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  1. We have a Newk's here, and we have eaten there many times. I've never seen a hand washing station but then I don't even know where the restrooms are. A hand washing station would be better placed up front, near the entrance where orders are placed, and where customers can see it, IMHO.
  2. sevenseasnomad - please post here, after your cruise, if you thought it was worth it. Thnx.
  3. We were on the Zuiderdam several months ago when there was a minor noro outbreak, not even enough sick people that it showed up on the cdc.gov website. As someone previously mentioned, HAL had their Lido employees serving the bread rolls as well as the cold beverages (tea, water, lemonade, which are usually self serve), etc. Our server in the MDR told me they wipe down the menus after each use. HAL did everything possible to contain it and we were impressed.
  4. Thank you for your lovely and very informative review! We are cruising almost the same itinerary in HAL next year. Your opinions and input have been most helpful. And Beaver Tails are now on my bucket list. LOL
  5. I am hypoglycemic, and always need a late evening snack before bedtime. We always do first seating dinner in MDR. The late night Lido has always had some nice small plates with protein, which I truly appreciate.
  6. Thank you, all, for your responses. Whenever we take our next cruise, we will try the TV bow camera channel.
  7. Is there a way to hear the messages on the PA system when in our cabin? We always have to step out into the hall, from our room.
  8. Sometimes they are not sick. My husband's blood pressure medication was changed last month and a side effect was a very croupy-sounding cough. It was awful. If I did not know better, I would not want to be within ten feet. That medication got changed again and the cough is now gone.
  9. ITA about the cell phones. I had to use a cane on our last cruise -- hip replacement surgery was scheduled a few weeks after the cruise. Our boat had a noro outbreak. We stayed healthy but I washed the handle of that cane with soap and water regularly and removed the cell phone case and washed it regularly. I often wonder about how nasty the steering wheels of our cars must be and always use hand sanitizer after pumping gas.
  10. Definitely pick up the phone and call. A few years ago we went to Canada for our vacation and only needed medical coverage because we are now on MediCare. I called the company we always use because their website had nothing, explained what I wanted, and got medical only coverage for a very reasonable price. It was so easy.
  11. Stuff does happen, but if the reason is medical, it should be covered. You have to read the policy. Back in 2007 I hurt my back badly, three days before leaving for Europe. Out trip insurance policy required a doctor's letter if we had to cancel. I immediately went to the orthopedic doc first, so the documentation (X-rays, exam, visit) would be there if I had to cancel. Fortunately, I was able to make the trip with the promise I would not lift a suitcase.
  12. The same topic recently surfaced on the Rick Steves forum, with educational answers. Link to topic ricksteves.com travel forum
  13. We have never brought passport photocopies to board a ship nor have we been asked for one. We always have a copy under the suitcase lining, in case the real passport gets lost. This is for all types of travel out of the country, not just cruises. We bring our actual passports in case there is a medical emergency and we need to fly home from a foreign port.
  14. Please make sure your carry on will be within the weight and size restrictions of the airline, and still hope it does not have to be gate-checked if the plane is out of overhead bin space. Once it leaves your possession, anything can go wrong.
  15. We like the Neptune Suites because they are roomy. Not cramped. And the balcony is spacious. It really is a vacation for us.
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