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  1. I LOVE this! What a great turtle. Thanks so much for sharing. We always try to pick up a Christmas ornament from the places we visit - the more "primitive" or homemade/authentic, the better. Our tree is certainly not a decorator's idea of a sophisticated presentation and we just do one tree, but we love it. We really enjoy seeing them each year and makes us smile.
  2. Just wanted to say thank you for posting this. We are staying for the first time this December and needed a place to stay and leave our car. Looking at your review and others on TripAdvisor, it looks like exactly what we need. Thanks again and happy travels!
  3. I second and third this!! For the life of me I just can't understand why Princess and some other lines design ships that have a (narrow) pathway through a dining area. I eat in the MDR as much as possible and skip the HC but will go through a few times a day to just get to the back deck touching nothing along the way. Wishing those currently onboard safe travels for the rest of your cruise and on your way home.
  4. I'm guessing the amount of sun will depend on ship position but will find out soon. We'll actually be looking for shade 😎
  5. Thank you for asking this question and those that answered. We are onboard this Wednesday for the first time. I would have thought these would have been for a fee so glad to know the area is free. So much to look forward to!
  6. Sure thing, I understand about the foreign port legal issue and not debating that. Ruby stops in Victoria.
  7. Good point about the possibility of there not being a pre-check line. Never had that problem even from my regional airport, but I don't fly as much as a lot of people on here. I always pack the "regular" way with the quart bag so taking it out would not be a problem. The last thing I want is anything that delays me getting through the security process.
  8. I'm seeing a Ruby Princess RT Hawaii cruise departing October 3, 2020. There's also a Holland America one from Seattle, but it leaves in April.
  9. Are you saying that one does not have to put all liquids in the quart sized bag in their carry-on if they have TSA pre-check? I have pre-check and the way I read the rules is I still have to put all the appropriate sized liquid items in the quart bag but I do not have to remove it from my backpack during the security check process. I use Zip-lock bags for everything and, as you mentioned, use contact lens cases for small amounts of liquids (make-up, moisturizer, etc.) It's amazing how much they can hold.
  10. I'm confused with the statement that "in reality, no one does that itinerary" as we have cruised to Hawaii RT three times - San Diego, L.A. and Vancouver. While I can't speak specifically for Seattle, here are my impressions from our Vancouver trip (done at the end of Sept. in 2016, Star Princess): 1. The seas can be anything from lake calm to a bit rough. The water was calm around the islands when we were there but the crossing can be a crap shoot (although the captain has a big ocean available to navigate around any serious storms). 2. It will probably be cool for at lea
  11. Oh wow, I see guava juice on the list - really?! That is wonderful. My DH loves it. I'm pleasantly surprised to see all of the options and am looking forward to a few of them on our next cruise 🙂 Thanks for offering this list.
  12. I hale from the heart of U.T. Vol country (Knoxville) and don't have one piece of orange clothing. I'm a complete oddity on game days as everyone around town is donning the orange. It's a "happy" color and I like it in general, but it makes me look like death warmed over. My brother (a U.T. alumnus and vol fan) just looks at me and shakes his head 🙂 I went to a different university. A few years back on a different cruise line we saw a family of 5 - parents and kids - decked out completely in orange on formal night. I mean full suits for the guys and full dresses for the gals.
  13. Ah, good to hear tunafish about sweeteners everywhere on the Koningsdam. I'm with you Bostonjetset as we love the pink packs. Neither of us is a diabetic but prefer sugar free drinks. I read the packets were gone on a thread by Copper10-8 - his Oosterdam NY cruise report (great review) I think around page 4. Maybe (hopefully) I misunderstood, but I read it to say a lot of the paper products were going away including the little packets. I really do not want to pack a box of Sweet n Low but will probably do it just in case. . . . .
  14. Thank you both for the quick responses! I know what you are talking about with the little spoons brought with coffee and that would work well. I was thinking of a longer handled teaspoon more like we use (I'm in the southern U.S. and tea is a "thing" down here!) But certainly the other spoon should do the trick and will ask for one. FWIW, I am more of a hot tea drinker and am over the top excited to get onboard and have a stroopwafel warming on top of my cup!
  15. Hi all. We are fairly new to HAL (only been on Veendam once but going on Koningsdam in a few weeks - can't wait!), but we are not new to cruising and have been onboard Princess most recently. My question in a nutshell is this - when ordering a glass of tea, in particular in the MDR, how does one add sweetener and then mix it up in the tea? I understand there are no longer straws and haven't seen a teaspoon offered in a long time. At least not on Princess. On our last P. cruise, DH just ended up using his butter knife to mix in the "pink pack." It gets the job done but kind of crude. Am
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