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Old October 2nd, 2010, 05:13 PM
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Have tried Carnival and Princess and thinking about Holland for your next Cruise. Most cruises we book a suite and wondering what the suites are like on Holland. We think Princess suites amenities your better than Carnival.
Can anyone who has cruised Holland and had a suite tell us a little about them and what you thought. Thank you Randy and Tami
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There are various types of Suites on Holland America ships, depending which ship you choose.

If you go to hollandamerica.com choose "On Board our Ships", then "Staterooms". You will see a list of each on the left-hand side of the page, a descripton, picture and the amenities for each type of Suite.

We have been in Deluxe Suites, which we love and Superior Suites which we also love. The Deluxe Suites are slighty larger with separate dressing room and larger bathroom. On some of the ships, the Deluxe & Superior Suites have double sinks and a bathtub with a separate shower stall. Deluxe Suites have the use of the Neptune Lounge which is like a Concierge Lounge in Hotels.

What ship are you considering? With that information, we could be a little more helpful.

Then of course there the Penthouse Suite which is enormous!
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It will be on the ms Westerdam . I will go to there site and take a look. Thank you.
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We have cruise 2 times on the Westerdam, first time we had a SS suite and the next time we had our first full suite opposite the Neptune Lounge.
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Earl - bet next time you cruise it will be in a Deluxe Suite again, eh!

As much as we enjoyed the SS Suite, once we tried the Deluxe there's no going back. We got very spoiled in the Deluxe and having the use of the Neptune Lounge, priority boarding, priority tendering, etc. etc. was a big plus.
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Earl - bet next time you cruise it will be in a Deluxe Suite again, eh!

As much as we enjoyed the SS Suite, once we tried the Deluxe there's no going back. We got very spoiled in the Deluxe and having the use of the Neptune Lounge, priority boarding, priority tendering, etc. etc. was a big plus.

You are correct! Our next cruise is aboard the Veendam ,we have a suite opposite the Neptune lounge. room 023. we love to have our coffee and bagels on our Balcony early in the Morning!!
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Hi,

We are taking our first cruise with HAL on Nieuw Amsterdam and are in an aft Deluxe Suite and really can't wait. We are visiting the Caribbean for the first time in Jan 2011, and yup, we are Aussies.

Have heard so much about the Neptune - from the coffee to the wonderful pastries and also the Raisin Bun (probably available ship wide!!)

All in all, should be amazing!!

Looking forward to doing more running to keep those extra kilos at bay!!
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Have a wonderful time. I hear the ship is beautiful.

Yes, you will be able to keep those added kilos at bay just walking to and from your aft cabin to the Neptune, in fact walking all over the ship.

She's big, but not as big as some ships from other cruise lines.

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Hi,

We are taking our first cruise with HAL on Nieuw Amsterdam and are in an aft Deluxe Suite and really can't wait. We are visiting the Caribbean for the first time in Jan 2011, and yup, we are Aussies.

Have heard so much about the Neptune - from the coffee to the wonderful pastries and also the Raisin Bun (probably available ship wide!!)

All in all, should be amazing!!

Looking forward to doing more running to keep those extra kilos at bay!!

Lots of people love those aft suites on the Vista/Signature ships and they are in demand but you'll find it is a long walk from your cabin to Neptune Lounge. Good exercise.

Enjoy. HAL's Deluxe Veranda Suites are wonderful.
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Lots of people love those aft suites on the Vista/Signature ships and they are in demand but you'll find it is a long walk from your cabin to Neptune Lounge. Good exercise.

Enjoy. HAL's Deluxe Veranda Suites are wonderful.
The walk is well worth it!!
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We were on the Westerdam 2 months ago. We had a SS category stateroom, which was considered a suite. It was roomy, relatively large bathroom, large balcony. There was a jacuzzi tub with shower AND also a stall shower. We like it enough to book a similar stateroom on the Nieuw Amsterdam, sailing in July 2011. You will not be disappointed with the stateroom.

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Have tried Carnival and Princess and thinking about Holland for your next Cruise. Most cruises we book a suite and wondering what the suites are like on Holland. We think Princess suites amenities your better than Carnival.
Can anyone who has cruised Holland and had a suite tell us a little about them and what you thought. Thank you Randy and Tami
We've recently stayed in 6177 (SC category) over Thanksgiving on the Westerdam. It was extremely spacious (as another poster had stated about suites) and our verandah was absolutely stupendous. I could lie in bed, not even have to leave the air conditioned room or worry about sunburn, and see the wake behind us. It wrapped around on the (starboard) side as well and had two lounge chairs, two tables, four upright chairs, and two more chairs with ottomans and a small table in between. You could easily fit another two loungers and still have room to walk without bumping into anything. The closets were plentiful and there was a private dressing area complete with drawers and a stool opposite them. I loved this as I could shower and dress in this area (which had a curtain for privacy and to shut out the light) in the morning when my husband was still sleeping. We also had a shower and a tub with jacuzzi (we tended to use the tub because it was larger) and had two separate sinks, with plenty of storage space in the head. There were always plenty of bathroom amenities as well and were always replenished when we used them. We had a bar in which were found all sorts of glassware, dishes, and trays for private parties. A bottle of champagne, fresh flowers, fruit, slippers, and a large bottle of "designer water" greeted us on arrival. They gave us flowers to wear for the first formal night and we had hor d'oerves nightly. We had a DVD player and could watch over 500 films free of charge (although we never did). We could "borrow" the binoculars" and umbrella (which came in handy in Curacao) which could be found in the cabin. We had early embarkation, priority tender boarding and priority disembarkation plus lots of cocktail parties, predinner bar parties, lunches, etc. In addition, you also get bigger towels,comfortable duvets, bathrobes, personalized stationery...The list could go on...We could have room service breakfast (they have a special menu every day) the last morning and were told we could stay in our cabin until we left (we were told we could leave anytime at our leisure after 8:30 am).

We utilized the Neptune lounge for juice and capuchino (and sometimes espresso) and their delicious chocolate bark candy. The staff there were our "front office." They were extremely competent and did what was asked of them promptly and efficiently.

We've stayed in many of these cabins on travels on the various "Dam" ships, but this was the first with the wrap around verandah. When we go on the Eurodam in March, have the same type of cabin there as well.

We are third level mariners, and along with the "perks" which accompany stateroom occupancy, we enjoyed quite a luxurious cruise. Having said that, also remember that you are not in your cabin the entire cruise (heaven forbid!) and what your needs and likes are, in addition to your economic situation, may not necessarily be the same for others. At any rate, just go and enjoy your DAM cruise, no matter where you stay!
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Talking HAL suites

My Dear Aunt Ruth liked to cruise in suites, and she would usually book two adjoining ones for us. It is a luxurious way to cruise.

Here is our page on HAL suites

http://users.elite.net/thehalls/zsuite.html

Sadly Aunt Ruth passed away recently at the age of 96. She enjoyed cruising up to the age of 93!
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We just booked the 14 day Alaska on AMSTERDAM in June 2011 - we too booked a suite that allows for Neptune Lounge access and amenities - pricey! Hope it will be worth it.
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