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    Celebrity, HAL
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    Alaska, Mediterranean

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  1. Also keep in mind that a COVID-19 vaccine, if it even can be developed, will take at least 12-18 months to bedeveloped, plus longer to manufactured and widely available. Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, is warning Canadians some public health restrictions will likel be in place for 18 months to two years to cover a second or third wave.
  2. CBC is reporting that a Peel Ontario man who was on the Feb 11 sailing tested positive for COVID-19: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-confirms-3-new-cases-coronavirus-1.5486670
  3. Looking forward to hearing your account. We're on this cruise in July. Enjoy Vancouver and Bon Voyage!
  4. Depending on how much of the summer was blocked off, this could be a very reasonable pp price for an Alaska cruise in this category, provided the cabin wasn't noisy.
  5. Carnival Corp is facing a possible ban of all its ships (HAL, Princess, Seabourn, Cunard etc) from all US ports arising from criminal charges. Judge Seitz will decide in June. We have an Alaska cruise booked in July and are about to make final payment. Has anyone heard, if this ban happens, whether HAL will issue a refund or whether they'll expect people to use their travel insurance? And would the insurance be valid if cancellation was a known risk prior to final payment? Our TA just called HAL who were very unhelpful. The rep incorrectly thought the issue only applied to Carnival line ships. She then said if the ban happened, HAL would cancel cruises stopping in US ports and issue a refund,but refused to put that in writing. Any information would greatly appreciated.
  6. Does anyone know what happens If a HAL cruise is cancelled based on the judge's ruling in June? We have one booked for July and need to pay in full shortly. Would HAL refund the cost of the cruise or expect people to use their travel insurance? Would the insurance be valid if this was a known risk at the time of final payment? When our TA called HAL just now the rep didn't know anything about this pending case, said we'd get a refund but wouldn't put it in writing. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
  7. Yikes! Bastille Day is the French national holiday and there were special dishes etc on our two HAL Mediterranean cruises.
  8. Hi, All We will be cruising Glacier Bay on July 14th and are wondering how Bastille Day is marked on board?
  9. A lot depends on the cabin layout and personalities involved. I enjoyed a Princess cruise with three friends in a cabin with two beds together and a sofa bed (the steward was great about changing the sheets so we could rotate sleeping arrangements) and a balcony with four chairs while my sister-in-law and three friends did not enjoy a head banging cabin with bunks midair over two twins and a balcony with only two chairs. We've also travelled as two parents and two kids in ocean view or balcony cabins on seven cruises. On HAL, the Nordam had a good layout for our three week trip in an ocean view with a bunk over the sofa which converted into a single bed and a curtain between the room and entrance to give a dressing room. A year later, on a four week cruise on the Niew Amsterdam, we were dismayed to find no curtain in our ocean view and the upper bunk positioned claustrophobically over the head of the king bed. Luckily, our clever steward pointed out the sofa opened to a double, so the kids squished in together. Overall, it helps to have a "cosy" mentality, port intensive itinerary and practical arrangements like clothes waiting in the bathroom for late teens and early risers.
  10. Looking ahead to our July Volendam cruise, are cheese plates still available at desser?
  11. Charging for a second MDR entree comes across as tacky and unfair to certain passengers. Over nine cruises, I've never seen wasted MDR entrees, but have noticed many passengers with traditional Italian tastes ordering a pasta entree before their principal dish and health conscious diners ask for the main salad as their appetizer before their main entree and fruit plate. We're looking forward to Alaska on the Volendam and hope on principle this fee doesn't apply.
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