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  1. Unfortunately, you have to prove that a power strip does not have a surge protector to the Security scanner inside the cruise terminal. Good luck. If a power strip is detected in your checked luggage, you will have to prove that it does not include surge protection to a Front Desk employee who is prepared to confiscate the strip. Good luck. Here is a photo that Holland America uses as a confiscation guide: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/gallery/miscellaneous/HAL-Prohibited-Electrical-Adapters.jpg?i=1815398705 If your non-s
  2. Here is a link to the packages: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/specialty-2/hal-regular-and-specialty-restaurants/hal-beverage-menus/beverage-packages and bar menu: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Bar-Menu.pdf
  3. Here is a link to a typical HAL sea day When & Where: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/NS-KW-Day-06-At-Sea.pdf
  4. It is my experience that each waiter station has a dedicated wine steward. If you are on fixed dining, you will have the same wine steward throughout your cruise. You can count on your wine being nearby and your glass refilled quickly.
  5. As a photographer, I am an aft-only stateroom passenger in Alaska. While the ship is moving, I can be on my balcony with no wind and see what is on both sides of the ship. Rather than having to get dressed to leave my stateroom and then compete for space at the public railings, I can be close to my fridge, heat, phone to Room Service, and not wait in line to use the public restrooms. I can have my plate of nachos and a nice beverage right beside me while I take photos from my balcony and also look for wildlife. Others may disagree which raises my probability of grabbing an aft
  6. Your husband will be in Scotch heaven on either the Nieuw Statendam or Konigsdam with their Notes sampling events:
  7. 11:30 AM - 6:00 PM in Caribbean and 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM in Alaska
  8. Note that this link still shows the $9 limit that has been raised to $11/day but is posted to show the available beverages: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/specialty-2/hal-regular-and-specialty-restaurants/hal-beverage-menus/beverage-packages
  9. My two Pfizer vaccinations are recorded on a "COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card" with an appropriate CDC seal. The downside is that the card is a bit large for my wallet with not much trimming possible. For backup documentation, my vaccinations are posted on my International Certificate of Vaccination that I have maintained for many, many years. According to my health care and vaccination-providing hospital, my information will be reported to the State of New Mexico Department of Health. Nobody can tell me where my info goes from there.
  10. As a photographer, competing with crowds at the ships railings is not my favorite thing in Alaska. I will always book an aft balcony in Alaska where I can spend my non-excursion time close to my minibar, my own bathroom, a phone to Room Service, no wind while the ship is moving, and no other passengers blocking my photo opportunities. Having Room Service breakfast on my balcony and taking photos as the ship sails into each morning port is my daily Alaska routine. If you are not as committed to photography as I am, any stateroom category will work for Alaska.
  11. Many teens enjoy the NY Deli & Pizza area overlooking the indoor pool. Another teen activity that I have seen on all of my HAL cruises is the scavenger hunt. Many teens make friends from all over the world with whom they keep in contact for years (so they have told me). Here is an example of teen activities on a HAL Pinnacle-class ships: http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Club-HAL-Teens.pdf
  12. Already booked for January on Zuiderdam because I can enjoy a fully-covered aft balcony to beat the heat/rain during the cruise. The Zuiderdam also has a Taco Bar for those afternoon nacho snacks. As a smaller ship, there will be less competition for HAL-sponsored excursions If you are not an aft balcony person and don't need a Taco Bar, choose the Eurodam and its excellent Tamarind restaurant.
  13. I would like to echo your praise for my HAL PCC as well. I lost eight HAL-booked cruises and booked three still active. I cannot imagine how many cruise cancellations my PCC had to process. With vaccine on the horizon and the pent up need for cruising, my HAL PCC remains swamped with new bookings for 2022. The HAL PCCs may not be essential workers in the eyes of state governments but they are truly essential to dedicated HAL cruisers that count on them to keep up with both their cancellations and new bookings.
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