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SISer
September 15th, 2009, 01:39 AM
Oh, how we were all upset about your agency issue, and the headache that you had from your ta. When the thread was active, I like many on this forum logged on frequently for updates.

You have been through alot and I hope your dream cruise is everything you imagined and more.

Have a great trip Karen.

BON VOYAGE.

The Penguina
September 15th, 2009, 02:00 AM
I'll second that!!!

Just joined this bloggy group a few weeks back but still long enough to wish the very best to The Kween. Here's hoping each day is a wonderful adventure and I can't wait to log in for updates.

Have a wonderful time Karen......enjoy every moment and morsel!!!

Krazy Kruizers
September 15th, 2009, 06:28 AM
Bon Voyage Karen!!

patseacruiser
September 15th, 2009, 06:35 AM
After all you've been through Karen - have the best trip ever.

geocruiser
September 15th, 2009, 06:58 AM
Karen,

Have a great cruise.

Maria

K&RCurt
September 15th, 2009, 07:26 AM
Have an AMAZING trip Karen!

After all you've been through before the cruise, I hope the experience on this cruise erases the bad memories and leaves you with nothing but beautiful thoughts of your wonderful cruise!

Jewel99
September 15th, 2009, 07:30 AM
I too want to wish you the best for an amazing trip. It's been so fun reading your posts as you get ready for your voyage, and it was also so upsetting to read about the 'agency issue' that almost cost you your trip.

Did you ever get a cabin assignment? I'd love to know if they were able to upgrade you, even if it's just a little upgrade.

Hopefully you'll be able to post a little bit to let us know how things go.

GmaPajama
September 15th, 2009, 08:05 AM
BON VOYAGE, Karen - may all your cruising dreams come true!

onthegogirl
September 15th, 2009, 08:39 AM
I hope this trip is as wonderful and joyful as your experience with the ta was not. Have a BLAST!!!!

Carole

booboo29
September 15th, 2009, 08:44 AM
Have a wonderful trip!!!

Cruising-along
September 15th, 2009, 08:46 AM
Bon Voyage Karen!! Your dream is going to come true, and we're all so happy for you! :)

kakalina
September 15th, 2009, 10:00 AM
Bon Voyage Karen. Enjoy each day to the fullest and then come back home and tell us all about it.

Love the beach
September 15th, 2009, 10:13 AM
BON VOYAGE, KAREN!!!:D


HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME!

Marge

COLLEYBERRY
September 15th, 2009, 10:33 AM
H:)ppy SAILS to you. have a wonderful time.

cusyl
September 15th, 2009, 10:38 AM
Bon Voyage Karen, you certainly deserve this wonderful cruise.
I so enjoyed the family pictures on your web site. I'm sure your mother would love your plans for including her in your voyage. Hugs.

Kween Karen
September 15th, 2009, 12:14 PM
I just spotted this thread......what fun!
Thank you ALL for your nice greetings and wishes. That means a lot to me.

Several of you mentioned....come back and report.....well...here is my website where I will be reporting all along the way.....please do travel along WITH me:
http://dreamcruise.kweenkaren.com/

Another question....cabin assignment....I finally received my cabin assignment....alas.....no upgrade. I was really hoping...but after all I am getting what I paid for and I am getting my trip. I will be happy right where I am....bottom, inside and what I could afford!! (a gift of a window surely would have been nice though! :D)

2bout2c
September 15th, 2009, 01:04 PM
Did you get a cabin assignment yet? I hope to hear you got a good upgrade.
Have a wonderful trip.

IRL_Joanie
September 15th, 2009, 01:14 PM
My Dream Is Coming True

I've dreamed of sailing away all my life
Of sailing oceans so deep and blue
Of seeing places far and wide
I've dreamed of seeing old and new

I've lived my dreams every night
As I planned this, my Grand Voyage
Reading of the all the magical sights
Of clothes, and tales, I'll have no shortage

I've researched my ports of call
Plan to meet with Red Hatted Sisters
And will take pictures of them all
No vacation could be any better

I'm counting down to that wonderful day
When I'm on the ms Amsterdam
Saying finally, this is My Dream Day
As I sail away on a ship loving called "DAM"

Have a Wonderful time Karen!!!

I wanted you to know just how special you have become to all of us. And we are so happy to see this dream of yours coming true in just 10 more days.

