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  1. I was on the Rotterdam in 2017 just prior to dry dock and was quite disappointed in the ship’s condition. We went ahead and booked the Viking Saga for next summer. It is on courtesy hold while I make a final decision on which cabin I really want. Thanks for your input
  2. I am trying to make a hasty decision about a summer cruise with my very particular sister. When last and when next is the Rotterdam to be refurbished. Any comments on the far aft cabins of the 2nd floor. Thank you for your input
  3. I am going next year so I will be following. Thank you
  4. Yes but it depends on what the original pricing was anyway. Some solo fares are not much less than a double.
  5. Just hearsay but often I book solo as the husband or sister hasn’t committed. I am told I able to add a person up to 10 days prior to sailing. Maybe add him as your roommate then no show on the lesser cabin?
  6. Oh, that flew right over my head. Not a Gilligan fan
  7. Thank you so much for this information. That changes my plans significantly
  8. The OP mentioned in the litany of things not to do
  9. Ok, what is wrong with a 3 hour tour? I often take a short tour after a day of independent touring. Good just to ride along instead of getting back onboard. i am one of those first off, last on passengers
  10. White Summit Train $129 per adult. Both times I did this it was the same price through the cruise line as buying direct and the cruise shuttles you to the terminal
  11. I agree with Pete in that the specialty restaurants are impacting the food quality but worse the service. They have not increased the wait staff over time only spread them thin. It has also reduced other guest social areas, those restaurants need to go somewhere, after all. I would much prefer to have a paid menu in the MDR for the specialties. I have not been on the top luxury cruises, the highest level I guess was Oceania and I found it no better and for some dishes worse than HAL. The only superior food I have ever enjoyed was on a RCL one night maiden voyage for top producing travel agents and their guests. Lobster at the buffet lunch!!!
  12. No, I guess I wasn’t clear. Those mega ships have all of those amusements that smaller ships don’t.
  13. My point is that a mega ship is not getting into those fjords.
  14. I just don’t like to advise people about entertainment as I have found that I seem to have odd tastes😉
  15. I booked my VOV a year in advance and received an upgrade offer to Lanai about 2 months prior. All cruises have wait lists. Sign up for HAL deals emails and watch for low deposit day. Also if you go on another cruise between now and then book onboard- that is the ideal option as they give an OBC, fully refundable deposits and access to all available cabins. VOV and a few other cruises can only be navigated by the smaller ships. The itinerary is very port intensive and when I went in 2017 there were daily enrichment programs that were very good. They also had regional movies and cuisine. It is a wonderful cruise. I personally am not a fan of traditional cruise ship entertainment so I always come self contained for entertainment but was pleasantly surprised on the VOV I do caution you to check the dry dock schedule to see when the Zaandam will be refurbed.
  16. That certainly accounts for my returns.
  17. On those dollar days I book a lot of possibilities regardless of dates. Then I cull them later when I have more time to be thoughtful.
  18. It is on the website somewhere. I looked at it through the link. Let me go to my husband's email and see if it is there. Be back
  19. While on the phone give them your email!
  20. There would be at least some special differences for regional menu items
  21. The pinnacle class ships have fridges in all rooms. I had one in my inside on the Koningsdam
  22. It will go through the TA. I am sure to tell my TA that I want to receive them. Another reason to have a responsive TA. Sometimes the upgrades are surprises at dockside courtesy of the TA. Many active agencies have a pocketful of upgrades available. TA’s always send a embarkation day gift also
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