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  1. I know I missed this and its likely posted somewhere but if the Veendam and Maasdam are headed to the Suez Canal where are they headed?
  2. I wish we could get to family in Minnesota. They are out in the country and have a pool too. Time with them is what I am wishing for right now and where at some point I would rather be. I'm not so sure about our future cruising anyways and not just because of the virus. I have thought too about doing other things besides cruising to see and do other things at some point.
  3. Oops. My Bad as I didn't go back far enough in the thread to see it mentioned as 2021. Have had a lot of things on my mind lately cause of what has been going on with my mom and we have no family close by to us. I have literally said that I wish we were across the street from my niece where they are in MN. Oh they are away from where everything has been going on and in a pretty rural area. And I am a native Minnesotan myself.
  4. That's what I was referring to. If this cruise is also happening in 2021 then I was not aware of it.
  5. Not official yet so all we can do is wait and see. We are booked for the Holidays in December as always but we have our doubts. When we get to final payment if it hasn't already been canceled I think we will be. This would really hurt as we have been cruising for the Holidays every year since 1988. That's 32 years in a row. I have told my mom that I have always known that there would come a time that we wouldn't go and if this is the year its more because of something happening that we didn't have any control over. I have mentioned in other posts that when the cruise lines can get their ships going again its going to be gradual and limited capacity. Some cruise lines have already announced at least starting with a limited number of ships. So there will be people that will lose their cruises because the ship they are supposed to be on isn't back in service yet.
  6. Hope you are aware that this cruise has been canceled.
  7. After all the crew have been through who are still on board this is shocking. Not their fault that they are stuck in this mess and the way the Philoppino crew are having to wait so long to be able to get off. With all the ships still sitting at Manila it doesn't look like the words of their Prime Minister have done much to speed things up and when earlier today I saw a new video on my Facebook timeline show up featuring crew on the Noordam I did see someone we have known for a long time. Oh how I feel for them wanting to get off and be with their families.
  8. That is the list of canceled cruises for sure and sounds right from what has been announced. Some people seem to think that all of the rest of 2020 has been canceled which is NOT the case. All we can do is just wait and see what happens for what is left of 2020 cruises that have NOT been canceled. Not just because of the pandemic but also now because of financial reasons and my moms health issues I think we have pretty much at this point decided that we won't be going for the Holidays in December which will be so disappointing since it has been our tradition to do so since Dec. 1988. But at the same time I have said that I have known that there would come a time that we don't go for some reason or another and this could be that year. Our plan is to make the decision when our final payment is due. Our new travel agent is aware of this and already shared about going after getting our deposit back. With the plan that some cruise lines have announced as to how they are going to go about starting up when they can it does't look like it will be all ships at once and limited capacity as I have said in other posts. So as a result there will also be people that lose cruises at the time they have them booked cause their ship isn't sailing. Oh and President Trump has stopped people now coming from Brazil. Should have done this sooner.
  9. No they have not. All Alaska, Canada/New England, Europe and the Circle Africa cruise on the Amsterdam have been canceled but that is not all of the rest of 2020. There has been NO mention of fall Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Trans Canal cruises ETC yet at this time. Oh and I have also read that Trans Atlantic and Trans pacific cruises to Australia/New Zealand have been canceled. We are booked for the Holidays in December but the feeling on our end is that we wont be going. We will make our decision when our final payment is due.Not just because of the pandemic but also financial and my moms health situation. AS it is she just spent 2 1/2 days in a hospital and came home yesterday. I was beyond terrified cause hospitals are not allowing visitors at least at this time. By final payment time we will know more. When cruise lines do get going again so much has to happen. Ships could have limited capacity, not all ships will start back up from the start and will be gradual. Ports have to open back up, etc, etc. People that have cruises booked on ships that aren't sailing when they are scheduled to go will have their cruises canceled unless they can change to a ship that is. Ships will basically start back up where they are allowed to and when.