Joanie

wldflr
September 15th, 2009, 03:17 PM
Bon Voyage Karen!

I wish I could hide in your suitcase just so I could visit my penpal in Hobart, Tasmania!

And somehow I missed the saga of your TA nightmare...can someone give me the link so I can catch up?

Kween Karen
September 15th, 2009, 03:24 PM
Bon Voyage Karen!

I wish I could hide in your suitcase just so I could visit my penpal in Hobart, Tasmania!

And somehow I missed the saga of your TA nightmare...can someone give me the link so I can catch up?

Thanks for your good wishes.
This is the link to "Agency Issue" thread:
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1025166&highlight=agency+issue

IRL_Joanie
September 15th, 2009, 03:31 PM
Bon Voyage Karen!

I wish I could hide in your suitcase just so I could visit my penpal in Hobart, Tasmania!

And somehow I missed the saga of your TA nightmare...can someone give me the link so I can catch up?


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IRL_Joanie
September 15th, 2009, 03:33 PM
Thanks for your good wishes.
This is the link to "Agency Issue" thread:
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1025166&highlight=agency+issue


You beat me to it Kween Karen! Sorry, I was looking through all the back threads to find it.

Joanie

wldflr
September 15th, 2009, 03:37 PM
Thanks Karen...holy crap, what a $#@! mess with your TA! I just did a ultra-speed-reading of the first part of your saga...and how nice that you got your first 'red-flag' on a Friday and had to wait over the weekend before you could sort it out...ARrrrGH!

But I'm soooo glad that you got it sorted out in the end and that you will have a fabulous trip!

Soundsgreat6
September 15th, 2009, 03:57 PM
BON Voyage Karen

Hope You Have a Wonderful Time You Deserve it

Dave n Willie:D

earl_m
September 15th, 2009, 05:13 PM
!!!Bon voyage to all!!!

durangoscots
September 15th, 2009, 05:20 PM
This was my dream cruise too (although I have done some of the ports in the past)..... and it is sailing without me. However, I am sure Karen will keep us updated and all I can say is HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME!!!!!

Susan

WISCruiser
September 15th, 2009, 05:29 PM
Have a 'Super' voyage, Karen... I'll be following your blog with great anticipation.

lazey1
September 15th, 2009, 05:33 PM
[quote=Kween Karen;21253111]I just spotted this thread......what fun!
here is my website where I will be reporting all along the way.....please do travel along WITH me:
http://dreamcruise.kweenkaren.com/

BON VOYAGE KAREN and thank you for providing this link to your website. I have bookmarked this site so I can travel along with you in my dreams. :cool: Jane

Kween Karen
September 15th, 2009, 05:37 PM
My Dream Is Coming True

I've dreamed of sailing away all my life
Of sailing oceans so deep and blue
Of seeing places far and wide
I've dreamed of seeing old and new

I've lived my dreams every night
As I planned this, my Grand Voyage
Reading of the all the magical sights
Of clothes, and tales, I'll have no shortage

I've researched my ports of call
Plan to meet with Red Hatted Sisters
And will take pictures of them all
No vacation could be any better

I'm counting down to that wonderful day
When I'm on the ms Amsterdam
Saying finally, this is My Dream Day
As I sail away on a ship loving called "DAM"

Have a Wonderful time Karen!!!

I wanted you to know just how special you have become to all of us. And we are so happy to see this dream of yours coming true in just 10 more days.

Joanie

Thanks for the poem Joanie......that was nice of you.

brucory
September 15th, 2009, 06:57 PM
Kween Karen,

Will look forward to checking in on your blog. You have become quite the celebrity around here!!! Bon voyage and have a wonderful dream cruise!!!

Bruce.

:D:D:D

suse
September 15th, 2009, 06:58 PM
Blessings for a wonderful trip! We'll be thinking of you with much affection!:)
love, Susie

Two@Sea
September 15th, 2009, 07:12 PM
So many "dreamers" are sailing in spirit with you! Enjoy every moment!

(I started a Ten~Nine~Eight~Etc "Countdown" thread for you today, before I saw this one, but just skip that now, as this one has waaaay nicer sentiments from SO many who wish you Bon Voyage!)

NMLady
September 21st, 2009, 03:34 PM
With just 5 days to go, I'll bet your lists are getting dog-eared from being checked and re-checked.

