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  1. I may change my thinking after the new 'rules' come out. And I am expecting cruising to begin no sooner than January 2021 and no later than June of the same year. Besides genetics, the main amelioration factors seem to be brevity of exposure, proximity and fresh air circulation. (The scientists have already discounted the chemicals, particularly the sprayed ones.) The first two of those will probably be addressed by the rules. But I will also be looking at which cruise lines use this break to remove the old AC/circulation/ventilation systems, which have not been optimal for a long time, and replace them with systems that are room-individualized with better circulation and ventilation. I understand that Virgin is already touting the high tech, efficiency systems they are putting in their new ships. It will become a selling point for the rest as well.
  2. You are correct. I will not be cruising for quite a while. For sure, it won't be until the CDC can give the cruise lines some guidelines they can actually live with and make money.
  3. Here's what I wrote in an email to customer service after completing my survey: There was no comment space so that I could tell you exactly what would let me consider Crystal for any cruise – That will be after I receive a full refund for my Crystal Symphony trip which was to begin with a flight on May 31, 2020 and end on June 19, 2020. This cruise was cancelled by Crystal quite some time ago and I should have received a full refund long before now. There was nowhere to put the exact things that would entice me to return to cruising. Those are as follows: no social distancing or masks. I would want to eat communal meals, play in the casino and attend shows; in other words, the same experience as before the pandemic. no harsh chemicals. I am allergic to almost all of them. only ports on an itinerary which have committed to being open to cruise ships and to associated tours. guaranteed return to home, not just to flight or cruise embarkation port, without needing to purchase insurance. No ship quarantining at any time. no request for doctor’s commitment that one is able to travel, regardless of age. No request for proof of vaccination until such time as a vaccine has been proven to be effective, widely available and have no side effects.
  4. I let my travel agent handle this for me. And I created an email with specific instructions. She is a bulldog about finding the correct person to get it and getting their acknowledgement that they have sent it to the ship.
  5. The only way to get the printed news digests back is to write Orlando directly. I have done so and hope you will too. It will take many, many letters. I just received my response. It was pretty much hogwash that covered a whole page. And they are really sticking to that environmental excuse instead of the real one, which is probably that they didn't want to pay the franchise fee to a paper and let their contract with the NY Times expire.
  6. No slippers on K'dam in January in a regular verandah cabin. I asked my steward and he found them for me.
  7. Would V6100 on the K'dam be considered a bump out cabin with the bed next to the slider? Is there a place to see the different configurations by cabin?
  8. I am packing ear plugs as part of my dinner attire for my upcoming cruise on the Koningsdam. Learned my lesson from the last time I was on her -- loved the music venues but didn't enjoy keeping my fingers stuck in my ears.
  9. Thank you to everyone for researching and answering my question. I have been on the K'dam once, in March 2017, and was considering whether to try the Nieuw Statendam if they had learned from their early K'dam mistakes: Mixing fixed and at-will diners in the dining room instead of setting aside areas or floors for each. Repeating the same dinner menu about every 10 days instead of every 3 or 4 weeks as it should be. Allowing smoking in a very small casino. Playing canned music everywhere too loud. No venue for ballroom dancing. Promenade deck too narrow. Smaller cabins than other HAL ships, smaller glass view to outside, closets, desk space, drawers, sofa, tables. No library and no passenger book exchange. Open music venues that had music spilling over into each other. Not enforcing the dress code in the dining room. Paperwork glitches for pre-booked items.
  10. What did HAL learn from the Koningsdam that they have changed on the Nieuw Statendam?
  11. Yes, there are still buses. the company is Cruise Connection by Escot, 31 Sarasota Center Blvd, Sarasota 34240, (888)501-5388, www.cruiseconnection.travel. I do not believe it is owned by HAL in its current reincarnation, and I don't believe HAL will book it for you. My travel agent books it directly for me. I have found them to be reliable and organized; they usually get me to the port before noon, from Daytona. Their literature says they pick up for the return at the Ft. Lauderdale port between 10:30 and noon and at Miami between 9:30 and 10:30. They are constrained by how many ship-sponsored buses are there to go to the airport. There is usually very little space to sit outside the Ft. Lauderdale port terminals but I have found the Escot employee to be very attentive. They do not run every day and may not run at all during some summer months. If you are comparing parking to bus, the bus becomes much more economical the longer the cruise is. And you don't have to deal with that awful South Florida traffic, which could really take the buzz off at the end of a nice cruise. Diane from Central Florida
  12. It's been a while since I was on the Zaandam so have questions: 1) Have they replaced the safes that needed a credit card to open to ones that can be programmed with one's own numbers? 2) Are the hangers fully removable from the rod or are they the ones with the permanent metal circles and only the bottom portions are movable? 3) Are the fixed and at will diners still separated? 4) Is this one of the ships where the inhouse singers and dancers are no more? 5) Has the Lido been upgraded to the new serving method and the separate food lines by category? Thanks
  13. Not only does the wine steward in the MDR get credit for the sale, but you also establish a relationship that you will want to maintain all during your cruise. Frequently, the inventory of those wines you buy will deplete before the end of the cruise. Your relationship with the wine steward will then bear fruit because they will look for substitutes that will please you. This becomes especially important on those longer cruises such as you are taking. You and I know that wine is sold in every port, but HAL doesn't. They don't pick up anything along the way.
  14. The promenade deck on the K'dam is so narrow that I recommended that it be one way only. It is not fun with both way walkers.
  15. Thank you for your continuing comments. I am pushing this post forward in hopes that someone new will know if there is a website where I can find the actual square footage of individual cabins by cabin number on the K'dam, HAL ships, and/or all cruise lines. I am interested in the size of the cabin itself, not the balcony.
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