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  1. As noted by others here, no one can decide for you whether or not you should cancel. But knowing who is most at risk from this virus, and why it becomes life-threatening to some people and not others might help you to decide whether or not you should avoid cruising right now. I found the following article to be well written and answered a number of my questions. A weakened immune system, and chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure are noted as putting someone at high risk. Hope this helps. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/02/19/how-coronavirus-kills/
  2. This is such great news to me. It never occurred to me there might be a vegetarian menu. I've had pretty good luck in Tamarind and in the Lido checking out the "Distant Lands" Asian counter on the Kdam and Statendam, but next time I'm in the main dining room I'll ask for the vegetarian options. Sometimes there would be one on the regular menu which I often chose. Nice to know there are likely many more. Thanks everyone for all this wonderful information!
  3. Oh my goodness, I had NO idea HAL offered a vegetarian menu. Thank you Miss G for posting this. Do you, or anyone else, know if this is offered on all HAL ships? It looks wonderful to me
  4. I finally found this on the HAL site in the Transportation section of FAQ. Not sure why I couldn't find it before: Where Do I Meet My Airport Transfer? On days of sailing, Holland America representatives will be stationed in the airport baggage claim area or outside the customs area (depending on local customs regulations), to greet guests and assist those who are eligible to be transferred to the pier. You will recognize our representatives by their Holland America signs. If you don't see our representatives, please have one paged. Please note: This service is available only on days o
  5. sndral, we're also coming in a day early and staying at the airport Hilton and planned to walk back to Terminal 3 on Monday to catch the port shuttle. Thanks for the map!!! I'm feeling better about the possibility of actually finding the HAL reps at the airport at this point!
  6. Thank you all for the info. I've double checked and there's nothing on our docs about transfers. Seems strange, especially for a European destination, for HAL not to provide transfer info. Thank goodness for Cruise Critic and so many helpful fellow travelers!
  7. We've purchased a Rome airport (FCO) to Port of Civitavecchia transfer from HAL and for the life of me I don't understand why we've received no information from HAL included in our booking on where and when to catch the shuttle. I finally called our HAL cruise consultant who at least gave me a window of 9am to 11am and a meeting place of "downstairs in Terminal 3 outside customs" as a meeting place. But we have no ticket and our only "proof" of having purchased the transfer is on our itinerary. Help! Is this normal? How will the shuttle driver know that we have, indeed, already purchased the
  8. Thanks for sharing this. Looks like the same selection we saw offered on the Nieuw Statendam in March. We're sailing on the Koningsdam in a week and I have to say I was really hoping the wine selection would be better this time around.
  9. Thanks for checking VMax! Really looking forward to this and plan to sign up as soon as we get onboard!
  10. DH and I will be on the April 29 sailing on the Koningsdam out of Civitavecchia and have the Signature Beverage Package as part of the Explore 4. Just found out the price limit on that package has been upped from $9 max per drink to $11. Anyone currently on the Koningsdam willing to post pictures of some of the current wine offerings in places like the Ocean Bar and Crow's Nest? I've heard the list was supposed to be changed this month and I'm really hoping it's an improvement over what I saw on the Nieuw Statendam in March. Thanks in advance.
  11. cruisen cracker: Have you tried the Grand Dutch Cafe for coffee? It's not free but we found it quite good.
  12. Despegue, thank you for pointing that out! Hadn't realized that it had changed. Good move on HAL's part.
  13. sun16, DH and I have traveled extensively in Europe. Definitely take at least one Debit card to access ATMs during your trip. (And make sure you let your bank know where and when you're traveling so no one thinks your card has been stolen.) ATM machines generally aren't hard to find (you'll see them at the airport when you land) and many many European banks have outside ones that are easily accessed. Expect to pay a small fee to use them. The wonderful thing about European ATMs is that you'll get an assortment of denominations (not all $20 like the US). We usually get about $200 at a time and
  14. This is really great to hear. We'll definitely be on the lookout for those grey flyers! Thanks again!
  15. Thanks VMax! Would appreciate it if you would post what you find out about the Rijsttafel at Tamarind. Where do you find the gray "Plan Your Voyage" flyers???? DH and I have never come across them and it's exactly the kind of thing we're always looking for!
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