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  1. We were scheduled for Alaskan Explorer cruise on June 26th that was canceled. We re booked for the same cruise on July 23rd. So far we are a go, but they could still cancel. I think the state of Alaska is still requiring a negative test taken within 72 hrs prior to flight departure. That could be a problem as our tests have to be sent from Western Colorado to Denver across the mountain. That adds another day to the time it takes to get results back. And the test is only done Monday - Friday, we fly from Grand Junction on Tuesday morning. To get the swab done on Friday would be over the 72 hrs. To get it done on Monday might mean we would not get results back before arriving in Juneau, Alaska. We will spend one night in Seattle as we change airlines there. And one night in hotel in Juneau prior to the cruise. Hoping we will get results back while in Seattle.
  2. This morning we received an email from American Cruise Lines that our Alaska cruise is suspended. They are giving us 125% in future cruise credit. We are in the process of booking this same cruise departing on July 23, 2020, in a higher category. I have canceled our 2 hotel nights and flights with 2 different airlines. I am waiting until new cruise is booked to contact INS to get it switched to the new dates.
  3. BaumD Thank you for your link. I printed it up to take with us. Joyce
  4. I phoned our local County Health Dept. and things look much brighter that we will be able to go on our cruise. They are doing the tests Mon. - Fri., 9am - noon. No Dr. order required, doesn't matter if no symptoms, and the test is free. That local hospital said $372 per test. The tests are sent to the State Lab in Denver. Anyway they said test results within 24 - 72 hrs and usually 24 - 48 hrs. We do need to set up an appointment but to just phone them a day or two before we want to take the test. Ya!!! Only possible issue is that they phone the results to you and then we will need to request results via email so as to have printed proof.
  5. We received email from ACL sent on 6/4/2020 at 5:45pm informing us about the required test with a link to click on to https://covid19.alaska.gov/travelers/ for further info. Went to a form: STATE OF ALASKA Department of Health & Social Services TRAVEL DECLARATION FORM MANDATORY DECLARATION FORM FOR INTERSTATE TRAVELERS
  6. The PVR Covid-19 test must be done within 72 hrs (3 days) of departure. My DH and myself are scheduled to go on the June 26th sailing round-trip Juneau and the cruise is a go. We are excited to go and will pay cash if need be to get the test. My Dr. already sent the order to a local hospital lab for me to have the test done. So I decided to phone the lab today and ask some questions. It seems they send the test out and it takes 3 - 5 business days to get the results - so now we are past getting the results back to meet the 72 hr time frame. We would need to take the test 7 days prior to arrival in Alaska to be sure and get results back. On Monday I will phone our County Health Dept. and a larger local Hospital Lab to see if they say the same thing about the turn around time. I might also phone the State of Alaska to explain the time issue and to see if there is anyway we could take the test 7 days prior to arrival in Alaska. Our county here in Western Colorado has only had 61 positive Covid-19 cases, zero deaths, and no current hospitalizations. We do still wear masks when going shopping and wash our hand. We want to go on our cruise but sadly might have to cancel.
  7. We received a phone call from American Cruise Lines about a week ago that our cruise is to happen. Our Alaskan Explorers cruise which was to start on June 26, 2020 with a hotel stay the night prior will now start with going directly to the American Constellation from the airport. I'm not clear on if we sail on June 25th or wait in Juneau until June 26th for any passengers not arriving a day early. Which ever it is is fine with us. Just happy to be cruising again. We were on the last full HAL Rotterdam cruise just prior to it being canceled 2 days into the cruise after we debarked. My NCL round-trip Rome, Italy cruise with my daughter and granddaughter for June 7th was canceled.
  8. The previous post about ADC and Liveaboard confuses me. Does this have anything to do with American Cruise Line?
  9. We are booked on the American Constellation on June 26th for the Alaskan Explorer Cruise. Have not heard anything from ACL but we are hoping it is a go. Our NCL round-trip cruise from Rome for June 7th was canceled.
  10. Has anyone had a cruise that was booked onboard (with discount and also taxes and fees waived) canceled by American Cruise Lines? Did you rebook a cruise with them and if so did they offer any discounts such as when booking onboard? We have an Alaskan Explorer cruise coming up on June 26th and really hoping it will happen as we do not need to go to any Canadian ports.
  11. We returned home from a Holland America Cruise yesterday and are self-quaranting. No one ill onboard and very little coughing on ship or in airports. We have no symptoms but do not wish to pass it on in case we were exposed. As we are retired and have a stock of everything it will be easy for us to do.
  12. Glad I no longer have "Hot Flashes" as mine were not flashes but red hot skin that would last hours at a time. I walked around with a washcloth with ice cubes trying to cool down. It felt like I could shoot flames from my hands and feet. I had an elevated temperature during these episodes and no I was not ill. I am sure there are other women out there that have similar type "Hot Flashes". Sad that they might be denied boarding when it is a hormonal thing and not illness.
