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  1. Good to know. The government canceled the big heiva Festival this summer. Obviously the islands are not quite open yet.
  2. Today we got the cancellation for our family summer cruise around the UK on Mein Schiff 3. It was about time. Our flights had been canceled already. American cruise lines were a bit more prompt with the cancellations. All of Alaska and Canada are closed. All Europe cruises canceled as well. 23 cruise ships are at anchor near Manila waiting their turn to disembark Philippine crew. The ships then go into cold layover with minimal crew, maybe in Malaysia. Somewhere outside the Hurricane belts I would say.
  3. Some countries are on complete lockdown. We are signed up for alerts in Peru because our cruise was supposed to end in Iquitos. The following came in today. Event: Beginning tomorrow, Monday, May 18, children under 14 are allowed to take a short 30-minute walk outside with an adult each day. Remember to stay within 500 meters of your residence, wear a facemask, and maintain social distancing (at least two meters or six feet) between you and others. This special exception is allowed only once per day and only during non-curfew hours. For more information, please visit the Embassy's COVID-19 webpage at https://pe.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information. 23 cruise ships are outside Manila waiting their turn to disembark Crew from the Philippines.
  4. Quite understandable. How are things in the UK? Social distancing, face masks?
  5. Today the refund has arrived on our account. I credit our letter for it - inspired by directionfinder's sucess.
  6. After 6 weeks of no refund but e-mails and a letter about other things from H-L, we wrote a letter to the CEO. The letter is on its way right now. The law in Germany says that refunds are due within 14 days. I am extremely disappointed, not sure I will ever book another cruise with them.
  7. I saw an interview with a magician on another (smaller) ship that returned home to Germany with her passengers. The artists on board started offering additional programs to the ones they were hired to do to keep passengers happy. For example, the magician did individual i-phone classes on how to organize photos etc. The buffet closed to avoid food spoilage because the ship did not know when and where it could replenish supplies. Everything worked out fine in the 30 days at sea. And like the people on the Costa ship, back on land they were amazed to experience how the world had changed in the meantime.
  8. No news on refunds yet but other news. By the way, all passengers of the Hanseatic inspiration flew home on regularly scheduled commercial flights, no charter. https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/22801-hapag-lloyd-to-double-drydock-expedition-ships-bringing-crew-home.html
  9. I probably would have to be his FB friend to see it. The Flying Dutchman, thought of it often when the Westerdam sought a harbor.
  10. On his personal FB page? Captain Jonathan was hoping they could do that but he had no confirmation when he wrote in his blog. I have fond memories of the Amsterdam. I don't remember everyone's name but Gan in the dining room, Hotel Director Henk and Concierge Joy. They made my Asia and Pacific cruise memorable.
  11. We are also waiting. No response any more to my husband's e-mails. Our cruise was cut short. We disembarked on March 15th. Today, we received a letter of our mile upgrade and a note book.
  12. We should have disembarked our expedition ship in Iquitos today. Today the second and possible last evacuation flight leaves from Iquitos to Miami. We are glad we don't need it.
  13. Good luck! May sounds very optimistic! I think the crews of these two ships have been at sea over 2 weeks without passengers and without port calls. They should be fine.
  14. Hanseatic Nature is on her way to Hamburg now. She was lucky to have her passengers and some of the crew disembark in Valparaiso before the port was closed. She met up with the Hanseatic Inspiration in Barbados and took on 50 of the Inspiration's crew to return to Hamburg. There are limited travel options within Germany. Check the blog for news. https://www.hl-cruises.de/blog/
  15. That is true. We were on a different ship, different line and heard about it in Brasil. Information changed daily.
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