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    Vancouver, BC 🇨🇦
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    HAL, Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    South Pacific

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  1. Success here too. 2022 Hawaii (Vancouver). TA added the Black Friday “free wi-fi bonus” to existing ‘Have It All’ promo reservation. No rate change.
  2. UPDATE. To conclude the saga ... To retain the reservation our HAL PCC (through Supervisor) initially offered stateroom upgrade equivalent to the price difference offered by the Travel Agency, then alternatively a combination of reduced pricing with OBC, then alternatively a Price Match. If (& very likely) prices went down prior to Final Payment then HAL would adjust the rate again to HAL's "best rate" only. HAL would possibly match other verified Travel Agency offers but the "60-day" Reservation Transfer option would have expired, necessitating canceling etc. etc. etc. The Ag
  3. UPDATE. Follow-ups from HAL PCC ... “This is something that my department specifically (Personal Cruise Consultants) are allowed to request ... I just need to verify that everything else is EXACTLY the same ... I will see what I can do about the $xxx per person discount!“ “My supervisor has asked if you would be interested in an upgrade equal to the amount of the discount per person ... Comp Upgrade to VS with $ 25 per person Onboard Credit ... Or ... Comp Upgrade to V with $ 75 per person Onboard Credit ... We can upgrade you with either of those offers, keeping your same ra
  4. Crossed my mind too, @TiogaCruiser. Thanks to your's & other's supportive posts, @Hlitner, I was pleased to discover for myself that the significant savings with Agencies, notwithstanding the Big Box TA's, are very real. It will be interesting to see HAL's follow-up response &/or counter-offer ... I'll share once received. Odd that my HAL PCC verbally reconfirmed that they were unable to offer any better pricing/amenities than HAL's "public price" (which our direct booking was fared as) when I queried about other Agency offering
  5. Following HAL's sale of the Maasdam, effectively canceling our 13-Feb-2021 19-Day "Papua New Guinea & Philippines Adventurer" voyage , Mrs. Dogstar & I rebooked ourselves on the Koningsdam's 10-Apr-2022 "18-Day Circle Hawaii" voyage (out of our homeport of Vancouver, BC, Canada). Not our ideal, preferred exotic cruise vessel/destination combination but eliminates the unknown burden of air travel come 2022. We normally book directly with the Cruise Line via our assigned Personal Cruise Consultant, primarily due to comfort & ease, with (naive) expectation of better servi
  6. Hi @kazu, 22-Apr-2022 Koningsdam 18-day Circle Hawaii @Dogstar & Mrs. Dogstar 30-yr Anniversary Celebration * in lieu of the HAL-cancelled voyage 13-Feb-2021 Maasdam 19-day Papua New Guinea & Philippines Adventurer Thank you. Dogstar.
  7. Hi @kazu, I hope this post finds you well, despite the odd times that is COVID-19 presently. I’ve been off the CC Forum for far too long, busy chasing life since vacay’ing on the K’dam in Dec-2018. Alas it’s time to savour the future & begin planning another cruise adventure to some exotic locales ... 13-Feb-2021 Maasdam 19-day Papua New Guinea & Philippines Adventurer Dogstar & Mrs. Dogstar 30-year Anniversary Celebration Cheers. @Dogstar.
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