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    West Texas
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    Travel, Knitting, Needlepoint, Reading
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    Holland America
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska

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  1. Do they still have the coffee cards? I used the coffee card on the Radiance a few years ago. Basically, I think it was pretty much a break even vs. ale carte. Basically, their regular coffee is dreadful. If you stay in a JS or above, you get a coffee pot, tea kettle in the room. I've also been known to bring/grab some hot chocolate mix in the Windjammer or from home for the evenings. But these days, they may be on pandemic procedure. With Norovirus once, we didn't get the coffee pot until day 4. DH is talking about making our first cruise from Galveston, since we can drive.
  2. Our next cruise actually has Vancouver as a port of call, with the original disembarkation ending in Seattle, so we're wondering if we can disembark in Vancouver instead. We'd originally picked ending in Seattle, because we could fly domestic. Also, Seattle has a very easy customs, and out of Vancouver is more of a hassle. But they had several "endings" to that cruise, and one of the was Vancouver. So, I'm wondering if I can get HAL to change it so I disembark in Vancouver. The last time we disembarked in Vancouver, the porters were away on union business, so we ended up dragging our own luggage. We decided never to use Vancouver as a disembarkation port due to this. The dollies were unused, and they wouldn't let us use them, because they were reserved only for porters that were not there.
  3. I did a google map, and Pike Place Market looks like several miles away, but still pretty close by car. West Precinct is about 1 1/2 miles, and there's a freeway in the way. I have two cruises embarking/disembarking from Seattle. But I was not happy to see the government replace the temporary barriers with permanent ones. So they're probably here to stay for a while. I may change this cruise to end in Vancouver, or maybe cancel all together. Depends on how long this situation lasts. Final Payment is in December.
  4. Did that! Do it in late fall or early spring, we did it in high summer, and the Radiance was packed. We've done something like this from San Francisco. We did Hawaii, spent the night in San Francisco, then got on a Celebrity for Alaska. Another to consider is the South Pacific/Australia/New Zealand. We've also done the Transatlantic/Norwegian Fjords on the old legend. We actually got to visit five ports in Norway. On our most recent trips to Norway, it's been two, but those also included a transatlantic from Boston. Loved the northern route (Iceland/Greenland/Canada) that goes through Prince Christian Sund. Another are New England B2B: Boston, Quebec, Boston - Just cancelled the one for this fall. Or Quebec/Montreal to FLL, then Caribbean. Can't do Boston, Quebec, Port Everglades, because an annoying PSVA violation.
  5. We cruised on the Rotterdam in 2016. The Lanai are OV, but they have a door that opens onto the promenade. The Rotterdam also has the Vista Suites, with a private balcony. And the Lanai are considerably smaller than the Vista Suites. Also, keep in mind that the cheapest Vista Suites on the Rotterdam are directly under the Retreat. If you're comparing the Vista Suite to the Celebrity and the Princess ships, think Balcony Class or Concierge class. Don't think mini-suite or Sky Suite, because they're much smaller. On the other hand, I liked the smaller ship. Celebrity and Princess tend to be huge.
  6. We're still waiting for our credit on our March 18th cruise. We cancelled March 7.
  7. We haven't even gotten our FCC for cruise cancelled by us on March 7th. DH is not happy, because this doesn't involve a refund. Should just involve some typing on a computer. Over sixty day wait for a credit is unacceptable.
  8. We just dumped our Carnival stock! So strange, because we had purchased an extra 100 shares in March.
  9. Which other cruise lines are you working with? We're also considering cutting our ties w/ HAL. This 60 day for FCC is not cool. I'm also waiting 60 days for a refund on our two cancelled (before final payment) cruises. I don't remember that happening on Celebrity a few years back. But that was just one cruise, and not the entire cruise itinerary.
  10. I agree. Could save a lot of problems, but I wonder about the effectiveness. Mainly because I think the Diamond Princess ended up in quarantine because one of the passengers visited a port of call in China, so an embarkation Abbott test wouldn't have worked in that case.
  11. We did the Panama Canal in 1999, and I think the pilot had to board the ship. Also, during the Gatun Locks, the outer decks were packed, and we were right next to the land. The Ryndam seemed like a close fit.
  12. According to the blog, docking in Hilo, Hawaii. Yikes! Can't imagine trying to get flights back home.
  13. No Fox News, Trump treated that the ban doesn't extend to goods, just passengers. I guess all those container box loaders we see in ports involve little face to face contact.
  14. Our TA transferred my cruise back to HAL in 2017, and shore ex cancelled all of our shore excursions. I had to repurchase them, and they had gone up in price. I did read on Royal Caribbean thread about someone that was asking how to transfer their cruise back, because the TA had disappeared. I think they managed to talk Royal Caribbean into transferring the cruise back.
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