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  1. Big things are happening at Pier Sixty-Six. A South Florida icon for more than 50 years, Pier Sixty-Six Hotel is temporarily closed for a total reimagination of the destination.Set to reopen in 2024
  2. The letter says: "You will be automatically rebooked on the 5-day cruise at a special rate" - but maybe that doesn't count for new bookings.....
  3. For those booked on the Rotterdam once she gets to FLL, this is Hot off the HAL press affecting The 4-day and 3-day and 7-day cruises from Nov 3-10 - now changed due to C-19 regulations: Dear Valued Guest, We are writing to advise you of some changes to our deployment schedule that affect your 4-Day Caribbean voyage on board Rotterdam(booking #-----). Your voyage will now be a 5-day cruise, and will begin on Friday, November 5, 2021 rather than Wednesday, November 3. This change is due to mandatory COVID testing and safety inspection requirements for ships carrying passengers who are returning to the United States from international destinations, which must take place before the beginning of the cruise and in order to obtain necessary permissions to embark guests in the U.S. You will be automatically rebooked on the 5-day cruise at a special rate and we will recalculate Cancellation Protection Plan Standard or Platinum and Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses based on the updated booking. Guests with Holland America Line's Flight Ease air will have their flights automatically rebooked based on the new sailing date. Any refund resulting from this recalculation will be posted to the original form of payment. While we will no longer call to Key West, Florida, as they are not allowing cruise ships at this time, we have added a port call to Bimini, Bahamas, as well as an additional day at Half Moon Cay, giving you two full days at our award winning private island. Your updated itinerary will be as follows: Date Destination Arrive Depart Friday, November 5 FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, USA 5:00 PM Saturday, November 6 Bimini, Bahamas 7:00 AM 5:00 PM Sunday, November 7 At sea (Caribbean Sea) Monday, November 8 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas) 7:00AM 5:00PM Tuesday, November 9 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas) 7:00AM 3:00PM Wednesday, November 10 FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, USA 7:00 AM We will be transferring Half Moon Cay pre-paid shore excursions automatically to your new booking. Key West booked excursions, non-cruise-fare purchases through Holland America Line, such as dining, gifts and spa will be refunded to the original form of purchase. Shore Excursions for Bimini, Bahamas are being finalized and available for booking in the next 10-14 days. If any portion of your travel was not booked through Holland America Line, other booking conditions and policies may apply when making changes. Most airlines and other travel-related services such as hotels, transportation, and tours are allowing refunds or waiving change fees due to COVID-19; please work directly with your travel advisor and those operators regarding their charges. We recognize that this change may cause you to incur unexpected expenses, such as air change fees. Reimbursement of reasonable non-refundable expenses will be considered on a case-by-case basis. An Out-of-Pocket Expense Reimbursement Form is available at https://*****/HAL_CHGFEE; please complete this form and submit it, along with any relevant receipts and documentation, for review by our corporate office. If you purchased independent vacation travel insurance, please submit a claim through your carrier before submitting a reimbursement request for denied or partially paid claims. If you elect to cancel this booking, we will refund all funds paid to Holland America Line in full. Please click here to let us know whether you would like to accept this booking no later than October 30, 2021. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. You or your travel advisor will receive an updated Booking Confirmation shortly. Should you have any questions, please contact your travel advisor or reach out to us at the appropriate office:
  4. On board also - the mid-day and afternoon weather was spectacular (for almost October 1st!). Of course, the Captain had the opportunity to take credit for the good weather - and of course had the weather been not so good, he could have said "I have no control over the weather"!! Loved spending our dollars with the businesses in Skagway!
  5. We're sticking with our "changed to" F/E arrival on the 20th w/ HAL transfer - then the onus is still on HAL to get us to the ship - and yes, you're right, in this crazy world NL might change their minds once again!
