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About fatcat04

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    Nashville, TN
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    reading, gardening, cooking, travel
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    Holland America

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  1. Something that probably has been mentioned in the 52 pages but bears repeating: Logic dictates not everyone that is ill on those ships will require a hospital bed with 24/7 nursing, much less an ICU bed or a ventilator. 90+% of the people who get it end up in home quarantine. Heck, on Diamond Princess 70+% of the folks didn't even get it and the folks dealing with that were in new territory. Our cousin has been confirmed as having COVID-19. He is home in quarantine. He actually has symptoms unlike most people who have it. It's unpleasant (like the flu) but in a couple weeks should this progress the way the doctors are thinking, he will be fine.
  2. I read about the "Have It All" promo here CC (thanks guys!!) and just asked my PCC if it applied to either of our booked cruises. I have yet to see it on HAL's website though. https://boards.cruisecritic.com.au/topic/2738921-next-hal-promo-to-be-called-have-it-all/
  3. This is what our PCC said about our FCC too. She said we will get an email when the credit is applied to our Mariner account.
  4. Thank you Sail. We had been booked on NA for this past week (Western Caribbean 7 day) but cancelled earlier this month when they made penalty free cancellations available due to it being a 3 generation cruise and our moms were at risk. In the end, the cruise was obviously cancelled but we are happy we cancelled when we did as the stress and worry was just too much. We rebooked at that time for the same itinerary only on Zuiderdam for the week of New Years. Since making the Zuiderdam booking HAL released a promo that made that cruise even better so I emailed our PCC and she switched us to the promo. We also found the promo enhanced our March 2021 11 day on NS as well for only a small fare increase.
  5. Us too. Bittersweet to see her today. But oh it is nice to see cruise ships in port again even if only for supplies.
  6. We just rebooked our "rebooked" cruise with the present promo and got SBP, grats, and 2 specialty dinners for everyone with no change in fare (note I did not say "free", TANSTAAFL). I estimate it is a $500 benefit per adult and a $300 per kid. We also rebooked our March 2021 under the same promo and estimate a $1000+ total benefit for our family. As always I will monitor the fares and make changes down the road if it is a good move but the monitoring and rebooking fares game is pretty standard operating procedure for most of us.
  7. Fantastic!! So happy they are safe at home. And thank you for updating us. 🥰
  8. WaPo paywalled that article for me. This may be the same article: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/a-cruise-ship-is-still-trying-to-get-passengers-to-port-now-42-people-onboard-are-sick/ar-BB11ylyX
  9. For @Copper10-8 Oh, I believe there are Angels Among Us, Sent down to us from somewhere up above. They come to you and me in our darkest hours To show us how to live To teach us how to give To guide us with a light of love. They wear so many faces, Show up in the strangest places And grace us with their mercies in our time of need. Sir, you are a treasure.
  10. Westerdam at Grand Turk 2009, dh calls this my travel brochure picture. 🤣 Next is Maasdam in Quebec City in 2011 3rd is Nieuw Amsterdam in St. Croix in 2020
  11. Just fyi.. I just saw this posted on Holland America's FB page with a video of tonight's whistle from NA. Pretty wonderful. I hope they post one everyday from a different ship. I'll be watching. Each night at 7:30 pm ET, all of the ships from all of the cruise lines anchored around Grand Bahama Island — including Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Veendam, Volendam and Zuiderdam — are sounding their horns at the same time in solidarity, letting the world know that we are strong, safe and healthy onboard, and we are thinking of everyone and hoping for the same for the global community. #HopeFloats #CruiseStrong
  12. It would be interesting to see pictures of these cruise ship archipelagos. Dh has been checking them out on marinetraffic.
  13. I told dh that since an antimalarial drug based on quinine is showing promise maybe Gin and Tonics are in order 😁
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