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  1. Good morning, all! Today’s quote is highly appropriate for 2020. Rainforest Day is fitting, as I look out through the first and cedars here at a light, steady rain. My last chance to make New Friends in person was on the Amsterdam this spring. I treasure the friendships that began there and look forward to seeing them, and more new friends, aboard a ship some day.
  2. One year ago we disembarked the Nieuw Statendam, spent the night in Civitavecchia, and boarded the Koningsdam the next day. Here are some photos of that day -- boarding the hotel shuttle, one of the kitties at the hotel, and beautiful flowers on the grounds.
  3. October 19, 2017 the Amsterdam was in Beppu, Japan. My tour spent MUCH of time on the bus but our first destination was the Rakanji shrine. We were not allowed to take photos of the structure without people in the picture, so I swapped cameras with someone else: There was very little English at the Shrine but one stood out: Most of the access was via a chair lift. Here's the view on the way back down: Our second stop was at a tunnel passing a bottleneck in a passage through a canyon. A priest started digging a tunnel by hand and others eventually joined him but the project took 30 years to complete: Roy
  4. Here is the next notice posted April 2 for voyages through May 2020. Sorry for all the bullets! Hope this helps Lord Haw Haw. Additional Cruises Cancelled: Crystal's Ocean, River and Yacht Sailings UPDATED Thursday, April 2, 2020 6pm EST Crystal continues to closely monitor the latest developments as the unprecedented situation concerning COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. Due to temporary closures of European ports, it is with regret that we have made the decision to cancel the following Crystal sailings: Crystal Cruises: • Crystal Serenity | May 10, 2020 | 12 nights | Venice to Barcelona • Crystal Serenity | May 10, 2020 | 21 nights | Venice to Rome • Crystal Serenity | May 10, 2020 | 28 nights | Venice Roundtrip • Crystal Serenity | May 10, 2020 | 8 nights | Venice to Rome • Crystal Serenity | May 18, 2020 | 4 nights | Rome to Barcelona • Crystal Serenity | May 22, 2020 | 4 nights | Barcelona to Florence • Crystal Serenity | May 22, 2020 | 9 nights | Barcelona to Rome • Crystal Serenity | May 26, 2020 | 5 nights | Florence to Rome • Crystal Serenity | May 31, 2020 | 7 nights | Rome to Venice • Crystal Symphony | May 24, 2020 | 7 nights | Rome to Barcelona • Crystal Symphony | May 24, 2020 | 14 nights | Rome to Lisbon • Crystal Symphony | May 24, 2020 | 26 nights | Rome to Athens • Crystal Symphony | May 31, 2020 | 7 nights | Barcelona to Lisbon • Crystal Symphony | May 31, 2020 | 19 nights | Barcelona to London Crystal River Cruises: • Crystal Bach | April 30, 2020 | 7 nights | Amsterdam to Basel • Crystal Bach | May 7, 2020 | 7 nights | Basel to Amsterdam • Crystal Bach | May 14, 2020 | 7 nights | Amsterdam to Basel • Crystal Bach | May 21, 2020 | 7 nights | Basel to Amsterdam • Crystal Bach | May 28, 2020 | 7 nights | Amsterdam to Basel • Crystal Debussy | May 1, 2020 | 7 nights | Amsterdam to Basel • Crystal Debussy | May 8, 2020 | 7 nights | Basel to Amsterdam • Crystal Debussy | May 15, 2020 | 7 nights | Amsterdam to Basel • Crystal Debussy | May 29, 2020 | 7 nights | Amsterdam to Basel • Crystal Mahler | May 2, 2020 | 7 nights | Budapest to Vilshofen • Crystal Mahler | May 9, 2020 | 7 nights | Vilshofen to Budapest • Crystal Mahler | May 16, 2020 | 16 nights | Budapest to Amsterdam • Crystal Mahler | June 1, 2020 | 16 nights | Amsterdam to Budapest • Crystal Ravel | May 1, 2020 | 7 nights | Vilshofen to Budapest • Crystal Ravel | May 8, 2020 | 7 nights | Budapest to Vilshofen • Crystal Ravel | May 15, 2020 | 7 nights | Vilshofen to Budapest • Crystal Ravel | May 22, 2020 | 7 nights | Budapest to Vilshofen • Crystal Ravel | May 29, 2020 | 7 nights | Vilshofen to Budapest Crystal Yacht Cruises: • Crystal Esprit | May 3, 2020 | 7 nights | Athens to Dubrovnik • Crystal Esprit | May 10, 2020 | 7 nights | Dubrovnik to Venice • Crystal Esprit | May 17, 2020 | 7 nights | Venice to Dubrovnik • Crystal Esprit | May 24, 2020 | 7 nights | Dubrovnik to Venice • Crystal Esprit | May 31, 2020 | 7 nights | Venice to Dubrovnik Guests on these cancelled sailings will have two options to consider: • A 100% refund of cruise fare, port charges, taxes, and fees paid, and any air and hotel packages booked through Crystal. OR • A Future Cruise Credit* equal to 125% of their cruise fare paid – valid on any Crystal experience (Ocean, River, Yacht or Expedition) embarking through December 31, 2022 - along with a refund of port charges, taxes, and fees, and air and hotel packages booked through Crystal. If guests are unable to redeem the future cruise credit by December 31, 2022, they may request a refund of the original cruise fare paid. We will be applying the Future Cruise Credit to the guest profile. However, if a guest prefers the refund option, we kindly ask that they let us know by the start of their original embark date by emailing us at Resolutions@crystalcruises.com. We also suggest our guests contact their travel advisor to further discuss these options and to assist in rebooking a future Crystal cruise. We will be communicating these changes to our booked guests and their travel advisors directly. On behalf of everyone at Crystal, we thank our guests for their understanding and patience as we navigate this ever-changing situation, and we look forward to welcoming them on a future voyage. *Future Cruise Credit may be used with Crystal’s 2-for-1 Fares and Book Now Savings and will be provided as two separate coupons — one equivalent to 100% and the other equal to the additional 25%. Each coupon can be used on a single, non-fully paid, future booking or coupons can be combined on a single booking. The Future Cruise Credit is not available to incentive groups or guests under charter contracts, it is non-transferable, non-refundable once applied, and cannot be used in lieu of the deposit requirement on your new booking. Third party air, hotel and insurance reimbursements will be based on their individual policies.
  5. today is American Touch Tag Day, World Sight Day, and Balloons Around the World Day What use is magic if it can't save a unicorn? -- Peter S. Beagle, "The Last Unicorn" Meal suggestion for today - Smothered Pork Chops Drink of the Day - Armagnac Side Car Wine of the day - Résonance Pinot Noir Willamette Valley vintage 2015 At Sea Pacific Koningsdam destination Balboa eta 10/8 At Sea Caribbean Eurodam destination Cristobal Panama eta 10/9 Brindisi Italy Anchorage Zuiderdam Caracas Bay Oosterdam Katakolon Greece Anchorage Noordam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Torquay GB Volendam Westerdam Zaandam Willemstad Nieuw Amsterdam
  6. The Amsterdam had an overnight call in Yokohama but my entry today will have a distinctive Crystal flavor. Crystal was founded by Japanese company NYK, and I visited the NYK museum in their former Yokohama office: Like HAL, NYK started out as an all inclusive maritime company with both cargo and passenger liners. They left the passenger business in 1960 but one of their last ocean liners, the Hikawamaru ia museum ship in the harbor. I learned what it was too late to visit it. Most of the HAL ships have plaques in the stairwells. These are part of a plaque exchange with the port authorities, although we rarely see the ones given by the ship to the port. The plaque given by the Amsterdam to Yokohama during the 2010 GWV was on display. In the evening a local drum group performed in the showroom: Roy
  7. I was just able to apply a $950 FCC from a cancelled 2020 cruise to 2021 booking on the Nieuw Stantendam. This amount was just taken off of the total cost of the cruise. No deposit was listed on the receipt or asked for. Also, it seems that the Past Passenger Rate is combinable with the Casino rate for a great discount.
