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  1. Just off a 26-day Noordam cruise and sent laundry out about every 4 days. I specifically noticed there was no scent at all on our clean clothes.
  2. I was also on that repo cruise, from Vancouver to Sydney, and absolutely agree with your comments on the Noordam Singers & Dancers! They were the best I've seen on any HAL ship and very entertaining.
  3. No doubt! We miss it too! (Just returned from a Noordam trans-Pacific.) Have met lot's of great people sitting around those big round bars.
  4. Our favorite part of shipboard life! Why no Crow's Nest Happy Hour?
  5. Seems to me you are cutting it close. If the ship is docking at Port Everglades, it's a short drive to FLL. If you get a ride immediately and there isn't a traffic backup, you're still less than 2 hours to flight time. Considering there could be long lines at the airport, restroom breaks, and a long walk to your gate, for me, I'd be stressed and rushed. Why end your vacation that way? I would take a later flight.
  6. It sounds like you were on the same cruise I was, the Noordam repositioning from Vancouver to Sydney that began Oct. 13. It's so nice to hear the rest of the story and that you got such great care from HAL and the doctors in Noumea. All the best to you and your wife!
  7. Thanks for all the replies. Sounds like I'm going to love the refurbished Volendam. 🙂
  8. The Volendam was scheduled for a dry dock at the end of October. Has anyone been aboard since and can tell what was done? We'll be on in March so I'm curious.
  9. There was an Orange Party on our Oct/Nov transpacific on Noordam. Started about 9:30 pm. Guests were encouraged to wear orange (we brought Denver Bronco shirts). At BB King's the cruise director talked a few minutes, crew wearing orange took drink orders and offered snacks. Then the BB King band played and people danced just like every night. It seemed to me just another opportunity to sell drinks. After the first song, we left, so can't speak for the rest of the evening.
  10. We have stayed at that Rodeway Inn before. We liked it for the shuttle service and the restaurant/bar and gift shop on premises. I think, but can't remember for sure, the gift shop sells wine. There is a nice garden area.
  11. It depends on the port whether beach chairs are available to rent. In the Caribbean, mostly yes. We just returned from a South Pacific cruise. There were no beach chairs available at all in Fiji, New Caledonia or Sydney, Australia, just your Holland America towel on the sand.
  12. I usually get that message using Chrome on my laptop. If I change to Foxfire and use an incognito tab, then the HAL site works fine. Today, though, it worked on Chrome no problem.
  13. I know of two instances on my cruise on the Noordam this month. One couple had to leave early due to the husband's health. He has Alzheimer's. One couple got prior permission to leave at a different port to visit their son. They are frequent cruisers, probably in the 1000+ days-on-board group.
  14. We were invited to a similar reception the day before. It was called a Farewell Reception with the Ship's Officers, so we thought it was for passengers leaving the ship. . . It was too windy and cold on the bow; ours was changed to the Crow's Nest. It included unlimited mimoses and pastries plus good conversations with fellow passengers and officers. Fun!
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