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Dulciana8

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  1. I have not tried Big Ed’s! Have heard wonderful things about it— definitely a Huntsville tradition!
  2. We will also be on Niuew Statendam leaving November 24– and our son will be planning to attend Club HAL (he’s five). In the past, normal club hours for sea days are like 9-11am, then 1-4pm, then evenings from like 7-11pm. It was possible in the past for kids to stay on board while parents went in port— if I recall, advance notice had to be given (something about ordering lunch? Emergency contact?). Port day hours were like 9-4, and then again from 7-11pm. I’m sorry, I’m not any help on the shows question!
  3. I cannot speak to the Nieuw Amsterdam, but I can help shed some light on Club HAL— the kids club. Our son loved it. (He’s five.) Fewer kids on board meant a more tailored experience for him, so he got lots of personal attention from the club staff and plenty of extra attention from the crew. Food, towel animals, drinks— you name it— were catered to his every whim. He was very much spoiled on board HAL, much more so than on our previous cruises on DCL. It’s true that HAL can be viewed by some as more of an adult centric line, but on the Caribbean sailings, and especially during school breaks, you will find plenty of kids on board, and multi generations. In our experience, HAL does a nice job of blending multi generational activities on board. And, the kids club is like a hidden gem. Our next HAL cruise is in two weeks and all our son talks about is how he cannot wait to get back to the club! This is definitely a bonus for mom and dad!
  4. I used a tiny little chip clip style clip or clothes pin!
  5. Lots of good advice here! Do you baby wear? When our son was a toddler, I’d travel with my Tula carrier and used that almost as much in ports as our umbrella stroller. I travel with a tiny bottle of Dawn dish soap— excellent for washing small kid sized utensils, cups, removing stains from clothing before laundry, etc. Instead of using disposable bibs, I used to just tie or clip the large dinner napkins around our son’s neck— it looked ridiculous but saved me from having to worry if I’d remembered to bring the bib. Just my little in a pinch trick!
  6. Last year I wasn’t able to tip the Club HAL counselors on our cruise— tried but wasn’t successful. I did however give them major written accolades in my review and at guest services. This year I’ll try to see about another way to tip—we leave in 3 weeks— but last year they wouldn’t accept a cash tip from me. Maybe it was just them being gracious? Or it’s policy? I have no idea. They earned a tip for sure!!!! Anyone know a tipping policy for Club HAL counselors?
  7. Wow! That’s pretty good timing for your port stop in Rotterdam, so close to April 27! And, I did not know the date for King’s Day— thank you for enlightening me! You learn something new every day 😊
  8. We just booked this tour for November. Really looking forward to it. So glad to see two more great reviews! Question for y’all— just curious, what did you wear to ride? Normally I’d wear jeans... but with the water... ?? Also, did you have some sort of backpack for your things? Thanks!
  9. Thanks for the extra information! I may toss something orange into my suitcase for “just in case...”
  10. It would be interesting if HAL could somehow transfer the enthusiasm from the true King’s Day celebration into a regular Orange Party— maybe they’re attempting to do so in a half attempt (not really working)— but if they could notify passengers in advance, build enthusiasm, similar to other cruise lines with themed parties... maybe the potential could grow. Personally I like the idea and am intrigued by it (and would love to see a real King’s day celebration!). Just my random musings 😊 Thank you for your insight!
  11. I’m curious about these Orange Parties also... I sense that there is great potential here for something fun. But from what I’ve read here and there the execution of the parties isn’t uniform. For example, we haven’t received any information on an Orange Party for our upcoming trip? Or is this something that’s done word of mouth once onboard?
  12. I’m hoping the stories are true and these water filling stations are on the new ships!!! I use these all over the place in my hometown and when I travel and they are fantastic and in my experience are totally sanitary (plus the water is chilled!). We sail on Niuew Statendam next month.
  13. Sounds like a fun weekend! I enjoyed your blog with pictures. Thanks for sharing!
  14. See above— I’m hoping my replies posted in red!
  15. I hope you enjoy HAL! We enjoy it for its classic style and chill ambiance. And happy early birthday— you’ll be spoiled for sure in the Neptune Suite!
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