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  1. cruisehome, I was on Erodam last April and, as oaktreerb said, the music was good, a bigger selection than on the smaller ships. I am an avid fan of the BB King Blues band and went to that almost every night!!.
  2. I've always gotten it back the next day.
  3. Lois, I wish you a wonderful trip!! I tried to get on this cruise but was too late, someday I'd love to travel with you. I also leave in 2 weeks for a cruise. I'm retired and went nuts and am going on a 40 day to New Zealand via Hawaii, South Pacific on Holland (solo of course). Have a great cruise!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Sue
  4. Barb, I'm totally tech challenged and haven't figured out how to post a link, I know I have to figure it out!! Go to the Magellans website and put "foldable travel hangers, set of 2" in the search window. Sue
  5. Hi Barb - I also take Woolite and have used my inflatable hangers for years until they finally wore out. A couple years ago I discovered these plastic fold up hangers from Magellans that are my new favs. I have 6 of them now, they fold up to nothing for the suitcase but have notches in them that are perfect for hanging bras and are plastic so they don't hurt your clothes. Sue
  6. I'm following this too because I'm on the same cruise as zelker and since it's a long one I have some items that are hang to dry. I figured I'd have to hand wash them but if you can get wash and return wet that would be wonderful!! Thanks, Sue
  7. Hey yourself๐Ÿ˜€ It's the old-timers disease!!! ๐Ÿ™ƒ Yes, I was responding to the OP, I would never insult you!! I'm not going to try again because he probably won't listen, I just get so upset at people like this!! Have a wonderful cruise in Oct. I'm also going to be sailing, I think I'm crazy 'cause I've never done one like this but I'm taking Holland 10/13/19 from Vancouver to New Zealand via Hawaii, some South Pacific islands, Australia and all around New Zealand, 40 days!! I'm excited and terrified!! Bon Voyage to you and have a wonderful cruise!! Sue
  8. I know I'm going to insult you but I would never sail with Costa and their response to you is why. ๐Ÿ™„ I always sail solo and have never used Costa. There are plenty of other lines that are really great to solos. I never heard of someone deciding who they want to sell the cabin to. Good luck!! ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ
  9. This is why I love the boards, I get great advice from seasoned travelers!! I just ordered a bunch of small containers of vitamins, etc. and will space them out between my suitcase and carryon. I don't know why I didn't think of smaller containers, duuuuhhhh!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ This is the longest cruise I've taken and I travel solo so I need all the help I can get!! Thank you all so much!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Sue
  10. OK, so let me get this straight. Thanks for all the info but I'm still not really certain. I have 4 prescription medicines that I will pack in the original bottles. Then I have non-prescription supplements, calcium, fish oil, Imodium, over-the-counter allergy medicines, (Coricidin, Zyrtec), multi-vitamin. I normally put the non-prescriptions in zip-lock baggies and label them, it takes up so little room. Are you telling me I have to put the big calcium, multi-vitamin, allergy, etc. bottles in the suitcase? I'll do it if I have to but it will take up so much room. This is the first really long cruise to Australia/New Zealand I've taken and am beyond excited. I'll do whatever you tell me but I'll need a bigger suitcase if I have to take all the non-prescription bottles!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks so much, Sue
  11. What about non-prescription such as vitamins, allergy meds, intestinal meds, etc. I usually count them out and just put in a ziplock bag but have never been to NZ/Aust. I only have 3 prescription meds and can take them easily in the bottles. Should I put the big calcium, etc bottles in my suitcase?? Thanks, Sue
  12. Oh wow, Shmoo, this is just what I wanted!!! Thank you so much, I'm not too tech savvy and couldn't figure out how to do this, it's wonderful. Thanks again, Sue
  13. Not sure where to post this question but I am trying to find out if there are any cruises from Sydney Australia to either Hawaii or the US. I want to do a New Zealand cruise but don't think I can survive the day long flight at my age! So I thought it would be nice and relaxing to cruise down under!! I've found a trans-pacific on Holland that goes from San Diego to Sydney and then another that goes from Sydney around New Zealand, dates from 10/19/20 to 12/5/20 for the 2 combined. But I can't figure out how to get home short of flying. I would be happy to go from Sydney to Hawaii and fly from there, that seems to be the best option. Anyone have any suggestions, etc. please let me know. Thanks so much, Sue
  14. Yes I am talking about ms Amsterdam, the older, smaller ship. Thanks so much, I really appreciate this info. I like to be able to launder stuff and hang to dry. Thanks again, Sue
  15. I know this has been asked but I can't find it. Does the Holland Amsterdam have self service laundry facilities? Thanks, Sue
  16. It's Harv and Marv's Tours in Juneau. I've gone with them before and they are excellent! Sue
  17. I'm sorry but I'm having trouble with all this attention and stressing out over clocks and binoculars. No cruise line that I've been on has binoculars that are worth seeing through, I always bring my own. As far as clocks, LL Bean makes a really cheap battery operated travel clock that folds up flat, very small, and takes up no space in luggage. It has alarm and also backlight feature, if you wake up in the dark, just touch the clock and it lights up with the time. It goes on every trip with me. Take your own little travel clock and enjoy a worry-free trip!! ๐Ÿ™„ Sue
  18. bjbear


    PP, thanks so much, you answered the question I asked, not a bunch of speculation. I specifically asked about Ushaia and the Falkland Island and tipping and you gave me the right answer. It really is about where you are and customs in that location. Thanks so much PP, Sue
  19. bjbear


    Wow, really?? I have always tipped the private shore excursion people but I like your answer. Is it just us "ugly Americans" that seem to be tip happy?? ๐Ÿค‘ Thanks so much, Sue
  20. Thank you so much for your responses to my "passenger" question. I never even considered that roll call activity would be sparse due to very few independent tours!! I also went back and read recent Pursuit reviews and am convinced I made a great choice!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Sue
  21. I'm not sure where to ask this question but I'm wondering about the average Azamara passenger. What type of people cruise Azamara? I'm going to Antarctica in Jan, 2020 and first time on Azamara. The roll call has been almost nonexistent, with very few people and not much interaction. I travel solo and have never had a problem on other cruise lines with meeting people but I'm wondering about the makeup of Azamara passengers. And I'm not being critical, just curious!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks, Sue
  22. I only have about 13 cruises, just started in the last few years and I am 76 and can also say that I've never gotten sick! I do wash my hands frequently. I also wipe down the phone, tv remote, door handles etc. with Clorox wipes upon arriving in my cabin but that's probably overkill!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I only do it once! Sue
  23. bjbear


    This has probably been asked but I can't find it. On land excursions on Antarctica cruise, e.g., Ushahia, Falkland Island, etc. can you tip the shore excursion people with US dollars or should I get Argentinian currency? Thanks, Sue
  24. Hi, I just booked a trip to Antarctica in Jan. 2020 and we stop in the Falkland Islands and I would really like to do the Patrick Watts tour. My question is, I have some back problems but I can tolerate bumpy drives much better than extended walking. How much walking is involved, do you have to hike a mile to see the penguins? The walking is my problem, any advice you can give me is greatly appreciated!! Thanks so much, Sue
  25. This has probably been covered somewhere but I can't find it. I have a cruise booked on Pursuit, Veranda Plus and it says "in-room spirits". What exactly is that, can I get a bottle of wine? Thanks, Sue
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