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  1. Sounds good, too soon to organize anything anyway.
  2. Anybody here has been to South Africa? I am trying to figure out which African overland tour on this 2023 itinerary we should book select.
  3. To come back to my question about the entertainment on the Cloud. We are looking at the world cruise. It would be extremely boring to have just experts on board for the length of the world cruise. After all, the itinerary is not comparable to a true expedition with zodiac outings. Silver Spectre's experience from Fort Lauderdale to Lima does not bode well. Can any body chime in?
  4. Thank you for responding so promptly all of you. Very kind. My husband was ready to book today, but I am not ... yet. My previous experience with an expedition ship outside of Ant-/Arctic waters is very positive when it comes to high end delicious food and super service, but the entertainment was almost non existent. They had some lectures but nothing else on the sea days. Although I don't need a lot, sometimes it's nice to look forward to a local expert, maybe a local dance group, a water exercise class, interviews with the bridge and engineering officers etc. My husband likes to play bridge. Although I bring my kindle, I like the ship to have a library. What could we expect on the Silver Cloud with plenty of sea days? So far, one expert each for 6 segments is listed.
  5. Another newbie! My husband and I are looking at are a very long cruise on the Silver Cloud in 2022 (great itinerary!). We never considered this line before because it is too formal for our taste. The Cloud, however, is an expedition ship. Do they still have regular formal nights with cocktail/evening dresses, tuxedos, dark suits, ties? We really don't want to be the odd ducks out who flee to the casual restaurant while everybody else genuinely enjoys dressing up to the nines. That would be ok for a short cruise, but on a long cruise we would probably feel like outsiders in polo shirts and slacks. Our previous cruise experience includes Hapag-Lloyd, Ponant, Oceania, Azamara, HAL. Can somebody please enlighten us?
  6. misterkevin is correct. The length of the cruise is an important factor for young professionals. Not many Americans have the luxury of long vacations like Europeans.
  7. Good to know. The government canceled the big heiva Festival this summer. Obviously the islands are not quite open yet.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Quite understandable. How are things in the UK? Social distancing, face masks?
  11. Today the refund has arrived on our account. I credit our letter for it - inspired by directionfinder's sucess.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
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