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  1. I realized that your driver won't know which terminal until entering the port complex where ship names and their terminal is displayed, as SHIPSARETHEBEST explained. HAL ships are usually at one of the midport terminals. An exception was when Prinsendam arrived last year, she was assigned to a new Northport terminal. David
  2. Riversedge--We're taking the magnets with us for the S. Amer on Volendam. Like you, we were also on Prinsendam last year and Zuiderdam this year for VOV. In both cases, we used the magnets on the back of the door to the bathroom, even though the walls would not hold a magnet. To Roy with-tongue-in-cheek, I'm glad to hear that the ships' walls are not magnetic. If they were, I can't imagine the variety of items that would be pasted to them. David
  3. JLNPRT--Correction; there are ten cruise terminals at Port Everglades. I see a good map on their website by going to port publications and looking at the pdf called 2020 cruise guide. David
  4. Jlnplt---North and South Port are areas within Port Everglades. There are eight cruise terminal buildings in the complex. So, the best thing to do would be to look for your specific departure terminal number on a map. A good description is available on the Port Everglades website. Just type that name with a .net to go there. Hope this helps. David
  5. Miss G read my mind in writing her concise comment. So, I add my thanks, ON cruiser, for your post! David
  6. Many thanks for posting the link, DFWGUYZ! This is wonderful news for HAL's crew members that also makes DW and I feel happy for everyone working their contracts. It's a welcome plus for the cruiseline to be the first to take this step. Well done, HAL!
  7. Getting close to the Grand S. America and would like to know if the Volendam still has her real library with books beyond the coffee table variety like the HAL ships that have been "upgraded" to no library at all (IMHO). The answer will be appreciated as it will help me know if I need to have a Kindle with me or not needed. David
  8. Kenato, thank you for your report on Voledam! It was of particular interest because we'll be onboard in early January for her S. America Grand and have not sailed on her previously . David
  9. Lyndihop, not sure what type of safety issues have you concerned. DW and I were on the Zuiderdam for this summer's VOV. Safety of the passengers was certainly the top priority for the captain. So, I had no problem with his decisions to skip two ports and leave another early. The deteriorating weather conditions at those ports were obvious. At times, the ship's whistle was used as a fog horn while the atmosphere looked like soup. As far as safety in the various ports, we had no reason for concern. We walked the villages in Greenland and Iceland including a two hour walk each way from the ship to downtown Reykjavik. There are a few port differences for 2020. Our only Norwegian port was Bergen (again no safety problem). Instead of Amsterdam, our Dutch port was Rotterdam where longtime Dutch friends met us and commented how Amsterdam has become overcrowded with tourists in their view. Am I addressing your thoughts? I hope so. Davi
  10. Pchamb3, we were on this year's VOV for the entire cruise, and we live in S. FL. Rather than large, winter coats, several layers of clothing (light jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters) was a good idea because the weather was so changeable, on several days even from hour to hour! Wearing layers allowed for easy changes to mostly match conditions. Also a good idea to have rain gear of some kind. We had yellow rain slickers but have since purchased light, waterproof jackets, pants and boots online for Patagonia and the Antarctic. And, I agree, about also having gloves and hats. It's amazing how cold it is up there with temps in the 40s and humid conditions during their "summertime." David
  11. Many thanks, FatCat04! (And belated thanks to POA 1). The instructions were quite clear, but it took three or four installation attempts before the server cooperated and the icon finally showed up in the signature space as it was supposed to do first time. I had better save POA 1's image URLs in case an icon needs to be reinstalled sometime in the future. David
  12. After repeatedly trying the CC search function without success, I thought I should simply ask how to find and add a HAL star mariner icon to the forum signature now that we've just reached 4 star? I have seen instruction notes in the past but can seem to bring one up now. Thanks for the help, David
  13. Interested in gift ideas to pack for two ports on the Jan. 5 Grand S. America RT. One is Boca da Valeria, Brazil where indigenous village children take pass by the hand, and crew members have delivered gifts (food, drinks, toys, clothes) in the past. The other is the Embera Village tour from Fuerte Amador, Panama. I would be interested to know what sort of gifts you may have taken and/or what type gifts you may have seen others deliver. David
  14. We are booked on the Zuiderdam for the Voyage of the Vikings at the end of this month. With five currencies used on this itinerary (six with Canadian $), suggestions for take-along funds from recent VOV cruisers would be appreciated. Thanks, David
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