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  1. I second (or third or fourth) the T-Mobile recommendation. We switched to the Geezer Plan recently, given that I am 55+. Technically, I'm +. Our monthly bill dropped from about $124 to $70 an we get to keep all the international calling & data features that use on cruises. If you want speedy data - usually 4G vs 2G in port, you can buy International Data Passes for $5/day which give you a decent chunk of data and hotspot capability. You can schedule the passes for your port days only or those port days when you need to do more data intensive activities. The data passes don't give you enough to stream movies, but plenty for normal web activities.
  2. Take a look at the EXC presentations held in the room up near the Crow's Nest lounge. We attended a few and they were informative and really well done. I really liked the one called "The Secret Language of Ships."
  3. It's added to your room account. If you drink it in the room, there's no corkage charged.
  4. Call Ship's Services and get the email for your ship's coordinator. That person is much more likely to know exactly whom to contact. Make an effort to make this person your friend. They can easily function as your pre-cruise concierge if you establish a good rapport. Have a great cruise!
  5. My notifications stayed the same. I wonder if it was because I changed them from the default months ago. Or, it could be because the machines both fear and respect me.
  6. Can you see the "boat boat" - yacht transport - behind the Amsterdam?
  7. Some fitness classes are free. Others have a nominal charge. There's no tip required for room service, but we always give a cash tip for each order. The SBP includes the gratuities.
  8. Yes. No Pinot Noir on the SBP. You may want to see if the Shiraz works for you. It's about as close as you can get.
  9. Thanks Rich! Did you get a source for this info or do you have to cobble it together? Now I understand why you asked the email question.
  10. The Zuiderdam's decor was toned down a lot during the last major refurbishment. We were on her in 2003 and again just last December. Huge difference in the decor. We were able to compare our 2003 photos to the 2018 ones and it's a big difference. The SS category rooms are nice in terms of space, but you don't get anywhere near the perks of a Neptune Suite.
  11. We cruised over Christmas last year. Christmas day was a sea day as was Christmas eve. If you are in port, I wouldn't count on anything being open other than the beaches. You'll probably be limited to HAL excursions unless you can line up something privately. We thought the Christmas cruise was great and would like to do it again.
  12. We had tiles and the luncheon on the Zuiderdam in late December 2018. We skipped the brunch and forgot to request the tiles, but they were definitely there and we could have had them had it not been for our own lack of effort.
  13. It was wall mounted on the NA in an SS. There are photos in my Live From thread, but it sounds like it's the same as what you describe.
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