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    Panama Canal

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  1. Another option is thru your health insurance. I have an appointment to have a rapid PCR at my HMO at no cost to me.
  2. Promoting screw-ups is the American corporate way. It happens everywhere. I worked for Kaiser Permanente for 23 years and saw it time after time. They became the favorite child and had continued protection for every mess they made. This “news” does not surprise me at all.
  3. Please keep in mind that this is the first sailing in 1 1/2 years, the staff have not had passengers on board and they are trying to find the rhythm of working together. I was on the first sailing in Alaska on the Nieuw Amsterdam and had the same hiccups. With each day they got better. It’s kinda like your first day at a new job. i will be on the K’dam on the October 31st sailing, so it will be interesting to see how they come together in the next few weeks. Enjoy the cruise, I know I sure did!
  4. I’m on that sailing to (31-Oct to 7-Nov) I don’t have a plan B yet, as it would be too long of a drive for me!
  5. The Koningsdam leaving San Diego last night.
  6. Here is a photo as she hit the open water just out of San Diego last evening.
  7. You put into writing everything I was thinking, except my flight is Denver to San Diego. I believe it is poor staffing schedules. More flights then they have pilots, flight attendants and the countless ground operations.
  8. If you like historic hotels I highly recommend the Mayflower Park Hotel (has AC) located at Westlake station. Halfway between Pike Market and Seattle Center (Space Needle). It is a beautiful hotel. I stayed there this past July for a HAL cruise. Took the light rail from the airport ($3.00) sure beats the $40+ taxi/uber fare. Took a taxi to Pier 91 was charged $10.
  9. Here is the Grand Princess coming into San Diego this Morning
  10. Hmmm, maybe a S2S + 2. (Haha). Whatever it may be called, I would call it fun!
  11. FYI, there is a difference, a B2B (back to back) where you stay on the same ship. When you move to another ship it is considered a side to side (S2S) and has very different “rules” as you are completing one cruise and starting a new one. On the S2S you will receive a new medallion and a new ship account where on a B2B it is basically a continuation of the cruise. It does sound like a great adventure though. Enjoy!
  12. On the 2021 Pacific Costal cruises San Francisco has always been 2 days with an overnight. When Monterey was cancelled HAL added Avalon. At least this is what they did for the Koningsdam’s Oct 31 coastal.
  13. I’m booked on the Oct 31 Konigsdam sailing. It will be interesting how the itinerary may change. Maybe a sea day, or just a sail by Santa Barbara. I am sure HAL is scrambling to come up with a new plan. Same thing happened on this itinerary earlier when Monterey was cancelled for the same reason (Covid). You could just put me on the ship and sail me around for the full 7 days with no port stops and I would be happy.
  14. The magnets are about as strong as a refrigerator magnet, nowhere near as strong as the magnet used in the Dr office to set them. I personally would opt to use the watch band or put the medallion in your pocket. They do come with a warning, but so does McD’s coffee. There are some medallion haters out there, but don’t let them scare you.
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