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  1. We will be taking a 2-week tour in Ireland before a cruise leaving from Amsterdam. If we sent a suitcase by one of the luggage forwarding services to the Rotterdam in Amsterdam, do they store it until it arrives? Does HAL’s agent receive it and store it? Thanks!
  2. wanting a Grand Med!!! Haven’t done that in a few years!
  3. Check the deck above them. Usually the SY cabins are under potentially noisy areas. We avoid them and only book SS.
  4. I don’t consider this anywhere near the same itinerary…having done pretty much the same cruise, the Iceland and Greenland stops, not to mention cruising Prins Crisiand Sund were amazing! Lots more ports equals more expense, plus two extra days. IMO there IS a difference that warrants the cost.
  5. No. If you’re vaccinated, shouldn’t make any difference if other passengers are. Crew should be only because of staffing issues if they get sick. If you’re vulnerable, it’s your own responsibility to cruise or not.
  6. Looking at booking a cabin on the Rotterdam in 2022, but would like advice on the "Verandah" cabins vs. "Vista Suite" cabins. Why one or the other please? I can see the floorpans and photos, but want to know how they "live." Thanks...
  7. We ended up booking the V of V for 2021 (hoping)...but keep your eyes out on whatever itinerary Fred Olsen puts "our ships" on...they have a good itinerary on their Boudicca we liked, but hoping they put the Amsterdam on it eventually...or a similar one. They seem to have a similar type of cruiser on their ships.
  8. With all the cancelations over this year, I can't keep up with all the FCCs that were moved to other cruises which THEN were canceled, then FCCs and deposits moved to other cruises, etc...Is there any way we can check with HAL directly about the status of the money they have "on our account" vs going through our TA?
  9. Britboys: I totally understand you wanting to do the Kiel Canal...we were lucky to do it on HAL's Prinsendam several years ago and it was wonderful...perfect day. I do think, as you, that neither the Amsterdam or Rotterdam can make it. Even the Prinsendam (now gone from HAL) which Is quite similar to your ships had to have all its antenae down for the bridges. I DO hope the incredible Astrolabe in the Amsterdam's atrium (3 stories high) is kept...it's an amazing work of art...and sometimes it works! From what I read here, I think FO is a good match for us, so I'm sure w
  10. Our trip to Svalbard and other northern Norway ports on the Veendam was canceled with the sale of the Veendam. So, with the A'dam and R'dam going to Fred Olsen, I checked their itineraries and saw one on on the Boudicca that was not comparable to any other I've seen...Greenland, etc. too...very nice itinerary. IF they get rid of the Boudicca (which rumor says on their CC site), then PERHAPS it will allow the A'dam or R'dam to be used for that itinerary. Could pair it with a stay in the UK with friends and try to hitch a ride back on a HAL ship...my preferred way of getting back from the Europ
  11. As a HAL aficionado, I've lurked here on Fred Olsen the last few days, checking to see the comments about our beloved Amsterdam and Rotterdam. I've checked for your northern itineraries (lost the one I was planning to do in '21 due to the Veendam being sold) and was HOPING to find another itinerary that did the FAR north Norway...and found your Boudicca did an itinerary I liked...but didn't care for the ship...SO ...am HOPING that IF the Boudicca is removed, perhaps the Amsterdam or Rotterdam would sail that far north itinerary (that did Greenland, too)...if so I would be a very happy camper!
  12. Thank you all for the seat location information. We've sat on the sides before, so wondered about the ability to get others. We were too close to the bottom (4 rows back) so wanted to try another location, so that’s why I wondered if we had the ability to choose. We will only use the HAL bus for assorted reasons so other suggestions were appreciated but not for us. We’ve been to Edinburgh several times ( my gg-grandmother worked in the castle), so are looking forward to another trip we hope! Supposed to be in S. Queensferry which we love....but know that, the cruise, and the ship could change😩
  13. I"d worry about motion (tend to avoid forward cabins at all) as well as potential (depending on where you're sailing) of fog horns!
  14. Assuming we will cruise next summer, if we want to get the HAL Excursion to the Tattoo, will we have an option to choose what "area" we want to get our tickets in? Last time we went I think we just were given them with no choice...but can't remember. Hoping for no rain the next time!
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