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  1. You are correct. I got them switched around.
  2. 10:30am will be challenging to make the flight given that you'll like not be able to disembark until after 7am. Like was suggested, Google search TSA Pre-Check and Clear. TSA Pre-Check is better in my opinion as it gives Global Entry for incoming international flights and cruises arriving at FLL (maybe other ports). We travel freqently and TSA Pre-check has been invaluable even after paying the fees. I have observed that Clear seems to be faster in allowing one to skip the regular line, but one still has to go through the regular TSA screening. TSA Pre-check has a simpler screening procedure.
  3. You'll want to get off the ship as early as possible! Travel time at that hour is during the commuter rush if on a weekday and could take an hour or more. For 5 people you'll likely need an SUV or a van. A ride sharing company would be my recommendation. Hopefully you have TSA PreCheck as the airport security lines are long at your proposed time. FYI, I live near and frequently use the SeaTac airport so I'm familiar with how to access it.
  4. I was just on the Volendam and Neil, the FCC, wouldn't or couldn't book or take a deposit on the inaugural cruise or any other segment of the Ryndam.
  5. We ended up taking a airboat excursion and wildlife rescue park and a visit to the Long Key. Staying overnight at the Wyndham Garden in Dania Beach and plan to catch the first flight out in the morning. It's unseasonably cold here today so no alligators were spotted in the wild. Eight ships in port today.
  6. We're on the Volendam and the Captain told us we would be averaging 19knots to be the first ship in port on 5 January. Unfortunately we are getting off after 46 wonderful days to the Amazon and beyond.
  7. The lemon tree is still very much alive. Today while on a HAL excursion returning from a rafting excursion on the Martha Brae River, there was a loud bang underneath me, and the left side inside tire blew. The driver changed it in under 1/2 hour with the help of two fellows in a passing dump truck. Does anyone still want to tour with me?
  8. I can't predict the future, but the print edition is very popular on the ship (but I rarely have read it as I have access to all the regular news sources. Have a great cruise. The Volendam is in terrific shape.
  9. The paper USA Today (as well as international editions) are widely available. The NYTimes is available on the APP.
  10. We met friends and once again toured all over Aruba and did some snorkeling at Catalina Beach. Enjoyed stewed goat for lunch. And HAL put on a terrific New Year's Eve party and countdown throughout the music walk on deck 5 plus the World Stage. The Captain and his wife rang the bell chiming the last 10 seconds of the decade.
  11. It's only an iPhone app at this point. We are really liking it.
  12. Today in Curaçao we rode the Choo Choo train before walking around the colorful town. There was a civil protest today but it didn't affect us other than we couldn't visit the fort. Frim tge Queen Juliana Bridge We enjoyed Dushi (pleasant) time. More of my friends Chilling out peek a boo view Street Art walking track from Pocket Earth Pro We're doing a folkloric show tonight.
  13. There was as much litter in Tobago as I've seen in many Central American or SE Asian or South Pacific countries. It wasn't pretty.
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