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Just got back from Westerdam on Friday (Fri to Fri cruise) and I noticed that there were some questions on prior posts. Maybe my response will be of help.
LeCirque at Pinnacle Grill had just started and was held on Tuesday evening. Price was $39/pp whereas regular nights was only $20 pp. They had not received the glasses/stemware/dishes yet so they used their regular Bulgari. Here is the menu: Appetizer was Lobster Salad "LeCirque." This was poached lobster with haricot vert and citrus. I do not eat fish so I just received the dish minus the lobster. It was basically bib lettuce, string beans, some grapefruit, and cherry tomatoes (which were absolutely delicious) in a nice vinegrette. The soup was Sweet Corn Soup: corn fritters, wood ear mushrooms, and basil. This was ok, not too sweet, and they did not fill the bowl. Presentation, however, was great on all dishes. Main courses were: Wild Halibut (leek fondue, Rocca DiFrasinello sauce), Rack of Lamb (goat cheese panisse, artichokes, and arugula--hubby said it was better than the PG's lamb), and Cote de Boeuf )aged prime rib strip steak, horseradish flan, sweet and sour baby beets. This is usually for 2 but I ordered it and they made it for one. It was very good, even well done (which is how I order it). The side dishes were seasonal veggies and pommes dauphine (to die for, a smaller tater tot, extremely crispy on the outside and very creamy on inside!). Desserts were chocolate souffle with vanilla gelato (I had this and thought that PG choc souffle was better--this deflated and I understand for most of the passengers, it did so as well; creme brulee leCirque, and assortment of sorbets (hubby had this and we agreed PG's sorbets were better). We did not have the accompanying wine with each course--I think that was an additional $20 pp. The chef cooks each dish with LeC's own recipe so if you have eaten in the restaurant, it should taste the same.

Ok, for those asking about the Dutch Dessert Extravaganza, it was held on Wed eve at 10:30 (you can photograph at 10:15). This was a sea day, as was the next day.

Master Chef's Dinner was last night, Thursday which happened to be Thanksgiving. Over 400 traditional turkey dinners were served on board, including PG.

New in casino: you could put dollar bills into slots (no coins), but you received credit on your seapass card which you could redeem or put in another machine. No cash ever came out of machines. Slots were horrendous. Had 2cent, 5 cent, 25 cent, dollar and five dollar slots--not a good selection and very small. Payoffs were not good; better on roulette.

I have menus from main dining room and programs as well, so if anyone has any questions, I'll try to answer them.

All in all, good cruise--beautiful stateroom--all the way aft on extreme starboard side--veranda wrapped around and had 2 lounge chairs, 2 tables with 4 chairs, and another two chairs with table and hassock for each. Still had plenty of room to walk, move about, and put maybe another 2 or 3 loungers there as well. Ship still well maintained, though you can tell she is an older ship. Meals were better in Lido (lunch) and PG. Still beautiful flower arrangements.

Also new were now walking tours with ship's staff instead of ipod use to view art work. Behind the scenes galley and theater tour--see a Bob Mackie $10,000 dress still available; culinary and computer classes still favorites. They also showed football on Sunday and Thanksgiving with special feeds in Sports Bar and Queens Culinary Arts Center on big screens, along with pigs in blanket, sliders, tacos, subs, and fixings.

I would recommend this ship to all! :-D:-D:-D
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Price was $39/pp whereas regular nights was only $20 pp. ...Appetizer was Lobster Salad "LeCirque." This was poached lobster with haricot vert and citrus. ... The soup was Sweet Corn Soup: corn fritters, wood ear mushrooms, and basil. ...Main courses were: Wild Halibut (leek fondue, Rocca DiFrasinello sauce), Rack of Lamb (goat cheese panisse, artichokes, and arugula--hubby said it was better than the PG's lamb), and Cote de Boeuf )aged prime rib strip steak, horseradish flan, sweet and sour baby beets. ...The side dishes were seasonal veggies and pommes dauphine (to die for, a smaller tater tot, extremely crispy on the outside and very creamy on inside!). Desserts were chocolate souffle with vanilla gelato ... We did not have the accompanying wine with each course--I think that was an additional $20 pp.
Guess I am dumb because I don't know what Le Cirque is, actually -- guess it is some sort of shoreside restaurant? In any case, the menu listed is certainly not anything I would give up the main dining room and pay extra for.
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Thanks for the review! My DW and I will be on the Westerdam Dec 3rd and have read mostly good reviews, but I recently read a few that complained about real slow service in the MDR. Could you please give your view. I like to enjoy the ambiance and service, so we're never in a "hurry" to eat and run. Also, could you possibly post the latest MDR menus? I know it's a lot of work, but I'd be grateful if you can! Thanks again!

