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  1. Update: I forgot that I booked my cruise with a non-refundable deposit. The TA would have to cancel original booking and rebook this. I started out with an OO guarantee because I was originally traveling by myself. At the time the balcony rate was higher than I wanted to pay. Recently I decided to bring someone and the more I thought about it the more I wanted a balcony. So I called in asked. My thinking now is that the 200 obc cancels out the list 175 lost deposit. I might still go ahead and switch. I would be paying approximately 3500 for a category VC on the Mozart deck. Im absolutely NOT upset with the travel agent or Holland America. Both did what I asked them to do at the booking. And the non-refundable deposit was clearly explained.
  2. I’m excited. A balcony on an Alaska cruise will be awesome.
  3. This particular travel agent has been consistently good. This is the best I’ve gotten. Usually they get a competitive rate and select a good cabin for me which is great imho. They excelled with my cruise on the NCL sun. Great inside cabin I. That small hallway where we were located was quiet.
  4. I called to find out the cost of upgrading to a balcony on my 8/1/2020 cruise on the Konigsdam. I paid additional 500 to upgrade from OO to a balcony, 6171, on the Mozart deck. I get 200 shipboard credit too. So I’m pretty happy.
  5. I understand that the toilets on cruise ships are different than hotels. If it is not operating as expected, I think it’s reasonable for the cruise line to fix it or explain why it’s ok to appear to do nothing(flush twice, declare it fixed, and leave.). The issue isn’t the existence of an issue, it’s his for how the issue is addressed.
  6. It’s definitely not rude or obnoxious to expect a working toilet in a stateroom. A toilet that isn’t flushing properly would cause most people to be concerned about a clog and the resulting over flow. I definitely would report repeatedly until it’s resolved to my satisfaction. Otherwise I would constantly be worried and feel that I have to use a different toilet to avoid the possibility to Of it flooding.
  7. Thank you. We enjoy the dining room dinners. Hopefully we get window seats and dine with a view.
  8. We are booked on the Konigsdam. As I reviewed the itinerary I noted that we were in Juneau from 1p.m. to 10 p.m., Skagway from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Ketchikan from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. We selected the anytime dining plan. Are these port times going to cause unusual crowding patterns in the dining room?
  9. Amazing. I that’s the best value I’ve seen on a cruise ship. Lol.
  10. I was looking through the various parts of HAL's website under my cruise booking and I saw the option to purchase this for my Alaska Cruise. 49 dollars unlimited wash and fold laundry for the week seems too good to be true based on what I have paid in the past on Carnival and other cruise lines. I also noted that I could purchase onboard credit ahead of time. It would be nice to have the entire amount paid off before the cruise. Are there potential problems that I need to be aware of in doing things this way? As always, thank you.
  11. I am most intrigued by the bear tour out of Ketchikan. I’m going to go for that one.
  12. I haven’t been on HAL yet. But I can tell you right now I’m gonna love breakfast in the main dining room. I really like the choices. Texas French toast, English breakfast, eggs Benedict.
  13. This is my first Alaska cruise. I am on the 2020 August 1 sailing if the konigsdam to Tracy Arm, Skagway, and Ketchikan. If there was one excursion on this itinerary that was a once in a life time experience, what would you pick? I will spend a lot (400) on one excursion and then be more economical on the others.
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