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  1. I'm reminded of my birthday cruise in 2007 when they cut a 10 day cruise to 7 days and cut out two ports so that they could do an extensive cleaning of the old Ryndam after a massive Norovirus outbreak. It was a disappointing event, and there were severe communication problems leading up to the cruise (many of us were not informed of the cancellation until we arrived in San Diego). No one could board the ship, of course, so arrangements were made for those of us who didn't cancel the cruise to stay at a Marriot Hotel in Orange County -- near Disneyland. It wasn't a bad alternative: they provided transport there and back, took care of most of the expenses at the hotel (2 meals a day), and provided us with an option to go to Disneyland for a day. Still ... it wasn't the same as being aboard ship and at sea. Upsets to itineraries like this are annoying and disappointing, but they sometimes have to happen. The best thing to do is just roll with it and try to enjoy life.
  2. Thanks for the information! It looks like it is probably too difficult to get back to the auxiliary HDMI port on the back of the TV if it's mounted on the wall in that small recession. My harm is too large to be able to squeeze it into that small of a space, and I wouldn't want to try to take it off the wall to plug in an HDMI cable, only to have to hang it back on the wall. Ugh! So ... no go on that one. Again, thanks for the information!
  3. Thanks! Looks like it’s about a 40 inch screen.
  4. Does anybody know the size of the in-cabin TVs in the Verandah cabins aboard the Koningsdam? And, does anyone know the manufacturer and model number of these TVs? If not, does anyone know if they have auxiliary HDMI ports? Thanks!
  5. I'm sorry, I misunderstood the nomenclature you were using in posting the cruise dates. I thought you were saying the cruise I'll be on ran from January 2 - January 20. The 20 in the listing you provided is the YEAR, not the day. My bad. There is no error (other than my own). The cruise I'm on departs Fort Lauderdale on January 2, 2020 and is 10 days long, returning to Fort Lauderdale on January 12, 2020. I WISH it were longer. 😄
  6. Sigh .... another 74 days until I board the Koningsdam for a Caribbean Cruise, Jan 2. And a LOT to do between now and then: All Saints Day, Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas Eve, and Christmas ... that's 11 Sundays, plus Christmas Eve services. The good thing about being busy is that it makes the time fly faster! I can't wait. I'll try to be on the webcam and here to watch the Zuiderdam depart tonight.
  7. The first cruise I paid for myself was in late 1994 (I think it was around Thanksgiving) aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam III. I'm pretty sure it was a 14 day Cruise in the Caribbean and I was sharing a large outside cabin (I think they called called a "mini-suite") with my grandfather, who was 94 at the time but still in superior condition. Earlier that year I had successfully completed the defense of my doctoral dissertation, and this seemed like a great way to celebrate. This was was my grandfather's last sea voyage, and he had a great time showing me around the ship and some of the islands. As for how much it cost, for some reason I seem to recall that I paid $1400, which was an enormous sum to me at that time. Granddad took care of all of our onboard expenses, for which I was deeply grateful.
  8. Thanks for the superb pictures! Love the shot of the blessing with holy water.
  9. If I were to stay for more than a day on either side of the cruise, I'd probably prefer to do the same.
  10. I've stayed in many different Ft. Lauderdale properties over the years. Rarely do I stay in the same place twice, but I've usually stuck with Hilton properties. For my January 2020 cruise, I'm currently booked into the Hilton Garden Inn Ft. Lauderdale Airport-Cruise Port for my pre-cruise stay on January 1-2, and the Hampton Inn & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Airpot/South Cruise Port for my post-cruise stay on January 12-13. These two are close together and just south of the airport. I've not stayed at either of these specific hotels, but I've been in many Garden Inns and Hampton Inns ... they're good hotels. I keep checking prices and availability, and may change one or the other or both, but I always book something immediately after booking cruise to make sure I'm forced to take something I don't want or can't afford.
  11. I would agree. I've had a forward-facing cabin on an R-class ship (the Amsterdam - 6102) and it was wonderful to have the forward-facing view out the window during the day (at night the shades had to be closed for navigation reasons). There was also an access hatch out in the corridor which led out to the forward observation deck (6 forward). While wonderful for scenic cruising in Alaska or going through the Panama Canal, when the ship was out on the high seas we stayed away from that outside deck ... the wind was horrible.
  12. Ok, that would clearly answer the question ... those lucky people in those two far-forward suits get to access the forward observation on those two decks ... but that's all. Oh, well. 🙂
  13. So ... how does one get out on those forward observation spots on Decks 10 and 11 on the Koningsdam? There's got to be a way to access them.
  14. I used to be one of those who wore Tuxedos on Formal Night, and loved it. There's really no other place that I ever get to dress like that, and so it was fun. Yes ... if I was working the cruise as a chaplain, or for variation when not, I'd wear clerics, but that was just easy. On my last cruise (2 years ago ... ugh!), I wore dark grey slacks, white dress shirt, tie, and black jacket on the Gala nights. It was easy ... the slacks were not heavy (indeed, they were much lighter than jeans), the white dress shirt got worn three times on the cruise, and the 3 different ties I brought for variety on those nights weighed next to nothing and took up almost no space rolled up in a corner of my carry-on. I didn't even have to pack the jacket ... I wore it on the plane (and, in addition to Gala nights, a few other nights on the cruise when I felt like dressing up a little bit and when we went to the Pinnacle). The Gala Night outline of what is expected is, essentially (for men, at least), the old Smart Casual minimum. Slacks and a collared shirt are an easy guideline to meet. If someone decides not to play along, I really don't care any more. I dress to suit myself (pun intended).
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