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  1. Thank you. D Day still boggles my mind. I had extended family there, family who made it, and eventually came home. But it still makes me cry. When I sailed through the Dardanelles and heard the story related over the PA about Gallipoli I understood their tears too. m--
  2. Yes, wow! I hadn't heard that crew kept aboard were not continuing to get paid their usual wage but that makes sense without Hotel Service Charges to pay for them, and I understand that a cruise line can only do so much and can't extend contracts at normal pay when they aren't bringing in revenue. The many people at home who have lost their jobs and pay might have the ability to find other options for work, or apply for unemployment; crew on board can't do that. Many people have lost loved ones who died alone from COVID plus from all the "normal" causes of dying but couldn't have
  3. Not planning to cruise, and might not feel comfortable for years. Vaccines are hoped for but not a sure bet. Season flu has vaccine that is modified every year but not anywhere near a guarantee against getting the flu. In the US, flu season takes 12,000 - 60,000 people's lives, and that is with flu vaccines widely available. Now the US is in the 100,000 deaths range after only about 8 weeks, and climbing, with our [US] overall rate of climb not changing significantly yet. Many types of viral infections do not have vaccines - Hepatitis C and HIV for example, but tr
  4. We have had "service calls" at Ensenada Mexico on our round trips to Hawaii from San Diego. No one got off the ship. Seemed like that made it legal. But I think there was at least a pilot who got on and off the ship, so it's not entirely without potential exposure. m--
  5. Oh we are so in need of real haircuts!! We have clipped each other's but that is only a stop-gap measure! m--
  6. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed the look back. I didn't realize they had 3 classes for passengers: First; cabin and tourist. And I didn't know passengers were able to bring their automobiles too, interesting! m--
  7. More miracles! Thank you for posting. Maureen
  8. Thank you for this breakdown John. My research says that Amsterdam has a crew of approximately 600. I would think that at least half are Indonesians. With 172 having departed, that leaves over a hundred to stay aboard to keep the ship working. And maybe a smaller number of Filipino crew will stay aboard too? That's still a LOT of people to keep the ship operational. Multiply that by the number of ships HAL has running around the globe and we can see that it will be awhile before HAL can get them parked with further reduced skeletal crews to catch a financial breath and slow down the payr
  9. That makes more sense. Thank you! m--
  10. Capt Mercer's blog said they were able to disembark 172 crew in Jakarta. I would have thought the number to be much higher. Were some of the crew able to get off in Freemantle? I didn't think so..... Or are many of the Indonesian crew remaining aboard? I'm confused. Maybe someone can help me make sense of this number. But I"m very happy for those 172 who are on their way home! And hopefully Capt Mercer and his wife are also one step closer to home too. What a trooper plowing through this seemingly endless ordeal instead of celebrating his retirement. Blessings of fortitude
  11. We booked once on a non-refundable FLASH fare, but really it was a re-fare situation that we upgraded into about 2 or 3 weeks out from sail date. We were deep into the penalty period anyway, so we figured, why not! I still think if HAL cancels a cruise the non-refundable fare should still be refunded, or at the very least one would get a credit. Otherwise isn't that fraud? But the fine print may say differently, a lesson for the future. m--
  12. Depends on what is important to you. To me, a lot depends on the kind of room I'd be looking for. Noordam has larger cabins, especially nicer insides and OVs with full size couches in most, at least love seats which are in the OVs on lower promenade deck. If you want to factor is entertainment, Nieuw Amsterdam has the newer set up for Lincoln Center Stage, BB King Allstars and Billboard. Not sure how Noordam is set up for music now, but if that interests you, ask and others will chime in. Dining? NA has Tamarind. Outside decks - both have full promenade dec
  13. To the happy crew with a giant step forward on their journey home, and to Capt Mercer and those still on Amsterdam awaiting their next steps - Godspeed! m--
  14. The title of this thread indicates that HAL and Seaborn are loosing cruisers.... I'd like to know where those cruisers are going. No one is cruising. The cruise lines are cash deficient. The cruise lines would love to be able to keep their clients happy but they don't have the cash to make the refunds. CCL might be able to keep some of their company operational if the cash they raised by selling junk bonds can cover their expenses first, and then their liabilities (refunds). But they need the confidence of cruisers to continue sending them deposits and payments on
  15. "I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a Hamburger today!" Wisdom we learned from Popeye's character, Wimpy, way back when, still applies today. And yes, the NCL news today is disheartening, but CCL may make it, they got out front early with selling junk bonds to raise cash. If enough people believe and put up cash CCL will have a chance. Otherwise it will be a very long reorganization of the cruise lines, probably too long for us. Right now we are grateful to be healthy and safe. The pandemic reminds me that there are no guarantees in life, ever. Enjoy the joys of today.
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