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Overhead Fred

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    Minnesota, USA
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    Tennis, flower gardening, bass & muskie fishing, old boats and motors, art & photography
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    HAL and Celebrity
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  1. Thanks for the insight Jacqui. This is the first cruise for us where the final payment date and cancellation schedule start do not coincide. It seems like it may be tied to the length of the cruise with longer cruises having the cancellation schedule start a month prior to final payment. It would not be worth cancelling/rebooking for this cruise. It is certainly good for everyone to know that the cancellation schedule start date is the critical one with respect to fare adjustments.
  2. I have a cruise with a final payment due on 12/16/2019. The cancellation fee schedule started on 11/16/2019 (we purchased the Platinum CPP). I was hoping to be able to apply the Cyber Sale perks to this cruise but our PCC said she could not make any additional adjustments since we are in the cancellation penalty phase. Could the wise and expert sages on this board comment on this? Is it consistent with your past experiences? I had been under the impression that you could make adjustments up to the final payment date. I am not too worried about this cruise since we already have a pretty good deal (but the Cyber Sale would be even better!). I would like to know for future reference if an "official" HAL policy exists and if anybody knows what it is. Thanks in advance - and finish your turkey leftovers!
  3. Have a look at - http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Gallery-Bar-Menu-2.pdf
  4. Thanks Jacqui and our other CCCCs (Canadian Cruise Critic Colleagues)! We unfortunately missed celebrating your Thanksgiving this year since we had to delay a trip to the cottage. Luckily, we do not have to travel for our Thanksgiving this year and the dire weather predictions for the Twin Cities ended up being not so bad. And congratulations to the Blue Bombers!
  5. That is a lovely memory - Thank you for sharing it Jacqui!
  6. Happy Thanksgiving from Minnesota Everyone! We are usually at our cottage in the Kawarthas to celebrate it properly, but we had to push our travel plans back a week. Still need to get the dock out and winterize the boats...
  7. I would recommend getting the wine packages once you have boarded. In my experience, cellar 1 is not that great. Cellar 2 and 3 are much more desirable. Check out http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/here/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Wine-Packages.pdf for prices and wine lists for eash package as of May, 2019.
  8. Hi Jacqui, Our October 31, 2020 Zaandam cruise was cancelled by HAL. Zaandam and Rotterdam were redeployed for Nov-Dec. It seems to have something to do with Veendam returning to Tampa. We are replacing the cancelled cruise with the November 11, 2020 Nieuw Statendam 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer cruise. HAL made a respectable OBC offer and we kept our per diem price and all perks from the cancelled cruise. Thanks! Fred
  9. Rotterdam will do a Western Caribbean on 11/1/20, a westbound Panama transit on 11/18/20, an eastbound Panama transit on 11/23/20, and a Tropical Caribbean on 12/20. Zaandam does a westbound Panama transit on 10/31/20, Hawaii, Tahiti, and the Marquesas on 11/17/20, and an eastbound Panama transit on 12/19/20. As far as I am aware, the sailings before and after the above are as previously scheduled.
  10. Roger's menus are the newer ones. It is possible that Eurodam was still using the older format. I am guessing that the prices were the same though. The last time I was on Eurodam was spring 2017.
  11. I took a quick look at Roger Jett's (@Crew News) drink menus (http://www.rogerjett-photography.com/specialty-2/hal-regular-and-specialty-restaurants/hal-beverage-menus/mdr-wine-menu-2) from May, 2019 and saw 1 Prosecco, 2 rosés, 6 whites, and 5 reds that would be covered by the SBP. None of them are great, but most are drinkable. A couple of them were also offered in the Sommelier Suite Cellar 1 package which might give you an idea about their quality.
  12. Our 14 day 10/31/20 Southern Caribbean was cancelled and HAL offered 3 alternative bookings - 11 day S. Caribbean on Nieuw Statendam (11/11/20), 10 day S. Caribbean on Nieuw Statendam (11/22/20), or 14 day East/West Caribbean on Eurodam (11/8/20). If we picked one of these, we would get extra OBC and retain our current Zaandam perks. If we did not choose one of the three, they would refund our fare (only deposits so far for us) and we would need to start from scratch with a new booking. We have not decided what to do yet, but are leaning towards the 11 day S. Caribbean on 11/11/10.
  13. HAL's website appears to be catching up with the Zaandam/Rotterdam redeployments. Zaandam arrives in Fort Lauderdale from Canada on October 31, 2020. Rotterdam arrives in Fort Lauderdale from Europe on November 1, 2020. The next cruise listed for Zaandam is a San Diego to Fort Lauderdale (Panama Canal transit) from December 19, 2020 to January 2, 2021. The next cruise listed for Rotterdam is a Tropical Caribbean out of Fort Lauderdale from December 20, 2020 to December 27, 2020. So any cruises already booked between roughly November 1 and mid December on these ships are going to be affected. Zaandam will be on the west coast during this time and will do a 32 day South Pacific out of San Diego on about November 17, 2020 (replacing the Rotterdam). So it looks like there should be a westbound Panama transit around October 31 (which is not showing up yet), the 32 day South Pacific, and then the eastbound Panama transit for the Zaandam. I do not have a clue about where the Rotterdam will be during this time. It might stay in the Caribbean. In any regard, there should be a few new November/December 2020 cruises showing up on the HAL website for these two ships.
  14. While I very much appreciate everyone's input on inside cabins on Konigsdam and Nieuw Statendam, the redeployment of ships was the most important part of my initial post. It might not quite match the reshuffling engendered by the Prinsendam sale, but having Veendam back in Tampa may ultimately affect a lot of folk's booked cruises in 2020.
  15. Our 10/31/20 14-day Southern Caribbean cruise on the Zaandam has been cancelled by HAL. I got an email notification late yesterday. In talking with our PCC, the cancellation appears to be related to the redeployment of the Veendam to Tampa and it sounds like at least a couple ships are impacted. The Zaandam might be moving to the west coast and taking over some of the Rotterdam's itineraries. I am not sure where the Rotterdam is headed. So keep your eyes peeled if you are booked on these ships in 2020! HAL offered us 3 alternative Caribbean cruise choices with $50 pp OBC (for an interior) and the same "per diem rate" that we had with the Zaandam. We also will keep our early booking bonus perks. We are inclined to take the 11-day Nieuw Statendam Southern Caribbean cruise on Nov 11 as the replacement if we can get a suitable interior cabin. I have heard that many of the interiors on the Nieuw Statendam are on the small side.
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