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About wdw1972

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    Gainesville, FL
  • Interests
    Walt Disney World, Disney Vacation Club, HAL Cruises
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America Line
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    ABC Islands

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  1. Thanks - this tells me what to expect. I'll bring a power strip without surge protection, or just use the USB port. Most of what I have that needs charging can be via USB. Sue/WDW1972
  2. Love the Retreat cabanas, and rarely sail without one. This time I will, as this is an "extra" cruise squeezed in as a true solo (no travel buddy in her own stateroom, sharing the cabana) between a couple 10 & 11 day cruises. Just got off Koningsdam last Wednesday, where we enjoyed the Retreat. We will have it booked for the 11 day Nieuw Statendam next December. So, the NA cruise is intended as a quick, cheap getaway 😉 Sue/WDW1972
  3. I should know the answer to this, but I don't. Have the Nieuw Amsterdam staterooms been updated to include the extra electrical outlets and the usb ports? Is the tv still the clunky corner unit or is it a flat screen on the wall now? My last time onboard was 2016 or 2017, so I'm hoping it's been updated like the Eurodam. Thanks, and thanks for the terrific review - well done. Sue/WDW1972
  4. I've never been a fan of Canaletto, and as a result have eaten there very infrequently and not at all for the past several years. The last couple of menus had nothing I'd want to eat (picky eater). However, the current menu here on Koningsdam has a few items I'll eat, and we decided to give it a try - with some concern it would be disappointing. However, it was fabulous - great service, excellent food, etc. The 2 people I dined with are Italian, so they were able to explain some of the menu items to me. They were both impressed with their selections (I was too). We liked it so much we booked again for tomorrow night. Hope the Nieuw Amsterdam can get their act together! Sue/WDW1972
  5. And I'll be on Koningsdam next Sunday - be interesting to see which twin heads out first 😉 Sue/WDW1972
  6. That's puzzling to me as well - interesting question. Sue/WDW1972
  7. I've never seen one. They generally start on the next day. Sue/WDW1972
  8. Interesting - I usually cruise solo but I was thinking this time (11/24/19 Koningsdam) I might connect with my phone in addition to my laptop. Sounds like that may be a problem. Also, my husband will be cruising with me in 2021 - if this is true I'll tell him to leave his laptop at home and he'll have to use mine for his online stuff. Not the end of the world, but it would be nice to be able to use both my laptop and my phone 😞 Sue/WDW1972
  9. That's what a swimsuit coverup is for - not a bathrobe. Guys have it easier - throw a t-shirt or shirt on over the swim trunks and you're perfectly presentable going to/from the pool or hot tub. Sue/WDW1972
  10. If only a steward or officer would send those Bozos back to their stateroom to get dressed for public venues! Or better yet, line the bathrobe with something that will zap you with an electric current (not deadly - just attention getting) if you cross your stateroom doorway with it. Prevents theft, and tackiness. 😉 Sue/WDW1972
  11. I sure do - Fran's sharing it with me again. The Retreat Cabanas are bigger on the NA, but we tried one on Nieuw Statendam and really liked it despite the smaller size. Sue/WDW1972
  12. Dorothy - Have a great time! I'll be sailing the Koningsdam again (10-night) just before you, and will watch your sailaway. I cruise 11/24 - 12/4. Hope our paths cross on another cruise one of these days! Sue/WDW1972
  13. I agree 100% - thanks for saying what I was thinking. Sue/WDW1972
  14. Thanks for sharing your voyage! Looking forward to future installments. Sue/WDW1972
  15. Yes, I was also in my 30's, but HAL was my 3rd line (after Carnival and NCL). Once I cruised HAL I never looked back - they were the line for me & my son (about 10 when we started). He grew up on HAL. When he was 13 I took him on his first Disney cruise. He asked if his future cruises could please be back on HAL. When he was early-mid 20's he cruised a Carnival ship with a bunch of friends. I expected him to love it (being one who likes to drink & have fun) but he HATED it. Said the passengers were trashy/drunks, the food sucked, etc. A couple/few years later he booked a HAL cruise and proposed in the Pinnacle Grill. He & his wife clearly love HAL, despite being very early 30's now. So, don't assume HAL is just for old farts. It's for people who appreciate that age can bring wisdom and interesting experiences...which enhances our travel. As a youngster I really enjoyed the older HAL passengers because they were so well-traveled, accomplished, and just nice people. Now I'm 60 (almost 61) so I'm fast becoming one of those old farts the ignorant stereotype the line to be 😉 Sue/WDW1972
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