Mike I am looking forward to following your progress. Incidentally, please go to Practical Advice, Cruise Cuisine forum, "Food on RCL,NCL and HAL" thread and check out the extremely negative post re the Statendam from one Grdner and my reply, and hers back etc. I was floored by this post. My wife and I have about 50+ days on HAL ships and have never had any bad experience whatever (except some very rough seas south of Cape Horn
). I can't tell whether this person has a legitimate gripe or is just one of those chronic gripers. I mean on any long cruise if there is a long time between restock ports, the bananas get a little brown. And yes, there ARE
flies in the tropics. What do you think? When I first read the post it sure threw some cold water on my excited anticipation.