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Old March 11th, 2013, 07:56 AM
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I have just booked my first cruise ever on the Zuiderdam. I use a CPAP machine for sleep apnea. Do the rooms have an electrical outlet near the bed?
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Most rooms have 2 plugs; 1 by the desk/table, and 1 in the bathroom. As extention cords are not allowed I would call and ask to speak with someone about a disabled accessible room. They would be more likely to have additional sources or can suggest the right alternative.

I'm sure your not the first person with this need on the ship
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Contact Holland America's "Access and Compliance" at (800) 547-8493.

They will arrange for distilled water and an extension cord if required. Note: There will be a nominal charge for distilled water. $2 or $3 for a gallon.

Now: Here is how I've done it in the last 25 or so cruises. I have an extension cord in my CPAP bag and use that. It is always in the case and is not used for anything other than the CPAP. Hotel rooms, cruise ships, and other people's home's may not have an outlet by the bed. I order the water from room service but it is better to let "Access and Compliance" know so the water is in your cabin when you arrive. One time I had to go to guest services to obtain the distilled water when I failed to pre-arrange for water and room service would not deliver it.

There is a "policy" about extension cords and power strips but they will make accommodation for those with CPAP's and other medical equipment and allow you to keep the extension cord. There is a limited supply on board so BRING THE EXTENSION CORD. Just make sure your extension cord and power strips are in good condition and are UL rated. Also make sure the extension cord is a minimum of 8' in length. This will handle just about any cabin configuration.

One trick that I use to keep from tripping over the cord at night is to take a bath towel and lay over the cord. It works great and helps avoid a late night mishap. Some people go as far as to duct tape the cord down but this isn't too good for the carpet and is a lot of work to do every day.

Have a great cruise and a good night's sleep.

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Thank you for the helpful tips. I hadn't thought about the distilled water issue. !!
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Hi, I called Holland America and purchased a gallon of distilled water which should be in our cabin on arrival. I asked about the extension cord and was told they were supplied at the front desk. I enquired if I could reserve one in case there one non available and was told I could bring my own.
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