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    Holland America
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  1. Our experience may or may not be of interest. We sailed in 2018 on K'dam to Norway and purchased the digital package. We got every shot they took on a thumb drive. Price was about $130 or something like that. We sailed this past August on E'dam and had purchased 3 staterooms for our grown children and grandchildren and VERY MUCH were looking forward to a photo option like we had purchased in 2018. It wasn't to be and the people we spoke to had no interest in discussing the value we were offered previously. As a result I think we only ended up purchasing one physical print. It was really sad.
  2. We were on Eurodam in August with 10. There are several tables downstairs that will seat 10 and I would expect that you would be able to squeeze the twins in and make it for 11. This was our first time with the whole family and my wife wanted dinner to be our daily time together. On previous cruises we were seated next to split tables (where the party's adults were at 1 table and the youngsters were at another) - I enjoyed our large table more. My wife had us go around the table each night and say what we enjoyed most that day, what we enjoyed least and then anything else that we wanted to. It was a great way to kill the time between the bread basket showing up and the salads/appetizers. About mid-week, the wine steward was showing the four kids tricks. It was a great cruise!
  3. I've eaten in the MDR on Koningsdam and I'm trying to imagine what could possibly make me dread going to dinner. Dancing on the tables? Food fights?
  4. When you're not cruising but just eating out locally, do you ask the waiter if you can have the $50 steak for $45?
  5. DW and I go to movies almost every weekend. While on a cruise we don't feel a need to park in front of a screen although if we're ever on a world cruise maybe that notion will vanish...
  6. Exactly the reason that I now ALWAYS look at what is over and under us after spending a week under the pool years ago.
  7. Yikes! What a story! Apart from the annoyances, it sounds like your wife is OK (and was OK immediately following the procedure). Sometimes you have to scratch your head in wonder at some of the hurdles life throws at us. Hopefully you'll get to experience a less stressful cruise to Alaska. Thanks for sharing your experience.
  8. HAL's "Any Time" dining option allows you to make dining reservations the day you plan to eat. You may also be able to book one day ahead but I can't swear to it. I'm sure there will be 20 or so more authoritative replies.
  9. So, we've gotten mixed replies with regard to the need to pre-alert HAL (which we still do) however I don't believe it is as critical as it used to be. HAL is pretty good with GF and I suspect other food allergies. As mentioned above, depending on your evening dining plans, it would always be best to notify the Dining Room Manager of your condition and (if possible) try to stay in the same table (or within the area of a particular server) each evening. When you book a specialty restaurant, let them know when you call to make the reservation. The Lido is a different story - yes, there will be easily identified GF options however you can't always know about all of the ingredients in something that isn't obviously in a natural state. DW has a difficult time with the Lido but can usually find something (however she isn't Celiac). Another area that may or may not be an issue is breads and desserts. Usually your waiter will bring you a GF bread option (if dining in the MDR) however the table will get baskets of various, tempting breads whereas the GF bread will often be pretty un-inspired. Same with desserts. There will be many dessert options for most however the GF options will be slim. If coupled with another allergy (say to dairy) it can get very challenging. You'll be fine if you are cautious and take responsibility for your own health and if you are not shy about letting the wait staff know about your concerns EVERY MEAL. HAL is pretty good about GF, enjoy your cruise but be mindful that you need to advocate for yourself.
  10. We've done it 2x. You don't really get close enough to have "the glacier experience" but as mentioned if you walk out to the falls you get a nice view. I suppose it depends on the weather on the day you're there. The little museum there is somewhat interesting. It's a low-risk/low-cost way to spend some time in Juneau. We also took a helicopter up to the top where we were able to wander around for a while - that was cool (literally and figuratively). This last time we took the kids on a "gold panning" excursion followed by a salmon bake.
  11. Congrats on pulling the plug Terry, I still have about 10 months to go. We are also pondering a shift away from HAL due (mostly) to the whole way that Carnival Corp. has handled their environmental messes but also (in part) to shifting values (ours and HAL's). I've been looking at several alternate lines discussion boards here on CC and each seems to have the: "...boy, remember the good old days..." threads. For the most part Cynthia and I have enjoyed cruising with HAL but mostly it is about getting out of the box rather than what brand of chocolate is on the pillow at night.
  12. We sailed on Eurodam a few weeks ago and the photo pricing that we took advantage of last summer (2018) was nowhere in sight. In fact, the current pricing is ludicrously expensive - we purchased one digital photo but would have happily paid what was offered last year. I guess another cut in value of what is being offered?
  13. On the Eurodam last week, we got milk one night and dark the next. They alternated all week. We were in the cheap seats (plain verandah VB category).
  14. It absolutely is AS LONG AS nothing else is done to it while cooking. For some, even cooking it in a pan that has previously had some flour in it is enough to cause problems. Then there is the whole bit with sauces and glazes. Even soy sauce generally has gluten it it. We're also long-time HAL cruisers thinking about a move and like the OP, my DW is also gluten and dairy intolerant.
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