  8. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING Updated October 2nd, 2020 We all love to hear what cruises you are booked on. I post the Bon Voyage threads 7 days before sailing so, to be included in this, you need to post your details here to allow sufficient time to be on the updated Future Cruise Listing. It’s better to post earlier than later but if it is later please post THREE weeks in advance to make sure it doesn’t get missed. We would also be interested to know if this is your first cruise, your first HAL cruise or if you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary. Details needed are in the 2nd post of this thread. Please use REPLY and not QUOTE when posting to this thread. Using 'Quote' makes a very long thread and difficult for others to read. While this list is a lot of fun, please don't mistake it for a Roll Call thread. You can go to the Roll Call Section here on Cruise Critic and find your cruise to sign up there too. That's where your Meet & Greet planning, tour sharing, and other activities specific to your cruise will be happening. This week’s additions and changes are in BOLD and highlighted in aqua (sea colours). DECEMBER 2020 Westerdam - 19-Dec-20 - 22 day South America & Antarctica Holiday StartrainDD - pre-cruise trip Dec. 13th to Igazu Falls Noordam - 20-Dec-20 - 15-day Far East Discovery LTC Motes - party of 7 Volendam - 21-Dec-20 - 14 day Holiday & New Year’s Cruise richwmn Infi Koningsdam - 26-Dec-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera New Years Cruise ngaspar - celebrating their 53rd birthday & 2 grandsons’ graduations JANUARY 2021 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera mab4285 - first solo cruise & HAL cruise as an adult N Statendam - 06-Jan-21 - 21 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer/Seafarer crystalspin - with dr'spin, mom & DBr0 & SIL, celebrating 30th anniversary & DB's 60th birthday shipshapegirl N Amsterdam - 09-Jan-21 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean deliver42 NCTribeFan - B2B with Jan. 16th Westerdam - 10-Jan-21 - 20 day South America & Antarctica (Santiago - BA) I like vacation bluesplayer Brewgirl1 - 1 more cruise with parents Norwegian Bliss - 10-Jan-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera dobiemom N Amsterdam - 16-Jan-21 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean NCTribeFan - B2B following Jan. 9th N Amsterdam - 23-Jan-21 - 14 night Western & Tropical Caribbean columbusseminole2 N Statendam - 27-Jan-21 - 4 day Caribbean (HMC & Key West) Roz Westerdam - 30-Jan-21 - 20 day South America/Antarctica bizzeesheri - 1st solo cruise FEBRUARY 2021 Eurodam - 07-Feb-21 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Cruise Suzy Volendam - 14-Feb-21 - 33 night final leg of Grand South America BJzink N Statendam - 17-Feb-21 - 21 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer/Seafarer Cailey53 MARCH 2021 Westerdam - 05-Mar-21 - 31 day South America, Inca & Panama Canal Discovery Foxtrot 40 Zuiderdam - 17-Mar-21 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer wdw1972 Eurodam - 21-Mar-21 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean summer slope - B2B with Mar. 28th N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer doone - Friends & Family cruise fatcat04 Koningsdam - 21-Mar-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera KroozNut - celebrating DW’s 71st birthday Koningsdam - 27-Mar-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera WhiteStar1983 - family cruise celebrating sister’s birthday on board Oosterdam - 28-Mar-21 - 43 day Collector cruise New Zealand & Australia Traveling Dot Eurodam - 28-Mar-21 - 14 day Eastern/Western Caribbean summer slope - B2B following Mar. 21st N Statendam - 31-Mar-21 - 18 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer/Eastern Caribbean Collectors Overhead Fred APRIL 2021 Koningsdam - 10-Apr-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera ernieb - B2B with Apr 17 VictOriann N Statendam - 04-Apr-21 - 14 day Azores & Normandy shipshapegirl Koningsdam - 17-Apr-21 - Classic California Coastal ernieb - B2B following Apr 10th Live4cruises - B2B with April 24th Zuiderdam - 18-Apr-21 - 14 day Passage to Spain saltshell Koningsdam - 24-Apr-21 - 7 day Wine & Country Pacific Northwest lazey1 Live4cruises - B2B following Apr. 21st MAY 2021 Westerdam - 14-May-21 - 24 day Collector Adriatic Antiquities, Holy Land & Ancient Kingdoms Mandalay1903 Zaandam - 22-May-21 - 7 day Canada & New England Discovery BRWolf Crazy For Cats - B2B with May 29th Westerdam - 26-May-21 - 12 day Holy Land & Ancient Kingdoms Traveling Dot Zaandam - 29-May-21 - 7 day Canada & New England Discovery Crazy For Cats - B2B following May 22nd JUNE 2021 N Statendam - 06-Jun-21 - 19 day Norse Legends & Jewels of the Baltics Stefanni0522 Zaandam - 17-Jul-21 - 35 day Voyage of the Vikings BJzink Westerdam - 19-Jun-21 - 12 night Greece & Adriatic Antiquities madera1 - celebrating 50th anniversary on board JULY 2021 Oosterdam - 04-Jul-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer luvteaching Eurodam - 10-Jul-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer Loreto - family cruise celebrating Loreto’s birthday N Statendam - 11-July-21 - 7 day Viking Sagas dobiemom Zaandam - 17-Jul-21 - 35 day Voyage of the Vikings BJzink VacationCharlene Oosterdam - 25-Jul-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer Cruise Suzy - introducing DD, DS & their spouses to their first cruise AUGUST 2021 Rotterdam - 01-Aug-21 - 7 day Premier Voyage 1ANGELCAT Darjeeling - B2B2B with Aug. 8th & Aug. 22nd - celebrating 50th anniversary, 1st inaugural cruise Rotterdam - 01-Aug-21 - 21 day Inaugural Sailing richwmn - B2B with Aug. 22 Cailey53 - 1st inaugural voyage bigjohn42 - anniversary celebration cruise Vict0riann Rotterdam - 08-Aug-21 - 14 day European Splendor palmerett doncarlos & fishbabe Darjeeling - B2B2B following Aug. 1st & with Aug. 22nd Zaandam - 21-Aug-21 - 7 day Historic Coasts Crazy For Cats Rotterdam - 22-Aug-21 - 7 Viking Sagas richwmn - B2B following Aug. 1st Darjeeling - B2B2B following Aug. 1st & Aug. 8th Oosterdam - 22-Aug-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer crunchii & Zarmengar N Statendam - 22-Aug-21 - 24 day Jewels of the Baltic & Iberian Adventure taxmantoo Island Princess - 26-Aug-21 - 14 day Scandinavia & Russia Collection StLouisCruisers - B2B with Sept. 9th Emerald Princess - 28-Aug-21 - 7 day Inside Passage luvteaching - B2B with Eurodam Sept. 4th SEPTEMBER 2021 Eurodam - 04-Sep-21 - Alaska Explorer luvteaching - B2B following Emerald Princess Aug. 28th Island Princess - 09-Sep-21 - 16 day Icelandic & Norwegian Fjords StLouisCruisers - B2B following Aug. 26th Noordam - 12-Sep-21 - Triple Denali land Sept. 8th & cruise tour Bill S - land tour beginning Sept. 8th Volendam - 22-Sep-21 - 7 day Alaska BJzink — with DD & SIL on their 1st HAL cruise Avalon Waterway Artistry II -22-Sep-21 - 13 day Rhine & Moselle River cruise Loreto -1st river cruise OCTOBER 2021 Zaandam - 10-Oct-21 - 71 day Grand Africa StLouisCruisers Rotterdam - 10-Oct-21 - Inaugural TA - 14 day Atlantic Sojourn fatcat04 - with DD, first TA Traveling Dot Zuiderdam - 17-Oct-21 -24 day Mediterranean Empires &Romance pictonite Zuiderdam - 29-Oct-21 - 29 day Trans-Atlantic thecatservant NOVEMBER 2021 Zuiderdam - 10-Nov-21 - 17 day Spanish Farewell NextOne ger_77 - 5th TA, overdue celebration of ger’s significant birthday Dunmore2 - 1st HAL cruise, celebrating 2 major birthdays & 40th anniversary Taters kazu - replacing last year’s lost celebration of DH’s retirement & 25 anniversary VMax1700 - celebrating belated 45th anniversary & Mrs. VMax’s recovery from chemo & surgery HELENPSL Oosterdam - 20-Nov-21 - 32 day Australia Circumnavigation Mandalay1903 DECEMBER 2021 Volendam - 05-Dec-21 - 18 day Circle Hawaii DeeniEncinitas JANUARY 2022 Zaandam - 03-Jan-22 - Grand World Voyage Scrapnana Noordam - 17-Jan-22 - 28 day Far East Discovery & China Explorer Collector Mandalay1903 FEBRUARY 2022 Oceania Riviera - 19-Feb-22 - 17 day Caribbean DeeniEncinitas MARCH2022 Westerdam - 18-Mar-22 - 17 day Inca & Panama Canal Discovery (Santiago - San Diego) Live4cruises Noordam - 28-Mar-22 - 28 day Japan Explorer & Russia Collector Mandalay1903 Oosterdam - 31-Mar-22 - 39 day New Zealand & South Pacific Crossing Collector Traveling Dot APRIL 2022 N Amsterdam - 09-Apr-22 - 17 day Panama Canal gypsymama5996 - 60th birthday celebration on board Oosterdam - 14-Apr-22 - 25 day South Pacific Crossing Hows the Serenity Volendam - 16-Apr-22 - 14 day Mexico thecatservant Koningsdam - 22-Apr-22 - 18 day Circle Hawaii Dogstar & Mrs. Dogstar - celebrating 30th anniversary JULY 2022 Norwegian Star -14-July-22 - 11 day Iceland & Greenland out of Reykjavik Bramcruiser - belated retirement gift for other half HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  9. Thank you for the Daily, Rich, and a great selection of days. That quote sounds like the mantra of a lot of politicians. I'll pass on today's meal suggestion, my alternative is Lingonberry Soup, Macadamia Crusted Chicken, and Apple Buckle, as served on the Amsterdam October 19, 2017. Today's care list: Mrs Vmax with radiation looming Caregiver Gsel and her DH battling Alzheimers California and Colorado Wildfires Debbie’s nephew and his girlfriend Family and friends of Denise’s friend who died of cancer October 13 Sharon’s book club member and Krazy Kruisers and Joe Today's Celebrations and shoutouts: Front Line Health Care Workers Teachers and school workers StLouisCruisers MIL improving Fall colors Hearing from Denise A getaway for Cruising-Along Early voting in Florida and Vancouver Island Government and tour operators banding together for a coastal cleanup Roy
  10. Since a lot of us are at home with cancelled cruises I thought I would start a thread showing some of the places we may miss. I am trying to stick to places on River Cruise intenaries, however, if this is allowed, I am not adverse to seeing interesting tours from anywhere....a great way for us to share places near and far? Jazzbeau, if this isn't allowed, please feel free to delete. Versailles Palace : https://artsandculture.google.com/search/exhibit?p=palace-of-versailles Hall of Mirrors: https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/palace-of-versailles/cwE5CwK49O0y5Q?sv_lng=2.1204786&sv_lat=48.8051117&sv_h=197&sv_p=0&sv_pid=hNvuL7DMigMQkjP6BRku1A&sv_z=1.0000000000000002 Louvre : https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne#tabs Rijksmuseum Amsterdam : https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/rijksmuseum/iwH5aYGoPwSf7g?hl=en&sv_lng=4.885283712508563&sv_lat=52.35984312584405&sv_h=137.1893814386357&sv_p=19.455637068883064&sv_pid=fOVcUXQW2wpRf33iUmxEfg&sv_z=0.0075828653323672945 Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam (scroll down to view each floor) : https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/van-gogh-museum?hl=en
  11. Where is the Nieuw Statendam? I usually show the ship, but today, it is just scenes from the port area. Hints: It is a port mentioned previously on this thread. You can take a ships tour to these sights or a public bus. The ship docks rather than rendering here.
  12. I'm incredibly sad that our beloved Amsterdam has been sold. I knew some of the ships would go but not her. So, I know that many of us have fabulous memories of cruises on the Amsterdam so please share them here. Our first time sailing on the Amsterdam was a trans Atlantic from Ft. Lauderdale to Civitavecchia, Italy. I think it was a 16 day sailing and was our longest at the time. I'd also never been to Europe (I wouldn't fly) so it was the perfect way to get there. We absolutely loved the cruise; the elegance, the coffee bar (free at the time, located outside the Wajang Theater), the after dinner coffee's in the Explorers Lounge (also free). Since that cruise (our second on HAL), we've never stopped and have racked up 935 (actual) days on the Amsterdam alone. Needless to say, she was our home away from home and the crew that we got to know well over the years became our extended family. We will sorely miss her. Linda R. ms. Amsterdam at anchor off Dravuni Island, Tales of the Pacific 11/20/19.
