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  1. OP here - thanks for the feedback. I took my things and found the one other place an umbrella was throwing shade - which by the way, where the other couple could have sat. I admit, I did shoot a parting look and say “nice!” I do think more umbrellas would be appreciated. I did enjoy some of the devious “pay backs” expressed but I know none of us wants to be banned from cruising!
  2. I am currently onboard the Eurodam - by the pool there are a few umbrellas - I found a chair under one and set up my towel and such. It was obvious I had settled in the shade. I got up to dip in the pool and a couple came up and began to move the umbrella - I called out “ excuse me, I was using that if you don,t mind” to which they responded “it does not belong to you” and moved it away from the chair I had been using. WWYD - what would you do? I had not gone away more than a few minutes. I found it quite rude. Should I just have moved it back when I went to sit back down?
  3. Glad you made on the ship! Hopefully we head across the pond on Friday night. I have two questions - info on the Lido in the evening- ethnic choices? Port info - I have not made many plans - is HAL providing much port info - on paper? or is almost everything on the Navigator?
  4. Thanks to those who posted - not too excited to hear about MDR service issues and perhaps lackluster chocies. But how was The Lido in the evening - a variety of ethnic dishes to pick from? Indian? Asian? nice salads and sides? thanks!
  5. We do not have internet as part of our deal - we are on a 12 night cruise - if we purchase a package, can we just use it some of the days? or we have to purchase it for the entire trip? thanks!
  6. Well there have been several passengers from the NA Alaska sails that have posted a lot of info from their trips but I am eagerly awaiting some info on the Eurodam sailings. I do appreciate the one poster that is dishing on trivia and some of the ports but I would love to hear more, esp. about food, menus, and such. I know it takes time (and internet minutes) but hopefully someone soon might post a LIVE from the Eurodam or detailed cruise review. THANKS!
  7. I'm the OP - so glad to now have confirmation we embark in Venice. I will say that a few days ago someone did post a screen shot from the Navigator app showing the Sept. 5 cruise ending in Koper so that seemed a real and unwelcome possibility. Glad HAL is now able to use Marghera. We are staying in Mestre and the HAL email spedifically says to go to the Venice cruise terminal, NOT Marghera, for embarkation. After we are checked in and tested, we will be bused to the ship. Also from what I have read, I think the revised EU protocols are going to deal with UNvaccinated individuals so I'm thinking HAL cruisers will not be affected. YEAH! I finally think this cruise is happening for me😃
  8. this may be a rumor but there are some posters here dealing with cruises coming up soon that were supposed to either embarrk or disembark in Venice. Well the Navigator app is showing Koper as the final destination for Sept. 5 cruise - we were supposed to embark there Sept. 12. Well Trieste was one thing, Koper seems more complicated to me. We are not using HAL Flightease - any guesses if / how HAL will facilitate this? I know I should just be patient but just trying to get an idea of options. Any chance HAL will let us cancel because they have changed this so much! (we don't have insurance but this seems like a big kink to me!)
  9. well I would take any experiences that cruisers can relate on EU cruises or US / Alaska. But since there have been none or few news reports I'm thinking there have been few, because we know the news would love to report on a cruise ship issues!
  10. We are hoping to cruise in Sept. in the Med. I know ships are sailing there now, and in other places around the globe. I keep seeing warnings and such but is any concrete info anywhere how many cases are actually being reported on the ships? I would think many people would like facts! and not just ambiguous warnings. Thanks!
  11. OK thanks, that makes sense, I just could not see how the city of Venice could not have tourists as a greater source of income.
  12. chengkp75 - I took a quick trip over to Wikipedia about the GDP of Venice - now are we talking Venice or Veneto? but if strictly Venice - I really question the above statement. Could you provide a link that verifies that tourism only accounts for 11- 12% of GDP of Venice? What else? Just curious, thanks!
  13. I am certainly hoping for Maghera - that would be easy but at some point I encountered a rumor that option had not been finalized and may not actually be an option. The info about Flight ease from an earlier poster is a bit concerning! but being as patient as I can and hoping it all falls into place. I would think the fact that we are going to have to be COVID tested at the port may throw an additonal wrench into the already messy situation.
