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Jacqueline

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  1. My last cruise and next cruise are with Hapag Lloyd which is a joint ownership with TUI and RCI. There is no board for them either. Even thought many people have asked and keep asking. meanwhile Paul Gauguin has its own board for ONE small old ship. They still haven’t folded it into Ponant. You would think that this would be a nice opportunity to clean up the forums and improve the categories.
  2. I think it’s a sensible way for them to test the waters 😉 Start small with a control group and learn. Being able to do any sort of travel now is a luxury. My next booked cruise is In 2022 on HL from Kamchatka to Alaska.
  3. Thank you all for the great suggestions! Curious as to why you prefer the eastbound voyage? We did a round trip and I found the westbound more relaxing with the extra hour. Loosing the hour at noon everyday made for an early lunchtime!
  4. The problem is that it will start to deteriorate quickly if it’s not maintained.
  5. Considering booking a 2021 summer or fall transatlantic. What experiences and/or advice can you offer? Usually I don’t book thru the cruiselines, tú in this situation (I live in NY) there don’t seem to be much that they can mess up. Also one way flights can be costly. What worked for you all? note- I did do a RT transatlantic back in 2016
  6. I recently booked Russia Far East to Alaska on the Inspiration for 2022. It’s the next cruise that I have booked . Time will tell. I have a new grandchild expected this summer and another daughters wedding in 2021. We will plan something last minute when the time is right, but it won’t be on a cruiseship. With my luck, I would be on the ship that’s on the cruise to nowhere. When I was in Southeast Asia in February, I followed the diamond princess saga. One day at a time here in NY where we have been home for two months, with over 60 dinners prepared in my own kitchen!
  7. You won’t have a problem. It isn’t that physically challenging, we had a woman who was in her sixties and blind, and she managed as well as anyone. It can be slippery on the rocks, and agree a hiking stick is a good idea. You don’t need to take long hikes to see what is of interest. South Georgia is amazing.
  8. I wanted to transfer my deposit from one cruse to another and was looking to avoid the cancellation fee to do so....
  9. I agree that it is only in the interest of the cruiselines to get that interest free loan from those willing to book and then wait for a refund or another offer that allows them to keep said interest free loan. This is multidimensional chess with many factors at play. I know that people are willing to take their chances. I see reports on a regular basis. I live in NY and a popular bar owner also took his chances and cruised and died, along with a co-worker. Who knows what ports will be open. Even if you don’t get sick, it’s not fun to be stuck on a ship for a month at a time (read about the diamond princess). The cruiselines have a big black eye and no bail out. Every cruise is a potential liability. I was in a cruise in Cambodia in February and actually spent ten days there in all, along with a few weeks in Vietnam. there were two flights a day landing from China and It was illegal to wear a mask. We didn’t cancel. I had a ton of insurance. At that point in time, I felt that the state department would help us out. At the very least, I knew that there was excellent medical care in a Bangkok (although looking back, they may not have taken me as a patient). I am not a chicken. After having emergency hip surgery in a public hospital in Bhutan without a general anesthetic, and being stuck in a place with no food, water and sheets or nursing care, I still did trips to both Galapagos six months later and , my big leap of faith, Antarctica, the following year, There is a difference between individual risk and a public health emergency. I also appreciate that if you live in a place where there are few cases, it’s hard to understand the consequences that it has on society as whole.
  10. Everything has been very slow with them since they were bought. I have been working on booking in 2022 and it’s been slow going, typically two weeks between emails, at least. its an itinerary infrequently offered. It’s booking up pretty well, even within the last month or so,
  11. Two months ago I was in a river cruise in Cambodia.... it seems like it was years ago. So much has happened so fast. Of all the travel options, IMHO cruising will be the hardest hit. CV spreads so easily on a cruiseship and there are no good ways to mitigate the risk. Nothing about cruising says social distancing. Hallways, stairways, dining rooms, embarking, disembarking, all involve many people in the same places. Sadly, until there is a vaccine, an outbreak could occur at any time and as we have seen, they are hard to contain. Couple that with the older demographic and it’s difficult to see a way out of this anytime soon.
  12. The types of fuel used (the cheapest in many cases HFO, heavy fuel oil or heavy gas oil) are “dirty” while scrubbers (abatement technologies) are used it is unlikely that they are as effective as espoused by some. These crude oils are prohibited in Antarctic regions, Hapag Lloyd is one cruiseline which will no longer use the heavy/crude oils and is switching to marine gas oil. Even ports like South Hampton suffer from air pollution when ships are in port as they need to run their engines to create electricity.
  13. I was going to ask about the news channel! Hopefully one change resulting from the new partnership will be making the TV channels more international. BBC Worldnews is a good choice. Our Dutch and Danes (in the English group) did not choose to go with the German groups for reasons that were not clear to me. They understood German well enough and English was. It their mother tongue, either! Our Antarctic trip was three weeks. How the restaurant managed a different menu every night without the ability to reprovision was noteworthy. Our last week, after South Georgia was all sea days. Thank you so much for your reporting, Floridiana.
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