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Old December 28th, 2007, 02:50 PM
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My wife and I are taking our first cruise in early March out of NYC, sailing to the Southern Caribbean for 11 days.

Our decision on what cruise line to take was painstaking in itself, then how to book the trip was just as bad. We finally chose Holland America (MS Noordam) and booked directly with the cruise line. I thought this was the best way to book the trip until I read the some of the posts. Maybe we will use a Travel Agent next time. However, I have enjoyed my experience with my HAL Representative. She was extremely helpful and never rushed or pushed anything on me.

Our choice of Holland America came from research on the internet and speaking with many people and gathering information from their cruise experiences. Holland America seemed to offer what we were looking for.

Most of our questions and concerns were answered on this board, which put us more at ease. Simple things like Dress Codes (what to pack), Nightlife (12 midnight is good with us) activities and dining can be a bit confusing to the first time cruisers.

Anyway, thanks for all the information you left on this board. It has helped immensely.

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Dennis, as you found out, Cruisemates are always willing to help ease the fears and, answer any questions for newbies. I hope your cruise is the best it can be, and please come back and share it all with us!
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Very nice ship - was on her in May. Have a great cruise!


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My wife and I are taking our first cruise in early March out of NYC, sailing to the Southern Caribbean for 11 days.

Our decision on what cruise line to take was painstaking in itself, then how to book the trip was just as bad. We finally chose Holland America (MS Noordam) and booked directly with the cruise line. I thought this was the best way to book the trip until I read the some of the posts. Maybe we will use a Travel Agent next time. However, I have enjoyed my experience with my HAL Representative. She was extremely helpful and never rushed or pushed anything on me.

Our choice of Holland America came from research on the internet and speaking with many people and gathering information from their cruise experiences. Holland America seemed to offer what we were looking for.

Most of our questions and concerns were answered on this board, which put us more at ease. Simple things like Dress Codes (what to pack), Nightlife (12 midnight is good with us) activities and dining can be a bit confusing to the first time cruisers.

Anyway, thanks for all the information you left on this board. It has helped immensely.

Dennis
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Divemaster thanks, the excitement is already building. We are looking at excursions now and trying to pick up everything we need. It's going to be a long 2 months.

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Be sure to ask the CM folk about excursions and ports as we have collectively have been everywhere and anywhere.

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Divemaster thanks, the excitement is already building. We are looking at excursions now and trying to pick up everything we need. It's going to be a long 2 months.

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