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About ssawjo

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    Carefree, AZ
  • Interests
    Traveling, reading, history, football
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, RCCL, Oceania
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    all over

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  1. Due to sail from Barcelona on July 13 on the HAL Westerdam. By the looks of things, if this cruise sails, I will be shocked. Anybody have any updated info they can share? Thanks.
  2. You sound just like us. Time stops for no one and we are wasting it at home. We are a bit younger and plan to travel extensively the next three years or longer. We are booked for a July 13 Barcelona/Venice cruise on HAL but I too have severe reservations that it will happen. Good luck in the future.
  3. We are already booked at this time. Just thinking of options. Thanks.
  4. True, but we want to do the ports in-between Le Havre and Lisbon.
  5. I have a question about leaving a cruise prior to its' conclusion. We are on the NY to NY round trip in July/September 2022 on the Insignia. We are thinking of debarking in Lisbon (a short stop) and then touring Spain, ending up in Barcelona. The cruise continues to the Azores and then five sea days to New York. So, not missing a lot. Question: Has anyone done what I am proposing? Would Oceania reduce the cruise fare? (I doubt it but if you don't ask then nothing happens.) There is no "segment" for this portion of the cruise. Any answers would be appreciated.
  6. I was wondering the same thing myself. I don't want to do the full ATW. However, in a brochure that is currently out from Oceania, I found two "segments" that I would be very interested in on page 47. Spiritual Shrines, 18 days, Hong Kong to Tokyo, and Golden Buddhas, 42 days, Hong Kong to San Francisco. The second one would depend on how much time I will have available at the time. Both leave Hong Kong on June 2, 2023. I contacted my TA for pricing, etc. and she is awaiting a response from Oceania. I don't mind being waitlisted. The question is, why would Oceania list thes
  7. Not concerned about pre-cruise, but what about post-cruise. Our cruise arrives in Cape Town and we are planning to stay a week or less to go on safari. So what is the length of time a deviation can be used? And can we fly out of Johannesburg, South Africa, instead of Cape Town? Thanks, Bill
  8. We have a cruise on the Westerdam from Barcelona to Venice leaving on July 13, 2021. I have this sinking feeling that it will not go as scheduled. Final payment is April 14. I don't have a lot invested yet and I do not have any flights reserved. Not worried about a hotel. The other issue is that from Venice we are flying to Prague on July 24 to start a river cruise (Prague is a land tour connected with the river cruise). The river cruise itself starts on July 28. Final payment is May 3. Have not heard anything from AmaWaterways about what they are planning on doing.
  9. Freeport, Bahamas. Worst cruise port EVER!
  10. I agree with the above advice. However, I think you should be able to take a taxi to the following: The Oyster Box 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks 4319 South Africa It has an excellent restaurant and a fabulous wine list if you enjoy South African wines. It is a fifteen minutes from the main airport but I don't know how far from the cruise port. It is the best hotel in Durban and is on the beach. Bill
  11. After waiting about 120+ days for our refund, I filed disputes (4) with our credit card company, in this case Chase. We received one refund about four days after filing. Crystal called our TA, who had recommended the dispute route, and are now "processing" our remaining three disputes/refunds. We were told by our TA that we should receive the refunds within ten days. Chase had already temporarily credited our credit cards. I guess that once this is done, the refunds will be final. This is minus the $500/pp administrative fee which will be a FCC if we book again with Crystal.
  12. My travel agent just called me citing the attached article: https://www.trvltrend.com/cruise/genting-misses-debt-payment/ She is in panic mode for me. I am booked on the Crystal Symphony in Feb. 2022, Grand Voyage Southeast Asia Medley. My TA is very thoughtful. Anyway, this is not a very encouraging article. Not sure what to do at this point but my TA will be working on it on Monday when things are open for business (we hope). Any comments are appreciated. Bill
  13. Don't like that but it might be worth it to delay departure. We'll see. It is a loooong way off and who knows what is in store for cruising. Thank you. Bill
  14. Strongly agree. We will be arriving early because we are taking Regent's land program for this cruise. Thank you.
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