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  1. If the price of the longer cruise isn't a deal breaker, and you just don't want to be on the ship that long, than book the longer cruise, and request to leave the ship at an earlier port. I was on a Emerald TP, which started from Sydney. We decided we wanted to spend the time exploring NZ's South Island, rather than crossing the Tasman to North NZ. We could have boarded in Auckland, but that meant missing all the North NZ stops. So, we booked from Sydney, and requested to board at the first stop in NZ, which was Wellington. We paid the full fare for the cruise, and got still the 29 cruise po
  2. Princess cruises from Seattle normally spend about 5 hours in port (7pm-11:59pm) in Victoria, so that length of time seems to be long enough for it to count as a proper port stop. Perhaps if Royal does the same, they will be fine as well.
  3. That is because Victoria is a 'deemed foreign port' as there is no other way for Alaskan cruises to meet the requirements otherwise.
  4. From here: https://www.princess.com/news/notices_and_advisories/notices/global-ship-operations-pause-december-2020.html 'All sailings in Asia, Caribbean, California Coast, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama Canal, South America & Antarctica, Japan, and Tahiti/South Pacific through December 15, 2020'
  5. I would not set it up that way, just because if grandmother can't sail, your daughter would be denied boarding as well. If this happens close to sail away, you might not be able to include your daughter in your cabin, or it would be expensive to do so. So you would then have to find someone to look after her, or cancel your cabin.
  6. Things are very busy over at Princess right now. You may need to wait 60-90 days before seeing any kind of refund. They simply have so many to do right now, it will take some time.
  7. I totally get where you are coming from; it is nice to know. It's called a guarantee for a reason, though - you are guaranteed a stateroom. Beyond that, why does it matter which room? Even if you don't get informed until you get to the dock, there will be someone there to tell you what stateroom number to put on your bags so the porter can take them. Give it another few days.
  8. I doubt any crew still working their contract will be going home. I just think HAL hasn't figured out how to replace the Asia cruises yet. It takes time to figure out where to go, get permission from each port to be able to dock there, *and* find passengers ready to pay. It is very short notice to get people aboard. I wouldn't be surprised if nothing happens until at least April. Heck, it is possible the ship will arrive in Alaska without passengers.
  9. Interesting... The HAL website doesn't show any cruises for the Westerdam until she begins the Alaska run in May. Wonder what she'll do to fill in the time until then?
  10. It is primarily on Oasis Class, and some Quantum class. For ships that don't have an SL, there's a consierge lounge that has the same function. And yes, for GS and above.
  11. It does seem strange to be going to Alaska this time of year, doesn't it. Perhaps he misheard - Anchorage/at anchorage. Time will tell.
  12. It does indeed. However, MarineTraffic.com lists the ship's destination as GR KGS which is Kos, Greece. So either the destination is wrong, (computer glitch, or not transmitting the right information) or it is just quite a coincidence that the name of the port it's headed to is the same as the code for the port it left. As I said, until we get more info, wait and see.
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