Documents say embarkation begins at 3pm for a 5:00 sailing. What time do they really begin embarking at Port Canaveral?
Has anyone filled in the immigration documents online and received a document granting "EXPRESS CHECK IN"? I did and received my guaranteed stateroom assignment and confirmed seating, although these are open on my tickets. Just what is express check in?
Barb & Steve - to check to see if they have assigned you a cabin, go into HAL's home page www.hollandamerica.com, click on Shore Excursions on the left hand side and then click on Book an Excursion. Fill in your booking number, etc. and your data information will come up - if they have assigned a cabin, which they probably have, it will be shown there.
We just sailed with Norweigan Cruise Line in December and we filled out the immigration form online and we filled out the form we received with our documents and brought it with us and they never asked for it! They had a copy with them. Just the same it's better to be safe than sorry - I would fill it out and bring it with.
We've sailed HAL with a guarantee three times in the past. One time, I didn't find out my cabin number until I got to the pier. The other two times, I just found it out the day before. All three were great upgrades - 2 inside guarantees to an outside (one deluxe) and one outside guarantee to a deluxe outside.
*Don G* why not fill in the oneline form as requested and, for good measure, also complete the forms that came with your documents - at best you won't need them - at worst you won't have to hold up the line to complete them!
I just found this website. My husband and I are sailing on the Zaandam on March 15th (hello Barb and Steve), and I filled in the online forms, then printed them off. When I received our cruise package, the forms to fill out are exactly the same as the online forms. So since I have the printed copy, I am going to assume that I don't have to fill out the second copy.
This is our first experience cruising. We are so excited. Since my husband has a tiny, little bone on the bottom of his foot that is broken!!, we requested and received a handicap room. He is in a walking cast, and we don't think it will slow us down too much. But HAL has been wonderful about the handicap access room.
I've spent hours and hours on the web reading about cruises and Holland America. We decided that the Zaandam was our kind of ship. I'm so excited I can hardly sleep at night -- I may get to the ship and spend my vacation catching up on sleep!!
I just got off the Zaandam last Sat. - had a GREAT cruise - and I also filled out the form on line & the paper one that came with the Docs. There wasn't any special 'express' line. Everyone was filed through on line. When it was our turn, I asked which one they wanted & was told 'either would do'.
We used Arts Shuttle service (I was asking before we left if anyone heard of them) They were terrific! Were waiting for us as we went to claim our luggage at the airport , picked us up from our hotel & delivered us to the ship, then took us back to the airport the day we got off the ship. VERY dependable & very nice.
Rocks glad that you had a great trip on the Zaandam. We leave on Thursday to fly to Orlando, spending 2 nites in Cocoa Beach at the Doubletree. We board on Saturday,
March 15th, can't wait. What did the shuttle run for you. I have a quote of $140.00 for 4 round trip. Thanks
You sure did pick a nice hotel! We had diner there one night & it was beautiful!
Our Arts Shuttle trip costs us $50.00 from airport to Cocoa Beach - $6.00 Hotel to ship -
and only $20.00 ship to airport. Those are prices for 2 (not per person) The trip after the cruise was so cheap b/c they had a large group booked & very nicely gave us the group rate. Their web site is : www.artsshuttle.com
Cocoa Beach is nice, but not much to do. For all the people traveling for cruises I thought it would be a decent sized beach town. It was very small and very quiet. But that was OK. We rested up & partied on the ship!
If you happen to come across some of my new Bartender friends, please say 'Dan & Pat from PA says HI'! Ramil (back pool bar), Alvin (Marco Polo), Fabian & Rod(Ocean Bar), Raul( Crows Nest)
Have a GREAT cruise!
I just returned from the Zaandam (March 8th), and the most displeasing thing was embarkation. I arrived at the pier at 2:00 PM, and was not on the ship until 3:30 PM. Huge lines snaking through the terminal. There is NO separate line for people who have filled in their immigration form on-line. There is a separate check in line for suite passengers only.
In addition, there is a Bahamian customs form which is distributed at the pier, and must be filled in. I think this should be included with the cruise documents, as it slows things down further. Get ready to wait. Other than that an excellent cruise.