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  1. I'd book it for sure. We've done earlier than that and never had a problem.
  2. They already have on Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam, but at least they have dedicated, converted spaces. Some like it, some don't. The remaining fleet was scheduled to begin conversion in July-December, 2019 I understand. However, just allocating some dedicated space in the MDR and calling it Club Orange might be worthwhile for some who are willing to pay extra for this MDR space and a few other perks, but the PG breakfast is a BIG reason we book NS. We'll be sailing in a NS on the Zuiderdam in December right after dry dock. If they've actually converted some space like the 'K' and 'NA' , we'll keep an open mind, but if it's just the MDR and no PG breakfast we'll be very disappointed. We too are looking at a 26 day TA on the Zuiderdam for April 2020. We may have to reconsider.
  3. When we were on the Oosterdam recently the Neptune Lounge did not have Chardonnay so the Concierge ordered one from the bar. We had drink cards and it was taken care by the bar attendant who brought the wine. I believe the concierge said those with drink cards could use them in the Neptune Lounge that way.
  4. We were on the Oosterdam in Alaska in June in a Neptune suite (5190). It was our 2nd NS and we have another booked on the Zuiderdam in December. As some have said it is very difficult to book something smaller after being spoiled. I hope you will come back and let us know if the Pinnacle Grill is still serving breakfast for NS guests. CO might be a value for those not in a NS , but breakfast in the MDR hardly seems comparable to the PG for breakfast.
  5. We were on the Oosterdam in November 2017 and met a couple who lived in the Fort lauderdale area and received a ridiculously low offer for the cruise. It was an inside cabin at $299 for the week or something close to that as I recall. It was double occupancy rate so he called a female friend who he used to date and are now good friends and she went with him. He said he assumed because he lives in Fort lauderdale he got the offer. Some friends dropped them off at the terminal so no flights, no parking, no day before, just cruise. I dont remember how much notice he got but it wasnt much. He and his ex girlfriend are self employed so they had the flexibility to take advantage of it.
  6. I should add that we were on 'O' in June and the entertainment systems was as you described on the Eurodam. We were in a Neptune suite, so dont know if that makes a difference.
  7. The Oosterdam is scheduled for dry dock in early December for a week. My guess is if they plan to replace carpeting, new entertainment systems, etc that would be the likely time. I think it's been about 2-3 years since last dry dock.
  8. I thought they might use this opportunity for a build-out of Club Orange. Just designating some space in the MDR isn't going to cut it.
  9. The Zuiderdam will dry dock in early December. Does anyone know what is planned? We will be on the first cruise after the dry dock. Just wondering what to expect.
  10. I dont think Signature suites qualify for PG breakfast. It's only Neptune and Pinnacle.
  11. I dont receive an offer, but when I log in with my Mariner number to HAL's website, a casino discount is applied.
  12. It seems to me that Club Orange is an idea conceived to offer more amenities to those who are not in a Neptune or Pinnacle suite. Surely HAL can’t think that suite guests who’ve experience the PG for breakfast will be just as pleased to eat in the MDR, even if the PG wait-staff is there. I suppose it could be argued that the Pinnacle ships with their stand-alone, private room and onsite grill provide a reasonable tradeoff for the PG breakfast, but certainly not on the other ships with shared space in the MDR. It would seem to make more sense to continue the PG breakfast for certain suite guests and to market the CO as another fee-based dining option.
  13. My question to Nattiegirl was specific to the Oosterdam. I realize some ships have a completed CO such as Nieuw Statendam and Koningsdam, but others seem to be more makeshift, such as described by Nattiegirl on her recent voyage. I'm curious if Holland closed the PG for breakfast on those ships with half-baked CO.
  14. Glad you enjoyed your cruise Nattiegirl. We were on that same cruise in early June. I was told then that CO would begin soon. Did you happen to notice if the Pinnacle Grill was serving breakfast? We expect closure of the PG for breakfast to coincide with the opening of the CO but from your report it looks as if CO is not fully operational.
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