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  1. Wall-E probably had a pretty good prediction of cruise's future. 😉
  2. This has got to be one of the most bizarre posts I've seen in a while. You really observed every single step from the lobby to the table, and you really remember it in that much detail? How? Why? I don't remember a single person from my Starbucks visit yesterday let alone the detailed path of a passenger on a cruise ship from many moons ago. Maybe it's time I started taking ginkgo biloba. 😆
  3. Gotta say, if decor and interior design alone kept me from cruising, I never would have cruised Oosterdam and Zuiderdam. I found the design mostly hideous. Still had a good time though. 🙂 But alas, I like where HAL is going. The fresh new look is really nice, IMO.
  4. Speaking of Cruise Critic advice and opinions, it's really interesting to go back and read early threads on this subject. I find this one particularly interesting... https://boards.cruisecritic.co.uk/topic/2735011-don’t-go-on-a-cruise/
  5. PVSA. Simply put....foreign flagged ships have to hit a foreign port.
  6. The answer is no. No decision has been made yet. Ref Alaska, Canada's ports are closed until March. Not a deal breaker yet but at this point, we do not know if they'll extend.
  7. Yes ma’am. Solstice. What gave it away:.....the comfy balcony furniture or the portion of “X” on the glass? 😊
  8. That's funny. Canada's protection law has the same acronym as the US's organized crime law. 😆 Not sure if you're still around 5 months later or if you ever booked, but I'm in the no TA crowd. However, unlike some (well, one in particular), I'm not going to lower myself to belittling those who book differently. There's absolutely nothing wrong with using a TA and in your case, it might be a good idea in order to find the right line that suits you and your husband needs. 🙂
  9. It's basically a machine readable barcode. You put your smartphone in camera mode and hold it in front of the QR code. Used in restaurants, it automatically links to a webpage showing the menu. It looks like this:
  10. I like what I see in those pictures. I think the dining room looks beautiful. When I cruised Koningsdam, it quickly became my favorite HAL ship, probably because I think the most beautiful ships at sea are Celebrity ships, and HAL started leaning that way with Pinnacle Class.
  11. My guess is, at least during initial stages, they'll just use disposable paper menus.
  12. Oh yeah, I'm very familiar. The Lower Keys is my hometown, so I've been following that story with great interest. While I'm obviously a cruise champion, I'm also well aware as a local of the negative impact cruise ships have on the small city.
  13. I'm with you on this one. I believe there will be permanent changes as a result of COVID. Masks will be temporary but I think self-serve buffets are done. No biggie; most already have protocol to switch to served during noro outbreaks anyways and some lines, like HAL, are already served. I also think...and hope...the mega ships will be forced to maintain a minimum space to passenger ratio. 40 seems like a good number.
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