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    Ocean liners, world history, musical theatre, books, and writing.
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    Cunard Line, Holland-America Line, and any line with 50+ years of history.
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    The ship itself.

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  1. I'm sorry but I laughed at this, all knowing too well this feeling as I am Deaf myself too. Case in point, me walking across the gym floor in high school when we were supposed to walk along the sidelines. Teacher screamed at me until a fellow classmate told them I was Deaf. Took 3 other teachers to convince her that yes I really did not hear her yelling at me and was not faking it. Me? Totally oblivious of it all until the classmate told me. So yes...
  2. Wonderful to see that it is not a lost art after all! I must have missed them while on the Nieuw Amsterdam - now I know where to look or ask. Thank you all for responding, and I'm enjoying the thought process going on here.
  3. Seems that snail mail is going the way of the dodo bird... or so it seems. I still love it when I get an handwritten letter, let alone the VERY rare postcard (my aunt still sends me one when she travels). My question is about ship postcards - or rather, postcards with the image of ships that you're sailing on. I got one onboard the Carnival Inspiration (may she RIP) back in 2010. Sent it via the ship mailbox (they had one onboard!) The postcard arrived after 6 weeks, long after I had returned from my sailing! Then a hiatus of sailing until 2017 when I sailed on the Nieuw Amsterdam (LONG review on the HAL boards from the perspective of a DeafBlind person). It wasn't until I disembarked that I realized that I hadn't seen a ship postcard in the shops, nor a mailbox to mail it from. Did they disappear between 2010 and 2017? (Or if it was me who missed them with my less-than-normal eyes, were there any ship postcards available for HAL ships?) Which cruise/ship lines still have ship postcards available onboard? Any that still have the mailboxes in the lobby/near Guest Services desks? Any favorites of yours that you've kept over the years (either from a friend or mailing to yourself?) Is it still possible to mail stuff from the ship (given that you have postage ready)?
  4. I saw it somewhere on these boards that someone suggested a voice activated elevator. I sincerely hope this does not pass as it would alienate a large number of folks, myself included, who are Deaf or cannot use their voices. Imagine, I would be stuck inside the elevator hoping someone comes along onboard to voice the deck I want to go to. How long would I have to ride the elevator until someone comes on for the deck I want?
  5. Trying to see the ship side to that pile of blocks. But yes. Looks like it still has the shrunken Promenade Deck as well.
  6. Thank you for sharing! Looks like they have some cleaning up to do! (Namely swap out letters in the nameplate heh!)
  7. Are there any pictures of the construction of the Rotterdam (formerly Ryndam) floating around? Asking as I saw RCI threads for Odyssey and Wonder as well as a thread for Carnival's Mardi Gras. I would think with her being this far along there would be more pictures?
  8. Plenty of murder, romance, and/or tragedy novels out there (very few well written as many of them get ship facts wrong which irks me to no end, especially the historical fiction ones set on real ships such as thr Lusitania) But the ones that do stand out are the following: Fiction: The Cat's Table (Michael Ondaatje) Death on the Nile (Agatha Christie) The Man in the Brown Suit (Agatha Christie) Stowaway (Karen Hesse - childrens) Bloody Jack (YA series about female ship captain - LA Meyers) The Woman in Cabin 10 (Ruth Ware) Killer Cruise (Laura Levine - some errors but fun fluffy read) Crossing on the Paris (Dana Gynther) The Floating Feldmans (a very soap opera type cruise with some factual errors but fun fluff read - Elyssa Friedland) Skinny Dip (Carl Hiaasen) Nonfiction: Only Way to Cross (John Maxtone Graham) Liners to the Sun (John Maxtone Graham) Crossing & Cruising (John Maxtone Graham) The Captain's Journal (Capt. Hans Mateboer) The Captain's Log (Capt. Hans Mateboer) Tragedy-Fiction: Salt of the Sea (YA novel by Rita Sepetys on the Wilhelm Gustloff sinking) Lifeboat 12 (children's by Susan Hood on the City of Benares sinking) Tragedy-Nonfiction: Dead Wake (Erik Larson on the Lusitania) Voyage of the Damned (Gordon Thomas on the St Louis) A Night to Rememner (Walter Lord) Ship Ablaze (Edward O'Donnell on the General Slocum fire) Shipwreck: the Strange Fate of the Morro Castle (Gordon Thomas) Desperate Hours: the Epic Rescue of the Andrea Doria (Richard Goldstein)
  9. So am I. Always eager to learn something new. On a bridge tour of a ship, I asked the officer leading the discussion if they ever used paper maps or sextants should a computer crash occur. I was surprised to see that yes, they have used the sextant "on one occasion" and the paper maps "never, but they're there". I would have thought it would have been more routine to know the different options should one fail for whatever reason. (And they were surprised that little 20 years old something female, disabled (Deaf), me even knew what a sextant was... I have my Playmobil ship to thank for, for it came with a working sextant with its pirate ship set back in the 1990s).
