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  1. Looking at a cruise on Holland America. I see one I am interested in to the Greek Islands but it is on the Volendam. Took a cruise in Asia 3 years ago on the Volendam and it was terrible. The ship had just come out of dry dock where it was "refurbished" Despite very hot temperatures the air conditioning throughout the ship was not functional. At times the main dining room temperature got above 30 making dining extremely uncomfortable. Same was true for the staterooms. The toilets throughout the ship were also out of service the majority of the time. I often had to go back to the stateroom since none were open on decks. Numerous other problems including the ship being very dirty. I would be willing to "try again" but wondering if someone has been on the Volendam recently. I use that term recently "loosely" since obviously no one has been cruising in the past year.
  2. I like many people have Future Cruise Credits for last years cancelled cruises. Even though I paid for those cruises entirely, when they are cancelled each one on the booking gets Future Cruise Credits put in their respective "My Princess Accounts" As a test, I went to go book a cruise for later this year. I logged into my account online and it correctly applied my future cruise credit, but not my wife's. Has anyone else faced and resolved that? Do you have to call Princess to apply both credits. That ought to be a joy to try. Or has someone out there just worked with a travel agent who can streamline the process of getting both credits applied to the same reservation. I certainly would hope they don't intend on credits having to be used on two different reservations. Given the limited number of cruises that will be available, even booking one cruise and using the credits will be a challenge.
  3. I purchased some Holland American Gift Cards for a cruise in March which has since been cancelled. I used two of the cards to pay the deposit. Those have been extended as a FCC until 12/31/22. However the balance which I intended to use for paying the cruise were issued back in mid 2020 with an expiration date of 12/31/2021. Needless to say, it is becoming increasingly less likely that there will be cruising in 2021. I wrote the office of the president of HAL twice. They confirmed my deposit was extended to 2022 but despite asking twice about the other cards and their expiration I got no reply either time. Is anyone else in the same situation and do you have any additional information other than what I have got?
  4. If you want them to be the only teens on the ship. HAL caters to an older clientele. The Caribbean itinerary will certainly be younger than if it was to Alaska or the Mediterranean but If I was going to pick a line that offered nice amenities and other teens plus fun things to do for them I would pick Royal Caribbean.
  5. I have future cruise credits on both Princess and Celebrity plus a gift card for Holland America. All of them said that they expired on December 31, 2021. As mentioned when I opted for these it was back in the March/April time frame. Who would have ever guessed that cruising would completely stop for 2020 and now I am starting to think that this may extend into the first quarter of 2021. That would leave very little cruises available for 2021 and I am certain I am like many who have FCC and would look to use them before they expired. I question if the cruise lines upon re-opening would have availability for all that would like them.
  6. I took FCC on three cruises that were all cancelled. I thought when they cancelled I certainly would use up at least one of them in 2020 and the remainder in 2021. I am now starting to wonder if they will expire before they can be used. Cruising is obviously done for 2020 leaving only 12 months and even if they start again with all the back log of cruisers with FCC I wonder if they would even have capacity to satisfy everyone. Your thoughts?
  7. I purchased some Holland American Gift Cards during their promotion that indicated that they would provide a $200 additional bonus card for each $1,000 card purchased. That was back in June the promotion ended June 30. I was told that I would get my digital cards immediately and the bonus cards in 2 to 3 business days. I have called several times and emailed the gift card department. I have never heard back from the gift card department and the agents just tell me that they are backlogged. I can understand some delay but to go from a couple of business days to now almost 2 months is already straining credibility. Anyone else having these problems getting their bonus cards?
  8. Had a May 9 cruise that was cancelled back in March. On June 16 received back the port charges and taxes but have never got anything regarding the FCC. Is this typical? What have others experienced in terms of the time to get the FCC. Seems like that should go fairly fast.
  9. Charles4515 I agree, they obviously are like a gift card that has an expiration so the cruise lines know that they will have a pent up demand to use them up irrespective of price. Fares now on most cruises listed are much much higher. The same cruise I booked is offered at a worse time of the year in the Mediterranean and is double the price I had booked for prime time in August. Nope, I will ask for a refund and if anything book at the last minute if the prices drop.
  10. Yes, I had two cruises with NCL booked for August in the Mediterranean. Both canceled. That now makes 6 cruises I have booked and all cancelled. No more FCC for me. The prices for the new sailings are more than double.
  11. I just tried to buy some gift cards online. My transaction went through and then I got an email saying that we are unable to process your gift card order. The charges went through on my credit card and it does show both a charge and refund pending. Is there are reason for that such as they are no longer offering the program?
  12. Lido-Lanai Looks like I should have phrased it differently. It appears there is a $200 bonus when purchasing a $1,000 card. If looks as if when you purchase more than $1,000 you still only get one $200 gift card. Does anyone know if you can purchase one at a time the cards and get the $200 bonus each time or if there is an aggregate limit of $200 to a single purchaser?
  13. Does anyone know is there a limit on the amount of cards you can purchase? Lets say I have a cruise that is $2.000 per passenger could I buy $4,000 in cards?
  14. npcl, I am not sure where you get the 80,000 figure from but even if that is accurate this is a country with 97 million people. In regards to Sweden. The point you and others seem to miss is that despite no lock down. Their situation is not any worse than Italy, Spain, France, U.K. or Belgium.. If the lockdowns and other social distancing were effective, those countries would have markedly lower rates and Swedens astronomically higher. The fact that Swedens is lower proves that IT MADE NO DIFFERENCE. My original point was that cruise lines seem to be slammed unfairly and yes I stand by that. Lets say you get coronavirus from another family member but are not symptomatic yet. You take a flight to your cruise and on that flight are several other passengers who are also going on the same cruise. You go to your hotel and they go to theirs. Now with both groups infected at breakfast before heading to the cruise port all the people now infected pass it along to yet even more passengers. Several days later the ship has multiple cases of coronavirus and the headlines blast, the cruise lines. This is no different than if you went shopping at Walmart and infected the same number of people but since there is no way to establish how the other Walmart shoppers got it or passed it along No News Headlines. The virus does not spread any faster or is more contagious on a cruise ship than in a taxi, subway, bus, airplane, amusement park, theater, or Walmart.
  15. PortFees45 I am not saying you are stupid, you just don't think well. Vaccines "prevent" they don't cure. Despite a vaccine for influenza between 5% and 20% of the world gets influenza each and every year. You also "edited" my statement. I did not say that Coronavirus was like the Flu. I said the TREATMENT was no different than the flu. There is NO CURE for the flu either. A person who is hospitalized with the flu has their symptoms treated. If they are having trouble breathing they are assisted. SAME AS THE CORONAVIRUS. Study sometime. The common cold is caused by the virus. Is there a cure? NO NO NO. Your body naturally fights it off. Same for Influenza and same for Cornavirus. PS. with influenza even those who take the vaccine upwards of 50% still catch it. So if you are hiding under the sheets waiting for the vaccine to prevent it, I 'think' it is coming just after the one to prevent another virus infection AIDS. Oh wait, we have been attempting that since it was first discovered in 1959.
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