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  1. The last past said it all. “...unless the whole industry comes crashing down.” this is precisely what has happened. As much as i want to go on a cruise, i would not step foot on a ship right now. I am FAR more likely to go to a land based resort, where i have more space to myself.
  2. I think we will have a pretty decent look into the future of HAL if the remaining 2 R class vessels are sold. I think if this happens, we are witnessing the eventual wind-down of Holland America. The Vistas and Signatures would be able to fit in under just about any corporate umbrella in Carnival Corp with minor drydocks. Flip side is we are witnessing a modernization of HAL in the making.
  3. embarking and disembarking in every port is actually good for us. We actually do not give one iota to get to know the fellow pax on the ship. It is just myself and my wife 99% of the time. Plus we absolutely love the ship-within-a-ship vessels. We also sail in The Haven from time to time, as well as Yacht Club.
  4. this is why we like MSC Seaside. I would be 100% ok if MSC had a fleet of 15 of these, and ONLY these, in differing GRT. This is easily my favorite ship design.
  5. This is quite valid. DW and I enjoyed all of the HAL ships. However we found the older vessels (with exception of Ryndam) to be in disrepair when we sailed them. We typically sail for 12 days or less, and typically book a 7-10 day cruise. There are times we book a small ship for the destination immersion (Oceania), but when we sail in the Caribbean, Alaska, or the Med we book ship first, itinerary second. We haven’t been on a HAL ship in some time so I can’t judge latest offerings. Last one was Eurodam 2-3 years ago for Alaska.
  6. I should have put HAL as the exception. We *do* get off the ship and venture around much more (and do excursions) when we are sailing in Europe, but to us the Caribbean and Alaska are ‘been there, done that’. We go there and use the ship more like a resort and book a vessel we prefer and itinerary tends to be secondary. In Europe it is the reverse for us (exception is the Med)
  7. DW and I tend to treat the ship as a floating timeshare when we go. We rarely get off any more. And when we do, it is for a couple hours. My wife spends time in the spa and thermal suite, and I spend time relaxing on the balcony relaxing. most very frequent mass-market cruisers are like this, and the cruise lines know this. We used to prefer the smaller ships, but now look for certain amenities when we book. More often than not, they are found on mega ships.
  8. agree 100%. DW and I have sailed on HAL, NCL, MSC, RC, Carnival, and Oceania. I would rate HAL no better than the others. They are mass market. Incidentally, I have had some of the worst experiences on HAL cruises when compared to the others.
  9. we were on her Feb 2019 and had assigned seats
  10. She doesn’t know what her neighbor is doing. No ports in North America are cruising (minus small ship speciality 50-200 pax size). The first regions to likely resume large ship mass market cruising will be Asia and Europe The first regions to likely resume large ship mass market cruising will be Asia and Europe going off of how Covid-19 is spreading.
  11. correct, and this is why I cancelled my bookings (8 or 9 if I remember right) for this year and next with full refunds. I had several impacted by Covid, and others I proactively cancelled. I’m not waiting for a cruise lines to go belly up and hold onto a worthless FCC.
  12. I have cancelled all cruises I had booked until May 2021. Not continuing the book, cancel, rebook, cancel bs.
  13. take a look at the Club Med website right now if I can make a suggestion. It functions like a cruise site. You can book a room non refundable, or fully refundable with a deposit (slightly more and what I did). They have some great sales going on currently. I got a week at the one in Florida for less than what a Havana cabana cabin goes for without inclusions, and this is almost all inclusive.
  14. I will drop my Vista cruise (August 2020) for Club Med Sandpiper - Florida. I dropped a cruise in November for Club Med Cancun, and I added a weekend in October for S’s and G’s at Club Med Turkoise - Turks & Caicos. Club Med is almost as inclusive as you can get. If I can’t go and restrictions tighten I’ll just say F it and stay home 😂
  15. exactly. This is one of the reasons why the smaller ships are 100% done for.
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