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  1. I have always had a Canadian passport but my country of birth is noted on it.
  2. Americans used to be able to travel to Cuba from Canada but I found out that has changed since the last time I was in Cuba. I am a Canadian citizen whose mother didn’t make it home to Canada in time so I was born in the US and ,within a few weeks, brought back to Canada. I am a US citizen as a result but as a Canadian I have stayed at all inclusive resorts in Cuba in the past. A few few months ago I was browsing trips on the website of the Canadian company we have used in the past for trips to Cuba. I got a pop up asking if I had US citizenship and when I answered yes I could not book. I called my TA and she said they are not allowed to book anyone who was born in the States in an all inclusive vacation to Cuba any longer. Even though I have been Canadian all my life, a foreign government can put a virtual ankle bracelet on me and restrict my rights as a Canadian. That seems rather Draconian to me.
  3. Thank you for confirming my suspicions and also for the excellent suggestion re the multi port charger. What a great idea.
  4. Oh my, we will be boarding the Zaandam in a month. From your description I suppose I shouldn’t even ask if the Zaandam has been refitted with the lower sided tubs or USB ports beside the bed. Silly me but I’ll ask anyway. Has it been?😀😀😀😀
  5. You are correct in your guess that locals still refer to “the Falls”. In fact the only time I hear the term “rapids” is from tourism promoters. Even though rapids is a more accurate term, old habits die hard. We do love our “Falls” 😀
  6. I have reported babies in the swimming pool a few times and a staff member has asked the parents to remove them.
  7. I can stream our home TV service with an app on my iPad anywhere we happen to be. Since TV selections on HAL are so abysmal I was hoping to use the app on our upcoming cruise. (Earbuds if in public areas of course). With what I have been reading here I am in a quandary as to whether to purchase the premium or mid package. Any suggestions?
  8. I heartily agree with you. I can count on my fingers the number of times I have posted in the last six months or so. CC used to be fun but the introduction of this new format as well as the general nastiness has dampened my enthusiasm. We are taking a 14 day cruise this summer and for the first time ever, I have not signed onto the roll call as soon as it appeared. It’s possible that I may in time, but I doubt it. I am sailing with my very good friend and shopping buddy from the West Coast and that’s good enough for me. I am am very grateful for some enduring friendships I have made in the past because of CC. Maybe if I start lurking a bit after a long absence my enthusiasm will return.
  9. The double sinks and separate shower stall are worth the price of admission all by themselves.
  10. We were booked on a 14 day Montreal-Boston-Bermuda-Boston cruise on the Zaandam for June 2019. We booked as soon as it became available. Shortly thereafter the cruise was cancelled with no explanation and we were offered a 14 day Montreal-Boston-Montreal as a replacement along with some OBC. We agreed to this. I cannot find the 14 day cruise we were offered on the website—-Just 7day segments, so I am guessing the 14 day combined cruise was for those who had Bermuda cancelled. Our travel mates from the UK and British Columbia also received the 14 day offer. It allows us to also receive $250 shareholders OBC instead of the $200 we would get as a total for 2 seven day cruises.
  11. I always tip 15 dollars for our four heavy bags. I have yet to encounter a longshoreman who overtly expected a tip. I am Canadian so am not actively promoting what you refer to as American culture. I am just pleased to receive friendly and efficient service and don’t mind expressing it in a tangible way.
  12. I only see one person preaching on this thread and it isn’t Kazu.
  13. That was our experience this last April as well.
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