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  1. First of all, how incredibly kind of you! These stories of goodwill should have more threads on this forum! Secondly, would you mind sharing the name of your tour company in Greece? We have tentatively scheduled a cruise out of Greece in 2021 and I would love to support this company!
  2. Wonderful news, Peter! I was on the same sailing and have already received my FCC and spent it. Just waiting for the credit card refund now.
  3. Thanks for sharing your experience and tips!
  4. Our cruise ends in San Antonio, Chile and we are hoping to spend an extra week exploring Chile. Ideally, we would like to find once place to use as a home base to explore, but we would be open to splitting the week between two destinations. We enjoy nature, wine and history. Safety, although hard to predict with current events, is also a top priority.
  5. Thanks! I noticed you were one of the few (only?) people on the boards who at stayed at Las Cataratas previously. Excellent point about the former visa issue. Thanks for chiming in!
  6. I see a lot of people on this board book the Gran Melia for their stay at Iguazu Falls. The Belmond Hotel das Cataratas seems quite appealing to me. Is there a reason why the majority chose the Melia over the other? I realize the Gran Melia is on the Brazilian side, but am I missing some other major factor? Also, once at the Falls, are there any tour companies you could recommend for boating excursions?
  7. Good point. I was just hoping that if they could fly, the company might offer a plan B and go by land. What you suggest makes more sense, thanks!
  8. How long was the drive to Volunteer Point? The "experience" you eluded to.....should I read between the lines that it is not for the faint of heart and/or those prone to motion sickness?
  9. The shorter commute sounds wonderful for those of us limited by port times. Any thoughts on if there is a contingency plan....what if the weather is not safe for flying....is there a plan B available to go on a land based tour?
  10. We would have been celebrating a birthday with you on the Konignsdam today, too! Yet another bummer about our cancelled cruise:(
  11. This brings up a concern that has been floating around in my mind.....spring transatlantics. Is this one of the first objective signs that the Mediterranean season is not happening this year? I've been holding out hope it would be delayed and not (yet) cancelled completely.
  12. Thanks for the update! We were *almost* on the Koningsdam for her trip around South America. While we were flying to FLL, the cruise was cancelled:(
  13. Maybe this article will give a little more info about potential flights for your brother. Glad he is (almost) home! https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/04/02/coronavirus-holland-america-ships-dock-fort-lauderdale/5110778002/?fbclid=IwAR2mMZ4g2xjIjAQ8_vH1BDdKRgyFiyZIJ284IDfV5kCFV7FR3G8IsYhamrQ "While South Florida residents returning home via ground transportation were expected to depart Port Everglades on Thursday, Aall others will return to the ship until Friday, when they will be bussed directly to the tarmac at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. From there, they will board one of five charter flights bound for Atlanta, San Francisco, Toronto and Paris/Frankfurt. A fifth flight bound for London Heathrow will depart around 1 a.m. ET Saturday."
  14. Thank you for sharing this update, hoping and praying the passengers and crew get an official "yes" soon.
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