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Old February 4th, 2010, 02:50 AM
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Newbie here, new to cruising. And, so, new to Holland America. Also curious about bath robes.

I see them pictured in Holland's promo materials from time to time, prominently displayed as if they were part of the decore.

Also, passengers' photos often feature bath robes.

Does Holland supply these?? If so, it would save Real Space in luggage, particularly my wife's.

The last post in this section on bathrobes was dated 2002. Eight years down the line, I thought a fresh query was warranted.
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Excellent Question.

I've always had robes over the past several years, but in the past there were requirements to get them that varied from cruise line to cruise line. (i.e. cabin type, past guest status, etc.) I'm not sure what the general 'rule' is on Holland America. Hopefully someone can help.
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Yes, all passngers on HAL ships get bathrobes, no matter what type of cabin you are.

A few years ago, only Deluxe Suite passengers got them - they were large terry cloth robes. Then they started putting light waffle weave robes in the verandah cabins. Now everyone gets the new one - light weight terry on the inside and waffle weave on the outside. They are very comfortable and saves you having to bring one with you.

However, please, please do not wear them to the Lido - this has been the complaint of many passengers on another board when they see someone wearing them over their bathing suit or pg's/nightgown to go to the Lido for breakfast or even lunch. As far as I'm concerned they are for wearing in your cabin or on your verandah, not out and about the ship.

Sometimes you will see people wearing them to the pool which to me is tacky. Now there is the possibility that they forgot to bring a cover-up for the pool or their luggage has been lost.
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Thanks DeeDee. I was curious myself having never sailed on Holland
America. I hope to do so soon though.

BTW-We JUST bought a robe on the recent Snooze Cruise for DW. It's the new waffle style you describe. She had just tried out the RCCL robes on the Voyager TA and said she would wait until we got back on Carnival as she liked those much better. They are nice.
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We just returned from a HAL Caribbean cruise. We have always chosen a balcony cabin and always have had comfy waffle robes supplied by HAL. For some reason this cruise provided four robes for the two of us, tempting us to slip a pair of them into our suitcase. I don't know what Holland would charge for such an indiscretion, nor would we choose to learn.
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I'm glad you said "tempting" to put them into our suitcase.

They would have cost you $49.95 each with a three letter monogram.

Were you in a Quad cabin? If so that could be why you had 4 bathrobes - the cabin steward may have been used to putting 4 in there and did so without checking his list.
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Sometimes you will see people wearing them to the pool which to me is tacky. Now there is the possibility that they forgot to bring a cover-up for the pool or their luggage has been lost.
DeeDee,

I ask this sincerely, not to be churlish.

Preparing for my first cruise, I've looked at a lot of cruisers' photo albums on many sites. A good number of these photos were shot at onboard pools, and I see what appear to be white bathrobes, visually identical to what I see in promo photos from Holland, especially on the bodies of older passengers (of which Holland has a lot!)

If they're not wearing the supplied bathrobes, what are they (or, what should they) be wearing?
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The way I think is that I wouldn't wear my housecoat/bathrobe out in public, so I only were it in the house, thus I only wear it in our cabin

There are lots of types of cover-ups for women - I often buy the sleeveless cotton shifts that they sell on the ships in the shops or I buy a couple on the islands. Wearing it over my bathing suit, I can go the Lido for lunch and feel comfortable.

Men usually wear a t-shirt with their bathing suit when going to the pool or Lido.

If you were invited to someone's pool, would you wear your bathrobe?

This is only my opinion. I don't know how other posters feel about.

No, I didn't think you were being churlish.

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Dee Dee,
You inquired if our cabin was a quad. Ours was a standard balcony cabin, VD class. Two bathrobes were hung in a closet and two were hung out in the open. It truly appeared as though it was a mistake to provide four bathrobes but rarely have we seen such oversights aboard HAL.

I agree, $50.00 is a bit pricey, and if I had slipped a couple into a suitcase they would not have been monogrammed.
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Holland America's "Signature of Excellence" program added bathrobes to all staterooms.

Here is a list of amenities that come with all cabins.

