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About Petunia1950

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    Southern Pines, NC
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    Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Norwegian Fjords on Rotterdam

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  1. I sailed in a Neptune Suite on the October 31 Koningsdam trans-Atlantic. And I loved Club Orange. It was a more intimate venue than the MDR, the service was superb (none of the wait staff was assigned to a particular table, so all of the wait staff catered to your needs -- and they all knew you by name), the food was excellent, the made-to-order entrees were amazing. I would not hesitate to purchase Club Orange access if I sailed in other than a Neptune / Pinnacle Suite. My only suggestion to HAL was that it consider adding lunch service.
  2. I wish there was a way that other cruise lines would also ban these idiots. What's to stop them from moving to another line? Carnival Corporation certainly has a lot of brands to choose from -- Carnival, Holland America, Princess, Costa, Cunard, etc. It seems to me that other lines would have a vested interest in banning these guys from their ships as well.
  3. I don't -- Hal Facts has a link to both levels on Koningsdam, so they might be similar set-ups. I've not sailed on Nieuw Statendam yet, so I don't know which I'd prefer. I just knew Hal Facts had a schematic of the dining room there -- Hal Facts has a lot of great information!
  4. Yes -- for example, see http://halfacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/NSDM-upper-level.pdf for a layout of the upper level dining room.
  5. HalFacts dot com has photos of Koningsdam 4045 and 4046, which are the "sideways" cabins.
  6. The privacy notice on Holland America's website is very clear as to what they can do with our personal information UNLESS we opt out. If we have not opted out, then they can do basically whatever they want to do. The fact that we have not proactively agreed to the privacy policy doesn't matter. The fact that it exists and we do business with Holland America means that we have implicitly agreed to it. The policy is found at https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/legal-privacy/privacy-policy.html#CA. It provides, in part: Disclosing Information to Third Parties We may share your information with our affiliated companies of Carnival Corporation and plc including but not limited to Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, Cunard, Costa, Aida, P&O Cruises UK, and P&O Cruises Australia and third parties as described in this Privacy Policy. We will share Profile Information and other personal information with unaffiliated third parties for purposes including: you request or authorize it; the information is provided to help complete a transaction for you; the information is provided to comply with the law, applicable regulations, governmental and quasi-governmental requests, court orders or subpoenas, to enforce our site’s Terms and Conditions, Legal Notices or other agreements, or to protect our rights, property or safety or the rights, property or safety of our users or others (e.g., to a consumer reporting agency for fraud protection, etc.); the disclosure is done as part of a purchase, transfer or sale of services or assets (e.g., in the event that substantially all of our assets are acquired by another party, customer information may be one of the transferred assets); the information is provided to our agents, outside vendors or service providers to perform functions on our behalf (e.g., analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, providing customer service, processing orders, sending emails about our products or services, etc.) or with whom we may have cooperative or joint marketing arrangements; the information is shared with third parties for their own marketing use, or to others as described in this Privacy Policy or that we may describe to you at the time of collection. There is a provision in the privacy policy providing for opting out.
  7. Ha! Not quite as pretty as the United States, but it did get us from point A to point B, which was its purpose! Thanks for finding and sharing!
  8. Nieuw Statendam is arriving from Civitavecchia that day, I believe. That probably explains the Coast Guard drill -- first US port in a while.
  9. I thought my first "cruise" was on SS United States in 1963. My sister reminded me today that my first "cruise" was actually in 1952 on the USNS Fred C. Ainsworth from California to Honolulu. I guess I was just destined to sail ... on military transport ships. I don't remember much about the Ainsworth though, so I'm not sure it really counts. ;-)
  10. My family would go for the $25 card for the stocking stuffer ...
  11. I wondered that myself. They show cards in increments of $25 up to $100. But it looks like you can order multiple cards at one time, so it doesn't really make sense to limit the denomination. But I did not buy, so I might be wrong about multiple cards. I'm just so used to buying almost everything at Amazon that I had to look ;-)
  12. It appears that Holland America Gift Cards are available through amazon.com -- but only to a maximum of $100 per card.
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