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Since we usually eat in the PG every HAL cruise we take, we thought we would go to the main dining room for once (BAD IDEA ON OUR PART, but only because we are selective about our eating habits). We both ordered on first nite Veal Cordon Bleu--recipe said it was coated with parmesian cheese but it tasted like fried corn flakes. It was flat (not rolled), had cheese and ham, and came with red sauce on the side. VCB never has red sauce, is usually rolled, is thin, and thinly coated. We felt rushed despite the fact that hubby told waiter to serve us last, to take his time. We were one of the first ones done. That was that in the MDR. We took the rest of the dinners in the PG. We became friends with Maitre'D, Sanjay, and with Chef Michael (FANTASTIC AND REALLY A NICE MAN!). I was able to order off their menu,order anything from Main Dining Room (if we wanted) and one nite, Michael actually made me a chicken dish not on any menu (except in his own mind). It was delicious. We don't do shows and were not rushed at all. Every nite, we were the last to leave--11 pm or later (8-8:30 reservation). We caught up with our friend, Walter, the Bev Manager, and met Eric, the cellar master. We also met a few times Master Chef Andreus who ended up giving us a bottle of HAL EVOO and Balsamic vinegar (after I commented on them). Great, great, great time there and excellent wait staff!
Ok, here are some MDR menus (no dates mentioned, as there are no dates on bottom of paper--sorry):
Appetizers (A from now on): chilled lychees with kiwi wedges; jumbo shrimp cocktail, mille feuille of duck foie gras, steamed manilla clams in white wine
Soup/salad (S/S)os Frijoies soup, cream of 4 mushroom, chilled sour cherry, salad caprese
Entree (E): linguine with scallops/shrimp, brazilian shrimp salad, spice rubbed grilled swordfish steak, land and sea (surf/turf), herb encrusted rack of lamp with mint basil pesto, pheasant breast in sage walnut sauce, grilled polenta and eggplant napoleon
Desserts were on another menu (have to find that one) but every night had a different ice cream sundae.

available daily: french onion soup, classic caesar salad, grilled coho salmon, grilled chicken breast, broiled NY strip steak

another nite:
A: citrus delight with amaretto, salmon ceviche with orange zest and capers, chilled green asparagrus with oven roasted tomatoes, warm greek sampler (aka antipasta)
S/S: pistou soup, corn and yellow squash soup with crabmeat, chilled mixed berry soup, smoked salmon, pear and fennel salad
E: gnocchi with garlic cream sauce, grilled lamb brochette and marinated veg salad, grispy sweet & sour shrimp, slow roasted strip loin of beef, osso bucco milanese, roasted chick breast with fig balsamic reduction, sweet and sour tofu

A:fruit ceviche, seared ahi tuna carpaccio, eggplant caponata, carib fish cake and crispy shrimp
S/S: carib pepper pot soup, curried breadfruit soup, chill gunabana soup, great sound salad
E: pasta parcel with zucchini ribbons, avocado citrus salad, dark and stormy ginger yellow fin tuna, master chef braised short ribs, island spiced rack of pork, carib jerk chick breast, curried veggie cutlet

A: fruit cocktail celebration, crab tower with avocado salsa, carpaccio of beef tenderloin, grilled 4 mushroom crostini
S/S: seafood soup provencal, cream of chick and artichoke soup, chill carrot and orange bisque with cumin (HAD AN AFTERTASTE), hear of romaine lettuce nicoise
E: penne with crisp pancetta, farmer's choice market, sauteed rockfish, prime rib au jus, veal cordon bleu (DO NOT GET THIS, PLEASE!), guava stuffed chick, asia veggies noodles

