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About darstamp

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    Cool Cruiser

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    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. I contacted the Holland America Health Desk because I had previously filled out their form notifying them about my oxygen requirements. I asked them to confirm that I would be allowed to board as I need to book flights and hotel. This was there response: "We have received your on line SRI form and processed it. You're all set as far as any paperwork for our department." so no answer to my inquiry.
  2. Thanks for all your responses. The person who told me this didn't have any details but you have made some good points. If Cunard is doing this, maybe Carnival will follow. I certainly hope not. I would have backup anyway as I intend to rent a full size concentrator to have in my room at night. I had thought about renting a backup for my portable as well -would make sense. Please share if you hear anything more about this.
  3. I was told today by someone who works for the Carnival lines that they will no longer allow anyone who requires supplemental Oxygen or has pre-existing respiratory conditions to sail. The only exception is those with C-pap machines. I am sick about this as I am booked to sail with Holland America next April. I have cruised with Oxygen before, many people do. It doesn't make sense given that I will be fully vaccinated by then and no more at risk than anyone else. Has anyone heard this?
  4. 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.
  5. Ginger Mule. I love anything ginger.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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.
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