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About crewsgirl

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    southeast USA
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    crewsing of course
  1. This sounds like a fabulous trip! And I agree, I usually like to stay in an apartment situation before boarding the cruise. 8 sea days sounds like a lot for us. Did you fly direct from LAX to Perth? I am wondering about stopping over in Hawaii for a few days on the way to AUS. Just for a bit of time adjustment. How was the jet lag factor for you guys?
  2. We are also looking at early 2020 for a cruise Sydney to Auckland, I wish we had a month, but we are probably going to be happy with 2 weeks. I would like to do a few days pre cruise in Sydney. Are you planning to do any stop overs on the way to Sydney?
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    Koningsdam - extended verandah 7116

    Wanted to circle back after a long break and give a fabulous thumbs up for cabin 7116 on the Koningsdam! The space was great, the balcony was huge, we had wind protection and we had furniture out there including an ottoman. I was very happy with our cabin choice. No noise, no neighbors right across the hallway and easy access to elevators/stairs. Yep, I would vote for this cabin again in a heartbeat on this beautiful ship.
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    Name on Beverage Cards?

    I just ordered online and it was personalized and said it will be delivered in our stateroom when we board. I think we are going to be fine. Cheers!
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    Koningsdam - extended verandah 7116

    We are booked in 7116 boarding next Sunday bound for Norway. I'll report back here about the cabin. I am optimistically hopeful and looking forward to our trip!
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    Name on Beverage Cards?

    Can you purchase the beverage cards 1 week before boarding? And have your name on them?
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    Koningsdam thermal.suite $

    So, freestyling, are you saying this is a free sauna or is it for use only if you are visiting the spa for a treatment? I have never accessed the spa without paying for a service, but that would be fabulous. Is there also a pool for spa users that is private and limited access? We are leaving next Sunday for the Kdam and I am really looking forward to the spa there.
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    Clothing for Norwegian Fjord cruise

    The compression bags have a valve that allow all the air to be removed from the package, it is much more efficient that a regular ziplock in my experience. I don't usually roll them to remove the air because that really will wrinkle all your garments. I press them down uniformly to remove as much air as possible while creating a neat package that goes in the suitcase. Truth be told, I lay down on the compression bag and remove the air. Works great for me. Ha. I will be packing 1 medium size compression bag for our 3 days in Amsterdam before we board the ship and that will occupy my carry on bag. Then, my larger checked bag will consist of 3 different compression bags for the week long trip and shoes will fit in the sides of the suitcase. I am planning to take a soft ultralight down coat with a removable hood that stuffs into its own bag as well. And I will easily be under 50 lbs on the checked bag and I don't plan to do laundry and I take usually 2 tops per day while we are traveling. I always change from daytime to nighttime. For night time wear, I am taking 1 black maxi dress, 1 black jumpsuit, 4 dressy tops, 3 pairs of dressy pants. Does this sound about right ? And I would love to hear your combos for nighttime wear. I am trying to minimize shoes as well.
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    Clothing for Norwegian Fjord cruise

    Does the compression and up making all your clothes wrinkled? I don't press the compression bag all the way down to make it all scrunched and tight and crazy looking. And I lay a stack of clothes together and only fold them over once before putting them in the compression bag, and I haven't found it to be too bad actually. I hang them in the closet as soon as we board and can let them "steam" a bit in the bathroom or press something if I absolutely have to. I like to travel in knits and easy care fabrics as well. No linen for this girl.
  10. Were you on HAL? Good to know about the HoHo, we used it in Barcelona and it was great.
  11. You guys are awesome! Thanks for all the great suggestions and I am looking at the Oslo card right now. Not quite seniors yet....but great to know.
  12. We are headed to Oslo on the Koningsdam in June and while we prefer independent travel experiences, the need to see so much in a short period of time makes me think we need a group tour. Does anybody have any good recommendations for this city? Aside from the ship's tour please. We need to see the Vigeland sculpture garden, the ski jump and the Viking museum. Open to all ideas at this point. TIA.
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    Buying beverage card

    So, we can be friends! Because I too love the Sauvignon Blanc wines from the Marlborough region....and now, I am looking on HAL's website and a bottle of Villa Maria (750 ml) costs 61.25 and INCLUDES the 15% service charge, and that will be about 6 glasses/bottle or about 10.20 per glass. Have you seen it on the menu for more than that price? I was thinking it was about 9.75...just enough to be excluded from that Signature Beverage Package. But, whatever...I'm going to enjoy my wine on our trip and can do the beverage card for cocktails and a wine package that includes it. I think we will be fine at any rate.
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    Buying beverage card

    I think we are opting to use the beverage card as well, simply because the wine I prefer is priced at 9.75 per glass and the signature beverage package specifies that only wine up to $9.00 is included. WHHHAAATTT? Why in the world would they do that? So, you need to beware of the little rules on that beverage package. Give me the card any day.
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    Latest disembarkation in Amsterdam?

    Hmmm, I am thinking about this same issue. Our flight is not until 5 p.m. on the day we are to disembark in Amsterdam. Is there a luggage delivery service that takes your luggage on the airport for you? We used that in Tokyo last year and it was wonderful.