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About daisy-mae

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Ottawa, Canada
  • Interests
    cycling, gardening, pickleball
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    still making the rounds
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    haven't found it yet

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  1. While one may have the best of intentions when deciding not to purchase cancellation insurance, it is also true that "stuff" happens. Friends of ours were only hours from departing on a holiday when a senior parent was involved in a serious accident, a situation that required the couple's immediate attention. It's bad enough to have an injured parent and a cancelled holiday without having to experience financial loss as well... As to coverage, our annual travel insurance policy has been revamped to include direct and indirect covid-related coverage for medical issues but not for cancellations. The way I read it, if we decide to travel to a country that is open to foreign visitors, we will be covered should we fall ill. However, if we decide to book travel to a country that may be open now but becomes closed to us before departure, we will not be reimbursed. In any case, it's all moot at this point since we will be staying put for some time to come.
  2. I believe that in the case of Canadian companies, until the advisory is lifted, there will be no out-of-country insurance available for any and all medical emergencies, not just Covid-19.
  3. So, basically, stay in your room, sit on your balcony, and watch the scenery.
  4. It might be quite an adjustment if, despite all of the precautions, the virus is detected on the ship and guests are not allowed to disembark. I am more concerned about that scenario than I am about actually becoming infected.
  5. I also got my full five year renewal; sadly, I likely won't be getting a full five years' worth of use out of the card this time...
  6. We filed a request for a refund on April 14 (for cancelled Alaska cruise to begin June 12). The credit appeared on our CC account yesterday. We are relieved.
  7. Wow...a short statement that says a lot... IMHO, the way that a corporation treats its employees speaks volumes about its business practices and ethics. A pleasant work environment goes a long way to creating a satisfactory experience for guests.
  8. I received a surprise phone call from Holland America this morning. The agent asked if I was ready to re-book my cancelled Alaska cruise, something that I found alarming as I had asked for a refund and not a future cruise credit. She was able to confirm that the refund had just been processed and that I should be receiving same within the next week or so. I politely declined a re-booking (despite the favorable cancellation provisions), as there is still too much uncertainty surrounding future travel. I may be mistaken, but I suspect that as the refund process winds down, cruise consultants are being provided with accounts related to cancelled cruises in order to keep them employed.
  9. Although we enjoyed (past tense) cruising, our real passion is cycle touring. We have covered parts of France, England, Austria and the Netherlands on two wheels, and hope to have the opportunity to do so once again before age becomes a factor. Because distances between towns are so much greater in our part of the country, and due to lack of cycling infrastructure (including bike-safe accommodation), we will have to be content with cycling around our city and outskirts for the foreseeable future.
  10. Social distancing has very little to do with meeting others. It involves keeping your distance while circulating around the ship, including at meal times, on deck, in elevators, stairwells and hallways. Unless you plan to hole up in your stateroom for the duration, you will be following strict guidelines and will be practicing distancing - even if you choose not to acknowledge your fellow passengers.
  11. Carol, thanks for the tip. I tried to call this morning but had no luck, so I thought I would try a chat. The wait time was minimal and the agent confirmed that I would be getting a refund. Because HAL did not return any acknowledgement of our request, I was concerned that we would be given the default option (FCC). Although it was not possible to ascertain exactly how much longer we would have to wait, I at least have the assurance that a refund is in the works.
  12. I recently read an article about the eventual re-opening of office towers; the number of passengers in any elevator car will be strictly limited, and folks may be required to book a time slot to ride the elevator... (you can't make this stuff up...)
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