FAQS
Will Lisa Lillien actually be there the whole time? Will I get to meet her?
Yes and yes! Lisa will be on the cruise for the entire trip, and she'll be leading the Hungry Girl events. You'll have plenty of opportunities to meet her and hang out with her... You're basically going on vacation together!
How much does the cruise cost?
The cruise starts at $1,320 per person, plus port fees and taxes, based on double occupancy. Click here for full Accommodations & Pricing info.
What's included in the cruise price?
  • Stateroom or suite accommodations
  • All meals, including 24-hour room service, except in the specialty reservations-only restaurants
  • Most entertainment & activities onboard
  • The full Hungry Girl program and special events for the group
  • Free shipboard credit is included for the 1st and 2nd person in each cabin, based on the following: $50 per person in Interior and Ocean-View Staterooms; $100 per person in Verandah cabins; and $150 per person in Suites.
What's not included in the price?
  • Air transportation cost and transfers to the ship
  • Port charges and taxes ($310 per person; subject to change)
  • Shore excursions in the various ports
  • Onboard: sodas, alcoholic beverages, bottled water, phone calls, Internet access service, spa treatments, laundry/dry cleaning, professional photographs, casino gambling, and gratuities. Gratuity fee is per person/per day: $15 for suites, $13.50 for non-suites. This will be charged to your onboard account at the end of the cruise by Holland America.
Is the entire boat going to be made up of Hungry Girl fans?
No. The Hungry Girl fans will consist of one group on board a traditional cruise ship. The beauty of this setup is that you get the best of both worlds: the exclusive, intimate Hungry Girl experience (presentations, parties, etc.) and all the perks of a standard Holland American cruise (live music, shows, and more)!
Will all the food be Hungry Girl recipes or Hungry Girl approved?
No, but we WILL be providing comprehensive information about the best choices onboard and at the ports! And there will be plenty of healthy options. There will also be some special HG-approved and even HG-developed meal options available.
Will calorie counts for all the onboard meals be provided?
We will do our best to provide you with as much info as possible regarding the best choices onboard. In fact, there will be an entire Hungry Girl event centered around how to make the smartest food decisions during the cruise.
Is this a weight-loss cruise?
Yes and no. This is a vacation, and we want you to be free to decide if you indulge or not. That said, there will be plenty of healthy food options available, as well as calorie-burning opportunities. And you'll be given a lot of guidance on making the best choices.
Can my spouse and kids come?
Of course! In fact, Holland America has several free fully supervised programs for children 3 - 17. If your spouse and kids do not wish to attend the Hungry Girl events, discounts are available on cruise fares.
How are the HG events scheduled? Will I miss opportunities to explore the ports?
The Hungry Girl events are thoughtfully scheduled only when the ship is at sea. This way, you'll never miss an opportunity to explore the islands! We also schedule the events with special nightlife entertainment in mind; trust us, you won't miss a thing!
Do I have to attend every HG event?
No! You're more than welcome to pick and choose which events you'd like to attend. So if the spa is calling to you minutes before Hungry Girl trivia, go right ahead and enjoy...
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Know Before You Go
How much time do I need to allow for embarking and disembarking?
For air arrivals and departures into Ft. Lauderdale, it's recommended guests allow adequate time for transfer between the airport and pier, customs inspections, and airport security checks.

On the day of departure (April 7th), flights should arrive to Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) no later than 1:30pm and to Miami International (MIA) no later than 12:30pm. On the day the ship returns (April 14th), flights should depart after 11:30am from Ft. Lauderdale and after noon from Miami.
Can I purchase transfers from the airport to the ship?
If you are arriving in the Ft. Lauderdale airport on the day of departure, you may add transfers to the ship. The cost of these transfers will be $19 per person each direction from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) and $24 from Miami International (MIA). Flight numbers and details are required for your reservations. Taxis run approximately $20 from Ft. Lauderdale and are faster and less expensive if more than one is traveling. The approximate cost of a taxi from Miami is $80.
When may I board the ship?
The ms Nieuw Amsterdam departs from the Port Everglades Ship Terminal at 4pm.

Pier address:
2026 Eller Dr.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

