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    holland america
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  1. Agree. Always get this. Way better IMHO than Cioppino at Pinnacle Grill but very similar. DH always gets veal dish. I think they now have a "special" which changes every night as I recall. We much prefer Canaletto over Pinnacle for dinner.
  2. Was very disappointed when HAL pulled out of Tampa, it being my favorite and most convenient port. But just read that Celebrity will be coming to TPA winter 20/21 with Southern, Eastern, and some Panama cruises. This might just force me to give them a try. Apparently the ship will be newly refurbished also. Sounds interesting. Jane
  3. No worries. Have been on at least 6 Carnival cruises and one NCL(never again) and absolutely no comparison to HAL. Koningsdam is a bit larger than our preferred HAL ships and we noticed more crowding in Lido, but all is relative isn't it? Minuscule lines compared to Carnival and NCL. Service, cleanliness, food quality all way above anything offered on Carnival and NCL. We like to complain when things change, but hasn't fallen to Carnival and NCL levels for sure. You will love it if you are used to those cruise lines. NCL does generally have better showroom entertainment but we aren't much into that anyway. Love BB King Blues club. If you are a drinker and don't buy drink package make sure to hit the happy hours. Nothing like that offered on Carnival, not sure about NCL as that was one of our first cruises years ago. Anyway we save a lot on drink tab by strategically using happy hour. You will love Koningsdam I am sure. Jane
  4. Agree with those above suggesting Pinnacle for lunch on a sea day. Just confirm when you board the days it will be offered and make your reservations. We never do Pinnacle for dinner any more, except when have a freebie like on our next cruise. We do like Canaletto and usually go there more often since it is very reasonable with our Mariner discount. I like the seafood stew at Canaletto which is similar to Cioppino at Pinnacle but better tasting in my opinion. Food likes/dislikes are so personal as others have noted, that what I love you might not. Food in MDR on most HAL ships is quite good, and the Lido offers several items from MDR menu each night also. We have taken to eating in Lido at least half of the time on recent cruises. A lot of times just can't do another heavy meal and Lido has such nice salads and cheese/fruit plates which we enjoy. Also be aware that HAL still offers free room service from MDR menu. Just call around 4:30 OR 5:00 and order and give them your requested delivery time. For some reason they like you to call and order around this time, even though you might want a 7 or 8 o'clock delivery. I loved the new Navigator app on our last cruise as you can pull up the daily menus. Used to have to go down to MDR after lunch and take a picture of that night's menu so I could see what they were having. The picture was so I could remember what they were having to tell DH or if wanted order room service. Haha. Have a good cruise. Enjoy. Jane
  5. I believe you were very lucky and lesson well learned. At least you did not require emergency medical evacuation which, as others have said, can run $100,000 or more. When we began cruising many years ago I educated myself regarding travel cancellation and medical/evacuation coverage and determined that what the cruise lines offer is generally very expensive and lacking in complete coverage and for lower cost comprehensive travel insurance can be purchased. When I signed up for Medicare (regular, not managed care) I made sure to educate myself as to what is covered and what is not. Any coverage out of country, with a few very specific exceptions, is not covered just as cosmetic surgery, dental, acupuncture and several other services are statutorily excluded by standard Medicare. HAL explains their coverage on their web site and if you neglected to read your conditions of coverage that certainly is not HAL's fault. Sorry for YOUR mistake, but don't blame HAL. Happy future cruising. And please do your homework before your next cruise, no matter which cruise line you decide to take . Good travel insurance which includes medical as well as emergency evacuation is a requirement for us, otherwise I would worry myself sick and not be able to enjoy the cruise. Jane
  6. I believe you were very lucky and lesson well learned. At least you did not require emergency medical evacuation which, as others have said, can run $100,000 or more. When we began cruising many years ago I educated myself regarding travel cancellation and medical/evacuation coverage and determined that what the cruise lines offer is generally very expensive and lacking in complete coverage and for lower cost comprehensive travel insurance can be purchased. When I signed up for Medicare (regular, not managed care) I made sure to educate myself as to what is covered and what is not. Any coverage out of country, with a few very specific exceptions, is not covered just as cosmetic surgery, dental, acupuncture and several other services are statutorily excluded by standard Medicare. HAL explains their coverage on their web site and if you neglected to read your conditions of coverage that certainly is not HAL's fault. Sorry for YOUR mistake, but don't blame HAL. Happy future cruising. And please do your homework before your next cruise, no matter which cruise line you decide to take . Good travel insurance which includes medical as well as emergency evacuation is a requirement for us, otherwise I would worry myself sick and not be able to enjoy the cruise. Jane
