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    Maryland, USA
  • Interests
    Genealogy, travel and reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Fred Olsen, Holland America

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  1. I did their book club on an Azores cruise and it was a wonderful experience. Our books did not match destination but they were interesting.
  2. I was booked on the 27 August MS Maud cruise out of Dover and received the cancellation notice a few weeks ago. Like periodic itinerant I also followed the link and filled out the refund request form, but so far no further communication or payment received. I will give it another couple of weeks before I try calling as I booked through U.K. office.
  3. I got notice yesterday as well about vaccinations. Unfortunately that notice also came with notice that all 2021 U.K. expedition cruises, including mine 27 August, have been cancelled because of every changing and uncertain restrictions.
  4. I am curious as to why Hurtigruten expedition cruises are not requiring passengers to be vaccinated. They are only requiring negative Covid test results before boarding. I'm on their U.K. cruise this August and one of our planned ports is Douglas, Isle of Man. I just heard from my cousin who lives there that the port is now welcoming cruisers, but only those who have had both jabs and at least two weeks prior. If everyone is not vaccinated, will we lose our chance at this port? Scotland has still not issued clear guidelines for cruise ships yet and many of our planned ports are there. What hap
  5. The last U.S. agency they used was awful; the one before great. So I'm very happy to book direct and I get to ask questions of folks who really know the ships.
  6. And what happens if you don't really like your table companions? I know this happened to my husband when cruised solo once; he just didn't like the two ladies he was assigned to sit with.
  7. No toll-free number from U.S. You have to call the regular number 011-44-1473-742-424. The hold times are not bad; I got through yesterday in just a couple of minutes.
  8. I know when I've booked FO early, it seems that additional offers such as OBC get added 3-7 days later; it's like clock work.
  9. At least my November cruise is scheduled for Bolette, although given it's to several countries in Med not certain what will happen with it. And, luckily, my Balmoral booking is not til next July.
  10. I like the idea that folks already booked are getting first go on booking rescheduled cruises,, but I agree that it would be nice if everyone got informed right away of cancellations. This is especially so for those of us who come from "away" and have to make other travel arrangements such as flights.
  11. Hurtigruten really trying to talk me out of getting a refund on a Maud cruise, or at least delay it. After writing several times, I finally received the following response: "We would like to apologize once more for the disappointment caused and for our delay in reverting to you. The safety, well-being and comfort of our guests is of paramount importance to Hurtigruten and we can understand your disappointment in the refurbishment status of MS Maud. In consideration of this, we will provide you with a full refund of your money paid to Hurtigruten for your MS Maud sailing. Plea
  12. My cruise is 15 days starting 27 August, but they have the same itinerary scheduled to sail 4 July as well.
  13. I think Fred is handling all these changes, etc. far better than some other cruise lines. They really care for their passengers. And they are definitely my favorite cruise line. On the other hand Hurtigruten has still not given any information about their around U.K. cruises out of Dover which are suppose to start July 4th and stop in several ports in England, Wales, and Scotland and include bookings from non-U.K. residents (I am one of them).
  14. Finally heard back from Hurtigruten regarding my cancellation: "We would like to apologize once more for the disappointment caused and for our delay in reverting to you. The safety, well-being and comfort of our guests is of paramount importance to Hurtigruten and we can understand your disappointment in the refurbishment status of MS Maud. In consideration of this, we will provide you with a full refund of your money paid to Hurtigruten for your MS Maud sailing. Please note that we are in discussion with colleagues about an alternative offer. Within the next two weeks, we are
  15. I'm still waiting to hear about my complaint abut charging a cancellation fee for a Maud cruise.
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