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  1. We took our first Holland America cruise in Dec. 2019 in a moderately priced ocean view cabin. Every night there were chocolates on the bed, towel animals, free robes to use while on the ship, ice twice a day and lobster on gala night. We are platinum on Norwegian and three months earlier on an NCL cruise in a comparable cabin we had none of these. It will be interesting to see if these amenities disappear from other cruise lines too as cost saving measures due to lost revenue because of the virus.
  2. Canada does have an embassy in Perth. Don't know what, if any, help they could be. You may wish to send them an email and see if they have any suggestions. Address: Canadian Honorary Consulate in Perth, Australia - 267, St.George's Terrace, 3rd Floor - Perth, WA 6000 - Australia Telephone: (+61) (8) 9322 7930 Fax: E-mail: canadaperth@bigpond.com
  3. We just cancelled our mid-May cruise 66 days before sailing. We had no travel insurance so were pleased to receive a total refund of cash for our taxes & port fees and a FCC for the cruise cost. Our airfare on Alaska is not refundable and they are currently not allowing free changes this far out. Worst case we loose the cost of the airline tickets. Best case the virus situation improves in the next six weeks and we can use our FCC to rebook the same cruise and use our existing flight reservations.
  4. We will be getting $200 onboard spending credit if we go on our May cruise. Can this credit be used toward future cruise certificates, daily service charges, or excursions? Thank you.
  5. We just got the $200 OBC for our May cruise to Alaska. Does HAL allow you to use non-refundable OBC to buy future cruise certificates like NCL does? If not, can it be used toward excursions or daily service charges? We still plan on going but are waiting to see how bad the outbreak situation gets in Kirkland since we have to fly to Seattle for the cruise.
  6. We will be doing an Alaskan cruise in and out of Seattle this summer. Our plan is to take a car share service ($ 36) from Sea/Tac to pier 91. On our return we plan on using Seattle's free Port Valet for our luggage and the ride share service again back to the airport. Has anyone done this? Is it a good plan? Any other suggestion? Thanks!
  7. We have our first ever guarantee cabin booked through a travel agent for an Alaskan cruise. Will our travel agent notify us when our cabin is assigned or will it just show up in our HAL cruise documents?
  8. We are looking at a future cruise. If we use a CruiseNext certificate as our deposit then cancel the cruise before final payment do we lose our certificate? Would we be better off paying the $50 deposit now, then using the certificate as part of our final payment? Since the cruise is a ways off and our plans could change we would rather risk losing $50 than a $250 CruiseNext credit.
  9. We sailed on our first HAL cruise 6 months ago and noticed 2 white robes in packages in our closet. We didn't use them but saw several people walking around the decks wearing theirs. What is the policy? Are they there to use free during the cruise, like a towel? Or are you charged if you use them? We will be sailing again in a few months and would like to be clear before we go. Thank you.
  10. I saw on the news that 4 people were taken to the hospital in LA due to a possible Norovirus outbreak when the Norwegian Joy docked after its recent 16 day Panama Canal trip. Was anyone on that cruise? How bad was it? What steps were taken to protect the passengers on that cruise plus the new passengers getting ready to board? Would appreciate hearing what you have to say and what you may have done to avoid being exposed.
  11. We used it too when we were on the Epic because it was almost always nearly empty. Much quieter and less confusion but you have to take the stairs slowly when trying to manage a plate full of food. Not for someone with balance or mobility issues. What's nice is there is a machine with coffee, hot water/tea bags, iced tea and water so no need to bring your drinks in addition to your lunch.
  12. The original itinerary was: Dec. 2 Cabo Oosterdam; Royal Princess; Seven Sea Navigator Dec. 3 Mazatlán Oosterdam only Dec. 4 Puerto Vallarta Oosterdam; Norwegian Joy; Visions of the Sea New itinerary: Dec. 3 Puerto Vallarta Oosterdam; Rotterdam Dec. 4 Mazatlán Oosterdam; Norwegian Joy; Carnival Miracle Dec. 5 Cabo Oosterdam only Since Cabo is the only port we plan on getting off the ship we actually like the change. Cabo is a tender port so the fewer people the better.
  13. I may have found the answer to my own question. After further research the new tax seems to apply only to people remaining in Baja more than 24 hours. It seems like cruise passengers will not be affected.
  14. Apparently Mexico recently implemented a new $18.50 per person tax for tourists flying into Cabo and other Baja cities collected at the airports. Any idea if they will try to collect the tax from cruise passengers when they tender in or get off the ship in port? Our upcoming Oosterdam cruise stops at Cabo, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta and we don't want to be hit with any unexpected fees.
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