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About fatcat04

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    Nashville, TN
  • Interests
    gardening, cooking, travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America

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  1. Gratz!!! Enjoy!! Lol. True. I wish they would delineate by both color and number everywhere. Sometimes its like explaining paint colors to my husband. "No honey, it isn't pink, its mauve. " To which I get an eye roll and a "It's all just pink!" in return. 🤣 We always go with green cabana. Nice location for us. 😄
  2. We had a 46 page and over a 1000 reply thread about this exact topic back in February and March when the policy was instituted. I do not see why it is necessary to start yet another now since there is no indication of this policy coming back. All it does is stir the pot and cause hard feelings.
  3. This was our experience in February of this year as well.
  4. Oh they were good. Your pie sounds good too. 😀
  5. Thank you all!! It is a fun family holiday. Our family came over, the BBQ ribs + a ton of other bad for us but taste so good foods have been eaten (I made butterscotch rice krispie treats drizzled with chocolate, mmmmm)... now we wait on the fireworks!!
  6. I've got a call into my TA so we shall see. From the numbers I ran it would save us approx $50 pp x 4. Not devastating if HAL says no dice but every little bit helps. Thanks for the heads up.
  7. Here also is the official HAL policy from their website: To better align with guest wishes and health concerns, Holland America Line will implement a new smoking policy beginning in January 2017. Please see below for details. Smoking Policy beginning January 2017: Effective with the first sailings for all ships beginning in January 2017, the following smoking policy is in effect: For the comfort of all of our guests, all staterooms (cabins), showrooms and most other indoor areas are designated non-smoking. No smoking of any kind will be permitted on any stateroom verandah. The designated smoking areas for all ships are as follows unless otherwise noted: Sea View (Retreat) Bar/Pool on starboard side only. On Prinsendam, Koningsdam, and Nieuw Statendam, smoking is allowed on the port side only Sun Bar on Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam Sports Deck forward and aft of Crow's Nest on starboard side on Maasdam, Veendam, Volendam, Zaandam, Rotterdam and Amsterdam Oak Room on Noordam only, including cigar and pipe smoking Onboard Zuiderdam, Oosterdam, Westerdam, Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam the casinos are non-smoking. Onboard all other Holland America Line ships, smoking is allowed in the casinos except for non-smoking days. Cigar and pipe smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the ship; it is only permitted on the outside decks where smoking is otherwise allowed. Electronic cigarettes are permitted in staterooms and suites but not on verandahs or in other public areas of the ship other than designated smoking areas. Any guest who smokes inside staterooms or on verandahs in violation of our policy will be charged a US$250 cleaning fee per day of violation and will risk being removed from the ship for repeated violations. Holland America Line reserves the right at any time to modify the smoking policy onboard or alter the locations where smoking is permissible.
  8. On Nieuw Amsterdam in Feb, the casino was smoke free. There are some ships where the casino is completely smoke free and some where it is smoke free on only certain evenings. The sticky smoking thread at the top of the forum homepage is the best place to look for current information and ask any smoking related questions.
  9. If the ship you are on offers an unlimited laundry package at a decent price.. DO IT!! HAL's is $49 for the week per cabin. Yeehaw!! This is mom's vacation too. Not much spoils my cruise mood more than coming home to 2 suitcases full of dirty clothes. Plus it makes packing up simple.
  10. Us too. Wish we had bought more when we did to be honest. 😁
  11. True, mass produced coffee is often meh wherever you get it. On Costa many years ago we were in a suite and cappuccinos came with room service breakfast. That was a nice touch and a great way to start the day.
  12. Good grief!! What could be the hold up? Like others, we had ours credited literally within 2 weeks. The inconsistencies of HAL service have gotten stupid! It's not like they don't have the records. I don't blame you for your booking boycott. I am just glad you thought to follow up. This has made me more vigilant.
  13. I was ordering for 4 people so I put 4 in the box. I don't know if they have coffee pots for say single cruisers but the one we always get is tall and full. I had to be super careful pouring that first cup. You can also always write in requests on your breakfast cards too. The staff do their best to accommodate your desires.
  14. On the website: My Account My Bookings (click the booking number) Cruise Activities Gifts and Indulgences Flowers I have flowers for our cabin every cruise. It's one of my little luxuries. I enjoy them so. They have always been lovely regardless of what kind or which style. I have tried several different ones. Last time I had a fairly inexpensive arrangement with gorgeous sunflowers and various other pink, purple, and yellow flowers. They were still going strong when we got off the ship 7 days later. I took pics to remember them. I just love how they brighten up the cabin. Oh and our room stewards kept them filled for me. Every time I went to do it, it was done. No guarantees they all do that but it was such a nice touch.
  15. fatcat04


    If you can not buy them before you embark, then pack a cardboard box with your diapers/wipes/anything else disposable that won't be coming home with you and then break down the box and leave it onboard. You can just slap a luggage tag on a box if it is well sealed and it should be fine. We wrap up dirty stinky diapers in those biodegradable plastic puppy poop bags you can get in a roll from Amazon. I do that everywhere we are out as no one wants to smell that. And yes, get a travel baby med kit ready and they even make Pedialyte single serving powder packs you can toss in there. I never knew that until we cruised with a baby. Didn't need them thankfully but I really didn't think they would have Pedialyte onboard.
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