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About Despegue

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    Belgium, Europe
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    Maritime world, aviation, history
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  1. Nope, the person who has the pet onboard has made this clear in the reservation and has often payed an extra fee. If someone is allergic to anything onboard, then he/she will be accommodated as good as practically possible, but if the allergy is so severe, then unfortunately that passenger will not be able to board and alternative solutions will be found. it is obviously different when such passenger has made a special request when booking.
  2. The dog is no doubt cleaner than some passengers. I have absolutely no problem with a clean, supervised and well behaved pet in any restaurant. and cats are part of the charm in Greece and Cyprus, the animals do nothing wrong And we feed them every time from our plates.
  3. Thank you all for the kind words and advice! let’s hope to find ourselves together onboard a Dam ship soon 👍😀🥳 ps. Doesn’t HAL give the child free life-long sailings if conceived onboard? 🤪🙃🤣
  4. Anyone able to tell their experience in bringing a baby/infant onboard HAL? We are finally expecting an addition to our family ( Miracles do happen) and would like to continue cruising preferably with HAL. thanks! Despegue
  5. Slightly off topic but here it goes... What is the tradition on HAL to say Godspeed to a Retiring Captain? is there a ceremony , does he/she get to choose the vessel or part of the crew for the last voyage? In my airline, we get to choose our crew and destination, the family is traditionally joining onboard , after the final landing, we get the fire department water-salute and then Management offers a watch made in Switzerland... Often, retiring Captains ( or other Officers) have some problems adapting to a life on ground, and especially the partner has it sometimes the hardest, having to deal with hubby being there all the time 😂.
  6. A couple of additional remarks on things that sometimes cause confusion: Non-alcoholic drinks are UNLIMITED. I will say this another way to be absolutely clear on this: ONLY Alcoholic drinks are limited to 15 beverages per day. Large bottles of water (all vessels), the self-service draft beer and Coke Freestyle machines ( where installed) are NOT included. Do be aware. On disembarkation day, meaning your last morning onboard, your package will not be valid anymore. Sometimes, a friendly waiter will accept your card, but this is NOT the rule. Onboard Nieuw Statendam, Rijndam and Koningsdam, Milkshakes are NOT included as they are made with gelato at a designated surcharge gelato parlour. A friendly waiter MIGHT find a way around this ( I can not give further details) but that is not the rule.
  7. Sorry, but 800 US$ for some quite standard vaccinations is just robbery. Why on Earth would anyone pay such a ridiculous price?! Take a flight to Brussels, see Belgium, visit Amazing Antwerp and get an appointment at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in the centre. You will be off cheaper 🙄 note that Yellow Fever vaccination is now valid for the rest of your life .
  8. How many Gala Nights do you have? the surf and turf is on the LAST Gala night, NOT necessarily on the second one if you have more than 2 galas.
  9. Most of the wines by the glass are actually fine. Especially the Remole white is a good choice.
  10. Comparing the Berlin wall with this small protest is not only extremely ignorant, but also insulting to those affected by the years of East German oppression.
  11. Once again the FACTS: Signature Package: ANY drink of 11$ Or less except large bottles of water is included. ( no self service tap beer and freestyle machines) UNLIMITED NON-alcoholic drinks. 15 ALCOHOLIC drinks. valid on ALL vessels. full stop.
  12. Better check the definition of kidnapping before making such comments.
  13. On our recent 12 day Koningsdam cruise, the only time that the MDR was open for lunch was on embarkation. Even on the 2 sea days, it was closed, one day because of the Mariner’s Luncheon. But do not fear, the Lido Market is excellent.
  14. The protesters were peaceful and without violence. we are a civilised area in Europe, where police DO NOT shoot people at first sight, like in some other countries. Passengers nor crew were at risk, no damage was done to the vessel. I do not agree with how the protesters handled this, as passengers should never be victim, but do NOT start spreading fake news, as you start to resemble Fox News. the protest did NOT warrant a one-sided increase to Marsec 2 by the Master while Kiel remained Marsec 1 .Know your protocols before critisizing.
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