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  1. The vaccine rollout here in Orange County, CA is going pretty well with vaccinating people 65 and up. My parents got their shots and DH is getting his second on the 17th. According to our website I should be getting mine sometime this month and I'm 59. Weather is warm and sunny. DH and I love hitting up Laguna Beach when the weather is this nice. We feel lucky. I have a river cruise planned in France for Oct. Going to wait a couple of months before I decide if I should move it. According to my French relatives they aren't vaccinating too many people yet. Some are skeptical and choose
  2. Our April cruise on Millie is sold out except for the Retreat. I hope the rumors are not true. Asked my TA and she said it's still a go and hasn't heard anything about it being cancelled. Already bought the airfare for this trip. At 500 bucks non stop roundtrip from LAX we're still going to Japan even if the cruise is cancelled unless Japan is not allowing tourists from the US. Next April is still far away.
  3. Don't give up on Viking. Your TA may be able to move the payment date. We were able to. Our first cruise was with Avalon. That got us hooked on river cruising. If you choose Avalon go with a newer boat. Much nicer than the older one that we used called the Luminary. Our next cruise was with Viking and it was fantastic. When the weather is nice one can have meals outside on the Aquavit terrace. More casual with a really nice barbecue. We always do the pre and post stays. When we did or pre cruise with Avalon in Amsterdam the lobby area was taken over by Viking and looked to be much better organ
  4. Won't your TA go to bat for you if you have one. At the very least they should try to get Uniworld to match your cancelled cruise with a future one price wise. Uniworld really seems to be handling this crisis poorly. I have a final payment due next month so trying to decide if I should eat the cost of my flights booked thru Uniworld and just try to to get my deposit back instead of giving them more money.
  5. Wow that's terrible telling you to use your insurance policy to cancel. I have a trip to Italy in Sept and haven't been thrilled with them as well. Other lines are extending final payment but they insist I have to make it 4 months before leaving and with the mess Italy is in it's hard to believe it's a go in Sept.
  6. Where did you read this? Hope you're wrong about this.
  7. I've had luck with my TA getting Viking to move the date closer. Frustrated with Uniworld right now. They're not relaxing final payment with the virus going on.
  8. I just came across your post. I would not hesitate to sail with Celebrity Xpedition for the Galapagos. We loved this trip and the service and cleanliness on that ship was outstanding along with the guides.
  9. I have an upcoming cruise with Uniworld for Sept 20. Final payment of 7500.00 is due on May 14th. Should I switch now for next year? Flights have been paid for thru Uniworld. Just not sure the timeline of when Italy will recover from this pandemic. My TA thinks I should wait and just move my trip if need be.
  10. We don't leave until next Sept with Uniworld going on their Italy cruise. We will probably keep the reservation but what about bankruptsy due to all the cancellations with this virus. I feel terrible for the travel business. Certainly taking quite the hit.
  11. Thank you for another excellent review. Your blog has been most helpful. So sorry about the passing of Carol. She will be in spirit as you continue your many adventures. Looking forward to your future reviews. We had to cancel last year of our first Azamara cruise due to an unfortunate fall my DH had. Looking forward to trying Azamara in the future.
  12. To be honest I'm really hesitant to book with a line that doesn't use a TA. In case of any issues a good TA will have your back. It sucks that the Boston office is crappy to deal with when that's all you have to resolve any kind of issue is that office. I thought I got a lot of junk mail from Viking but I get twice as much from them.
  13. Thank you for posting this. Just called my agent and Uniworld is going to adjust my fare for my upcoming cruise next Sept. This just saved me a lot of money.
  14. We always stay a few days before and at the end of our river cruises. We love this way of travel.
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