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tennispretzel

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    NY
  • Interests
    tennis, word and board games, cruising
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America, NCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Aruba

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  1. When we got to Park n Go on Sunday Feb 2 at 10:20 it was super busy. They valet parked it and kept the keys. Took us to the port immediately. On return, there was a shuttle waiting and the driver called ahead which cars were needed. When we got to the lot our car was right up front, we exited the van and the driver put the bags in our trunk. From our disembarkation to driving away in our car it was HALF hour. I have never had such good service...and they gave us cold water bottles for our trip home. We paid $83 in advance for 7 days(but I didn't have to pay in advance) This was the second time we've used them and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them again.
  2. All I can report on our recent Nieuw Statendam Aft 4211, we felt nothing and heard nothing out of the ordinary. We think it was one of the quietest and most convenient staterooms we ever had for what we wanted to do on the ship.
  3. I promised that I would report back on the Aft Suite we were assigned. We travel with casino offers so don't get to choose our stateroom. We were in 4211. My husband did not experience any motion sickness! We loved the balcony size and the fact that one side could be in the sun and the other in the shade depending on what you wanted. Loved the loungers and the padded chairs with footrests. It will be hard to go back to a balcony cabin after having all that space. Yes, it was a long walk to the casino and the theater which we did almost nightly; there were some aches and pain but we survived. The proximity to the dining venues was important to us so we felt the location was perfect. Thank you all for your responses.
  4. Thank you all for your replies. We'll know next week!! I love being near the DR and Club Orange. It is our first time in a Neptune so I have no means of comparison so the size too should be OK. (This was a casino offer so no choice of cabin even when I first booked)
  5. We got assigned one yesterday with a small upgrade from an SC to SB Aft Corner. The balcony looks fabulous but my husband never wanted an aft so we never booked one. Kind of glad to try it out this way. Do most of you like them? He gets seasick with the slightest provocation, can't ride backwards on a train, can't do amusement rides(even the Merry Go Round)etc. I had to drag him on our first cruise in 1994 because he thought he'd be sick the whole time. Now he brags that he sleeps like a baby...better than at home LOL. I'm sure there's two opinions on Afts....
  6. I'm confused. If I'm reading my email correctly, I was offered 50% IF I took the Zuiderdam sailing but nothing otherwise except a refund?? This can't be true. I will call ASAP. There was no mention of 100% or switching to another sailing of my choice. (I am a casino guest who was offered an inside free room but opted to upgrade to a Neptune) Anyone been on the Z since the refurbishment? It is not the itinerary I would want but I like "new". Wondering if they will let me switch to the Nieuw Statendam the next day with no penalty.
  7. I'm also having trouble deciding between the two. I would love the "newness" of the NS and the Dutch Cafe. Don't need the Rock Room or the extra passengers of the NS. Would love the full promenade deck on the NA. I am looking at February 1 and the price is very reasonable on NA. Is it because of Super Bowl, do you think? I will be in FL so will drive to port and not need a hotel. Nowhere do I see that there is a charter or super large group on her that week. Can anyone tell me about the aft NS on deck four or six? Seems like a big walk to the Neptune Lounge
  8. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our last scheduled cruise due to a home emergency. We had a free casino offer and had upgraded to a Neptune. Such a disappointment that we had to cancel. My question is whether anyone has received the free cruise offer from the casino lately as we are wondering if we are still on the list because we canceled?
  9. What does Mid mean? That's on my offer as well from Foxwoods. Was told by CAS yesterday that price to upgrade from inside is about $500 on off peak cruises. Can't believe they are doing this on a holiday weekend and a Saturday as well...the only day I do not get a "free" room at Foxwoods. They are certainly squeezing every last penny.
  10. Last year in June we received a mailing from Foxwoods offering us a free NCL cruise in an inside room. We did not use it and wonder if anyone has received this offer since then? Also, we have received free inside rooms from HAL which seems based on my husband's minimal casino play. Anyone received those lately?
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  12. GREAT photos. We will be on NS on March 3-10. You are getting me very excited. Don't even know if we will get off the ship in any port as we have been to them multiple times; just wanted to try a brand new ship! Seems like there may not be enough time to try all the food you are making me drool about!!
  13. I have purchased a Neptune Suite and was sent an "Important Notice" yesterday that states "because new ships sometimes have design changes from their original specifications, we want to advise you that the suite you booked does not have a bathtub as initially indicated on the deck plan. Instead, your bathroom features a spacious walk in shower." My booking was a guarantee although probably an SC I was told(it was a casino deal). I certainly had hoped for a tub. Do ANY of the Neptunes have the whirlpool tub advertised? When I pull up the Nieuw Statendam on their website today the SCs indicate a tub as do the SBs. I'm confused.
  14. We received a certificate in June which we were unable to use but did receive the new one as well for Nov. 30. Yes, free drinks are included in the casino. Fees: $200/person administrative fee. Upgrade to a balcony on the two cruises we checked was $400/person. For example, for a 7 day NYC-Bermuda cruise we were quoted $975/person which included $25/p OBC and a full drink package(ie not just for in the casino)It was hurricane season. Taxes and port included in $975. Saved us about $1K over what was offered on line at the time but we were unable to go anyway. Good luck.
  15. So, while we're talking about cruise offers, maybe I can explain my frustration. I received a letter from HA Friday at 5pm and within 18 hours I called to make a reservation. As always, there were no Signature Suites left for ANY of the cruises I asked for. Maybe 3 or 4 in all. I suggested to the PCC that maybe the inventory is so low that you'd never get what you wanted! He agreed that they maybe set aside just a few in each category for casino guests on this offer. Don't get me wrong...I am grateful to get an offer of any kind but perhaps there's a little much ado about nothing!! To read their offer letter, you'd think they were giving you SOMETHING, instead of nothing. It's certainly the only way I'd ever afford to have a suite but there are never any available. Does anyone know if you spring for the Neptune on this offer, will they then offer you better than an inside in the future. The letter offers inside room for free or near nothing and upgrades to suites, but there usually are no suites left even when you call quickly as I did.
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