  13. On our last HAL cruise my DH & I used our $30 internet credits to each purchase one 24 hr package. We only need to check email or websites occasionally and since they will not let you use both $30 internet credit towards one package for a discount of $60 this was the best way for us to take advantage of this perk. Kinda wish they still had the per minute packages. Also, since we are 5* we get unlimited laundry - but for several years now we have always gotten a Neptune Suite which comes with unlimited laundry. They really need a substitute perks for those who have double the same perk - or allow it to be given to family or friends who are not 5* nor traveling in a Suite. I like the aprons from the cooking class - give them to family/friends for Christmas.
  14. Is the Getaway round trip Rome on 6/7/20 for 11 nts. on the list? Thanks for the info.
  15. We are booked on the Rotterdam for back to back Panama Canal cruises in February 2020. Have not received any word about a ship change. Rotterdam still showing on HAL's booking website. The Statendam was sold a few years ago and is no longer a HAL ship.
  16. You wrote that you are bringing your own wine. I may have missed it, but you are allowed 1 standard blt. of wine per adult and this is to be drank in you cabin/suite. Any wine over that, or if you wish to take a room btl. of wine to a dining room, you will be charge a "corkage fee" of I believe $18 per btl. This is charged against your OBC. In the port before boarding the ship there will be a table where you show your wine and they issue you a sticker for each bottle and write you a receipt for the charge.
  17. We have had some Neptune Suites where the desk area was on the wall with the sofa just past the angled counter with the plant. We have been in a Neptune Suite on Maasdam 3 times but I cannot remember if it was this ship or a different one.
  18. We are in a Neptune Suite on upcoming cruise. Currently scheduled for main seating which we choose prior to "Club Orange". Do we need to change to anytime seating in order to be able to go to Club Orange? We will be on the Rotterdam in Feb. if that makes any difference. Thanks for the information.
  19. No, America Cruise Lines does not have any ships that cruise the Great Lakes. There is a cruise line called Pearl Seas Cruises that is owned by the same company which currently has 1 ship, Pearl Mist. We were able to book a Great Lakes & Georgian Bay cruise with them while onboard America. We received the same 15% discount and port fees & taxes are waved the same as the America Cruise Lines Alaska cruise that we book while onboard. They do not share the same rewards program (wish they did) so will not have all complimentary tours on the Great Lakes cruise.
  20. Yes, they provide distilled water free of charge. We have only been on Queen of the Mississippi, American Spirit, and America. There was an outlet beside the bed down low towards the floor on America. I do not recall where the outlet was located on the two other ships/boats. We always carry a short extension cord so that I can also charge my cell at night and have it close to check time and turn off alarm in the morning.
  21. We very much enjoyed Christine on our March 2019 Hawaii/Tahiti cruise. 1st time we have had a CD that actually talked with the common folk and shared some of her and her family's lives. We and our traveling companions all had a lot in common with her. Would love to cruise with her again. A lot of cruises, unless you go to the Show room when they are introduced, you don't even know who the CD is. She is a much more relaxed, down to earth person and always out and about talking with people, checking to see if all is going well, or asking what can we improve upon.
  22. Just waiting until it's time for our 15nt. Grand Heartland cruise on America, August 24, 2019. This will be our 4th on this line. We have done other USA river cruises on other lines. And lots of ocean cruises. We are hoping we can book and get a discount for booking onboard, a Pearl Seas cruise to Great Lakes.
  23. Has anyone booked a cruise on PEARL SEAS CRUISES while on board an AMERICAN CRUISE LINES cruise and have you gotten a discount? Thanks in advance for the information.
  24. As of 2/2018 no stevia. Have been on NCL & Princess since then and no stevia. I always bring my own as I prefer my "green" sweetener. All lines seem to have white, pink, yellow, and blue sweeteners. Most have brown (raw sugar) and packets of honey.
  25. My DH and I have been on the Queen of the Mississippi 2 times. We are booked perhaps on the same cruise as you. America on 8/24/2019. Most food is quite good. You will be given a menu card at breakfast to choose what you wish to eat for lunch and dinner on that day. You will have a choice of 1/2 entre if you wish to eat less (and not feel so guilty for having dessert). If you change your mind later or cannot remember it's not a problem, they are just wanting an estimate of how much of each item to prepare so as not to waste to much food. I try to remember to take my cell to breakfast and take a pic of our menu cards after filling them out. Lunch and dinner both have beer and wine offered and sometimes people request a mixed drink or after dinner liqueur. This is at no additional charge. There is an hour long happy hour just prior to dinner at which is no additional cost. If you want something that they do not have, they will probably have it after the next port. They will have talks about the area you are visiting. There will be entertainment each evening, usually 1 - 4 people. Sometimes games in the afternoon with prizes (no additional charge). There will be at least 1 tour in each port that is included and sometimes 1 or more that has an upcharge.
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