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  1. avian777

    Veendam Questions

    OP, you may want to contact HAL Ship Services to find out when Veendam will be in dry dock & if the video upgrades will be performed then.
  2. avian777

    Mariner Discount at Explorations Cafe Change

    If the price of soft drinks is all that important to you, I'd suggest bringing your own onboard.
  3. avian777

    edocs availability?

    πŸ‘πŸΎ Congrats & have a great cruise!!!
  4. avian777

    edocs availability?

    πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Great advice - also good to see that it worked!!
  5. Thanks for the helpful information. However, I do not purchase pork (for cooking at home) from a cruise ship company. Likewise, I do not know if the pork I purchase from my local butcher has been frozen according to USPH standards. As such, I will continue to cook my pork to at least 145 F. BTW, trichinosis is the disease resulting from Trichinella spiralis infestation and NOT the parasite that causes it.
  6. I agree with everything you said ... but then nothing in my Post # 6 said anything about cooking "pork until it was more or less shoe leather", only that it be "really cooked" (as in "not raw" or "rare") and not just cooked until warm on the outside. Pork cooked to 145 will also "be pink, tender, juicy , and not kill me".
  7. IMO pork also needs "to be really cooked" to avoid trichinosis.
  8. OP, I don't know where you live, but in the US it is not considered rude to return a meat for additional cooking time. To avoid this problem, be sure to order your meat cooked to "well" or "medium well".
  9. Kaliber or Heineken 00 which, unfortunately, have been the only NA beers I have found on my HAL cruises. Would much prefer St Paulie NA or Clausthaler but. so far, I have not found either one on a HAL cruise. 🍺🍻🍺
  10. avian777

    Overwhelmed Newbie to Holland America

    πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Excellent Post, Underthemoonlight - thanks for you very objective and helpful response to OP's concerns/questions.
  11. avian777

    Lincoln Center Stage

    Thanks, Jimbo59, for this very nice overview on LCS. IMO it is one of HAL's best additions ever!!!
  12. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Agree completely on all counts!!!
  13. avian777

    Contacting HAL in an Emergency

    I suggest you contact HAL Ship Services.
  14. avian777

    Contacting HAL in an Emergency

    Just curious - why would you want to use an (untried) alternative when HAL has clearly set forth the procedure for contacting people on a HAL cruise? See Post # 2 above.
  15. FYI, here is an e-mail message I received this morning, announcing Bags VIP's new pricing structure: To our valued customer – Beginning Feb 18, 2019, we will be simplifying the pricing structure and standardizing the timeframe for receiving your elective delivery using our Bags VIP luggage delivery service in order to remain competitive and provide the excellent service you expect from Bags. February 2019 marks the first time we have made any adjustments to price since we launched Bags VIP Luggage Delivery 6 years ago in 2013 to help customers Make Travel Easier. The changes we made reflect the following: Our base price includes the first 2 bags at $39.95, whether you have 1 or 2 bags. Every bag beginning with the 3rd bag will be charged $10 per additional bag. All luggage will be delivered in up to 4-6 hours. The $1 per mile surcharge for deliveries over 40 miles remains the same. The maximum number of bags we can deliver in one order is 8. For any orders placed online prior to February 18, 2019 for a future travel date, our current pricing will be honored. Any orders placed online from February 18, 2019 and forward will reflect the new modifications to our pricing structure and delivery timeframe as noted above. Should you have any questions, please contact us at 1-877-847-0045 and one of our customer service agents will be happy to help you. Thank you for understanding that these modifications mean that we can continue to maintain the superior standard of our service for the coming year. We are looking forward to providing you outstanding Bags VIP Luggage Delivery service and appreciate your support for our business. Wishing You Easy Travels, Bags VIP Customer Service 1-877-847-0045 BagsVIP@maketraveleasier.com MakeTravelEasier.com