A: melon trio, Italian proscutto ham, salmon tartar with avocado, golden baked brie in phyllo
S/S: oxtail en croute, lobster bisque, chilled strawberry bisque, MC Rudi's salad
E: tagliatelle with roast chick, girlled chinese 5 spice tuna with crispy tortilla saladm, apricot glazed salmon, tenderloin of beef, grill lamb chops with oregano and apple chutney, duck breast a l'orange, wild mushroom strudel

THANKSGIVING DINNER:
A:ambrosia fruit, harvest met terrine and poached dilled shrimp, shrimp cocktail
S/S: spiced pumpkin soup, game consomme with aged port, classic vichyssoise,, bibb lettuce salad with orange and fennel
E: traditional Thanks turkey with everything, rib eye steak au jus, grilled salmon fillet with crab cake, pumpkin ravioli with oven roasted veggies (I ORDERED THIS BUT MICHAEL in PG SERVED ME SOMETHING HE CREATED WITH HIS OWN SAUCE--TO DIE FOR!!!!!!)

A: fruit with peach snapps, jumbo shrimp cocktail, duck foie gras pate, paddlefish caviar and smoked salmon, escargots bourguignon
S/S: chicken and rice soup, tomato and fennel soup, chilled anjou pear soup, mixed green salad with pears
E: mushroom ravioli, fresh mozzarella and tomato salad, broiled halibut with lime tarragon aioli, surf and turf, roasted rack of veal, parmesan crusted chicken breast, oven baked eggplant parm

I have to look for the rest of the dessert menus but here is one which I found:
old fashioned pumpkin pie, apple and walnut torte a la mode, choc pecan pie, pumpkin crumble tart, sliced fruit plate, assorted cheese plate;
ice creams:van, choc, butter pecan, straw sorbet, peach low fat frozen yogurt, no suggar add choc and van ice cream; thanksgiving sundae with apple cider spiced peaches, van ice cream and walnut brittle crisp.
Hopefully, I lost the three pounds I gained by typing all of this.

Menu on PG is different from above and does not change daily (unless you get to know the right people and then you can have whatever you want).

Have a great cruise --start dieting now!!!!
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LeCirque is a French restaurant run and owned by an Italian chef, Sirrio Maccioni, in Manhattan. It is way more expensive to eat there than on the ship, however, ship has very limited menu but uses the actual recipes from the restaurant.

edited to add this: they also have different breads that night and different wines as well.
Having said that, all the bread which was served (along with wines, champagnes, specialty coffees) were great every night in PG.
I will also add that they have added a different amuse bouche every night (they used to serve only the same one in the past every night), three different types of "designer salts" (try the black volcanic one in your baked potato--so good!) and three different types of butter (try the garlic one along with the black volcanic salt in your baked potato and you will think you died and went to heaven). After dinner with coffee, they serve you different types of truffles, which also change nightly (and are different than they were in the past as well).
Eat and enjoy!

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There seems to be some discussion about the smoking on HAL.

Can you give us your experience on this and did they have the survey about it?
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Phil and Liz--I really noticed smoking only in the Sports Bar and Casino. The rest of the ship really hardly ever. I've smelled worse on other ships, believe me, but my husband (who was a former smoker and had health issues) noticed it and it bothered him so much that he had to leave the casino. They gave us a survey the last night and asked if we smoked, did it bother us to be on board a ship which allowed smoking, would we change allegiances and go to another cruise line which did not allow smoking, would we tell our friends about it, etc. They did not harp on the issue, but did say to refrain from smoking on deck areas (as wind may carry ash which may start a fire on board) and in cabin. I saw no smokers (but was not actively looking for them) nor ashtrays in any of the lounges/bars, nor did I smell any smoke in any public areas except those two listed above. I remember from other cruises that smoking was often permitted on one side of the ship rather than the other side, and most would congregate in those areas on that side. However, this was certainly not the case here.
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Maybe I should not post this here (because I may get flack from others because I spoiled it for them), but I know what they asked for in the Scavenger Hunt so if you want to be prepared, let me know. We came in tied for first but because we came in later than the other team, we placed second. We all got collector's items HAL pins and the first place got free pina coladas by the bar. Think about this: BLACK TEETH
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Just found menues for desserts: choc avalanche cake, MC Rudi's Premier--white choc toque with mousse and berries, poached pear, cheesecake (no sugar), watermelon sorbet, cinammon ice cream (Good--had at Lido), strawb froz yogurt, no sugar choc chip ice cream, nsa vanilla, bananas foster;

