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  1. Copper10-8, I really, really hope to meet you some day on a cruise! Drinks are on me. I've been following this saga and you're an absolute gem. Best wishes, Kindergirl, and give your folks a big hug from all of us on CC!
  2. Ugh. Thanks for posting. We're scheduled for the Veendam in August. Now, who knows?
  3. No, but I've never seen seasonal flu victims being transported in full isolation units by staff in full hazmat suits, either. It's all pretty alarming. Husband and I are right in the "danger, Will Robinson!" age group, and hubby has a medical condition. We have older family members, and family members with medical conditions and we're close to them all (eg: visit them often). Our Norway cruise is in August, which seems like it's a long ways away, but you can better believe we're watching all that's happening like a hawk. I think it was HappyInVan up the thread who said "too bad the States is so far behind" in testing. Brother, you are definitely preaching to the choir, we had 2 months (well, not really, but we THOUGHT so, until we learned of the Washington State issues) to get ready and what did we do? Nothing. Best wishes and good luck to all.
  4. I'm afraid we're "joining your boat" today, doone. Our land trip was to be to Milan in June, a DIY we set up because we had "free" tickets on an airline ("free" is a misnomer for this particular airline, they cost us a whole heckuva lot of money in taxes and fees!). I've been worried about the trip since the virus spread to Italy (we're mid-60's and hubby has some heart issues), and after reading today's numbers from Italy (see below), I logged into my airline account and found out I could cancel with minimal out of pocket. Discussed with my better half and pulled the plug. Wrote the owner of our VRBO to cancel, waiting for a response. Some non-refundable purchases, but ending up out of pocket only about $525...... we hope. We can live with that. Hoping our August Norway cruise on the Veendam isn't affected, but watching that too. Best wishes and good luck to all. From today's update at https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ There were 769 new cases of Coronavirus in Italy today, and 41 new deaths. That totals out as follows: 3296 active cases .. 1790 of the active cases are currently hospitalized .. and 331 of the hospitalized cases are in ICU 562 resolved cases .. 414 have recovered .. and 148 (26%) have died
  5. Italy at level 3 per the State Department, but Lombardy and Veneto at level 4? A little bit confusing. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/italy-travel-advisory.html
  6. Loved reading your review, thank you for posting it. Best wishes!
  7. It might be difficult (impossible?) to fly into Italy or to transit through any Italian airport or city and be assured you hadn't come within six feet of another person who had traveled in Lombardy or Veneto the prior 15 days. Yes, exactly. And what about all the sailings that start in Venice (Veneto region)? How could you even get there without being in the Veneto region? I wish I had a crystal ball and could see a year in to the future to see how things are. Currently, our China (land tour) in October is pretty much off the books but we're hoping we can get something back from the flights we bought independently. And our Milan trip in June (also on land, DIY travel) looks like it might be off the books, too. Still hopeful we can do our Norway cruise in August (r/t Amsterdam, on the Veendam). Best wishes and smooth sailing to all.
  8. I think they already are. I read on another thread about RCCL restrictions, posted today. Here's the link, and in case you don't want to follow the link, I've cut and pasted what I considered the WOW part (my bolding and underlining). This just seems like HUGE news to me. Our travel year is looking mighty grim right now. We have a trip to Milan scheduled for early June (land based, DIY) and one for China in October/November (also land based, a tour). I don't think either are going to be happening for us. Best wishes and good luck to all! https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/itinerary-updates Until further notice, all ships in the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. fleet will adopt the following health screening protocols: 1. Regardless of nationality, we will deny boarding to: a. Any guest who has travelled from, to or through mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Iran, South Korea, and the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto in the past 15 days. b. Any guest who has come in contact with anyone with 15-day prior travel to mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Iran, South Korea, and the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto. The CDC characterizes contact with an individual as coming within six feet (2M) of a person. c. Guests who report feeling unwell or demonstrate any flu-like symptoms. 2. There will be mandatory specialized health screenings performed on: a. Any guest who has travelled from, to or through Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and Italy (all regions other than Lombardy and Veneto) in the past 15 days. b. Guests who are uncertain about contact with individuals who have traveled from, to or through mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and Italy in the past 15 days.
  9. Wow. I think this is HUGE news. And mandatory screenings for anyone traveling in Italy (aside from Lombardy and Veneto regions) in the past 15 days. WOW.
  10. We were on the tour with SusieK (Hi, Susie!!) and had a fantastic day. That said, if we were to do it again, we'd opt for a longer visit. Our flight was a little delayed out of Buenos Aires and by the time we got to the Falls, it was already hot. I'd have LOVED to have been there for a day or two, with plans of going out to the Falls early morning each day. But if it's your only chance to see Iguazu Falls, then take it! Such an amazing place! Best wishes and good luck with your decision!
