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    Southern CA
  • Interests
    Painting watercolors, reading and travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    most frequent destination is Mexico, but favorite would be Europe

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  1. I wish I would have gotten an incentive for referring friends to HAL! Karen
  2. We always request a table for 2. With open seating I would see the dining podium attendant as soon as we board and have always been given a table for 2, which sometimes becomes a table for 4 due to the closeness of the tables. We have met some great people this way! Last few cruises we have opted for fixed seating and have been given a table for 2 (could be due to 5* status, too!) I don't think it is rude at all. Karen
  3. Hi Jacqui, Please add Loreto 27-Nov.-20 Westerdam 22 Day S. America, Antarctica & Solar Eclipse Cruise. Return to Antarctica! Thanks, Karen
  4. We just booked an SS Suite for Antarctica. These staterooms are a real treat and a good value! Enjoy it...you will be spoiled forever. Karen
  5. Thanks for the info, Sharon! We are at the Airport Hilton, so it will take a little longer to transfer to the pier. I have stayed at the Seattle Sheraton with HAL. Great location. Due to flight times we wouldn't have much time for Pike Market this time so I chose to stay at the airport. I enjoy the priority check in line and hope we are on board quickly. Tucson is a fascinating city! Karen
  6. Hi xshutterbugx, Glad to help! We love this itinerary because it goes to the Hubbard Glacier, which is spectacular. Of the 6 times DH and I have been to Alaska with HAL, 4 of those were on the 14 day itinerary, which is now out of Vancouver. The best place for whales is Icy Strait Point, but you will see them in Juneau/Stephens passage. Alaska is so peaceful and unique for us. Being from Southern California we love the cool temperatures and rain. In 1922 my adventurous grandmother sailed the inside passage on a small steam ship. I have her photos and think a lot of the scenery is still pristine, thanks to Alaska's strict environmental measures. Our first Alaska cruise was on the Oosterdam and I know you will enjoy the experience! Karen
  7. Glad to hear the Tamarind stays the same...it is the Best of the specialty restaurants! Pinnacle has always been a disappointment, even at 5* half price. Karen
  8. We booked the 30 day Amazon Explorer 2019 to be the final cruise of the Prinsendam with Cuba as the final 2 ports in June 2018. We payed a premium for our verandah on the ship and got zero perks for booking early. In July 2018 we got the word that the Prinsendam was going to the new owner early, the new ship was the Volendam and Cuba was dropped. HAL offered us a paltry $200 to keep the booking, which we decided to do. The price did not drop until many months later. Key West and Jamaica were substituted for Havana and Cienfuegos...very disappointing, but we will still see the Amazon for the 2nd time. We did Cuba in March 2018 and were excited to go back. It is what it is. Hopefully your new cruise itinerary will be reduced. Karen
  9. I will be disembarking the Oosterdam on the 28th. I have been on the Oosterdam several times and am looking forward to returning . This will be my 7th Alaska cruise with HAL....taking Daughter in law and Grand Daughter this time...leaving the husbands at home! My boarding time says 1 PM, others on my Roll Call had the same time...we are in and SY suite and I am 5*. We have a pre cruise HAL hotel, so we will be transferred when they say. I hope it is not late. In the past we have arrived and boarded around noon. The best place for whale watching is the Stephen's passage in Juneau. The ship has plenty of outdoor space for scenery viewing. Karen
  10. We were on the Volendam R/T Vancouver in 2017 and enjoyed her gracious service (we have done 6 Alaska cruises.) I agree with Crystal Spin, good value cabins are the ones on the Lower Prom under the MDR but closer to the elevators. The deck is just a few steps away. We have often sailed in the HH category on the midsize ships like the Volendam when cruising Alaska. Avoid the middle section as it is under the galley and can be noisy. I hope you will be able to spend some time in Vancouver as it is an amazing diverse, culturally rich city! We will be on the Volendam for 30 days to the Amazon in November, so, yes, we were pleased with this ship! Karen
  11. I didn't know about Walmart. I always enjoyed the walk into town from the ship, past the canneries, crab pots and the harbor. I did the harbor walking tour twice, ending at the seaman's memorial. No Diamond's International here! Karen
  12. Great Choice! The variety in this itinerary makes it special. We have old friends who live outside Anchorage that we have been able to spend time with. The scenery early in the morning before docking on the Spit in Homer is spectacular....worth getting up for. Karen
  13. We have done the 14 day itinerary 4 times and it is outstanding! We have always booked our favorite obstructed cabin on the Lower Promenade under the MDR and saved our $ for excursions. The deck is just steps away and we never felt deprived by not having a verandah. We have had a verandah twice in the past, and found it too cold. I definitely recommend the 14 day itinerary. I was sorry to see Kodiak dropped as it is uncommercialized...the real Alaska! Karen
  14. I called my Big Box TA and asked her to call HAL and mention that I am a 5* Mariner, that I have 2 cruises with them this year (both through Big Box TA) and please see what HAL might do for me. All you can do is ask! Karen
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