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  1. The Main Dining Room has a vegetarian menu that your waiter will give you the night before so that you can pre-order for the next night. The regular menu also includes vegetarian items. http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Vegetarian.pdf Bring layers for clothing that you can remove as the days warm. As noted in many Alaska threads, the weather is unpredictable except for the guarenteed rain so a poncho would be a good thing to keep inside of your excursion backpack.. Here is a link to my Alaska daily activities from 2017 to give you an idea of typical activities: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/specialty-2/on-locations-specific-cruises/alaska-2017-noordam-when-where-daily-activities Here is a link to typical Club HAL activities for your 8-year old: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/AL-15-Kids-8-12.pdf Here is the kid's menu if your 8-year old does not want anything on the adult menu: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/HAL-Kids-Menu.pdf The Taco Bar by the indoor pool is open for lunch and during the afternoon, pizza is available until late in the evening in the Lido Market. Feel free to take snacks from breakfast and lunch back to your room for later consumption. Bring Ziploc bags for your snacks that you will be keeping in your minibar. I bring a plate of various cheeses and a handful of packaged crackers back from breakfast. Of course free Room Service is available 24/7. http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Room-Service-and-Breakfast-Card.pdf Enjoy your cruise planning and feel free to ask lots of questions.
  2. Not sure about removing the laundry rooms but your ship;s laundry pricing is correct, It is a real bargain and you won't be spending vacation time doing laundry. Pack for three days and use the laundry service.
  3. i buy a polo shirt with a logo from each port and perhaps a logoed t-hirt.
  4. We booked a pre-cruise hotel and transportation through Holland America to Port Everglades during the last Super Bowl in Miami. The hotel was 1.5-hour drive north of Fort Lauderdale. Since the bus to Fort Lauderdale did not have a wheel chair lift capability, HAL sent us via towncar to Port Everglades. The driver was happy that he got us to the port by 10:00 AM and was available for fares to the Super Bowl. The yachts berthed in Port Everglades were huge with the largest belonging to one of the Microsoft founders had TWO helipads and were nearly the size of our cruise ship. I would not book another cruise out of Port Everglades or Miami during Super Bowl weekend and hope for a reasonable hotel rate.
  5. My norm is to spend some time on every cruise researching CC questions. Any answer I receive will probably be just the policy on board the Eurodam but I will ask. I will also ask on the Westerdam in June. If enough CC members pose this question directly to HAL, maybe a policy letter will be issued to the fleet. In any case, I will ask and post the answer.
  6. My 4-Day Pacific Coastal (repositioning cruise) portion on the Eurodam next month has one Gala Night.
  7. Every bus ride heading to the Yukon from Skagway will stop for a view of the suspension bridge. Note that the bridge span a fault line and so is attached to only one side.
  8. I wear seabands only on the first night and can then remove them. My body adjusts overnight and I need no other seasickness remedies for the rest of the cruise. Amusement park rides are definitely NOT my favorite things.
  9. My discussion with the Konigsdam Beverage Manager in December indicated that the changeover to new beverage menus is based on the beverage vendor being able to provide the new items. I was advised that full implementation should be in place by the end of April. Since I will be on the Eurodam at the end of April, I will be scanning every menu on board to ensure that I have the latest information for subsequent HAL cruisers.
  10. The Neptune Suites breakfast perk remains but it is now served in the CO (on ships that have added the CO) rather than the PG.
  11. There are a number of other tours that end/start with a crab feast. Here is a link to their website to see the other tours: https://catchcrabs.com Here is a link to book just the feast: https://fareharbor.com/catchcrabs/items/19779/
  12. According to the Alaska Fisheries Calendar, the Duneness Crab season is May 1 - Dec 31 so fresh crab will be available.
  13. From another solo traveler and aft stateroom officienado, do grab an aft stateroom and enjoy your ocean. The sound of the wake and the amazing panorama views for photographs are well worth it. We have a number of solos on my two roll calls on the Nieuw Statendam in December.
  14. I am very experienced with the floatplane with crab feast and the actual eating doesn't start until after 11:00 AM. Here is a link to my photo review of the excursion: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/place/alaska-2/ketchikan-2/ketchikan-crab-feasting Skip the free appetizers lest you not be able to take advantage of every possible serving of crab legs. FWIW very few diners have the capacity to enjoy the large piece of NY cheesecake for dessert. I would also skip breakfast that day.
  15. The Bento Box from the Tamarind is available through Room Service from 5:30 - 9:30 PM: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Room-Service-and-Breakfast-Card.pdf FWIW it took nearly two hours for delivery when a friend ordered this on my Konigsdam cruise last December.
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