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baronpl

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  1. I appreciate the advice/feedback from everyone. Virtually all major cruise lines are not planning to resume trips till August 1: Carnival, Celebrity, Crystal, Cunard, Disney, Holland America, Norwegian, Oceana, Princess, Regent, Royal Carribean, Seaborn . I don't know why Viking has not issued a new update extending the cancellation period; especially since those cruises going to Norway are not really feasible to August 20 (I'm am confused how the ports can be open as per Heidi's post when the government says the ships can't dock). It makes it so hard for all of us who have booked with them to plan; especially since we chose Viking because of its stellar reputation as a cruise line....
  2. My family and I have been very excited about our trip to Iceland and Norway aboard the Viking Star. The trip is scheduled to start in Iceland on July 18 and finish in Norway July 30th, 2020. The last 5 days are in ports in Norway. According to publications from Norway and an article in today's cruise critic (https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/5097/), Norway "has extended its border closure through August 20, 2020, restricting the entry of foreign citizens. " At this point in time, Viking Ocean has cancelled all cruises through June 30 due to the COVID pandemic. Since we cannot stop anywhere in Norway, Viking should go ahead and cancel this trip. We have called Viking Ocean about this and they are only willing to give us a 50% cash refund and a 50% credit for future sailing since it is more than 50 days prior to sailing. This will go to 25% cash and 75% credit in 6 days. They are clearly hoping passengers will cancel the trip due to COVID and take the credit for future sailing rather than give a full cash refund to passengers for a cancelled trip. Does anybody have suggestions on how we can get our full refund now since the cruise which included Norway is clearly not going to take place?
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