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    Hamilton, Ontario
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    gardening, cooking, reading, card making, jewellery making
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    Holland America

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  1. To answer the OP's question - yes HAL does read CC. About a year ago I was contacted by a moderator of CC asking if they could give my contact info to HAL, as HAL wanted to talk to me about a comment I had made on CC. I agreed and a short time later HAL contacted me. So yes, they are interested in what people here on CC are saying.
  2. We just got off a 26 day cruise on the Koningsdam. We had one plan and took turns using it on our cell phones. Switching back and forth was easy. No issues. We did have slow connection issues when we were crossing the Atlantic, and there were a few days when the whole system was down for hours. HAL refunded part of the cost for the plan.
  3. Captain Albert was on our transatlantic on the Nieuw Statendam last December. He gave several talks in the World Stage that were extremely interesting and very informative. He is a great speaker. They were standing room only.
  4. We have sailed on both the Nieuw Amsterdam and the Nieuw Statendam and enjoyed them both. The N.S. is slightly bigger and has a couple of more dining options. It also has a few more entertainment options. I love the showers on the N.S. -best bathrooms at sea we have ever had. I think either ship is a good choice, but if I had to pick one I would say pick the N.S.
  5. Not sure if it keeps your phone on real time. I have always just gone in to my phone settings and manually changed the time.
  6. The app store. Or android equivalent.
  7. If I remember correctly, you have your phone in airplane mode and the app works off the ships wifi, but there is no charge. There is only a fee if you opt to use the internet.
  8. $35 for CO is cheaper than what they originally were offering it at. On our cruise on the Nieuw Statendam (the Premier sailing) it was $50. We did not take them up on it.
  9. We were on deck 5 on the Koningsdam and we could look down onto the deck 4 balconies - they do protrude a bit. It was a non issue for us - you still get a great view of the sea. The cabins you have picked are far forward which to us would be fine. Some people think that makes for a rougher ride in heavy seas. We have had cabins forward, midship, and aft, and never really feel it makes a difference.
  10. I didn't love the jumpsuit - I'm just not fond of the one shoulder look. Other than that it looked great on her. I did like what I saw of Carrie-Ann's dress. I am really surprised how good a dancer Kate Flannery is. And she's funny!
  11. The battery operated tea lights make great night-lights for the bathroom.
  12. My 3 kids in their 20's and early 30's love HAL. They have sailed HAL and Princess and all 3 prefer HAL.
  13. The showers are great on the Nieuw Statendam (and Koningsdam). Large, roomy. My DH is 6'6" and he has plenty of room.
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