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  1. Modification (A) to Correction (1) I believe my question has been adequately flogged. And our cabin number is 11004. And yes, it's just about as far forward as you can go without going outside the ship.
  2. DOHHH!!!! You're absolutely correct, and I apologize for creating any confusion. And, I appreciate everyone's maintaining civility, and re-enforcing my opinion of my fellow HAL cruisers. 😊
  3. :QUOTE: Just to be clear, 1104 is a J category, not a D. :ENDQUOTE Ger_77--not to be argumentative, but the Holland America website shows it as a Cat D in its deck plan, and our confirmation e-mail also showed it as a Cat D. Not gonna fall on my sword over this--Hal's website isn't known for 100% accuracy on its website. Doesn't really matter what category it is. We've stayed in the next-door cabin on Amsterdam (I think), and we know what we're getting. We always bring along our scotch tape, which we've used on most of our previous cruises, 'cause we didn't know the cabin walls were ferrous. Hoosier-Grandaddy--it just so happens that I have several rare-earth magnets hanging around--if you "dissect" the hard drive out of your old computer, you'll find a pair of rare-earth magnets--watch out, though, if you get them close together, they'll slam together, and you can get a nasty, maybe even a blood blister Thanks to all for your responses and information. Looks as though we'll be taking our magnets along, and tape as back-up medium.
  4. It took us a while, but we FINALLY realized the value and convenience of using magnets, or magnetic "gadgets" that we could just hang on whichever wall would be most useful. On our last cruise--on Amsterdam--we discovered that the walls were non-ferrous--magnets wouldn't hang ANYWHERE. Next cruise, we're booked on Nieuw Statendam, cabin D1104, and we're curious as to whether our magnetic hooks will hang on the walls. Does anybody have any information on Nieuw Statendam? As always, I appreciate any information you can share.
  5. Should have done this much sooner--just to close the loop. Our "final solution" was spend a couple nights at the Navy Inn, drove to the pier, parked in the vicinity--parking facility offered shuttle service to the pier. Upon return from our cruise, we took the shuttle back to the parking facility, paid our bill, and drove away. No muss, no fuss, no bother. Getting ready to do the same, but cruise to Alaska, sailing out of Seattle. Theredofshaw, thanks for your information.
  6. Thanks for your help, folks. I appreciate the information.
  7. Lots of good info here, Ladies and Gents. I appreciate all your responses. Fair winds and following seas.
  8. I've done an initial Google search, couldn't find a lot. For the last several years, when we were cruising out of Ft. Lauderdale, we've been able to Sleep/Park/Cruise. Very convenient--you spend a night at the hotel, for a nominal cost you park there for the duration of your cruise, take hotel shuttle to and from port. We're taking an Alaskan cruise out of Seattle, 14 or 15 days. We're looking for a hotel in/around Seattle that has this service. Anybody know of such a hotel/motel? Thanks in advance for any info.
  9. This guy's idea of "fun" varies significantly from mine....
  10. I haven't seen this addressed or discussed, but I'll bet I'm probably not the only one who has ever entertained the question. This will be our first time in Alaska--last 2 weeks of August--and we're already putting together, at least in our heads, what we think we might need. One of the things that we want to do is go walk on a glacier. I'm pretty well convinced that sneakers and jeans will probably NOT be adequate or sufficient for that excursion, and possibly some others, also. Does the ship, or the excursion concessionaire commonly supply any kind of cold weather wear? Parkas, gloves, or boots for glacier walking? Thanks in advance.
  11. Thanks for adding your perspective. It makes sense that this would be happening, and I'll embrace the "Carnival refugees, as long as they don't hi-jack the elevators and run sprints up and down the hallways. 😁 I guess the only point I really want to make is that HAL, in their attempt to hi-jack the Carnival--or whichever--clientele, they're alienating an existing demographic who still bring money with us when we cruise.
  12. My wife and I were on Koningsdam in December 2018; library was, essentially, non-existent. You could probably have stolen the entire inventory of the library in the space of one carry-on--according to Ashford, this would probably not have been missed. We were on the first cruise out of dry-dock, and there were all manner of issues. The in-room electronics were nice, but that's an update that I would have traded for the conventional library. I've bought and read e-books, but I genuinely prefer the aesthetics of a physical book. My wife is something of a troglodyte when it comes to this kind of consumer electronics, and I'm not sure if she'll ever read an e-book. The previous comments about EVERYTHING being turned into a profit center are absolutely on-target. We're pretty much hard-core HAL cruisers who will probably have to be driven out of the fleet. Current "leadership" is doing a pretty good job of alienating a core group of clientele with upgrades that are targeted at hi-jacking Carnival's cruiser demographics.
  13. Re: Weatherunderground.com . They also provide sunrise/sunset times for that local location.
  14. Scott, there's a web site called Weatherunderground.com . Just like weather.com, and several other websites, you can get full meteorological information for your local area. However, if you dig just a little, there are links to historical information--"extreme" highs and lows, and also average highs and lows, amount of precipitation. I used that site to help plan for a 56-day Mediterranean cruise, late spring. I also got good information in helping me plan for a year-long deployment in Iraq--had no idea what I might expect in terms of high- and low- temperatures, and amount of rainfall. Who would have guessed that Iraq--or, at least that area that I called "home"--would have a rainy season? But, in direct response to your question, I'd suspect that you'd have fairly warm days and evenings. Good luck, and enjoy your cruise. 👍
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