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  1. While most likely necessary given the current state of the virus and the border closures around the world it is disheartening. I am beginning to feel like we are being made offers to buy into future cruises in much the same way we make cats chase those red laser lights. Will always go after them but never catch them. Can't completely blame the cruise lines as they are damned if the do and damned if they don't. They are sailing through uncharted "waters" - excuse the pun - with no helpful guidance and they need to start up sometime or else face the risk of completely being bankrupt. But still t
  2. Hi, as it currently stands now I say yes to planning another cruise. When and where matters. I think 2021 right now is a toss up so I have booked us on a 2022 cruise. Its going to be tough as we used to cruise at least once a year. With us not doing one in 2019 and our 2020 cruise being cancelled it means 4 years between cruises. So yes, I am more than itching to go. I am already overdue. I figured Iceland is a good start for a Canadian.....reduces the entry into countries where the current rates of Covid are too high. Would I go with a mask and adhere to a cruise ship
  3. I sailed Celebrity once and continue to this day to get the most emails from them. HAL less frequently despite having sailed with them more. Lots from Silversea and Cunard due to my sailings with them over the years. Does any incentives really work? For me its about the destination first. Cruise line and price follows but I either like the voyage enough or I don't so I find most of the promotional emails I receive useless. As for the upcoming year(s) - didn't try to replace what I lost in 2020. Taking a chance 2022 is more hopeful but went off in a totally different direction putting a deposit
  4. Well it seems everyone did not want to speak about the elephant in the room for the longest time. This pandemic (or at least the reaction against it) is worse than we wanted to believe. Even I had high hopes that cruising would have resumed by now and find myself disappointed. If this pause was extended into 2021 months ago perhaps I would have been shocked but today find myself numb. I recently made a decision - against my better judgement - to put down a payment on another cruise line in 2022 thinking if cruises are being cancelled that long then the industry is in real trouble. Today's anno
  5. After our cancelled cruise of this July I made a completely new booking (totally different itinerary on another cruise line) in July 2022. I figured if by then we still are not able to sail then cruising is definitely over forever. HAL lost me this time as the cruise I had book does not seem to be repeated exactly the same except for one time in 2021 and the timing is just bad - both from a perspective of when we believe cruising will restart and from my work schedule.
  6. I took advantage of the promo and booked a sailing in 2022. This was more to do with where the ship was going than comparing prices. I'm with those who say if it's acceptable enough then I go ahead and book it. In this case I moved from one cancelled voyage this year on a different cruise line to a completely different itinerary in 2022 on NCL (my first time with them). The so-called difference in price was a negligible increase to me. So yeah, its all marketing and one deal might be better or worse than another. It's all about what you as an individual is willing to accept.
  7. Hello to all black cat lovers! We had our lovely Midnight with us for 24 (yes, 2-4) years. Passed away just two years ago and still miss her although our new brown tabby keeps us busy. Since we are not cruising the new one has no chance to miss us. Midnight lasted soooo long that I was beginning to think she was going to appear at our funerals. 🙂
  8. After my HAL Norwegian fjord cruise was cancelled this summer I wasn't sure if I was ready to book anything soon. However, I took a chance and have put a deposit on another cruise line though - way down the calendar. I'll call it a belated retirement gift for my other half who decided to retire this month. So I booked us on the Norwegian Star on a 11 day cruise roundtrip out of Reykjavik exploring both Iceland and Greenland. Departure date is July 14, 2022. 699 days left to go!
  9. I admit I got the email and instantly deleted it! Sorry HAL but.........once burned, twice shy!
  10. Our cat, Rani, is in heaven ever since we both have been home daily due to Covid-19. I am now working from home and she has us where she wants us to serve her 24/7. Oh when we finally get back to travelling and be off on another cruise somewhere she will not greet us well upon our return. 🙂
  11. This Rotterdam did a rare classic transatlantic crossing from Rotterdam to New York in 2011. I was on it and so glad I did make the effort to come all the way from Canada to do it. The city of Rotterdam is rightfully proud of its namesake - a large crowd, including TV coverage, was on the shoreside as we left and we were followed by a number of private boats on our way out the channel. As if this was not enough but it was topped off with fireworks as we headed out to the North Sea. Definitely one of the best sailaways we ever had. Will miss this ship but onwards to Rotterdam VII.
  12. I first started cruising in my 30s and the Carnival Fantasy was my first ever ship. I did not enjoy it and it took many years to go back on a cruise. HAL was my second cruise and what a difference it was for me. Although I started out as one of the "sought after" younger cruisers I must admit I am not a fan of rock climbing walls, go-karts and all the bells and whistles of a party ship and thus would not fit the description of the type that some lines are seeking. HAL, Cunard, Silverseas and Celebrity I have enjoyed over the years. For me its about a nice relaxing break in between shore excurs
  13. I was on the Maasdam only once but I must admit it was my favourite HAL ship. That mighty little sailor that took us through New England and Eastern Canada oh so many years ago. I miss her already. Sad that she will not be in the fleet any longer but given what is currently going on in this world its not surprising.
  14. My refund came in today. Not bad - just about two months since they first announced in May they were cancelling my upcoming cruise. We were set to fly out this Thursday and sail from Amsterdam on Sunday. At least, if I have to suffer through the cancellation, I take consolation that my money has been fully refunded now.
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