  7. Thanks for all the good info from you all. We are still outside our booking window for Flight Ease but am getting anxious to be able to check the fares. Approximately a month to go before we can do that and apparently the airlines have not published schedules/fares that long out either But I will be sure to check fares for both Flight Ease and directly from airlines when we can. I did find a discount airline from Rome to FLL and just checking some fares in the fall appears we could afford Business class with them, assuming rates won't change much but who knows.. Need business class as don't think I can handle economy all the way from Europe. Probably get a blood clot - not kidding. Also, have read the posts about going into flightease to check fares after initial reservation and then losing original booking. I will be very careful about making any changes if we are able to do flightease. Why does HAL make things so difficult? I ended up just calling them for initial cruise reservation which is good as got way better room than was showing online for our B2B cruise and some extra credit also. I have generally done on line bookings previously, but HAL website is so screwed up now decided best to call them. Worked out better. Thanks again to all, Jane
  8. We are booked on April 2020 Transatlantic cruise from FLL to Rome, then continuing on Greek Odyssey cruise terminating in Venice. We plan on staying in Italy for another week or so traveling from Venice to Florence and ending in Rome. So we will need a one way flight back to Florida from Rome. My question is whether I will be able to use Flight Ease returning from Rome a week or so after our cruise ends in Venice. Flight Ease pricing not available for this cruise for another month or so but hoping some fellow CC members can give me some info on this. Really hoping Flight Ease has some good fares we can use. We have never used it before so am clueless at this point. Also, we could fly back to about any city in Florida or even east coast depending on cost, then just fly Southwest back home , even though we are leaving from FLL. Can we pick any airport to return to based on cost and schedule, or will we have to return to FLL to use Flight Ease? Thanks for any insight you experienced international cruisers can give. Jane
  9. You will love the Signature Suite and we had no noise issues at all with the connecting room. The SS are so much roomier than the standard veranda cabins. Plenty of closet and storage room so no concerns there. Enjoy your trip. Don't just stay on the veranda though through the canal. Go forward and aft also for different views. They also open a deck forward, maybe level 4 or 5, very early with coffee and rolls served so try to do that if you can. Started raining hard so that was kind of a wash out on our trip. Enjoy. Jane
  10. We were in one of these on Konigsdam in Dec. Not an issue. The people above really don't stand there staring down at the balconies below I don't believe. Guess wouldn't go nude just in case, but really not an issue. We liked the large balcony. Jane
  11. Several years ago when our Broncos played we were on Westerdam and purchased this VIP package. Cost right at $50 person and included front row comfy seating, food, alcohol drinks throughout game, and dedicated waiter. HAL really put on a nice spread with lots of game day finger foods, carved watermelons and stuff, special super bowl cakes. Was really nice and we had a great time, especially since our team won. Highly recommend you do this. Funny thing about game telecast is no commercials. So during commercial breaks the CD and assistants have little games and give out assortment of prizes. I mean lots of stuff. Was fun but did miss seeing the commercials a bit, I hate to admit. Jane
  12. I'm pretty sure they opened about 9 am. We got there about 10 and left around noon and that was on a Sunday. There were already several couples there set up with beach chairs. I didn't use the restrooms but my husband did and he says they were basic but not filthy or anything. You might search "Raschal's Bar" in Barbados. Seems like i saw a picture on line, maybe TA,. with hours written on it. Jane
  13. Yes. That is correct. Per person. Jane
  14. We had VB4209 on Koningsdam recently which is aft starboard. Very deep -about 10 feet. Clear rail. Those far forward might have solid rails, but aft are clear. Found size of cabin to be adequate. Didn't notice significant difference from Vista class ships. Jane
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