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About Shih-tzu

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    New Brunswick, Canada
  • Interests
    Arts/crafts, music
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Any where I don't have to cook or do dishes
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Bermuda, Half Moon Cay

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  1. Copper 10-8...…...Yes - that's it!!!! (there was another that looked similar called the Uganda). It may have had stabilizers but that November storm in the Adriatic was a stomach churner.....
  2. 26 November 1973 to 08 Dec 1973 - on the SS Nevassa - Dubrovnik-Athens-Trabizon-Istanbul-Messina-Naples. Parents paid around $450 for high school trip on an "educational" cruise. It was a converted troop ship and we slept in dorms with about 16-20 racks to sleep on per dorm. I remember the food was horrid... It wasn't close to a cruise ship by today's standards.... I don't remember if the airfare from Moncton NB via London UK to the embarkation/debarkation ports was included or not, but the shore excursions were. My first what I would call a "real" cruise was on the Veendam to Bermuda in 2015. Paid $499 CAD each for a big inside cabin (port fees, etc extra).
  3. Not overly convenient for those of us that must vacate our hotel rooms by 11:00am. Where can you really go with all your luggage, etc.??
  4. Ohhhh, I hope so. I would think they would let us know by this time if the 01 Nov cruise was cancelled..... and then there is the issue of those of us with flights.....
  5. 1. I like the smaller ships - I'm not sure I would want to be on a ship with 5000+ people. (although I will admit I'm going to try a larger ship with 3690 in February but I'm cruising with a group) 2. I like that you can sit in a common area (Lido pool or aft) and have a conversation with your cruise mates without having to holler above the loud music, Zumba class, dance contest, etc 3. Crew is top notch. 4. I don't feel the "rush, rush, rush" like I have on some other cruise lines. I feel more relaxed. 5. Prices are reasonable for the type of cruising I like. I'm not paying more because the ship offers the rock walls, go karts, ice rinks, massive water slides, bumper cars and other things that would never use at my age. 6. Fellow passengers seem quite friendly.
  6. It's sad because almost every board I read leads me to believe that a lot of people are unhappy with the direction their favourite cruise line is going. And if you read reviews of hotels, restaurants and resorts, it's the same. I fear that we (as a society) have moved from being contented with our lot and look for slips/errors/mistakes/dissatisfaction in things. I think as long as we can cruise and/or travel that we should all consider ourselves fortunate. Sure things aren't perfect, some things go wrong - but there also are memorable moments in every trip. Sometimes we just have to smell the roses instead of looking for the patch of poison ivy. Corporations try to make max profits for their shareholders (which they're implicitly mandated to do) while trying to find the point where they can save money but keep customers coming in the door. Sometimes it's corporate greed... but every business does it to some degree. Travel is a "luxury" so they have to be careful not to out-price themselves so instead it's changing the way they do things - either by cutting services, staff, etc. I don't have to do dishes, I don't have to cook, I don't have to make my bed (but I do anyway), and I don't have to shovel snow....that's what it takes to keep me happy.
  7. I'm on a 10 day and my boarding pass says two.
  8. Same here. Maybe it's shut down for maintenance to add features or sort out a few bugs. (I hope my husband didn't call and tell them to shut down the server to keep me from getting that thermal suite package 😂🤣😅)
  9. Bought up on the Bay of Fundy. One day you could have had your windows squeaky clean (and it takes a LOT of work to get them clean) and after a windy day or storm they look dull and dingy. The salt air causes windows and metal to get a film or rust very easy. Cars in the area I was brought up in usually had rust on them by the time they were 3 years old. Sand and paint a wrought iron railing - rust shows through in about 3-4 months...... Given that and the sea state/weather, it wouldn't take much for the windows to appear to be really dirty. (and if there was a cruise before the one you have commented on that was rough or in ports that don't allow cleaning, then that is maybe why they were "dirty" when you boarded. I would far sooner try to look out a dirty window than to think some crew member was out there risking his life and something might happen.
  10. Same here - same year. Wonder if it was the same cruise? There were a lot of sick people at the end, even staff/crew. I couldn't even stay awake on my flight home, did nothing but sleep for 5 days after I got home and two strong rounds of antibiotics. I wondered if it was because the Zuiderdam had just come out of drydock the day before the cruise and the systems had been shut down for a bit. It was well into the New Year before I was really feeling better.
  11. Didn't know I could do that..... tried to delete some but it wouldn't go.... maybe it's because I'm on a device that I don't use that often..... Thanks for the tip 🙂
  12. You are correct (wish I could have just cut'n'pasted part of the 2nd paragraph). People rent the scooters for their trips due to all the walking (and even if you stay on board, there is a lot) and they aren't used to them.... and people that aren't used to being around scooters don't realize that they can't stop on a dime. I don't think most are being "reckless" but just aren't used to it. I saw an older lady break down in tears and apologizing over and over on the Zuiderdam because she couldn't get it turned around quickly enough and was holding a few folks up near the elevator. I felt bad for her..... I think it is great that HAL is a cruiseline that is more suited for those that aren't as mobile - on some cruise lines they'd be run over and trampled on the 1st day.
  13. It doesn't seem to matter where you go (home town, other city, Disney, other cruises lines, resorts), there are more and more people that feel the signs/rules are for other people but not for them. I'm afraid it's the times we live in. As far as "doing your homework" and choosing rooms that are not below the promenade deck - if you look at the deck plans approx. 50% of the ocean view are under the promenade deck.
  14. Sounds like they didnt want to commit to anything in writing.....
  15. We received some $$ back after our Panama section of our cruise. I believe they take the bill the ship receives and then determine how much it cost per passenger and refund the difference. I suspect higher port fees are being charged by the port authorities based on the fact that ships are getting larger and larger and there will have to be a capital expenditure for updating facilities. Take Vancouver for example. The megaships coming on line won't fit under the Lions Gate Bridge. (One of the Norwegian ships clears the bridge by only 5 feet at low tide). The port now has to look at creating berths in another area of the lower mainland. That's going to cost a lot of $$$.
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