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    Aberdeen, Washington
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    People, cruising, and great food
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    Holland America
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  1. Let's not forget "Winegate" when unlimited wine stopped
  2. Reportedly HAL is negotiating to get a PVSA waiver due to Canada port closures. Will be interesting.- could use San Diego, LA, SFO, or any west coast port.
  3. Westerdam was originally sailing from Honolulu to Juneau to prepare for Alaska season. Was announced that some crew would leave from HNL to fly home. They had no passengers so would not be carrying passengers between US ports and likely not violating PVSA. Westerdam was going to sail from Vancouver to Alaska. Due to the Canada embargo until July and uncertainty I'm guessing HAL decided to send her to PV. PV is probably a lot cheaper for docking than Vancouver or US port.
  4. PE webcam map shows Nieuw Amsterdam heading slowly to Great Bahama Bank. Others in show next port Freeport. Disney ships show Coco Cay and Gorda Cay. Several appear to be staying in Miami. Will be interesting to see if any head toward Vancouver or Seattle. Wondering about Westerdam en-route from HNL
  5. Would be interesting if the Feds suspended the PVSA. Would open up ports like Portland for Alaska cruises. Also 7 night one way cruises from San Francisco and other west coast ports to Alaska and reverse,'' Would be interesting...
  6. From the Northwest a quick stop in Victoria would cover them. From South a stop in Ensenada- passengers wouldn't even need to go ashore. From Florida as someone said a stop in Half Moon Cay would do it
  7. Sea days are indeed busier for crew as everyone is on board. Add to that the constant sanitation (code red times 3) and the stress from the unknown about the virus. This crew deserves something special. From all reports the crew did all of this and never lost their warmth and smiles. The main reason I've been a HAL fan since I was 25 in the early 80's is the people on their ships. Every time I step on board I feel like I am home.
  8. HAL said previously that there were plans to thank the crew for their hard work. Perhaps since the ship is "clean" they are returning to Manila to allow crew to be with families.
  9. We were also on board that day in Vancouver. Was sitting by the Seaview pool with friends. That was a sound I'll never forget. Went back to stateroom and 5 minutes later pounding on our door telling us to evacuate. We didn't get far when evacuation was cancelled.
  10. Looks like a bunch of Police boats around her on the webcam
  11. The area in front on deck 7 is normally closed. There are officer cabins between the passenger cabins and the front deck area deck 7 forward. The small front deck areas are usually closed off except areas like Glacier Bay or Canal due to security and safety.
  12. Not a big fan of oelek. I prefer badjak or matah :-). Last cruise on NADM I had my own bottle of Badjak in PG- great PGM Aria spoiled us rotten
  13. Mae in the PG on Amsterdam made me a wonderful green Sambal for my breakfast a few years ago.
  14. I use my finger to hold the hook onto the bar and lift the bacon off with my fork onto plate. Easy to cut up and eat that way. Candied is not the best name as it is really not overly sweet.
  15. You can order as many sides and appetizers as you want. Additional entree is I believe $15 now. And yes- it is great!
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