All HAL ships offer "laundry by the bag". You can cram it full and the price is usually around $12.00.
You will find the bag in the closet where the safe is along with the check off list which you will fill out. Just tell your cabin steward that you have a bag of laundry and he will take it to the laundry for you. It all comes back either on hangers or neatly folded in a nice wicker basket.
Just got back from a cruise on the Veendam and used the laundry bag.
If you roll everything you can get more in. We really stuff it full, put the list on top and pull the drawstring. I figured that we got about $80 worth of laundry done for the $12 - a good bargain.
The laundry rooms are good if you have a lot to do but sometimes there is a wait for the machines and of course there are always people who put their laundry in and leave and don't come back until long after the laundry is done. If that happens when I am waiting I empty the machine into a basket - if from a dryer I fold the clothes for them. I have never had one person thank me for doing that - instead they seem annoyed that I dared to touch their clothes. Then there are people who take their clothes one at a time from the dryer to fold them while people are waiting to use that dryer.
That's the only reason I sometimes use the blue bag - to avoid the hassles and heat in the laundry room.
On almost all cruises there will be this promotion. On longer cruises they may have this on multiple times.
On my recent Statendam cruise I was pleased to see that the laundry room was open 24 hours. We are not early to bed people so my wife used the late night to wash undergarments and some shirts. It helped with the packing on a longer cruise. I also liked the location. It was not directly adjacent to another cabin so noise was not a factor. Also, at the later hour, there was never a wait.
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On our recent cruise on the Statendam which was a total of 34 days in two segments, we did not use the self serve laundry which we have always done in the past. Instead we took advantage of an offer that was "unlimited laundry for $125 for each segment. We had about 3 or four bags of laundry every third day. Believe me we got our money's worth. and we didn't have to do it ourselves. On a shorter cruise we would do the $12.50 a bag deal from now on. We went home with all clean clothes for the first time ever!
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