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  1. If you cancel a tour after the deadline for cancellations you will receive a refund if the shore excursion office is able to sell your ticket to someone else. We cancelled one evening for a tour the next morning. We were lucky and our tickets were sold within an hour.
  2. We have cruised in a VF on deck 8 and were happy with it. I enjoyed the views from the higher level its proximity to the Lido pool and restaurant. I planned to go to a public space on deck 2 or 3 if seas became rough but it wasn't necessary. Overall we would book this cabin again.
  3. We are looking at cabins inside cabins 8060 and 8056 n the Eurodam. Does anyone know if they have sofa? A room without a sofa is a deal-breaker for us. Thanks Marcia
  4. We like a VE cabin on deck 8...Navigation deck by the forward elevators. It is under the spa and beauty salon and convenient to the lido pool and restaurant. We did not hear any elevator noise. Have a great cruise.
  5. We experienced a similar situation. Our cruise was chartered several months after we booked. All communication went through our travel agent. We were given approx. four new cruises from which to choose and the complimentary addition of the Explore 4 package. After the initial shock it worked out fine.
  6. Several years ago we tipped $50 for the week. We received a lot of personal attention so we were happy to give our attendant extra.
  7. The spa and probably the gym are open on port days. The spa usually offers specials on port days.
  8. We are thinking of staying at the Hilton Marina Fort Lauderdale pre-cruise. Does anyone know how far the walk is from this hotel to a store that sells cokes and sodas? We would like to take them on board with us. Or is there a hotel in the 17th street area that is closer to the store? Thanks Marcia
  9. We are looking at a Panama canal cruise on the Eurodam.. Since we will be in an inside cabin this time I am thinking of places to view the entrance into the canal. Does the fitness center have windows overlooking the front of the ship and how early does the fitness center open? Thanks Marcia
  10. I forgot about deck 19 being smaller
  11. I have been in a lido cabana. We enjoyed it very much. Ours was on the end nearest the lido restaurant so we only had only one neighbor but we never even noticed the them. We enjoyed people watching sometimes. We always eat at a table for two so we don't want to have a completely isolated vacation.. We think of it as a much more comfortable pool experience. My husband did notice that some people looked at us as they walked by however nobody was intrusive.
  12. Since you are interested in a side balcony, deck 4 is deepest, deck 5 is most shallow. The other decks are the same depth.
  13. When we boarded in San Diego two years ago there were two HAL ships boarding on the same day. I anticipated a horrible experience but they were quite organized. Our taxi dropped us near the entrance marked Westerdam. Luggage wasn't a problem and I would have remembered because I had an injured hand. Because of two ships in port we were given a specific time to arrive based on the location of our cabin..They boarded the highest decks first so our wait was minimal. There was a problem later with the scanner/computer etc not working. Some folks couldn't board until it was fixed and our departure was delayed.
  14. I would not do a guarantee. I like to have some control over my "home for a week". We like deck 8 (navigation deck) for its convenience to the pool, spa, lido restaurant and the view. We have had a VA 2 doors down from the mid ship elevators and a VE near the front elevators. Both were good and quiet . The VE is less expensive. VA and V cabins are mid ship and considered more desirable by some thus more expensive. I vaguely remember that the deck 8 verandas are a foot deeper than the other decks excluding deck 4.
  15. Do the spa cabins have a different room service menu offering lighter more healthy items?
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