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  1. JIm & Chom booked on the Nieuw Statendam, 21 Day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer/Seafarer, January 12 2022
  2. We departed the ship Sunday morning as scheduled, 8:00AM. Enjoyed the ride through the mostly residential part of Fremantle. Beautiful!. The Perth airport was a breeze, almost deserted. Our flight to Melbourne wasn't until 2:00PM so we relaxed in the Qantas Business lounges until then. First in the domestic lounge and then in the international lounge when it opened at about noon. The Qantas people were helpful and cheerful. It was a pleasant experience and the lounges were amount the nicest I've ever seen. Food and drink, good and plentiful. Flight to Melbourne smoothe. Lounge good but not as good as Perth. Neither were the people. Flight to LAX was uneventful. An oddity, we arrived in LAX before we departed Melbourne, time wise. LAX was mostly deserted. Less than expected number of travelers. No lines at security or immigration. American lounge adequate. Not nearly as good as Qantas in Australia. Flight to Dallas 30-40 minutes quicker than scheduled due to strong tail winds. DFW also mostly deserted. Couldn't find lounge or American Airline people to ask. Had coffee at McDonald's. Pretty good. Waited at the gate. Flight to Ft Walton Beach, FL also uneventful and arrived sooner than expected. Arrived Ft Walton Beach exhausted but elated to be home at last. Unfortunately our luggage didn't make the trip with us. Hopefully the airline will find them. In totality the trip home was very good. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a wonderful aircraft. looking back to the cruise, the first 60 days or so, were great. A very enjoyable cruise. Went to several bucket list places. Totally happy and satisfied about that part of the cruise. Then everything became unglued. A very stressful time. Unfortunately in the future when I recall GWV 20, I'm sure I'll remember the bad part more than the good part. I'm very disappointed in HAL. As far as their stated greatest concern in this cluster was for the 'health, safety and wellbeing of their guests' and that there was no medical facilities available if needed by a guest if they returned home via the ship. If that was true they would not have subjected us to the exposure of a possible fatal illness. Of those of us who were expelled from the ship, how many will get coronavirus? How many will DIE? Airports and airplanes are germ factories and we were forced to endure that rather than the virus free safety of the ship. Jim & Chom Cabin 3346
  3. To scrapnana and others. the Perth airport is a breeze. No lines at 9:00 when the first transfer group arrived. You could possibly be only 15 minutes from arrival at airport to the gate. There were no porters at the bus stop. A coin op place to rent a trolley for your luggage is nearby. Visa tap works. Swipe didn't work for another man who tried to get a trolley. Good luck Jim
  4. We arrived Fremantle about 7:00 AM and the expected disembarkation at 11:00 turned out to be more like 3:30 for the first wave ashore. The second group was supposed to depart at 10:00-10:30 PM but was forced off the at 6:00-6:30 PM. Many folks made made hotel reservations in anticipation of next day flights up to 1:00 PM. Australia refused to allow that so hotels bookings canceled. Those passengers were going to be required to leave the ship anyway and go to the airport. Later the government relented and said OK you can stay overnight. Now nobody had hotel reservations. Got the picture? It's a cluster. Been like that for over a week. I am am supposed to leave the ship tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM My flight is at 2:00 PM. Hope tomorrow is different and goes as planned.
  5. Note to Kindergirl. We have not been told of any possible problem upon arrival back in Ft. Lauderdale nor of any termination of the cruise. There is speculation on the ship among passengers that both might be an eventual possibility.
  6. India and Sri Lanka have now been canceled. India because of visa problems and we were denied entry in Sri Lanka. Ports added in Australia; Broome, Exmouth, Geraldton and overnight in Fremantle. La Possession, Reunion also added. We have heard that there were problems in Reunion with demonstrations and rock throwing at cruise ship guests. Suspect Reunion will be canceled and that this will not be the last change. Jim
  7. OK Vickie, I am in Australia right now, on a world cruise and will return home in mid may. Will get with you then. Check my signature. jim
  8. I was also married on the Celebration but in 1999. We met on the Celebration in 1997.... I have an extra pin. It's yours if you want it.
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