  10. Being Deaf, I am not oftentimes privy to "overhearing" conversations, dialogues, one-liners, or questions. After reading "Overheard in New York" and enjoying the snippets shared there, what are some that you have overheard onboard? Some snippets that I was privy to (having the sign language interpreter present at the right times, or with fellow Deaf passengers that use sign language): Panama Canal Crossing, 2nd set of locks, standing on the Promenade Deck. Me: (reaches over to touch the canal wall) Grumpy man sitting on bench nearby: (mutters) Me: (looks at interpreter, who is standing by) What did he say? Interpreter: He said, "Touch that wall, you're gonna get your finger chopped off." Me: (looks at Grumpy Man, and 'walk' my fingers on the canal wall, well away from the mule tracks) Dinnertime, when dessert menus are distributed. Deaf group of 8 with 2 interpreters present: Steward: (talking to interpreter despite us drilling them to look/talk to us Deafies) And would you like coffee? Interpreter: (relaying the message, purposefully looking at us Deafies). Deaf 1: Me! Deaf 2: Yes, I'll have Deaf coffee! Interpreter: (voicing for 1 & 2) and they will have deaf coffee. Steward: Deaf? Interpreter: (realizing her error) Oh - I meant decaf! DECAF! (explanation of Deaf culture and how we sign "Deaf"when we want decaf coffee.) Standing on the stern of a HAL Signature class ship, while docked in port and waiting our turn to sailaway: Friend: Omg! This ship is HUGE! Friend 2: Ours is not the biggest ship here today. Friend 1: What do you mean? Not the biggest? How big can they possibly go? Friend 2: (points to an Oasis class ship, a few hundred yards away.) That. Friend 1: (eyes bulging out). Standing on deck of a Carnival Fantasy class ship with a group of Deaf folks. Deaf 1: This is an itty bitty ship. I've been on bigger ships. Deaf 2: Oh yes, this is a tiny ship. (discussion of which "bigger" ships they have been on). Deaf 3: Yeah, they were all big, like the Titanic. That thing was huge! (Me chuckling from a few feet away, decide to interject). Me: Actually, the Titanic was only thirty-something feet longer than this one. We're heavier, though, with additional decks. (All three look at me like I was crazy for suggesting that) Deaf 3: What do you mean, only 30 feet longer? That's impossible. That thing had four smokestacks (funnels). We have one. Show lounge, waiting for show to begin. Two interpreters sit in front of stage, facing a row of Deaf folks. Two hearing passengers stand by nearby, whispering to each other. Terp 1: (ears perks up and looks towards the hearing pair) Deaf 1: (sees this motion - nothing escapes deaf eyes) What's up? Terp 1: They're talking about Deaf 2 and whether or not they were single. Deaf 2: They think I'm handsome? Terp 1: Apparently... (they all chuckle) Deaf 1: (turns to Deaf 2) Should I? (getting the wave for 'go-ahead' from Deaf 2, Deaf 1 stands up and beckons Terp 1 to follow. They approach the hearing pair.) Deaf 1: To answer your question, yes, he's single. (Terp 1 voices, and they return to their seats leaving the hearing pair to blush and rush away) So, what are some snippets of conversations you have overheard onboard?
  11. And what happens, in a situation when one IS called to muster station and have to don lifeljackets in the same extreme heat (or cold) conditions? How is that any different from a drill? I make a point of donning mine whether or not they are used in muster drills, and actively seek out a crew member to make sure I have done it properly. I would rather know (and act upon it) rather than just seeing/hearing it. I learn by doing, so yes, I need to see where I muster, how to get there, and how to don the lifejacket on properly. (I can't get the image out of my head from when I read about the Lusitania sinking, and how half of the people in the water had their lifejackets on incorrectly, doing exactly the opposite - keeping the person's head underwater. That alone is enough to make me want to make sure I've done it right.) The officer I asked was VERY PLEASED that I had taken it seriously and gave it some thought.
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