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    Food, Travel, World Domination & Root Vegetables
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  1. POA1

    Evacuation insurance

    It's very much location-dependant. You can get evac from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Latin America off the shelf. If you are roaming further, you may need a broker to help and possibly a health exam.
  2. If you find yourself wanted to reply to a post without quoting the whole thing, this set of instructions might be of help. It's particularly useful if you are replying to a post full of images. I cover how to "Quote selection" on your phone, your tablet, and your computer. It's over on the Holland America board.
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    Zuiderdam Question

    I'll check this weekend, but someone recently posted photos of the Zuiderdam's bar and there were definitely liquor bottles. I could see them restricting cocktail parties because the service area of the bar is cut way down when it's half coffee bar.
  4. Thanks. I'd hate to be cancelled mid-cruise and replaced with "Cooking with Chef Rudi." or "Let's Talk After Dinner Mints - hosted by The Yum Yum Man."
  5. It's all part of my plot to make my upcoming "Live From" easier to read. There's serious competition from a multi-person live thread above a new ship and I'm competing from the oldest of the Vistas. Gotta bring my "A" game.
  6. Good tip! I run into a problem on my phone, often selecting a much bigger block than I want. It's because my phone case has a lip around the edge and I can't quite get my finger to the side of the screen when dragging. I have to use the handles more than I'd like, but it's getting better with practice.
  7. Happy to help! I noticed the Quote selection button by accident, and I thought, "Hey, this is genuinely useful."
  8. Have a great trip, Roger!
  9. POA1

    “Returning” a gift given to us

    I've heard of it being delivered being done, but I haven't done it myself. Consult the front desk, or if you are in a suite, the concierge.
  10. POA1

    Specialty Dining

    That is correct @foodsvcmgr. Once you complete the meal and it posts to your folio, you'll get the discount as credit to your account. There may be a one day lag.
  11. If you would like to quote someone's post, but don't want to quote the whole thing, you can use partial quote selection. This comes in handy when you are responding to a long post, especially one that contains a lot of images. By quoting only the relevant part of the post, you are keeping the overall thread shorter and easier to read. If a post contains a number of images, you may not want to have all - or any - of them in your reply. Luckily, there's .a pretty easy way to quote only the part of the post you want to use. It's called the "Quote selection" method and it's pretty simple once you understand how it works. Like most things in this new version of Cruise Critic, it works differently on the computer from the way it does on a tablet or a smartphone. I'll show you all three versions in this little tutorial -because I care. Deeply. The tutorial images were captured on a Windows PC running 64-bit Firefox, a Kindle Fire 8 HD tablet running Android Chrome, and an Google Phone running the Dolphin browser. Your devices may be different, showing different selection "handles", for example - but the overall technique remains the same. Desktop/Laptop Computer Version: We'll start with the computer version. Selecting text is easiest with a mouse. You simply click where you want to start your selection. Then, hold down the left mouse button and drag across the text block to select the desired text. If you want to select text without using a mouse, press the "Right-arrow" key while keeping the "Shift" key held down. Notice that each time that you press the "Right-arrow" key, a character is highlighted. If you want to highlight a large amount of text, simply hold down the "Right-arrow" key while pressing the "Shift" key. As soon as you select a block of text, you will see a little black button that says "Quote selection" appear on your screen. When you click on the "Quote selection" button, your selected text will be copied into the New Post box. You can then type your response below the quoted text. In addition to text, you can also quote images if you wish. Should you want to quote multiple, non-contiguous text blocks, simply repeat the "Quote selection" process with subsequent text blocks. Selecting Text on a Computer: Using the Quoted Text in Your Response: Tablet Version: This example shows how the partial quote selection process works on a tablet. The images are from a Fire 8 HD, but iPads and Android tablets work more or less the same way. To start the text selection process, long-press on a word. You can then drag your finger or stylus to continue the selection. If this proves to be difficult, you can drag the selection "handles" to extend the selection, or to shorten it. (The handles are the blue teardrops in this example.) As soon as you select a block of text, you will see a little black button that says "Quote selection" appear on your screen. When you click on the "Quote selection" button, your selected text will be copied into the New Post box. You can then type your response below the quoted text. In addition to text, you can also quote images if you wish. Should you want to quote multiple, non-contiguous text blocks, simply repeat the "Quote selection" process with subsequent text blocks. Selecting Text on a Tablet: Using the Quoted Text in Your Response: Phone Version: I find the phone to be the most challenging, because you're dealing with a smaller surface area. However, the mechanism is idnetical to thw one you use on a tablet. This example shows how the partial quote selection process works on a phone. The images are from an Android phone, but the method is the same on an iPhone. To start the text selection process, long-press on a word. You can then drag your finger or stylus to continue the selection. If this proves to be difficult, you can drag the selection "handles" to extend the selection, or to shorten it. (The handles are the blue squared off triangles in this example.) As soon as you select a block of text, you will see a little black button that says "Quote selection" appear on your screen. When you click on the "Quote selection" button, your selected text will be copied into the New Post box. You can then type your response below the quoted text. In addition to text, you can also quote images if you wish. Should you want to quote multiple, non-contiguous text blocks, simply repeat the "Quote selection" process with subsequent text blocks. Selecting Text on a Phone: Using the Quoted Text in Your Response: Once you get the hang of this, you'll find that responding to posts is more efficient. You'll also sleep better, lose weight, and look 5-7 years younger. If you have any questions, please ask.
  12. It's easy with a mouse, like on a computer. On a phone or tablet, you wind up opening the photo when you try to select it. One of the issues with learning the new system is that advice for the computer may not be correct for phone or tablet users. When I write up the little tutorials, I have to do two or three versions.
  13. No, it's not just you. I had "writing a tip" on my to-do list. I realized that it was an issue when I was reading the Nieuw Statendam live from thread. I already had my screen grabs captured from phone, computer and tablet in preparation. I just have to mark them up and write the instructions. It's pretty easy, although I do sometimes wind up selecting more text than I want to on my phone. I think it's because of the edges on my phone case. Anyway, once you know the secret of quote selection, the new system is quite a bit easier than the old one.
  14. Jacqui - Thanks for asking about this. I'll write up a little tip article -selfishly because I have a Live From coming up this weekend. However, it should be a general help.
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