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  1. Just for clarification, you can order anything on the menu in multiples such as two soups, two entrees, three salads, and four desserts. Here is a link to my Caribbean 7-day menus from last month to give you an example of what to expect: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/specialty-2/specifc-cruise-lido-and-mdr-menus/caribbean-7-day-series-a-dining-menus
  2. Neptune Suite guests have a separate check-in line after passing through Security screening as well as a separate waiting area in most cruise terminals while waiting to board. Neptune Suite guests will be in the second boarding group after those with mobility issues at the usual 11:30 AM time.
  3. Here is the current wine list from which you can choose: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Wine-List.pdf
  4. The Zuiderdam Taco Bar is open until dinner time and is a good place for nachos and tacos when the Lido Market is closed..
  5. My 3-day Meal Plan cost $349 p/p in 2017. In 2019, I opted out of the Meal Plan and spent around $140. Alof the meals must be consumed on HAL properties that accept the vouchers. To be cost effective, you have to eat the most expensive items on the menu that includes salad, entree, dessert, and beverage. There are lots of other dining choices on the McKinley Resort properties to save lots of money. I have experienced both sides and would not purchase the plan.
  6. The free 7-inch diameter chocolate chip cookies at the Grand Dutch Cafe were far superior to those in the Lido Market. They were so soft and chewy that they would break apart if not supported by a plate or large hand.
  7. Make sure you are in the correct line for reservations as there will be two lines (one for Specialty Restaurans against the wall and another for the podium). Listen carefully to which of the dipping sauces are the spiciest and observe the colors of the sauce containers. The green sauce has just a little nip and great on the giant shrimp crackers. You can request that the amount of spice be limited in any dish. The Wasabi filet is my favorite entree. The Tom Khakai soup with chili oil has a bite.
  8. There is a hallway podium across from the Pinnacle Grill on Deck 2 where you can make your Tamarind reservations as soon as you board the ship. The Pinnacle Grill should accomodate your large group at one of their long tables.
  9. FWIW gelato is created on board whereas ice cream is brought from the port. Waffle cone - $2.00 8 oz cup - $2.00 12 oz cup - $2.75 Additional scoop - $1.25 Two toppings included. Additional topping $0.50 Gelato popsicles - $2.00 Milkshakes - $4.50
  10. I have uploaded my onboard images review and Club HAL activities examples for this Ms Nieuw Statendam cruise: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/
  11. Here is a link to my sea day When & Where on the Nieuw Statendam last month: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NS-CZ-Day-03-Sea-Day.pdf
  12. Deck 5 VS 5208 was my stateroom last month on the Nieuw Statendam. It was quiet with very little foot traffic and the balcony was great for photography. Here is a link to photos of 5208: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/photo-reviews/ms-nieuw-statendam-images/ms-nieuw-statendam-staterooms
  13. I was on the NS last month and had breakfast at 8:25 AM each morning but was surprised that they closed at 8:00 AM on Disembarkation Day. Not sure when they opened. Dinner started the same as the MDR 5:00 but not sure when it closed. Three of us were still there chatting at 8:30 PM one night.
  14. I take indoor youth sports (basketball) with my Olympus OMD EM-M1X and look forward to using it to capture eagles in flight at 30-60 fps. Image stabilization and much lighter than a full-frame DSLR with heavy lenses. Every button can be programmed to fit your needs. Love back button focusing so can just tap the shutter button to take a photograph. FWIW youth basketball players take a lot of shots with their eyes closed and their tongues out.
  15. Aft-wrap suites are a photographers dream and nice loungers for relaxing out of the wind created by the moving ship. Great place to have dinner and don't forget the LED candles to create ambiance.
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