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  1. 7 minutes ago, Copper10-8 said:


    Winner! 😉 Nice job! Great port to visit


    Flam, Norway, is the top-rated port in the Baltic and Scandinavia region.


    Flam Aurlandsfjord Norway Cruise Port


    Definitely!  Went there on the WC last year and had an awesome day!   The railway trip to/from Myrdal is a must do for sure, but reserve it well in advance since it sells out.


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  2. 3 minutes ago, sail7seas said:



    If  HAL survives to again (still) be the cruise line many of us here  truly connect with and eagerly await sailing hopefully soon.  They will once again as is their tradition and history,  have a flagship  named ROTTerdam


    I hope we get to see that become reality very soon.







    The new Rotterdam is the new flagship of the fleet. 



  3. There has been quite the flurry of activity today with movement of peoples' luggage.  Finally, our 8 are in the system and are due tomorrow!  Considering that ours left home a year ago August (2019), it's def been away for a long time!  Will be glad to get it and see what is in it that we can't remember, lol!


    As far as the next world cruise, yep...we are signed up.  This whole thing has been an unprecedented event and who knows how anyone else would have handled it.  And...there's the little thing of just reaching a certain Mariner level that we aren't going to go elsewhere and begin again, that's for sure.


    Linda R.

  4. 5 hours ago, Copper10-8 said:


    Do you have a source for that?


    I do but cannot disclose it.  They were basically sold "as is".  Shame as there is so much on those ships that really should remain with HAL.  They did manage to get the 3 Seasons artwork off the Amsterdam.

  5. LOTS of us haven't gotten our luggage.  We live just south of Miami for heavens sake, and our 8 still show "pending", yet some Canadians have gotten theirs.  That alone shows that there is absolutely no rhyme or reason to the picking up.  I figure that ours is on the opposite end of the warehouse from the door. 😪   Pending means it's still in the HAL warehouse and FedEx hasn't picked it up yet. 

  6. On 10/12/2020 at 12:28 PM, J_M_F said:

    Here is an easy one. Where is the Volendam?



    Finally!  With the hint needed, otherwise I'd have had to hunt through 12 years of blogs to find this one.  Freemante, AU.  Seems strange to miss since we were just there this past March (2020 WC that ended there....ugh...)

  7. 32 minutes ago, Indianadaytripper said:

     Our letter from Holland America stated ours would be shipped by 10/16 haven’t heard anything from Fedx notices. Wondering if anyone has received any Notices or Received their luggage? 


    That hasn't happened.  I'm still pending along with many, many others.  Some have gotten some or all of their luggage.  No rhyme or reason  to it what with luggage being received all the way from FL (but not us!) to Canada.  Who knows.....I'm ready to drive up to the warehouse next week and get mine.

  8. @Germancruiser  Thank you so much for your "live from" report.  So many of us are wanting to know how things are going on the ships at this time.  I really enjoyed your postings.  Please do keep us updated in case you hear of any problems following the cruise.  I hope no one calls you and says that you need to quarantine because someone on your cruise came down with the virus!  It did sound like they had all that covered pretty well with the testing and the fewer people onboard but you never know.  Thanks again!

  9. 7 minutes ago, RetiredMustang said:


    Yes, Hoonah/Icy Strait Point.  The tricky bit is that the photo was taken in 2014, when it was a tender port.  Now, they have a pier that cruise ships can tie up to, I understand.  Here is what the port looked like in 2014.






    Not tricky for me though as it was way back in 2011 that we went there!  We really need to go back to AK; only been the one time on the 2 week Amsterdam cruise.

  10. 2 hours ago, Lido - Lanai said:

    HAL creates/prints the FedEx shipping labels on a device provided by FedEx (the same for any business who routinely ships via FedEx). The device is connected to the FedEx system via the internet and the tracking number is assigned by the FedEx system at the time it's printed. The shipper (HAL) then has to affix the labels to thousands on pieces of luggage..... this takes time. Unfortunately, the FedEx system assumes they will be picking up the item for which a label has been printed the same day or next day and can easily determine the destination arrival date, and assigns that date to the tracking number. If FedEx hasn't received the item by this date, their system automatically changes the arrival date in their system to "pending". (Meaning pending pickup.)


    The luggage is being stored in a HAL warehouse until picked up by FedEx. Given the number of pieces, I suspect it will take FedEx multiple trips to transfer the luggage from the HAL warehouse to their own distribution center. I believe all shipments get shipped via FedEx's ground service (not by air). Remember, were talking several thousand suitcases/boxes.


    No.... frivolous lawsuits is the last thing you should be suggesting! After waiting 6+ months, another week or two cause that much more stress.



    @Lido - Lanai  This is a GREAT explanation for the problem!  I'd love to post this on the FB group for the cruise as there has been "lots" of discussion about this on there.  This should calm people down.  Please let me know; I would never do it without your permission.


    Linda R.

  11. 10 minutes ago, KirkNC said:

    Weird, I guess they are doing it in stages?


    Not really....I did get the email within hours of checking in the app.  It did seem like they didn't send all the emails out in one big batch.  People were getting them at all different times. 

  12. 7 hours ago, michaelfl said:

    thanks for the info. as i said, nothing received so far but i keep my fingers crossed....


    I got the FedEx app and signed up.  Once I put my name and address in, the tracking numbers showed up.  That's the first info I got on it; I hadn't gotten the email from HAL yet about it.

  13. 1 hour ago, Gloria sunrise said:

    Just got our tracing numbers from Fed Ex.  Supposed to be delivered on the 1st of October.  Has anyone else heard?


    Yes, lots of us have heard.  Oddly enough, my date is the 5th and I live 36 miles from where the luggage is.  Yet, San Francisco area will get theirs on Friday.  I'm NOT complaining though; Monday will actually work better for us.  I've seen pictures from some of the people that went to pick up their luggage today and heard from them that stuff was in pretty good condition; no breakage of things either.  So, good news in that respect!

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