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About wdw1972

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    Gainesville, FL
  • Interests
    Walt Disney World, Disney Vacation Club, HAL Cruises
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland America Line
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    ABC Islands

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  1. Lois - glad you're on the mend, and the hospitalization is in the past. We just never know when something significant may crop up and derail our immediate plans. Roz - I agree 100%. I'm only 61 (young in HAL terms, lol) but I'm also a bit of an oddity. I'm healthy as a horse, have a great immune system that keeps me from catching colds/flu, but I'm also a 3-time breast cancer survivor. I joke that it has to be cancer to be worth getting sick for 😉 I assume I'll live to 100, but don't know that for a fact, and I'm not willing to squander any of the time I have left cowering in fear in my home, afraid to "catch" something if I venture outside. I hate that I've lost a HAL cruise and a few other trips due to this damn virus (all canceled by HAL or Disney), and once both are open I will have no hesitation going back - the exception is I'm not wearing a damn mask in the FL heat so my Disney trips may be resort trips and I won't bother with the parks. Hopefully HAL doesn't impose measures "in an abundance of caution" that make my December 2020 cruise not worth the bother. Sue/WDW1972
  2. I plan to do the same - buy the $1,000 gift cards and then use them and the "free" promo cards to fully pay off a March 2021 11-day Zuiderdam sailing. Between the 10% fare discount, the extra $250 obc and the value of the promo cards, it's a savings of approx $1,300. Did you buy the physical cards or digital? I've only ordered 1 so far and did the physical, but with making payment through my TA I don't see any reason to have gotten a physical card. I'd just be emailing her the number! Sue/WDW1972
  3. I still work, so I cruise almost solely to the Caribbean (don't need travel days to get to/from the port), and cruise primarily for the ship/life onboard. I could care less which ports we stop at. That said, what I love most about staying onboard in a port is having most of the other people GO....get off "my" ship. I'd never consider a cruise shorter than 7 days, and 7 sea days in a row with everyone onboard isn't as appealing to me - too many people around constantly. Of course, with the Retreat cabanas, that helps mitigate the crowded feeling! Sue/WDW1972
  4. Children are allowed, but it's very rare to see a child in the Retreat. It's a calm, quiet, adult environment, with NOTHING for kids to do. I've had Retreat cabanas many times, on several ships and only once was there a child - a very well behaved boy around 10-12 years old who would come up and read a book once in a while. I assume the rest of the time he was off having fun, either with Club HAL or down at the Lido pool. A young child, such as a toddler, or multiple kids would ruin the experience for me - there's a time & place for them, and the Retreat just isn't the time or place. And, I can't blame the kids - no kid would want to spend their day up there anyway, since they'd likely be bored to death. Sue/WDW1972
  5. I also received notification tonight of my FCC & $250 obc from my 3/28 cruise canceled around 3/14. The FCC was exactly to the penny what I had calculated. Haven't seen the refund of port fees/taxes yet. Sue/WDW1972
  6. It's on the base cruise rate, which does not include taxes and port fees. I'm still waiting on mine, but calculated the 125% on just the fare. It's possible the deposit may not be included, if the deposit is refunded but I'm not expecting my deposit to be refunded (just the port fees/taxes). Which cruise line? Sue/WDW1972
  7. We made a change in March 2021 - instead of the 3/21/21 Nieuw Statendam we'll be doing the 3/17/21 11-day Panama Canal Sunfarer on Zuiderdam. It cuts the wait down by 4 days ;-) Sue/WDW1972
  8. I thought it was always 75 days. What's the source for 60 vs 90? Sue/WDW1972
  9. That's a different package. This one only has 2 restaurants and is part of the Have it All promo. Sue/WDW1972
  10. It's most likely not sold out, especially since we just canceled 3 staterooms on this cruise over the past weekend ;-) I'd noticed it had disappeared over a month ago, and eventually by clicking on the Feb 28th sailing could see 3/21 listed as sold out in every category - which clearly wouldn't be true. With all the stuff going on for HAL to deal with now, I didn't expect any information anytime soon, so under the new promotion (Have it All) our group agreed to change our bookings for the 3/17 11-day Zuiderdam instead. It ended up being pretty much the same cost, but more perks, and 11 days instead of 10. It wasn't worth waiting around for HAL to let us know. Sue/WDW1972
  11. I'm down to my final 3 - 1 milk, 2 dark. Today I would have disembarked from the Nieuw Amsterdam, and the next HAL cruise isn't until December. I'm sure the chocolates won't last until then 😉 Sue/WDW1972
  12. I've sailed Koningsdam a few times, and would rather look straight down at someone's verandah vs the top of a tender/lifeboat. But, that's just me. I like deck 7 better than deck 5, but given the 2 staterooms you mentioned I'd probably go with the one on deck 5 in order to not be seeing lifeboats. Sue/WDW1972
  13. Thanks John - great to be able to see some of "our" dam ships! Sue/WDW1972
  14. I did enter my booking #, ship and sailing date (the one canceled) on the online form. Sue/WDW1972
  15. I didn't even see that. I printed it out before hitting submit, but it's in the office - will check tomorrow. In my case I wouldn't have a selected cruise, since they haven't released itineraries for the time period I'm looking for. Sue/WDW1972
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