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  1. I have never really noticed what other people are wearing at the pool. Wear whatever you want and whatever makes you feel good about yourself.
  2. My parents had an aft-facing cabin on the Eurodam. My cabin was all the way forward. It was a hike! to get between the cabins. The distance from the aft elevators was not far to their cabin, but it is a hike from all the way forward. The bigger problem my parents had was their balcony was always covered in soot - whether the ship was moving or not. It was actually a blessing in disguise that the weather & seas prevented them being out on the balcony too much on that cruise, because they wouldn't have been able to use it anyway with all the soot.
  3. No, it's my Australian Bank. But I do wonder why the US is so behind the rest of the world in terms of payment technology. I am often frustrated by the huge difference in payment/account technology between my Australian accounts and my US ones.
  4. My bank offers pre-loaded cards with balances in up to 5 currencies. It's awesome. I used them the last time I went on a cruise. I loaded up US$, Canadian$, and Australian$ (the countries I'd be in.) You have to specify the amount in each currency, and any overages are deducted from the next listed currency at current exchange rates. Because they are pre-loaded with a balance (exchange rates are charged at loading), there is no connection to your other accounts so even if they get stolen the amount they can access is limited. They work as MasterCard credit cards and debit cards, and since you've pre-loaded, there are no exchange rates at the time of purchase/cash advance from the ATM. It's so easy. You can reload from the banking app or online from anywhere, like you can with pre-paid credit cards or gift cards. And they all have chips for tap-n-go payments.
  5. I'm sorry if my comment came across as an accusation. I really meant it as a joking comment -- more along the lines of "do you know something I don't know?" I meant to point out the mistake, but more in terms of a clarification.
  6. Â I take photos all over the ship right after I drop my carry-ons in my cabin. I find it's the best time to get most public rooms empty.
  7. Fingers crossed for you (and/or anyone else on the next trip). My parents have actually had a good time. This is their third time doing this itinerary and while they were sorry to miss so many ports, the cruise was really for them to have 2 weeks of doing nothing with no demands on them or their time, so for them, the cruise was just what they wanted. I know many other passengers do not feel the same about this voyage.
  8. Umm, I don't think the Eurodam is sailing away from San Diego today. My parents are on the ship currently and it's still making its way from Hawaii to Ensenada.
  9. My secrets: (1) never pack anything but wrinkle-resistant knit fabrics - I haven't packed anything that is woven in years! (2) don't care what other people think about your clothes - if people are that concerned about my clothes, they can do my laundry/dry-cleaning/ironing/packing. Even on land, I don't own an iron. I pull clothes from the washer as soon as the cycle is finished, and I take great care when I hang my clothes to dry (always inside on a drying rack, never outside on the line). Friends, family & co-workers are amazed that I can be so wrinkle-free without an iron.
  10. My cruise indulgence is a Fresh Grapefruit Not-a-Cosmo at the Ocean Bar before dinner. (I always have to tell them I only want one, because they will make 2 if you order during happy hour!) Last cruise I trued the Melon Mint No'jito and now I may have to alternate. I mentioned the No'jito to a passenger behind me in the Main Show Lounge and she saw me later in the cruise and joked that I created a monster with that drink!
  11. I'm so sorry you missed the Kona call. My parents text, usually quite wordy and bubbly, was just "Waves not right for tendering. At sea; turning phone off." They've been enjoying the relaxing cruise, and had no real plans for this cruise other than to relax and enjoy the balcony, but I think they are frustrated by missing so many ports. Fingers and toes crossed you can make the call at Hilo tomorrow.
  12. Even if they did, what's the problem? One of the best cruises I had was on the Oosterdam with a group of guide dogs (and their people). I never had any issues with the dogs or waste. There was an area of grass at the front of the wrap around Promenade. It was serviced regularly. The only complaint I heard was one person who was highly incensed that the dogs were in the water at the beaches on Half Moon Cay; apparently that's unsanitary.
  13. My parents are on the Eurodam right now and I asked them about the lids in the Explorations Cafe. Mom said they have had lids every night when they go get their hot cocoa. They are not out on the counter, but if you ask for them, there is no problem getting one. On my last cruise, my husband used a Keep Cup (a barista-standard size reusable cup) and had no issues, but there was some discussion of the cafe workers not allowing reusable cups (due to passengers not washing them between uses.) We've gotten so used to taking our Keep Cups everywhere here in Australia for take-away coffees, it's strange to not use it on the ship or in the US.
  14. I just heard from my parents on board this cruise. The port of Honolulu has been closed to incoming/outgoing traffic until 5:00 am Monday, Hawaii time. The Captain is trying to get the port to allow the Eurodam to stay until 6:00 pm Monday, but that has not been finalized yet. Either way, they have had to drop the port of call at Maui and will try and proceed to Hilo & Kona on Monday. My parents understand from the captain that the storm is moving slower than expected and is staring than expected and both of those factors are making it difficult to predict what will happen. It's looking like a rough ride for the islands for a couple more days. I'm sure the OP will have more to add later.
  15. In the land-based restaurants/fast food places I frequent that use paper straws, I have more issues with the straws disintegrating in Cokes or unsweetened iced tea than I have with milkshakes, ice cream sodas/floats, or slushy-style drinks.
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