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  1. We usually see discounts. But does the opposite ever occur? Or is the brochure price effectively a price cap?
  2. But are there any cruise ships to use them and board passengers?
  3. Good point, fellow-ex-londener. The physicality, immediacy and (these days) relatively uncommonness of a mailed letter is not to be underestimated. Recorded delivery - all the better. As you say, marking it to exactly the right person is enormously helpful. All this puts you 'on top of the pile'! Good thinking.
  4. The article below is reproduced from The Times newspaper on April 29, 2020. It is stressed that it's scope applies solely in the UK. Coronavirus travel: Banks block billions in lost holiday repayments Andrew Ellson, Consumer Affairs Correspondent Wednesday April 29 2020, 12.01am BST, The Times Holidaymakers trying to get their money back for trips disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak have been blocked by banks despite having a right to refunds. Travellers are owed an estimated £7 billion for unused holidays and flights amid anger at the lack of government act
  5. To cdwise: sorry to nit-pick on a matter that has been repeatedly mentioned on CC, but Cunard has no reserves. Cunard is merely a brand; it is not a company. It is Carnival, of which Cunard is a part, that the NASDAQ article is discussing. Equating Cunard with Carnival, when discussing financial matters, may be misleading.
  6. Unless things are different in the UK, compared with NAm on this one, you do not need to "apply" for the FCC; it will automatically be credited to you by Cunard. They have stated this clearly and repeatedly. So your travel agent is not on the ball. What you do need to "apply' for is the option of a refund of payment(s) already made.
  7. Bluemarble, re: "All he has paid prior to the cruise being cancelled is the $300 deposit while booking on board. So he can't expect to receive FCC for 125% of the full $4000 cruise fare". I beg to differ. A distinction needs to be made between 'contract' and 'payment', two key terms in contract law, which is what governs this issue. The contract in the example is for $4,000. That payment to date is $300 - or any other figure from zero upwards - is irrelevant to the issue. It's not uncommon for confusion between contract terms (the key here) and payment. Payment is part of the execution of
  8. If and when they start cruising again, can you imagine the lineups at the purser's desk, with all these 'trust us, it's automatically credited to your account'? I wouldn't be an onboard "guest services" employee for all the tea in China. It all presupposes that the land-side administration know what they're doing and get it all right, up front. Just like their website.
  9. It's a gamble In this situation, T5LHR, a bird in the hand might be worth 1.25 in the bush. To betting man, that's odds of 4:1 on. So, what it comes down to is do you think the odds on Carnival being able to honour their offer are better or worse than 4:1 on? And all this assumes, of course, that the price of a future cruise is roughly the same as now. There's a lot of variables. And finally, let's not forget the golden rule of gambling: never bet more than you can afford to lose.
  10. The form referred to in the red-type hotlink above applies not only to bookings directly with Cunard but those via TAs as well. This seems to be a departure from a fundamental tenet of Cunard and most other cruise lines. If the FCC option is selected and funds are credited to the customer's 'guest account' at Cunard, I wonder if this means that the ensuing future booking(s) must be made directly with Cunard also and not through a TA. Can anyone in the know clarify, please?
  11. I fear, brockstout, you are going to have to change at least one of your parameters, not least of which is going somewhere other than Alaska. In June 2021 there is just one cruise the whole month that takes 5 days: Norwegian Sun, June 17, out of Seattle. Of the 4 days away from port, 2 are sea days, one is In Ketchikcan AK and one is in Victoria BC. Not much Alaska, and not very far north - Ketchikan is just north of the Canada border - so no glaciers. Up to you but a lot of effort for very little Alaska. If you can wait until September, the Celebrity Millennium has a 6-day outing
  12. oskidunker: cancelling your September 11 2020 cruise is an option.
