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  1. We got a call today too about the deposit due date change to May 18 as well. We'll wait until then and see what happens with our refunds. We've got a lot of money out there since we paid in advance for the 2020 GA and also had our 44 day South America cruise cancelled by HAL 2 days before sailing.
  2. I had booked a future dam for the grand 2021 and just received our booking for the Grand Africa 2021. It's Oct. 10, 2021 - Dec. 20, 2021 (71 days duration). Cost for a J inside cabin is $13,814 per person ($12,699 base fare + $1115 taxes, port fees ) The 2021 cruses does not visit Mombasa, Kenya; Salalah, Oman or Valletta, Malta The new ports are Souda, Greece; Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt and Safaga, Egypt Not sure about paying the rest of the deposit at this time.
  3. I've been worried about the same issue. We fly to Ft. Lauderdale from Seattle on March 14 and I wouldn't want to make that trip across the country if we are denied boarding.
  4. We had cabin #427 (just next door) for 49 day Atlantic adventure in 2017 and loved the cabin. We really liked having the extra space. The only problem that I had but not my husband was that the drapes were a little short and there is a light outside that's on all night. Our fix was to use clothespins and fix hand towels to the bottom of the drapes at night to extend their length. This wasn't perfect but it worked well enough for us. Other than that everything was super.
  5. I booked a Europe fall 2021 cruise on the Veendam to get the cabin that we prefer. The fare includes lots of extras with a refundable deposit but most of those extras are not important to us. The exception is the pre paid gratuities. We're hoping for reasonable prices once this promotion ends. The current daily rate for our inside cabin is $554. Our daily rate for our Grand Africa cruise with an inside cabin is $374 but with no perks and we thought that was expensive. We'll see if prices get more reasonable in the coming months. I just hope HAL doesn't price us out of their cruises.
  6. So often acts of kindness like this happen and nobody knows. Thanks for posting this.
  7. We have reservations for this October to stay 3 nights at the Navona Gallery and Garden Suites. This will be our first time staying there but they get excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. It's a b&b and the prices are very reasonable but there are only a few units so you have to book really early or just get lucky. We'll then use Civitavecchia Shuttle Express for transportation to the ship. We did use this company last year from the port to the airport.
  8. Go to the Grand Africa roll call and I'll give you the latest information there. Mary
  9. I'm sorry but the excitement got away from me. Mary
  10. Ruth, Are you taking the Grand Africa cruise? Brent and I met you on the Prinsendam last September for the rivers of Europe cruise and showed you our really spacious inside cabin. Mary
  11. She quoted R92,200 for two people and USD $6,240 or $3120 per person. I imagine that exchange rate could change. Peter sent me the ship tours for the 2018 segment of the world cruise. HAL's 4 day/ 3 night safari to Jock Safari from Maputo was $5999 per person and that was only 3 nights at Jock. There was a less expensive option, also from Maputo 4 days/ 3 nights to Kwa Madwala Game Reserve and the price was $4399 per person. Their prices were for double (2 person sharing). Mary
  12. Liselle sent the proposal already for the 4 nights at Notten's Bush Lodge and she'll send my payment form in the morning. Our total will be R92,200. She said there will be no discounts even if we add more people so that price is firm. I've been working on a safari for a while now and have spent quite a bit of time researching and talking to friends that have done it and I'm happy with the final product. Notten's Bush Camp - 4 nights includes accommodation, all meals, drinks (soft drinks and alcoholic), all safari activities (2 x open 4x4 game drives , 1 x bush walk per day), teas, coffees Scheduled flight Skukuza - Cape Town Road transfer Maputo harbor - Nottens Road transfer Notten's to Skukuza aorport Road transfer Cape Town Airport - Cape Town Harbor If you're interested you can email Liselle at liselle@sunsafaris.com Space is subject to availability at time of booking. I'm taking out insurance through my TA to cover the deposit in case anything unforeseen happens. We'll then add to the covered amount when the cruise payment becomes non refundable. Mary
  13. Yes that is per couple. Brent came in and we made our decision. We will spend 4 nights at Notten's Bush Lodge. That will get us to the ship on it's first day at Cape Town at about 3 pm. ( This is judging from the time that our friends Peter and Harry arrived on a similar flight in 2018.) We'll have that afternoon and the next day in Cape Town. (The ship leaves at 11 pm on Nov. 25). We'd love to have other people join us. Mary
  14. I got a detailed quote from Liselle Raath at Sun Safari for the 3 nights at Notten's Bush Camp, 1 night at Cape Codogan hotel in Cape Town, road transfer Maputo harbor to Notten's, road transfer Notten's to Skukuza Airport, flight from Skukuza airport to Cape Town with South African Airways, road transfer Cape Town Airport to Cape Codogan, road transfer Cape Codogan hotel to Cape Town harbor. Notten's Bush Camp is all inclusive and includes the lodging, 2 game drives a day, meals, drinks etc. The cost for this for two people is R85,400 total. The cost for staying 4 nights at the bush lodge and not staying at a hotel in Cape Town is R92,200. We have to make up our minds as to how many days we will spend at the Safari Lodge. I'm hoping that the cost could come down slightly if other people join us since the vehicle could be shared for the road transfers. We'll be booking by the end of this week. There is a 30 % deposit. I'll take out insurance when I pay that since it looks to be non refundable. Mary
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