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HAL Sailer

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    Travel, cooking, always learning...
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    How can you not love swimming at Half Moon Cay?

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  1. @Kindergirl adding my prayers, too, for all three of you.
  2. In northern Lower Peninsula Michigan we, like the entire state, have been on mandatory lockdown since March 24 with restaurants on take-out only since March 16. Schools, which were originally closed through April 6, are expected to have this year's sessions cancelled entirely today. DH and I have elected self-isolating due to his underlying health since March 12. We are well-stocked and due to one neighbor having an auto-immune disease and another being immuno-suppressed due to chemo, we have set up an 'ask, deliver, knock, leave' system to support each other's needs without unnecessary face-face contact. We are rediscovering jigsaw puzzles, board games, and have extra time for reading. Michigan allows us outside for walks with those we reside, so DH and I get out as the lingering winter weather allows. Our usually bustling resort town is eerily quiet with shops closed and most restaurants shuttered as their situation, price-point, or menu didn't lend itself to take-out only. Yesterday, on our walk through downtown, we heard more birds singing than traffic moving. Fortunately, our area has not had the steep rise in COV-19 that the downstate metro area has seen. We are, however, warned to expect that to change as downstaters move north to their summer homes and as large numbers of 'snowbirds' return from winter in the southern Florida areas that are already highly infected. Easter holidays will be so different with church continuing on-line, my DB and his DW downstate, their son isolated from us all, their daughter unable to return from a neighboring state, and my DH's sons' families also in locked-down states. But DH and I are safe, healthy, and blessed in untold ways. We feel certain we will cruise again and, in the meantime, we pray for the pax + crew of Zaandam and Rotterdam along with all still at sea. Stay safe. Stay strong. Be well.
  3. I'm still watching with you. Burning the midnight+ oil in Michigan. And wishing the Zaandam & Rotterdam continued safe passage.
  4. @Copper10-8 less than a week ago you were helping get @Kindergirl 's mother & Jim home. Now, you're helping again! This time helping us understand the what and how of this mission of mercy for the pax and crew of our Zaandam and her sister escort Rotterdam. Thank you for your invaluable help and information.
  5. Hopefully Kindergirl is not having more phone issues...
  6. I live in Michigan but fly Tampa frequently. It might be helpful to know--from Tampa Airport's website: Short Term Garage: Under 60 minutes is free; 61-80 minutes $4; each additional 20 min. $2. Max Charge- $22 max. per 24 hours. Elevator access to the main terminal. Long Term Garage: Under 60 minutes is free; 61-80 minutes $4; each additional 20 min. $2. Max Charge- $18 max. per 24 hours. Walkway or Monorail access to the main terminal.
  7. From Florida's Sun Pass: For drivers who typically pay cash: Keep moving and do not stop at toll booths Drivers will be charged the same cash-rate Expect a Pay by Plate billing statement to be mailed to the vehicles’ registered owner for tolls, with no additional fees or administrative charges. Option to pay the Pay by Plate bill online using a credit card
  8. I've been following your WC and thought you might be interested in this: Easter Island moai statue destroyed by truck Lilit Marcus, CNN • Updated 6th March 2020 (CNN) — One of Easter Island's world-famous moai statues has been destroyed in an accident. A Chilean island resident was arrested on March 1 after his truck -- a private vehicle, not a commercial one -- crashed into one of the stone figures and badly damaged both it and the ahu, or platform, it was perched on.
  9. Thank you. Our first cruise was our transatlantic honeymoon 25 years ago. In the years since, we've been fortunate to cruise the Holy Lands, the Adriatic, Alaska, and the Indian Ocean among others -- none of which my DH now remembers. Our recent return to sea proved he is again strong enough to cruise short, easy itineraries but demonstrated that many of his prior roles are now mine. Well-wishes like yours and the many helpful tips offered will serve me/us well as we continue. Thanks to all.
  10. As the OP, thank you to all that have taken time to help me and also to those that have come to my inquiry's defense. (I did not intend to cause a kerfuffle.) Your responses have been like a warm hug in the midst of my/our new reality.
  11. But, also boarding denial if you have come in six feet contact... It might be difficult (impossible?) to fly into Italy or to transit through any Italian airport or city and be assured you hadn't come within six feet of another person who had traveled in Lombardy or Veneto the prior 15 days.
  12. On another thread regarding drink orders it was posted: "Each evening as I order my first drink, I wrap a two dollar bill around my cruise card as I hand it to the server. A two dollar bill is unusual and I've found that it helps them remember my name and my drink." In addition to our HAL shipboard account standard gratuities, my DH used to handle any other cash tipping and I was blissfully ignorant of his practices. My DH is able to travel with me but, due to health issues, he no longer remembers (nor can teach me) what he used to do. I know to tip Room Service and the above drink tipping idea is very helpful. I realize practices vary and are individual, but any other onboard tipping suggestions (who, when, why, how) would be appreciated as I navigate one of my new roles. Many thanks...
  13. It might be difficult (impossible?) fly into Italy or to transit through any Italian airport or city and be assured you hadn't come within six feet of another person who had traveled in Lombardy or Veneto the prior 15 days.
  14. SaragassoPirate, a quick OT question: Since $2 bills aren't often in general circulation, are you able to readily get $2 bills at your bank or does the bank have to order them for you? Thanks.
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