  13. 1. My experience is that, in terms of durability, you get what you pay for. 2. For carry-on baggage, check the airlines' (latest!) maximum measurements and buy one that has two wheels, recessed as much as possible into the body of the case, and that is as close to those measurements (take a marked tape measure) as possible. That way, you maximize the usable space inside the box. 3. Do not buy right before you travel or you may be rushed into something that quickly reveals it is sub-standard. 4. If the baggage handler don't get you, those curbs and steps will ruin the tiny axles th
  14. Astonishing! Solent Richard and maggiemou: here are each of the first two pictures in the series you have both published above. Look carefully and you will see that you are both taking pictures of each other, and at almost exactly the same moment in time. Maggiemou, you were in or near East Cowes (I think?), with your camera aimed across the Solent (Spithead?) towards Lee-on-Solent. And Solent Richard, you were the exact opposite. And the positioning of the same two vessels in each picture mean that you must have taken these pictures easily within about a minute of each other. Asto
  15. We never used to have afternoon tea until we sailed with QM2 on a 'crossing' in 2016. Now, most days if we're indoors (which is a lot lately) we enjoy a nice cup of orange pekoe around 3 pm in our "Cunard 2016 Transatlantic Crossing" mugs which we are glad we bought while on board and still use, even if the design on the them is wearing rather thin now. Brewed for four minutes, with just a splash of milk. No cucumber sandwiches but we might run to a cookie or two (I do like Jaffa cakes but they are hard to find here). Occasionally, I will delight my wife by serving them with white glo
  16. I've just read this notice from P&O/OZ and I commend it to other readers here, as it states clearly and unequivocally what their position is and what they are doing and when. No vagaries or contradictions. Simon Palethorpe: this is how to do it.
  17. There are a lot more than this, Donald. Please see note 4 in my original post. The smaller the vessel, the shorter the distance it can travel (i.e. lower speed). Many of these (over 50 of them) vessels that offer onboard overnight accommodation sail out of Alaskan ports and never reach Canadian ports.
  18. Nice, if sombre, pictures, Solent Richard. With the help of Google Maps and some orientation, I'd say you were in or near Lee-on-Solent when you popped these photographs?
  19. If this is true, Cunard are doing themselves no favours with this approach. It would seem to be a blatant cash grab, since they are only acting as an agent for the excursion operators, to whom most of the money would ordinarily be turned over anyway. Legally, this is very thin ice. Especially since tours can be cancelled as late as being on board the cruise. bunkrest: if there is still no satisfaction from Cunard, I'd contact the tour operators directly and tell them your experience. My guess is they will be furious. Also, it begs the question, if they are prepared to do this with o
  20. No crystal ball, no moralizing but what I can say is that, from a legal standpoint, customers who prepay a contract are unsecured creditors. Which means, it terms of pecking order, they are bottom of the pile, along with suppliers and payroll employees with no termination agreement. For what my own crystal ball is worth, I don't see Carnival folding, nor do I see insolvency resulting in the appointment of a receiver. Its balance sheet is healthy and well-ordered, in terms of quantity and repayment of debt. An important option open to them is to sell and lease back major asset(s), since they
  21. Vessels carrying more than 500 people are banned from Canadian ports (all three coasts) until July 01, 2020. Here is a listing of vessels that intended to offer Alaska cruises in 2020 and whose passengers plus crew exceeds 500. Note 1. The list includes ships that turn around at USA ports, as the Jones Law does not seem to have been waived by the US government (advise if this changes, please). Note 2. For completeness, the list includes some ferries though the ban, at present, does not extend to them; but it might at some point. Note 3. The number of people quoted is the maximum
  22. A small point. The webpage at the above hotlink states (quote): "We understand the Canadian government has banned cruise ship travel containing more than 500 passengers". This not correct. This mistake has been made by others too. To correct this, change "passengers" to "people". In other words, the 500 maximum includes both passengers and crew. With a rule of thumb ratio of of about 2.5 passengers to 1 crew, this translates to a maximum number of passengers of around 350. Needless to say, the 3 vessels Cunard have carry way more than 350 passengers and are certainly affe
  23. I want to be sure I have this right. The cancellation fees are still to be converted into FCCs? Or is that idea out the window now? And the 'cancel up to 48 hours before sailing'. Is that out too? Lastly, what is this "90 day expiration on FCC's" that samiam1 is mentioning in post #1009? Signed, 'Confused'
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