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AlanF65

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    Alaska

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  1. Humanitarian crisis https://www.hollandamerica.com/blog/ships/ms-rotterdam/a-humanitarian-crisis-response-to-cruise-ships-stranded-at-sea-tests-our-deepest-human-values/?fbclid=IwAR3_lxOJEPpt0-R3Fc2ZI-a3ZmfrDb6acw7YyfH-MjNue6Vy8kziWBrtllI
  2. Latest from HAL's Orlando Ashford https://www.hollandamerica.com/blog/ships/ms-rotterdam/a-humanitarian-crisis-response-to-cruise-ships-stranded-at-sea-tests-our-deepest-human-values/?fbclid=IwAR3_lxOJEPpt0-R3Fc2ZI-a3ZmfrDb6acw7YyfH-MjNue6Vy8kziWBrtllI
  3. I would hazard a guess they would want to save their customers that if they went into bankruptcy they would force a renegotiation of long and short term debt with their lenders and carve out customers and small vendors, what good does it do them to lose all their customers and food and fuel vendors in all the ports? It's easier to carve out the big debt and term it out under new terms. The ships and name have significantly less value if current/ former customers wont sail with them, which would kill the lenders. This isn't 2007-9, the banks want to work with customers, they are expanding credit before the new law was passed (anyway that what my business banker told me last week) and he told me today that they would have guidance on SBA loans in 72 hours and they need a few days to review it. He said they could increase our LOC now if we need it and then do SBA loan if we want, that they won't need any docs as they have all our 2019 FS and taxes and Feb 2020 FS. The lines definitely have a cash crunch and are managing it but about a week ago I canceled about $900 of HAL online shore excursions and purchases and the money was on my credit card the next day. An on subject I will be waiting another few weeks for my May 18 Alaska to be canceled. A-
  4. CPAP is constant positive airway pressure to force air in, the most likely way to infect others would be leaks around the face or the vent to relieve pressure. The risk is to someone sleeping in the room and dissipates in about 4 hours. Other than that CPAP devices help people breathe and keep them from stopping breathing. A-
  5. That is wrong, the march 31 deadline was extended, the language that confused people was for those that booked after March 2nd with the Cruise with confidence plan were moved to the new extended cancellation policy. "At Holland America Line the health and safety of our guests is of the highest priority. In order to give travelers greater peace of mind surrounding their upcoming vacation plans, Holland America Line is extending our Short Term Cancel Policy for cruises or Alaska Land+Sea Journeys departing through July 31, 2020 (previously only through May 31 departures). With the extended date to July 31, guests who booked departures April 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020, under the Book with Confidence program will now be covered under the Short Term Cancel Policy instead. Cancellations will need to be finalized 48 hours in advance (previously the policy stated 72 hours in advance)." https://www.hollandamerica.com/blog/topics/news/extension-of-short-term-changes-to-cancellation-policy-to-july-31-2020/
  6. The port of Seattle is closed until the epidemic is clear, your cruise will be cancelled by HAL, just wait and you will get 100% cash back or 125% FCC if its is the same as the rest of cancelled cruises. You can' sail out of Seattle. You can't stop in Canada. The port of Seattle has suspended cruise ships until the public health emergency ends and it is deemed safe. https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2020/03/25/normally-a-bright-spot-in-the-alaska-recession-tourism-outlook-dims-with-coronavirus-uncertainty/ https://www.portseattle.org/news/port-seattle-expects-delay-start-2020-cruise-season The start of Seattle’s cruise season will depend on the status of the public health emergency and the advice of local, state and federal public health officials. The CDC has issued a nonessential travel warning and a temporary no sail order for cruise ships, and the State and King County have imposed a number of strict limitations to limit the spread of COVID-19. In conjunction with public health officials and our cruise line partners, the Port will regularly reevaluate this situation as the nature of this crisis evolves. Once the public health emergency ends and it is deemed safe, we believe that the launch of cruise in Seattle will provide critical economic relief to many struggling businesses in our region and beyond. Even when cruise season resumes, the Port will be working with public health officials, cruise lines and others to ensure that strong protective measures are in place to prevent future health issues on cruises that would impact travelers and local residents, such as pre-screening before boarding and stronger quarantine measures for on-board illness.
