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  1. The Future Cruise Credit certificate promised on 4 November arrived today, one month later. I called Azamara twice to ask about the certificate and no-one was able to tell me anything about it. In frustration, I claimed for a full refund on my credit card and received the money within 10 days. I'm happy for two reasons: 1. I got a full refund 2. I won't have to put up with lies and incompetence from Azamara ever again. I'll stick with Carnival Cruise Line Cunard and Seabourn for all future cruises.
  2. Azamara cancelled our cruise on October 7 and we were informed we would receive our Future Cruise Credit by November 4, via email. Once we have the FCC Certificate we can request deactivation and refund back to the credit card will take 45 days. Unfortunately we haven't received anything from Azamara. We booked directly with Azamara. Has anyone received their FCC today for cancelled cruises? Many thanks.
  3. There is a UK time difference. South African time is one or two hours ahead of UK time, depending on the time of year. Today Saturday 24th October it is one hour ahead of British Sumner Time, starting tomorrow it will be two hours of GMT.
  4. Azamara has treated its customers like dirt and idiots. Months ago, it knew full well that the South American cruise in December that we were booked on would not be going ahead and yet it was selling this voyage up until yesterday. It waited till final payments had been made, then cancelled. Getting a full refund from them is being made difficult. It seems they will send you a FCC certificate and you then have to cancel this and request a refund. Quote We will initially send you the 125% Future Cruise Credit Certificate. You have until December 31, 2020 to
  5. It certainly doesn't work for me. Two thirds of the cruise are sea days. Is it normal to have such a lot of sea days on a World Cruise? A lot of repeat ports: 3 days in Dubai, 2 days in Aqaba, 3 days in Singapore, 2 days in Colombo, 2 Suez Canal transits. Like Britboys, I will be waiting for something more interesting in 2023.
  6. Thanks for the replies. This was to be our first Azamara cruise. Given that Azamara, and everyone else, know full well that the cruise we are booked on will not be going ahead, I find Azamara's policy of cancelling after the deadline for final payment dishonest. As a result, we will not be booking another Azamara cruise. Earlier we had decided not to make the final payment but we would then lose our £750 deposit. However, we have now decided to make the final payment by credit card then claim a full refund once it is cancelled. We d
  7. We are due to pay the balance of our South American cruise in December by 10 September. We haven't received any emails regarding an extension to the final payment deadline. We booked direct. Obviously the cruise on Quest will not be happening but as far as I know has not yet been cancelled. We will not be making the final payment. Does anyone have the status of Quest sailings in December? Thanks.
  8. And for American readers Public Schools in the UK mean private schools in the US!
  9. Silver Spirit is now doing mini cruises from Saudi Arabia. The company obviously needs some money. See this article: https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/silver-spirit-chartered-red-sea-cruises-saudi-summer-campaign Since the cruises are in Saudi waters only I assume the ship will operate in accordance with Saudi religious and social norms: call to prayer through the public address system 5 times a day, segregated pools and dining, no alcohol, no casino, no live entertainment, no dancing, no nightclub, halal food. A cruise I would definitely NOT like to be
  10. What a boring itinerary! It certainly isn't a World Voyage. Apart from New York where it starts and ends it omits all of North America, all of South America, all of Africa and New Zealand. More like a Middle East and Asia cruise. The five or so ports of call in the Arabian Gulf are all so similar. I won't be booking any of the segments.
  11. To add to the cancellation info: In addition, with Queen Elizabeth having returned to the UK during the pause, and with ongoing uncertainty over the re-opening of ports and countries on her intended routes next year, it is sadly not practical to continue as planned. We have therefore made the difficult decision to cancel Queen Elizabeth's voyages due to depart between 26 March 2021 and 13 December 2021. The cancelled sailings in and around Australia, Japan and Alaska will be replaced with a programme of shorter duration European holidays ranging from three to 14 nights.
  12. Journey is due to arrive in Cape Town on 2 December 2020 and then do one or two week cruises from Cape Town around South Africa and neighbouring countries until 19 March 2021. Airports and ports in South Africa have been closed to international visitors since March and there is no sign of them reopening. Some say the earliest they will reopen will be 2021. Covid-19 cases are rising rapidly in South Africa. There is no chance that cruises on Journey will go ahead. Journey is going into 'cold storage' in Glasgow. Yet Azamara is still selling these cruises. To
  13. That's not correct about South Africa. The country doesn't rely on aid from other countries. The statistics in South Africa are as reliable or more reliable than those in the US.
  14. You almost certainly won't be travelling by cruise ship to South Africa any time this year. Corona virus cases in South Africa are rising rapidly and have yet to reach their peak. All ports and airports are closed to international visitors.
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