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  1. It all depends. The biggest two hurdles you'll face are access to the HDMI ports and the ability to switch to them. If space is no problem and they haven't been electronically "locked out" (it does happen), then you should be golden. Don't forget the booklet with the codes for your universal remote and, as a courtesy to the next guests, don't forget to switch back to the regular TV input once your cruise is done. One thing that I've found helpful with ports that are hard to get to but you still have a straight path is a cable that is somewhat stiffer than normal - you can still push the cable into a port you can't physically reach without it bending. I carry a Twisted Veins braided wrap cable, and the braiding seems to provide just enough resistance.
  2. I don't think your clarification was necessary. I was just pointing out that at other times of day and/or not at PG you might get an entirely different outcome.
  3. If you're thinking of using her rollator as a wheelchair/transport chair where you'll be pushing her, consider getting her a new one that has footrests or buying a strap device like this one: https://www.amazon.com/Walker-Sling-Foot-Black-Handled/dp/B00IH5AJF6?th=1 It can be tough for older folks to keep their feet elevated without support for any length of time.
  4. Had trouble dropping off wine in the MDR on Volendam during the time of day between lunch and dinner - not only was help a bit scant, "key not available to the storage area" was the response I got from the one waiter I was able to find. Had to take our special wedding anniversary/DW birthday champagne to the MDR as close as I could get to chilled by the cabin ice bucket in the intervening 2-3 hours. I also had trouble getting corkage bottles onto the ship due to a lack of corkage table at embarkation AND a contracted security team that was clueless as to the process - all they were apparently told was to stop people with more than one bottle PP and confiscate the extras.
  5. I'm not sure about the HAL site, but you can find webpages for most port authorities that will have a list of ships visiting and which berths they've been assigned.
  6. Due to an extremely hectic life over the last 12 months, I did not do as much research for our last vacation as I've traditionally done, and my experience/enjoyment of it suffered as a result. I say do the research, but YMMV.
  7. I personally didn't start visiting this part of the site until I was 56, despite my (older) spouse beating me to it many years ago. YMMV.
  8. That is a great idea, and one I'd never considered. Back in the day, before my issuer cottoned on, you could earn points on cash advances. It wasn't the cheapest way to earn an award ticket or retain membership in a frequent flyer program, because interest started to accrue immediately on the amount you'd borrowed, but when you really needed to get there... Speaking of the things we're willing to do - I once drove the 35 miles to LAX for a round trip flight to SNA (40 miles away) and then drove back home again, because I desperately needed the 1,000 points (500 per segment) to avoid dropping from Silver to lowly Blue in a frequent flyer program! :D
  9. We happen to really like the DK books, and they actually have one on cruising (Baltic) Europe and the Med! https://books.google.com/books/about/Cruise_Guide_to_Europe_and_the_Mediterra.html?id=HlnNrQEACAAJ&hl=en
  10. Canucks Bar and Grill is well worth visiting if you're in the US terminal at YVR with some time (and a hunger) to kill and no lounge privileges. Portions were huge, really tasty, and the pricing was on par with about any other airport eatery you've ever visited (but you'll find the food, IMO, much better). We had the fish-and-chips and the chicken fingers with fries (and beers obviously). There had to be two whole fish and almost a whole chicken! We most likely would have been just fine splitting either one or the other. That said, one thing I did notice is that it didn't seem as if you could just order fries/chips as a side by themselves, which was our original plan (although I didn't ask if such a thing would be available off-menu). http://www.yvr.ca/en/passengers/shop-dine-and-services/234
  11. Ah, there's a possible caveat here - if you were to cancel for a refund, your bonus points would likely evaporate. The points earned for the actual spend would definitely go bye-bye. I can't imagine what would happen if you've already used the points!
  12. That's actually a pretty good ploy. Our credit card gives us a "free" companion ticket (plus taxes and fees) with $30,000 annual spend, and usually we earn it around late August/early September. It would make total sense to pre-pay big ticket items if we needed a push to get past the required amount sooner, especially if we needed the freebie for air travel on the same vacation. I'll have to keep that in mind.
  13. Oops, inadvertently forgot to mention the band - also a very good group of musicians.
  14. The singers and dancers on our recent Trans Pacific were collectively (and individually) a very talented group of young people. Yes, sometimes the shows can be a bit cheesy, but we still go and enjoy most of them.
  15. No pictures of 6208 on Deck Plan Genius, but there are pics of 6202 and I can't imagine a cabin just a couple up to differ much: http://deckplangenius.com/CabinPicturesLocation.aspx?stateroom=165567
  16. Shoot! I have about £175 of UK currency and no plans to visit the UK anytime soon. I already got screwed on about £5 worth of old pound coins too! What is the timeline for cutting off exchange of the old notes?
  17. IT Luggage has a luggage line (Carry Master) with removable spinner wheels. In that line is both a massive 32" pullman and a 20" carry-on that would work for me. Edit: Make that DID - looks like it's a closeout line.
  18. Also going to switch it up for our next long cruise, from 2-wheel pull-behind to 4-wheel spinner. I reckon we're going to go with 2 x 28"-30" pullmans and 2 x 20"-21" (International size) rollaboards. What we have now is a 29" Samsonite pullman, the 25" version of the same bag, 2 old-school 22" rollaboards (that are just ever so slightly oversized that they nearly always cause us trouble if we want to carry them on and a GA wants to be obtuse), and a 12"x12"x25" duffel. The Samsonites have gone about 11 years now, so they are just out of warranty and starting to look/feel their age. I'm trying to omit the duffel (which usually ends up containing overflow clothing) entirely and then strap the like spinners together for easier portability. I know with certainty this can be done after I saw someone do likewise at the end of our last cruise (though he tied his together at the telescoping handles). Then we'll check everything (we are nearly always entitled to 2 checked bags each), except that I'll use a small backpack for my laptop and other small bits and pieces that MUST be in the cabin with me, while Mrs. BigWally will use a small tote. For shorter cruises, I would imagine we'd be able to get by with one or both pullmans and the rollaboards as our carry-ons.
  19. No. If you don't sleep well on planes to start with, you don't sleep well on planes, lie flat seat or not. Maybe you'll do a bit better than being almost bolt upright and penned into a coach seat, but I rarely sleep more than 2-3 hours on a TA or TP flight, even in First. However, I do vastly prefer a non-stop flight to changing planes - less chance of a missed connection for both my bags and myself.
  20. And corkscrews! Lost one of mine I didn't know was in my carry on this last time. Darn it.
  21. Guys, this is an ancient thread which looks like maybe it got bumped to the top page by either a spam post (subsequently deleted) or an unwitting board member. It is pretty much a waste of time buoying it more, since so much has changed on the Volendam in the last 5 years.
  22. And you could also use the boot with the lid in "shelf" mode.
  23. I was surprised to see 2 on Volendam, both Model Ds. They weren't used much that I could see, and when they were it was without any awareness of proper technique. :rolleyes:
  24. I doubt it, because you purchase it through the ship's app. I used my company credit card to purchase $200 worth of OBC instead.
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