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About kaiiak

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  • Location
    Los Angeles
  • Interests
    hiking, camping, dancing, gambling, reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Anywhere Tropical

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  1. Ok thanks for the info. I’m not really interested in Alcatraz myself, but my husband is the one who wants to see it. Not sure when daylight savings time is this year, but I’m guessing by 6 it’ll be near sunset.
  2. We are going to be in SF for one day in April on a Pacific Coastal Cruise. We will be in port til 11pm. My husband was looking at booking a nighttime Alcatraz tour 5:45-7:45ish on his own, not through HAL excursions. Im concerned about getting back to the ship on time. Are there typically issues with the ferries that go to Alcatraz getting back on time or are they pretty good? I’ve booked 1/2 my tours w ships & 1/2 on my own in the past, but dealing with ferries makes me a bit more nervous re: problems.
  3. LA area is so vast you really need to narrow down first what types of things you are interested in. There are tons of amazing museums here, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Downtown LA w Olvera Street, the Zoo, theme parks, etc. If you want a general tour I would look at what they ship offers and then look for a similar tour if you really don't want to do the ship one. Everything is so spread out here for example depending on traffic and time of day it could take a half hour to almost two hours to get into the heart of LA from San Pedro or Long Beach. If you have your heart set on just one or two destinations then you could always rent a car or just do uber or lyft as well to that specific spot.
  4. Just so you know... if you choose an Uber X you can then choose an option of a car seat. Yes, Safari Park is too far and dealing with San Diego traffic could be troublesome. We live in OC and have been to both parks. Both times we went to Safari Park it was a really hot day and we ended up leaving early. You can do the tram ride there but I found that the animals always seemed far away. I like the SD Zoo better, plus it is in Balboa Park and there's lots to do there. Very close to Old Town SD as well with great Mexican food and shops.
  5. I agree, although it is better to have something versus the nothing that was on the Nieuw Statendam. My husband is the poker player so when we sailed on the NS he ended up bringing his own chips and rounding up a small group of guys for a late night game in the Explorer's lounge which was a bit of a pain.
  6. Ok great thanks! That’s what they had on the Oosterdam as well. Oosterdam has a few tournaments too.
  7. Wondering if the casino on the Eurodam has any Texas Hold Em Tournaments or a table to play at. Many years ago on the Oosterdam they had a poker table they used for tournaments, but our recent sailing on Nieuw Statendam had no option for poker (other than the casino games vs the dealer) but nothing where you can play against other passengers.
  8. Curious why people drive over the border and fly from Seattle? Is the price difference really huge? Or are there not a lot of flights from Canada to the US? I will be on the SD to Vancouver itinerary next April. Have not booked airfare yet as it is still very far away.
  9. No we were so busy on the cruise we thought about booking but never got around to it... but I guess it was a nice bonus because I didn't think I was getting that!
  10. A few weeks ago when they had the $1 deposit day I made a very late night online booking for a trip April 2020. Then a few days later I received an email from HAL with the ZPM code (because we have recently sailed). So I called today asking if we could get that promo added to the booking and the onboard credit which they did no problem. Then when they sent me my updated booking I noticed that I also have a Pre-Paid Service Charge Promo listed on my booking. Is this the gratuities? I didn't know I had gotten any sort of promo. Not sure if it was today they added it when I called or if I got it when I initially booked.
  11. Recent Afternoon Tea on the Nieuw Statendam in April... They brought a tray like this for 3 of us, but were more than happy to keep refilling on the egg salad sandwiches we enjoyed so much. They served our tea from a large silver coffee/tea pot. It was served daily in the Main Dining Room.
  12. We had it on the NS last month. It is rather large and my husband and I shared it and left a piece. It was delicious but we were trying to save room for the rest of our meal. I loved it as I love chewy bacon and the thick texture of it is great.
  13. I just had the crab cake appetizer 2 weeks ago on the Nieuw Statendam in the PG. Very tasty.
  14. We were at Governor's Beach last week and absolutely loved it. There is not food/drink service but that was fine for us. We brought a few cold drinks from the ship. It cost us $4 each one way in a taxi (tourist van) and was a quick ride there. The water is beautiful and calm. We paid somebody to rent two chairs for $20. There was a bathroom nearby. My 10 year old absolutely loved it and said it was the best beach ever (we live in Southern California and go to the beach often too). It is so hot that 2 hours at the beach was plenty for us and then we returned to the port area, looked at the shops and headed back to the ship for a late lunch (that is free). I highly recommend Gov Beach. The Margaritaville area looked like a madhouse with so many people.
  15. We were on NS last week for Easter break & there were @350 kids onboard. My son who is 10 enjoyed Club Hal & went a handful of times for about an hour each. He has autism & can be a bit shy so I think more typical kids who are more social would enjoy it even more. He loved the cruise and can’t wait to go again!
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