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  1. Maybe buy a gift for your cabin steward team, or make an additional contribution to gratuities for the crew...
  2. Likewise for us on January 17th. Mid-January in Singapore for a restart of the Noordam seems odd to me. Same issue for restarting the Westerdam in Santiago on January 5th. I have low expectations for these itineraries happening as scheduled.
  3. Hello Jacqui: We're glad to have booked the 14-night Idyllic Greek Isles & Ancient Wonders collector cruise on the Eurodam departing Athens 8/22/2021. Looking forward to getting back abroad and aboard. I hope the imminent HAL restart keeps you very busy in your Bon Voyage duties! Thanks, Lee
  4. Hi Jacqui: Yesterday we booked the 28-day Southern Japan & Russia Collector cruise departing 3/27/2023 on the Westerdam. Would appreciate it if you'd add it to your list. Thanks so much! Lee
  5. All else being equal, I'd prefer that vaccinations be required for cruise ship passengers and crew.
  6. What soreness? 😀 We had just finished our "safer at home" cocktail hour when our friends called about the vaccine availability. 😜
  7. So happy to report that our friends called from our local grocery store pharmacy yesterday early evening to say that the pharmacy had a couple of available first dose vaccines due to appointment cancellations, if we could get down there in a few minutes. Even though we're retired but a ways from being 65, they took us in and gave us our shots with no wait. The County we live in is now offering vaccines to everyone 65 and over, health care workers, plus certain essential worker groups--food & agriculture, educators & childcare, and emergency services. We probably would not h
  8. Today we booked the 35-Day Australia Circumnavigation cruise on the Noordam departing November 12, 2022. Please add me to your list. Thank you!
  9. Thanks for posting this information. Looking forward to seeing what they'll offer.
  10. Delta flights are often offered through HAL Flight Ease in all classes of service. I think the US to Australia air market is a little off right now because of the border closures, but as things open up I'd expect more flight options to arise. We're booked on Hawaiian Airlines, and Qantas was our next best option. Good luck with getting things booked.
  11. I agree with this comment, too. We're booked on this cruise, but based on what I'm reading these days I am doubtful that it will sail. Nevertheless, we booked our Sydney air through HAL last week and since then the air prices for all flights have increased by almost 10%. As a matter of course, I check back with HAL on air prices regularly and usually get good price reductions along the way. When booking flexible fares through HAL there no cancellation or change costs until payments are due, so it pays to book early. ...and these days we're living our lives vicariousl
  12. We re-booked our canceled 2021 Mediterranean cruise for a similar one in Sept/Oct 2022. We're both in finance, too, and like hearing the bad news early. That said, we've been optimistic enough to have booked cruises (all non-US) hitting most months from November 2021 through October 2022--but not May 2022! (Maybe I shouldn't be replying to this thread... 😀) I think any one of our booked cruises has a better than 50/50 chance of sailing--with rule modifications (masks, vaccines, etc.)--except for November/December 2021 Australia. I think Australia's borders will still be closed at
  13. Yup. We got ourselves tested after the fact with "negative" as the result.
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