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  1. How is the saino? Are there new slot machines? Are you able to do puzzles in the library? Thanks
  2. Thanks for the review. In the library is there a large table to do puzzles? How was the casino? Thanks
  3. Hi In the library is there a place to do large puzzles? Thanks
  4. We had an ocean view..cabin 1830...We were concerned when booking because it was around a corner from an elevator..However it was very quiet..I have no knowledge of Club Orange. In Bar Harbor -the first week from Boston we got off the ship about 9:30 AM. We went after breakfast about 8:30 and received our tender tickets but waited an hour to be called.Since we said we did not have a tour I believe we were put on a special list. On the way back from Montreal we had to go through immigration , then could pick up our tender tickets and had a wait. We were called at 10:00. 10:30 will not be an issue. One time in Bar Harbor we took Oli's trolley for a tour. Their business is just up from the tender dock. It was very reasonable and enjoyed it. For those of you who buy souvenirs for the children or grand children I have a suggestion. In the past I would buy the usual t-shirt, snow globe or stuffed animal for the girls. This year at a store called Del Sol in Bar Harbor which is only a few minutes from the tender dock I bought nail polish. It is light blue but when you go outside it turns pink. It was a big hit. The store also has headbands and t-shirts that change color outside.
  5. there was no lunch in the dining room..I know that for certain because we went once and saw the sign....Having taken 3- 14 sailing this year..ships are blending together..sorry about that
  6. we were told it was only open on the day you leave ship..I wish I had known..was on ship for 2 weeks..lol..We never used anytime dining
  7. There are a species of Right whales that need to be protected so it is now mandatory that ships reduce speed. So the schedule times differed at 2 ports. Quebec was affected and we arrived 4 hours later than scheduled. We were also late at another port. Then tides were a factor. Hopefully you will not experience any delays. Sorry-Thats right..Jamm was the name....There is also a singer and violinist at another lounge. We did not attend. In Quebec we walked to the Funicular(Venecular). It cost $3.50 for the less than one minute ride up to Hotel Frontenac. No credit cards. Across from the hotel is a huge information area and tour desks. One year we did the hop on -hop off bus. Plenty of souvenoir shops. In Monteal we just walked around. In the past we found a information place selling hop on-hop off tours. We never take ships tours. There are plenty of people selling tours off ship. We have been fortunate using them. Our weather fluctuated. I wish I had taken another pair of jeans for our two weeks,. Luckily I brought a light weight fleece. The theater is on the cool side. In the dining room..if you do not like the offers on the menu you can always order French onion soup..Caeser salad..chicken Picatta, steak, or a fish and other items available every day. They do offer a Surf & Turf one night. If you wish a whole lobster there is an addiitional fee.. It is either $25 or $35.00.. cant remember. The only options for breakfast are room service or the Lido deck. My husband ate their wonderful Eggs Benedict everyday.. I got addicted to their banana pancakes and pastries.. I dont think you need to eat at a speciality restaurant. Save your money! We love this ship..You can always find a place to sit down,, elevators are always available and you dont see throngs of people like other ships. It is very organized and low key. Even the cruise director Jude is great. The service is the best ever! This trip is port intensive so that is why I like it. I get bored during sea days on other ships. Sue
  8. ..The name Joel keeps coming to mind. He was in his 40's and very good. It took hours to use the tender for Bar Harbor. We got in about 7:00AM and we got off the ship around 10:00. Passengers who had booked private tours or no tours were irate. You could hear them yelling at the reception desk.So if they ask if you have a tour say yes..If not like us plan on being off the ship around 10:00. On the first week only we had to tender to Price Edward Island due to another ship . That was a shock. However we never saw the other ship! On the second week there was no tender. I dont know what your itinenary says but we had a few changes of ships. This just happened.. So we were delayed in getting into ports. Alot of yelling about that! People thought we should of been notified prior. There were two production shows and two comedians.One night there were the 2 comedians together. A must see is Mike Robinson. He is listed as a comedian but is also a ventroquist. He rivals Terry Fator! It was one of the best shows I have seen on a cruise ship. On the second week two singers were sick so they had to cancel a production show. They need to enhance their entertainment with more variety. During the day they had several windows 10 classes. There was also American test kitchen activities and the usual trivia. There wasnt much else. The casino was the smallest I have ever seen and the worst payouts. There was only a few gambling so that is why the payouts were poor. If you gamble..I can tell you where to go in the ports. There is a casino called Casino Novia Scotia in Halifax..easy walk from ship that is great. The food and service is excellent in the Lido deck and dining room. We had a table for 2-table 26 for 5:15 dinner time. Dewa & Didi were the best waiters we have ever had. We did take an Island Hopper in Charlottetown. You can buy tickets off the ship. That was fun. People were complaining about the cost of ship tours. People complained about Sydney as there wasnt much to see. We have been on over 60 cruises so I would consider us seasoned travelers. For the last three years we have taken this same 14 night cruise but on other Holland American ships. My husband thinks this is a relaxing and easy cruise . I think for two weeks it is boring so I would only suggest one week. If you are on for two weeks there is a very good library. I went to the movie theater 3 times. I saw Captain Marvel and Maudie and Tolkein. The others offered were Dumbo and another which I have forgotten the name. There were many doing puzzles at the Crows nest and at the library. In fact I was bored and helped to do three ...1000 pc puzzles. I am in my late 60's and felt young. We were on the Dolphin Deck and loved it, The gangway was only either one deck down or up. Our bathroom had the old fashion hair dryers . A hose from the wall...If you have long hair that can be an issue. There was a bathtub . Small TV in the room at a bad angle. You can rent movies for free at the reception desk. I hope this helps...
  9. If you have any questions about the Zaandam I just sailed on her for two weeks. 7/6-7/20 Sue
  10. We had a different cruise director. Not sure if it was a language barrier but she was unapprochable. Hopefully they will hire someone personable in the future. Did it take over an hr to get off in each port because of one gangway? Did you dock in the industrial part of St Kitts and were charged $10.00 each for the shuttle to town?
  11. The casino is the best part of the ship. They have very updated machines.
  12. NCl is good for first time cruisers.They dont know the difference.
  13. Hi...Who was the cruise director?..We were booked on the March 29th 2 week cruise and canceled it the day we returned from our Thanksgiving cruise. We were going to rebook sometime in December hoping all the issues were worked out
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