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Cruisin Kay D

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    Middle of Tennessee
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    Travel, Cruises, Boating, Grandchildren
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Don't really have a favorite, like my 8 grandchildren -- love Viking, Celeb, HAL, Princess, Royal.
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska, European rivers, Caribbean & Panama Canal

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  1. Maybe I was incorrect in saying what we brought with us was a surge protector. It is a thick cord with a black strip at the end with 6 plug-in spots. We use it at home in the living room to plug in a lamp, a laptop charger and a phone charger. On the 2 week cruise we used it for Mike's CPAP, SoClean and my cell phone/tablet charger. I believe we bought it as an extension cord. Is there some way to tell the difference of simple extension cord or combo extension cord/power strip/surge protector once it has been purchased & being used?
  2. We are just off Carib Princess. We did not order Medallions ahead of time and we did not download any apps. We got it at regular "old-fashioned" check-in which moved fairly fast. We went to the 1st day "class" in theater about the Medallion & apps, learning nothing! We wore the thing around our necks for the 2 week cruise. Only good thing was that it had our door unlocked before we got to the room, which was handy for Mike when bringing us morning coffee from Internatl Cafe, or when we urgently needed the bathroom. Otherwise an OVERHYPED NOTHING. No faster off/on ship with Medallion than with key card. Not once did a bartender ever great me by name and ask if I wanted a "vodka-tonic with extra lime", my usual bar order. We had zero interest in playing/betting on games while in my cabin or walking to the Lido area. The screens around the elevator areas showing ship layout & where things are, were nice -- however Allure of Seas has those same features, so needed on that much larger ship. To summarize: We were totally unimpressed with this obviously expensive program -- give us back the Happy Hour BOGO+$1 or +$2 or even +$3!!!
  3. For past 2 weeks, we used a nearly new black power/surge protector strip with a black, gray & white cord for Mike's CPAP, SoClean and my phone charger on Caribbean Princess, and our room steward (woman) said it was fine to use. The strip laid on the desk/makeup area from his nightstand to the outlet. In June we were on Holland Maasdam, which provided Mike with a power/surge protector strip for his CPAP & SoClean, but the cord & power strip had to lay on the floor throught the middle of the walking area, causing a real danger of tripping!!
  4. I had no problem (booking through Princess Air) selecting seats on Delta flights months in advance of making the payment. Try entering your booking # into the AA website & picking there. OR try what Katisdale suggested in the post above mine!!
  5. We are staying at the other Hyatt Place, south of airport near Stirling Rd.....our shuttle driver told me airport was awful to get through last night. Got here yesterday afternoon before airport got crazy busy.
  6. We are your parents' age. We have been on over 50 cruises on various cruise lines, of which 10 were on HAL & included both NA & K'dam. Personally I would suggest Nieuw Amsterdam out of the 3 you have proposed. (Also we enjoy Princess & Celebrity). After 10 years of saying we would "never" go on Royal Caribbean's large Allure of the Seas or Oasis of the Seas, we went on Allure in February (5 wks after K'dam) and LOVED Allure, the entire ship is lively, its wonderful shows and has a vibrant atmosphere.
  7. bakcd: The 1st 21 day Alaska cruise of Maasdam in May started May 7 and ended May 28. You may want to change the title of this topic or start over. The 2nd 21 day Alaska cruise of Maasdam started May 28 and will end on June 18. There is a live blog being written by a woman on the current cruise. You 2 & we are both sailing on the 3rd 21 day Alaska cruise of Maasdam which starts June 18 and ends July 9. So far not much info from the 1st cruise that ended on May 28....
  8. Where did you find that? Wish they would offer a discounted-cost package to people already booked as a pre-cruising special, like Royal Caribbean does.
  9. What did the frig cost to have in your cabin? Great idea to get it!! Where did you put it -- under the desk? THANKS SO MUCH for the information, RuthC (see you on board 6/18) and Rajkr74. Rajkr74: Do you have any comment or suggestions about the ports, excursions, weather, clothing, etc.? When did ship hold Trivia? And was Happy Hour 4-5.....heard it was in both Crow's Nest & Ocean Bar?
  10. We have often found that the US & European outlets are so close next to each other, such that it is hard to use both at same time....you think that might be the case on Maasdam??
  11. WOW, that could certainly affect my 2 upcoming cruises this summer!! We have a 21 nt Holland cruise all around Alaska mid-June and a 13 nt Princess cruise up east coast of US & Canada to Quebec!!
  12. Before posting my question here, I called into HAL today to about outlets -- I don"t know if I got a NEW gal or what, BUT she said the ship had only US outlets, and had one at head of the bed. I was concerned that might be wrong, so that's why I posted. The duct tape is a GREAT idea!! Hoping someone who just got off Maasdam today might possibly see my question & chime in.
  13. Anyone know how many regular US outlets are in Oceanview cabins (not Lanai) on the walking deck, where head of bed is up against window. Hubby has a CPAP machine to plug in. I am sure there is 1 or 2 at the desk. We will need to plug in chargers for my cell phone & tablet, plus run the CPAP machine. We may also be bringing his SoClean machine too. (In case I decide on an upsell & end up in a Lanai or Verandah, how many & where are outlets in those cabins.) THANKS FOR THE HELP!
  14. YES you should BLAME Celebrity for the departure design -- Celebrity built an entire NEW terminal just for the EDGE. Considering Celebrity & Royal Caribbean are "sister cruise lines", I would have thought Celebrity would have been more successful at this new design of ship & new terminal. I thought there was much closer communication in management of those 2 lines. We think RC "hit the ball out of the park with the bases loaded" when they created Oasis, Allure, etc. Class and the new terminal in Miami for those ships. After years of swearing we would never take a cruise on those monstrosities, we swallowed our negativity & went on Allure this past February. We were shocked how easy & quick it was to go through the embarkation in Miami at the new Terminal, and a week later disembarking was a breeze!! (And how much we loved the layout, atmosphere, and especially the shows.) One month prior to Allure, we took a cruise on Koningsdam. Embarkation was an unbelievable massive mess with a nightmare of a long slow line and total lack of efficiency!! Holland needs to go watch how RC gets people onto Allure and get busy solving their problems. Koningsdam may be HAL's "biggest" ship but has considerably fewer people than Allure.
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