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  1. I can't speak to the Veendam, but I have enjoyed Lanai rooms on the Maasdam and the Rotterdam. They are the same size as a regular inside or oceanview room. So if you are fine with that size room, you will enjoy the lanai even more as their is much more daylight! There are two deck chairs reserved for your exclusive use. We did not have anyone try to use our chairs, but your mileage may vary on that one.
  2. My sister just got off the Eurodam this week. She reports movies were played in the main theater and the the screening room on deck 3 does not exist.
  3. I have not. The brown packets (raw) are my preferred too.
  4. I don't believe so, but I do believe it is a great option for families who have varied interests. Perhaps mom & dad want to spend some time in the spa or in a mixology class. Just maybe the little one wants to make new friends in Club Hal.
  5. One item to note, the app does not have a vibrate mode. So you will need to check your screen often to look for communications. Message notifications show up in a little yellow bubble.
  6. Thank you for the correction! I did not see that release.
  7. Not really, the price those on the 12/14 NA sailing paid is being forwarded to a future cruise credit. They are not getting a refund plus a future credit.
  8. I agree completely! That also means that the servers are not true baristas like they used be in the Explorations cafe. Now they are bartenders assigned to the area. I think the quality of the product suffers. I'm not saying the servers don't care, just they don't have the coffee & tea experience the baristas did.
  9. I have been fortunate to be seated at hosted tables with HAL. The last time was probably 4 years ago though. So maybe they no longer have hosted tables?
  10. In November, the area the used to be a book swap had signs that the books needed to be returned at the end of the cruise. I was surprised to see there was no longer a leave a book, take a book shelf. It makes no sense to me not to have the book swap. It costs HAL nothing and it sort of makes up for the missing library!
  11. When I book the spa for a single instead of a couple I never thought I was penalized. However, I do appreciate when I book as a couple I get a discount because I pay for two. I guess it's all a matter of perspective. When I travel alone, I only have one bar bill, one casino bill, one shopping bill, one excursion bill. So when I travel with DH all those items double or more!! So I like the discount for a second person in the thermal spa. I think Ruth really gave great advice of trying to find another person to get you to the couple rate! I've done that in the past too. You don't have to be in the same cabin or use the spa at the same time either. It really becomes a win-win.
  12. Hmmm, that's interesting. I just got off the NA on 11/4 and the couples price for 7 days was $219 prebooked and $279 for two onboard. However, your dates 12/7-12/21 covers a 14 day period. So $299 seems like a real value (if it covers 14 days) for two or even for one at $169. $169 was the single price on our 7 day cruise.
  13. I would recommend booking the thermal spa in advance. The price you pay ahead maybe considerably lower than the rate on board. If it is less on board than what you prepaid you will be issued a refund. For our recent NA cruise, I pre-booked our couples thermal package and saved $60.
  14. Recently on the NA, the 7pm team trivia was replaced by team board games that could be considered family friendly. Scattegories was one such game I remember.
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