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    Ocean liners, world history, musical theatre, books, and writing.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Cunard Line, Holland-America Line, and any line with 50+ years of history.
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    The ship itself.

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  1. Many thanks to both of you! That postcard find is excellent - saving that picture and the stats to include in my great-grandmother's file. It's been fun doing the research.- some other ships that other family members came on were the SS Neckar in 1913 and the Kaiserin Auguste Victoria in 1910. These photographs make it all more the real!
  2. Found out my great-grandma traveled on the Noordam a year after the Titanic disaster (the Noordam is known for being one of the ships that warned her about ice in the area). Research did not yield the stats - length, width, number of decks, and which classes of passengers it carried. All I have to go on is the gross tonnage and pictures. Anyone know more about the Noordam?
  3. I think it started with piracy first (which I had an interest in since "Peter Pan" and somehow piracy transformed into ocean liners... (So even if one was to ask my 6-8 years old self, I would still be able to show off my tiny Playmobil sextant and know what it was used for, thanks to my illustrated book on piracy!)
  4. Still no announcement of what the new ship will be named? (I for one am hoping for a return to the -ia naming scheme... Mauretania or Aquitania, anyone?)
  5. Following up as I recently received a response from HAL: "Thank you for reaching out. We’re happy to report that the ordering feature is one that we are currently working on and hope to have implemented in the near future. In regards to the request to chat with Guest Services, currently we have a “contact us” section that allows you to send a message to Guest Services, but it does not allow them to respond to you via the app yet. We have discussed this within the company and are still working on how this would operationally work. So although we haven’t started working on it yet, w
  6. Shot off an email, asking for the best strategy for a Deaf person to place room service calls if this is not possible by texting. See what they come up with! (Rather than complain which got me nowhere but kind friends in Ocean Bar, but it wasn't fun when I was sick and just wanted an order of chicken soup and tea).
  7. Thank you all for your input. Shame about it being passenger-to-passenger only... hmm *returns to the drawing board*
  8. Good choices! Although both of them are old enough to be my parents - ha! I'd go with Anne Hathaway (closer in age, and we can pass for siblings/cousins). Specifically the Princess Diaries era.
  9. Thought of another one. On a ship with a sizable number of Deaf folks. I'm on Deck 4 of the atrium, looking down at the bar area at the foot of the glass elevators. A Deaf person on Deck 1 looks up, and signs "Hey! Love you!" Confused, I thought they were talking to me. I signed back, "Uh... love you too?" Nonplussed, the person waved the air as if to erase what they said, "no, no, not you - I'm talking to my wife! She's two decks above you!" He pointed to a spot above me. I craned my neck and looked up. Sure enough, the wife was signing down to her husba
  10. It's an art form! Have tons of those stories about Deaf/hearing interactions (including on ship too). My favorite ones are when the crew/staff try to kick us out ( er, make that "shuffle us along") of a venue because they needed to close down for the night - but the "Deaf Goodbye" is LONG, and can last for an hour or more. Ie a group of us in a closed-off venue (reserved for happy hour for us - so I guess it is dining related? We had snacks?) and they were trying to shoo us out without being too rude/obvious. Problem? Every time they'd tell one knot to "please exit ven
  11. I'm thrilled to see that the Navigator app has been redone with the option to chat via shipboard texting (something that was missing and sorely needed on my 2017 crossing on the Nieuw Amsterdam). Hopefully that means no more schlepping myself to the Ocean Bar (one deck down from my cabin) to place room service orders? (The in-cabin TTY as part of the ADA kit didn't work, because nobody at Guest Services answered - my guess, nobody turned on the TTY there either, if there was one available). Hence the schlepping around. My question - does the texting app only apply for passenger-to
  12. On a Carnival sailing where we had a group of 30 or so Deaf passengers and six ASL interpreters, a few of us went to the evening show. Knowing how the crowd would snag seats early, the interpreters went even earlier to reserve a group of seats near the front, on one side so we could have good sight-lines of the interpreters when the show started. One woman ignored the "reserved for Deaf" paper signs on the seats and parked herself in the middle of the front row of reserved seats. Deaf folks showed up, and many people will attest to the fact that we are HIGHY visible due to our fly
  13. This was several years ago on a Carnival ship, with a group of 30 Deaf and signers (ie ASL interpreters off-duty, family members, CODAs, etc). We were seated in the dining room, split amongst several tables. 12 of us sat at one window-side table, another 8 across two four-person tables across the main aisle, and another 12 at the table next to the first. Anyone familiar with the Deaf community will understand how conversations are not kept to individual tables, but rather, cross over (as we as signers have the benefit of not needing to shout to be heard across the room). Not being
  14. Found this old post, but cannot respond to that as it has been archived, so this is my next option! Trying to order the photos in the right order, but alas the photos are not showing up. I'm trying to remember the order of the paintings as shown on (the front?) the stairwell of the Nieuw Amsterdam. Hopefully someone can match the right photo to the missing ones in the link: Nieuw Amsterdam paintings by Captain Card. I do have two snapshots I took, but unfortunately the others didn't turn out well. (I'm updating my journal and wanted accuracy in the details,
  15. I saw recently on the book of the faces, that HAL updated its Navigator app, and that it now includes shipboard texting! So excited about that (and glad they listened to feedback from me and probably others for the need of one). My question is: Can one text Guest Services or the room service department? (ie can I text someone "Please bring me tea and cookies to stateroom XXXX?" Or is that still somewhere in the future? What have your experiences been with the texting part on the app?
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