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  1. Abrogating one's personal responsibilities may be why so many find this predicament surprising. Be responsible enough for yourself, your conduct and your intentions so you don't have to depend on others who can't possibly be concerned with each individual's personal circumstances to tell you how to behave. What ever has happened to being responsible for yourself?
  2. Thanks... I knew I remembered going south out of downtown along the waterfront to the terminal to board; apparently it will be closer now. I believe we stayed at the Hyatt then.
  3. You can order them without the sauce. They're made at time of order. They brats were actually very good! I too hope they continue this menu.
  4. 10 years ago or so this new terminal area was where we boarded Amsterdam and Statendam. Is it just a refurbishment of a previously used building and dock? Pier 66 seems a perfect place for those on NCL as it is directly across the street from a nice full service Marriott and Pike St Market, easily walked to.
  5. This extra menu, only found on a stand at the window to the Dive In, was a surprise and the offerings were quite good! This was from the Noordam in early July 2019. Hadn't noticed this previously, so if it is a repeat, I do apologize.
  6. You might consider purchasing the unlimited spa pass (the only way to access the pool is via the spa pass, either unlimited or daily (if they have availability)) as we found it considerably cheaper to pre-purchase. Hope you enjoy.
  7. We'll see the 3of4 of you on the 4th! Guess we'll have to start packing soon. Deb is doing well with her rehab and should be ready to go... she's at 104° with her knee already.
  8. I would hazard a guess that those who get checks may have purchased FCDs (or other refundable purchases) on what is now a expired/replaced credit card; those who get the credits on their cards used cards that are still valid for refund purposes at least.
  9. Exactly, so long as you use a traditional method like a brick-and-mortar or online bank or financial institution. The "corner check cashing place" might require more information along with taking a bite out of the check though. However, electronic copies of cashed checks are made available to the payer, so anything you do write on the back can be seen by them, one reason banks have encouraged endorsers NOT to write account numbers on the endorsement block any longer. Bounced checks will also generally incur a charge by the bank. I agree with RuthC, the amount strongly suggests a refund of an expired FCD or two. If you have been doing business with HAL for at least 4 years it seems reasonable to assume you can deposit or cash the checks.
  10. That number has never worked for me. I had to use 206-270-6080 to get it through.
  11. I was just on the Noordam the week of 4 July doing the same itinerary (ports) as you've listed. In Anchorage/Seward, we were on AKDT (GMT -8 hrs). You will stay on this timezone until you have left Ketchikan, heading to Vancouver. The night you leave Ketchikan you should (Noordam did) lose 1 hour and will be on PDT (GMT -7 hrs) and spend your day before disembarkation day on this time. Ship's time and port times were always synchronized. The time on your phone may differ for several reasons as mentioned by others above. You can always go into setting and set the time to manual time update and then set it yourself, but you'll want to remember to return it to the original settings once off the ship. I always have a simple watch to set to ship's time as I leave the ship and take a photo at the gangway so that I can verify all aboard times. Hope you have a great cruise. It was VERY smoggy in Anchorage/Seward from fires, somewhat smoggy in Glacier Bay and Haines when we were there. Juneau and Ketchikan were clear though. Hopefully it's all cleared up when you are there.
  12. Frank, I absolutely agree with you about this; the ship wasn't informed by Seattle that there was an oversold situation and they really dropped the ball. To add insult to injury, they don't seem to care. The key to getting bags on the bus, or "direct to bus" as the program was identified to us, is the CBSA form. As you didn't get one, the result was 11 upset guests wandering around Canada Place with their bags. HAL should have been sensitive to you with this very legitimate complaint. I would very much hold the same attitude as you under the same circumstances. You mentioned another thing that I agree with; the only thing HAL is becoming more consistent about is inconsistent service. There seems to be a very noticeable lack of focus on the "paying customer" from HAL. I wonder if it's CCL wide?
  13. Captain Draper simply stood with Mark Pells at the head table during the toast by the Entertainment Director. I then watched as he casually chatted for several minutes with those around him, including guests. As I was surprised he did not speak I watched as he and Mark strolled to the entrance of the MDR where he continued to chat with guests waiting to enter for regular lunch. Perhaps he had something more important to attend to but there was no sense of urgency in his step or manner. His noon position report was delayed until nearly 12:30 which was fairly consistent with when he left the MDR. I'm not criticizing him and I've never sailed with him before, I'm only making note of differences I'm seeing over the several years I've sailed with HAL. This particular one was a first for me.
  14. I was just a bit surprised and disappointed that neither of them said anything and barely seemed interested in greeting Mariners as they entered the MDR, somberly nodding as they stood shoulder to shoulder as if at a funeral. Perhaps there was a reason to behave thusly we didn't know about. I expect it does get old but, they choose the profession.... ..🤷‍♂️
  15. Captain was Henk Draper. HD was Mark Pells.
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