Have an awesome trip and think of us green-with-envy dreamers you're leaving behind -- keep your blog updated.

I'll bet as soon as you're aboard, or at least as soon as the ship is actually sailing out, you'll feel like kissing the plankboards that it is finally all safely realized. Head for a lounge, have a drink, and ENJOY!!

Happy Cruising.

mamaofami
September 21st, 2009, 04:49 PM
Karen, hope your cruise is wonderful. You deserve it.

MISSYLOU
September 21st, 2009, 06:11 PM
Happy Sails Karen.

I love your mother's photos. Her spirit will be with you on this wonderful adventure.

lindalans
September 21st, 2009, 06:22 PM
Wishing you all the best for your dream cruise and adventures on the way. I too will be following your blog closely.

Linda

RMLincoln
September 21st, 2009, 10:09 PM
Blessings for a GRAND cruise!

We'll be getting on as you get off. Ours will be a 21 day cruise, our longest - we're building up to the Grand scale :)

Enjoy it all, and we'll be listening!

Maureen

ger_77
September 21st, 2009, 10:23 PM
Karen, I can't think of anyone who deserves this cruise more than you after all you've been through. Throw caution to the wind and enjoy every moment of your Grand Voyage.

Smooth Sailing! :):):)
Gerry

Storylady
September 21st, 2009, 11:55 PM
Thanks for your good wishes.
This is the link to "Agency Issue" thread:
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1025166&highlight=agency+issue


BON VOYAGE KAREN,
I know that you will have a wonderful time aboard the Amsterdam. I am sorry to hear that you had such a nightmare close to departing---after all part of the fun of a cruise is planning, booking and anticipating the cruise.

We had something similar happen to us last year, although we were luckier than you. I can visualize how sick you must have been---$8,000!!! And the agent denying that he hadn't sent the money to HAL.

I had booked my upcoming Panama Canal cruise with one of the largest online cruise brokers last October. We also booked a shorter Christmas cruise just a couple of months before we booked the Panama Canal cruise. Time passed so quickly that I didn't realize that it was 3 weeks to the cruise and NO CRUISE DOCUMENTS. One evening after HAL offices had closed for the weekend, I typed in the agencies name into Google (fortunately for me/us, I had not bookmarked the website). As I was just about to click onto their website, I saw another link that said large cruise broker just declared bankruptcy. I then realized that we hadn't received our cruise documents. I quickly looked at our Visa statements and noticed that they didn't forward the payment to HAL but to their agency for the Panama Canal cruise (other cruise was paid to HAL). I was just sick the whole weekend. I should have had a clue that something was wrong when they asked for a huge deposit---$3,500 (more than half the price of the cruise and were giving away travel insurance if you signed up for the cruise). I tried calling them. They didn't answer and they didn't return our calls. And there wasn't anything on their website that indicated that it wasn't business as usual.

I have just registered for Cruise Critic so I didn't even have Cruise Critic members to console me. It was a very long weekend before I was able to call HAL and found out that we were extremely lucky. They had transferred the money after probably holding it for a couple of weeks. So HAL took over our account and they sent our Cruise Docs for the upcoming Christmas cruise that had been paid in full.

Having been almost burned, I wish that I had been signed up on Cruise Critic and that I had read the article under planning---How to Avoid Cruise Travel Scams.

I can see now after the fact how important this board is. I am glad that you had such wonderful support Karen. And now I am looking forward to following your adventures aboard the Amsterdam. Have the trip of the lifetime. And then when you return---start planning the next trip of a lifetime, even if it is several years away.

Candy
September 22nd, 2009, 12:01 AM
I just spotted this thread......what fun! Thank you ALL for your nice greetings and wishes. That means a lot to me. Several of you mentioned....come back and report.....well...here is my website where I will be reporting all along the way.....please do travel along WITH me:
http://dreamcruise.kweenkaren.com/
http://home.g-net.net/%7Ecbrock/BonVoyageZP-Teal.png

I'll definitely be following your blog... I have in-laws sailing with you [Jerry (bamajab) and Greta from Area 51]. You'll find Jerry picking up the winning prizes at the Trivia games.

Have a 'dam fine time!

http://home.g-net.net/%7Ecbrock/Mariner%203%20Star.gif Candy and Sir James