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About JimnKaren

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  • Location
    Spring Hill, FL
  • Interests
    Reading/knitting for Karen, gardening for Jim. Both retired.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    HAL, Princess, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    My driveway

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  1. Do some looking online. See when the sun sets and rises. Those can be long days and can disturb your usual sleep cycle. Jim
  2. The idea of possibly testing everyone (passengers and crew) daily would mean a BIG expense. Would the cruise lines pass that along to the passengers? Would they reduce the pay to the crew? Depending on the size of the ship, possibly three or more additional crew members to do the checking and paperwork involved. Jim
  3. I do recall standing and facing east (?) in school at 11:00 a.m. in the 1950s. I am a vet. I went into the US Navy in 1966 and I weighed 165. I got out in 1970 and weighed 240!! Lots of sitting on bar stools!!! I don't regret any time that I spent in the service. Jim
  4. On Eurodam, soon after it was re-configured, I spoke with a crew member in the Crow's Nest asking for the location of the book exchange. She told me that Seattle was discouraging that practice, thus no area set aside for books like that! Boo! Hiss! Jim
  5. Many hours were spent in the libraries on the four ships that were dismissed from the HAL fleet. Although there no longer were librarians, most of the books got shelved and sorted (I spent many hours before 6 a.m. doing that on Amsterdam last year). What happened to all those books? Did they stay with the ships (sold "as-is"), even though they all had Holland America Lines stamped on them? And what about all the books that were in the book exchanges? We were on Eurodam right after dry dock 'fixed' the Crow's nest. I was told by two employees that book exchanges were being discontinued, as
  6. We are booked on Nieuw Statendam 1/6/21 for 21 days. Our roll call is getting it on. Yeah, some have bailed on us, but we still have a good group going (I hope). I did speculate that if we get cancelled, maybe we would meet at someone's house for a full day of revelry. No takers. We have the cat sitter lined up and all is ready (no luggage yet as the cat goes nutso). I cannot imagine it not happening. I am not even crossing my fingers. I need this time away!! Jim
  7. Don't be afraid to rent a car. We have done it several times. It is easy to take impulse side trips. Signs are easy to read, just be aware of the speedy drivers on the auto strata. Jim
  8. I don't own and hand-held device. I don't intend to own one. If HAL provides some sort of 'wrist band' then I will wear it on my ankle. Jim
  9. We were scheduled for a Montreal to Ft. Lauderdale on Zaandam for about this date (give or take a day). We were gonna visit with some folks we met on previous cruises. We're stuck in Florida. Rats! Jim
  10. And...if you sit in the front row in the Cabaret Lounge, you cannot slouch as your feet would be on the stage. Jim
  11. Sint Maarten is where the cruise ships arrive. St. Martin is on the other side of the island (the French side). Jim
  12. And I thank you for the list, I'll get working on it. Jim
  13. A couple of years ago, we were in Halifax and on the pier was a business where Karen and I purchased moccasins. I finally wore out my pair. I realize that there are lots of businesses that sell them, but I like the idea of purchasing from a local business that might need the cash input. Does anyone know that place? How to contact them? Jim
  14. And then there is the appearance of luggage. Oh my! Such reactions. Jim
  15. Our cat, Tony the Tiger, just doesn't understand it. We have been home for months and months. Our last cruise was 51-day Tales of the South Pacific; and he managed to escape and wander into our next door neighbor's garage. She and Tony are old buddies. The had the phone number of the gal who comes to the house twice a day and things returned to their usual state. Jim
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