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    Southern CA
  • Interests
    Painting watercolors, reading and travel and swimming
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    most frequent destinations are Alaska and Mexico, but favorite would be Europe

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  1. Thank you for the information...we sail the 31st! Your photos are terrific, really captured the quiet beauty of Alaska. Karen
  2. I agree! In July 2019 we saw more whales on this tour than on the "whale watch" in Juneau! Lots of activity all around the excursion boat...Allen Marine.
  3. I wondered, too, if there is the" available every day" on the dinner MDR menu. I didn't see it when I looked at the menu on Navigator. I often ordered from that menu, the salmon. Karen
  4. Avalon said that they will do onboard covid testing at no cost for passengers who need it to return home. We sail Sept. 22 from Basel and it is a go so far. Final payment is early in August.
  5. Looking forward to your reports, Lisa! Glad you didn't have to take the transporter bus, that stopped at many other hotels, that was a downside of booking the Sheraton with HAL. Taxi would be better. Have a great cruise! Karen
  6. Thank you, Jacqui and others🙂! I won't believe it until we are finally on the ship...can't wait to return to cruising. Karen
  7. I, too, am very saddened by the flooding in Germany and Luxembourg and all the communities affected. Prayers and concern for all. We here in the southern California desert are begging for rain. Karen
  8. I can't see anything on the navigator app but it is all on my itinerary at the hollandamerica.com web page online. I called dining today to book promotional dining for our 2 bookings on the 31st of July. I had to be transferred to ship services as the agent was unable to book it. The person I spoke with said they had a computer "bug" with their just added computer system and they have figured our the problem. She suggested just logging in to the web site for now, and the itinerary, hotels dining and shore excursions should show up. They did.
  9. I am on the 7/31 sailing and waiting somewhat patiently like everyone else🙂!
  10. I had a 1 next to each name under the promotional banner for $100 shore excursion credit. All the shore excursions I paid for last February for our original July 10 Alaska sailing were to transfer to the new date, July 31, according to new HAL leader Gus .Nothing transferred and everything was cancelled, which meant I had to rebook. Since a number of excursions were almost sold out I rebooked everything. The banner said the promotional discount would be applied at check out, which should have been $500. That did not happen. I called HAL and was told that the $500 refund would be credited back to my card when I got onboard and to go to the shore ex department and the cancelled excursions will be credited back in 7-10 days. We will see. Now there is a 0 next to each name for the shore excursion $100 credit. I was, however, able to use the dining credit to reserve the Tamarind for all 5 of us. Strangely some of the names still have a 1 next to them and when I apply the promotion, only the Pinnacle Grill shows up for booking. As 5* we do get complimentary dinners at the Pinnacle. Very strange
  11. This is the email I received from Avalon last week regarding their vaccination policy: Dear Karen, Our mission at Avalon is to ensure enriching, carefree and safe travel for each of our guests. After careful evaluation and consideration, we have made the thoughtful decision to require full COVID-19 vaccination of all of our guests on 2021 international departures* as a condition of travel with us. Our new COVID-19 vaccination policy is in line with the requirements of the majority of the international destinations we visit. This update was made for the health and safety of all guests and staff. The change will also minimize any trip interruption that would have resulted from required COVID-19 testing for non-vaccinated guests. Our full health & safety on-trip requirements can be found on our website here. Our Health & Safety waiver has been updated with this new policy information. If you have already completed the Guest Acknowledgment step, by continuing with your reservation, you are agreeing to this policy and waiver amendment. Please contact us if there are any questions about these requirements relative to your upcoming tour or would like to review other options, including our Peace of Mind Plan. We look forward to welcoming you on your tour soon. * The COVID-19 vaccination requirement is in place for all international travel
  12. The information I received is that ours is a fully vaccinated cruise. We have our CDC vaccination cards. We have a 2 day precruise hotel at the Zurich (ZRH) airport booked with Avalon. Nothing was said in any Avalon email or from my TA about a negative COVID PRC test. We embark in Basel. Avalon will provide the COVID test to return to the United States. We are flying Delta/KLM to Amsterdam ( where our CDC vaccination card is all we need, )and then on to Zurich where according to Delta and Swiss health requirements, all we need is proof of vaccination (the originalCDC card.) I have thoroughly researched all my info at the appropriate official country health web sites. I am relieved that a negative COVID test is not required of us as fully vaccinated. We go to our US departure airport a day early and getting the test in the 72 hour time frame is impossible unless we get a home kit from Delta and do it online.
  13. I received an email from Avalon that our ship has changed, but we are still in the same cabin, thank goodness. We were on the Artistry II and now it is the Imagery II, which happens to be 3 years newer. This is the 13 day Rhine/Moselle northbound Basel to Amsterdam Sept. 22-Oct.4.
  14. Having done the Alaska itinerary a number of times, and being booked on the July 31sailing, I would say that the first sea day will be gala and Ketchikan will be the 2nd. The last night has never been gala. Rudi's Sel De Mer is on the evening in Sitka. We are in port late for Juneau and Icy Strait Point, so I would rule those day out for Gala night. We were supposed to have the complimentary meals assigned, but I think with the promo posting on itinerary you can book it yourself at the web site or call Dining...which is what I did. The agent said the HAL system crashed yesterday morning when so many called to book dining and use the shore excursion credit. Hopefully things are resolved today!
  15. I called HAL with the boarding time question and was told they will assign times by mariner status. We were 1 pm (5*) and our son at 1:20 (1*.) I had originally booked a precruise package with the Hilton SEATAC , but decided to switch to booking the rooms through HAL ( as we have done many times before) because they will take our luggage from the room to the ship, and may arrange for late check out as they have done in the past. Since there are so many uncertainties with the the July 31st sailing, I felt better letting HAL handle it.
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