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  1. Crew News

    Crew News -- Question for you

    i posted my answer to the Alaska thread.. FWIW you can always contact me via the Contact Form on my website.
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    Crew News --- Question for you

    For my Denali cruise departing on Jun 2, the excursions were posted to the HAL website on Oct 27, 2018 last year. For our same cruise in 2018, the excursions were posted Oct 7, 2017. Based on the above, I will start looking for excursions to be posted on the HAL website for our May 2020 cruises in mid-September 2019 just to be safe. As soon as I see them, I will post on my roll call and also to your roll call. FWIW, I am repeating the 14-day cruise in 2020 because it rained on me almost every day in 2018 and I hope to get some better photos this time. Specialty Dining was posted for my June 2 cruise the last week of January.
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    Disembarkation on Nieuw Statendam

    You will receive a letter during the cruise asking for your disembarkation preferred time. No charge
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    New Menus

    The Konigsdam had the new Tamarind Menu in December: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Tamarind.pdf
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    Disembarkation on Nieuw Statendam

    Last group is 9:30 AM although there are usually one or two that need to chased from their stateroom. Security screening cannot start for the next cruise passengers until the ship is "zeroed" of all passengers (those also on the next cruise will be gathered and logged out either in the theater or in the terminal.
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    Laundry cost on Oosterdam

    Your blue laundry bag and the price list will be hanging in your closet above the wicker basket for shoes to be polished. FWIW one of those pants hangers with clips works great to keep your curtains closed to avoid daylight before you are ready for it.
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    Room service, ??????s

    You have my favorite stateroom on every HAL vista class ship and you can indeed spend most of your time on your balcony. Note that your balcony can hold about 50 of your good friends, you be outside with no wind on the aft portion, and have perfect photo opportunities. The balcony table takes a 70" round tablecloth and is a good place to keep a big plate of nachos from the Taco Bar as you are looking for sea life. Here is a link to the Room Service Breakfast card for NS: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Room-Service-Breakfast-PSNeptune-Suites.pdf Here is the Room Service menu that indicates some items from the PG: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Room-Service-and-Breakfast-Card.pdf You can order from the Gala Night menu and have it delivered by Room Service. See the Concierage to arrange. This is also applicable to any MDR dinner meal.
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    Just booked our Alaska cruise!

    Windows around 1/2-inch thick, that can survive an 81 mph crash, and that are distortion free would be a real engineering feat.
  9. After my DW sent back a steak twice to the PG kitchen, the chef came to the table to get her exact cooking instruction, "quick sear on each side". The chef told us to order "blue" steaks and every "trained" chef will give you a quick sear on each side for a true rare steak.
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    Lunch options on Nieuw Statendam

    FWIW the NY Del also serves breakfast bagels with lox for breakfast.
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    Lunch options on Nieuw Statendam

    Here is a link to the menus with prices of the Specialty Restaurants to help in your planning: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/specialty-2/hal-regular-and-specialty-restaurants/hal-specialty-restaurant-menus
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    Lunch options on Nieuw Statendam

    Pinnacle Grill may be open on non-port days. Other Specialty Restaurants do not serve lunch. Free lunch options will be Dutch Cafe, Dive In, NY Deli & Pizza, and Exploratins Cafe (small sandwiches).
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    Email Information from PCC

    My HAL PCC works from home.
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    Help picking a cruise

    I think every HAL cruise in Alaska passes through Glacier Bay, not just the Eurodam. Here is a link to the typical HAL kids activities for your boys: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/AL-15-Kids-3-7.pdf Here is a link to the HAK Kid's menu if your boys don't want what the adults eat (crayons are provided): http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/HAL-Kids-Menu.pdf
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