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About Shih-tzu

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    New Brunswick, Canada
  • Interests
    Arts/crafts, music
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Any where I don't have to cook or do dishes
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Bermuda, Half Moon Cay

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  1. We booked this cruise this week along with a few other friends. We're getting off the Panorama the morning of the 19th in Long Beach and making a beeline for San Diego. Sadly it will only be two ships for our gathering but there's supposed to be special events during entire cruise. I was looking closer today and it also appears to be a "Journeys" cruise as well???
  2. From what I could tell, they can do some online/interactively but still must report on their own time to the muster station prior to sailing to have their card swiped as an assurance they physically know where their station is. The good old "mustard" drill.....I don't "relish" the thought of having to go to them in the heat but I do "catchup" in time
  3. They may cover the cost of the cruise and onboard purchases, but may not cover the airfare for people who need to fly to the port.
  4. Oh my!!! And just before one of the busiest cruising weeks where there probably isn't a lot of room for people to re-book on another ship :-( I hope everyone is OK but looks like dining room and probably there were a few folks there having a late breakfast. Has me re-thinking my cabin choice for my February cruise - I had picked an OV just below the dining room. Please keep us updated.
  5. There was one or two showing on the HAL site for $345.00/week CDN a week or so ago - I believe it was on the Veendam. If only I didn't have to work...I'd probably do the same thing.
  6. I was about 1/2 way between the Crow's Nest and the entrance in from the deck area overlooking pool. Balcony on the starboard side. I found it to be very quiet - most everyone going to the Crow's Nest used the elevator and I only saw those that actually "lived" on our side of the ship. Don't just observe the transit from your balcony. Move around the ship - go to the promenade deck and watch your view go from cement walls to a view in a matter of a few minutes and watch the "mules" close up. Go to the aft (we went to the aft Lido pool area) and watch the gates close behind the ship. And, if you have time, watch the movies/documentaries that are available on the TV beforehand. Understanding the history and making of the canal made me appreciate the experience even more. Enjoy your coffee and Panama buns.....yuuuuummmmmmmmy.
  7. Was brought up on the Fundy shore - could see it from our house..... so I truly do know the joy that brings.... cold, fog, fog, and some fog.....
  8. Kazu - not sure where in NB you are, but it was absolutely crazy here near Fredericton with wind and rain and then all of a sudden, there was no wind at all moving the flags outside our office building and the sun started peeking through. Had a rather abrupt ending - but there were thousands without power (luckily I didn't lose mine).
  9. I was on Zuiderdam fresh out of dry dock in Nov '17. Only thing that wasn't open on embarkation day was the aft deck and pool. That's because all the sea containers with the old things came back on aft deck and all the lounge chairs were stored in the pool. They spent that day and better part of the next day cleaning the deck, cleaning the pool and then filling it up. It wasn't that bad as the 1st day we were at Half Moon Cay in the water anyway.
  10. Looks like the Volendam has left FLL and is on the way to Freeport.... this screen shot was 5:50pm Atlantic Time - 18 Oct. Let's hope she' ready to greet us with open arms on 01 November.
  11. Copper 10-8...…...Yes - that's it!!!! (there was another that looked similar called the Uganda). It may have had stabilizers but that November storm in the Adriatic was a stomach churner.....
  12. 26 November 1973 to 08 Dec 1973 - on the SS Nevassa - Dubrovnik-Athens-Trabizon-Istanbul-Messina-Naples. Parents paid around $450 for high school trip on an "educational" cruise. It was a converted troop ship and we slept in dorms with about 16-20 racks to sleep on per dorm. I remember the food was horrid... It wasn't close to a cruise ship by today's standards.... I don't remember if the airfare from Moncton NB via London UK to the embarkation/debarkation ports was included or not, but the shore excursions were. My first what I would call a "real" cruise was on the Veendam to Bermuda in 2015. Paid $499 CAD each for a big inside cabin (port fees, etc extra).
  13. Not overly convenient for those of us that must vacate our hotel rooms by 11:00am. Where can you really go with all your luggage, etc.??
  14. Ohhhh, I hope so. I would think they would let us know by this time if the 01 Nov cruise was cancelled..... and then there is the issue of those of us with flights.....
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