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  1. The risk for us is not being able to buy comprehensive travel medical insurance. We need normal coverage so we don't get stuck paying American (or other countries') hospital costs while traveling. Right now, Covid-19 is obviously not covered, so, travel is really not possible. How will this work? What interests me is what people on this thread will be doing for any travel insurance, medical, interruption, etc.
  2. This is exactly the problem. They want "law and order' and feel only China itself can give them that.
  3. I want to book, too. Badly! :) But what are the chances of being able to purchase decent Travel Medical insurance? Right now, of course, none cover Covid-19. Going forward, how will this work? Will it be covered once there is a vaccine and you have been vaccinated? Is that what it will take to have insurance for peace of mind?
  4. Agree! I was shocked but they see things differently, in that if you just behave yourself, don't do anything wrong, you are fine. They are of the opinion that this new law will only affect the criminals. They see dissent as bad and this will fix that. Well, we'll see.
  5. I would miss going to Hong Kong, both on cruises and land trips. If the protests die down in time it might be much more like Shanghai for tourists, so not much different than now. My friends from HK here in Canada think it is good move as it will bring "law and order" to HK. Hmm.
  6. Transpacifics (to Asia, NZ and Australia with ports in Hawaii, S Pacific) and Transatlantics have been some of the best cruises we've taken. Watching for sealife (a whale!!) and ships (look, the first one we've seen for 3 days!!) is a lot of fun for us. We meet a ton of interesting pax, have some wonderful meals in various restaurants and enjoy life at sea in the slow lane! For some, this is paradise!
  7. The magic date for us will be when the Travel Advisory level now (no non-essential travel) goes to a level under which insurance companies can resume selling Travel Medical with no restrictions. I can't see travelling internationally without having full travel medical.
  8. Thank you for this comment! Can't see it happening, though, most pax like ports. In these interesting times, it seems a feasible alternative for the cruise lines to try this on a smaller ship, like the S or R class. Might make a good back-to-the-real-world cruise. After a while it could possibly be expanded to a include a port or two.
  9. Agree 100% with the quotation! He's really got that right. Excellent idea for the traybake. YUM! A cool day, rain this morning. By dinnertime it may warm up but a meal from the oven sounds good.
  10. We would be thrilled to do Vancouver -- Inside Passage -- Grenville Channel -- Tracy Arm -- Glacier Bay -- Hubbard and back to Vancouver.
  11. Good post! Agree totally. We are thinking Alaska might have to be it for a while. Homeport R/T, at any rate, so maybe Hawaii, too. Yes! We've sailed though Grenville Channel several times on HAL, many years ago. Beautiful scenery along Princess Royal Island, lots of humpbacks (breaching!). Thanks for posting this idea, as it is something we would jump at doing again! This would be an excellent addition to any Alaska "alternate" cruise.
  12. Certainly we would. Mexico is a prime example of this: we didn't get off once in 14 days except for San Diego and had a wonderful time. A trip of scenic cruising would be great. Thinking of how much we enjoy Glacier Bay day, seeing Hubbard Glacier and the inside passage - could be a lovely week of cruising.
  13. HAL would have to refund all you paid them, including FlightEase, since this would be their call. I expect ships won't be sailing until they get this figured out, post it on their websites and include it in pax's documentation. Without any problems herself, Mrs Banjo could possibly board and have a miserable time without you :) September is likely very iffy, a noted. I suppose it would depend where the cruise goes.
  14. Have had the same problem in the past many times. You just have to watch it, do the extra work to look under both Mariner numbers. Seems to pop up different like this once in a while, then corrects itself and then months on, it goes weird again.
  15. Excellent post. Thank you. From what I hear it has been 7 days a week work for some top Seattle people, just trying to get crew home and for those in other departments making decisions on the fly with changes daily upsetting all the work they put into it.
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