  7. The port of Seattle has suspended cruise ships until the public health emergency ends and it is deemed safe. https://www.adn.com/business-economy/2020/03/25/normally-a-bright-spot-in-the-alaska-recession-tourism-outlook-dims-with-coronavirus-uncertainty/ https://www.portseattle.org/news/port-seattle-expects-delay-start-2020-cruise-season The start of Seattle’s cruise season will depend on the status of the public health emergency and the advice of local, state and federal public health officials. The CDC has issued a nonessential travel warning and a temporary no sail order for cruise ships, and the State and King County have imposed a number of strict limitations to limit the spread of COVID-19. In conjunction with public health officials and our cruise line partners, the Port will regularly reevaluate this situation as the nature of this crisis evolves. Once the public health emergency ends and it is deemed safe, we believe that the launch of cruise in Seattle will provide critical economic relief to many struggling businesses in our region and beyond. Even when cruise season resumes, the Port will be working with public health officials, cruise lines and others to ensure that strong protective measures are in place to prevent future health issues on cruises that would impact travelers and local residents, such as pre-screening before boarding and stronger quarantine measures for on-board illness.
  8. The 8 and 9 are 80 degrees and 90 degrees they are probably both the same degrees and aprralel but numbered separately to not confuse pilots, runway 17 would be 170 degrees etc
  9. All my excursions and add-ons I canceled Wednesday morning were credited back to my credit card at close of business today. Not a long wait for that piece.
  10. I will wait for HAL to cancel mine and if they don't I will cancel 48 hours before going unless my doctor says its okay to go when I see him in April, which I don't expect him to allow me to go. A HAL cancellation will trigger the insurance for my flight reimbursement from my Chase Sapphire Reserve insurance instead of a future fly /rebook certificate from my airline. I am also waiting for the airline to cancel the flight but that me 72 hours before I go, its canceled for the next 30 days. I did cancel my excursions booked through HAL, my internet and a few other things today. I am leaving my privately booked excursions for now until I know what I will do later in the year. Alan-
  11. I would guess the 3-21 date is from the original booking when it goes from lose deposit to lose 50%, and that the deposit was $350 but that's just a guess. My booking (May 18 sailing) was March 15th for that decision but I didn't cancel of all the previously stated reasons, I would have lost $25 (deposit) Alan
  12. I think transferred means you can't give to another party. I would hope refunded means you can't turn it in for a refund if you change your mind but a good question to ask would be if I choose a FCC and the cruise is cancelled by HAL will I receive another FCC? I find it odd that you can't use it as a deposit unless the current deposit is being returned separately. Pre and post cruise packages and shore excursions are refunded to the credit card, taxes are refunded. I get why I can't be used on shore excursions as most of those are 3rd party vendors. I imagine that it can't be used on insurance as that is also a 3rd party vendor and profit center they want to keep. So if there is left over FCC can you use the remainder on another cruise later and wil you be able to use it in the future? Lots to take into consideration before deciding. If we choose refund to CC the amount will be sitting on a CC for 30-90 days before they send you a check if you don't use the credit. I wonder what happens to my cash back card that goes negative this year.
  13. These are abnormal times and they are making public announcements instead of contacting every customer. I choose to believe public announcements on HAL owned pages and sites as valid official communication. and lastly I believe that the section of the contract that call for 100% cash refunded if they cancel the contract to take precedence over if I try to cancel. I chose to believe that Canada will not let me sail on May 18th. I choose to believe that HAL won't go to Mexico, Russia or ask congress for an exemption so they can sail from Seattle instead of Vancouver to Alaska and waive the PSVA. I guess they could embark from Juneau, Sitka or Anchorage, if they can find a foreign port to sail to that isn't 5 days away for a 14 day cruise or ask for a waiver from congress. My absolute worse case is I choose to believe the change to the current cancellation policy posted on a HAL site supersedes my current cancel contract provisions and the email I recieved and that I have 48 hours prior to sailing to cancel and get a 100% FCC as a worse case scenario because the posted policy says it supersedes the prior notice and policy. Alan
  14. No one is getting emails about Alaska since last week, we are reading the HAL blog, HAL twitter and HAL FB page.
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