If the Maasdam does not have digital combo safes you can use your Safeway or Vons or any card that has a magnetic strip. If you were able to use your cabin card nothing would stop someone from nabbing it and using it to gain entry to both your cabin and your safe....We got off the Amsterdam a week ago and the safes were the digital combo type.
What I can't figure out is why ya'll are packing the family jewels. It's just seven days worth of spending cash. Do you really expect some catburgaler to hop on board? If you are so worried about your valuables leave them at home.
*Mary L* - HAL ship safes are all the same..............I don't know about the HAL ID card working on the safe but know for sure that it does not have to be your CCard - like someone said, it should be in the safe! - any VALID card with a magnetic strip works - we use an association membership one.
Suki - all HAL ships are not the same. I believe it is the Rotterdam that uses a key. One of the ships we were on in the past couple of years used this method, which surprised us as we were used to using a card with a magnetic strip. We had to buy a key ring to put the safe key on.
A friend just returned from the Maasdam last week. I will ask her what they use.
Not ALL safes work the same on Hal ships. The Amsterdam has safes that use a punched in code. Some use cards with magnetic strips and the Statendam uses a different method, it does NOT use a magnetic card.
On the Statendam the safes had a card that looked just like the card for you cabin.
You insert it into a slot in the safe.
Sorry but I just can't remember if it was in the safe or not. The safe was in such an incovinient place that I used the drawers with the keys instead.
We had a suite (S) and it was in the cabinet under where the TV sits. It sat far in the back and you had to get down on your knees and still bend over to get to it. I have always found the safe in closets before. I have no idea where they are in other cabins.
We just got off the Maasdam 2 days ago, and our safe was conveniently located in the closet at eye level. We were in what I believe HAL calls a Deluxe Verandah Suite, on the Verandah deck. We used an old card with a magnetic strip (I have no idea if it's still valid for its actual purpose) and it worked perfectly fine in the safe.