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  1. Happy with my V and V changes! I had a Signature Suite on a 14 day cruise on Rotterdam. I rebooked into two adjacent verandas, added the preceding 7 cruise. I transferred the deposit to one room (onboard booking $50) so only have to pay deposit for the added room. ALL FOR LESS than my original pricing. Even though I lost some of the perks from a previous promo, it's perfectly fine and perks I'd give up for what I've got now.
  2. Read your other post. Sounds frustrating indeed. Well... with lots of time between now and final payment and our sailing... we wait and see. We were supposed to be on Radiance right now, then did a lift and shift to Quantum in the other direction. Maybe we'll have to figure out plan C soon.
  3. Have you been officially informed that this cruise is canceled? I'm on this cruise as well, but have received no notification.
  4. Sailed on Holland America Maasdam earlier this year right before the shut down. We spent an entire DAY cruising Milford, Dusky and Doubtful sounds. It was spectacular and went quite deep into all of them.
  5. Any other info on this topic? I've booked a Vista suite for a 14 day Baltic's cruise next summer on Rotterdam and was considering an upgrade to a Signature suite. Any idea where the murphy bed is located? They layout pictures don't really indicate the location.
  6. Sad to see. My family and I disembarked Maasdam in Auckland March 1, 2020 after sailing 14 days on her. Overall, a fantastic ship and crew. Yes, she's a little worn and dated to some extent, but we found ways to overlook the shortcomings and have a wonderful experience. We met some neat people and I thought of them often as Maasdam left Auckland on what was her last voyage to San Diego. I even caught a glimpse of her in Honolulu as she provisioned, at the height of the COVID panic. She served HAL and all the guests well. Carry on in those epic Greek waters. Carry on.
  7. My June 1st Jewels of the Baltic on Rotterdam (Ryndam)was rescheduled for May, which is actually too early, I would have preferred it get pushed back a bit. When the dust settles I hope to rebook for the Sept/Oct Jewels of the Baltic. Hopefully that's not too late in the season for a Baltic's cruise. HAL has the latest sailings, with most lines pulling the gangway in August. Either way, it's nice to have some clarity on what was bound to happen in the new build being delayed.
  8. Since I started this thread, I'll give everyone an update. I ended up canceling the cruise in question and after some back and forth and finding a new agent to deal with, I got the $100 cancelation fee waived. I'll also be taking my business to a new agency with no extra fees.
  9. Thanks everyone for the update, I've never encountered this before, so I wasn't sure if it was a one off, or more bad info by the agent, which is a consistent reality. For color, I had to inform her about "Cruise With Confidence" after she quoted me the standard cancelation policy, as if Covid wasn't wreaking havoc and wasn't front and center in the industry. Unfortunately, I'm stuck with her until this particular cruise sails or I cancel. I go into all of this having done my homework, but I'm shocked that in light of what's going on and that the cruise lines, airlines and hotel
  10. Anyone cancel their cruise and have their TA levy a cancelation fee?
  11. I'm booked on the Sept 20th Tokyo-Singapore, I too hope they cancel that one as well, before final payment is due.
  12. Oh good! I'm not the only one that leaves them on as long as possible... to recount the memories.
  13. I did read on the Fincantieri website that they'll work through the summer holidays to attempt to get back on schedule. Hopefully this will be achievable.
  14. Booked the June 1st, 2021 sailing Jewels of the Baltic's while on my Maasdam cruise in Feb. Couldn't pass up the deal! Now... will she be finished in time for her scheduled debut?
  15. FWIW - I was curious what Fincantieri was saying about Ryndam. Their statement said that while current work is on hold at all their shipyards, when work does resume, they'll work through their summer holidays to try to get back on schedule. I'm booked on one of the early Ryndam sailings next summer... hoping it doesn't get canceled.
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