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  1. We were told we had to add both names at the time of accepting the BOGO offer. I paid taxes/port-fees for both passengers. One of them cannot go now and we are being told that the name cannot be changed. Did you only have to pay fees for one passenger for the inside room? I am not real clear on how HAL would charge port fees for someone that doesn't sail. If one passenger is a no-show, do the port fees get refunded to the card they were charged to?
  2. Savor a succulent Nathan’s Famous gourmet hot dog with golden French fries. I am looking forward to our September cruise to Alaska on the Nieuw Amsterdam. I plan to stop in at least once at the Dive-In to enjoy a Nathan's dog.
  3. Thanks for the explanation. A majority of our wait staff over the past few HAL cruises have been from Bali. Bali is mostly Hindu and their attitude toward alcohol is different than the Muslim view. Consumption of alcohol is natural and not forbidden.
  4. Just curious, how do you know that most of the dining room servers are Muslims? And do you assume that they do not drink alcohol? I do know some Muslims drink alcohol.
  5. Here is a screen shot of the two packages for a week:
  6. Tillamook makes a delicious "Peaches and Cream" ice cream. I have some waiting for me in the Westport condo freezer, but won't be back there until tomorrow evening. Bonaire surprised us when we visited on the Zaandam in April of 2019. It was much drier than we expected and the cactus was plentiful. @Mtn2Sea Thanks for the pictures of Bonaire; especially the cactus by the sea and the cactus fence. They brought back good memories.
  7. Looks like Marsh's Free Museum made it through all the COVID-19 stuff. That is always worth a stop for kids of all ages.
  8. I just checked your Air Quality Index reading for Saskatoon and it is 329 (Hazardous). As a reference, our air quality index shows between 10-16 (good) in the little town of Skykomish. Stay safe and avoid the outside air if you can.
  9. Westport and Kalaloch can also be good Washington beach destinations that are not Ocean Shores. Long Beach might have more to offer your DGS, though.
  10. Sorry the border is still closed. We have a plethora of supply for Pfizer and Moderna in Washington. Easy to just go to a grocery store pharmacy and get a dose.
  11. Were you able to go inside St. Michael's Cathedral?
  12. I see the Brown Pelicans mostly hovering over the surf or flying around the bay with their heads turning back and forth looking for something to dive at. I have never seen them anywhere in the Puget Sound, but that doesn't mean they haven't been checking it out.
  13. They are both majestic and cartoonish at the same time. I had never seen so many at one time and couldn't believe how long the formation was over the waves.
  14. We have 18 miles of uninterrupted beach just steps from our condo in Westport. I walk a minimum of seven or eight miles per day and today seemed like a good day to stretch that minimum.
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