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old mike

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  1. Typically they will be in the spring or fall, March to April and October to November. Just have to use the cruise line search engines.
  2. Noordam, Auckland to Vancouver 36 days spring 2017 Zaandam, Vancouver to Rio de Janiro 38 days fall 2017 Westerdam a B2B, Vancouver to Singapore 57 days fall 2018 the next one is already booked it will be another B2B for 44 days on the Zaandam, Montreal to Rio de Janiro via the Panama canal in October 2019. lWe enjoy the variation in the cultural experiences, the archealogy and obviously the scenic contrasts. We also enjoy the relaxing sea days, we find short cruises with lots of port days can be tiring. The only con for us is the the need for the wide range in the necessary wardrobe, literally equatorial to sub arctic.
  3. Our first three cruises were on the Veendam, Zaandam, and Noordam and we observed that the Starboard side was the side most likely to be towards the dock but our experience on the Westerdam last fall was that the dock side was split equally between port and starboard. We now pick the side that will have the sunset, Can't beat sipping a cocktail on your private balcony as the sun sets.
  4. Halong Bay was our favourite part of our two month cruise last fall from Vancouver to Singapore on the Westerdam. The photograph was taken as we returned to the ship after a rainy but great day on a Junk sailing. We stayed at anchor overnight and saw the Bay in it's beauty early next morning as we sailed away. The food on the Junk was fantastic.
  5. moules mariniere to this recipe https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/11/the-best-moules-mariniere-sailor-style-mussels-recipe.html with a fresh baguette, heaven, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.
  6. Hawaii was our first ever HAL cruise and we thought our stop in nahwiliwili was the best day of the cruise, we zip-lined and it was absolutely beautiful pristine country.
  7. Complete rubbish, you clearly did not read the link I gave you several pages ago on the realities of alternate energy. I have some unicorns for sale, Perhaps you would like to buy one, you do have to supply your own rainbow though.
  8. The three stages slso allow for changes appropriate to the situation to be made. There was a "smoke" event on the Westerdam during one of the legs in Asia last fall, The response fexibility allowed the crew to clear some of the rear cabins until the source of the smoke was found and the smoke had abated, ithe source was a burnt out fan motor on one of the bake ovens in the galley and the HVAC had spead the smoke through the aft section of the ship. We had a running commentary from the captain as the event unfolded. Fortunately the ship had more than one bake oven so we still had those excellent fresh rolls!!!
  9. Again you are demonstrating your ignorance and I'm sorry to say gullability. Without size distribution the numbers you quote are meaningless.The report you reference was little more than a publicity stunt. I am a professional in the field, one of the individuals you entreat others to listen to.
  10. Your lack of STEM education is very evident from your writing, however if you are as you say, truly careful in your analysis, then please read with an open mind the information contained in the paper at this link, https://economics21.org/inconvenient-realities-new-energy-economy The author of the paper is a highly regarded physicist. be wary of the information you glean from the MSM.
  11. So very true, once in the spotlight for whatever reason it's hard to escape. The environmental organizations such as Greenpeace, W.W.F the Sierra Club, and the Environmental Defense Fund have become big business and they depend on irrational fear and manipulation to keep their rent seeking activities alive,the dumb journalists in the MSM are their useful idiots.
  12. The Vancouver vision critical link does not go to their webcam, try this one http://webcam.visioncritical.com/
  13. tad 2005 said " Same with totally electric cars. "Oh look, I am not using any hydro-carbons in my electric car". Where does the electricity come from that you used to charge up your electric car ? Most likely it came from natural gas or coal. I'm sure somebody has computed how much natural gas or coal must be burned to fully charge an electric car's batteries to go 200 miles, compared to the carbon produced by simply burning gasoline for the same distance." Yes those numbers have been calculated, I don't have my files to hand but one fact I do remember off the top of my head is that an it takes 7 years of typical driving of an electric car before you reach a break even point in carbon dioxide emissions for a conventional IC car. that is how much more energy is required to fabricate the electric car and it's batteries. The comparison should be done on a full life-cycle basis including the energy input for both the manufacturing and the ultimate disposal of a vehicle as well as emissions during it's active use. A new small conventional car will beat the best that Musk can produce.
  14. Closed cycle or open cycle gas fired turbines are a significant source of dependable power globally, look at the UK power generation website http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/index.php the CCGT are natural Gas fired generators. there are similar sites for other countries, I have not bothered to list them. One of the dirty secrets of those pushing unreliable wind and solar energy is that somewhere on the grid l there has to be a fossil fuel based generator on standby, one that is capable of being turned up to full capacity quickly when the sun is hidden by clouds or the wind stops blowing. The cost to keep these units on standby should really be a cost that is born by the owners of the so called renewable power source, however it isn't and instead the grid customers pay and they also pay for very generous and unwarranted subsidies to the wind and solar power facility owners.The so called renewable energy industry is one of the most corrupt and dishonest assembly of people you could ever wish to not meet. A typical trick for example is to announce a new wind farm that can power x thousand homes when the reality is that over an extended period the system will only deliver at best 33% of the theoretical KwH's of the claimed nameplate capacity. Check the cost of electricity in Germany which has one of the highest fractions of wind and solar power in the world. One the most egregious and somewhat amusing cons by this charming group of industries took place in Spain. Spain was playing the "virtue signaling game" and had the highest government subsidies for new solar power installations in Europe. An astute individual noted that the "solar" power company was claiming high generation numbers at night? The company had installed a large number of diesel generators which they turned on after sunset.
