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Old August 24th, 2006, 05:14 PM
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Default FIRST TIME CRUISING AND ON THE NOORDAM....OCT.25TH

HI MY NAME IS ROB AND I'M NEW TO THE BOARD AND TO CRUISING!NEED INFO ABOUT GRATUITIES,STATEROOMS,AND CRUISING ETTIQUETTE IN REGARDS TO DRESS AND ATTIRE! THANKS FOR UR TIME!
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Old August 24th, 2006, 05:34 PM
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Rob - you will love the Noordam. She is a big, beautiful ship.

HAL adds $10.00 per day to your shipboard account to cover gratuities. If you want to give anyone an extra tip, you can do that. If you opt out of the $10.00 per day charge, the staff member will have to put that money into a "pool", whereas if you stay with the program anything you give them extra, they will be able to keep.

If you are on a 10 day, then you will have 3 formal, 2 informal and 5 casual nights. Jeans and shorts are not allowed in the dining room in the evening.

I think you'd be best to pick up a HAL brochure and check out the different types of cabins they have on the ship. Also, check out HAL's web site www.hollandamerica.com. At the very bottom of the home page (in small print) click on "frequently asked questions". A lot of your questions about dressed code will be answered there. On the HAL site if you clock on "Elegant Ships" then click on Noordam, they will give you a deck plan and pictures of the various cabins.

If there is anything else we can help you with, please ask.

Have a great time.
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welcome to HAL! Our first cruise was on a HAL ship and we've never cruised anyone else (no reason to!). No matter which ship we're on we feel very comfortable and at home. The service is amazing and the entire experience is wonderful. It's certainly a reality check when you come back home to the *real world*
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THANKS FOR THE HELPFUL INFO......I WAS TOLD EVERYONE ON THIS MB WAS VERY NICE.....I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE HELP.....CHEERS!
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HI MY NAME IS ROB AND I'M NEW TO THE BOARD AND TO CRUISING!NEED INFO ABOUT GRATUITIES,STATEROOMS,AND CRUISING ETTIQUETTE IN REGARDS TO DRESS AND ATTIRE! THANKS FOR UR TIME!
ROB
Dear atherpix - Rob,

Welcome to HAL and also to the Noordam.

We will be cruising the Noordam on the trip before yours and will take GOOD care of her for you till you board.

We will be sailing on her as Cruise Critics, another cruise online board.

Hope you will enjoy the Noordam.

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Old September 23rd, 2006, 01:49 PM
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Rob -
You should join the roll call on cruisecritic. They are usually very helpful.
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=291901
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