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Thanks for the link. (y)

 

Crazy, the family cabins on the Christmas 2020 cruise on Europa 2 are already gone...

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Thanks for the link. (y)

 

Crazy, the family cabins on the Christmas 2020 cruise on Europa 2 are already gone...

 

At the present time one is pre-registering at no cost, so presumably one could enquire if there is a wait list to pre-register for a particular type of state room.

 

I have pre-registered for two Europa 2 cruises in 2020, and my TA has been informed by HL that prices will be notified in March 2019.

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i did several options for both years

 

i cannot risk "sold out" for singles :rolleyes:

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At the present time one is pre-registering at no cost, so presumably one could enquire if there is a wait list to pre-register for a particular type of state room.

 

I have pre-registered for two Europa 2 cruises in 2020, and my TA has been informed by HL that prices will be notified in March 2019.

 

maybe we can try some "advent" offers - on board credits ….

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i did several options for both years

 

i cannot risk "sold out" for singles :rolleyes:

 

I have enquired which of the Europa's listed 2020 cruises will be hosting the Ocean Sun Music Festival, and HL's reply was to the effect that it will not be known until the brochure is published next spring.

 

I have queried this, and am awaiting a reply.

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I have now received a 'hedged' reply from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises re the 2020 Ocean Sun Music Festival on the Europa.

 

It will probably be Cruise EUR 2010.

 

Baltic Sea Coast, 13 days 27.05.2020- 09.06.2020.

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i really like Baltic cruises but i do not intend to go to St Petersburg again so i always book those short cruises

i also noticed the "Sansibar" cruise is not due to happen ?

and a full Norway cruise is beautiful but too expensive

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i really like Baltic cruises but i do not intend to go to St Petersburg again so i always book those short cruises

i also noticed the "Sansibar" cruise is not due to happen ?

and a full Norway cruise is beautiful but too expensive

 

My last cruise into St Petersburg was on the Seabourn Pride, and docked in front of it was the Europa.

 

I never tire of visiting the city.

 

My favourite country to visit is Norway, which even in bad weather, as it was on my 2016 cruise on the Europa 2, still looks beautiful/

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I was on jury duty, saw this now.

I put requests in for options on two cruises using the non-binding “vormerken” forms on the German website ( there are, as noted,no prices but you can see open suites), one is INS2020 Hamburg to Porto along west coast of France, Oct 6 to Oct 17 2020,

because it said “Musik” is a theme, no details of what kind of music, worked fine, this one was for DH and me in a bigger suite which on INS is the only one with a bathtub.

 

Then after EV’s post about EUR2010 possibly being the Ocean Sun Festival, I tried to do the same for that cruise, but it is missing from the online place where you click on “vormerken” options, the list jumps from cruise 2009 to 2011, though that cruise comes up on the main list so we know it exists. I can try and option into other cruises and availability but luck is bad that this one is just missing, tech glitch

 

I emailed Germany HL, no response.

So I just texted my TA, who had been told by HL NY he would contact her asap a few days ago when list was out and options available but did not, to see if she can get me an option for EUR2010, even though I am not keen on going to St Petersburg again.

Between my TA and a sluggish NY new HL agent, David Kartagener, this will not likely work out well until people start dropping out when it gets close to actual booking, sigh.

Hard to plan other things with such lack of clarity.

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Catlover54,

 

I am surprised at the difficulty you have encountered with regard to Cruise EUR2010.

 

The person in HL Germany who advised me re the cruise also offered to make a reservation for me.

 

I advised that I would pre-register via my TA who confirmed this morning that HL had confirmed it for me.

 

 

Unfortunately, Cruise Critic's usual block on a link to HL's English language website is operative.

 

The e-mail address is salesteam@ HL's English language website URL

 

Or use, as I did initially, the Contact Form:

 

https://www.hl-cruises.de/kontakt/kontaktformular

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Thanks EV, for confirming you had success and for the links, which I am saving!

