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  1. Nowadays with UBER and LYFT etc I don’t think anymore about land transport to/from Airports and Piers until the day before I need it. Likewise, if Seattle replaces Van. as an Alaskan end-point in 2022 so be it. I should just refrain from thinking about the matter until the month it happens.
  2. Your ship will be going WEST. Avoid a Veranda on the Starboard/Right side as it will be brisk and dark facing NORTH.
  3. My SEPT 2022 Roundtrip Alaska cruise (and others) will probably happen no matter what. I doubt that Van. will be eliminated as an endpoint, but WAY too early to guess, so I will book Airfare next Summer.
  4. I often would book an Inside for Trans-Atlantics or USA-to-Aust. etc. Finding perfect Sun/breeze, cocktail or nap spot takes me to the Pool 99% of the time. So, $30/day x 20/days for a mini balcony would be worth it. But $100/day, no. Definitely NEVER a balcony to Alaska or Panama Canal, as I am always gawking Left/Right or Forward. Covid may change my mind…
  5. I see Cruiselines are economizing by going to bigger ships. Wondering if I will notice changes on board the existing vessels.
  6. My Concerns: The Service/Hospitality VP bows to Mecca up in Accounting when interest payments are brutal.. no matter what industry. When times are flush is a better time to be a customer. So, as a HAL 4-star I’ll squirm if I’d hear Napkins went from Cloth to paper, beer is self-serve and the dancing girls were cut. If so, Cabo here I come…
  7. Wondering: I sail in 11/months. Are cruiselines cutting shipboard amenities lately, or not??
  8. DIY. Seriously consider floatplaning to a spiffy Lodge in the wilds …on a river. Let them do the work. Zero driving for you.. Alaska the way it’s meant to be experienced.
  9. I think you are right. The K’dam would arrive then lay alongside various HAL vessels hither and yon then would depart after a day or two and head to Int’l waters or to a Pier in Puerto Vallarta for instance. Lotsa miles…
  10. Floatplane into TAKU LODGE for stunning views and wood-fired meal near a glacier. Lotsa wow..
  11. I suspect KONINGSDAM has been physically closeby California and ‘hot’ for 18/months but never provisioned or fully crewed because HAL had it serve as a ‘Guinea Pig’ and their corporate contact with various land entities. It roamed the ocean almost daily. Very curious indeed.
  12. Koningsdam logged 10’s of thousands of miles since it’s aborted March 15, 2020 cruise. Very, very few others have done so. I follow it daily with cruisemapper.
  13. Koningsdam has continually roamed the West coast of Americas since March of 2020; California to Panama. Whyso??
  14. MY GUESS: Rules for Ports will probably be changing weekly
  15. This ‘Delta Variant’ and future variants will be tough on cruising.
  16. Personally, this adds too much uncertainty for me. I won’t be cruising anytime soon.
  17. My booked ALASKA cruise won’t be the same if I can’t get out on my own; thanks for info.
  18. Wondering if HAL’s cruises so far have been pleasant experiences while in Ports. Are cruisers free to roam? Strict rules enforced while ashore or no??
  19. We have done B2B’s. Beforehand, you will be given a ‘Transit Card’ if you wish to leave briefly. It allows you to reboard for Cruise #2. One time we didn’t actually leave the ship, we simply went near the Gangway and they scanned our ‘Transit Card’ then we lounged poolside. Some people cruise for months upon end seamlessly. Two Covid Tests?? Call them now and find out. And yes, your Cabin Steward moves your luggage..
  20. Find a ‘Tour Boat’ that takes you up close to a Glacier to watch the big chunks crash into the Ocean while seeing the Otters swimming near the Glaciers. Would a train ride into the mountains interest them??
  21. My Guess: There will be people on board cruiseships in 2022 who are NOT vaccinated. Me? I’ll get a ‘booster’ if avail.
  22. Our FAVORITE cruiseship. Huge area on top deck for walking/lounging. Library sadly gone, as on most vessels now except Cunard. Pool handrails to the Deepend were a design mistake that can’t be undone said an Officer.
  23. Bring your own mask/snorkel and a handy inflatable vest, all easily packable. Definitely NOT fins, that would be dumb. (I’ve snorkelled a lot)
  24. 1973. Watching 15 Burmese ‘gun-bearers’ marching single-file whilst carrying matching Pink luggage atop their heads in the rain for the madame touriste’ leading the way in a rickshaw. Memorable
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