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  1. All cruises to Canada have been cancelled to Feb 2022. Unfortunately, at the current vaccination pace, I fear that that deadline could be extended. Canada has certainly been falling behind in other countries in its vaccination program. There are many reasons for this and the most obvious is that we lack the ability to manufacture any vaccines in Canada. There have been other political reasons brought forth as well, but no need to discuss these as this is a cruise forum and not a political forum. I live in Ontario and the latest update from our provincial government h
  2. The most appreciated perk for us with the NS is the larger washroom and larger balcony. We really enjoy breakfast on the balcony and the larger balcony with a proper sized dining table made it all the more worthwhile. It will be interesting to see how HAL will change the Neptune Lounge post COVID. The current buffet serve yourself style will certainly need to be changed. The lounges themselves tend to be quite small and with even a couple of cruisers in there it can become quite congested. And, when we booked a NS to try, we found the concierges all tended to speak really low w
  3. Very dicey considering St. Pierre currently has an outbreak of COVID and that St. Pierre et Miquelon has agreements with Canada for the provision of health care.
  4. There were some things that we liked in the Neptune Suite. We liked the extra floor space that allowed us to walk around freely without getting into each other's way. We enjoyed the larger washroom. And we definitely enjoyed the larger balcony. Spent a lot of time on the balcony. The rest of the perks had little to no value to us. For us, it would come down to the price difference. I did a quick scan of HAL's site and it seems like the price difference for your cruise is about $2100 per person. I would pass on that.
  5. After reading the actual Executive Order it seems to me that you can expect more changes coming for all modes of transportation. With regards to cruising, the order also wants new public health measures at sea ports. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/21/executive-order-promoting-covid-19-safety-in-domestic-and-international-travel/ There is little doubt in my mind that this will greatly impact the cruise industry.
  6. Here in Canada we have the same travel advice to stay home and avoid all non-essential travel. Travel was increasing though. Our gov't recently brought in the requirement that all international air travellers returning to Canada must have a negative COVID-19 on the PCR test 72 hours prior to travel to be allowed on the plane. Since that requirement was announced, two of our major airlines have announced major employee layoffs and cancelled routes dues to the sudden number of cancelled bookings since this requirement has been announced. It's amazing what steps have to be taken to get people
  7. I applaud your decision to cancel. If there is one thing I have accepted with this pandemic is that the situation is fluid and changing daily. Anyone who chooses to travel and leave their country does so with the risk that things may change while they away and they may very well have a difficult time returning.
  8. Great to read that a subsequent sailing worked well for you. We have sailed on other HAL ships and the experiences have been great. It took a big leap of faith though and our next cruise was on the Nieuw Amsterdam in a Veranda cabin and everything was perfect.
  9. It's really frustrating when it happens cause there really isn't anything you can do about it. It's like the whole ship is off. Almost everyone we met on that cruise were also complaining. And that brings you down also as you really are trying to enjoy your cruise. We have never sailed on the Eurodam again, and never will. And even though we didn't have a great experience with the Neptune Suite, we learned enough to discover that for us HAL's suite life is more hype than substance.
  10. We sailed in a Vista Suite on the K'dam and I don't recall it being worth it. As @bennybear stated above, it seemed like a nice Verandah. I believe when we looked at a Verandah vs the Vista Suite that there seemed to be about 12" more floor space in the Vista Suite. It was a nice cabin, but nothing to indicate that it was a "suite".
  11. Ours is the Nieuw Amsterdam. We just feel so at home when we are on that ship. We are looking forward to many more cruises on the NA. We sailed on the K'dam and doubt we will sail on any of the Pinnacle class ships. We didn't like the smaller cabins and the lack of a height adjustable coffee table in the cabin. In cabin dining is virtually impossible in a Pinnacle class ship unless you book a suite. For us, breakfast on our balcony is a quintessential HAL experience that we missed on the K'dam.
  12. Like you, I simply provided my opinion on the issue. I don't think there was any need for such a patronizing response.
  13. Our worst cruise experience was many years ago now. My wife and I decided we would try the suite life and booked a Neptune Suite on the Eurodam. We thought we would try all the formal nights and everything else that the cruise line offered. The cruise started poorly as soon as we entered our suite. I looked around in disappointment at a heavily solid and obviously dirty suite. Furniture had noticeable large stains, there was a heavy layer of dust over the entire suite, stains of some sort on the bed skirt and just an overall feeling of it being unclean. We picked up
  14. Interesting timing. This is the article in the National Post in Canada Today: WHO chief scientist not confident vaccines prevent transmission "...chief scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said the WHO hasn’t yet determined whether the approved vaccines being administered in Canada, the U.S. and Europe are effective at preventing transmission... I don’t believe we have the evidence on any of the vaccines to be confident that it’s going to prevent people from actually getting the infection and therefore being able to pass it on,” Swaminathan said. The top t
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