 

My TA contacted David at HL in NY this PM and she said David was stumped, three days after release of cruise preliminary booking info online he claimed still not to know about it, and said he had an email from HL Germany early this week saying nothing was prereleased yet. TA said he sounded unconcerned that I learned of the pre-release link from CC online! I think he simply did not try very hard, did not track things well. He is in charge of all U.S. HL bookings and is new ( the third rep since I started traveling on HL less than three years ago, and there is only one at a time), so this is not a good sign for reliable info here. Said to TA he would check again Monday, but now I do not need him ( or likely not the TA either).

 

I went back online to your preview link one last try and suddenly EUR2010 was bookable as an option like all the others! All levels were available, though limited number of suites.

The glitch is fixed, so I option-booked one of the last four remaining Veranda IV ( lowest suite level with veranda) solo. Hopefully,

1. this is indeed the Ocean Sun Festival, and

2. It will go through in spring when real sales with contracts and deposits start, and with a reasonable price ( to me, reasonable is a 50% markup for a solo), and

3. Yours will also go through with no cancellation needs for either of us, so you will finally see an Ocean Sun Festival!

 

If it turns out it is not Ocean Sun after all, I will likely just cancel the option in spring unless my other cruise options do not go through ( all this assumes remaining healthy enough to go, so far so good).

 

EV, are you perhaps also on the wait list for the 2019 Ocean Sun Festival ( which I cannot go to)? The seven month cancellation penalty kicks in in a few weeks, so things may open up a bit then, if you have flexibility.

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Catlover54,

 

I have not requested a wait list place for the 2019 Ocean Sun Music Festival as I had assumed, perhaps incorrectly, that any released capacity would be offered for double occupancy.

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EV, it might be worth waitlisting for Ocean Sun 2019, if you do not already have fixed plans for that time period.

When I booked Ocean Sun in 2016 it was seven months before the cruise ( suites had become available to solos with 50% markup) and there were 44 solos, many of whom I talked to had booked just a few months before with ok prices, some even less markup.

 

 

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I’m in NY and booked my Antartic trip of last February directly through the the German office and just put a deposit down on a 2020 Amazon river cruise.

I have a had a good experiences emailing with them.

They have promptly gotten back to me, even with some interesting questions. I really hate the heat and like to sleep in a cool room. One reason the Amazon is a bit tricky, but I love nature more. When looking through the A to Z FAQ on the website, I see that even on the new ships that they do not guarantee a cool bedroom. The team in Germany told me that while the air conditioning will be state of the art, after weeks in a hot climate, the temp could reach 75.

Then I went back and asked them if I could bring a fan with me on the ships as that was just too warm. They got back to me that they had contacted the captain (or a captain) and related that it was ok, but that it would need to be registered before flying out of Iquitos...

So I guess I will stick to my German HL booking team !

Since these are new ships there are a lot of unknowns.

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If the air conditioned interior temperature may reach 75, out of interest what is the exterior temperature likely to be, and, probably more importantly, the humidity?

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If the air conditioned interior temperature may reach 75, out of interest what is the exterior temperature likely to be, and, probably more importantly, the humidity?

 

I think you can guess :(

This is one of several reasons I have avoided the Amazon.

I also know better than to go anywhere superhot and humid on HL because most of the public areas run hotter than I care for most of the time, e.g., in Yacht Club on E2 or Lido on Europa, the crew tend to prop the door open to the outside eating area, defeating the purpose of AC inside, and pax greatly fear cold AC so they like it that way. For the dining rooms, I take with me a small very quiet mini-fan operated on batteries I set on my table so I can be cool enough to enjoy all the wonderful proteins they serve as they exert their specific dynamic action generating even more heat in my body. Much as I love cold herring, I don’t want to eat it the whole trip!

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I had not thought of a mini fan! Good idea. I don’t know how hot or humid the Amazon is but it is in a rainforest and it’s rainy season, so enough said!

 

I agree that the Germans like it warm. I was overheated most of the time in Antartica. There are photos of me with my parka open. My chance to cool down! In fairness, we did exercise classes out on the open decks. The difference was how bundled up the Germans were!

 

Still I am intrigued by this itinerary, and will just travel prepared. Start by getting a good keratin treatment for my hair!

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