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    Holland America / Celebrity
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    Earth (at least until we can cruise elsewhere!)

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  1. We are not "Booked" but are hoping to board on 10-24-20 for the b2b to FLL. Thanks to the Inside Cabin for starting this more positive thread... Had three canceled so far as this was to be my first retirement year (postponed that too as we can't travel!). Maybe we are crazy but we and traveling friends are thinking the Caribbean may be the first to open up, so we are hoping for a Celebrity Equinox cruise in September. Then the Volendam Oct-Nov. We are booked (booked in May of 19) for the holiday Antarctica sailing on Westerdam. Sure hope that happens. We are also booked on Celebrity Summit for next May - 10 days including three in Bermuda (rescheduled from June 2020). Hoping to take the Rotterdam to Greenland August 29 of '21.
  2. The OP said they had a non-refundable deposit. In that case I would wait to cancel. Chances are in the next few months HAL will extend their cancelation program so that at least the deposit will be turned into an FCC. Cancel it now and that is lost! But of course, don't make that final payment.
  3. Nieuw Amsterdam is currently anchored in the Bahamas. I doubt it will cross to Europe this year barring a dramatic change in the situation. If you booked through a T/A you might want to contact them. I was able to update my December booking this week quite promptly and I know they needed to 'talk' to someone at HAL to get that done. Perhaps the T/A can obtain an extension to use your 'expiring' FCC? Hope this helps!
  4. OP: Everyone needs to make their own decision. You may want to not make final payment on the cruise, and just adopt a wait and see... I assume you bought the air separately and not thru flight-ease. If things get much better, and ships are sailing, chances are excellent you would be able to rebook at a lower fare. If things don't get better, the airline may cancel the flight allowing you to get a refund. Or at least, you may be able to cancel your flight closer to the date and get a voucher for future (2021) travel. Or of course, your other thought for a land trip from Seattle merits consideration. Lots to see from there - Olympic and Mt. Rainer national parks, the islands, take a ferry to Victoria... Good luck to you and all of us. May the summer sunshine at least slow down the virus so we can enjoy our summer!
  5. We were also to board Rotterdam today. This really hit me yesterday morning when instead of flying Southwest to FLL we were doing "Palm Sunday" via cyber-church. Been planning this one for nine months. Had 13 weeks of trips planned this year. Will any of them happen?
  6. Hi Ken & Phyllis! I assume deposit means final payment... If so, if I were you, I would cancel and get your deposit back. You can continue to plan for the cruise (but not make any deposits or non-cancelable plans) and if things go extremely well and the ship is actually sailing by July, you can always rebook (at what will likely be a lower cost). Being over 70 and not knowing what the future holds with that crazy letter, you don't want to pay only to end up with FCC that you may never be able to use! Hope this helps!
  7. Father, the RCL group of cruise companies have canceled all Alaska cruises before July 1. Suspect all others will follow. Will July happen? Only the Lord really knows!
  8. I agree with gwenmarie. Figure the cruise is not going to happen but don't cancel. Wait for HAL to cancel (as they surely will - no chance things are cleared up by then!) and you will have more options.
  9. Hi Jacqui! Regretfully we have had to cancel our April 6 cruise on Rotterdam. Thanks for all you do! Arie & Cheryl
  10. We have two cruises coming up: April 6 on Rotterdam "TO" Rotterdam. June 6 on Celebrity Summit. We FULLY intend to sail on these, and both are paid in full. But one never knows what will happen... So as of right now, if we wanted to, we can cancel the Summit sailing and get everything back in a FCC with Celebrity. But if we wanted to cancel the Rotterdam we are out of luck. Sure makes HAL look bad... Agree with comments above about them being followers and not leaders.
  11. ABSOLUTELY! We do still try to be on board early, but mostly because we need to meet with the dining room host about DW's special dietary needs. We often cruise with friends (who we have met on cruises) and as we dine together we do usually enjoy the dining room. Enjoy cruising!
  12. Glad this worked for you. While we don't often take ship's excursions we have booked them in advance using OBC with both Azamara and Celebrity. Absolutely seamless as Caribbean Chris reports above. We also booked two Celebrity tours that we would NOT have booked through the ship except for the ability to book in advance using OBC. Making it easy and painless is a great way to boost revenue!
  13. We have been planning six+ weeks on the Noordam next year March-May (B2B2B) from Yokohama eventually sailing back to Vancouver. The way Japan is treating the passengers on Princess (half of whom are Japanese, I read) is appalling. There are other places to travel. Haven't booked this trip yet and am much less likely to do so. While some say the virus will have run it's course by summer - the Olympics are to be based in Tokyo this year. If Japan can't treat 3,000 cruises with empathy, how are they going to handle the Olympics? Speculation on the Westy? I would guess HAL will move it to the West Coast prior to it's scheduled Alaska season. We are booked on Westy for Antarctica over the holidays. May be some really low priced west coast / Mexico cruises coming soon.
  14. Thank you all for the good wishes! We are excited and it is a relief in many ways. Looking forward to not having the alarm clock go off at 5:10 every weekday morning! Lois, so happy everything is working out for you! All those still planning - hang in there and save as much as you can while still working. Measure your savings in "Cruises!"
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