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  1. Well, now I have a tech question.  Does anyone know if I can read those QR code’s with an iPad, as opposed to a phone?  My phone has such a small screen I am hoping to use my mini iPad instead…. Do they post the menus outside the entrance to the dining room?  EM

  2. The reason HAL won't do them at this time is that the cruise would have to start or end in Canada, which is currently closed to cruise traffic.  And as these are repo cruises, such as what you did before, and there is no cruising in OZ/NZ, there are no ships there to arrive in HI.  Until the ports open back up in Canada/ Downunder, there will not be any such cruises on any line.  EM

  3. Have you brought this up on the Oceania board here?  Several of the cruise lines are giving COVID-19 tests onboard near the end of the cruise, particularly for those flying back to the USA.  What are the folks on your roll call doing?  EM

  4. On 6/12/2021 at 6:47 PM, flyingandcruising said:

    My son has a severe peanut allergy and my mom requires assistance getting on and off the ship. How is MSC with special need accommodations.?


    thank you. 

    The cruise line will provide a wheelchair and pusher to assist your mother onto the ship at embarkation, and off the ship at the end of the cruise.  No such service at ports.  EM

  5. Look at the list of excursions offered by your cruise line to see what they think might interest passengers.  When I visit a place for the first time, I book a basic half day tour that gives me an overview of the place.  The rest of the day I just wander around.  Having been to Curacao several times, I get off the ship at the mega pier and stroll along the shore to the Rif fort.  Glance at the shops and restaurants as I pass.   Continuing out the other side, I glance at the row of straw market booths on the was to the Queen Emma floating pedestrian bridge.  I cross the bridge and wander the main part of town.  Further down is a wooded area in front of a number of restaurants and bars.  Good place to stop for a snack, drink, people watch until it is time to go back.  EM

  6. We are actually happy with the later checking time, as we will leave our bags at the Colonial Hilton and stroll around Nassau (we get in too late the night before to do anything but eat), maybe pay our respects at the Bearded Clam if it is open.  About 2:30 we’ll make our way back and get a cab to the convention center.  Since we are on the second cruise, we can hope someone on the first will have reported back as to how efficient the process is.  EM

  7. There are several lines that have computer 'labs' where they have monitors and give classes.  HAL used to, and you could use the room when there was not a class in session.  Oceania has a wonderful library on the R class (have not sailed their larger ships) with a monitor or two:



    There were also tables in the areas where you entered the Horizon Lounge (on Insignia) .  There was often a jigsaw puzzle in progress.






    Outside the spa area on the port side was Oceania @ Sea:






    And next to that is the card room:






    Your problem might be have a place to plug in your stuff.  


    Crystal also has a computer lab.  I have not sailed Crystal yet, but they have/had a webcam in the computer lab . 



  8. I dread filling out the application, as I always have trouble attaching things.  Maybe if I register first, things will go easier.  We are also on the July 10 sailing.  I usually do a travel journal that I post on another cruise forum.  I suppose I could try posting it here also.  I usually don't put photos in because I send them to Shutterfly, before that Photobucket, and most ships have blocked those sites.  I have been able to upload pics to Shutterfly when onshore from my iphone.  It's only in the last few years that I went solely to phone for pics, instead of a camera.  EM

  9. 8 hours ago, Palmeat said:

    Well done @sfred😀! Sadly I haven't been to Mahajanga!!

    I have been to this place though, which is a destination for some larger lines (as per photographed RCCL). Diamonds International are there for heaven's sake - so must surely prove to be a Cunard port?? The first 2 photos are tricky, but plenty of clues in the last. Bon chance.





    I believe this is Coxen Hole, Roatan, Honduras




    If Cunard has called here, it would be before Carnival built Mahogany Bay, just up the coast.  EM

  10. There are pictures of several inside HC cabins on Sunshine on cruisedeckplans.com.  It looks like it might be possible to squeeze in two scooters.  You do not need to be a paying member to see pics of HC cabins.  Just go to cruisedeckplans.com, choose cruise line, then ship, and on the left side scroll down to your cabin category, click on Handicap and a list of HC cabins will drop down, and those with pics will have a tiny camera icon to click on.  EM

  11. Keep in mind that viewing space is very crowded at the beginning of the transit.  But as it proceeds, the crowds will thin.  If they are going westbound, the Gatineau locks are a set of three, and by the time she gets into the third lock, folks will be heading for breakfast or a snack.  Also as the day progresses, it may get marginally hotter with the sun, and folks will head inside to the a/c.  The scenery is different with each set of locks, but the machinery/process is the same.  EM

  12. This is the view from the veranda of 6030, looking aft.  



    The view aft from 6048 would be much the same (Cruisedeckplans had a view aft from 6053).  As has been mentioned, wildlife is not going to be so close to the side of the ship unless it is floating along on a growler or bergy bit.  EM

  13. If you book on a different ship, either it won’t be Princess, or if Princess, it will use the new locks, which do not require the cables.  If you wish to use this ship, you might look foe a HC cabin on a different deck, or encourage them to be out on deck during the transit.  By staying on the balcony, you miss more than half of the ‘show’.  EM

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