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  1. Wow, Kazu. Thanks for the great help with what I was looking for. I thought there might be a link to laundry/dry-cleaning prices. And you sent it. ☺️ This gives me a good idea of what I can have laundered/dry cleaned and the costs. Ron
  2. I have searched here, but can't seem to find any specific info about what one can/cannot put into the HAL's laundry bags. Are there restrictions? Or is it up to my own discretion about what clothes I choose to put in the bag and take my own chances? Are the prices for dry cleaning listed anywhere on HAL's website? Or does anyone have a pic of the price list? Specifically, checking about charge for dry-cleaning man's suit. Thanks in advance for answers to my questions.
  3. Thanks for the information. That's what I will plan to do. For sure, I don't want to fill up suitcases with hangers, when I don't have enough room for clothes even. 😬
  4. I have heard of cruisers telling the stewards to remove the wooden hangers because the wooden one's take up more space. With wire ones they bring themselves, they can fit/hang more. I will see what I can manage to do with hangers when I get onboard.
  5. Thanks for the replies. I am glad to hear that bringing a can (or bottle) of beer to other venues is not as restrictive as I thought. I will go for a bucket and see what happens.
  6. Thank you for the response. Glad to hear.
  7. But mommy, I like wire hangers because they are skinnier and I can fit more hangers across the closet. Can one ask cabin stewards for wire hangers too?
  8. Buckets of beer are reasonably priced, compared to buying each can separately. As a relatively inexperienced solo traveler new to HAL, I know that I cannot (and don't want to) drink 5 cans of beer at one time. I know that if I do not drink all of the 5 beers in the bucket at the same bar after I buy them, I can take any unopened cans to my stateroom. But I personally do not like to drink alcohol in my stateroom. So, my questions are: Can I bring any of the unopened cans to another bar or area of the ship and drink them there? such as the pool area? I surely don't think that I can take them to the MDR and Lido. On the next day, for example, can I bring unopened cans back to a bar or area of the ship and drink them there? And could I even exchange them for ice-cold ones? Considering the circumstances, I am thinking that my best option to save a few bucks is to wait for happy hour and buy just a couple of beers at a time. Thanks.
  9. Thanks for the replies. I feel better and will just go ahead and get the Premium Plan and hope for the best. Calling on Whatsapp and other SMS sites requires that the other party also have that same app. With Skype, I should be able to make calls to land lines just like usual. With lots of sea days, the streaming option will keep me more entertained. I noticed on my cruise that all 3 Internet packages can be purchased in advance, but there was no mention about "pre-purchase discount price", so I think the prices might not change. Pre-purchasing sounds like less hassle. I hope the Internet will be ready to connect once I get on-board.
  10. Wow! This is great to know. I live in Asia and eat Indian food at least once a week. I was wondering if there was a way that I could get curries and such to have a variation of foods on my long cruise. And now I know. I was thinking that with so many of the crew from India and surrounding countries, that the ship would cook great Indian food for them, so why not for us too! 😊 I assume that I can order Indian food, even with any time dining. Yes?
  11. I have been reading information here about the HAL Internet packages. While out to sea, I think that the Premium Internet package is the only package that can access Skype to make business calls and that can access YouTube. Am I correct in assuming that I cannot access Skype and YouTube with the "Surf Package"? (1 rank lower package than Premium Internet ). What has been your experience specifically with Skype and YouTube on the Premium Plan? Was it slow? Difficult to connect? Or work surprisingly well? And do you happen to know which websites/apps are blocked, even with the Premium Package? The Premium Internet package comes at a high price, so if I purchase it, I hope that I will get value for my money. (FY, I have a mobile wi-fi router/hot spot to use on land.) Thanks.
  12. Thanks for the replies. I should have been a little clearer on what I was thinking of when I posted this. I plan to bring/buy things I need like meds, toiletries, and other things like nail clippers and hair trimmer needed on a long cruise but not a a shorter one. Many necessities I will buy locally. I posted this thinking of what unnecessary "things" like gadgets or travel goods ended up taking up space, such as door and ceiling magnets (which people rave over) as well as over-the-door shoe holder, shower organizer, plastic folding-boxes, desk-top organizer, etc. to store things. Packing fewer clothes and doing laundry more often is a good idea. Layering is also a good idea. Also not bringing games too. They sound like fun but I was thinking that the ship probably has some available if I get in the mood to play. I am still narrowing down my selections. I don't live in North America so I don't qualify for the cruise line's baggage service.
  13. I have seen several posts asking about "useful" things/gadgets to bring. I am asking just the opposite: What did you bring that you thought would be useful but never ended up using? I am scheduled to go on a long (100 days+) world cruise. In planning my packing for this long cruise, I am thinking about what "not" to bring to save on weight and space especially for the check-in luggage on the plane. What things do you leave at home nowadays? I plan to do some pre-cruise shopping, but want to get the "right stuff". Thanks.
  14. Thank you, Kazu. I did find the information, which is helpful. I guess I was hoping to see purchases written all in one list, rather than by "itinerary". Anyway, now I know where to look. On a side, note, I can call 800 numbers just like I can call any other numbers. But calling 800 numbers outside the US is not toll free. 😥
  15. I am scheduled to cruise on the HAL 2020 GWV. I ordered wine packages, excursions, on-board services, etc. I received confirmation e-mails regarding these purchases. However, I can't seem to find on HAL's website anywhere, a list of items showing what I bought. Is there a list, and if so, where is it on the website? And is there a way to modify these purchases? Specifically modify wine packages, to change the package and/or number of packages?
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