  13. Which ship is better to do an Alaskan cruise/ And has anyone done the 18 day land/cruise on Holland America? How was is?
  14. today is Bald and Free Day, Garlic Lovers Day, and National Flower Day When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor. -- Elon Musk Meal suggestion for today - Garlic Rosemary Pork Chops Drink of the Day - Caribbean Cooler Wine of the day - Paolo Scavino Barolo vintage 2014 At Sea Pacific Koningsdam destination Balboa eta 10/8 At Sea Caribbean Eurodam destination Cristobal Panama eta 10/9 Brindisi Italy Anchorage Zuiderdam Caracas Bay Oosterdam Katakolon Greece Anchorage Noordam Scheveningen NL Anchorage Nieuw Statendam Southampton Zaandam Torquay GB Volendam Westerdam Willemstad Nieuw Amsterdam
  15. I avoided booking the 10/9/21 10 night sailing of the Nieuw Statendam for a very similar reason as it is the Mark Steyn Cruise (Conservative Political Commentator). Politics aside, we did not want to be on a vessel where many public areas might be used for exclusive use of the group (fixed seating dining, lectures, musical performances, cocktail parties, etc). This is a disruption to my vacation that I am not willing to accept. Instead we booked the 10/29/21 9 night sailing and took the loss of one port as an acceptable trade-off. We already had the 10/29/21 sailing booked so in either case we are on a b2b, which is what we wanted.
  16. The public library in Amsterdam behind the Doubletree Hotel near Centraal Station; Rhine River.
  17. Just grabbed one of the last vista suite cabins on this New MS Rotterdam cruise from Amsterdam for 14 nights. This will be the first trip for this new ship. Looking forward to the many ports we will be visiting including Berlin and St Petersburg.
  18. We are looking for someplace near the train station/cruise port to rent. Has anyone ever rented a Boathouse in Amsterdam. We are looking for something different......4 nights, great location, reasonable price and clean of course. Thank you,
  19. Hello We have a TA booked for next spring Ft. Lauderdale to Amsterdam. We are all set on flight and hotel re: Ft. Lauderdale but we would like to book a post cruise package with HAL. Thanks. Nan
  20. @kazu you caught my interest with your ‘recommendation’ of Banks Mansion so I went ahead and booked four nights in Amsterdam for next September. I doubt you’ll get a kickback.
  21. @crusinbanjo @KirkNC Carnival Corp/HAL have made the future of the brand clear starting with the launch of the Zuiderdam in 2002. They have had nearly 20 years (since delivery of the Amsterdam in 2000) to develop & build ships in the size of the Prinsendam or S/R class vessels if they wanted to. Instead we got 4 Vista Class, 2 Signature Class and at least 3 Pinnacle Class. The writing has been on the wall for 20 years, and sadly the COVID crisis has only accelerated it. The future of HAL is going to be vessels of 2000 passengers and larger. They will continue to be marketed and sold as a mainstream premium brand. They will lose some of the specialized/boutique itineraries that only smaller vessels can operate. They will lose some of the passenger base that will only sail the smaller ships. Carnival Corp seems okay with all of the above for the HAL brand.
  22. Roy: I enjoyed watching the Nieuw Statendam arriving. I was on her twice in her maiden year. Once as a passenger and once as a Chaplain. I preferred being a passenger on this one.
  23. A few reason but first it’s important to understand the chaos. We found out two or three days before we had to get off. There was a major scramble to book flights which were being cancelled as fast as we could make reservations. It took three reservations before ours stuck. Many people like us had driven to FLL and planned to drive home so we were unprepared for flying with what would have been eight suitcases for us (and we were traveling light compared to most). Second we were told by the ship/HAL that we would get our luggage around mid-May as the Amsterdam was going to Cape Town for fuel and then to FLL. That would take a month. A few weeks for customs and shipping and it would be home. That turned out to be no where close. At the time, that seemed far better then having to deal with that much luggage going to and from airports. Even in hindsight, I can’t imagine having to deal with that much luggage.
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