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Terre

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    Charlotte, NC
  • Interests
    cruising - is there anything else?
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival; Royal Caribbean; Celebrity; Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Southern Caribbean; Hawaii; Alaska; Mexican Riveria

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  1. They were I even handing them out. My SIL said that's what they do, but not for us. Oh well.
  2. We just returned from our Koningsdam cruise and are one star. We had the lunch, but got no tile. My SIL asked if I got it and I told her no. I didn't see anyone get one.
  3. Entertainment was hard to find when you get tired of BB King's and RollingStone Rock Room.
  4. I agree, the food was very good. My in laws rave about the food and I have agree with them.
  5. You are so right! We love those days when most everyone is gone.
  6. I'm so sorry you had to cancel. I hope you can sail the Koningsdam, it's a really pretty ship and the ports, wherever they may be, will be great!
  7. Thank you, everyone, for the nice comments!
  8. That's it, folks. My suggestions are to try everything, eat everything, do as much as you can or nothing at all, don't be concerned about a spot on the carpet and just enjoy the new home you've chosen for the next 11 days!
  9. Now for my nightly towel animals, courtesy of Eko, our Cabin Steward! I added the beads
  10. Here are some pics from around the ship. Sea View Pool Hand Washing Machine in Buffet Heated Chairs in Spa Lido Pool Hot tubs at Lido Pool Panorama Bar World Stage Crow's Nest Cabanas for rent Buffet Sitting areas along the deck above Lido World Stage Tamarind Tamarind Entrance See through step Rack under TV Balconies below ours...part is uncovered and part is covered BB King's Female Singer Gym Outlets These were at both nightstands Box Sets in the World Stage
  11. Some more food porn: Jerk Seafood Salad Prime Rib Fries from NY Deli Hazelnut Crusted Brie...scrumptious! Cream of Mushroom New Jersey Turkey Club Decker (minus the lettuce) Caribbean Island Fritter Pot Roast Sliders from NY Deli Pizza from NY Deli Red Wine Brisket -- another scrumptious! Butternut Squash Soup
  12. Entertainment: The ship has what it calls the Music Walk, consisting of a BB King’s Blues Club, Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard on Board, and RollingStone Rock Room. We enjoyed the Lincoln Center Stage with its classical musicians, but the times they were on stage was when we were at dinner. We managed to catch the tail end of their performances a couple of nights and I really liked them. We went to BB King’s three nights and liked the band, they were really good, but after three or four nights, we got bored with it. The female singer was much better than the male singer, but I enjoyed listening to them both. The same thing with RollingStone Rock Room…we went there three nights and after a while got bored with that. The lead singer wasn’t that good, but the band itself was. We didn’t even listen to the Billboard on Board because just walking passed it was enough; we couldn’t take an hour of them. There was no entertainment the first night in the World Stage theater, but the second night we had a comedian, Kira Soltanovich. She was funny talking about her Russian mother. The second night on the World Stage was StepOne Dance Company presenting “Humanity”. That was the best in my opinion. The walls in the theater are millions of tiny LED lights. This performance was really professional and beautiful with the incorporation of the laser lights and the use of the walls. This should not be missed and they performed this show twice during the cruise. The theater is quite small for this size ship, but the Humanity show wouldn’t work well if the theater were larger. StepOne Dance Company’s performance, “Stages”, was the ugly in my opinion. It was about three couples and the different stages of their relationships…not a good performance at all and some people did walk out during this performance. Other shows on World Stage included BBC Earth Presents: Blue Planet II; another ugly. We could have watched this in our stateroom. It is comparable to a National Geographic movie, only not as good; another comedian, Kelly McDonald; an illusionist, Ruben Vilagrand who was really good and shouldn’t be missed; a master mentalist, Jon Stetson who was very good; singer, Petrina Johnson, who was good; and one night they combined the mentalist and Petrina Johnson calling it a variety show. In the evening there was also Majority Rules Game Show, and music trivia, if you like those types games. The casino was another option. There were options during the day, but when not in port, we were at the pool. We would go the Crow’s Nest in the evening for happy hour and hang out there for a while. There is a little café outside the Crow’s Nest called Explorations Café, but it was only open one night we went there. Our When & Where paper says it’s open from 9:00 a.m—8:00 p.m.; guess we went early one night! Disembarkation: Disembarkation was as easy as embarkation. We had a disembarkation time of 8:15, but they called us earlier. We found our luggage right away and getting through Customs was a breeze. We got a taxi right away and were at the airport in plenty of time for our flight, which happened to be an hour late! One thing they give you is a summary of the entertainment for the whole cruise so you can plan what you want to do at a glance. I noticed that they showed us in Half Moon Cay on March 16th. Problem was, the cruise didn’t begin until March 27th. Oops!
  13. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas: Sorry for sounding like a broken record, but again, been there done it all. We stayed on the ship and enjoyed the peacefulness of the Sea View pool. Several years ago we took a snorkeling tour with Rumbaba and I think they are still in business with new owners. That a was a great day and I would recommend it. Island tours are always good as well. Half Moon Cay: Been here several times and it always has been our favorite day. Half Moon Cay is so pretty with its pristine beaches and beautiful views of the water and our ship. This day, however, was not so enjoyable. This was our first time visiting HMC on a HAL ship and HAL decided to add this port to its new ship, the Nieuw Statendam as well. This small private island is not big enough to handle two large ships on the same day, in my opinion. The Koningsdam arrived first which was good. We were able to get some good chairs in the sun near the pirate ship. After the Statendam arrived, it began to get quite crowded on the small island. Lunch was not good at all. Our other times here it has always been a good lunch. It was very crowded trying to get lunch and the hamburgers weren’t cooked enough and neither was my hot dog. The chicken was not that good either. Thank goodness for fruit! We left around 1:00 and the line for the tender was extremely long. People would cut in line by going under the ropes instead of snaking around and through the maze of rope. We sat on the tender for at least 30 minutes while they filled it up. Once full, the tender had a hard time trying to back away from the pier. After several tries we finally made it, turned around and headed for the ship. We were disappointed that they put two large ships here on the same day. I would call this day the ugly.
  14. Basseterre, Saint Kitts: Again, been there done all that. We had reserved chairs at Palms Court Gardens and Restaurant here. It is a short taxi ride there and you can walk it in about 15 minutes if you’re up to that. We arrived early and our chairs were waiting for us with our name on them! They were located at the edge of the pool overlooking the beautiful blue ocean with a wonderful view of the ship. They offer free Wi-Fi, but be aware that it doesn’t work for every phone and wouldn’t work with ours. The gardens are beautiful with a lot of gorgeous tropical plants and flowers. The pool is very nice, large enough and extremely clean. There is a hot tub there as well. There is no beach here, just the beautiful view of the ship and gardens around the resort. We did not eat lunch here, but my husband did order a Toilet Water drink. I tasted it, and it was very strong… The ships’ crews also like to visit here, so soon after lunch time they began arriving and the peacefulness and quietness of the pool and surrounding area became noisy and not as enjoyable, so be aware of this as well. Around 1:00 we decided we’d had enough of the pool and sun and asked them to call us taxi so we could head back to the ship. I would recommend this place if you can get there early (it opens at 9:00), if you would like a quiet, beautiful day. The day pass is $12pp and if you take the taxi, that is $10. Be sure to use a good sunscreen because it is very hot and with the nice breezes, you don’t realize how much sun you are getting. If you prefer a tour, Grey’s does a good tour here. I have hundreds of pics here...so hard to choose!
  15. At the Rum Distillery in Martinique
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