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    NCL, Hurtigruten
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    Southern Caribbean, Norway, Mediterranean

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  1. We are so sorry to hear that. I did read in another source that the 33 infected were from the Philippines. Bottom line: the air travel is the hot spot. You can be tested negative, produce doctor's letter and be healthy within 72 hours before you travel but can still get infected while travelling to the ship. Very few flights coming to Bermuda - about 1/4 normal and planes have been less than 1/2 full. Bermuda had been virus free for 3 weeks until the airport reopened to commercial travel on July 1. Then there have been several positive cases - all from the air arrivals! Worst are the ones on Delta from Atlanta. The 72 hours thing do not work. Fortunately Bermuda is strict. All arrivals are tested (nose cavity swabs) on arrival, again on Day 3, 7 and 14. Unfortunately for us, we're booked on two Hurtigruten trips in December this year - they were booked back in January - before the Covid hell. We are going to have to cancel them (final payment due in Sept) anyway as we are not going to risk ourselves air travelling via the USA or UK to Norway, period (and go into quarantine before boarding the ship). We're hoping that Hurtigruten will consider refunding (or at least putting it into credit for future) the 20% non-refundable deposit that we paid.
  2. I'm so sorry to hear that. I did read in another source that the 33 infected were from the Philippines. Bottom line: the air travel is the hot spot. You can be tested negative, produce doctor's letter and be healthy within 72 hours before you travel but can still get infected while travelling to the ship. Very few flights coming to Bermuda - about 1/4 normal and planes have been less than 1/2 full. Bermuda had been virus free for 3 weeks until the airport reopened to commercial travel on July 1. Then there have been several positive cases - all from the air arrivals! Worst are the ones on Delta from Atlanta. The 72 hours thing do not work. Fortunately Bermuda is strict. All arrivals are tested (nose cavity swabs) on arrival, again on Day 3, 7 and 14. Unfortunately for us, we're booked on two Hurtigruten trips in December this year - they were booked back in January - before the Covid hell. We are going to cancel them (final payment due in Sept) anyway as we are not going to risk ourselves air travelling via the USA or UK to Norway, period. We're hoping that Hurtigruten will refund (or at least put it into credit for future) the 20% non-refundable deposit that we paid.
  3. Epic has now left Miami and is heading to Gibraltar.
  4. Just now: Spirit heading to Gibraltar, and both Bliss and Encore to Malmo Sweden! Dawn & Epic (as mentioned by @Pelican Bill) also heading to Gibraltar, and Pearl & Sun are heading to Curacao as are Sky and Gem. Middle of summer transatlantic - wish we were on one ... !! Now only 2 NCL ships remaining in USA: Jewel in LA and Pride of America in Hawaii.
  5. Anyone wonder why the 3 ships are moving east instead of down? Norwegian Sky, Gem and Seven Seas Explorer. Just checked ... Cruisemapper is saying that Sky's and Gem's destination is Curacao .... mmmm .... interesting ...
  6. Says who? We received some FCCs (credits) and FCDs (discount %s) and we need to apply them within one year to the cruises that depart up to Dec 31, 2022. I think you need to book a new cruise first and ask NCL to apply the 25% discount to it. Are you using a TA? If so, they might not be so knowledgeable.
  7. If it were us, we would wait until the cruising has resumed before booking a cruise. The reason why we have two 2022 cruises booked is we have FCCs and FCDs from one shortened and 3 cancelled cruises. Otherwise we'd wait.
  8. I can see 4 Escape cruises for Feb 2021 - I just went on NCL.com.
  9. On Bliss last year (April 2019): And also on the Encore - there is a separate cigarette smoking lounge - enclosed - on the Waterfront, and a separate Cigar Lounge. As a non-smoker I do like the smell of cigar smoking so I sometimes would go in the Cigar Lounge to take a whiff or two of the aroma.
  10. If there is a Cigar Lounge, then cigar smoking are allowed, and on some ships cigarette smoking is NOT allowed in the Cigar Lounge.
  11. Yes and yes. Either already booked or brand new booking.
  12. @julig22 I forgot to add that the passengers are retested at Days 3, 7 and 14 as well as upon arrival.
  13. Apologies for shouting at you ... 🙃 Yes, we have 2 Hurtigruten cruises booked - they were booked back in January before the covid-19 pandemic, and we are going to cancel them anyway (because we are not going to be travelling to or via either USA or UK until the vaccine is in - we're not taking any risks). The final payments are due in Sept and I'm waiting to see if Hurtigruten will offer free full refunds of the deposits paid. If they don't, then we'll bite and lose the deposits. Bermuda airport reopened last week and there have been 4 flights so far - one from Canada - no issues, but however, the 3 Delta flights from Atlanta (with only 40-50 passengers per flight) this week brought 3 positive cases!! They were tested negative before they travelled but tested positive when they landed here (nasal swabs immediately on arrival) - which meant they somehow got infected on their way to airport, in airport or on plane. Bermuda had been virus free for over 2 weeks until this week. Scary if those 3 had boarded the ship saying they tested negative the 72 hours prior but somehow got infected on their way to port.
  14. For Norwegians and Danes only !!! No others, even the Swedes. Also foreigners will need to quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival into Norway. Hurtigruten cruises WITHIN Norway - doesn't go to foreign ports. The USA is STILL a VERY VERY HOT country.
  15. Looks like it's one of the two things: 1) it many be canned, or 2) it may be changed from 5 day to 7 days. When I see on NCL.com I'm seeing an Oct 13-20 (Tues-Tues) out of NYC to FL and Bahamas .... FL is a very hot spot so I expect this cruise to be canned as well, hence option 2 to increase # days from 5 to 7 for your cruise, making the Bermuda cruises 7 days instead of 5 for October. Strange that NCL would let you book the cruise. P.S. our airport (Bermuda) reopened last week and so far the Delta flights from Atlanta this week brought 3 positive cases 😷😠 Prior to that Bermuda had been virus free for more than 2 weeks. It is very easy to become infected while travelling - in airports and on planes. The Delta flights brought only 40-50 people each time. No other flights except for once weekly Air Canada from Toronto (clean so far). British Airways starts flying in from London next - heaven forbids!! No American Airlines from either JFK or Miami until Sept.
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