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    Holland America, Windstar
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    Europe, Caribbean

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  1. There could still be delays in the finishing of the R-Dam 7. Many components of the ship are supplied from vendors all over Europe and Asia.. They are just assembled in the Fincantieri shipyards. The finishing out of the ship all depends on hundreds of suppliers doing their job and on schedule.
  2. Never underestimate the anger of a women scorned !!
  3. No, final payment isn't until next June, 2021. And I paid the deposit for both passengers. So, I will ask my TA to work on this for me.
  4. I have a booked cruise for September 2021 on a HAL cruise with a travelling partner, not related to me. They have indicated that they will not be able to go. I have someone else that wants to go, but I don't want to cancel and rebook, and lose all the perks. Can my TA work with HAL to swap out the old name with a new one ? I am the primary contact on the booking. Has anyone done this and did you have any problems ?
  5. I figured that this thread would eventually devolve into politics. Congrats Chipmaster, you did it !! NO politics on CC. It's nice to come to at least one website that isn't slanted and biased one way or the other. Let's keep it that way.
  6. Carnival and other lines have built ships specifically for the Chinese market, even designing restaurants for Far East style menus. Will these lines pull those ships back ?
  7. I was told today that our doubled deposit from an October 2020 Rotterdam cruise that was just cancelled, would be applied to our final payment for a Sept 2021 cruise, even though we booked the 2021 cruise before the virus screwed everything up.
  8. I booked a Sept 2021 cruise on the Ryndam just 2 months ago. I also had a Oct 3, 2020 Rotterdam cruise deposited, but final payment has not been paid yet, scheduled for July 4, 2020. I just received the cancellation notice for the Oct 3, 2020 cruise and the bonus FCC. The wording on the bonus FCC says the value of my original deposit on the Oct 2020 cancelled cruise will be doubled and it can be used for a NEW BOOKING as part of the cruise fare. Because I have already booked and deposited the Sept 2021 Ryndam cruise, will I get my cancelled cruise deposit be doubled and applied to my cruise fare ? Or, does the new booking have to occur after receipt of the cancellation notice ?
  9. I don't think dragging the delivery date out by months or years is possible. These ship yards have schedules, and they can't allow a partially finished hull to sit in a very expensive drydock until the customer feels that he can afford to take delivery. Once the keel is laid, that mass of steel cannot be moved to some holding area until the cruise market is right for delivery. The funds for the delivery are already allocated. It's a done deal. The ship yard has hundreds of millions of Euros invested and they want their final payment. The cruise line cannot pay for an unfinished ship, so they will be completed as soon as possible.
  10. Every beer, canned, bottled or draft are included in the regular SBP and the $11 max price. Checkout Rogerjett photography dot com for a complete list. If you are a beer drinker, like me, you will have your choice of anything they offer.
  11. Today's news is that the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has invested 8.2% of CCL's total worth. That is a huge chunk of change. CCL owned almost 10% by the Saudis !!
  12. HAL refers to the base fare when they are applying what you paid to a future cruise. If you have paid your full fare and the cruise is cancelled, your taxes and port fees are refunded to your credit card and the base fare is credited to a future cruise. They cannot predict what future cruise you may pick, so they cannot apply the taxes and port fees to an unknown cruise, so you get that part back. The base fare is applied to a future cruise, with any percentage bonuses offered.
  13. Vaccinations are only useful for the current strain of a particular virus. Viruses mutate constantly. The vaccine you got this year is useless or will have little effect for next year's mutation. This strain of coronavirus, COVID-19, originated in Wuhan, China in late November 2019. The medical community is saying that any vaccine that will be tested, approved and widely available will not show up until spring or summer 2021. It takes 18 months, even with an accelerated fast track program to get a viable vaccine ready for market. In the meantime, COVID-19 will mutate and become COVID-21 and the vaccine for the 19 strain will not be as effective. From the CDC in 2009 concerning the H1N1 pandemic. "There was concern in early-2009 that, should a second, deadlier wave of this new H1N1 strain appear during the northern autumn/winter of 2009, producing pandemic vaccines ahead of time could turn out to be a serious waste of resources as the vaccine might not be effective against a mutation, and there would also be a shortage of seasonal vaccines" So asking people to show a certificate for a COVID-19 vaccine which won't be available until early 2021 if we're very lucky, for a cruise in late 2020 will not be possible. And for cruises in 2021, showing a COVID-19 certificate may be useless if the virus mutates.
  14. When this strain of coronavirus dies out, and it will, there will be other mutations. And for decades we had the influenza virus every year, with its many variations, SARS, MERS, H1N1. Then there's the less troublesome Noro Virus, and a even few episodes of Ebola, Measles, and Marburg viruses every few years. This is nothing new, viruses have been around for millennia. If we are going to restructure the entire cruise industry after this virus dies out, limiting who can go based on age and pre-existing conditions, then we may as well stick a fork in it now, because it's done. If we start limiting access to cruises based on age, there will be massive discrimination law suits which no cruise line will want to touch. We cannot have a bank of doctors in the boarding terminal giving every person over 60 whatever years a physical before boarding. No land based doctor will feel comfortable signing that you are OK to cruise, because so many things can happen on a cruise that may fall back on the doctor. There's a liability issue certifying a person's present health now, for a cruise weeks or months in the future. I'm sure that our Cruise Docs "fine print" will have some interesting new conditions added, but the rest of cruising will be as it was. The whole issue is liability, and who is on the hook if everything goes to kaka while onboard.
  15. You are correct. The accuracy of the news you get depends, in a large part, on the news outlet you are listening to. In today's politically charged news environment, it is very tempting for the writer to slant a headline in one direction or the other, because we still have an election coming up in 7 months, and if a headline can sway a few voters, then the writer has done a good thing, in their mind. It is impossible to get straight, unbiased, accurate news these days, especially about the coronavirus because people still have their own agendas.
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