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Old September 14th, 2013, 03:02 PM
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Default I got all excited... and then ....

HAL let me down

We're booked on the Mediterranean Tapestry leaving Barcelona next June. It's too early for shorex to be posted or so the page has always said when I tried LOL

This morning I got an email saying shorex were ready to be booked. Went there. Same message in red My guess is that they sent a generic email to everyone who has a cruise booked. What a bummer Don't tease me like that HAL.

Oh well. Maybe some chocolate will ease my disappointment
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Old September 14th, 2013, 03:08 PM
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Sorry about your disappointment.

Chocolate does help!!
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Old September 14th, 2013, 04:13 PM
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HAL let me down

We're booked on the Mediterranean Tapestry leaving Barcelona next June. It's too early for shorex to be posted or so the page has always said when I tried LOL

This morning I got an email saying shorex were ready to be booked. Went there. Same message in red My guess is that they sent a generic email to everyone who has a cruise booked. What a bummer Don't tease me like that HAL.

Oh well. Maybe some chocolate will ease my disappointment
Hopefully in the next 270 days before your cruise, this will all sort out. Plus they may add even more choices the closer to the actual date of the cruise. We keep checking to see if anything more is added from our first look a few months out. Pre-booking can be critical if there are popular and limited tours, but rarely have we run into a sold out tour.

More likely they add more busses, and there are often last minute cancellations if you do end up on a wait list. We even jumped on the bus in the Athens/Piraeus parking lot at the dock when we learned at the last minute after our arrival for our DIY day in Athens that the metro into town was on strike, so they signed us up for the shore tour right then and there in the parking lot.
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Old September 14th, 2013, 04:16 PM
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We got the same email - I know the shore excursions are up for our cruise in February, but I had wanted DH to book a couple of Pinnacle nights, and that had not been available. Perhaps it's still not available!
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Old September 14th, 2013, 04:31 PM
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HAL let me down

We're booked on the Mediterranean Tapestry leaving Barcelona next June. It's too early for shorex to be posted or so the page has always said when I tried LOL

This morning I got an email saying shorex were ready to be booked. Went there. Same message in red My guess is that they sent a generic email to everyone who has a cruise booked. What a bummer Don't tease me like that HAL.

Oh well. Maybe some chocolate will ease my disappointment
It is a generic email - I got the same one for my cruise and of course there are no shore excursions ready - nor any PG to book.

Give it time and don't let it bother you.

HAL really needs to fix these generic emails to match when things are really ready - yeah right I'm really dreaming

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We got the same email - I know the shore excursions are up for our cruise in February, but I had wanted DH to book a couple of Pinnacle nights, and that had not been available. Perhaps it's still not available!
Got a note from a friend who emailed HAL - PG dinners for 2014 should be available by November if that helps at all Ann
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Old September 14th, 2013, 04:33 PM
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Thanks, Jacqui, I'll be mighty hungry by then. Guess I'll break out the chocolate, too.
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I just read that PG reservations for 2014 will be available in November 2013. I've been stymied in trying to book but at least now I know I can in November.
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Sorry for your disappointment. Hopefully waiting a bit longer will result in them adding some great tours.
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I got the same email today. Strangely, it was kind of personalized. It had my booking number for my Amazon cruise, but nothing about my April voyage on the Amsterdam. Perhaps stranger still, I've booked all my shorex for the Prinsendam but nothing for the Amsterdam.

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Thanks for your kind comments and suggestions

It was meant more as a tongue-in-cheek post than a whine. It IS early for ours to be up. I just thought the email was rather funny under the circumstances.

I have already poked around for private tours in certain locations where I know what HAL will offer won't match our interests.
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Thanks, Jacqui, I'll be mighty hungry by then. Guess I'll break out the chocolate, too.
*passes Vict0riann some of her stash*
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We may be on the same cruise (June 17). I called and shore excursions will be available mid November.
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We are Be sure to check in on the rollcall.
And thanks for the information
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Oops. The original semi-roll call has poofed. Thanks for starting a new one!
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2014: Veendam 18 day Circle Hawaii, San Diego RT; Seine Princess 4 day Seine, Paris RT; Veendam 7 day Historic Coasts, Boston RT; Noordam 11 day Med. Explorer, Rome to Barcelona Trip Report (partial); Celebrity Century 8 day Eastern Caribbean, Ft Lauderdale RT Live Report
2013: Zuiderdam 7 day Eastern Caribbean, Ft Lauderdale RT "semi-live", Trip Report; Eurodam 7 day Norse Legends, Amsterdam RT Trip Report; Veendam 7 day New England/Canada, Boston to Quebec Trip Report;
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1980s: SS Dolphin IV 3 day & 4 day cruises; Vista Fjord (Cunard) 7 day Baltic Cruise; Rhapsody (Paquet Cruise Line) 7 day Alaska cruise (Statendam IV); QE II (Cunard) Transatlantic, NYC to Southampton
1970s: Skyward (NCL) 7 day Caribbean; Mermoz (Paquet Cruise Line) 10 day Western Caribbean; Orpheus (Epirotiki-Swan's Hellenic Cruises) 2 week Greece/Turkey; Royal Viking Sea: 2 week North Cape

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