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About jakkojakko

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    Retired airforce/airline
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  1. 😀😀yes I am familiar witn the grain of salt expression. The shovel was on purpose to exaggerate the inaccurate article.😉
  2. Given I live in a country (Netherlands) that is depicted in this article as being poor and not able to vaccinate all people in 2021, I would take the rest of the info with a shovel of salt. We are neither poor, nor unable to vaccinate everybody this year. The only restriction on vaccination is the amount delivered, but we expect to finish vaccinating by summer or early autumn.
  3. If, if traveling to and from embarkation ports will be without hassles, and countries along the route allow excursions, and the situation is stable enough so that there will be no chance of sudden closure of ports, or god forbid refusal of disembarkation, then yes we will cruise when a vaccination is required. Given my requisites however, this will not happen anytime soon
  4. We did couple of norwegian cruises, including this one, in the last decade. There were no guest speakers on board. Commentary in the fjord came from HAL's cruise director or exploration's team. But who knows what they will do when cruising resumes.
  5. The cruiselines are getting desperate for cash. This way they get it without any insurance that the booked cruise will eventually be sailed. With this money they probably pay back (some) of the deposites on cancelled cruises. No matter how I like cruising, I don't see any light in the tunnel for a long time to come and it would be foolish to book anything at all. It is more and more getting similar to a pyramid scheme.
  6. https://www.captainalbert.com Blog about the new name.
  7. Strange. I understand the four ships are sold and future itineries canceled. Nevertheless I just received an email from HAL with promotions and offers for future cruising and curiously at least Veendam and Rotterdam cruises are still listed for 2021!
  8. Does anyone know where she is. Latest update on vesselfinder is march 24.
  9. Video in dutch news site with the evacuation of passengers https://www.nu.nl/279916/video/cruiseschip-zaandam-evacueert-70-plussers-na-corona-uitbraak.html?jwsource=cl And an english one.
  10. Of course I can be wrong. I read the Zaandam flu posts and there is mention of transfer but no source. If they really do it, I think it is a big mistake. Local authorities will then consider both ships to be contaminated, doubling the problem.
  11. No they would'nt transfer passengers to Rotterdam and thus create two ships who can't dock anywhere. Cpt Albert not blogging is clearly a decision from higher up. It has happened before that he mentioned/explained an incident that occured in his blog. A few day's later that day's blog disappeared from the HAL website never to return.
  12. Yes, it seems Qatar airways are stil accepting transfer passengers. I found that out yesterday and gave that info to the stranded couple.
  13. No hotels closed. They were able to rent an appartment for te time being.
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