sacher torte, choc brownie stack, fruit crisp, sliced fruit plate, artisan cheese plate

sacher torte (again!), frozen watermellon pie, wild berries bread and butter pudding, choc mousse torte nsa (no sugar added), rum raisin ice cream (GOOD), orange sorbet, raspberry froz yog, peach melba sundae

choc souffle, double strawberry cheesecake, tiramisu, black forest cake (nsa), coffee ice cream, lemon sorbet, peach froz yog, nsa coffee ice cream, nsa vanilla ice cream, cherries jubilee sundae

German choc cake, tarte tatin, creme brulee, forest berry dream cake (nsa), banana ice cream, raspb sorbert, cookies n cream froz yog, nsa triple choc ice cream, nsa vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sundae

that should give you an idea of what you will be eating
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Think about this: BLACK TEETH

Know what you mean, but really how many women carry them with them - men maybe!

In case others don't know what you mean, I won't give it away.

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Think about this: BLACK TEETH

Know what you mean, but really how many women carry them with them - men maybe!

In case others don't know what you mean, I won't give it away.

Glad you had a good cruise.
Believe it or not, that was one of the last things I packed because I figured my husband forgot his. I was part of a group of 3 women and we split up because we all went back to our cabins to get the stuff on the list. As I was running down to the cabin (I assure you that I did not run up those 3 decks! ), I kept saying, BLACK TEETH, BLACK TEETH and all I kept thinking of was those black wax teeth they have at Halloween. Anyway, I got all of the stuff on the list, went back up to the meeting spot, then the lightbulb went off. Went back downstairs again and got it! The other thing that they asked for was a current library card. I always empty out my wallet before going away and sure enough, I took out my local library card. I did manage to take out a book from the ship's library and I brought it with me, maybe figuring I'd get extra credit (NO WAY!). It should have dawned on me that I had that with me as well--never gave it a thought. We would have won if I remembered that one! Oh well, going on the Eurodam in March and I took a copy of the quiz with me. The crew who conducted the hunt told me that the hunt list was compiled by someone on the Eurodam. Who knows, maybe I'll place first if I play it there? Set up the pina colada, barman!


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Oh well, going on the Eurodam in March and I took a copy of the quiz with me. The crew who conducted the hunt told me that the hunt list was compiled by someone on the Eurodam. Who knows, maybe I'll place first if I play it there? Set up the pina colada, barman!
HMMM. Now, just thinking out loud here ...

What fun would it be for a couple like us to go and try to do the scavenger hunt, when there are people so anxious to win a pina colada that they collect the lists from previous cruises? Sort of takes the point out of the game, doesn't it?

I know in the Trivia they have a lot of different lists of questions that they rotate. Hope they do the same in the Scavenger Hunt. I would hate to bother to go down there and meet some lady who had all the stuff arranged in her purse already ..
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Hi, Mike. Most of the stuff you have already packed or picked up during the cruise or on shore. A few you need to think about (or maybe not)...Let me tell you that we really worked up a sweat running around back and forth to the cabin, to the front desk, to the bars, etc and it was fun trying to see just how much stuff we could get, we already had, and had to figure out. I've done this on another cruise and that one was an art scavenger hunt--you had to get names off the artwork all around the ship. Now that was a hard one compared to this, especially so if you did not go all around the ship and recognize the pieces or what they were asking for. Having said that, no more clues! Good luck if you participate, but the main thing is to enjoy and have fun!
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I will be on my HAL cruise 2 weeks from tomorrow,I can't wait .
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Thanks so much for the menus in the MDR and your input on the food quality. Did you get the opportunity to try Canelleto's?

