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  1. Thanks, @nimi17. One thing that I failed to mention is that our TV remote doesn’t work for the on demand movies. It seems to get stuck and won’t work, no matter how many buttons I push, but it works for everything else. We told guest services and they sent up another remote, but we still have the same issue. It’s not a big deal because we usually go to bed by the time we get back to our room. Our room steward said it is happening to many guests and they will be replacing the remotes soon. Just curious if you have experienced that, too?
  2. I don’t want to sabotage this blog, but just wanted to comment briefly. I am also on this sailing. This is my experience. Nothing feels crowded. I haven’t had to wait anywhere for anything. Plenty of seats in the showrooms. The shows have been first class. Very talented dancers and singers. (BB King has an amazing female singer). Plenty of pool loungers. I was a little disappointed that the lido pool and hot tubs were closed because of high seas. It didn’t feel that rough to me. But, safety first. The food in the lido at lunchtime has been fantastic. We get room service every morning and it has always been within 5 minutes of the time I requested. All of the staff are so friendly. Our room stewards are wonderful. The bartenders are great! Because this is the first sailing and because of the comments about waiting for dinner in the MDR that I have read about here and heard onboard from fellow passengers, we have chosen to eat in the specialty restaurants every night. Twice in Tamarind and once in Caneleto. We have special requests and they have accommodated us perfectly. We haven’t had to wait for our food at all. Everything is nicely presented and hot. I don’t have one complaint. This morning we are in San Francisco for our overnight stay.
  3. Thanks. We have two cruises booked before December 31 out of SD. I just submitted the forms.
  4. @HAL4NOWThank you! You’ve given me hope. 😄
  5. I will be disappointed if I get on Koningsdam in 10 days and they don’t have steak (or chicken breast) on the everyday menu. I have ordered steak many times when the MDR menu doesn’t accommodate my dietary needs. I may end up dining in the Pinnacle every night.
  6. I hope they have steak or chicken every day. Otherwise, I will lose some weight on my upcoming cruise. 😀
  7. I agree with you and I don't think it is fine at all, but it is the way things are going with this pandemic. I am booked on a 2022 Hawaii/Tahiti cruise on the Zuiderdam and on the same cruise in 2023 on the Koningsdam. I've been to Bora Bora three times and it still is making me think about canceling, because it is my favorite port and one of the main reasons I take that particular cruise. Unless Tahiti changes their most recent declaration, I just wouldn't be counting on a stop in Bora Bora. Hopefully HAL will let us know soon and not string us along like they did on the California Coastal with Santa Barbara.
  8. I think people should just resign themselves to the fact that HAL won’t be visiting Bora Bora in 2022.
  9. The exact same thing happened to me. After no reply from my fax, I emailed and got the automated response. Two or three days later I got an email that it had been applied.
  10. Thank you. Yes, you are correct about the COVID discussions. We got off track a bit.
  11. I also got the J&J vaccine. I was short of breath for two days afterwards. I am 69 years old and in good health. Frankly, I don't want a booster. But, I will do what needs to be done according to the medical community.
  12. I think it would be nice if HAL offered testing at the port for those who didn't want to stress about finding a test and getting results or for those who tested but didn't get their results in time. One would still have the option of getting their own test elsewhere before the cruise and then wouldn't have to wait in line to test at the port. It would be each passengers choice. Don't want to wait in a long line? Then, find a testing facility that delivers rapid tests before you go. I did see where HAL is trying to come up with testing options at the port for those who already tested but didn't get results in time, but I don't think that is in place yet. @mcrcruiserI understand how you feel, especially as we get older and don't want or need the added stress. Cruising should be a pleasant escape, not lying in bed worrying about test results. Shortening the window to two days made it even worse.
  13. It does make taking a cruise stressful, worrying about finding a test and getting results in time. I have 4 cruises booked right now. If this new testing place works out that I found, it will make it much less stressful for me on the next three!
  14. @PSRthanks so much. They told me at CVS that I could expect results in 1-2 days, but she couldn't guarantee it. I feel better now knowing I am getting the rapid test, just in case.
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