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  1. Hanseatic Nature is on her way to Hamburg now. She was lucky to have her passengers and some of the crew disembark in Valparaiso before the port was closed. She met up with the Hanseatic Inspiration in Barbados and took on 50 of the Inspiration's crew to return to Hamburg. There are limited travel options within Germany. Check the blog for news. https://www.hl-cruises.de/blog/
  2. That is true. We were on a different ship, different line and heard about it in Brasil. Information changed daily.
  3. dockman, I'll cross my fingers for them and all the other passengers.
  4. Miffed is too weak an expression for their attitude. What would they say if their parents were on the Zaandam?
  5. Our expedition ship was docked behind the Insignia. We saw her passengers leave and their luggage taken out, but we didn't know it was the sudden end of a world cruise. Our own cruise also ended in Rio instead of Belem and Iquitos. We were on a b2b to Iquitos. Things were very fluid, on March 13th, Brazilians were out partying in Paraty. On March 14th, Ilhagrande refused to let passengers come ashore. Our captain kept us informed in person in the theater. What looked like the ship could go on to Belem on March 14th, on March 15th, the company decided to end the cruise in Rio. They booked flights for everyone who had booked with them or wanted them to do it. I think they made the right decision. It would have been much more difficult to disembark 10 days later in Belem. The cruise up the Amazon to Iquitos was impossible by then. Rio was gorgeous on that Sunday, perfect views and everybody crowding the beaches.
  6. Good to know. I think it is still very optimistic. My friend wrote that hotels, pensions and private hosts in her village at Lake Constance cannot reopen before June 15th. It probably applies to all of Baden-Wuerttemberg.
  7. I see. Thank you for the explanation.
  8. You are welcome! I never realized there was a Dutch group on the ship until I saw and heard them in the Nikkei restaurant. They came to the German briefings, but they were never in our bus (usually German speaking tour guides) and did not avail themselves of the translations like the American couple from Guam did.
  9. Does anyone know why the Koningsdam is going south on the east coast of South America while all other ships are going north? Check cruisemapper.
  10. Not a good situation, but I hope they can find a hotel that doesn't t close down. We were on a ship that ended her cruise after 8 days instead of 36 in Rio de Janeiro last week. One couple from Guam decided to return via Germany, Taiwan, Tokyo. I hope they made it back home in time. We were lucky we could fly back to Miami, just one flight. We also had passengers who insisted to remain on the ship, no medical reasons just "convenience". They were not permitted. If you made it back home, count your blessings.
  11. We met Captain Albert on the Konigsdam last fall. He is fleet captain, not the actual captain of the Rotterdam. As fleet captain he travels from ship to ship for extra crew training and to help standardize procedures within the fleet. He is a great speaker, story teller and blogger. Conditions change so fast in these times. We boarded our ship at the same time and in the same terminal as the Zaandam. A few days later, Buenos Aires closed to foreigners and forced them to self isolate. Brazil, where we were headed, was still open. One day, Brazilians were out enjoying their vacation, the next day, the first port closed. Chile, where the Zaandam was headed, did the same. I hope everybody on the ship recovers from whatever illness it is.
  12. Wonderful news! Kudos to all helpers especially to the Amsterdam crew and to Copper10-8.
  13. My husband wants you to know that he didn't like that the only news channel on board was Tagesschau. If the ship really wants to be international it needs to add an English language channel like CNN international or BBC. We had an included ship e-mail address and could communicate that way in addition to one hour internet per person which was extended to 2 hours after IlhaGrande wouldn't let us go ashore. On the positive side, we are grateful that Hamburg headquarters reacted fast and made sure that passengers could fly back home from Rio. Although we booked our own flight, everybody else's was booked by the cruise line. We only changed our flight reservation date. We used the same free bus to the airport as the bulk of the other passengers. When we boarded in Buenos Aires, the Zaandam was also boarding. Her passengers are still stuck on the ship. None of the Chilean ports would let them get off. The Hanseatic Inspiration is now heading towards Belem, probably without docking. We would have arrived there on Wednesday. I am following on cruisemapper. Crew members told us that the situation in Chile changed so fast that the crew of the Hanseatic Nature was suddenly called back to the ship in Valparaiso. They had been out exploring the city. I think the ship managed to get her passengers back home before Chile closed its borders and ports. The Europa was in Puerto Vallarta until yesterday. The city still lets people fly out. I am following Captain Albert's blog of the Rotterdam which is also in Puerto Vallarta.
  14. Thank you for updating us! I hope you will be on the 2021 world cruise with us.
  15. No problem on our stretch. Calm waters, plenty of great food. They probably stocked up in Buenos Aires. The Europa 2 had more food, true, but also more passengers. The quality was similar in the main restaurant. We didn't care for the Nikkei specialty restaurant. We had had better food in Japan and in Peru. IMHO, this fusion didn't work very well, but the dishes looked fabulous. 😉
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