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  1. Oh, I think what looks like fish cake is actually the mashed potatoes :). It was a very small piece of fish so in the picture it was probably mostly covered by the garnish on top.
  2. We've never sailed HAL but I've heard some very good things, so thinking about it for Alaska next year. The ships we'd be looking at are probably the Eurodam or Oosterdam. My one concern is, the HAL ships seem significantly smaller than those of the other lines that go to Alaska (we can see our cruise terminal from our house so have good visual comparisons). The one time we cruised to Alaska eight years ago was on the NCL Pearl, and I remember quite a bit of motion on the last night. We are not super prone to seasickness, but I am a little worried about rough seas on a small ship. In your experience, what is the motion like on HAL ships going to Alaska? Our other option would be Princess, which we've also never sailed on. If anyone has opinions about HAL vs. Princess I'd be interested too.
  3. Pictures from the MDR menus as well as some of the dishes during a five day cruise from early this month:
  4. We picked up the kids then let them watch Pokemon in their room while we packed. I realized I still has unused OBC left, so got a cute charm bracelet from the gift shop. I'm still wearing it right now, as it reminds me of everything we loved about the cruise. Before bed, husband went for a last round of wings from the Local. All packed up Love to cruise charms! Last chicken wings
  5. Our kids had wanted pizza at dinner but there wasn't any in the buffet, so we got some from the kids menu in the MDR to go. It came really quickly, much faster than when you are eating it in the restaurant. I managed to get a couple pictures of our rooms after turndown. Pizza to go Turndown Turndown Pajama party
  6. I noticed this too from other people's trip reports and thought it was funny. But I guess it's way easier to have a set menu across the fleet and source the same ingredients than to try to change things up for different itineraries.
  7. Thai spring rolls French onion soup, surprisingly good Smoked salmon tartare New York steak Pad Thai, the noodles were a little hard, flavor was fine Dessert menu White chocolate amaretto cake, not good at all Mint chocolate mousse, delicious Warm apple strudel, really good
  8. Last night on the ship! After the balloon animals we came back to our cabin for a bit and the kids did their homework. Then we dropped them off at Splash Academy for the pajama party and pillow fight. We headed to the Palace MDR for dinner. Homework Splash Academy hallway We found that while the portholes seemed like a good idea, most of the time it was actually very hard to see our children. The high shelves block the view of about half of the room. Appetizers Featured entrees
  9. At 6 pm we headed to the Bliss lounge for balloon animals, a family activity run by the wonderful kids club staff. We learned to make a sword, a dog, and a hat. It was a lot of fun and the kids each left with an armful of balloons.
  10. We showered and went to the buffet to feed the kids. It was Mexican night at the buffet. Chicken fajitas
  11. We took the tender at 4 pm back to the boat. By that time staff was cleaning up and most people seemed to be heading back. In our stateroom the disembark instructions were waiting for us. Reception for the villas. Tender
  12. We went there twice on a five day cruise. The first time we rented a clamshell (vented) and the second time we rented a cabana. I put up a bunch of pictures in my review:
  13. Went on a road trip over the weekend, back now. Continuing with GSC.... The best part about the beach near the cabanas was the snorkelling. All you have to do is walk past the rocks and you immediately see schools of fish, big ones and little ones. Someone even said they saw a ray, though it was gone before we got out there. This was way better than the other side where we swam way out and just saw one or two fish far away. We only brought the waterproof cell phone covers so I didn't get very good underwater shots (planning to get a gopro next year), but I was super happy to get in some good snorkelling that made bringing our own masks worthwhile. Our kids really loved playing with the yellow floaties that came with the cabana. We let them climb on the rocks a little bit when we were in the water with them, but otherwise we told them to stay off the rocks and they didn't have trouble obeying this. There was more than enough beach and shallow water area to occupy them. It was a somewhat windy day and there was light rain on and off. Some guy injured himself when he took a floatie beyond the rocks and near the rocky part of shore, and the waves dashed him against the rocks. Needless to say, be aware of the hazards around the water. When I was snorkeling I also looked up periodically to check my position relative to the rocks, as it's easy to get lost in the underwater world and get pushed around by the waves.
  14. Before I forget, here is the food truck menu and pictures of all the items. Menu Caribbean Ceviche. There was only shrimp, but it was very good. Pulled pork sandwich Fish sandwich Jerk chicken sandwich. I forgot to get a picture before my son started eating it. Rum cake and fudge bars
  15. Thanks! I agree. Considering the fact that our small ship wasn't nearly full, and we were the only ship at the island, I really don't want to see what the tendering process would be like with a bigger full ship or two ships. Coming back to the ship we were also lucky because we just caught a tender that was about to leave and we were the last ones on board. It was almost entirely full, so I don't know how long it had been waiting there to fill up.
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