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    Holland America

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  1. You might be interested in the tours offered by Halifax Titanic Historical Tours. We paid in Canadian dollars in cash on the tour. We took the tour of the city, the Titanic graves, and lunch in a very quaint fishing village. The tour bus held eight people with plenty of room and Paul, the guide was very informative. It was one of the best tours I have ever taken. They have a website and it is easy to book online. Halifax is fascinating, we had never heard of the Halifax explosion before and learnt so much on the tour.
  2. What I would love to know is, how to take the tedium out of unpacking!
  3. Thank you SempreMare for finding and posting the explanation for No Joy in Mudville. I loved the poem.
  4. The pictures above bring back great memories of our tour with Patrick in Bora Bora. If you ever have the good fortune to cruise to Bora Bora then this tour is an absolute must. It was the greatest experience.
  5. I think question two has been already answered. But prescription drugs, and even over the counter drugs can be a minefield. Last year we were cruising around the Baltic. Our travelling companions from the UK asked me to buy some over the counter medication here in Australia for them, as it had been withdrawn from sale in the UK. I was happy to do this. But I decided to Google the status of the drug in Denmark, before our flight to Copenhagen. It turned out that that particular drug, although legally bought over the counter here in Australia was a prescription only drug in Denmark. Needless to say we didn’t take any with us. I had visions of us being detained at the airport, unable to produce a prescription. I don’t know of any list that covers which drugs are banned in certain countries but it is possible to Google and find the information.
  6. Same thing happened to our ten day cruise in November from Fremantle to Sydney. It completely disappeared from the website. As we had already hooked I was a bit worried. But it reappeared a few days later and was significantly cheaper! So we refared and paid our air fares with the savings. I hope this good fortune happens to you as well.
  7. Thank goodness that HAL has not gone in for really loud music around the Lido pool. The music they do play is bad enough! After two trans Pacific cruises where the same music was played day after day, albeit at a fairly quiet level, I was ready to scream the next time I heard the same song! One evening, hoping for a quiet drink by the pool we observed several people moving tables to try and find one that was not directly under a speaker. We also have been known to scope out the area and find a quieter spot. On the other hand a live band for a few hours a day would be very nice. We have not tried any of the lines with MUTS or big screens round the pool area, and never will. We like to cruise and enjoy the sounds of the sea.
  8. Looking forward to your blog. We will be on the Maasdam in November, can’t wait! Could you tell me who is the Future Cruise Consultant? We had a dreadful experience with the FCC on the Maasdam last year and as we hope to buy another Future Cruise Deposit we would like to know who we will be dealing with! Enjoy your trip.
  9. Thank you for your quick replies. I shall now start looking at tours. Such fun planning!
  10. We are busy planning a family trip to Alaska, hopefully on the Volendam in June next year. DH and I have been to Alaska before, once in June and once in September. I found I enjoyed the June trip more as there was still a lot of snow around on the mountains and on the train ride from Skagway to the Yukon. September was less crowded but not as atmospheric in some ways. Because of school holidays and other things that get in the way, we plan to take the Volendam cruise that visits Ketchikan on June 8th. I have been checking how many ships are in each port on a given day and there’s are 5 ships in Ketchikan that day, with a possible 11,100 passengers!! Even with there staggered arrival and departure times this seems an awful lot of people. Has anyone any experience of this port being this busy. Is it best to organise excursions to get out of town for most of the day. DH and I have previously walked all round town and shopped. The others in our party, three 70 years old, two late forties and a twelve year old are all fit and healthy. As we have always told them how wonderful Alaska is we want then to enjoy it as much as we have. But, 11,100 people. Yikes!
  11. We usually have a cabin under the Promenade deck, and occasionally hear people walking laps. You can definitely hear it when people are jogging! ‘Promenade ‘ brings to mind a picture of a gentle stroll. Love the Promenade Deck on the Maasdam.
  12. We have recently completed a wonderful cruise on the Maasdam. Ate in the Lido every meal. Was very grateful that it was cafeteria style service after observing one passenger sitting at the dining table blowing his nose into the linen table napkin. Quite put me off my lunch!
  13. Does anyone know if they have milkshakes on the Maasdam? We are boarding in 51 days and my DH will be thrilled if milkshakes are available.
  14. Having an idle few minutes I thought I would print off and laminate our luggage tags. No such luck. The website says “ webkitblobresource error1”. Whatever that means!! I have turned off the pop up blocker and tried another iPad using Bing, but get the same message. Have sent a message to Holland America and am awaiting a response. Ah well, we have 69 days until the cruise departs, so plenty of time.
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