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About darstamp

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  • Location
    Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
  • Interests
    Cruising, movies, dining out with friends
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Norwegian, Crystal
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Can't decide

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  1. Just a warning abut Allianz travel insurance. We purchased it for some flights we booked with Alaska Airlines. When we had to cancel Allianz refused to honour it because it was caused by a pandemic. We went back to Alaska and they gave us credit certificates but I'm not sure we will ever get to use them.
  2. Ginger Mule. I love anything ginger.
  3. In addition to all these changes that will definitely reduce the pleasure of cruising, there is also the reports that "shorter" cruises will be offered more. From where we live it can take us up to three days just to get to a cruise. Why on earth would we want to go on a cruise shorter than 7 days? or even 10 days? I think we just won't be doing as much cruising in the future.
  4. Was scheduled to cruise on the Zuiderdam on March 18th. The day before it was cancelled I phoned and took the Future Cruise Credit. The Taxes and Port Fees were refunded to my credit card today, June 3. I still have a refund coming for a deposit on a September cruise that we cancelled a few weeks later.
  5. I spoke to them two days ago and they said my refund was in progress. I had a cruise booked in September but cancelled that about a month ago. If they credited my taxes and port fees to that cruise then they have to return it along with my deposit. I agree. If I wait much longer that will erode my trust in taking future cruises with HAL.
  6. I was willing to take a cruise credit but have now been waiting 61 days for the return of my taxes and port fees which I was originally told I would receive in two weeks.
  7. Well, I've read all of your comments and appreciate the views of you knowledgeable, experienced HAL cruisers. I was a dedicated loyal NCL cruiser. Unfortunately, NCL started expanding with bigger and bigger ships which do not appeal to me at all. Added to that were poor Pacific Coast itineraries and I had to find an alternative cruise line. The first line I tried was Princess. Great California coast itinerary, good excursions, loved the wine bar, but that was about all. We were jammed in like sardines. If you didn't get there really early, forget it, all the seats were gone. Not keen ab
  8. I cancelled on the 13th of March for our cruise due to leave on March 18th.. Was told my refund of taxes and port fees would be two weeks. Did not receive it so contacted them to see what was happening and was told it would take 60 days.
  9. With regard to the bailout issue, every cruise I have ever taken included taxes and port fees including ports in the US, and there are dozens of them. Most people get off in the ports and take an excursion, which costs and employs people, and/or enjoy a meal, and/or shop. This is revenue. I suspect Alaska may take a big financial hit along with the U.S. ports on both coasts, and ports in the rest of the world. It's a multi billion dollar industry. When we are through this, many people will spend their travel dollars elsewhere but for some, like me, cruising is the only viable option. So
  10. We were scheduled to go on the 18th as well and cancelled today. There were 10 of us. I am so sad about it because we probably won't ever get to do the trip as it isn't being offered in spring break next year. However, I appreciate the FCC, they didn't have to do that. Now to tackle the airlines as we have cancellation insurance for both but we are concerned just the same that they won't give us back our money now that WHO has labelled it a pandemic. As for Princess, it's too bad but seven people died. They changed crew with another ship and spread it around. I just don't believe they we
  11. These are tough decisions, that's for sure. We are sailing on March 18 out of Ft. Lauderdale to the Panama Canal area. I have health issues and catching the virus could be serious for me. However, I could catch the virus right here at home as there have been a couple of cases in my city. My attitude is that I'm not going to sit in my apartment waiting for the virus to pass because it could go on for months or even years and I could catch it anyway. My daughter's family, on the other hand, have jobs and school and don't want to be stuck in quarantine for weeks so their reasons are differen
  12. I got a prescription for the Prevnar 13 pneumonia vaccine yesterday but the pharmacy wouldn't administer it because it has only been about 6 months since I had the first one and apparently you have to wait a year before you can have the 2nd.
  13. The thing that jumps out at me is that his doctor says he is not fit for travel and he would probably not have any insurance. I had a stroke a few years ago while travelling. It was a mild one and I only spent one day in hospital but the bill was $16,000 for the day. Fortunately, my daughter was with me and could help me get home. He would be alone if they put him off the ship. Some questions he needs to ask if he doesn't have someone travelling with him and sharing his room are: how is he going to handle his luggage, bathroom needs, who will get meals for him in the buffet, how will he
  14. My friend just got back from this cruise and took the excursion to the Embera Village. She told me she loved the excursion but had a very sore bottom from the canoe. Hope that helps
  15. Thank you for the video - it was very enjoyable. I expect to be on the Maasdam in September - my first time on her. My trip is 16 days. Have never been on one that long. How did you find the 14 day one? Was there lots to do? Can you tell me if the rooms have refrigerators for medication?
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