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Pickalily, Wilts

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About Pickalily, Wilts

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    Wiltshire, England
  • Interests
    gardening, DIY, travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, Holland America, Princess, Regent, Azamara
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  1. According to Marine Traffic, Nieuw Statendam is on her way from Port Everglades due to arrive in The Netherlands 12 May. That's a long way to go if HAL knows the cruises in Europe won't be happening. We are booked on a cruise out of Amsterdam to Norway departing 5 July and do not want to be on board when/if she sails. So, like others, we are waiting (and hoping) for the 'no cruise ban' to be extended. Bad enough for those who have cancelled and then have to wait several months for a refund, but if necessary we'll take the hit of loss of all money rather than be cooped up with thousands of others in a big bug incubator. It's unthinkable.
  2. Hope you and DH make a full recovery - soon. Some people seem to think it could never happen to them and don't realise that their carelessness could spread the disease to others. Our government has been ramming home the message, but still folk don't listen. Since I posted on Thursday, deaths have doubled in the UK with little sign of letting up. Until a vaccine is developed our only defence is to isolate and not take chances. The virus will run out of steam eventually. Until then we must be vigilant and listen to the medical experts. Best wishes to all.
  3. Here in the UK the number of fatalities rose yesterday to 2,353. (Our population is approx 70 million.) Unsurprisingly, the majority of cases are in London, but it is affecting the whole country. Most deaths have been among the older population, usually with existing health problems, but also there have been a couple of teenagers, who were believed not to have underlying health issues, who have sadly died. We have been told that everyone should stay at home and only venture out if absolutely essential and then for the shortest possible time. Over 70s not to go out at all if possible. Unprecedented measures, but we are thought to be only 2 weeks behind Italy in the progress of the virus and anything which can be done to stop us matching their desperate outcome must be sensible. Personally, we have a cruise booked for early July, but expect that to be cancelled. Many countries won't want to see shiploads of people and will doubtless remain closed for some time to come. Stay safe and healthy everyone.
  4. We also had many niggling problems on our one and only foray into the 'luxury' world of Regent. It was very disappointing and we won't be going back. Also tried Azamara and found they were no better than HAL, but would consider another cruise if the itinerary was appealing. We've tried nine different cruise lines, but keep coming back to HAL; a good fit for us.
  5. Don't know about Happy Hour, but if you sit at the bar in Zaandam's Sports Bar, you are likely to be offered some appetisers by a friendly bartender.
  6. Just want to add our experience. OH and I are from England and we also like to meet other nationalities on our cruises. HAL isn't one of the top choices for Brits and so far, with anytime dining, we've met American, Australian, Canadian, Dutch, German, NZ and citizens from many other countries (very few from our own). Have a great time! Lily
  7. Millennium had broken down for a second time in Alaska. The first time they did a "patch up" (and probably hoped for the best), but when it happened again they decided they'd better get the ship into dry dock (Bahamas) and repair it properly. In that case they had no choice but to cancel a couple of cruises, but they did have a choice about telling all their passengers. I previously wrote that they came up with basic compensation. That was in the form of a voucher to be used against the cost of another cruise, but we were so hacked off by the way we had been treated, we had no wish to cruise with them again, so it was worthless to us. Our choice to write it off to 'experience'. The subsequent cruise on Zaandam was excellent.
  8. Yep. They didn't tell our cruise agent either. Having flown from UK to Vancouver we could have been standing at the quay - no ship. I was both horrified and angry, but luckily our agent found us another cruise departing a day later on Zaandam, so we were able to use the same flight outbound and that cruise was far better than the original would have been. We had extra costs because the second cruise was longer and Celebrity eventually came up with a basic compensation payment, but we haven't cruised with them since (2013).
  9. Thanks for that. OH and I will be on NS for 2 weeks in the summer. Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip and your thoughts on the various restaurants. Was thinking of booking Tamarind for OH's birthday, but I'll hold off and look for further reviews before committing. Very useful to read your opinion.
  10. It's so annoying when this happens. We had a cruise from Vancouver cancelled by Celebrity and they didn't tell us either. I found out quite by accident on a cruise site with just 2 weeks to go. Thank heavens for the internet. Have a good trip - wherever you go.
  11. Without wishing to be a 'Jeremiah', you may not be calling at St Peter Port either. It's not unusual for the port to be inaccessible if the sea is very rough. I hope the weather is kind to you.
  12. OM - I kept trying and eventually succeeded late yesterday. It shouldn't be that difficult. Grrrrr.
  13. Tried today to log in to enter details for our cruise in the summer, but couldn't get any further than the HAL logo - the rest of the page was blank. I've never had this problem before. What am I doing wrong or is it because it's a weekend and all will be well tomorrow?
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