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About wdw1972

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    Gainesville, FL
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    Walt Disney World, Disney Vacation Club, HAL Cruises
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    Holland America Line
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    ABC Islands

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  1. Stateroom 1828 (oceanview) was nice & quiet last month....very convenient to the forward elevators, and no movement to speak of. I prefer that area to midship, for a number of reasons. On a small ship like Rotterdam, everything is so close, the stateroom location is less significant in my opinion. Sue/WDW1972
  2. What a wonderful thread - thanks so much for the report of your voyage, the photos and of course the food porn! Sue/WDW1972
  3. Oceanview Deck 1 - much nicer! I don't spend $$ to cruise to have crap obstructing my view - I want to see the ocean, with nothing in the way. Sue/WDW1972
  4. We had a piano player playing in the Ocean Bar on the late January Nieuw Statendam sailing, but his sets were early. I think the first one was at 5pm, so it may have been 5, 6 & 7. Sue/WDW1972
  5. Yes, that's the one I was referring to. The When & Where is the daily thing left on the bed each night. Like Ray, I would prefer knowing up front which nights the clocks will be changing - heck I'd like to see it on the itinerary online before I even get to the ship! On this last Rotterdam cruise it was a bit much - 7 nights, 4 time changes. We turned the clock back an hour 2 nights in a row (nights 2 & 3), then turned them forward 2 nights in a row (nights 5 & 6). So, only nights 1, 4 & 7 were without a time change! Sue/WDW1972
  6. On the 10-day Nieuw Statendam caribbean cruise last January, this captain had the Q&A session. It was raining, so I attended <g> - lots of people were there, but it wasn't a standing room only crowd. I'm almost positive the captain on the 7-night Rotterdam caribbean cruise I did earlier this month also had a Q&A session. It was sunny, so I didn't attend that one! The Rotterdam captain did mention the clock changes in his daily update - don't recall what happened on Nieuw Statendam, but if I had to guess I'd say he didn't. HAL's started putting a document in the staterooms that show what's happening each day in terms of dress code, the main stage entertainment, and something else (can't think what it is right now) - it would be nice if that included the time changes as well! Sue/WDW1972
  7. Thanks for checking Roy - it does make some sense ๐Ÿ˜‰ Enjoy the rest of your day, and I'll look forward to your next update on your voyage! Sue/WDW1972
  8. I book anytime dining but haven't eaten in the main dining room in years....perhaps a decade. However, a friend traveling on the same cruise was surprised her early fixed dining on Nieuw Statendam this past January was at 5pm. That's way too early, and I don't think the late seating was earlier than normal as a result. She was much happier in April when our Rotterdam cruise had the early fixed dining at 5:30. I'm thinking it's a Nieuw Statendam thing - perhaps because the dining room is so large, they want extra time to get people through there? If so, you'd think it would hold true on Koningsdam as well, which is our next HAL ship. I didn't pay any attention to the fixed dining times on my previous K'dam cruises - anyone recent know what they are? Sue/WDW1972
  9. Please let HAL know about your displeasure with the extra guests in that cabana. On my Nieuw Statendam cruise in January the cabana next to us had 3 people, and while it never got too crowded up there and the 3 people were never a problem, I know it's supposed to be 2 people. HAL needs to either enforce 2, or say it's 3 (or 4 or whatever). Sue/WDW1972
  10. Yes, unless you're sailing in a Neptune Suite, Pinnacle Suite, or are a 4-star or 5-star Mariner. Those people all get it for free. Everyone else pays. Sue/WDW1972
  11. An alternative would be bring a can of wrinkle-releasing spray. Or, pack stuff that doesn't wrinkle. If you do send it out to HAL for ironing, they do a great job, and turn it around very quickly. I generally will take it from my suitcase, put it in the laundry bag & send it out - often it's back before dinner, but to be safe don't send out what you're wearing that night! Sue/WDW1972
  12. Please remove me from the 12/4/19 Koningsdam - I moved to the cruise prior (which you have listed) to use fewer vacation days. It's tough being a working slob ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, please add me to the 12/2/20 Nieuw Statendam 11-night southern caribbean Wayfarer itinerary. Sue/WDW1972
  13. I also enjoyed my Tamarind meals in K'dam in December 2016 and March 2018. Tamarind was also great on Eurodam in November 2018 and on Nieuw Statendam in January 2019 (twice). I have no qualms booking it again for K'dam in November...and Nieuw Statendam next year. Been eating there for years on several HAL ships, and although some meals are better than others, I've never had one that I'd say I was disappointed with. Sue/WDW1972
  14. No self-serve. You can send your stuff out to be laundered or pressed, for a fee unless you're 4-star mariner or higher. They have unlimited laundry packages, too. Sue/WDW1972
  15. Laundromats are a thing of the past - it's been years/decades since HAL put out a ship with one of those onboard. Thankfully, I reached 4-star status so it doesn't matter to me any more, but when I was only 3 star I honestly didn't miss it. Life is too short to spend any part of it in a laundry room while on a cruise! Sue/WDW1972
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