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  1. I know many of us will feel sadness at the death of Sirio Maccioni. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-20/sirio-maccioni-restaurant-ringmaster-at-le-cirque-dies-at-88 It was a highlight a few years back when he and his wife were on board our sailing. They did a couple of cooking demos to our delight and were such a joy. I have fond memories of them from that sailing. He will be missed.
  2. thyme2go, What email address is this from? As others have said, be very careful with your information. Even a phone number in the email could be suspect. Thanks for sharing with us! Hope everything gets sorted for you swiftly.
  3. I would imagine HAL will reimburse you for those fees. If you used a credit card to book the FF awards, you may also be able to file a claim with your card’s insurance. Some (especially my FF-associated cards) have coverage for change fees on award travel.
  4. Thank you, Ray and Sara, for taking the time to share these firsthand details of your ordeal. When we would hear news reports, we would wonder how things were for the passengers. I pray those issues with HAL / reimbursements get straightened out. Glad you are home!
  5. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us, Ray and Sara! Many prayers were said on your behalf and we are glad you are home! I would absolutely contact HAL about your EVA flight. Things were so hectic, I'm sure they are aware that things like this were happening, but they need to be notified in order for your case to be considered. Is your Travel Agent able to handle these types of requests for you? I, too, am curious about why your third segment is being handled differently; perhaps it is on account of the date that is still in the future. I wish you all the best and hope things get worked out speedily and accurately for you!
  6. Here’s a story that has some information: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/03/02/diamond-princess-evacuees-to-start-separate-quarantine-on-sebaru-island.html Here’s a quote: “Sebaru island is currently housing 188 Indonesian crewmen who were evacuated from the World Dream cruise ship in Hong Kong and arrived on Friday afternoon to start their 14-day quarantine period. Muhadjir said that the Diamond Princess evacuees would be placed in a different "quarantine block" and kept separate from the World Dream evacuees...”
  7. Some very good news! From https://www.jpost.com/HEALTH-SCIENCE/Israeli-scientists-In-three-weeks-we-will-have-coronavirus-vaccine-619101 "...If all goes as planned, the vaccine could be ready within three weeks and available in 90 days...." The article is very insightful and worth a read!
  8. For those who were aboard the Westerdam, could you confirm the deails from this article? https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/24/health/coronavirus-westerdam-cdc.html “...Tests of nearly 1,500 passengers, mostly conducted by Cambodian health officials, had turned up no other infections, the agency (CDC) said, and therefore the passengers are at little to no risk of carrying the virus. The Westerdam carried about 2,000 passengers, however, and those who left Cambodia first were never tested for the coronavirus....” Is that correct information? Thanks! I found this statement interesting: “I’m thinking they must have some information from the testing laboratory in Malaysia that would give the C.D.C. confidence in saying yes, that was a false-positive result,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University. “Obviously, if it was a true positive, you would keep all those people in self-monitoring.” Also “The irresponsibility of some foreigners on the health test of Westerdam passengers makes Cambodia the victim of its humanitarian work,” (Cambodian PM) Mr. Hun Sen said in a Facebook post on Saturday. “If I were the Malaysian P.M., I would remove the health minister for being neglectful and irresponsible.” Again, welcome home to the passengers! So glad you are alright!
  9. I thought this article was insightful regarding the Westerdam and the aftermath of the one initially positive test result: https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/02/22/coronavirus-cruise-ships-westerdam-passengers-lives-still-affected/4841819002/
  10. Thank you so much for your response and for sharing your experience, AllureOfVacation! It sounds like you have a wonderful attitude and made the best of your time aboard the Westerdam. I have fond memories of my time aboard the ship. Thankful you and the others are alright and home safe! All the Best!
  11. Welcome home to the returning Westerdam passengers! I know you must be glad to be home after such an ordeal. Thank you to those who have chimed in with your first-hand reports. Many prayers were said on your behalf. I wanted to ask about testing, as there are conflicting accounts of how passengers were tested. Could someone who was aboard the Westerdam share your experience of how passengers were tested? Were all tested, or only those symptomatic? Was it while onboard? How long was the wait between testing and results? I was so glad to hear the one initial positive case is now considered by the CDC to have never had the virus. Thanks and Welcome Home!
