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  1. Just a thought from a past experience. Perhaps they are waiting to assign specific cabins until more is known about what the "requirements" will be for the sailing. For example what percent of capacity can sail? We have been "fortunate" to have a cruise planned very time some sort of health issue as in the works - for example Swine Flu, Bird Flu, etc. While in each case the ship did sail, they were far from full and folks were spread around the ship in a meaningful manner, primarily for staffing purposes. The extreme example was when a cruise was sailing just over 50% full, roo
  2. 1. Mailings from HAL. I have received several future cruise "deals" since COVID appeared. 2. Re: - Food and Wine. Yes, I have received it at no additional fee every year since the option first occurred. However, I too get an"offer" from Food and Wine directly to get my own subscription just before the "expiration" of my free Hal year. I never return the information but each year the magazine starts up very soon. I get the "free" subscription year after year this way.
  3. Capt. Alberts sent out an e-mail about this earlier today. I suspect it is on his Blog (or whatever it is properly called) with some additional information and thoughts.
  4. Regarding the "Far East" (and I might add many Asian countries) - yes probably less personal space is available BUT MASKS are very common in public places - on the streets or simply outdoors, for several reasons years and years before the COVID-19 invasion. So, wearing a mask does not have the same implications for many compared to our folks. Also, in at least some "Far East" countries if the leaders say "You shall wear a mask when in public" - folks do. It is treated as an order with teeth, NOT as a suggestion.
  5. also on Meds - about 2 weeks before leaving home I check on my prescription meds - do I have enough for my cruise plus about a week after it. I start early as sometimes I have to renew my prescription which may add a few days for my mail delivery. On longer cruises (say 2 - 4 months), I also may need a few more days as the Pharm. has to check with my physician to give me "extra" pills (or an early renewal). Much of this depends on your insurance company and specific meds you may take. I want to get this all sorted out early so that the last few days before leaving home I am not madly tryin
  6. Edit note - typed but not sent last evening - in the interim npcl wrote useful further information but I decided to send this in case it further helps folks understand the topic. (I write from the perspective of my background which includes serving 12 years on the Medical Research review Board for a Major medical University and 3 years for a non-university affiliated review board.) One does not need to be a MD let alone Dr. Fauci to come up with npcl's explanation. An MBA and some knowledge of how "Big Pharma" works would perhaps be as helpful, as would an understanding of what re
  7. About a week ago I read in a news article that Carnival (Big C Carnival - not the individual cruise line) that when cruising resumed that several of their cruise lines would have reduced ship numbers. The release mentioned that 7 (or was it 8 😎had already been identified (not listed) but that more would probably be added to the list. Sorry that I have no idea where I read this but it seemed to be a decent source from what I remember. It was not on a private or little read source - but I simply do not remember the details.
  8. Petunia 1950 I understand your feelings. As a long time, very fortunate cruiser (close to 2,000 nights just on cruise ships) I am dismayed at the "Me first" attitude I read into many of the entries on CC. While this is the worst travel disaster because of the extent of the issues, for us this is only the latest in a string of travel related disruptions. We have had cruises cancelled and major itinerary changes a number of times (SARS - land and sea trip to Asia, West Nile, Bird Flu altered trips (land and sea) and (9-11 when we were planning to cruise from Barcelona to India through th
  9. Back when we were in our 30s and 40s (1970-1980s) we had older relatives and friends who loved to go on Freighters. Physician clearance forms were routine for Freighters. Getting a physician to complete the forms was easy for most of them. No physician was expected to make any sweeping statements about great medical condition, but rather only to point out any condition that might seriously erupt while on the 6 month sailing. They had no problem getting such paperwork from their physicians for many years. They did have rather run of the mill heart issues, respiratory issues, but apparen
  10. Cruisemom42, NO, I DO NOT think truly "no fly" folks should be allowed on long distance cruises such as the WC. What are they thinking (or their family for that matter)? I think that to go on a WC and unable to fly home (even with personal help) is totally irresponsible and selfish. While no one probably thought - What if there is a worldwide Pandemic? - many other more common reasons could require an unexpected long flight home. (Like a fall, illness, etc.) By the way, I am what medically is considered elderly so on one level I have empathy, but I also consider irresponsible to m
  11. Cruisemom42, I agree with you question about the fruit soup during the meal. HOWEVER, I LOVE most of the fruit soups I had on HAL. BUT I always asked the steward to serve it as my Dessert! For me it has been a perfect dessert, sweet enough but not too sweet or filling.
