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    Silver Spring, MD
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    needlepoint and duplicate bridge
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    Celebrity & HAL
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  1. We were in our early 70's when we had the shots. We had no reaction to the shots except the expense. My doctor said that we should get the shots.We had to go to a travel clinic for the vaccine. I was very happy when we ended up at a Brazilian port that was passing out flyers about yellow fever in the area. Signs were up everywhere.
  2. We've done B2B and then additional legs in Asia, Australia, and Europe. Your onboard card is for your entire voyage not just the B2B. Your account carries to the end also. You can buy WiFi for up to a 30 day cruise and the rate is much less expensive than buying daily. We then could buy additional WiFi days. You do not have to go to the safety drill until you will be on more than 30 days . We like to do our own tours during days that people disembark/embark.. We have always been given transit passes. We have had to go through passport control in Australia this year when we were continuing the voyage.
  3. Great planning! We had an ocean view on Deck 4 for our Antartica cruise and it did exactly what you want. We would run on deck as did everyone on the ship. We ate early at a table for 4 which was at the window! Dinner was so exciting: whales, penguins and seals everywhere. It will be COLD on deck. The bow was open too. Bring super warm gloves and a very warm hat. It can be very windy and rainy but still glorious!
  4. We use magnets to hang maps etc. and my dh baseball caps. Most ships have some metal walls.
  5. We were in Antartica last February and had 4 days of lovely weather. Often the ships do not have such great weather. Bring WARM gloves and hats. The views are breathtaking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. Love your comments. We board the Noordam January 4 and will have the orange view too. It will be wonderful to follow your comments. I agree with Mrs. W: no elevators and my DH ignores me. This ship is larger than our last few HAL ships so the climb from 4 to Lido will be more than a challenge. Thanks again Temma
  7. I believe they use precracked eggs that you can buy in wax. paper cartons for their scrambled eggs. They also have those eggs at the omelette station BUT you can ask to have a regular fresh egg cracked in front of you. They have real eggs with shells. Just ask. Yes, you can taste the difference.
  8. I don't believe they will let you charge both rooms to your account. We had this problem when we traveled with family too. Only one cabin will get the discount. It also is reflected if one family has a drink package
  9. I think of this every time happens in Indonesia. The staff is so wonderful and I hope they and their families are safe.
  10. We've been traveling on the smaller Hal ships and usually have an ocean view cabin which do not come with a fridge/cooler. Do the Noordam ocean view cabins have the mini fridge? We are on the Upper Promenade Deck- Obstructed View. Thanks.
  11. Each one of us has been able to take a non 4/5 star person with us for priority tendering. There are times when we wait in a special line until there is room on the tenders when there are HAL tours that are getting off first. We usually do private tours and this works well when are only 4. There is no priority for the return tender. We have the same perk on Celebrity where we are Elite Plus.
  12. Interesting. We have used the plug for years so that we can charge three things at one time. It does not have a surge protector. It is not a power strip. Amazon Basic also has a multiplug. We used the plug on HAL for at least 7 years and Celebrity longer. This is not a convertor. We have not sailed on one of the newest ships but it helps on the more mature ships.
  13. We have a Bekin power plug that we leave in for the entire cruise. It has two USB ports on the side for iPads, phones etc., and we have never had any problem. It works.
  14. There is a huge drawer under the foot of each bed. It holds a great deal. Sometimes the room attendant will store another sheet set in one but it can be removed if you need the drawer space. We do not like bath wash and always bring our own bar soap.
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