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  1. Loved your review. We were supposed to take this cruise, but had to cancel. So, hopefully next year we can try again!!
  2. Congratulations! We, too, are on the March 6th sailing. Look forward to meeting you at the Meet & Greet. This is our first time to not book a "Guarantee". In the past, we have been fortunate to have had nice upgrades. But we have never sailed on the Koningsdam and wanted a cabin with a little deeper veranda. So, we took the plunge and booked a specific cabin mid-ship. Had a lot of help with knowledgeable Cruise Critic members in the selection. Thanks again to them. Can't wait!! Even though we are in Central Texas, and our cold is like a mild winter to many of you, we are looking forward to a nice get away.
  3. I use packing cubes and also plastic laundry bags. The packing cubes are wonderful -- not just for cruises. We take a "hiking" vacation every year -- national parks -- and we always rent a house for a week. You just transfer the cubes from your suitcase to the dresser drawer. It's great!!
  4. We will be on an 11 day Southern Caribbean cruise in March on the Koningsdam. How do you determine if you have to take a tender into the port? I thought I read somewhere that we were going to have to tender in at St. Kitts, but now I can't find it. We have an excursion booked independently and we need to know so they will know where to meet us.
  5. Debzee53, Thanks so much for sharing your experience there. We will take your advice and report back after our cruise.
  6. We have made a reservation through Viator for Pigeon Island in March. I gather from posters that there is a beach inside the park. Does it have lounge rentals, etc? Or is it better to go to the beach outside of the park? This will be our first visit to St. Lucia and we will be arriving on a cruise ship. We are interested in the hikes and visiting the ruins and then spending an hour or so on the beach. Also, is this a safe area. I believe we are the only ship in port when we are there, so there may not be a lot of cruise ship passengers.
  7. doone, Hope we get to meet you! We are really looking forward to this cruise.
  8. Yep! Just printed ours. March 6 on the Koningsdam can't come soon enough!!
  9. We will be sailing in March and will have Cabin 5113. Ottahand 7 did you notice any noise from the stairway/elevators? Also, any tips for us. This is our first time to sail on the K
  10. Has anyone taken a tour with Yvette and Terry?
  11. Thank you so much for posting the pictures! We will be in this cabin for our 11 day Southern Caribbean cruise in late March. I understand the K is going into dry dock in December. Do you think they might add the loungers and higher table to the deeper veranda cabins during that time. We had an extra deep veranda on the Nieu Amsterdam several years ago and the 2 loungers made the cruise very nice for us. I like to have breakfast in the cabin and I guess I will have to eat it at the desk -- my husband gets up early and eats at the Lido. Again, thank you for taking the time to post this! We are really looking forward to the cruise.
  12. Thanks so much for all the helpful information. We will invest in one of these. My phone is not a necessity for calls while we are cruising, but for pictures.
  13. This may be a silly question, but we are sailing on the Koningsdam, March 27-April 7 and plan to take several beach excursions. What do you do with your drivers license, cash, credit card, etc. if you should snorkel or just swim. Do the beaches have lockers of some sort or is it safe to just leave your things at your beach chairs you have rented? Not really comfortable leaving things in a beach bag, but perhaps it is safe??? Appreciate any help you might have from your own experiences.
  14. Do you mind sharing where you go to find the sale -- Holland America website?
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