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  1. I think the easiest way to see the details is to start a test booking on the Big Box site. When you get to the point of selecting your cabin it will display the details of the promotion. After our original booking we had added that promotion for the June Alaska cruise that we ended up canceling. It included the drinks package for two, gratuities, a couple hundred dollars of OBC, and the fare was $600 lower. That was for a Neptune Suite
  2. That would be fine with me. I bought 100 shares today at $8. It will be entertaining to watch what it does over the next few years. I'll either have bragging rights or slink quietly into the night. <g>
  3. We are booked on the same cruise, and we will wait for HAL to cancel. Now, there are only two of us, so we don't have as much to lose as does your group. Our thinking is that, unless HAL goes belly-up, we will at least get a full refund, including our non-refundable deposit, if they cancel. I we cancel, we lose the deposit. Best case, HAL will make the same offer they are making to the current batch of cancelees.
  4. The new extension of the Book With Confidence program says "guests who booked departures April 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020, under the Book with Confidence program will now be covered under the Short Term Cancel Policy instead." The Book With Confidence program web page says that one of the criteria is that the "Cruise is booked in March or April". Does that mean that if we booked a June 2020 cruise in February we are ineligible?
  5. That's not quite accurate. Cancellation fees sometimes start after final payment date, so you might have even longer to cancel.
  6. CDC: U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/travelers-with-special-considerations/cruise-ship-passengers.html?fbclid=IwAR23mRlu4-382HLuSM8i0KWQBSaZ4heDniggmxR3kBR6e2EgWiKr6B0EseM#ExternalPopup
  7. I see that they have extended this promo: "Valid for new bookings made 3/2/20-3/22/20"
  8. Thanks. I will correct my original post.
  9. Watching fares for our upcoming cruise, I found this promotion, good 3/2-3/6. I called our big box travel agency and got our June southbound Alaska cruise rebooked, getting us free Signature Beverage Packages, keeping $200 of our $300 OBC, adding two $100 HAL gift cards, keeping prepaid gratuities, and reducing the fare $600. (Final payment date is still a couple weeks off.) Check it out.
  10. I volunteer at the local hospital and often see folks *inside the hospital* conducting loud conversations using their speaker on, so everybody within 50 yards can hear both sides of the conversation. I wonder if it has to do with hearing aids. Maybe those don't work well with regular phone earpieces?
  11. At this moment, CCL is at 32.37. I bought our 100 shares in July 2011 for 34.75. Not exactly a growth stock! Of course, the more cruises we take, the more often we get that $100 nontaxable "dividend".
  12. Thanks. I tested it at home some time ago. I wondered whether there is some issue with sharing the shipboard network that hadn't occurred to me. Since my laptop is always one of the devices that we want connected to the Internet, it will be convenient to use that rather than a separate router.
  13. Has anybody used the Windows 10 Mobile Hotspot feature rather than a router to share the HAL connection?
  14. Does this mean you are using the Windows 10 Mobile Hotspot feature rather than a router to share the HAL connection?
  15. Has anybody tried using the Windows 10 Mobile Hotspot as a "travel router" on HAL?
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