  10. I figured this would happen when I saw it pop up when yesterday I was checking on what we have potentially developing off the east coast and the Bahamas. All the ships out in that area are certainly keeping a eye on things and will go accordingly. We are being told that this area of weather that could potentially develop into something will be moving away from us and the east coast. The area of concern is actually currently in the Florida Straits between Cuba and Florida accoding to the National Hurricane Center and NOAA. https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo.php?basin=atlc&fdays=2
  11. I'm going to remember this when it comes to our decision later this year when it comes time for our final payment for our Holiday Cruise in December. Of course I have been reading hear about all the problems people are having getting their refund and the length of time to get that money back which is money that could certainly be used for more important things right now. Our final payment is towards the end of September unless the date gets changed and we can do it closer to sailing. When we get to that time is when we will make our decision but we both feel even at this time there is a chance it won't happen. If we cancel at final payment we would avoid the hassle of what people have been putting up with. If this ends up happening it would be so gut wrenching for us as we have been cruising with HAL for over 32 years which includes that we have been at sea for the Holidays on board a Dam Ship every year since 1988. With the latest round of cancellations now effecting cruises into the fall, our plans for the Holidays could be next.
  12. HI again. Glad we had the chance to meet while on the Nieuw Statendam over the recent holidays. Yeah stuck between a rock and a hard place. While we were on we booked our Holiday back on Nieuw Statendam for 20-21 in the same cabin. Nothing else in between cruising wise. But now because of this nagging virus we are not so sure even for our sailing in December. What we are planning to do is see where things are at when it comes to final payment time but even at this point we are both not optimistic that we will want to go even if the ship is scheduled to sail. Also due to mom's underlying health problems. I have said too that if we wanted to go see family in Minnesota we might have to drive and I would be the one doing all of it. I don't know where you are with your final payment but with so much having to happen its hard to say when ships will get going again. Ours is fortunately not till later this year but making our decision at final payment time will be the difference in our $200 deposit and thousands if we went ahead and made our final payment and didn't end up going canceling closer to sailing and yeah we always take the insurance. But its taking forever for the cruise lines to refund money to so many people and its that money which people really could use right now. Good luck with whatever happens. For us if we don't go it will be gut wrenching as we have been at sea for the Holidays 32 years in a row so we haven't been home since 1988 and I won't know what to do if we end up here at home this year and we have no family in our area. I remember before we started this Holiday cruising I would stay up and watch the festivities in Times Square on TV and then go to bed. For so many years it has been way more fun to be doing this on the ship.
  13. Watch this video from Traveling with Bruce that I found on Youtube. He talks about this. Also a Dr. on the Norwegian Gem that has apparently passed away. When I saw this and they have so many crew on two ships. Then I think of HAL and out of the 14 ships in the fleet, 12 of them are now involved with taking crew home. A much better situation for the crew to be more spread out. Way to go HAL.
  14. Thanks. I have a lot of video since we have done a lot of cruising. I just really want to keep all of it but in a newer format. One time I was in Best Buy and found a VCR/DVD combo and came home with it. Since then have slowly picked away at all the cruise video and other video to get it off the tapes. Because of having so much it would be very expensive if we had it done. So using the VCR/DVD combo Along with Pinnacle Dazzle software I am able to capture the video off of the VHS tapes. At that point its a MPEG video file and can also make DVD's so more current than the dated and space consuming VHS tapes. With the cruise video I started with the video that is the oldest. Oh and I have the negatives for the pictures from all of these cruises too and want to do the same thing and I have a scanner to use to scan the negatives to digitize them. No deadline to get it all done and just something to pick away at. When I want to take a break there are other things to do and that includes a number of Lego Star Wars Kits that I have had and have yet to do. One is the Millennium Falcon which is over 1,000 pieces. When it cones to the generation thing I volunteer at a Y that we live very close to with the Tennis program and yes I do get to play. The person that teaches the classes did play professionally for a short period of time and is a lot of fun to be with. We have also hit it off because we both have a very strong interest in aviation as my dad flew for NWA for 31 years. He did so much more than just fly he carried a management pass. At one time was the youngest commercial pilot in the country and one of the first certified to fly the DC-10 for NWA. Back to the generation thing is that I have told the older kids in the classes we do about when we were their age we didn't have all the technology that we have today like cell phones, computers, Wi Fi, Blurtooth, and all the social media like Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Face Time, Zoom, Etc. and it's like "Wow" to them. See you are in Ft. Lauderdale. Hope you are OK since the virus has been more of a problem down in your area. For us, Pinellas County beaches will re open on Monday with strict guidelines and monitored by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Dept. so will see how it goes. I certainly hope I can get to my re scheduled Orthodontist appointment the end of May that was supposed to be the end of March. My mom also badly needs a haircut.
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