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  1. Thinking of doing a little shore excursion of Turks &Caicos via a Hummer tour. Cannot find any information on the boards about this excursion and was just wondering if anyone has done this in the 2 person hummer that travels in a caravan. Not sure there is really anything worth seeing in T&C, but it would be an easy way to see the island. Thanks in advance for any comments if you took this (or similar) tour! πŸ˜€
  2. Thanks! I wasn’t sure if they considered it a β€œweapon” or not! Great idea for that bottle stopper!
  3. Maybe a silly question - not sure - but can I bring a corkscrew onboard? I know a screw top bottle of wine would be better, but sometimes the one I want to bring is a bottle with a cork!
  4. Yes, I believe it is open to all people if you choose to pay the upcharge on your sailing.
  5. RocketMan, what did your son say about the main dining room experience on the NAM under the Club Orange program? Better service or no wait for dinner as he would be dining under the "Anytime Dining" schedule I would asume? Did he mention if he had a dedicated area for CO in the dining room - I would think not but thought I would ask. Thanks in advance!
  6. Thank you for the information. Mine leaves October 26 and no offers of upsells have come my way πŸ˜₯..... Are the offers via email or telephone? I hope it's email because I receive so many robocalls that I block any one who does not leave a message!
  7. I have spoken twice with my HAL PCC about upsells on our upcoming cruise ( which is a little more than 2 weeks away) and he has told me the offers do not come from him. That they come from a different department and if something were available the department would email me. Is this incorrect information?
  8. Great!!! So glad to hear this. I didn't want to just waste time in Ft Lauderdale doing nothing instead of enjoying time on the ship. Hopefully this "progressive check in" will not be enforced. I had never received a letter from HAL such as this last time, so I assumed it was some "new" rule they were starting. So looking forward to our upcoming cruise! πŸ˜ƒ
  9. Just received this info (see below) from HAL regarding upcoming cruise in the next few weeks and am disappointed in the staggered embarkation schedules. Is this something totally new, as I do not remember this on our last HAL cruise 18 months ago? I was looking forward to starting my embarkation off with a lunch on board, but now it looks like we are boarding later than lunch time 😞. On last cruise I believe we were at the port around noon and boarded soon after that. This cruise I am on the same deck as last cruise, yet not allowed to board until 2:30. Any thoughts on this "new" policy? From HAL: IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION: To help facilitate a smooth start to your voyage we have implemented a progressive cruise check-in schedule. Please arrive at the check-in time listed below. If you purchased a pre-cruise hotel package from Holland America, your transfer time will be provided at your hotel. Guests traveling on shared transport or arriving as a group will be checked in together. Guests should not arrive prior to the suggested check-in time below. Boarding will begin at 1:00 PM and all guests must be onboard by 4:00 PM. 1:30 PM - Deck 7, Deck 8 & Deck 10 (Rotterdam, Navigation & Panorama) 2:00 PM - Deck 5 & Deck 6 (Verandah & Upper Verandah) 2:30 PM - Deck 4 & Deck 11 (Upper Promenade & Observation) 3:00 PM - Deck 1 (Main) We invite our 4 & 5 Star Mariners and Pinnacle & Neptune Suite guests to arrive anytime between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.
  10. The thermal pool is a wonderful things for aches and joint pain! I just purchased a one week pass online to make sure I had it available to me when I'm on our upcoming cruise. HAL says that the amount of people they sell it to is limited, so I do purchase ahead of time to make sure I have the thermal pass. Not sure if that is just a "Marketing" ploy to say that space is limited in order to entice us to purchase prior to sailing, but I don't want to take any chances of missing out on that wonderful thermal pool. If you do purchase on line, the HAL website still stupidly still asks you for a time, which is as stated above in a previous post, is a glitch in the system. And yes, you can go anytime they are open and use it as many times a day as you would like.
  11. Thanks RocketMan, I would be very interested to hear about Club Orange on the NAM. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Enjoy your upcoming cruise!! 😊
  12. Glad to hear you did not have difficulty getting a table for 2 in the main dining room. I am sure the key to this is eating early as you did, which I can see we will have to do. That will make DH very happy as he loves to eat early! πŸ™ƒ
  13. Thanks so much for the additional info, I will check that out. Sounds like a great way to spend the day!
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