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  1. Saint John, New Brunswick was expecting 200,000 cruise visitors this season, starting in April. I love going uptown on cruise ship days as you can sense there is a ship in port before you see it. The air seems alive with excitement and I never tire of it. Having said that, I was dreading the cruise ship season this year. The thought of so many people from all over the world descending on our small city at this time was quite scary. That seemed to be the general sentiment among people I know as well. We welcomed the PM's announcement that the season would be postponed. The local economy will suffer but these are extreme times we are living in.
  2. I saw our mutual friend's post on fb regarding his power outage.
  3. It’s pretty wild here in Saint John but at least we have power at this point. I don’t mind it too much when it is daylight but in the dark everything will seem worse.
  4. I have always had a Canadian passport but my country of birth is noted on it.
  5. 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.
  6. Thank you for confirming my suspicions and also for the excellent suggestion re the multi port charger. What a great idea.
  7. 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?😀😀😀😀
  8. 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” 😀
  9. I have reported babies in the swimming pool a few times and a staff member has asked the parents to remove them.
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. The double sinks and separate shower stall are worth the price of admission all by themselves.
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