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  1. This from Cruiseindustrynews.com, April 24, 2021. Note the last sentence Holland America Line First sailing: July 1, 2021 Ship: Volendam Region: Mediterranean After trimming Mediterranean sailings until June, Holland America Line could return to service on July 1 with the Volendam. Unlike other Carnival brands, however, the company is still to announce a firm restart plan.
  2. Good prediction, LaffNVegas. We're booked on the 7-18 Amsterdam and an 8-21 out of Seattle as well. We are in Sunny LV and my goal was to escape the heat this summer. My prediction is, no way will the 7-18 happen and probably not the Alaska out of Seattle.
  3. This news clip may be relevant to our topic: Carnival's Seabourn Scraps Certain European Sailings on Lack of Approval BY Dow Jones & Company, Inc. — 2:47 PM ET 04/22/2021 Carnival Corp.'s ( CCL Loading...
  4. Note from the TA today that my scheduled 8-21-21 Alaska cruise will not be on the Eurodam but on the Nieuw Amsterdam. I read elsewhere that the Eurodam will be needed in Greece, but the news to me is that HAL still thinks Seattle Alaska cruises might still go.
  5. I am fully paid on the 7-18-21, fourteen days on Nieuw Statendam out of Amsterdam. No way this cruise will happen but yet unlike other lines, HAL hasn't cancelled. And they will book you today on the cruise. I suppose they are not eager to refund our money and are waiting for me to cancel in return for future cruise credits, not cash. Some revealing new fine print from HAL press release today: "In light of COVID-19, Holland America Line is currently enhancing health and safety protocols and how they may impact future cruises. Our actual offerings may vary from what
  6. Well, here's another ray of hope. Opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal today. The author, a research physician, makes a good case. We’ll Have Herd Immunity by April Covid cases have dropped 77% in six weeks. Experts should level with the public about the good news. By Marty Makary Feb. 18, 2021 12:35 pm ET
  7. Thank you for the additional information, Chengkp75. Your depth of knowlege is welcome, although discouraging in this case. I can only hope that we, and our Canadian friends, are vaccinated soon enough to salvage part of the Alaska season.
  8. I am booked on a HAL cruise to Alaska for August. I thought this news might be of interest here This quote below is from the website of the Federal Maritime Commission, dated Feb 10. The writer is Commissioner Sola. ...In short, this action by the Canadian government may very well result in the loss of a second season for a significant portion of the Alaska cruise business. Another lost season represents a potentially devastating blow to the livelihoods of thousands of Alaskans. As noted in my report, th
  9. Here's some hopeful news. Like the OP, we have a HAL cruised booked for August, 2021. This quote below is from the website of the Federal Maritime Commission, dated Feb 10. The writer is Commissioner Sola. ...In short, this action by the Canadian government may very well result in the loss of a second season for a significant portion of the Alaska cruise business. Another lost season represents a potentially devastating blow to the livelihoods of thousands of Alaskans. As noted in my report, the cruise industry generates tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs in Al
  10. Well, I have two cruises booked. One in Alaska in August, 2021 (looks less likely today as Canada bans cruises for 2021, subject to change) and one in July in Europe. But here is an optimistic note that Europe may happen: LONDON — Britain is on a pace to give the first shot of a two-dose coronavirus vaccine to its entire population by the end of June, if it can avoid supply and logistical issues that threaten to slow one of the world’s fastest rollouts. The most vulnerable will get their first doses much sooner — likely over the next two weeks — which could dramatically reduce dea
  11. I stand corrected. No open Canadian ports = no Alaska cruises
  12. We received the casino offer Dave OKC did. We bit. Even if Canada is closed, an Alaska trip Seattle to Seattle might skip Victoria and sailor on. We just received our first Covid shot. If there be restrictions on board, so be it. I need a sail or two. Jim
  13. I am less pessimistic. Why wouldn't a country, dependent in part on tourists, welcome passengers who could show a shot card for the Covid vaccine? And why wouldn't HAL let them off and back on?
  14. One thing is certain: The rules on this original topic will change by August 2021 (our cruise). Look how much our personal worlds have changed in the last year. Here are two things which will likely cause a change in our favor. 1. We'll get vaccinated. When we are vaccinated we will get a shot card (like in the sixties Army) which will say what vaccine and when. Show that for freedom to roam in most countries. 2. An instant Covid-19 test is developed. No shot card ? line up for a test if you want to roam the destination. Bon Voyage
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