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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. I'm guessing the amount of sun will depend on ship position but will find out soon. We'll actually be looking for shade 😎
  4. 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!
  5. Sure thing, I understand about the foreign port legal issue and not debating that. Ruby stops in Victoria.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 least 2 days out and the last 2 days. I generally tend to run a bit cold but I don't remember seeing a lot of others beside the pool at the beginning or end. I don't want to be negative but just wanted to share - this was the sickest cruise we have ever been on. Flu season comes early for our neighbors to the north and there were a ton of people onboard sick and got sicker as the cruise went on. The theatre was a big cough fest. I have never had the flu in my life (I'm 55) and take precautions, but there was no escaping it for us (were tested positive at medical and were quarantined for a few days). All that aside and don't mean to be a downer, all three of our HI cruises were wonderful and I love going in the fall. I love Hawaii and I love sea days! The last one we took was in Feb. and while we did see whales, the temps were a bit cooler than the fall trips and the foliage on the islands was not quite as vibrant in the winter.
  10. 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.
  11. 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. They just had to be from here, bless their hearts! Back to the orange party, it's good to hear orange is not required and sounds like we won't be missing much if we skip it on our upcoming Koningsdam cruise (just our second cruise with HA and still learning the ropes).
  12. 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. . . . .
  13. 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!
  14. 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 hoping to hear HAL has the proper silverware, at least with dinner. As a side note, I read on a recent "live from" that packets of anything (pink, yellow or blue and certainly not real sugar) are no longer offered. They only offer sugar and Stevia in a glass shaker type bottle. Can anyone confirm this is the case on the Koningsdam? Oh, and I know we could solve the "problem" by ordering wine or other libation, but DH likes tea with dinner 🙂 Thanks in advance for any info you may offer!
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