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  1. It would be good if HAL would fix the glitch on their tours listings so that updated reviews can be written. I have tried several times in the last few years & it's still not working. I have also called HAL about it (more than once) & of course they are "working on it". Not! As previously stated the reviews on TripAdvisor can be useful for specifics & it is possible to post a question if the info you are looking for is not there.
  2. As a response to MayasWay. I would definitely book the Maasdam for the EXC in Alaska. We had a fantastic 21 days on the Maasdam in June/July 2019. The Zodiacs were not yet certified by the USCG for use in US waters but we were told they should be good to go by this coming season. They were on the bow deck ready to go last year. As a previous poster said, HAL does Alaska very well. Last year was our 3rd time there on a HAL ship.
  3. All of the above. 😁. Tried cruising because DH’s coworkers talked about their cruises. Eased into it — Mex Riviera, Alaska, Panama Canal. At some point I realized I could cruise to lots of “exotic” places without flying. I HATE to fly. Last flight was pre TSA craziness. Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, this fall Africa. Woo hoo!!! We still do road trips. DH likes to drive. I like to sightsee & take photos. It works well especially now that we’re retired.
  4. If I remember correctly we had a box snack(?) going out on the train & also on the way back to port. The midday meal was served at the destination/turn around point. I’m not a 3AM breakfast eater so probably didn’t pay much attention. 😏
  5. We were also on this cruise & I guess fortunate to not have any issues. Have never had black out curtains on any ship that I remember, however, I enjoy the "midnight sun". Something we don't get to experience way down here in southern California. I did get up early in the AM & overlapped the curtains to keep the sun off my DH who is an early riser anyway. Just a tip. We carry small clothes pins for hanging clothes on the line over the tub but could be used to pin the curtains closed. Loud music seems to be everywhere now days. Quiet in the Crow's Nest would be nice during the day. We like to sit there to enjoy the views. @englert52 re: the pork belly. I seem to recall seeing a lot of it mentioned on cooking shows etc & high end restaurants. I think it must be a trend. Kind of like bacon. Too much fat for me but lots of flavor. Btw we were in cabin 624 & did not experience the odor you encountered. 😧
  6. I just booked through a .com few days ago. My first time as we have used a local TA or I book direct with HAL. I called HAL to compare pricing & the base was the same just more perks with the.com. Within a few minutes of completing the booking I received an email confirmation from both the .com & HAL. This is a well known .com as we have encountered other cruisers who use this company.
  7. On our Alaska cruise in June 2019 on the Maasdam there were 6 Alaskan brand beers available -- Amber, White, Freeride, Kolsch, Blonde, & Husky IPA. It may be cruise destination specific though. GO PACK GO!!!! 😀
  8. I agree, Ruth. Thoroughly enjoyed this cruise. We would book it again next year if it were offered.
  9. I'll jump in here for my DH, who dislikes the NYT digest. We don't subscribe to a daily because my DH enjoys going to the nearby "quick mart" for his daily sort-of-local newspaper & a coffee. I have suggested we just have it delivered but he likes his morning routine. So we are not completely uninformed bumpkins because we don't subscribe to a daily newspaper. 😲
  10. There is usually a bulletin board near the Exploration Cafe for posting notes seeking others to get together for various games. I think I remember seeing that on the Amsterdam.
  11. Small clothes pins for hanging items on the retractable clothesline. I have found them in “dollar” type stores, I think.
  12. Can completely relate to missing dinner. We were on the Maasdam June/July this year. We spent the evenings in the Crow's Nest from Happy Hour/Sail Away until the light faded which is really late that time of year. Sometimes dinner was just the hor-d’oeuvres at Happy Hour. Just could not tear ourselves away from the views.
  13. IMHO an Alaska cruise is all about ALASKA not the entertainment etc. We have been on our 3rd Alaska cruise this July on the Maasdam (21 days) I think we went to only one or two of the shows because we couldn’t tear ourselves away from the views. That said, we are low maintenance travelers and have always enjoyed the HAL experience on their ships. Have not been on the Koningsdam yet but it sounds like you will enjoy the ship especially Alaska.
  14. Update. I called HAL (Holland America Line) this morning & got the story they are "working on it". It was suggested I post a reply to the HAL Blog but I don't think anyone looking at booking Shore Ex is going to read the blog to see what excursion reviews are posted there. I also sent Feedback per the tab that comes up on the lower right of the webpage Just trying to be the squeaky wheel. :-)
  15. I would like to post reviews of some of our shore excursions from our last cruise but I can't figure out how to do that on HAL's website. I know I have done it before & recall it wasn't intuitive. Can someone give me some clues. TIA
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