  15. Well said. hydrogen based fuel cells are a technology that has been quoted as being just 5-10 years away from commercial viability, the problem is that statement has not changed for fifty years, it is like a ships bow wave, never to be caught. Hydrogen is not a freely occurring gas and the only truly commercially viable way to produce large quantities is to use steam methane reformation. When the furnace fuel is accounted for It takes 2 SCF of Natural gas to produce 1 SCF of hydrogen, all that has been achieved is to re-locate a carbon dioxide emission from an energy user to a centralized location at great cost not to mention high risk. Anyone who has practical experience knows that hydrogen should not be treated casually, it's wide flammability limits and exceptionally high flame front propagation speed, deserve respect. Based on personal experience I would not want to even be in the same port as a vessel with the potential for a hydrogen leak into an enclosed space. As a species we found the best way to utilize hydrogen as a fuel source centuries ago, it's called hydrocarbons where the hydrogen atom is combined with and stabilized by carbon atoms. Hydrogen Fuel cells of all types, are a pipe dream for general transport. ask anyone who lost their investment in the Ballard fuel cell company debacle, At the time it was trumpeted as the next great revolution in transportation and even mercedes benz and others who should have known better were taken in by the hype. https://electrek.co/2019/06/11/hydrogen-station-explodes-toyota-halts-sales-fuel-cell-cars/ The problem is we have too many journalists with zero STEM education and no critical thinking skills who just regurgitate ideologically motivated rubbish for air time.
  16. The revelations above by Chengkp 75 point to an actively rotting, self-destructive corporate culture that without intervention will only get worse. The environmental performance is but a window onto the whole rotten edifice. It is inevitable that customers and employees well-being will be subject to unacceptable risks, let me re-phrase that, will continue to be exposed to ever escalating risk. I'm sorry to say I've experienced this kind of self destructive culture first hand, the turning point came when three fatal incidents occurred over a short four month period, it took extreme measures and tough decision making to reverse the decrepitude, it had to start at the very top and still thirty years later requires constant attention and renewal. Holding board members and senior executives accountable verbally is one thing, but unless they are made to feel that accountability where it hurts either in their bank accounts or by loss of personal freedom they will continue to rationalize their poor decision making as amply demonstrated by recent performance and they will do whatever they can to isolate themselves from real accountability for operational activities.
  17. The HAL website just like their accounting system is steaming full speed astern and has been for over a year now. At this rate the whole of the HAL IT department will disappear in a cloud of pink slips when the cash flow dries up due to frustrated customers voting with their wallets. Well done Orlando, almost single handed destruction of an outstanding corporation. You should learn from how Jeff Bezos handles customer complaints, sending a legitimate e-mail to "Jeff at amazon.com " will get an immediate response from a senior manager within 24 hours. Orlando is too busy looking for celebrity photo opportunities to bother with such mundane matters as customer satisfaction.
  18. The above sounds like the same "Glitch excuse" that we were told was the reason for our experience on our fall Vancouver to Singapore B2B on the Westerdam. We were on board for about two months and it was the very last night before our account was finally fixed to reflect the credits for our 4 star discounts on pre-purchased items. We were in a Neptune suite so had the services of the concierge, but by the end of the cruise I was fed up with having to show them hard copies of our pre-purchased alcohol , specialty restaurant meals and excursions not just to receive the owed discount credits but sometimes to actually receive the items in question? The final kick in the teeth was that I again had to produce my credit card records to prove to HAL that when pre-purchased items were included we had earned 45 days of credit for on-board spending and not the 3 days they had given us. The whole experience detracted from our enjoyment of the cruise. HAL has had over 6 months to fix computer glitchs since we sailed out of Vancouver last fall. I have zero trust in the HAL accounting and IT departments, and I do mean ZERO. Check your on board account carefully, keep your own records and be prepared to have to have to argue to get what you are owed. We will never pre-purchase anything for our future HAL cruises our money will stay in our interest earning account until we receive our final on board invoice. If they don't clean up their act soon our upcoming fall cruise will be our last with HAL.
  19. The website seems to be going downhill fast. I noticed recently that both Carnival Corp and HAL both posted jobs for senior systems architects, maybe a sign that they have realised they are facing some serious IT problems.
  20. We had a price drop after final payment for our fall cruise. We received some OBC and a future cruise credit. Not sure that applies to all but you can only ask.
  21. Curious about the lenses you are using on your Cannon SLR cameras.
  22. That yellow boat reminds me of our visit to the island in the fall of 2017, it was nicknamed the "yellow submarine"as it appeared to spend most of the trip to the island burying it's bow under the waves. Happy memories, and we'll be doing it again this fall on the Zaandam re-positioning cruise.
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