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  1. We have been doing the same thing. It's been very helpful:)
  2. No each time I make a purchase on the HAL website I use my VISA debit card and it comes out of my checking account. I try to purchase a few things each month so it is in more affordable increments. I guess it is sort of like a forced savings plan in a way. I'm sure people who are great with their money can sock it away each month or people who have lots to spare don't have issues I am not the best so this makes it easier and I feel more relaxed knowing when I am on vacation if things are prepaid.
  3. Exactly. For us, a family of 4 cruising, it's been nice to pre-purchase drink packages, shore excursions and onboard credits over the past 3-4 months upfront so that when we are on the ship we will have minimal charges, just bingo, spa, shopping and gratuities. This way we don't come home to a huge credit card bill the next month.
  4. Glad they have vitamin water. I like to take those with me in my bag for shore excursions, walking, etc.
  5. We are on the Nieuw Statendam so should have a mini cooler. Thank you
  6. OK great we have a veranda so that will work out perfectly. He won't need more than a few in the room.
  7. It has been 11 years since we sailed. My husband likes to have a few cokes to drink when relaxing in the room or on the balcony. Do the bar areas onboard give cans of soda that we can bring back to the stateroom or is it from a fountain? Is there a mini fridge in the room? Should he bring a few onboard for convenience sake? We have the Signature Beverage Package and I know room service is not included in the beverage package. I don't mind paying for a soda when ordering food to the room, but wouldn't want to bother with room service staff just for one or two drinks. Best way to handle this? Thanks!
  8. We are a family of 4 traveling to the Caribbean in April as well. I just purchased the laundry package. $49 is so cheap and I figure by mid-week we can each send a few things to be laundered (underwear/shorts/tees). I am only packing one gala night outfit and figure the second gala night we can either do the lido or room service. I am separating my clothes into categories: pool/beach days, resort wear that I can wear for day or night on ship, and the odds and ends (pj, workout gym outfit, gala). Packing cubes are also helpful - my husband is cube crazy right now!
  9. I'm leaving in 5 weeks and I got new luggage for Christmas, prepaid beverage packages and shore excursions, have bought lots of new clothes that I don't want to wear til we cruise, and made an excel spreadsheet of what I am planning packing! Although I haven't started dreaming yet. But yeah, part of the fun of going on a cruise is the planning and expectation of it all! Have a great trip. :)
  10. Small world this little autism world of ours. Actually my son is pretty good in restaurants because he is a foodie and loves to eat! But he is on a GF diet right now. I did fill out some online forms to Ships Services, but have not heard anything from them and am trying to see if there is any sort of priority boarding or area with smaller lines etc. He tends to get very rigid when anxious and anxiety is at a high in a new situation, so I can foresee our initial boarding he may be a bit difficult. He saw a picture of a HAL ship today and said he hopes its not like the Titanic and we don't sink! So yes, I plan on calling Ship Services soon. Thx.
  11. Thanks. I am planning on getting a call into them soon because my TA also had some questions regarding my son who is autistic, but he said he was on hold for 45 minutes. If we can't get through then we will try the maitre d after we board.
  12. thank you. We always use to be anytime diners when we cruised. My son has a disability (autism) so I now like the idea of routine and the same waiter each night that can get to know us and our preferences, as well as cater to his diet restrictions etc.
  13. OK will try that if I can not get through to the Ship Services beforehand.
  14. OK thanks for the info. He is really good in restaurants etc bc he is a foodie so no concerns there. It is more waiting to board bc it is such a new experience if he gets anxiety his rigidity comes out. He usually only needs headphones at shows. Once he had an epic meltdown in a Vegas show but nobody noticed bc it was so loud. After that experience he always wears BOSE head phones to shows but not in the turned on function, so the sound is muted and he can still hear it all and enjoy the music. We will try to get there early board.
  15. When we booked our April cruise we were put on a waitlist for the fixed Early Dining time. We just received our docs from our travel agent and were given Anytime Dining. Is there any way to request a fixed time once we board, or is that impossible? Thanks.
  16. My son has Autism as well and we are traveling on the NS in April. We have never cruised with him before and only have experience cruising with our older child (now an adult) with no disabilities. Does HAL offer any accommodations for Autism? I filled out the online disability forms but have not heard anything back yet. Looking for possible alternative boarding areas with less crowds/lines etc. in case of sensory overload/meltdown.
  17. Not til April 14th! But yes I sure will.
  18. Thanks for the info. Yeah I told my husband the same thing about finding other players. Hopefully Tommy is correct and they have added it.
  19. That's a bummer. My husband is a poker player and will be bummed. He's thinking of bringing his own chips to maybe start a friendly game somewhere else on the ship if he meets anybody willing to play. Are there spots where he could hook up with others? Also, my game of choice is pai gow. I love to play in Vegas because I can push and play for hours. Do they have pai gow? Is the $25 blackjack 3/2? Lots of questions!
  20. With no Texas Hold Em table, do they hold any tournaments onboard? If so where?
  21. Hi, wondering how far the walk is to San Cristobal - 1 mile, 4 miles? Everyone's view of not a bad walk is different. Also how long is the trolley ride from right near the Pier to El Morro? Trying to plan out how to visit some of the sights before my spouse's ship shore excursion begins. thanks
  22. No problem! Hope you had a wonderful trip.
  23. Sounds lovely!! When you were on the NS during Christmas did you ever attend the daily tea?
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