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  1. Stone. She was the CD on our last cruise on Eurodam (Hawaii) in Feb 2019. She had a calming speaking voice and was excellent hosting trivia. Kainoa is the ultimate standout port lecturer, we were lucky to have had him on our Incan Empire cruise on Maasdam and Hawaii cruise on Eurodam and it seems to me we had him on one Alaskan cruise as well but can’t remember for certain.
  2. Here is the link to their blog site: "Treasures of Cruising the World" with Bill & Mary Ann (cruisingwithbillandmaryann.blogspot.com) I have been reading of their travels for years hoping we would one day book a WC. Even though we are long time cruisers on HAL we chose Princess for our first WC in 2023.
  3. HAL is using Whittier now which is disappointing as we love Seward. I think this info posted by a shoreside employee who stated HAL wanted to streamline the shoreside help.
  4. We sailed Amsterdam just once for a 14 day Alaska in 2010. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and decided to combine it with our family vacation so our 14 year old daughter came along with us. Well, what could go wrong with a 14 year old hormonal girl on a 14 day cruise with few children on board? Needless to say I played peacemaker the entire time and both she and my husband made it home alive. The ports were great and we took some great excursions including Taku Lodge from Juneau but it certainly was not the relaxing time I had expected. The day after getting home I
  5. We are booked on the December 5th sailing although it had been booked well before the virus appeared. We won’t cancel since we are using a FCC that we’ll lose but if HAL cancels no big deal and we can use the airfare credit to go to Las Vegas instead.
  6. Well, we couldn’t quite stay at home. After three weeks at home we got a text from our son in law in Idaho that our daughter was going to deliver their baby via C-section that day due to our daughters health. We were fortunate that our short term rental was available early so we hightailed it out if California. Our daughter spent a few days in the hospital and recovered nicely and our first grandchild (Emma) was released after just 10 days in the NICU which was amazing since she was six weeks early. So we continue the same routine at home, biking and walking, limiting store visits, masking u
  7. Thank you, I’ll keep an eye out. Off topic but your dog looks like our Phoebe (sans sunglasses, lol), I’ll try to post a small picture. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  8. Did you book directly with HAL? We also have a December cruise but did not receive the offer although we booked with VTG and my cruise consultant appears to be furloughed or laid off. With the company operating with a severely reduced staff I wonder if I’d ever get the offer (if it was offered) We do not owe much anyway since we had a FCC to use due to a wonky Hawaii cruise (not HAL’s fault).
  9. They posted on Tuesday about 1pm from LAX as they were awaiting their flight to SFO. It’s post #47 on the returning Amsterdam passenger topic, sorry I cannot post the link from my iPad. Hope you connect with them through their blog.
  10. Captain Ricky and Writer on Deck- I have enjoyed your WC blogs, many thanks for sharing your adventure. Hope your travels home go off without a hitch.
  11. Hi Jo Anne, It’s down to $12.59 now...what a steal. I would get the 100 shares now and enjoy your OBC when the ships are sailing again. We bought at a much higher rate but have had so far over $1000 in SBC plus dividends.
  12. For some reason I cannot comment on your blog site, but the birds in Townsville, OMG are they beautiful! And your pink friend you sweet talked, the pictures say it all.
  13. Kainoa was the port lecturer on our Incan Empire cruise and ambassador on our Hawaiian cruise. He thought he was great speaker/presenter and we never missed his talks. I’ve never been compelled in writing one of the “tell us how we’re doing” cards or whatever they’re called, but I did turn in a card letting HAL know how much we enjoyed him and what an asset he is to their company.
  14. We took four of our favorites to Hobby lobby and had them mounted in a shadowbox which we display in our half bath. It wasn’t cheap but the “hole” we needed to fill the size was perfect. As other stated they are smaller than normal tiles so you cannot frame them with tile frames nor are they all the same size.
  15. Here is the link to the Roll Call for your sailing, you’ll probably find others who just recently booked and are looking for private tours. Enjoy your trip, we looked at that cruise for the longest time but our daughter is pregnant and now we are afraid to go far, lol.
  16. IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION: We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) situation and wish to reassure you that the risk to our guests and crew is low and our medical experts are coordinating closely with global health authorities. As a precautionary measure, any guest who has traveled from or through mainland China within 14 days of the beginning of this cruise will be denied boarding. This does not apply to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. If this applies to you or your client, please contact us at 1-800-577-1729 (North America) or your country?s office to p
  17. Unpacking once Waking up in a new port Any sea day is an excuse to sleep in Not having to make the bed Not having to decide where to go for dinner Doing as much or as little as you wish Feeling the kids were safe to roam around the ship (age appropriate) and get ice cream or cookies when they wanted
  18. Really enjoying what I have read so far. Appreciate the time it takes to caption the pictures as well!
  19. The bed is the same as the Eurodam (two singles pushed together). We felt the Oosterdam Signature Suite was roomier than the Eurodam. I will attempt to post pictures, hopefully I’ll do it correctly. This cabin is 6100, we were also in 6104 and was identical.
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