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About 2inSETexas

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    Richmond, TX
  • Interests
    History, music, granddaughters
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Holland Amaerica, Disney, AmaWaterways
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Castaway Cay

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  1. I am reminded of the guiding principle of these boards - no politics. Quoting the Administrators’ post at the top of the Board Webpage: ”The world has become a changing place; we're all stressed, worried and nothing makes sense any longer. We've lost jobs, the security of every day life, some experience health issues and yes, some have even lost friends and family. For 25 years we've provided this haven for cruisers. KEYWORD: haven. I'm asking that you all remember that. This is our place to escape, connect with friends and to discuss your favorite form of travel -- cruising. Don't bring politics into your posts. Soften your "virtual" voice when you respond to others. Re-read before you push the submit button. Let's set an example for the rest of the travel world by displaying who we are! Remember, we're all in this together. Thank you for listening, and for your anticipated cooperation, LauraS and the Cruise Critic Community Team”
  2. We received a small refund on our CC over the weekend from HAL (we had selected the FCC) for our April Transatlantic cruise that HAL cancelled mid-March. The odd thing is the amount refunded matches neither the port fees/taxes for one of us nor for both (it’s more than one, but less than combined). Our TA might can figure it out, or more refunds equal to the combined port fees/taxes still might be coming. 🤷🏼‍♂️
  3. We know. That was the point of the last few posts. HAL has not yet cancelled or changed the itineraries of several cruises that depart from Vancouver. We are waiting for something from them on the obvious.
  4. Not completely. HAL still has on their schedule three early October cruises out of Vancouver, two on the Volendam (we are booked on one of them, and haven’t been notified yet of a cancellation or change in itinerary) and one on the Westerdam. These will likely change soon, but HAL hasn’t done so, yet.
  5. Changes may be coming. HAL has added the following to their update banner at the top of their home page: "We are currently assessing enhanced health and safety protocols in light of COVID-19 and how they may impact our future offerings. Our actual offerings may vary from what is displayed or described here." This seems to say, what you see on our website for available cruises may not actually be available.
  6. We last visited in Spring 2017. I fear this beautiful city will never be the same. We as visitors may not notice significant changes, but those who make their home there, life has most certainly changed.
  7. We are booked on the May 8th departure of this itinerary. We are looking forward to it.
  8. Our experience was similar. We were scheduled on the April 6th transAtlantic on the Rotterdam. We responded quickly to the FCC option. Rescheduled later the two week Norway/Arctic cruise for May 2021, and our TA asked HAL to apply the FCC when it becomes available to the new booking. We got our notice this week, and the TA contacted HAL to confirm the FCC. No problems that we are aware of. We are still waiting for the port charges refund from the April cruise, as well as from the flight home from Amsterdam (booked separately). I figure (and hope) it will work out eventually.
  9. This website has a webcam view of the marina on the Spanish-Gibraltar border. When the camera sweeps to the left, it appears to be the Veendam in the distance. https://www.webcamtaxi.com/en/spain/cadiz/alcaidesa-marina.html#
  10. Same here. We got the email on cancellation, but referencing the booking for our already cancelled April 6th cruise. We have a booking on the Volendam in October, but it isn’t an Alaska cruise; repositioning from Vancouver to San Diego. Very confusing.
  11. We were supposed to be boarding the Rotterdam for her transAtlantic trip to the Azores, Ireland, England, France, Belgium, and Rotterdam. The Rotterdam is in PEV, but I am sitting in my home office instead.
  12. We have had a similar experience. We were on the 4/6 transAtlantic on the Rotterdam. We quickly received emails on expected refunds on all but one of our excursions. I’m just going to wait an see what hits the credit card before following up.
  13. Context provides clarification: Dr. Fauci’s statement included his clarification that 10 times figure actually brings the new coronavirus' fatality rate lower than official estimates, which hover around 3 percent. The flu has a mortality rate of about 0.1 percent, so, when considering the likelihood that there are many asymptomatic or very mild cases that have gone undiagnosed, Fauci places the new coronavirus' lethality rate at somewhere around 1 percent.
  14. As has been referenced a couple of other recent posts, CDC says the one suspect passenger never had Covid-19. Check out this article from USA TODAY: CDC: Re-test confirms Westerdam cruise ship passenger 'never had coronavirus' https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/02/21/coronavirus-holland-america-ms-westerdam-cruise-passenger-cleared/4834124002/
  15. Amen to this. We’ve always purchased travel insurance for cruises and for international trips. Never used it until two years ago. We purchased the staterooms for 8 family members on a cruise. Our daughter-in-law fractured her back 4 weeks before sailing and the doctor recommended not going. Insurance saved us the cost of one those staterooms. Last year, my wife was hospitalized twice, once in ICU. We had to cancel an expensive international trip. Insurance allowed us to recoup the entire cost. in my opinion, it is very short-sighted to not purchase travel insurance when making significant investments in a cruise or land vacation.
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