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  1. The ship (Princess) assumes responsibility for the oil at the flange where the hose is connected to the ship. So this is likely on the supplier. However, both the ship and the supplier have oil spill response companies on "retainer" so they are both required by their SOPEP or spill response manual to get them coming right away. But it can take an hour or so to get onsite, so both companies will start their own remediation procedures, and yes, they will have to scrub the ship before it can leave.
  2. DeMillo's has been living off it's previous reputation, food is generally mediocre and overpriced for lobsters and rolls compared to other places in town.
  3. Marinetraffic has some of this data, and the "official" site would be the class society site, if you know which one the company uses.
  4. The difference in beam is not as great as this. You are comparing Quantum's waterline beam to Oasis' maximum beam. The figures for comparison are: Waterline beam Oasis: 154 ft Quantum: 136 ft Maximum beam (bridge wings, lifeboats, restaurant humps, no effect on navigation) Oasis: 198 ft Quantum: 162 ft
  5. Haven't been to Dewey's in decades. My top three for rolls are Becky's Diner, High Roller, and Boone's, but I've heard good things about Eventide's.
  6. Lifeboat builders tend to only build lifeboats. It is a specialized business, and the majority of their business is in reinspecting and repair to their boats.
  7. Big, big difference between a "boat builder" and a "lifeboat builder". Lifeboats have to be built to SOLAS requirements, and the manufacturing has to be certified by a national or international agency like the USCG or the IMO.
  8. Years and years ago, I knew that Watercraft built lifeboats in the Orlando area, not sure if they were bought out by one of the major companies, haven't seen their boats in decades.
  9. As long as there is no mention of VPR or joules of protection, it should be fine.
  10. Check that device very carefully before using on a ship. The photo in the Amazon link you gave, shows the back of the unit, and it has "VPR=800 L-N", which is "voltage protection rating", and a measure of how good a surge protector it is. About two years ago, this was discussed on these boards, and "Cruise On" said the advertising photo would be changed (it obviously hasn't), but recently a member said he bought one and it did not have the line about VPR on the back, so since "Cruise On" doesn't make this, but buys it labeled from NTON (who make this unit both with or without surge protection), they may now be actually selling non-surge protected devices. Check carefully.
  11. And this is no indicator that you could not have had an issue in the past, or that you can have one in the future. Surge protectors are not designed for the type of grounding that a ship uses, and this can lead to the surge protector being subjected to "reverse voltage", which the semiconductors in the surge protector are not designed to handle, and which can cause the semiconductors to fail in "thermal runaway" and catch the surge protector on fire. A perfectly good, 100% properly operating surge protector, straight out of the box, can fail and catch fire, due to a ground fault hundreds of feet away from your cabin, and completely out of your control, such as a light on deck filling with water. Think of all the expensive electronics that a cruise ship has: the navigation equipment, the communication equipment, the POS registers at every bar and shop, and the automation equipment that is in the engine room and that keeps the lights on and the propellers turning. Now know that absolutely none of this hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of electronics has surge protection. Why? Because the types of voltage surges that are common on land (lightning strikes or blown power transformers) can happen on a ship. I have been on several ships directly struck by lightning, and none of the electronics, even my personal laptop, were affected in any way. Here is a link to a USCG Safety Notice regarding the use of surge protectors on ships: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/TVNCOE/Documents/SafetyAlerts/SurgeProtectiveDevices.pdf?ver=2017-08-11-142750-690 and this is why no cruise line allows them. Do they get by security? Sure. Do the cabin stewards ignore them? Sure, they don't want to jeopardize their pay (tips) by pissing off the passengers, and most couldn't recognize a surge protector if it bit them.
  12. Well, there is a lot to see in Portland, and the downtown area is all about 3/4 of a mile from the terminal, but there is a hill down the middle of the "neck" the town is built on, and the streets and sidewalks are lots of cobblestones and bricks, so a knee scooter could be a challenge. Taxi and uber are very available in Portland. The Maine Brew Bus brewery tour is very close, the Portland Fire Engine Co (a tour of downtown on a vintage fire engine) is also close by. Portland is also a foodie destination (frequently named in the top 10 nationwide), and by far the majority of these fine eateries are all downtown.
  13. Portland has more breweries per capita than any city in the US. The only downtown actual brewery is Shipyard. But, Sebago Brewing, Austin Street, Rising Tide, Oxbow (their blending (oak barrels) and bottling), Goodfire, all have tasting rooms for their local brews in downtown. If you take a cab or uber to the Great Lost Bear, the food is mediocre, but they have over 70 local brews on tap, and more in bottles.
  14. While it is true that newer ships only need to drydock every 5 years, the statutory requirement is twice in 5 years. With ships less than 15 years old, the mid-period drydock inspection (2.5 years +-) can be replaced with an underwater survey using divers and video, and this is the way most cruise lines go, but not HAL. Volendam is 20 years old, so she needs to actually drydock every 2.5 years, so this is going to be a hard statutory limit. Given her delivery date of 1999 (month unknown), she will have to drydock within a month of the month of delivery. Zuiderdam is 17, with a delivery date of December, 2002, so her dates run from 12/2019 to 6/2020 for her intermediate drydocking.
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