cruise lines we've sailed on, we've always been able to get on the ship around noon, so this was a bit of a shock. In your experience, do we actually need to wait until our scheduled 3:30pm time slot, or do they allow passengers to board earlier than that? If we can't board earlier than that, I'm not sure what we're going to do with ourselves (and our bags) all day! Thanks!
  7. We are going to be sailing on the Nieuw Statendam out of Ft Lauderdale on March 3rd. This is our first Holland cruise, so please excuse the rookie question!! We received an email today, indicating that our port arrival time should be based on the deck that our stateroom is on. It starts at 1pm, and is staggered until 3:30pm, which is the scheduled time for our deck (1st deck). With the other cruise lines we've sailed on, we've always been able to get on the ship around noon, so this was a bit of a shock. In your experience, do we actually need to wait until our scheduled 3:30pm time slot, or do they allow passengers to board earlier than that? If we can't board earlier than that, I'm not sure what we're going to do with ourselves (and our bags) all day! Thanks!
  8. Thank you for all of the great advice! One follow up question - can future cruise deposits purchased onboard be combined with something like a casino % discount (if you’re lucky enough to qualify)?
  9. My husband and I are taking our first Holland cruise at the beginning of March - we’re on the Nieuw Statendam, and are super excited about it! We are already planning Holland cruise #2 - a 12-night Med on the Nieuw Amsterdam in July 2020 with our two girls. Not being familiar with Holland, I’m wondering if we should book the Med cruise now, or if we should wait and book onboard in March... I’ve gotten some nice quotes from online travel agents (with non-refundable deposits), but don’t know if we’d be “missing out” on anything by not just waiting to book onboard. Thank you for any thoughts or opinions!
  10. We are planning on booking a Med cruise for July 2020, and love the itinerary of the Constellation 9-night on July 11th. We have two girls, who will be 10 and 16 at that time. The main idea of the trip is the ports, but it would certainly be a bonus if there are other kids/teens around the ship for them to hang out with. Are the typically very many kids/teens on the Celebrity summer European cruises?
  11. We are planning on booking a Med cruise for July 2020, and love the itinerary of the Nieuw Amsterdam 12-night on July 21st. We have two girls, who will be 10 and 16 at that time. The main idea of the trip is the ports, but it would certainly be a bonus if there are other kids/teens around the ship for them to hang out with. Are the typically very many kids/teens on the Holland summer European cruises?
  12. We are considering booking a 2020 cruise on the Legend.... We cruised on Carnival about 15 years ago, but have cruised other lines since, so we aren’t really familiar with the Carnival room options, ship layouts, etc. We were planning on booking an ocean view room, but then I came across the 4K interior rooms, which are about $250 cheaper for our trip. Any thoughts on the deck 4 location versus deck 1? And the 4K rooms I’m looking at are 4194 and 4195 (we’re a family of 4, and those are the only quad rooms that appear to be between life boats)... 4195 looks like it is above the Odyssey Lounge - would that be a noisy room location? Thanks for any insights!
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