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  1. This may have been discussed before, but here is my recent experience with changing a reservation with a non refundable deposit.  When I called HAL about a month ago, I was told we could change our reservation as long as the new cruise has the same non refundable deposit.  Having decided that we wanted to cancel and book a new cruise, my travel agent called and tried to switch the reservation to another cruise with the same non refundable deposit.  However, when she called HAL, they would not rebook another cruise that was less than the one I booked originally.  Had to book a suite to get the spend to the same level as the original cruise cancelled.  Glad I did it during the three day sale. Got additional obc, and a suite for not that much more than a verandah.   Sure this has been discussed before.  Just a heads up. 

  2. 2 hours ago, markham said:


    This sounds like a smart move but don’t wait! You risk over time those great price and OBC terms.

    Happy and healthy sailing!

    Fortunately , we already booked the Cuba cruise, so reservation is already made. Got the new invoice recently with the additional OBC on top of the original reservation OBC, so with the shareholder credit, we should be able to drink some nice wines. Also received 300 internet minutes per person with the original invoice. So, why not. Just off the Ovation in Northern Europe, so maybe on this cruise we can have caviar in the ocean hopefully.

  3. 8 hours ago, Covepointcruiser said:

    Too bad this board has gotten political.   Political posts should be deleted.

    Close to one million cruisers across all lines now have their cruise cancelled. They have to eat their airfare, so it is kind of a big deal. Also cruise lines will lose millions of revenue which affects a lot of their workers. 

  4. 5 hours ago, MainLineLady said:

    We have only been on a small number of Seabourn cruises. I’m not sure but less than 10. Can someone tell me how many cruises it takes to be Silver and what that means?

    20 nights gets you to Silver. One night per actual cruising, and one for every $500 spent on board. 

  5. We booked an open booking on the ovation 6 weeks ago for June 7. Our friends booked an open booking one week later. We are silver and they have no status yet. We got a v3  front of ship and they got a v 5 directly in midship. Seems like cabin assignments are related more to time of booking. Happy to be going on the Ovation, no complaints. Just interesting. 

  6. One may know this, but I just got off the phone with Seabourn Excursions for my June 7th 15 day cruise.  Having onboard credit, and wanting to use if for shore excursions, the rep gave me the spaces allotted , and the spaces reserved for the tours I am interested in.. This way I know if one has 150 spaces, and only 31 booked, I can book that on my first day and not have a problem. I am assuming I can still use the tv to book as I have done in the past.  This time I am on the Ovation. 

  7. 3 hours ago, Covepointcruiser said:

    What indication did you get from the U.S. State Department that changes would be made and before November.    I signed up for State Department alerts on Cuba and have received no alerts.    If they end up substituting San Juan for Havana at least we will visit an island needing our tourist dollars.


    I don't mind supporting San Juan, but having been there three times in the past, not interested in that as a substitution. Paying premium for Seabourn to go specifically to Cuba, a vanilla Caribbean cruise would not be worth the premium. 

  8. 2 hours ago, whystayhome said:

    We are also on the November 28 sailing. Like everyone else who booked, we were willing to pay the premium for the Cuba experience. Will wait until it’s close to the 4 months before date to see what’s up at that point. Do not want to pay so much for a plain Jane Caribbean cruise. 



    Ditto. Payed the premium for the itinerary and the Seabourn experience.  Not worth it for  a regular Caribbean cruise. This will be interesting. 

  9. We achieved five star Mariner status three  months ago at the end of our cruise.  Status is updated on our online account. Will we receive our pins only on our next cruise, or might we get them mailed to us. Thought that as a milestone award, we might get them after our last cruise. Obviously not a priority for HAL.  Next cruise is over six months from now. 

  10. I am looking at two of the current cruises that end today.  Both cruises are showing 65 plus balcony cabins left. Will the prices automatically be raised tomorrow or do they have a window where you can still get the sale price?

  11. When you combine all the lines that are going to cuba, you are talking about  a hit of millions of dollars to the industry. I am going on Seabourn only because of the four stops in Cuba. Take that away, and its a Caribbean cruise only. I am sure most will cancel if Cuba is eliminated. Called Seabourn yesterday, and it a wait and see answer. 

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