SIGNATURE TOUCHES IN EVERY STATEROOM
  • Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, many with private verandahs
  • Luxurious Mariner's Dream™ beds and premium linens
  • Daily housekeeping to tidy belongings and keep staterooms immaculate
  • Large, extra-fluffy Egyptian cotton towels
  • Lighted magnifying mirrors; massage showerheads; salon-quality hair dryers
  • Luxurious terry cloth bathrobes
  • Elemis Aromapure "Time to Spa" bath amenities
  • Televisions with DVD players
  • Generous storage
  • Complimentary fresh fruit
  • Complimentary 24-hour in-room dining
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Complimentary shoeshine service
  • Complimentary ice service
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Mike,

This is very helpful for someone who's new to all this.

Who knows? Maybe my bride and I will find ourselves on many cruises in the years ahead. If so, then we can supply some answers to others who are new.

In the meantime, thanks to you -- and Fern and DeeDee and Snoozeman and more than my sleepy-time memory can retrieve -- I've gotten answers to many details which I know are likely small potatos, but a newbie wouldn't know that for sure, right? I grateful I turned this web site up in a Google search.
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We took our first HAL cruise in January. We were in a VD balcony room. I can assure everyone we received everything Mike has listed. The only thing I might quibble with was storage space. Would could have done with a bit more room but we more than made do.

We were so pleased with this cruise - we will definitely be looking at HAL again.
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I was on a HAL cruise in 2008 with a balcony room .Everything was excellent .I am doing a HAL cruise this year and can't wait
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If they're not wearing the supplied bathrobes, what are they (or, what should they) be wearing?
I've been on 22 HAL cruises, and in general people wear cover-ups ... t-shirts or other loose, light weight shirts, and possibly shorts if their swimming suite is close-fitting or otherwise skimpy. Personally, I wear longer baggy swimming trunks, so I just wear a t-shirt and sandals to walk from my stateroom to the pool. Personally -- just for me -- I don't wear the bathrobes outside my cabin. But, again, that's just my preference. I know some people who do wear them in transit to/from the pool, and don't see anything wrong with that.

That being said, I personally do not think it appropriate to wear the HAL-supplied bathrobe to dine in the Lido or to traipse through lounges wearing it; wearing one in the corridors and elevators to and from the pool area, however, seems reasonable to me.
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I've been on 22 HAL cruises, and in general people wear cover-ups ... t-shirts or other loose, light weight shirts, and possibly shorts if their swimming suite is close-fitting or otherwise skimpy.
Having just returned from my first HAL cruise, I confirm what you report here. I think I saw one bath robe in the pool area, and never saw one in the Lido or anywhere else. I'm only one person, of course, and it could have happened out of my sight. Still, it didn't seem to happen.

I dressed as you do. I did see one heathen fellow wander into the Lido from the pool area in nothing but his swim trunks. I had been on board about five days when it happened and was surprised at myself for feeling shocked.

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Okay, a Vicar and a Pastor were on a ship.... (Sorry , I just couldn't help it! All we need now is a Rabbi!)
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Okay, a Vicar and a Pastor were on a ship.... (Sorry , I just couldn't help it! All we need now is a Rabbi!)
For all I know, there were plenty of rabbis on this trip! I know I saw at least two other men in collars.

I wish I had gone to mass. Catholic folks at an evening seating told me the Roman priest who said mass daily on ship was a Belgian who spoke excellent English and was accustomed in his home area to have Protestants in his services.

I'll be a tad bolder the next time. Maybe I'll even signal HAL that I'm a bellsy-smellsy sort of Anglican and would be quite happy to pack my stole and chasuble for mass.

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Okay, a Vicar and a Pastor were on a ship.... (Sorry , I just couldn't help it! All we need now is a Rabbi!)
A Priest and a Rabbi walked into a bar and the bartender asked "Is this a joke?"
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For all I know, there were plenty of rabbis on this trip! I know I saw at least two other men in collars.

I wish I had gone to mass. Catholic folks at an evening seating told me the Roman priest who said mass daily on ship was a Belgian who spoke excellent English and was accustomed in his home area to have Protestants in his services.

I'll be a tad bolder the next time. Maybe I'll even signal HAL that I'm a bellsy-smellsy sort of Anglican and would be quite happy to pack my stole and chasuble for mass.
Fr. Bill,
You really should inquire about service as a Protestant Guest Minister aboard HAL. I've served a chaplain on multiple occasions and have enjoyed it greatly.

I notice you're in North Texas. So am I. If you'd like to chat in person, feel free to e-mail me: revneal@mac.com

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