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  1. Thanks much! Covered (though small) will do us just fine.
  2. Having resisted the mega ships for a few years, we've finally decided to maybe give one a try. So my question for the Regal experts: Which decks would have covered or partially covered balconies? We'd probably look for a Deluxe Balcony, since it's important to us to have decent seating in the cabin, too. Thanks in advance for any info and suggestions Kathy
  3. Last time on the Grand, our wonderful steward had his own form for us to fill out with what we wished to swap. That was a first!
  4. For those who know the Grand and the Ruby, what are the main differences? I see that Ruby has no covered pool, and no Alfredo's. Are the Caribe deck balconies half covered on the Ruby? Sorry we're losing the Grand, which we preferred to the Star, but perhaps we'll learn to love the Ruby.
  5. Does anyone remember which bottled water is available on the Grand? I seem to recall it was Calistoga. Recently on HAL it was Evian, so I thought maybe Carnival Corp. has changed. Also, Princess' Water Package seems to only be 12 500ml bottles. Has anyone seen liter or quart-sized bottles available? Thanks! Kathy
  6. On Royal Class ships, which balconies - Balcony or Mini-Suite - are covered? For us the covered is more critical than balcony size. Any info appreciated. Thanks.
  7. Hi all - We have a Medicare HMO which covers us out of the country and until now we have always traveled with extra travel insurance, too - GeoBlue Annual Policy, for "just in case". But next year DH turns 85, the cutoff for coverage by GeoBlue (and Medjet Assist) Has anyone found good supplementary coverage for a relatively healthy, able 85-year-old? We do take cruise line insurance, too, but that seems inadequate in case of a real emergency. Any suggestions where to look?
  8. That's all good news! Thanks, everybody.
  9. Sorry - another silly cabin question. Have had success with magnets on the newer ships, but not on the Amsterdam, so thought that might be the case also on the Maasdam.. Wondering if anyone remembers if one can use magnets on the Maasdam cabin walls. I like to put up maps, some pictures, etc.
  10. Right. Thanks. Has anyone experienced the smoke drifting down to the deck below? Just realized that our assigned cabin is aft on the starboard side. It looks to be right below the smoking area.
  11. Does anyone know if the smoking area is still at the aft sea view pool? If so is it the entire area, or on one side or the other?
  12. Thanks, everyone, for the info. With us it's not so much a matter of volume, (normally have to use earplugs for shows in the theater), but clarity. So we were hoping for a gizmo that allows an earbud or similar (without a hearing aid). Guess we'll have to wing it!
  13. HAL says they offer an "Assisted Listening System" for folks with hearing difficulties to help hearing in the shows, lectures, etc. Has anyone tried using this? If so, how did it work for you? Does it vary ship to ship? We are considering asking for it on the Maasdam. Appreciate any info. Thanks. Kathy
  14. Having only been in OV cabins on the Zaandam, now deciding between an OV or a Vista Suite on the Maasdam (Deck 9 or 10). How is the motion up there - say compared to the motion on the higher decks on the larger ships like Oosterdam or Zuiderdam, where we've been quite comfortable higher up ? Are the little ships as relatively stable as their larger sisters? We've happily sat in the Lido "round the Horn" on Zaandam, as well as on the larger ships with no ill effects. Would the Maasdam be relatively as stable? Of course, there are always unforseen times of really rough seas, etc., but would be interested in others' observations. The dilemma: OV for stability or Vista for the fresh, clean air. And yes, we do tend to spend time enjoying our cabin. Thanks for any thoughts!
  15. Why might that be? Just curious. Checking for a cruise later this year. Thanks for any info! Kathy
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