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  1. I was on Maasdam over the Christmas/New Years holiday. There were quite a few children onboard, lots of Australian families (their summer break), and families from Japan. The ship was beautifully decorated with a big gingerbread village in the atrium. On Christmas morning they had several announcements about Santa arriving, a nice program in the Theatre with Santa giving gift bags to all children under 18 years. And, then lots of adult passengers got in line for a picture with Santa. The children I saw during the cruise were very well behaved. Hope you hear from others with children who can speak to the activities that are available.
  2. Actually after it is baked on a grid, it is hung up and "torched". My waiter on Maasdam told me the secret!
  3. I love bacon & have had this "starter" on my last 3 cruises (Rotterdam x 2 & Maasdam). I cut it on my plate & eat with a fork. The 3rd piece is cut up & wrapped in one of the little foil baskets they make. Great next day. For you who think it is silly or whatever - there are plenty of other starters.
  4. Now I remember that the MDR dinner menus had one entrée each day with the title "Port to Table"
  5. was on Rotterdam last fall on a 32 day itinerary, and Maasdam this winter on a 28 day itinerary. On Rotterdam, the ATK gave demos for the first half of the itinerary, then there were no other food events. On Maasdam there were no food demos , the Wyjang was used for movies during the day, also for EXC lectures/talks. And, the sign outside the entrance was gone. I wouldn't care, was never a fan, but I know other passengers have enjoyed them. Maybe they are bringing back the "Food & Wine" association? Hope so.....
  6. They were on Maasdam last month...……..
  7. I punish their pocketbook because I do not drink alcohol! Ha-ha!
  8. When I first asked my TA about the single supplement, he explained that the "other passenger" in the cabin would be ordering liquor, gaming in the casino, dining in the extra cost restaurants, purchasing tours, etc, etc, and I sort of understood where they were coming from. But I don't see anything about them on Ryndam that would make me interested in sailing on it. Still glad I have a choice.....
  9. When I saw the email yesterday introducing the new Ryndam, I took time to look at the outline of it's bells & whistles. The first item that caught my eye was the inclusion of single occupancy cabins! Whoopie!. But, I quickly was deflated when I checked with my cruise company - they are almost as expensive as an ocean view double with the single supplement. Only on the lowest deck under the music venue, furthest forward, and very tiny. I'd rather pay the supplement, have a real window, and close access to the walk-around deck...…….Oh wait, there isn't a complete walk-around deck, and it is only accessable from the lower dining deck. 1000 more passengers than my preferred ships. Guess I'll stick with them. Glad there is still a choice.
  10. And - keep your hands away from your face!
  11. Another perk that HAL has - not all other ships: The last time I sailed on a RCCL ship (3 years ago), I asked the room steward for a robe; he said only the suite/balcony cabins have robes!
  12. ??Where is the reservation desk? Thanks
  13. I'm also boarding on the 22nd - would happily take your dining assignment. I requested a table for 2, late fixed dining, my boarding pass says "open seating, confirmed". Not happy.
  14. I was just on Rotterdam for 32 days during Oct/Nov this past fall. Yes, they did install Billboard during some days of the Atlantic crossing. They completely walled off the old Mix area, and while there was a little noise, it didn't bother me in the least. The other passengers were mostly curious to see what they were doing. They installed new carpeting, new upholstery (those strange chairs by the windows are replaced with comfy armchairs/ottomans), and new wall coverings & lighting. Very lovely when the walls came down & the space was utilized instantly by passengers. The pianos came on in FLL, I think. We had a couple of "Coffee with the Captain" meetings during the cruise - he said that Rotterdam was having a major drydock in December (I think) and they will install the larger wall TV's among other updates. I cannot remember everything he said about the drydock.
  15. Actually you won't see your dining assignment until you print your boarding pass. Even if you request a dining assignment it may not be on there. Then check your cabin card when you check in to see if it has changed to what you requested. If not, make a bee line to the dining room manager when you board to make your request again.
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