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  1. On 4/27/2020 at 12:01 PM, NantahalaCruiser said:

    There are two different large balcony sizes for the 1A cabins on the slant of the hump (the 1A cabins on the straight portion of the hump have standard sized balconies.) The smaller of the slant balconies only adds a triangular shaped area and is thus only about 50% larger than a standard balcony. However, the larger adds both the triangular shape area and a rectangular shaped area about the same size as a regular balcony; hence it is about 2.5 times the size of a regular balcony.

     

    My wife and I were in 8283 on Reflection last September and the balcony was furnished with 2 chase lounges, a table and 2 additional chairs. See attached pic.

     

     

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    Thank you. This was one of the cabins we were considering. 


  2. Did the airline make any changes between the time you booked and canceled? The reason I ask is this issue just came up for us. We had a Princess cruise booked for the end of May. We booked our own airfare with Alaska. When the cruise was canceled, we had to cancel our airfare. These were non refundable tickets. At first Alaska was only going to give us a voucher for future travel. Then the agent noticed that Alaska had changed the scheduled flight. We had been informed of this and it wasn’t a big deal as it was only five minutes. But, since Alaska had changed our flight from what we booked, we were entitled to a refund not just a credit. Something to check. 


  3. My wife and I are thinking of booking a Celebrity cruise on the Reflection in 2021. It’s been many years since sailing on Celebrity and do not know the ships. We want a veranda cabin (concierge class okay), but we are picky on the layout. We want the couch near the balcony. Looking at many different YouTube videos and pictures, we have noticed some of the cabins have the couch near the balcony and some have the bed in that location. Is there anyway to know when booking which cabin has which layout?


  4. This article describes how airlines, cruise companies, hotels, etc. are delaying refunds as much as possible to keep from bleeding cash. Let’s face it, it takes no time to process the refunds. The only reason to delay is to spread out the pain. 
     

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/confusing-coronavirus-refund-policies-frustrate-travelers/2020/04/02/d68a146a-7073-11ea-aa80-c2470c6b2034_story.html

     

    The article ends by saying once the Coronavirus emergency ends, customer friendly policies will return. 


  5. Our OBC showed up almost immediately for our late May cruise. Since we already have free WiFi, gratuities and the beverage package we decided to book an excursion to use some of this new OBC. For some reason we are unable to do so. 🤔 I thought maybe it was because this is a non refundable OBC, but we were able to use our FCC OBC, which is also non refundable. 


  6. My wife and I are both 70. We have a Caribbean cruise scheduled at the end of May on Princess and a Mediterranean cruise scheduled in September on HAL. We are not canceling either cruise. I feel this is a serious situation and I understand why some chose to cancel. We’ll enjoy having a ship that’s not so crowded. 


  7. Not trying to make light of this situation, but am curious. I’ve heard many stories of the impact the Coronavirus has had or will have on travel especially cruising and flying. I would think this would result in lower fares. But, I’m not seeing this. We have an upcoming seven-day Caribbean cruise on Princess at the end of May and a twelve-day Mediterranean cruise on HAL in September. The prices currently advertised for both cruises are higher than what we already have. We also have business class airfare through Flight Ease on the HAL cruise. Current airfare is $400 more per person than we already have. Maybe our cruises are the exception. Are others out there seeing lower prices since all the talk about the Coronavirus? I’m posting this on the Princess and HAL boards. 


  8. Not trying to make light of this situation, but am curious. I’ve heard many stories of the impact the Coronavirus has had or will have on travel especially cruising and flying. I would think this would result in lower fares. But, I’m not seeing this. We have an upcoming seven-day Caribbean cruise on Princess at the end of May and a twelve-day Mediterranean cruise on HAL in September. The prices currently advertised for both cruises are higher than what we already have. We also have business class airfare through Flight Ease on the HAL cruise. Current airfare is $400 more per person than we already have. Maybe our cruises are the exception. Are others out there seeing lower prices since all the talk about the Coronavirus? I’m posting this on the Princess and HAL boards. 


