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  1. urgh still waiting! HAL says they refunded last Friday, June 12th, but no money on either of the cc yet that were used to purchase. Still waiting since 3/12 as well.... glad you finally received your refund!
  2. Funny I got a similar offer today from the HAL Casino. I was almost tempted to take up that offer, but I'm too concerned it may not be safe to cruise next year.... the final sailings on the offer were April 2021.
  3. Followed up today on chat regarding my April 5th sailing. They said that the refund was set for June 4th but there was an issue for the air portion purchased through HAL, so now they are working on that. They could not give me a date but cross fingers it will be soon...
  4. Crossing fingers here. We also had a sailing on April 5th but have not received any refund yet.
  5. Same here. Many years ago we did do a one night cruise to nowhere on NCL bc it was in our home port of Long Beach and we treated it more like a night away to have a good meal, go to the casino, etc. It was a lot of fun, we probably stayed up almost all night, but the next day we felt kind of bummed out that it was over so quickly. I would maybe do a cruise to nowhere for 2-3 nights to be sort of like a Vegas weekender to gamble, eat, relax poolside, but that's it. I'd rather do a longer cruise to see new places.
  6. Interesting! to each his own I guess. My family and I went up daily and used those interactive boards! We also looked through a lot of the books, had coffee or other drinks, played checkers, or just sat and looked out the windows. It was one of our favorite spots to visit each day. Although now in a post COVID world I would give pause to using the interactive board or reading the books and playing games for quite some time!
  7. Yes I got the same email today as well for our HAL canceled 4/5 cruise that I requested refund for after the March 13th email. I though the same thing when I got the email today reminding me that I could still request FCC instead of my refund. Then I got a sales ad a few hours later. The email today coupled with layoffs worries me that I will never see my money!
  8. I agree. I am in my 40s and although I am a book lover, the thought of touching books with lots germs in a post-COVID world is not enticing. Same with a buffet, while I love the Lido changes need to be made to feel comfortable... The current thing I love on HAL are the elegance of the ships, the traditional style, Billboard Music venues and BB King, afternoon tea service and some of the restaurant options such as Pinnacle Grill, the Dutch Cafe, and Tamarind. I'd be willing to pay a little more if i knew I was getting a more upscale product, excellent service, better food, some entertainment by the pool (not a hairy leg contest but a live band would be nice), and more production shows but in smaller venue on small - mid sized ships.
  9. Of course, I was just waiting for someone to reply with a snarky remark about money... didn’t take long. 🙄 Thanks Dave Ramsey! Luckily I’m still working & being paid, but I do have compassion for folks who are not & need their money back ASAP. I’m guessing some retirees are also stressed about $ since the stock market tanked.
  10. Many of us who are waiting for refunds are not wealthy. Some may have saved up for years, or were making monthly payments in increments over time, or maybe chose a vacation over other purchases. Some maybe were working & now have lost their job & need those extra funds to get by to pay the rent. It’s not outrageous to expect some basic communication from any company that is holding onto your $.
  11. I actually really don’t know which it is... 60 after cancellation paperwork or sail date and seeing that nobody on CC has really gotten their refund yet it’s a guess!
  12. We submitted our refund paperwork on 3/20 for our HAL canceled 4/5 cruise. Our TA confirmed with HAL on 4/1 that paperwork was received. A follow up call was made yesterday to our TA and he now says he is hearing 90-180 days for refunds from HAL. I'm just hoping against hope that this is for the more recently canceled cruises and the initial wave of 30 day cruising pause is still held to the 60 day refund. I guess I will find out as we are coming up on the 60 days in another 2 weeks.
  13. We submitted our online form with HAL on 3/20 for our 4/5 cruise that was canceled by HAL. Our TA followed up with HAL on 4/1 confirming the cancellation. My husband followed up with the TA yesterday and our TA said that he is now hearing 90-180 turn around for refunds from HAL and 90 days for our insurance from Allianz to be refunded. I don't think we can dispute with our CC because unfortunately we paid with our VISA Debit card tied to our checking account. I know, I know, bad choice. So I guess we will have to wait.