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Thanks so much for the menus in the MDR and your input on the food quality. Did you get the opportunity to try Canelleto's?

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Bob, Canelleto's is located up in the Lido. They section a part of it off at night for the restaurant portion. I understand alot of people went there (need reservations but it is free) and their menu looked great, but we just don't go for people walking back and forth, talking loudly (on their way in/out of the lido which is open the same time) so we did not go. Food in the lido during the day was good, however. When you go, you can let me know how it was, deal? Enjoy your trip and tell them I said hello!
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Henry--good luck and happy cruising. We were on Zuiderdam some years back and enjoyed it. Hope you have the same luck as us. Happy travels!
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Bob, Canelleto's is located up in the Lido. They section a part of it off at night for the restaurant portion. I understand alot of people went there (need reservations but it is free) and their menu looked great, but we just don't go for people walking back and forth, talking loudly (on their way in/out of the lido which is open the same time) so we did not go. Food in the lido during the day was good, however. When you go, you can let me know how it was, deal? Enjoy your trip and tell them I said hello!
We ate at Canalleto's last summer on the Oosterdam. The area was sectioned off from the Lido by partitions and was not really open to the traffic passing by. The food was fun and quite good. And of course it is no extra charge!

The big fun we had at Canaletto's was that we were seated by the window and there were whales diving while we ate!

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Henry--good luck and happy cruising. We were on Zuiderdam some years back and enjoyed it. Hope you have the same luck as us. Happy travels!

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Thanks, Henry, but I should rename myself 2katz2fsh as one died while I was away. Oh well, he was 11 and had a good life.
Again, have a grand time on your cruise!
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Thanks, Henry, but I should rename myself 2katz2fsh as one died while I was away. Oh well, he was 11 and had a good life.
Again, have a grand time on your cruise!
Well, it reminds me of the story about Abraham Lincoln who had his two sons visiting in the Oval Office. Both boys were wailing up a storm of tears. A visiting Senator asked, "Mr. President, what in the world ails those two younguns?"

Lincoln sadly shook his head and said, "Senator, the same thing that ails the whole country. I have 3 walnuts in my pocket, and each one of them wants TWO!"
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really enjoyed reading your post. am reserved for the westerdam on friday, april 1st to the southern caribbean and am looking forward to it. have been on several cruises, but this is my first HAL cruise.
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really enjoyed reading your post. am reserved for the westerdam on friday, april 1st to the southern caribbean and am looking forward to it. have been on several cruises, but this is my first HAL cruise.
I don't know whose post you enjoyed reading, but on behalf of everyone who posted on it, thank you.

HAL is a sentimental fave of mine because in 1981, took my honeymoon cruise on old Volendam from NYC to Bermuda and they went over and above for us. We got a bottle of wine in our cabin, flowers in the cabin, a free party with the captain in which we "cut" the wedding cake (and ate it, too!), free champagne, free photos, and lots of other stuff as well. That impressed me (I had, by that time, been on about 4 other cruises--Home Lines--no longer in existence, which did not even come close to what HAL did for us) and it became one of my faves. Here are more reasons why: the fantastic artwork on each ship, the beautiful "live" flower arrangements in all public rooms, the friendliness and willing to help nature of the crew, the upkeep of their ships (even if some are older), the food in the Lido and PG (not in the dining room, however--this went downhill, in our opinion), and the fact that it "caters" to a more mature (and somewhat more dressed up--not always showing up in shorts, a tank top and flip flops to eat) passenger--not alot of roudiness going on, drinking/smoking/loud antics by the pool (not to say that there is not some going on, however, but less than on other cruise lines). It is quieter by nature because of the maturity of the passengers, but it still has some young families who do sail on her ships, not so many singles unless during the summer time. The entertainers cater to all people: a string quartet in one loung, a singer/piano player who tells lots of fun stories in their piano bar, a more sedate quartet who play middle of the road music in a lounge suitable for dancing, and usually a more modern hip band in another lounge who sometimes hosts the theme music parties. Of course, you always have the carib band/singers out by the pool as well. The disco, of course, is open late, is loud, and plays music for dancing for the younger set. You'll have one tribute to a band/singer (it was Elton John and the Eagles on board ours), and the entertainment theme show in the theater changed nightly as well.
We have alot of friends who work on the ship we are on, or we try to meet them in port, or exchange phone calls/letters/emails if we can't. Their cabins seem a little bit larger as well by other cruise lines (imho).
When we go on the Eurodam in March, Walter (the bev manager on Westerdam) is going to send an email to the bev manager there requesting our fave wines/champagne (they have done this many times in the past, sending emails to their contemporaries on other ships and requesting certain things for us as well and it always comes to happen!) Our maitre'd also requests our reservations ahead of time for the next cruise's PG as well. It comes in handy to "know" people.
I hope you have an excellent and enjoyable cruise!
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Thank you 3Katz...

