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  1. You can check the thread for the Zuiderdam Northern Isles cruise July 2, 2020 to read the same responses about Saga. I was also booked on that cruise but after doing some research I chose not to book private excursions in Iceland and instead booked our Iceland excursions through HAL. On March 10, a few weeks before final payment was due we canceled our reservation. This was about a week before everything really "hit the fan." Fortunately, our credit card was refunded by HAL for both the cruise and the excursions within a week. We've had luck disputing other charges with our credit card company. Good luck!
  2. Probably not in a long while. I have what Dr. Birx calls a "co-morbidity illness" (hate that term) and I'm afraid that if the Covid-19 catches up with me the outcome won't end well. Everyone else can do what they want, when they want, and suffer the consequences or not, but when the all clear comes for my state I'm still not going to the mall, restaurants, museums, gym, theater, etc. and most of all on a cruise. I'm hopefully waiting for a vaccine. But then again the anti-vaxers will begin their protests...
  3. This is true. On March 10, we canceled our cruise scheduled for July 2. Within a week, HAL had refunded our deposit (we were outside of final payment and it was still a few days before the situation got really dicey), and a few weeks later United Airlines agreed to bank our miles without a fee. There was one outstanding cost - in order to reserve seats on SAS Airlines for the Amsterdam to Copenhagen flight we had to pre-pay for the reservation on top of the cost of the flight. Relative to the rest of the cruise, it wasn't a lot of money but it seemed unreasonable that they would grant a future flight credit on SAS only. So we disputed the charge with our credit card and received the credit within two weeks. Just this week we got an email from SAS saying they are disputing the refund with the credit card company! It'll be interesting to see what eventually happens. Good luck to everyone trying to get a refund of their money!
  4. Often, many well meaning people over the years have said to me "you MUST go see....take an excursion to..." One excursion that comes to mind was the excursion to Ft. Louis (?) in Sydney, Nova Scotia(?). It was a ship's excursion and we arrived before the characters dressed in period costumes even got there. To me it was a complete waste of time and money. But I did it because I listened to someone's advice. I'm much more careful now. I think many cruisers who don't do in-depth research beforehand on a particular port do the same thing. Ask around, listen to some opinions and go from there. Its not a bad way to see the world - just maybe not for someone who enjoys doing the research.
  5. In some cases, depending on your cabin selection, the cost of excursions (private and/or ship) can easily equal or exceed the actual cost of the cruise. I often ask myself, do I really want to spend $$$ to see or do something I'm really not interested in. Especially if it involves an all day excursion.
  6. As of today, over 50,000 deaths in the United States. I believe our finest hour has come and gone.
  7. I must be in a different FaceBook group because all I see are posts from people who "are so excited" that they've booked an upcoming cruise, asking for travel tips, etc. I get that they're happy to be looking forward to a cruise but to me its insensitive, almost infuriating, that they are posting about a cruise that maybe will sail a year from now while my friends and neighbors are suffering, and in one case dying, from COVID. I just wish they would temper their enthusiasm while we in the Northeast and still in the midst of this awful pandemic.
  8. I'm sure your TA is a wonderful person, but I just read that Princess is going to continue to PAY COMMISSIONS to TA's if the cruise is canceled but fully paid for by the guest. HAL will probably do the same. So if you make the payment, your TA gets to keep the commission. I would definitely hold on to my money and cancel.
  9. Ship of Fools - 1965 - about a ship from Germany to Mexico Voyage of the Damned - 1976 - dramatization of the story of the St. Louis which was rejected from the U.S.
  10. Not the United States finest hour. Several years ago a movie was made of the incident “Ship of Fools.”
  11. I apologize for my comments in an inappropriate thread. I too would really like this thread to continue. I just want to remind some of the posters here that you may know one or two or more of the passengers currently on the Zaandam or Rotterdam - having met them on a previous cruise and enjoyed their company. HAVE A LITTLE COMPASSION!
  12. I stopped reading this thread many pages ago because it was to muddled with opinions and not facts. Now, can someone please tell me the following: 1. Did the Zaandam really get permission to transit the canal? 2. Does the Zaandam have permission to port in Florida yet? 3. Did the Rotterdam get permission to transit the canal too? As Joe Friday said, "only the facts."
  13. Sorry. Your cruise is nearly 3 months away. I'm sure HAL is busy working on dealing with passengers booked on cruises that have already been canceled. Have patience. These are unusual times.
  14. Yes, I did. You must have missed the part in the instructions where they asked you to keep your responses confidential.
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