Embarkation begins at approximately 11:30am, and you will not be allowed to check in prior to that time. Guests are required to be on board no later than 90 minutes prior to sailing time. Lunch is served in the Lido Market until 4pm.
Pier Parking
Within the port facility, there is a parking garage managed by USA Parking. Please check directly with the parking lot for rates. Just outside the port facility is Park 'N Fly Parking. Park 'N Fly offers complimentary shuttles from the lot to the ship's terminal. Phone: (954) 779-1776 or www.pnf.com.
Air or Hotel Reservations
For those passengers who need airfare from within the U.S., the Worldview Travel Air Department can give you a free quote for the best fare and schedule. Please contact Lynn at 800-627-8726 ext. 1226 or email her at lynn@worldviewtravel.com. Please include requested dates and times with all email requests. There are many good discount websites available, such as hotels.com and kayak.com, both offering a variety of price options. A Ft. Lauderdale airport hotel is approx. 10 minutes from the Port Everglades.
Dining
You can choose from Early Dining (5:45pm), Late Dining (8pm; RECOMMENDED), and Flexible (no HG group tables). There may be a few days when the Hungry Girl programming runs until 6 or 6:30pm. To avoid missing anything, we recommend Late Dining. Your dining choice cannot be changed once you board the ship. A casual alternative is the Lido Market, where you can choose from the buffet or a made-to-order meal. Room service is complimentary and available 24 hours daily.
Reservation-Only Dining Room
As a delicious alternative to the main dining room, you might consider the Pinnacle Grill, Tamarind, or Canaletto restaurants. The Pinnacle Grill offers a level of elegant sophistication unmatched anywhere. Enjoy the Tamarind for food evoking the rich culinary traditions of Southeast Asia, China, and Japan. The Canaletto Restaurant offers an authentic Italian experience. There is a $35 per person charge for the Pinnacle Grill, $25 for Tamarind, and $15 for the Canaletto. Reservations can be made onboard or online. If you would like to speak to someone regarding these dining reservations in advance, you can call Ship Services at 800-541-1576.
Can the Dining Room accommodate special diets?
Watching your salt, fat, or sugar intake? Vegetarian? Advise Life Journeys at the time of booking, and they'll be happy to accommodate any special diets. Gluten-free or special medical diets must be preordered a minimum of 60 days prior to sailing. These do require a form submission to Holland America directly. Contact Life Journeys to request this form.
May I bring my own liquor onboard?
Only wine and champagne can be brought onboard. A corkage fee will be charged for wine or champagne brought to the restaurants or bars for consumption.
Stateroom Details
All staterooms include: Double closets, full-length mirrors, extra-deep chest of drawers, safe, hairdryers, remote-controlled flat-screen TVs, and DVD players. Staterooms are equipped with both North American standard 110-volt and European Standard 220-volt outlets.
Cruise Attire
Pack as you would for any resort. Cruise vacations are casual by day, whether you're on the ship or ashore. The suggested attire for most evenings is resort casual: slacks, collared shirts, casual dresses, etc. On gala nights, suits, cocktail dresses, gowns, jackets & ties, and tuxedoes are all appropriate.

There are two gala nights for this cruise. No self-service laundry or ironing facilities are available. Full laundry services, including pressing, are available for a fee.
Are there any special activities for kids?
Absolutely! Holland America offers special, fully supervised programs for children 3 - 17. (Children must be potty trained.) The program has lots of cool stuff for kids. For tweens 8 - 12 and teens 13 - 17, there's mini golf, pool, pizza parties, video games, disco, movies, and more. The chefs have designed a special menu with kid favorites including pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, and fish 'n chips.
When can I reserve my shore excursions?
The ability to pre-book shore excursions usually becomes available 120 to 60 days before departure. Pre-booking excursions is highly recommended, as many tours have limited availability and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can pre-book excursions with your cruise booking number once your cruise deposit is paid at hollandamerica.com/cruise-destinations/ShoreExcursions.action or by calling Holland America at 888-425-9376. You may also make arrangements when you board your ship at the Excursions Desk.
Ship Contact Information
Your E-Documentation packet will contain detailed information including the phone number for your ship. The Internet Café is available for sending and receiving emails and is open 24 hours a day. Wireless Internet is available from just about everywhere onboard for your laptop and other devices. Charges for Internet access will be posted to your shipboard account.
Weather
Expected temperatures range from a low of 68° F (night) to a high of 85° F (day). It is advisable to check the Internet for up-to-date weather conditions prior to sailing.

All matters relating to onboard ship operations may change at the cruise line's discretion.
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Travel Insurance Information
Travel with peace of mind. Travel Guard offers plans to fit every type of traveler and travel style. Most travel insurance policies have options to waive pre-existing conditions if purchased within 14 days of trip deposit. To find out about Travel Guard's coverage, visit lifejourneys.net/insurance. Links are provided for complete plan details and quotes directly from Travel Guard.

You may also call Travel Guard at call 1-800-826-4919; be sure to reference #00637980.
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Cancellation Policy
Guests who cancel within the dates shown below for any reason, including medical or family reasons, are subject to the following per-person cancellation fees:

From time of deposit - January 12, 2018: $100 per person**

January 13 - February 6, 2018: $750 per person

February 7 - March 5, 2018: 50% penalty of total cost

March 6, 2018 - Day of Departure: 100% nonrefundable

Cancellation Policy is not applicable for Roommate Match Passengers. See separate policy.

**Full refund of deposit will be made by cruise line. Cancel fee will be charged separately.

All Cancellations must be in writing
Email: Antoinette@lifejourneys.net
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Single Occupancy Pricing & Roommate Match Info
For those participants who are traveling single and would like to avoid paying the single occupancy rate for the cruise, Life Journeys will attempt to provide a suitable roommate match. Click here for details. Otherwise, see rates below.


Rates based on Single Occupancy (in US Dollars).


Interior Stateroom (151-180 Sq. Ft. or 200 Sq. Ft.): Categories K&J offer limited availability in the larger size. Bathrooms are shower only, no bathtub.

L: $1,853 K: $1,871 J: $1,888


Ocean View Stateroom (174-180 Sq. Ft.): All outside cabins on the main deck.

F: $2,028 E: $2,063 DD: $2,081 D: $2,116 C: $2,151


Verandah w/ Private Balcony Stateroom (249 Sq. Ft.): Cabins include a sitting area and floor-to-ceiling windows.

VD: $2,481 VC: $2,541 VB: $2,601 VA: $2,661 V: $2,721


Signature Suite w/ Private Balcony (372-384 Sq. Ft.): Staterooms have a large sitting area with sleeper sofa for one person, dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, additional shower stall, DVD player, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

SY: $3,767 SS: $3,967


Neptune Suite w/ Private Balcony (500-712 Sq. Ft.): Large sitting area, dual sink vanity, dressing room, full-size whirlpool bath, additional shower stall, sleeper sofa bed for 2, DVD player, floor-to-ceiling windows, & Neptune Lounge concierge amenities.

SC: $4,567 SB: $4,967 SA: $5,367


Port charges and taxes: $310 per person (subject to change)

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