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    Cunard, Holland America
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    Anywhere a good ship goes

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  1. On our Princess cruise 13 years ago, the Crown Princess was fairly new and one of their larger ships. We met a couple from Australia who were used to their older, smaller ships. They were not happy with how crowded the Crown felt. He said Princess kept taking the same basic ship plan and finding ways to cram on more cabins but no additional public space.
  2. You're trying my favorite HAL ship! HAL does have accessible cabins and I'm sure if you have specific accessibility questions there are posters here with experience who can answer any questions you ask. HAL's crew are very kind and caring. And for the most part, other passengers are patient with someone who has to move slowly. Call HAL about any issues and special needs before you travel. I'm not sure about some of your complaints. What were the lumps and bumps? Slick wet floors happen by the pool. At the spa pool, too. And if they're washing tiled floors in the Lido, yes, it can be slippery. The security searches at embarkation are done by port staff, not ship's security staff. Sometimes security is done by the port, sometimes by the ship. I understand how you felt, why didn't they remember that they'd already cleared you once. But they have to follow their rules. HAL is certainly more personal than a mega ship. But if you want security staff to greet you by name with a chatty "how was your lunch" when you board, that's unlikely. The are busy trying to get people checked on and off as quickly as possible to keep the line moving. They really don't have time to chat.
  3. Absolutely! Sometimes they would fly to Bermuda. And you know what's just up the hill from the airport? The Swizzle Inn. I guess only the pilots had to abstain...
  4. I don't know about North Korean submarines, but my father flew submarine patrol (radio operator) out of FL during WWII.
  5. Yes, of course that's the expectation. But 100 years ago, there were many more vessels in the shipping lanes, so the idea that the boats were to shuttle passengers to another vessel wasn't as careless as it sounds now. When the captain did his Q&A on Zuiderdam, he was asked about lifeboats. The captain assured us that there's room for all passengers plus required crew in the lifeboats. And there are the rafts in the cans for crew. Then he turned to the CD and said, "You go on a raft." And everyone laughed at that.
  6. Actually, Titanic had the legally required number of boats. I believe conventional wisdom at the time was that they would carry passengers to a rescue ship, not be survival craft.
  7. I was shocked at how chaotic drill was on Zuiderdam in February. They ask people to not have drinks or cell phones. I saw only a few drinks but plenty of people texting. It was hard to hear any announcements because of the chatter. And the person with the scanner didn't get everyone. People held up their cards and he stuck the scanner into the crowd. It was impossible to be sure if you were scanned. No megas for me. Your comment about getting 4000-5000 pax off a ship has always worried me. It's too many people. And the newer megas seem to have an awful lot of cabins for the size of the ship. People say, "yeah, it's a small cabin, but I got a great price." The more you crowd people together, the more diseases can spread--colds, the "cruise cough, noro, and now corona.
  8. I agree. They're part of a VERY tough generation. This is such good news! Now the fun starts when you have to remind them that just because they're negative NOW, they can't go out and risk catching the virus locally.
  9. Fantastic news! And if they're complaining about being bored, that's a sign that they're feeling better. Here's hoping they get to go home soon.
  10. Well, here's an anecdotal report on the "usual population" who are being perceived as less of a threat than returning cruisers. The water company is digging up my street this morning. I looked out and nobody is wearing a mask. The two cops monitoring traffic seem to be staying far apart. But the workers are less than 3 feet apart while they're digging at the hole to the water main (or taking a coffee break). Yes, they're outside, but that doesn't change the 6-foot rule. (neither would a mask, but we're being asked to wear them) So whenever you're near someone, you don't know what they've been doing, whether they're careful or careless.
  11. On a HAL ship EVERY day is Bread Pudding Day!!!
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