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  1. I agree with MarkBearSF. BART is fine from SFO but get off at the Embarcadero station Drumm St. exit and either walk to pier 27 or get a cab/UBER at the Hyatt Regency which is right outside the Embarcadero BART. I don't recommend Civic Center or Powell street exits!
  2. Welcome to Cruise Critic kcl491! Great that you are getting this nice OBC (On Board Credit). It can be used for pretty much anything that would be normally charged to you shipboard account, except (I believe) the casino. I use mine for such items as Hotel Service Charges (gratuities), spa, gift shop purchases or ship to airport transfers. Have fun!
  3. Thanks Cherie. I also enjoy his blogs and didn't know he had started a new one. I'll bookmark it! ~Nancy
  4. $11.00 on the Menu price is the upper limit for Signature Beverage Package. The 15% gratuity has been paid in your package (SBP) price. You can order any drink that is $11.00 or lower on the menu. Speak with your Travel Agent for clarification.
  5. Gosh, that doesn't match my experience in May on the Noordam! The aft pool area, Lido seating, Pinnacle Bar and the Ocean Bar all had great service from the roving waiters as well as the bartenders while sitting at the bar. I hope Oosterdam in three weeks is as up to snuff as it was two years ago on the Mexican Riviera itinerary. HAL really does seem to have a lack of consistency with some aspects from ship to ship. Thanks for the report, ~Nancy
  6. If you sail out of San Francisco to Alaska, the coastwise route can often be pretty "bumpy". If you have any issues at all with motion sickness I would recommend a more mid ship cabin over an aft for this itinerary! ~Nancy
  7. The last time I got the bucket of beer they took off only the amount of caps I asked them to. I drank a couple then took the rest unopened (in the bucket with ice) back to my cabin. ~Nancy
  8. That was no "gentleman"!!!!! Sad to hear this as I have always felt a bit safer from theft on a cruise as we usually seem like one big happy family onboard. That said, I don't throw all caution to the wind and keep tabs on my phone and kindle, etc.......but a belt??
  9. I suggest you go to the Florida Departures forum. Tons of info on Fort Lauderdale hotels. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/386-florida-departures/ ~Nancy
  10. I'm really enjoying your posts and the blog! Your sense of excitement and joy is contagious and makes me even more excited for my next cruise. We will be stopping along the western coast of France, a country I have not been to. Merci beaucoup, ~Nancy
  11. Hi Marc, In 7090 did you have any disruption/noise in the morning when the tenders were being lowered for use going ashore in tender ports? Thanks, ~Nancy
  12. It's an add on available if you rent a cabana on Half Moon Cay. On the HAL website: https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/shore-excursions/1010000/butler-service-upgrade-package-for-private-cabana.html ~Nancy
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