The Le Cirque menu sounded delicious to me. I love a well-cooked lobster and poached is my favorite - not too rubbery or chewy.

LeCirque is a famous New York restaurant, known more for its ongoing quality than any one chef. It is a family business that has been a NY institution for decades.

Here is an article I wrote about HAL's recent culinary upgrades. They have invited several well-known chefs and restuaranteurs to contribute special dinners like the one 3katz described:

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Thanks again - I am now officially excited about the food on HAL again.
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Default Can someone tell me the CURRENT CD on the Westerdam?

We were on the WEstwerdam (WEst.Caribbean) in March 2009 and going back this February (25th- Eastern Caribbean). Going through my photos and videos I have images of the CD we had and wondering if he is still there. Looks like Chef Rudi is still there. BIG GUY!

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We were on the WEstwerdam (WEst.Caribbean) in March 2009 and going back this February (25th- Eastern Caribbean). Going through my photos and videos I have images of the CD we had and wondering if he is still there. Looks like Chef Rudi is still there. BIG GUY!

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Unless you can tell us the name of the CD there really is no way to tell you if the CD you had in 2009 is still on the ship. He could be but then they do move around a lot of he could have left HAL.

Did you mean that Chef Rudi is a "BIG man", because Rudi Sodiman is acutally a "short" guy. He is the "Executive Head Chef" and works out of the Seattle Office, and goes from ship to ship overseeing the chefs on board. Rudi must have been visiting the Westerdam when you were there.
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We were just on Maasdam and dined at the Le Cirque dinner. Chef Rudi was aboard and we saw him in Pinnacle that night. As Dee Dee says, he is not a hugely tall, barrel chested large man. He has a 'heft' but not what I would call a really large man.

If you can post one of your photos of the CD, perhaps we can help you.
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I can't see how to attach a .jpg without having to load it to a websire. Did I miss something?
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The Black Teeth comment is totally lost on me .... could you please explain it for me?

Is the scavenger hunt done in the AM or PM? Is it open to families? We did the scavenger hunt at great wolf lodge, and my kids had a BLAST! Is the HAL scavenger hunt something we could do with them?
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The Black Teeth comment is totally lost on me .... could you please explain it for me?

Is the scavenger hunt done in the AM or PM? Is it open to families? We did the scavenger hunt at great wolf lodge, and my kids had a BLAST! Is the HAL scavenger hunt something we could do with them?
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The scavenger hunt was conducted at about 11:30 am by the pool, aft, and is about 30 minutes long. They like to have groups of people as part of a team, although they said I could do it by myself (but I ended up with 3 other women). Yes, people/kids of all ages could participate in this. You could run all over the ship to get certain things, or you can even find most in your cabin if you've packed them. Some of them may need some thought. On one ship I was on (I think it was Celebrity), the Scavenger Hunt involved artwork on the ship so you needed to make your way around the ship to provide the area/deck where the art was located on, what it was called, who designed it, etc.. On this one, that is not necessary. All who participated got a limited edition pin and the winners got free Pina Coladas. We tied for first but the other team came in earlier than us, so no drinks for us.

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