  9. The tux rental companies didn’t only service Princess. They rented a lot of tuxedos to all the cruise lines. Just about all the other mainline cruise lines have done away with formal nights. Princess is the lone holdout. I remember renting tuxes many years ago. It was very convenient when I was into that sort of thing. There was no way they could stay in business only renting to Princess cruisers. 


  10. The two day SPB tour we took in St. Petersburg was one of the most memorable tours we have ever taken. We saw more, had a smaller group and paid substantially less than what the cruise line would charge. This company, as well as all private tour companies, survive on their reputations. They will assure you are back onboard in plenty of time. They also take care of the visa. 


  11. We just booked our first Azamara cruise. The travel agent carefully reviewed the cancellation policy prior to us putting down the deposit. I believe it may be more common to find cancellation fees on smaller cruise ships. They just don’t have as many cabins to have locked up by people who aren’t sure they are going to actually take the cruise. You find this policy with river cruise lines all the time. 


  12. We are sailing HAL next year for the first time in many years. We have been primarily sailing on Princess. I’m trying to book airfare using Flight Ease. On the surface, it appears to be exactly the same as Princess EZ Air. The screens all look the same. My problem is trying to actually book the flights. The cruise isn’t until next September. I enter all the information, find flights that will work, go through the seat selection process, answer all the questions and then get a message that the flight is no longer available. Yet, the next day the same “no longer available flight” is still shown as an option. And it’s not just one selection, it happens on every selection unless a chose a different return flight that adds an additional cost. Is this normal with Flight Ease? Has anyone else experienced this problem? I did try calling HAL, but they couldn’t help. The flights showing up on Flight Ease for me didn’t come up on their screen. 


  13. I’m sure posters can come up with all kinds of disadvantages, but to me, the low cost for overseas travel and the ability to change and cancel up to 45 days in advance outweighs any of these disadvantages. EZAir or FlightEase on HAL has allowed us to fly business class whenever we cruise in Europe. 


  14. 1 hour ago, drowelf said:

    Hum, Try again. What are the details of the error message? I know that FlightEase can be picky at times, I've had instances when I could not review existing flights and it tells me to try again later. Also you need to be within 330 days of your return date before you can book flights. This would be either your disembarkation date, or later if you are doing anything post cruise. 

     

    When I click on the manage flights button, I get taken to a screen that allows me to enter my flight selection details. 

     

    I would suggest logging off and then back on again to HAL Website and keep on trying. 

    Thank you. This explains the problem. I’m 326 days from embarkation. I didn’t realize I had to be 330 days from debarkation. I’ll just have to be a little more patient. 


  15. We are sailing with HAL next year for the first time in many years. I want to start looking at airfares through Flight Ease. I can’t figure out how to do this. I opened up my booking then I clicked on travel planning. I then chose Pre & Post Cruise Travel. From that page I checked the box for flights. This took me to the Flight Ease page. So far so good, but this is where I’m having problems. Our names appear along with our departure city under the title Manage Flights. There’s also a Manage Flights button, but we do not yet have any flights to manage. I tried checking this button anyway and I just get an error message. The logical button to click is the one that states Continue to Review and Book. When I try this button I get a page that states there is nothing in my shopping cart. 

     

    I believe that I’m just not understanding how to use the HAL website and I’m making a wrong turn somewhere. I’m relying on some of you HAL veterans to set me straight. Thanks. 


  16. I struggle with understanding the refrigerator issue on HAL. We will be trying HAL for the first time in many years when we sail on the Nieuw Statendam next year. I keep seeing posts about HAL charging for refrigerators, but then look at YouTube videos from the Nieuw Statendam and see refrigerators showing in every cabin. Were these paid for in advance? Is that why they are in the cabins when people walk in? I’ve always taken refrigerators in cabins for granted having sailed on Princess for many years. 


  17. I note that the article states “Here are 10 of the best.........” the important words are “of the.” The article does not state “Here are the 10 best around the world cruises.” I think everyone is taking this too seriously. Being left off the list does not mean HAL isn’t one of the best. HAL, for whatever reason, just wasn’t covered in the article. 

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