  6. September 8, 2021 12:45 PM EDT Holland America Line Announces Spring 2022 Return-to-Service Dates for Final Three Ships in the Fleet Noordam, Oosterdam and Westerdam to resume cruising with plans for Japan, the Mediterranean and Alaska, respectively SEATTLE, Sept. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- By late spring 2022, Holland America Line will have a complete fleet back to cruising with the restart of operations for Noordam, Oosterdam and Westerdam. Noordam will restart with a March 14, 2022, cruise in Japan; Oosterdam will begin cruising May 1 in the Mediterranean, and Westerdam will return to service May 8 in Alaska. The ships will join Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam andZuiderdam, which have returned to service or are slated to restart cruising by December 2021. Volendamand Zaandam will return in May 2022. "We've been working intensely to get all of our ships back into service, and to have final restart dates that will complete the fleet is rewarding for everyone who has put their all into making this happen," said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. "Our progressive rollout plan allows us to be back in full service over the next several months, and we look forward to welcoming guests on all 11 ships cruising in different regions around the world." Noordam Plans Return to Service in Japan Holland America Line is working with Japanese authorities to begin cruising for Noordam next spring in Japan with four sailings scheduled. When Noordam sets sail in March, the ship plans to offer three 14-day cruises that deeply explore Japan. Sailing roundtrip from Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan, the ship makes several calls around the exotic country and with a one- or two-day visit on each itinerary to South Korea, Taiwan or Russia. The 14-day journeys can be combined to form 28-day Collectors' Voyages. In April, Noordam will cross the Pacific Ocean and sail a season in Alaska with cruises between Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and Whittier, Alaska. Oosterdam Returns to the Mediterranean Guests eager to visit the Med next year can embark Oosterdam beginning with the May 1 departure. The ship will sail the season in the region, cruising between Civitavecchia (Rome) and Venice, Italy; and Barcelona, Spain, and Venice; or roundtrip from Venice on seven- and 12-day itineraries. Oosterdam will explore ports in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Montenegro, Croatia, Albania, France, Malta and Israel. Following a transatlantic crossing in November 2022, the ship will transit the Panama Canal and take a southerly route to offer a series of South America and Antarctica expeditions ranging from 14 to 22 days between Buenos Aires, Argentina, and San Antonio (Santiago), Chile. Westerdam Sets Sail for Alaska When Westerdam returns on May 8, the ship will embark on a season of seven-day Alaska cruises roundtrip from Seattle, Washington. Come September, the ship will cross the Pacific Ocean and begin a season in the Far East offering a variety of 14-day itineraries from Singapore; Hong Kong, China; and Yokohama (Tokyo). Guests on January to May 2022 Cruises Will Move to 2023 With these restart dates for Noordam, Oosterdam and Westerdam, cruises in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and South America and Antarctica from January 2022 through the return-to-service departures will be cancelled. Guests on Westerdam's cancelled transatlantic crossing departing April 18, 2022, will be moved to a comparable crossing on Nieuw Statendam departing April 17. Guests on Noordam's affected Asia departures in 2022 will be moved to the same itinerary in 2023 aboard Westerdam; guests on Oosterdam's cancelled Australia and New Zealand voyages will be moved to the same itinerary in 2023 aboard Noordam; and guests on Westerdam's cancelled South America and Antarctica Voyages will be moved to the same itinerary aboard Oosterdam in 2023. Guests also may choose to receive a 100% refund of monies paid to Holland America Line. The above options are not applicable to guests booked on a charter sailing. Other booking and cancellation conditions and policies may apply if the cruise was not booked through Holland America Line. For more information about Holland America Line, consult a travel advisor, call 1-877-SAIL HAL (877-724-5425) or visit hollandamerica.com. Find Holland America Line on Twitter, Facebook and the Holland America Blog. Access all social media outlets via the home page at hollandamerica.com. About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE: CCL and CUK)] Holland America Line has been exploring the world since 1873 and was the first cruise line to offer adventures to Alaska and the Yukon nearly 75 years ago. Its fleet of premium ships visits nearly 400 ports in 114 countries around the world, offering an ideal mid-sized ship experience. A third Pinnacle-class ship, Rotterdam, joined the fleet in July 2021. The leader in premium cruising, Holland America Line's ships feature innovative initiatives and a diverse range of enriching experiences focused on destination exploration and personalized travel. The best live music at sea fills each evening at Music Walk, and dining venues feature exclusive selections from Holland America Line's esteemed Culinary Council of world-famous chefs. In light of COVID-19, Holland America Line is currently enhancing health and safety protocols and how they may impact future cruises. Our actual offerings may vary from what is displayed or described in marketing materials. Review our current Cruise Updates, Health & Safety Protocols and CDC Travel Advisories. CONTACT: Erik Elvejord PHONE: 800-637-5029, 206-626-9890 EMAIL: pr@hollandamerica.com
  7. When I look at KLM flights to/from US/NL, I still find plenty to book. Of course, they could get cancelled, but if I was booking right now, I could easily do so.