  12. Back in June aboard the Nieuw Statendam, during one of the demos for America’s Test Kitchen, they didn’t distribute recipe cards and also said it was because they were trying out “saving paper”. That didn’t sit well with the packed house who had come for ATK, in light of all the other paper ads being delivered to our staterooms.
  13. I don’t like hearing that. When I was aboard her last summer, I asked at the Front Office and they had the NYT and daily puzzle sent to my stateroom each day. Perhaps if enough of us do what you did and make a comment about it, they might listen and bring it back.
  14. I’m so glad it wasn’t the coronavirus. This article mentions that 1,143 of the passengers were set to disembark at Civitavecchia. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/possible-coronavirus-case-cruise-ship-6-000-passengers-docked-italy-n1126471
  15. Yes, Nationwide has 3 plans for cruisers. I have purchased from insuremytrip and have been quite pleased. They kicked in full coverage when the airline didn’t pay all of our hotel and taxi fare after our flights were cancelled post-cruise. https://travel.nationwide.com/plans/cruise
  16. This article also gives some details of their itinerary thus far. The couple boarded January 25 in Savona and the ship has called at Marseille, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/01/30/6000-passengers-trapped-cruise-ship-italy-feared-coronavirus/
  17. Prayers for all involved. From what I understand, the Smeralda does 7 day Mediterranean cruises, with the same itinerary back-to-back-to-back. There are 4 opportunities to embark/disembark during those 7 days (Savona, Marseille, Barcelona and Civitaveccia), so not all passengers arrive or depart from the same port. I would imagine a great number of passengers were planning to disembark in Civitavecchia, as well as joining the cruise from there. Praying that it’s not the virus.
  18. Prayers for all involved. From what I understand, the Smeralda does 7 day Mediterranean cruises, with the same itinerary back-to-back-to-back. There are 4 opportunities to embark/disembark during those 7 days (Savona, Marseille, Barcelona and Civitaveccia), so not all passengers arrive or depart from the same port. I would imagine a great number of passengers were planning to disembark in Civitavecchia, as well as joining the cruise from there. Praying that it’s not the virus.
  19. This is encouraging news. On our last Cruise Survey, I made sure to include a comment about missing the chilled soups, and remember an older Thread where others are doing the same. I used to enjoy them so much. Happy Sailing!
  20. We have never purchased any photos on board. After the embarkation photo, during subsequent requests, we would normally politely say “not today, thanks” and be on our way. A few years back, we had a more persistent team so we decided to have a little fun with it. We started making goofy faces and silly expressions. The mascot wasn’t always aware they had “bunny ears”, and the photographer would be in on the joke. We ended up being friendly with the team and it gave them a laugh in their day. It gave us lots of laughs, too, as it was always hilarious to see the pictures in the Gallery that night alongside the more serious ones (before the digital format). Happy Sailing!
  21. I attended ATK aboard the Nieuw Statendam this June. It was VERY well attended. For whatever reason, they were scheduled at times that conflicted with other major events, so I rarely got to attend them in their entirety, although I did enjoy them and found them entertaining. I did miss the samples, I used to look forward to that. On a couple of demos, they were tapering down the recipe cards and told us to go online to get them. Here is a website where you can find the recipes given during the demos: https://www.americastestkitchen.com/guides/america-s-test-kitchen-onboard-holland-america-line Happy Sailing!
  22. Germancruiser, Thanks for sharing your experience. What time did you arrive for Embarkation? Thanks!
  23. Here's more about the Orange Party from a recent Thread:
  24. This Thread made me think of one from last year. Several posters reported their flights getting cancelled just by browsing for better prices. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2551853-flight-ease-concern/ Seems like there was another Thread or two on this topic, but I couldn't find them. Hopefully, whatever glitch there was has been fixed, but just wanted to pass that along.
  25. Be sure to either get the rate in advance or have them use the meter. We used Sourdough on one occasion and they charged us $35 for a 4 mile, 6-8 minute ride!!! 😀 They were very friendly, but we felt that was steep. Lesson learned. Yellow Cab was up front with us with our rates and we were pleased with them.
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