It was supposed to "open" for the 1/23 cruise, the instructors were ready to go, but couldn't find the new Sony laptops. Turns out, they were delivered to the Vista Lounge and sat there until someone discovered them!
They had two instructors, Jeremy who came over from the Westerdam and Greg, the person who will be on the Noordam until May. I believe Jeremy was there to implement the program and going forward there will be just one instructor.
There were six seminars/sessions given throughout the day and evening, more on sea days than days we were in port, of course. "Insert Photo Here: Getting Your Photos Out of the Digital Camera and Into the Computer," "Your Away-From-Home Movie: Turn Your Cruise Photos and Videos Into an Enhanced Slideshow," etc. Interspersed with these were one hour time slots called Techspert Time (one-on-one help).
Fred and I did all of them, and Fred went to several of the Techspert Time sessions as well.
The room has 12 computers: three at each of the four sofas. Two large screen TV monitors for the instructors to use for their instructions. It was very well attended; we always got there early so that we would have a computer to use.
Apparently all of it has been donated by Microsoft, and the programs they use for photo download are free Windows programs. Can't remember the name...I haven't unpacked all of that yet!
The furniture is very uncomfortable. I don't know what the "decorator" was thinking when he/she designed this space. Especially with the older demographics on HAL. I have a feeling it will be replaced with more ergonomically correct furnishings soon!
Royal Princess - Westbound TA - 10/21/17 - ???
MS Veendam - Bermuda - 05/15
MS Nieuw Amsterdam - Eastern Caribbean - 02/15
MS Noordam - Southern Caribbean - 02/14
MS Maasdam - Eastern Caribbean - 01/14
MS Nieuw Amsterdam - Med/westbound TA B2B- 10/13
MS Ryndam - Southern & Western Caribbean B2B- 02/13
MS Veendam - Bermuda - 05/12
MS Maasdam - Caribbean - 01/12
MS Maasdam - Caribbean - 01/11
MS Noordam - Caribbean B2B - 01/10
MS Noordam - Caribbean B2B - 01/09
MS Noordam - Caribbean - 02/08
MS Noordam - Caribbean - 02/07
Caribbean Princess - Eastern Caribbean - 02/06