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  1. @StLouis Cruiser That sunset is spectacular. You Antarctica photos and cruise report are wonderful. You have inspired us to research the options for a late 2021(vaccine dependent) or 2022 sailing. As our vaccine rollout here in Canada is starting quite slowly, suspect it will be 2022. We are not booking any international trips until it is apparent that international travel is safe and for this sailing, that cruises to Antarctica have resumed. At that time we'll jump right on reserving. Have been researching the various lines with smaller ships that do Antarctica sailings wh
  2. We have sailed in a Vista suite on the Koningsdam, a sister ship to the Rotterdam. Like others have said, a Vista it is not much larger than a Verandah and the bed is situated by the verandah door. I prefer the sofa close to the verandah. Having said that, I am happy that we choose the Vista. The price was not much more than a verandah and we received the double mariners points. We had booked a guarantee and were assigned an aft suite, our first, which we loved.
  3. I am not a fan of buffets so not missing them now. I no longer make fruitcake as dh is not keen on it so won't be throwing one out. Love ravioli but now that the holidays are over it is time to get back to our regular dinners which mostly include fish and lots of veggies and some vegetarian dinners. A big shout out to the customers at the Tim's just up the street from me for supporting the employee in his education. I no longer drink coffee so don't frequent that location but it is always busy and even prior to covid 19, always has a long line for the drive thru. Like @Marmo
  4. Another lurker chiming in although I believe I did post once before. I having been following and enjoying the daily since the start of the cruise pause some 9 1/2 months ago now. Thanks to all who post and especially the efforts of @richwmn and @rafinmd for all their work. Not only have I enjoyed seeing where the ships are but have learned a few things along the way like how to highlight the names and new recipes. The tomato pie that so many posted photos of and the squash and spinach lasagna were both big hits with DH. Like many I am enjoying the photos of Antarctica by @StLouis
  5. While I follow the daily I am new to posting on this thread but can't let Ann's post about the Shallaway choir go by without responding. The dtr of a dear friend of ours is a member of the choir and is pictured at 2:22 of this video. She is a very talented young lady. Hi to Ann and Pat with whom we sailed last year on the Koningsdam's last Med cruise and transatlantic. Thanks to all who post on the wonderful daily.
  6. We had booked a back to back for April 2019 both of which were obviously cancelled. One was booked with a Future Cruise Credit deposit, the other booked on board with the a future cruise consultant. We received the refund minus the deposit to our credit card in early June approximately 60 days after the cruise was cancelled. We assumed that the deposit went back to "Our cruise to be booked later" category with HAL to be used within 4 years. Not true. A week ago we received a cheque in the mail for the deposits. So you may still see your deposit refunded.
  7. Good news. HAL cancelled our cruise on March 30th. The cruise was scheduled to depart on April 18. We submitted a request for a refund on April 1. The full refund minus our FCC was posted to AMEX on June 4 so 65 days after the refund request was submitted. Hope others receive their refunds soon.
  8. greaserman Did you see my post #610 above. I assume you were referring to their out of country medical insurance expiring on Tuesday. It is vital that you contact the insurance company no later than Tuesday to extend their coverage if they are not back on Canadian soil by Tues at midnight. Wed morning will be too late. Hope you hear soon on when their repatriation flight will be. Post 616 from luv2cruz44 above mentions a flight tonight to Toronto. You say you (and presumably them) live in Toronto so perhaps they are flying tonight.
  9. @greaserman If your parents are delayed past Tuesday when their insurance expires, call their insurance provider. Most policies have a provision that if your return trip gets delayed (flight cancellation, car troubles, etc) your insurance can be extended. I would think this possible delay would be covered but policies have changed related to Covid-19. If your parents have their policy with them they can check the fine print, or call the provider. You must however call them before the insurance expires to extend the coverage.
  10. Thank you for the heads up. I had not thought of that. Will check our policy as we did book a river cruise for 2021 after the cruise advisory was issued by Canada.
  11. Here's the email notice sent this morning by HAL. Scroll down for the terms of the FCC. Wash your hands! Dear Valued Guest, Due to continued global public health circumstances, Holland America Line has made the difficult decision to extend the suspension of global operations of its fleet for another 30 days, impacting sailings scheduled to depart through May 14, 2020. We know that you were looking forward to your cruise, and we are very s
  12. Recently, HAL showed a price drop after final payment. Our travel agent contacted HAL to ask if they would offer any kind of compensation. We knew we would not get a re-pricing before he called them, but kept our fingers crossed for a little something. We had been booked in a verandah. We were pleased to learn that HAL offered to upgrade us to a signature suite stateroom at no extra charge. This was not an upsell situation. I'm just wondering if getting upgraded to a suite would qualify us for the double Mariner points for that voyage. I know upsells to a suite do not q
  13. We have had varying experiences with the Sip and Savour as others have reported. When the cellar master is present he/she gives a very good explanation of the wines and why they were selected to pair with the appetizers. If the cellar master does not host the event there is very little information given. On our most recent 26 day voyage on the K in October/Nov only 1 Sip and Savour was offered, no talk given and only a white wine available although later the bar tender told us that in fact there was a red available. Pours were quite small. I forget the price but think it was $8 plus 15% g
  14. Thanks Carole Just the answers we were looking for. Looking forward to a wonderful river cruise.
  15. Ahoy, all, We will be taking our first river cruise. This will be a seven night cruise on Amawaterways from Paris to Normandy. A few questions for anyone who can provide some information for us: 1. Which of the seven nights is the Chaine des Rotisseurs dinner? (Is it the same on each one week sailing, or does the timing vary?) 2. We have heard that the Farewell Dinner is actually on the next-to-last night as opposed to on the last night of the cruise. Is this true? 3. Does the air conditioning keep the indoor areas of the ship cool? F
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