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  1. Hi Jim- Thanks for the live thread- I always love your info. We are also onboard now and I want to thank you for mentioning the MDR. The spacing of the tables has been a continuing issue for many of us in the MDR at lunch and dinner. First, even before chairs are filled, the spacing is tight in numerous areas. Once people are seated, you really need to figure out how to pass behind the chairs. At lunch today, we were seated at the railing with a nice view to the lower dining room. We were at a 2 top with another 2 top separated by about 3 inches. The waiters could not get to our table to set anything down and actually reached in front of the diners at the other table to hand us our filled water glasses, bread basket, and plates of food. When we left the table, our neighbors had to get out of their chairs to let us out. Our regular table is at the back of the upper dining room. Just walking to our table before anyone is seated requires moving chairs so we can pass. After dinner, if we leave before everyone clears out, finding a path is frustrating. This is our 3rd time on Summit- we are lowly Elite. 😊 I don’t recall ever having this problem on Summit or any other cruise ship including HAL or Princess. Did the designers not measure space with people in the chairs? The tables seem bigger maybe, or maybe the chairs are longer front to back? Attached is a photo I took today of the lower dining room. Space looks ok, especially at the round tables. But picture it with people in the chairs and you can see the problem. Thanks for letting me vent! Enjoy the rest of your cruises!
  2. Just got one Friday for a cruise in 4 weeks. Came in at 4pm EST. I had been expecting this since there were 9 Neptunes left on the Maasdam. Email arrived and I called within a minute- call was answered immediately. Since I had watched the cabins available, I asked and got our first choice. We always book direct and have frequently been offered upsells. Some we take and some we don’t. This timing was common thinking of past offers. Never on a weekend and usually within a day or so of the cruise being suddenly “sold out” and then being available again. Assume they are assigning the guarantees during that time and then figuring out the upsells. Good luck! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. We have been checking hotels in Auckland for an upcoming visit. Several Novotel brand hotels have an inexpensive add on for early arrival or late departure. Found the option when starting a booking and it came up as an option. I hate sitting in hotel lobbies after a long flight, but feeling too tired to walk around. This will be a good option for us and less than the cost of the previous night add on. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Yes- I saw that by the end of the year is the plan. But someone just posted that they are on the Koningsdam and the old system is still in place. Hoping for the new pricing on the Nieuw Statendam for the first sailing!
  5. Does anyone know if Nieuw Statendam will have these plans? Thanks!
  6. We have T Mobile which works internationally but is not included with the cruise ship cellular. The solution is to be able to check which carrier your phone is using. With an iPhone, go to Carrier and turn off “automatic.” This will let you see the carriers available. Do not choose Cellular at Sea or the one with numbers only- sorry can’t remember what they are exactly. You should be able to recognize an appropriate carrier. Choose one and see if it works. Sometimes I need to try a couple but usually one will work. While sailing near land, turn to airplane mode if you don’t want access to cellular. From lots of experience with this, the ship may turn off cellular when no land is in sight but cellular on land can be picked up. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  7. Thanks for the list of locations for the time zones! We always have a terrible time finding one for our iPhones. I will keep this for reference. Thanks for doing this. We are on the return cruise in April. And I am an internet user so I appreciate your comments on the service. I am sure I will purchase the unlimited and hope there is some connection at least most of the time. Thanks for the updates. Sue Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  8. We have done this at this port and others in Europe, Australia, and US numerous times. We travel light with 22” roll aboard and small carryon each. No problems. Never even a second glance from security officers. We love getting unpacked quickly and getting it over with. Have a great trip- Southampton is one of our favorite embarkation ports. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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