  14. We actually booked a hotel in Mestre as we are only arriving 24 hours ahead of time and have visited Venice several times before - did not want to deal with bridges. There was a rumor at some point that Marghera would be used but a more recent rumor seems to discount that. Fingers crossed! and good to hear that in the past HAL made provisions for all due to a last minute snafu!
  15. We are due to sail in less than a month, embarking? in Venice. There is some thought that HAL has not yet been able to make a plan for this since Venice has closed down the embarkation facilities used in the past. If HAL would have to change the embarkation port at this time (not just to the nearby industrial port) but to a port maybe several hours a way, any experience with this, or speculation as to how it would be handled? We do not have HAL air and are scheduled to land in Venice about 24 hours before embarkation. I would hope HAL would assist even those that do not have HAL air in the very unusual circumstance. Might a refund be offered? If anyone is aware this problem has been resolved, would love to know - many rumors are afoot. THANKS!
  16. So I see the HAL notice says those embarking in the US must have test done beforehand, test will not done at pier. We are (dare we hope) embarking in Venice so for EU cruises, will HAL do the tests at pier? Of course that assumes HAL has an embarkation pier lined up for us in Venice - that seems to be unclear at this time🤣
  17. A huge THANK YOU to Tfquig - I read earlier this morning about RCCL starting this for their sails and went into an immediate funk about another! hoop to make sure is done. Then was calculating when test should / could be done before TA flight. We actually embark in Venice but for now I will asume if CCL brands require this test, they will provide the testing.
  18. We hope to be on a Med. cruise in Sept. In the past, we have always planned our shore excursions before departure but on this trip we have no plans made at this point. I am looking for experiences from folks that have just walked off the ship and "gone with it" - both good and bad. Does not have to be in the Med. We are visiting Zadar, Hvar and then onto various Greek islands, ending in Athens. Thanks for any feedback / adventures!
  19. Wow thanks for this - had no idea this could be done! Now we'll have to see what actually transpires in Sept.
  20. We are long time Celebrity fans - only sailed with HAL a few times. We did sail on The Edge in Nov. 2019 before the Covid hit. We really liked the older ships. Pay attention to what is said about the "infinite verandahs" and see if you think you would like that. They are different, more like a sun room. In the end, we were OK with ours - there may be some more traditional options, probably not many. We have always thought X had better food than HAL - very good beef and lamb options - fish and seafood, not so much. On the Edge, X introduced the four different main dining rooms - each with a different theme, altho much of the food offered is the same, with a few specialites specific to the various restaurants. We really liked that and did anytime dining trying each of the four. Make reservations if you can. Not sure how all will be operating after the Covid. I think with The Edge (and Apex) X is really trying to appeal to younger cruises. We find HAL more refined - we like the art, fresh flowers, and historical context. But any day on either line is a very, very good day!
  21. We are vacinnated but as I understand it, we must still get a covid test before US reentry from international destinations. We are booked on a Med. cruise, ending in Athens. We planned to fly home the day the ship gets in port but now I am panicking about getting the Covid test. Might we be able to get it on the ship? - seems it would be smart for HAL to offer that. Our cruise ends near the end of Sept. - of course I hope regulations will change but this morning I am thinking I might need to have a better plan!
  22. We have a cruise booked (Med.) in Sept. Does any one know at this point if the will be anytime dining, buffets and DIY walk-abouts in ports. As I mentioned we will be mainly in Greece, but wondering about cruises on HAL (or others) in other parts of the world as well. Thanks!
  23. TMLA alum - I thought at the credits at the end of the movie there were short glimpses of most of the passengers and crew seen earlier in the movie - including the infected passengers. Crew members shown back in their homelands and some even expressing willingness to work again on ships. I noticed it mentioned number of passengers that died but not crew. Many of the shots they showed of the crew and stateroom TV feed were quite impressive / positive as to attitudes of the staff and cruise line. It was an interesting show.
  24. Well I'm encouraged that they hope to be sailing - I am booked on one of the Venice to Greece itineraries but I wish they would have put something in that press release about any changes that will be on the ships - surely there will be some! and esp. will we be able to DIY once at the ports!
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