  11. I, too, advocate booking now to get the time and date you want. If you're a three star (or higher), the discount will be credited back to you as OBC. For example, we booked Canaletto and Pinnacle Grill pre-cruise, when we boarded (or after we ate, can't remember which), a credit appeared on our onboard statement. We're 3 star, so a 25% credit was nice! Food is so subjective. We LOVE the Canaletto, especially on Saturday, which has jumbo grilled shrimp as their special that night! Best wishes, have a fabulous cruise!
  12. Thanks for your review! I thought at first you might have been on our cruise (Jan 28-Feb 5), but I'm expecting you were on the cruise after us. We, too, had a ambulance come for a passenger, but it was in San Juan. No further news, hope the poor person has recovered and returned home. Our stops were Nassau, San Juan, St. Thomas (our first visit there) and HMC, which we DID get to visit. We were in a lanai, our first time in a lanai, and we enjoyed it. Enjoyed the ship, too, and really loved Canaletto and the Pinnacle Grill for dining. Thanks for your review, sounds like you had a really nice time. Best wishes!
  13. Latest on the HAL website, from just under an hour ago....in case it hasn't been posted here yet...: Seattle, Wash., Feb. 10, 2020 (5:25 p.m. PST) —Westerdam is sailing for Laem Chabang, Bangkok, Thailand, where the current cruise that departed February 1 will end on Thursday, February 13. All guests will be disembarking in Bangkok for their forward flights home. This new schedule has been communicated to guests on board. All guests will receive a 100% refund for the 14-day sailing, as well as a 100% Future Cruise Credit. Complimentary internet and phone access is available for guests and crew to stay in contact with loved ones. The ship is not in quarantine and we have no reason to believe there are any cases of coronavirus on board despite media reports. We have also received a letter from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment affirming that they have full confidence in all our medical reporting and the quality of our medical staff and services on Westerdam. This assessment was done in concert with the Ministry of Health of the Netherlands. We sincerely thank our guests and crew on Westerdam — and their loved ones — for their patience during this extraordinary time. ………………... There's more to their post, but I snipped it short, you can see the rest of it on the HAL website if you click on the "learn more about the current travel health advisories" at the top of the page.
  14. Just back from our Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Veendam and had to find this thread and offer my findings as a lighter note to all that's going on in the world right now. This is what I wrote in my "journal" the night after our embarkation-night-dinner at the Pinnacle Grill. And for the record, I gently removed each slice from the clothesline and then used knife and fork...….........and savored every single morsel! Best wishes and safe travels to all! "I'd made reservations, pre-cruise, for the Pinnacle Grill for dinner tonight. We've always enjoyed the Holland America steakhouse, and we've found it's nice to avoid the madhouse of the MDR on our first night. Well, our meal was fantastic and our service was outstanding! The bread basket was phenomenal, with a garlic and mozzarella stuffed roll that we've never had before, and it was delicious, along with other breads. We ordered Caesar salad and shrimp cocktails, and their new "clothesline candied bacon" appetizer to share. I'd read about it on Cruise Critic and was rather curious. Oh. Wow. Oh. My. Gosh. Holy. Cats!!!! That oughta be illegal. Three lovely candied pieces of thick bacon on a metal "clothesline" frame, hanging on hooks with 2 big sprigs of rosemary. Mike, who usually scoffs at me for taking food pictures, whipped out the phone to take a picture of the single remaining piece of bacon after we'd each enjoyed one piece. Then he asked "where's the 4th piece?" (there were 4 hooks on the metal frame). I had to explain that the appetizer is 3 pieces, not 4, despite the number of hooks. We firmly told ourselves that we were civilized beings and pulled out a ruler so that we split the last piece evenly. When our waiter came to remove our plates, I told him that the bacon should be on the dessert menu. He replied "or for breakfast!" Mmmmmmm. I don't think that *that* bacon should be enjoyed more than once a year! But since we already have a reservation at the Pinnacle Grill for our last night on board, we shall bravely persevere and enjoy it TWICE on one trip! I can't wait. The rest of our meals were equally (if differently) good! Mike and I shared a filet with peppercorn sauce, and scallops that were perfectly prepared. A baked potato and mushrooms filled us up. But wait, there was still dessert to come! We shared the cheesecake lollipops and a piece of yummy key lime pie. Mmmmmm! Stuffed to the gills, we waddled out of the restaurant and proceeded to deal with the aftermath of such a rich meal. Around 4am, both of us woke for water, antacids and belches! 😂 But it was totally worth it!"
  15. 2nd vote here, and the prawn bruschetta appetizer was awesome! Three very large prawns on toasted bread with some pesto and a balsamic reduction, really REALLY good. We also shared the crabcake appetizer, which was equally but differently delicious. DH had the salmon and I had the tri-tip sandwich. Barely ate any of the bread because I was already full of the prawns, but the tri-tip meat and sauce was fantastic! Mmmmmmm! Best wishes!
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