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  1. Westy had a drydock 04 January 2020 – 15 January 2020
  2. Cruisemom, I am also increasingly doubtful, and my enthusiasm has definitely waned to the point of being almost non-existent. Carol
  3. There are only a few 100 still on the ship. Most have already gone on their journey onwards to home. HAL has an update on their blog. Carol
  4. I doubt very much Japan wants another occurrence of the DP incident. In addition, CCL via HAL do not want a repeat of DP predicament, And it does not take much, one person testing positive for Covid-19, to cause a ship to be quarantined. HAL would be smart to get out of the region now. Cut their losses, but avoid further controversy and problems. Our April 11 sailing is r/t Yokohama with a Russian port, Practically all the SE Asian ports are now closing their doors to cruise-ships, I believe Vietnam being the most recent. Carol
  5. Celebrity is brining the Millennium back to North America and will be sailing some shorter west coast cruises, California, Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver. They have cancelled their Asia sailings for the rest of this season. Celebrity may also be starting the Alaska season with Millennium slightly earlier than originally planned. Carol
  6. totally in agreement with your assessment, Now it is up to HAL to make a decision, and we pretty much all know what that decision SHOULD be. Hope the almighty dollar does not win out over common sense. Carol
  7. I googled a few key words, and there seems to be some reporting https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-malaysia/american-from-cruise-ship-docked-in-cambodia-tests-positive-in-malaysia-for-coronavirus-idUSKBN2090IW?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FtopNews+(News+%2F+US+%2F+Top+News)
  8. apparently only 20 or so passengers were tested, those who were complaining of cold or flu-like symptoms. This I read on the roll call for April 11-25 sailing, so I am not quoting from any news agency, just what was posted.
  9. I think HAL cannot chance a situation like the Diamond Princess. Celebrity has already pulled put of Asia for this season and is scheduling California cruises, This is bad news for the Westy, as crew members now my be in incubation period, Carol
  10. my experience which I posted above was sub par was on the Maasdam.
  11. from my past experience, I will not book a Rudi’s Sel de Mer as a pop-up dinner (meaning on any non-Pinnacle class ship). The meal was sub par, and not worth the upcharge, even with 50%, 4* mariner discount. JMO Carol
  12. We have just come back last week from 2 weeks in Thailand. We spent 3+ 1/2 weeks in Cambodia and Vietnam in Feb 2011. When I mentioned this to a Thailand tour leader, he said, Wow! Both countries have changed so much since that time. So I agree with above post that the sooner you visit, the more you will experience of authentic Cambodia. Our experience in both those countries was amazing, probably one of our favorite trips ever. The Cambodians are such humble, gracious and quiet people, and the stories you hear of what their relatives and parents endured through the Khmer Rouge years is heartbreaking, We spent a few days in Phnom Penh, and visited the killing fields and the prison. We recently took a boat ride along the Golden Triangle while in Thailand and most of that area is starting to expand with Chinese hotels and casinos.. Nothing like along the Mekong river further down, where you can still experience and see rural life and fishing villages. Carol
  13. posted on Celebrity cruise critic , their recent sailing was cut short, with a lot of missed ports. link to letter posted on Celebrity board regarding rest of spring season cancellation in Asia POST #409 on page 17
  14. try this link, it seems to be updated before the other link https://www.hollandamerica.com/blog/ships/ms-westerdam/statement-regarding-westerdam-in-japan/?source=122648
  15. Funnily enough, since I have had 4-5 couples notify me they cancelled the cruise (as I am organizing private excursions) I thought there would be vacancies - so I believe you may be correct in your assumption the6 may be cancelling soon. HAL probably does not want anyone to jump in now, and then after they would get cancellation credits if and when HAL decides to pull out of Asia, I also saw availability mid January, before this all started up, in some cabin categories. We shall see, but there is big panic in Asia regarding the possible spread of Corona virus with visiting ships. Personally, I should think HAL does not want to get into the Diamond Princess situation - bad enough the Westerdam is a ship without a country - but with an outbreak or possible quarantine of passengers - even worse scenario. Carol
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