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  1. He will. Fair winds and following seas, Captain Mercer. HAL won't be the same without you.
  2. I'm very interested in not only your experience, but Bear's experience. My bears are seasoned cruisers, but are always curious to see if other bears receive the same kind of treatment on the cruises. (Staff are exceptional, other passengers can be it or miss.)
  3. My next cruise is scheduled in June 2021. So I'll wait at least that long. I'm hoping things will be normal again by then.
  4. It was good to see that they were cleared to come to port. I hope they have an easier time at the next port when they need fuel & supplies.
  5. I thought most of the ships have already disembarked the passengers. Will the new regulations have an impact on getting crew home?
  6. It's very easy to sit here now, nearly a month later and say what should have been done at the time. It wasn't done. We can't change that. We have to work with the situation as it is right now, not as it was a month ago. And right now there are ships out there with real people on them who need to be able to get home, or medical care, or, sadly, returned to their families. It's time to step up and act like the kind of people we teach our children we should be: the kind of people that help others in need. If the ship was sinking and sent out a distress call, the convention is that any ship in the area should render aid. These ships are sending out a distress call. It's time to render the aid we should.
  7. I find the description is sometimes on target sometimes not with how strenuous the excursion will be, but I find it also depends on the tour guide. I had one tour that was marked as a 2 person gentle nature walk, but the tour guide was a competitive walker and thought everyone else was too. She took us on a walk through a nature park with cleared paths, but all I saw as my feet because we were walking so fast I had to look down to keep from tripping on the gravel. Three people fell, and the fitter members of the group had to run to catch up with the guide to alert her to the injuries. My companions and I still call that tour the "nature death march" because it was so horrible.
  8. My parents used their tiles for a shower wall. But be careful, they are thinner & smaller than standard tiles, particularly when you take off the cork backing.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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