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    Holland America

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  1. It has passed and the language of the bill has been released to the public. The House appears to be considering how their vote will be managed. Now we shall see which companies want to take out the loans with the stipulations involved. It will be interesting.
  2. Today it was announced that any company taking out a government loan would not be allowed to pay dividends until the loan is repaid. That is a part of the bill passed by the Senate. Interesting to watch what this will do to the CCL stock....
  3. Today, as details about the government loans come out, it has been stated that any company taking out a loan will not pay dividends until the loan is repaid. We have heard it twice. We are wondering what this will do to CCL in general if it acquires a loan.
  4. Our first experience with a lanai was in Dec. on the Veendam and we loved it! I can’t believe we got to 4* before trying one. Lady V has always been one of our favorite ships and now it is #1 on our list to book another lanai. If only she would return to Bermuda for our annual trip......😉
  5. The Bermuda run from Boston to Bermuda was an annual cruise for us. The Veendam was perfect for docking in downtown Hamilton, and we hoped it would return in 2020. It was a very relaxing cruise in a beautiful area and we miss it. 😪
  6. As a follow up: I gave a considerable amount of thought to my next move, taking into consideration all of your comments. Here goes: I continue to be bothered by the incidence of ***** via you reneging on our OBC for the upcoming trip. I have sought opinions within my various HAL cruise groups and all concur. It is not the money but the principle involved. Some rather drastic actions have been suggested, but I prefer to handle the situation in my own manner. In looking back at my notes taken at the time of you quote I see the price included the $** OBC from *****. I
  7. Well, it seems I’m not alone in thinking this was being treated badly. The funny thing is the OBC was very small, but to me it is the principle of the thing. I’m normally a very calm person who doesn’t want anything but to be treated fairly. I told her how upset I am and that’s when she came back with how lucky I am to be a 4* and have stock. I can’t let it go, but can’t cancel the trip either. Be assured that I will follow through though. How nice to have a group of folks to share the good and bad with! 😁
  8. We booked through a TA that we have used before. During the booking process she said we would have an OBC of certain amount. I called a few weeks later to verify the amount of OBC showing, what she had promised and our CCL stock amount. Hmmmm....it seems the OBC from the agency will not be given because our booking price was too low. On 2 occasions during the booking process I was told the OBC would be placed on our account by the agency. We really are looking forward to our annual Dec. R & R cruise but have admit I can’t dismiss the cavalier attitude of the agent. She says I am luck
  9. We will be cruising in Dec. and look forward to some of the new entertainment in our future. I have tried to do some research on Cantare with no success.
  10. We are always happy to hear a positive review of the Veendam, happy to hear it will come out of Tampa in 2020, but most of all we have our fingers crossed for a return to Bermuda in 2021. Right now I am beginning to count the days until our sail date in Dec. with the always delightful crew of the Veendam!
  11. I have read that discounted cruises do not get the OBC from stock purchase. What constitutes a a “discounted cruise if this is a fact?
  12. We are booked on the Veendam in Dec. and are looking forward to our first experience in a lanai. Every time we have cruised on the V has been a success...service outstanding always as well a music venues. Thank you for posting this favorable review and making our anticipation even more pleasant. BTW....we too hope she will return to Bermuda. That had become one of our annual cruises and we miss it!
  13. What is the dividend amount now? How does it compare with other cruise lines? I remember when it was below $30a share but the dividend was very low even with consideration of the OBC.
  14. Thank you for the report. We were last on the Veendam in May 2018 and she did need a little sprucing up. We, however, will take her as she is as long as she maintains some of the character we have come to expect. The combo music in the Ocean Bar isn’t found on many of the HAL ships now so we have fingers crossed the V will retain that feature for a long time to come. Looking forward to a Dec. visit to the Veendam!
  15. Thank you. Is there a site where we can review what was accomplished in dry dock?
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