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  1. I wonder if there is noise bleed from the show lounge. Hopefully someone with firsthand experience can answer that question.
  2. I'm solving the Portuguese Tart "issue" by flying to Lisbon 4 days before joining the Symphony next June. I'm going to get the real deal before boarding! (I've never been to Portugal so am really looking forward to it) ~Nancy
  3. Ha ha! Me too. Until I obtained "stars" I almost never touched the items. Now it makes sense to get my diet coke and Henkel Champagne Split from there! ~Nensy
  4. There is a mini bar person who takes care of them. Tell them what you want and they will bring it. I asked my steward to contact the mini bar person and send them by, but I would think calling housekeeping or maybe room service they would contact them also. Does anyone know a direct way to contact the mini bar person? ~Nancy
  5. Or, like me, I enjoy traveling with a friend but I want my own cabin. The cost isn't the most important criteria. I like my space!
  6. Nice video. I sure relate more to the "Where Luxury is Personal" marketing than the old "All Exclusive" pitches! Thanks for posting. ~Nancy
  7. The 14 day Crystal cruise from Dover on 06/19/20 listed above has ocean view cabins listed for approximately $8000 per person including tax and port fees. (Depends on cabin location). Crystal fares include gratuities and all beverages (alcohol,coffee, waters, sodas) other than super premium wines and spirits. https://www.crystalcruises.com/voyage/london-to-copenhagen-ocs200619-14#suites-and-fares ~Nancy
  8. OK people, in order to solve this mystery, I volunteer to go to San Diego on November 30, 2019 and board the Oosterdam. I will, at great personal sacrifice, attempt to determine if tax is truly charged on drinks in port or not. I promise to order not one, but several (to confirm consistency), cocktails before sail away and document the tax or no tax question! 😉 I will post back here with the results of my research in November. 😀 ~Nancy (your humble servant)
  9. I have never been charged tax on alcoholic drinks while in port in California. ~Nancy
  10. Hi Jim. If you pay the corkage you can drink them in the MDR or anywhere on the ship you would like. Sounds like a great trip! ~Nancy
  11. As a former waitress I suggest you purchase trays with a cork or other non-slip surface on the inside. The cork keeps the items from sliding around when you carry the tray! If your tray doesn't have that, then you could just buy the non-slip material and glue it onto the tray. https://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Serving-Commercial-Restaurant-Carrying/dp/B07QF9RRPW/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?hvadid=77790500408576&hvbmt=bb&hvdev=c&hvqmt=b&keywords=non+slip+serving+tray&qid=1568089255&refinements=p_72%3A2661618011&rnid=2661617011&s=gateway&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFHSE1BR1BQRzhWTVMmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTA1NjM1NTMzR1JLNkVNOEhEUVY4JmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA5OTgwMDdNU09VRjNaUFpPR0gmd2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl ~Nancy
  12. I've stayed in 6090-6092 twice and fatcat04 is correct. The connecting door is in place of one of the closets across from the bathroom. If you would like, the cabin steward will open the small door between the balconies. Great cabins and location..enjoy! ~Nancy
  13. On Noordam last May there was no live music in the Ocean Bar. Nieuw Amsterdam in July 2018 didn't have live music in the evening in the Ocean Bar either. (don't know about earlier in the day) ~Nancy
  14. It should be a fun group on board and a bit different than the standard Alaska cruises due to time of year and the continuation down to LA. September and October the California coast is usually more fog free, so here's hoping for good weather when you get to my city! Bon Voyage..........I'll be watching later this fall for those videos (you know who you are 😉)! ~Nancy
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