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  1. Officially, Canada, at least, is off the list until March 1st, 2021. I realize that's kind of moot, because nobody cruises here in winter. But it wouldn't surprise me at all if no cruising in Canada all next year. https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/5696/?sr=1&sd=2
  2. I am sure that Canada will extend closures beyond July 1. Our Prime Minister has said we are months or even a year from things being back to normal, and that nothing can really go back to normal until vaccine.
  3. I am Canadian. This country is taking a VERY hard line on COVID-19. When you see that Canadian ports are closed to July 1st, I would take that to mean they are closed until *at least* July 1st. Also, Seattle is now closed “until the resolution of the public health emergency.” The article below gives some good perspective. I really don't think there will be much of an Alaska season. https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/03/26/port-of-seattle-becomes-one-more-variable-in-alaskas-suspended-cruise-ship-season/ You also have to think about this: Suppose things were up and runn
  4. Ports in Canada are closed until July 1st for one thing.
  5. No cruising was involved, but this page was my go-to when trying to figure out what we would do for our vacation, so I thought I'd share what we did, in case useful to others: Really enjoyed the museum with so many costumes on display from Mardi Gras and an explanation of how it all works. Also, an amazing Katrina display with a lot of great explanations about where It All Went Wrong: https://louisianastatemuseum.org/museum/presbytere It was suggested to us by our B&B host to go to Mardi Gras World. It's a big warehouse where they build the floats for ea
  6. But you don't actually need any of the cruise docs. I went to the trouble of printing them all out, and all I needed was my passport anyway! Next time, I'm going to make sure I can present them electronically on my phone if asked, but I'm not wasting the ink and paper to print them. I got a cabin upgrade at the last minute, and didn't even have the proper luggage tags. No problem, they just made me new ones at the pier.
  7. Since I often see people wondering if they should book Veendam, I just thought I'd drop in and say that my Mom and I recently returned from an amazing Canada New England cruise on her. The ship was in great shape, the food was amazing and the service ... I can't even talk about it, just so, so good. My last few cruises have been on NCL, and the service there has been dropping like crazy. It's almost like I got used to it and forgot what great service looked like! Anyway, I'll be back to HAL for sure now, it was just so great and so restful. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone to book he
  8. I also have to say be prepared for warm weather. It could be cold on sea. It could be very warm in the ports of Quebec City and Montreal, like 80 degrees warm. One of the hottest tour days I spent was a few years ago in Quebec. You have to be prepared for anything. Geographically, your cruise is covering a huge weather area. Hope this helps (yep, I'm a Canuck!)
  9. This is the longest time I ever remember being like this, closing in on 24 hours by my count.
  10. I am about to take my mom on her first (last minute) cruise on the Veendam, Canada New England. There are some great deals to be had. Anyone have any experience with the front porthole cabins? They are pretty much all that is left. Are they noisy? Is the motion terrible? Any advice you can give would be great. My mom is 72, in great health, slightly deaf (lol). She has never been on a ship, but has never suffered motion sickness. She IS slightly claustrophobic, which is why I'm thinking being able to see light from outside would be helpful, but I don't think we need a view or anything. It's a
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