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    Crystal Cruises and Silversea
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    Trans-Pacific

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  1. Thank you Mayflower1. I appreciate your comments. Who doesn't love a more spacious bathroom :) If anyone has photos of the closet and or the bathroom in these new suites I would still love to see them. Thank you in advance.
  2. Good morning. We will be cruising in a deluxe veranda in the newly stretched section. I know this suite has a large walk-in shower where the bathtub used to be but I am unclear as to the configuration of the rest of the bathroom, namely the area that once contained the shower stall as you enter. If anyone has photos of the bathroom and also the closet areas I would be most grateful to see them. What are the subtle design differences between these newer suites and the standard layout? Thank you.
  3. @TurtleMichael; thanks for confirming. I hope you and yours have a fabulous voyage. I do remember Dale and Jacob. That was a great cruise with some very nice people on board.
  4. I have watched you all sail in and out and around the bay at various strange hours over the past two days and kept wondering what was going on. I am so happy TurtleMichael explained what was happening and how unfortunate a passenger had their WC experience cut short. Let us hope they are able to rejoin very soon. I will be following along with envy as you embark on an amazing adventure. Hello to TurtleMichael, I think my husband and I sailed with you on a Pacific crossing on Regent in Dec 2009. Please do let me know if that was you. It was an Auckland to LA itinerary on the Mariner. Mysty your suite welcome looks so inviting. Ration yourself with the candy! Safe travels to all on board. Ashley
  5. Have a wonderful cruise on Symphony over the holidays with your family. Many of us will be 'coming along' with you.
  6. Thank you so much for clarifying this for me. So, Elite package it must be for me this weekend!!! It has not gone unnoticed that you have answered mine and others questions up till the very last minute. Very kind and I am very grateful. It has helped me immensely and it has also been a pleasure to follow along. I am only sad that you are not staying on so I can thank you in person. Have a safe trip home. Ashley
  7. Fatcat04 - that is what caused my confusion too. I wonder if the drinks list posted on the Nieuw Statendam thread is the official 'new list' and therefore soon to be fleet wide? The poster on that thread was taking photos of an actual drinks list book from one of the public bar areas. It did not show Nicholas Feuillate. Post #15 in this thread is the drinks list that I am familiar with and was once on the HAL website (although for the life of me I can not locate it now on the website). It seemed bizarre to me that on their brand new ship there would not be a champagne that fell within the Elite package. It also seems strange how the drink prices have gone up and yet the limit for Signature was not raised from $9 to $10. I can see the business rationale for upping wine prices to encourage wine drinkers to upgrade to Elite but it really makes no sense to basically 'cut out' wine and sparkling from the Signature package by the mere addition of $1 to the price of sparkling.
  8. Speaking of bubbly.... When I looked at the new beverage list posted on a Nieuw Statendam thread I did not see Nicholas Feuillate champagne. On my last Hal voyage not too long ago it was included in the Elite Package and we really enjoyed having a glass of champagne (admittedly almost daily!!!!). From the list posted on the other thread I only see Veuve Cliquot which, although delicious and superior to Feuillate, is priced at $18 and therefore not included in the package. Is Nicholas Feuillate still offered as a champagne and is it still priced within the $15 limit? Keeping my fingers crossed that Nieuw Statendam will have a decent champagne that falls within the Elite package.
  9. OK - that burger looks delicious :) One final question for anyone on board. When I looked at the new beverage lists posted I did not see Nicholas Feuillate champagne. On my last HAL cruise last year it was included in the Elite Package and we really enjoyed having a glass of champagne (admittedly almost daily!!!!). From the list posted I only see Veuve Cliquot which, although delicious and superior to Feuillate, is priced at $18 and therefore not included in the package. Is Nicholas Feuillate still offered as a champagne and is it still priced within the $15 limit? Keeping my fingers crossed that Nieuw Statendam will have a decent champagne that falls within the Elite package. Have a safe trip home everyone and to those staying on continue to enjoy the short 4 night cruise.
  10. Thank you Kazu for answering some of my questions. I think I will do the Elite package on board. Adding my thanks, once more, for the wonderful posters who gave of their time during their cruise to help us all understand Nieuw Statendam.
  11. Thank you so much for posting the new beverage list. Very thoughtful and extremely helpful in our planning. I probably should know the answer to this but to all of you experienced HAL guests who enjoy an adult beverage, as we do, I have two specific questions. I have not yet purchased my beverage package and having had Elite in the past I am wondering if I need it this cruise or whether I can get by with the Signature although I am concerned at the lack of wine choices with Signature. Any and all advice welcomed. Here goes: If I have an Elite Beverage Package and wish to enjoy a glass of Veuve Cliquot priced at $18 per glass, how am I billed? Am I presented with a drink chit to sign for the additional $3 plus gratuity or because the drink is in excess of the allotted $15 am I charged the full amount? Secondly, with regards to a classic martini I have the following question. On a Signature Beverage Package you can get almost all vodka within the $9 limit. How is a classic dry martini priced out and would that fall within the signature beverage package limit or by having a martini (which requires more than one single shot of spirit) is the price therefore higher and only available with the Elite? EDITING: to add one more follow up question. I realize the Signature is priced $5 per day less if purchased in advance of the sailing. Is the Elite package charged the same pre-cruise as it is priced on board the ship? Trying to work out if I should buy the Signature pre-cruise to take advantage of the savings and then simply upgrade once on board to the Elite if we decide to do so. On a side note, thank you to all for the detailed posts from Nieuw Statendam. We board this coming weekend and are very excited about this new vessel. Really do appreciate everyones insight and feedback 🙂 Ashley
  12. Thank you Caribbean Chris. I am sure, like most things, we will have to continue to rely on our fellow travelers to provide us with accurate information. It certainly seems to be a missed opportunity on the part of Holland America to make this an attractive suite benefit. They only have to look to Celebrity to learn a few pointers. It makes no sense at all to have a 'pay your way' approach to the Club Orange offering. It completely takes away from the suite experience. Strange that there is no official information on the website.
  13. I realize one has to hunt for information on the HAL website but can anyone direct me to the page which describes Club Orange? Thank you to members currently on board providing valuable information. So it is only Neptune Suite guests that access Club Orange on a complimentary basis or does this new offering extend to Signature Suite guests? Has it been confirmed that the Pinnacle Grill suite-only breakfasts have been eliminated? My questions are specific to the Nieuw Statendam as I have an upcoming voyage and I have not received any information about Club Orange. Thank you in advance.
  14. What an impressive itinerary and we are excited for you both for many reasons. This will truly be an epic adventure and we will look forward to seeing you along the way 😉
  15. Thank you Roy. Looking forward to meeting you on the 10th and I am thoroughly enjoying your travel blog. Sadly Santa Barbara is not on the itinerary and not sure why Crystal still uses the illustrative that shows a different itinerary but we will go to some other lovely places to enjoy and explore. Safe travels to San Francisco.
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