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  1. We thought it was fun and it offered a good stopping point as they had a small cafe and a separate shop. Washrooms were decent too. There aren't many places to stop on the highway store or attraction wise, the best stops are scenic.
  2. I just bought inexpensive Tasco brand binoculars on Amazon that were about $20 Canadian. They worked great for our purposes and were easy to pack as they are only about the size of two or three bars of soap. There are of course more expensive higher quality but I'd be reluctant to travel with anything expensive that I might misplace or break. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/r.html?C=2JG4V7T7UJ2XJ&K=1AP4J7PTWB7E9&M=urn:rtn:msg:201904171710023781666858c349ecb5e23fde5170p0na&R=2W8N31MPGEU70&T=C&U=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.ca%2Fdp%2FB01EC4UXLA%2Fref%3Dpe_3034960_236394800_
  3. Emerald Lake is beautiful but it depends on how important it is for you to see it and how long you would have at that specific stop (we had about 10 minutes). We really enjoyed the full day as the scenery is marvelous but we're not hikers. I posted lots of videos of our trip on YouTube and here is the Emerald stop: FxKHNOk
  4. Absolutely. We dropped the bags off on the ground floor with HAL (put your HAL tags on first) then we walked to Robson Street to see the Tesla showroom (we don't have a Tesla showroom in our city), went to the liquor store and dollar store near the ship and then we went back onboard. We used the SkyTrain from the airport (easy!!) and it's only a about a 5 minute walk from the Waterfront station to Canada Place where the ships are docked.
  5. Our keys on the NA on May 11th already had the cut outs at the top for lanyards.
  6. On our May 11th NA cruise, we dropped our bags off around 11am, returned to the ship at 1pm and it took almost 2 1/2 hours to checkin, go through security and customs. Most of that time was spent waiting in lines and musical chairs. The Royal Princess was also embarking as well. The worst embarkation we've ever experienced but the rest of our trip was marvelous.
  7. We enjoyed our stateroom, 6051, on HAL's Nieuw Amsterdam recently during our first Alaskan cruise from May 11th to May 18th, 2019. The category V stateroom on Deck 6 is a balcony stateroom and is adjacent to an accessible stateroom with the larger angled balcony. I made a video about this stateroom for future guests and it's now available on YouTube along with other videos about our cruise. Enjoy! Scott
  8. The Crow's Nest was very popular and busy during our very recent NA cruise. While we had a balcony I still enjoyed sitting outside the BB Kings lounge on the bench seating there by the windows.
  9. The Zaandam was here in Halifax yesterday - they had a beautiful sunny day to come into port as the rest of this week has been cold and/or wet.
  10. I'd say yes based on our one Mediterranean itinerary - fashionable but not ball gowns..
  11. Yes they did in the Lido but I don't recall seeing an Indian options in the Main Dining Room except the tempura but I'm sure they do rotate Indian vegetarian options into the Main Dining Room menus
  12. A stuffed pasta appetizer - ricotta/spinach Tempura Vegetable Jambalaya which was more in the style of a rice cake We felt we had lots of options and they do have a separate vegetarian menu which you can pre-order from but we were more than satisfied with the main menus
  13. We just returned from a HAL cruise to Alaska on the Nieuw Amsterdam on Sunday. Here are a few more photos of the vegetarian dishes we had...note we both consume dairy but no meat or seafood. The first three pasta dishes were at Canaletto.... Melazane Ripiene - eggplant roulade filled with ricotta, basil, Parmesan, wilted spinach, chunky arrabiata sauce Maccheroni Al Ferretto Pesto Alla Trapanese Con Basilico - roasted almond, semi-dried cherry tomato, basil pesto Sformato di Ricotta, Zucchine E Basilico - baby zucchini, ricotta and basil flan, red bell pepper
  14. Asparagus Red Rice Cakes - we had these at the Mariner lunch so I'm not sure if they are on the main dining room menu occasionally or not...I really enjoyed this dish. I took photos of most of the vegetarian dishes we had (we're both vegetarians) so I'll post a few more photos.
  15. You're welcome - I still encourage people to wear what you want but in deference to the suggested dress.
  16. We were on the Nieuw Amsterdam last week... Day 1 - Vancouver - very warm - tshirt was perfect Day 2 - Inside Passage - cooler, but sunny, but we needed our coats to walk on the promenade and we both had our lightweight gloves to keep the chill off our hands and we're Atlantic Canadians! Day 3 - Juneau - much like Vancouver, we saw people wearing t-shirts and shorts, a light jacket or sweater was probably too much for the afternoon but we needed them in the evening even though the sun was out. We did an excursion to Mendenhall Glacier in the afternoon and it was very com
  17. My spouse suffers from motion sickness but had no difficulties last week while we were on the Nieuw Amsterdam roundtrip Vancouver to Alaska. We did feel some motion when the ship was further out but otherwise it was quite calm closer to land.
  18. We attended the Mariner Lunch on the Nieuw Amsterdam last week. The cruise director said they had given out some bronze medallions earlier that morning. They gave out the tiles at the end of the lunch as guests departed.
  19. We were on the NA last week and we received a notice in our stateroom after the first Ketchikan float plane accident that all excursions on Taguan Air had been suspended. We were not booked on a float plane excursion but the notice was distributed to all staterooms. It was very sad to see the flags at half-mast in Ketchikan when we arrived there a few days later.
  20. We dined at Canaletto on the Nieuw Amsterdam last week and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We had vegetarian dishes and all were delicious. As for the view, we also departed Vancouver and the scenery is great - we particularly enjoyed watching the float planes departing and landing right next to Canada Place and also over the ship as we passed Stanley Park and went under Lions Gate Bridge.
  21. Now that I'm home I just checked the "When & Where" Daily Programmes which I kept: Friends of Bill W. met regularly in the Tasman Room and the International Service was as well Mary Poppins Returns was on the first night in the Mainstage and Glass was shown on the third day in the afternoon and Five Feet Apart on the second last day also in the afternoon and in the Mainstage. BBC Inside Earth a Privileged View was shown at BB Kings on the second day and BBC Inside Earth Innovation and Ingenuity on the second last day in the same location. That was it for mov
  22. I've started to add some videos from the cruise here. Still lots more to add - please excuse my poor editing and cameraman skills!
  23. Loved it! no complaints whatsoever - except for the security/US customs in Vancouver which took us almost 2 hours to complete (Royal Princess was also embarking the same day). We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. No way to find out in advance about the onboard movies that I am aware of. I'm sure the selection frequently changes. One our favourite memories will be from the Lincoln Center Stage - the musicians offered a rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody (marvelous is an understatement! - standing ovation) ....also because I had only finally seen the film on the flight out to Vancouver!
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