  8. You've got that right @kb4683 Hotel Traghetto isn't fancy, but the location and the incredible service can't be beat! They even stored (for no charge) our luggage while we toured for a week in between B2B cruises and gave us a bottle of wine to celebrate our anniversary!
  9. From the inaugural sailing of the Koningsdam when we brought her to America! Hoping to do the same with the Rotterdam in six weeks! Meanwhile - can't wait to re-visit Civitavecchia and enjoy one of our fave pizza bistros upstairs at Mastro Titta! Decadently Delicious!
  10. Can you describe their actual testing procedure? Nasal or deep nasal? How long did it take for results?
  11. This IS a medically supervised test. You call in to their designated number. An approved observer monitors your testing procedure. We have done this for previous trips. It IS acceptable and the good news is, it's NOT a deep nasal test!! YAY!
  12. Excellent tip about the expiration date! We're making up for lost time and cruises and have a number of upcoming cruises booked - For fear of limited supply I was going to order another six pack, but will wait a bit. Do you know @RGEDadwhen they predict the new batch will be available?
  13. Exactly what I was looking for! Thanks @12cruise2! I ordered the six pack!
  14. Hot off the HAL Email at 10:30PM MDT: Please view our guest letter with an important update here: *****/3gVRJLG Pursuant to new directives from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we have updated our pre-cruise COVID-19 testing requirements. Effective with U.S. cruises departing from Saturday, September 18 through October 31, 2021, all fully vaccinated guests must produce a negative viral COVID-19 test (medically supervised PCR or antigen test) taken within TWO days of their embarkation on all Holland America Line sailings. Guests must provide this proof along with proof of full COVID-19 vaccination in order to board. We strongly encourage you to be tested prior to traveling to your cruise in order to speed your embarkation. We have partnered with Quest Diagnostics for testing near you: *****/QST_TST. There will be limited testing available at the pier for a fee (to be determined) for a small number of guests if you do not receive your test results in time for embarkation.
  15. THIS Binax test appears to be the one you need to take for international travel: BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test meets the self-test conditions of the Order for proof of negative COVID-19 test by the CDC and is accepted by our partners United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines for entry into the U.S.
  16. Still researching this - I went to the www.emed.com site and it provides a good tutorial/video on the test and says this about travel: BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test meets the self-test conditions of the Order for proof of negative COVID-19 test by the CDC and is accepted by our partners United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines for entry into the U.S. However - nowhere on the site does it say what "kind" of test it is. I called their info # and was "told" it is an antigen rapid test with video supervision. It appears to be an anterior (main part of the nose vs deep to the throat) nasal swab which is really nice (especially for those of us with nasal surgical concerns). I emailed the company (ABBOTT) to verify it is an acceptable international and cruise test. If so, I'm all in for the type of test, the ease of doing it in a short 48 hour time frame, and for all the different International/cruise requirements!
  17. this is what their website says: Can I use this COVID test to meet travel requirements for testing? No, this is for personal use only and doesn’t provide a documented test result that you can display when traveling. For a documented test result the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test may be a better Combined with the NAVICA App and with a negative result, you will have a digital result that may meet travel requirements. This test is offered by eMed, please visit www.emed.com for further information.
  18. Is the ship testing a saliva, deep nasal swab or an anterior (not to the depth of the nasal cavity)?
  19. SO excited to see the Rotterdam moving to the Netherlands - prep time for her long awaited Inaugural October 20th sailing!
  20. Home tests are ok as long as they are medically supervised by authorized agents of the testing lab. We've done them for Hawaii (the most strict) and have our's ordered for our HAL cruises through Costco/Azova.
  21. we love to dress up and will do so, so you won't be alone if you do!
  22. Thanks for sharing! What a wonderful array of specialties!
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