  14. I live in Orange County, CA about 5 miles from Disneyland. Disneyland announced their closure on March 12th and I knew at that point it was serious. My older son is an employee there and is now furloughed. On March 13th, the school that I teach kindergarten at in the Los Angeles Unified School District announced it was our last day and we were going to be off for 2 weeks. We are now on week 6 of remote learning. Everything is closed except for essential businesses which includes take out food. Masks are now required at all essential businesses like grocery stores. Small groups of people have begun protesting in Ca to reopen the economy, however it seems to be a small group. Many I speak to say even if things reopen they will be cautious and avoid gathering. There is a lot of uncertainty on behalf of teachers on now schools can remain safe as they are normally germ hotbeds. I have been using instacart delivery for groceries and getting restaurant take out about once a week trying to support our small businesses. Trying to teach online and manage my own child's remote learning has been challenging. We were suppose to be on a Spring Break cruise on the Pacific Coast on April 5th which was cancelled in March. We have not yet received a refund. Daydreaming about one day being back at sea!!!
  15. Not interested in cruising until there is a vaccine. I will stick to land based vacations for the next few years because I go on a vaccation to relax and worrying about getting sick or getting stuck on the ship, canceled ports, is the opposite of relaxing.
  16. Sadly filled out the online form today for our canceled April 5th cruise. Chose to get the refund because it seemed like the responsible thing to do given the shaky economy, possible future layoffs, and unknowns of how long the cruise industry is going to be affected by this. Hoping life will be back to normal by the end of the year and if so we can book another trip. Wondering though... is it really taking 60 days to get a refund once you fill out the online form?
  17. We are on this sailing too. Not looking good.
  18. Great thank you! And wow great prices compared to Starbucks :) Going to treat myself all week to lattes and mochas (usually only have once a week if that during the work week, usually have coffee from home)
  19. thank you! I went to his website but must have missed the non alcholic portion because it was sandwiched in the middle. That is helpful.
  20. Last time we cruised we had a free Signature Beverage Package. This time we do not have a package and I am considering the Quench Package, but not sure if it is worth it depending on how much we typically drink and the cost of those drinks. We don't drink enough alcohol to make the SBP worth it as we only have 1-2 alcoholic drinks the entire trip. Looking specifically for prices on soda, vitamin water, bottled water, and caffe lattes with soy or almond milk upcharges. I tried to search and only found menus for alcohol. Thank you in advance!
  21. Oh you'd be surprised, that was my 10 year old's favorite dinner on our trip on the NS last spring break. He still talks about the duck he ordered. Next sailing you for sure need to try it out! We also really enjoyed the NS with our child and he loved the food, ambiance, and enjoyed the few visits to Club HAL he had. Glad you had such a great time.
  22. Thanks. I let him know and he's fine with it. He was interested in that time tour because then we can do other things during the day and he can still go there too. Yeah, I live in Southern Ca and am in denial of daylight savings time coming soon because I absolutely HATE the springtime one. You end up jetlagged and tired for weeks!!!
  23. Ok thanks for the info. I’m not really interested in Alcatraz myself, but my husband is the one who wants to see it. Not sure when daylight savings time is this year, but I’m guessing by 6 it’ll be near sunset.
  24. We are going to be in SF for one day in April on a Pacific Coastal Cruise. We will be in port til 11pm. My husband was looking at booking a nighttime Alcatraz tour 5:45-7:45ish on his own, not through HAL excursions. Im concerned about getting back to the ship on time. Are there typically issues with the ferries that go to Alcatraz getting back on time or are they pretty good? I’ve booked 1/2 my tours w ships & 1/2 on my own in the past, but dealing with ferries makes me a bit more nervous re: problems.
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