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  1. 7 minutes ago, Vict0riann said:

    The officer of the watch came on about 15 minutes ago, and said we are experiencing 65 knot winds, no one should go out on deck, doors to the outside deck are being closed.  Then just now Captain Smit came on and said everyone should stay where they are and not move.  We are getting a lot of spray on our deck 7 verandah, and the ship is swaying from side to side.  

    Hang on tight Ann! 👍

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  2. I was looking at it only 2 days ago and it was functioning then.  Perhaps HAL has neglected to renew the domain or they are planning to integrate it somehow into their sites?  


    He is such a great resource that I hesitate to think he would just abandon it, or HAL either.

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  3. 19 minutes ago, richwmn said:

    @sansterre, could I trouble you for a small favor. I don't seem to be able to find the itinerary for this cruise. Would you be so kind as to post it?




    Here you go Rich:



    WED 20OCT21 Sail from Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1 5:00pm

    THU 21OCT21 Zeebrugge (Brussels), Belgium 8:00am 4:00pm

    FRI 22OCT21 Le Havre (Paris), France 2 8:00am 8:00pm

    SAT 23OCT21 Portland (Weymouth), England, Unite 8:00am 5:00pm

    SUN 24OCT21 Brest, France 10:00am 6:00pm

    MON 25OCT21 Sea Day 

    TUE 26OCT21 Sea Day 

    WED 27OCT21 Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores, 8:00am 5:00pm THU 28OCT21 Sea Day 

    FRI 29OCT21 Sea Day 

    SAT 30OCT21 Sea Day 

    SUN 31OCT21 Sea Day 

    MON 01NOV21 Sea Day 

    TUE 02NOV21 Sea Day 

    WED 03NOV21 Debark Ship Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US 7:00am

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  4. Several cruisers and travelers I know have used it and love it.  Most have experienced 15 minute turnarounds and have results in less than that.  We only know of couples who have used it though, not larger groups.


    We also have ordered the tests and will take them on the 3d or 4th of November.

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  5. 20 minutes ago, FOPMan said:

    Can people sailing after 10/23/21 and visiting HMC post back about what boats are being used for passenger transport at Half Moon Cay?




    If someone doesn't report here before, I'll be happy to let you know in early November.  😎

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  6. 4 hours ago, Vict0riann said:

    Another thing is that the USB ports don’t seem to have much oomph (technical term) and I’m finding it better just to use an electrical outlet to charge things.

    This is simply because the USB outlets near the bed likely have a very low output of 2.5 watts which may provide up to 1.5 amps.  That charges anything very slowly (by today's standards.)  Your 120V converter likely puts out more than that.  It's not your fitbit.

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  7. 16 minutes ago, RGEDad said:

    Hmmmm - As a vietnam era Veteran I think this is great.

    As somebody who is cruising on HAL out of Fort Lauderdale in early December - I do wonder why this is only for those who are cruising out of San Diego?

    Perhaps it's a pilot program?  👍🤞  Might be something Jan Swartz, president of Holland America Group, who came from Princess Cruises, is behind?

  8. Here's the link at HAL to redeem this offer for those looking for it:




    Interesting that it says active and retired military, although someone mentioned earlier that they received it as a veteran, non-retired (good for you and thanks for your service, all of you).  It doesn't mention whether it is offered only to US military.


    Would like to see this expanded and operated like Princess does their program.  Are you listening, Jan? 😁

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  9. 11 hours ago, Vict0riann said:

    At $142 I would expect bottomless wine bottles!   A couple of times we had people at our table who didn’t drink, and they split up the price, and applied the loyalty discount for the food portion.  That was on Prinsendam , though, and that was a special ship.

    Folks on the Rotterdam TA have this dinner offered also, so it sounds like it is just being introduced  and may be across the fleet eventually.  Those on that cruise who inquired with HAL say there is no Mariner discount available on it.


    Thanks @Vict0riann for taking on this effort!  Looking forward to reading your entries.  Enjoy your cruise! 

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  10. By your signature I see that you've been on the other Pinnacle class ships of HAL.  I am guessing but I think that Enchanted Princess is the same class ship as Regal Princess.  Seems you have an advantage over me on this one.  We are doing Rotterdam in November 2021 and Regal in January 2022 so I'll have more info then.  Right now though, knowing Princess to a lesser extent than HAL, I would choose Rotterdam for the smaller passenger load and what I know of the entertainment on board.  It's hard to beat BB Kings, RSRR and/or Lincoln Center Stage, unless you prefer the stage shows, where I think Princess might have an advantage, in number of shows, at least.  Then there is the Pinnacle Grill, Tamarind, Nami Sushi, Rudi's, Grand Dutch Cafe, NY Deli and Pizza while Princess has the International Cafe, Crown Grill, Sabatini's.   Either way, can you go wrong?  😁

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  11. 3 hours ago, LadyBerard said:

    We don't ever carry our passports with us when we get off the ship in ports.  We  have them locked in the safe in the room.  Are you saying we need to take our passports with us when we visit HMC?


    As you've seen by the earlier answers, there is justification for both sides of this coin.  No one wants to lose their passport; no one wants to get stuck someplace foreign without their passport.


    I personally have never carried my passport while on HMC or in the Bahamas.  It's not at all likely that you'll be able to go from HMC directly home, sort of negating the need.  Like Jacqui, I do carry a copy of my passport while overseas though, just so I have a record of it which can be used to "verify" the passport through a US embassy or consulate.  There are places and times when I have carried it with me though.


    My DWs uncle and aunt were on a Princess cruise in Europe only a few years ago; he got very ill while on an excursion in Portugal.  So sick that he was left in a hospital there during the excursion.  No passport.  Lots of delays and paperwork, taking a few days, just to be able to get on a plane (although medically cleared), for which he had evac insurance, to get home.  He never leaves his passport on the ship now.


    Basically, it all depends on your experiences and your risk tolerance.  Hope that helps. 🙂

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