  12. Well, Crew News was typing his "response" to KK's question while I was writing my suspicions of the matter. Thank you Crew News.
  13. Regarding the elimination of single serve bathroom products and some food items like butter, jelly and syrup. I personally suspect (and this is only a guess) is that it has alot to do with the elimination of non-recyclable product packaging. While one jelly cup seems inconsequential, think of how many are used on each HAL ship each day. I personally like the individual servings but I also like to cut non-recyclable waste for the sake of the world. Plus there is a savings on product cost. One question I have - will they individually serve you the butter/jelly/syru
  14. A wonderful man and leader for HAL. I will always remember one experience regarding Mr. Lanterman. A number of years ago I was on a HAL cruise, traveling with Janet's travel agency. I had on a shirt labeled with her company's logo when ordering a burger at the Lido burger bar. The HAL employee working the burger bar asked me if the shirt was from Mrs. Lanterman's company. I said yes, and with tears in his eyes he said - "Oh, Mister Lanterman is such wonderful man. Whenever he is onboard he always stops by to say HI. He also thanks me for the great job I am doing. He makes me feel as i
  15. About 6 years ago I got a new C-Pap machine. The "new one" said that distilled water was optional. When home I used distilled water but on several, 2+ month cruises I used tap water. After my first such cruise I did have my machine checked and was told that they would never have know I did not been using distilled water. Thankfully about 4 years ago I had surgery that eliminated the need for the C-Pap. However, no promises that the need won't return (Ugh). While the possibility of return to a C-pap is not exciting, in the realm of Medical therapies, the use of the machine is a minor bot
  16. RuthC, Yes, both would have needed to have insurance. However, being past final payment has nothing to do with this. My traveling companion learned she needed immediate surgery three days before we were to sail. She basically received her full fair refund, I had the single supplement covered and went on the cruise. For a very recent cruise and a future cruise I looked into the insurance covereage details and they are the same as they were at the time of the cruise I described above. As an aside, we were both 'young", healthy and had never purchased trip insuranc
  17. Actually I believe that having appropriate insurance gets the most bang - cancel person gets their $$ back and you get to go solo with no supplement.
  18. About five years ago on a HAL ship a man was told to "cover up" when sunbathing totally nude on the upper deck. I only heard about if from his wife who was on the same Trivia team as I was. She was NOT happy with him stripping on the ship although they were active nudists at home resorts. She did not think it appropriate on a HAL ship. Interestingly, I NEVER heard about the incident from anyone else
  19. Sent previous message prematurely. I wanted to add that folks with mobility limitations SHOULD be realistic about what shore exc. they go on. I certainly have been on tours with folks who should never have signed-up for the particular tour. That is NOT fair to anyone.
  20. As a person who does NOT like to cut in line, if I am unsure where the line ends I simply ask - "Where is the end of the xxx line pease". Ends my confusion and saves embarrassment. Because of my career work I am used to being around people using mobility aids of all sorts and all ages (well, usually over 18 and under 100.) In my experiences, including on ships, there are about as many safe, considerate mobility devices users as people walking under their own leg power, unaided. Considerate and inconsiderate folks in each group. Now there are exceptions in my opinion, I reall
  21. The OP lost me when referring the VOV as a "Speciality Cruise". It has been unique in terms of the itinerary, but I personally have done 2 full cruise VOVs and never heard it identified as a "Speciality Cruise". Unusual and very popular itinerary, but beyond that it is not like a Grand Voyage - and not advertised as such. (Yes, I have been on several Grand Voyages including the World so I know the difference.) More expensive per day charges than Alaska, Caribbean, Mexico and some European cruises yes - but in large part that is due to its attraction to many and folks willingne
  22. About 15 years ago I went through the Panama Canal. At that time the Captain told us that the fee for the ship for a transit of the Canal was in part determined by the ship's "displacement" of water.
  23. Reminds me of the time we were ending a cruise and flying home from Rome. We decided to spend the disembarkation night in Rome to avoid flight time hassles. Little did we know that the World Cup Finals (soccer to US folks) was being held in Rome that exact day we were flying out. We did find a room, but at a price of a 4 or 5 Star hotel for a 1 or 2 star room.
  24. For longer cruises I take a shower "puff" or whatever it is called. It is made of softish netting and the gels foam up much better with them. Since the cost about $1, I simply leave it on the ship. Before I thought of this I never did enjoy the gels they provide.
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