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  1. We've always refilled our supply when we hit Cozumel. I think you need to be in Mexico. (It's good stuff and puts the grocery store stuff to shame)
  2. I read on a recent posting that Zaandam will be in dry dock just prior to our 4/21 Ft Lauderdale to Montreal cruise.
  3. Just thought of two more "included in your base fare" drinks not using the word FREE....Decaffeinated Coffee and Decaffeniated hot tea.....I'm disappointed the experts on this board did not point out these major omissions.....Here's the updated list....Any others? Water Iced Tea Coffee Decaffeinated Coffee Lemonade Hot Tea (a bunch of choices including Decaffeinated Coffee) Hot Chocolate Hot Water (add a lemon) Milk, Whole Milk, 2% Milk, Skim Almond Milk Chocolate Milk Orange Juice Pineapple Juice Grape Juice Prune Juice Grapefruit Juice Apple Juice Guava Juice Cranberry Juice Tomato Juice V8 Also, alcohol is free (no up-charge or included in your base fare lol) at the "meet the officers" reception first gala night & the mariner welcome aboard reception & probably other events we are not privy to as lowly 3 Stars. 2 bottles of wine w/no corkage brought on at embarkation
  4. I admire Oprah....I have no hate for her at all....She's one of the most successful people in the entertainment business and she's a great American success story....but, she is involved in politics and it's something I don't care to deal with when I'm enjoying my HAL cruise. I think others agree also. That's all I meant. And what I mean by "Perhaps the executives in Seattle enjoyed their time with her for elite bragging rights but that's the only reason I can understand why HAL would choose someone who is political" is my opinion regarding how executives will sometimes buy/sign up the celebrity for their own benefit. I hope all is well with me tossing out my opinion.....and, in my opinion, Oprah was not good for HAL and I hope that's over and done.....No hate intended, please don't judge or label or lecture me. Smooth sailing and no harm.......
  5. We've been pleased that there seems to be less and less of Oprah stuff onboard. We hope that continues. Perhaps the executives in Seattle enjoyed their time with her for elite bragging rights but that's the only reason I can understand why HAL would choose someone who is political. I'm sure they were clueless when they chose her that many passengers would not feel the warm feelings they felt.
  6. Our experience in October on the Nieuw Statendam..... It was cheaper buying online before the cruise. I think it was open like 8am to 10pm....but let someone else confirm. We've always bought the pass before or on embarkation days and I've never not been able to buy it.
  7. Wow....That's a lot more FREE or rather, no up-charge required or rather, included in your base fare drinks....Here's the updated list: Water Iced Tea Coffee Lemonade Hot Tea (a bunch of choices) Hot Chocolate Hot Water (add a lemon) Milk, Whole Milk, 2% Milk, Skim Almond Milk Chocolate Milk Orange Juice Pineapple Juice Grape Juice Prune Juice Grapefruit Juice Apple Juice Guava Juice Cranberry Juice Tomato Juice V8 Also, alcohol is free (no up-charge or included in your base fare lol) at the "meet the officers" reception first gala night & the mariner welcome aboard reception & probably other events we are not privy to as lowly 3 Stars. 2 bottles of wine w/no corkage brought on at embarkation Any more? (I'll need to order some of that grape juice in the MDR......or might just buy me some more wine!)
  8. It's a great itinerary and has a reasonable price but you better hurry, she leaves Port Everglades March 15 and arrives in San Diego 44 days later.
  9. We've never find them pushy....We just simply say "no thank you" and all is well.
  10. perhaps "no up-upcharge" would be an acceptable term? or would you prefer "included in your base fare"?
  11. I meant to pass this along in November after our TA crossing. We used Big Blue Adventures for an independent tour of the island and had a great experience with Evaristo as our driver/guide. He took us all over the island and his comments and personal experiences growing up on the island helped make it a great day. We did it all...Volcanoes, fishing villages, eating the food cooked in the volcano, churches, bakery stops, tea plantation, cheese/dairy store.....we did it all. Anyway, he was good and it was a good value. Nice van also. If I can answer any particular questions about the tour, let me know. They have a website and his email is evaristomelo@hotmail.com
  12. So here is the start of a list of what you can drink FREE (or with no up-charge, however you choose to call it): Water Iced Tea Coffee Lemonade Hot Tea (a bunch of choices) Hot Chocolate Milk Chocolate Milk Orange Juice Pineapple Juice Grape Juice Prune Juice Also, alcohol is free at the "meet the officers" reception first gala night & the mariner welcome aboard reception & probably other events we are not privy to as lowly 3 Stars. 2 bottles of wine w/no corkage brought on at embarkation We've never gone thirsty and we've never paid for any drink except for wine...and wine...and wine.....and then more wine. What did I forget? Grapefruit juice?
  13. The spa pass was cheaper buying online pre-cruise also when we sailed in October on the Nieuw Statendam. We think it's worth it/required especially if the cruise has lots of sea days or is more of a relaxation cruise. It's our favorite upgrade but as they say "your mileage may vary".
  14. After 5 days in Italy, we boarded in Rome and by the time of the muster drill, we had all our dirty clothes in the bag and out the door with the room steward. We got them back the next day. We think it's well worth it.
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