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  1. We often book our PG trips a year or so before sail date so yes we generally do look forward to our trips long in advance.
  2. April 29 update is out. Not a whole lot of much use but here it is: https://www.pgcruises.com/travel-advisory April 29, 2020, Update Ia Orana! We hope that you and your family are safe and in good health during these unprecedented times. As you know, the current pandemic situation has led us to temporarily suspend the operation of the company’s entire fleet. Our vocation as sailors is to take you traveling the seas of the world, and we know your cruise is an important event that you look forward to with pleasure and anticipation long in advance. We look forward to resuming our voyages in the near future and continuing to offer our guests exceptional cruise experiences in Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji, and the South Pacific. Paul Gauguin Cruises _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ You have a voyage scheduled soon and are inquiring regarding its status. If you have any questions regarding an upcoming cruise, please contact your Travel Advisor, call us at 800-848-6172, or send us an email at customerservice@pgcruises.com. Our team is at your disposal to assist you Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Due to the pandemic, if we are forced not to operate the m/s Paul Gauguin, you will be contacted personally in the coming days, and at the latest 30 days before the departure of the cruise, by a member of the Paul Gauguin Cruises Reservation team who will offer you a credit towards a future cruise that is also transferable to a family member. You are booked on a sailing that has not been cancelled, but you do not want to travel and wish to modify, postpone, or cancel your trip, and want to speak to someone about your cruise options. If you would like to speak to someone regarding your cruise options, please contact your Travel Advisor or call us at 800-848-6172. Our team is at your disposal to assist you Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Our dedicated team meets every day to evaluate the best possible options for our upcoming cruises. We are doing our best to get back to everyone as soon as we can, and appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through a high volume of calls. You are booked on a private charter and have questions regarding your cruise. If you are booked on a charter, please contact your charter host agency directly regarding your sailing. Contractually, all communication with charter guests must be handled via the charter agency, and if there are changes to your scheduled departure, they will be communicated to you by the charter agency directly. Paul Gauguin Cruises’ policies concerning Future Cruise Credits, cancel fees, and fees concerning airline/hotels are not applicable to private charters. For questions about the evolution of Coronavirus COVID-19, we recommend you consult the CDC or your local government. This page is regularly updated with new information as soon as it becomes available.
  3. Ponant isn't the only cruise company pissing off a fair number of folks during this unprecedented time when many lines appear to be struggling to avoid bankruptcy so I am willing to cut them some slack.
  4. Wife and sister-in-law were booked on a Paul Gauguin cruise that we presume will be effected by the COVID 19 mess. While we are not particularly happy with how Ponant is handling things, we very much hope that the Paul Gauguin will survive this particular storm as we would still love to have the opportunity to sail on her again.
  5. I guess it depends on which math one wants to do. For me, the pertinent math includes the number of people that get on a ship along with one or two people that are unknowingly spreading the virus and find themselves infected by the end of the trip. If the cruises that were effected toward the beginning of the pandemic are an indicator, the number is high. Although not a cruise ship, a recent example for which numbers are available is the US Navy Aircraft carrier that recently had an outbreak on which one in five sailors ended up positive. The pertinent math also includes the chance of having infected people on any particular ship. The cruise ships that had well documented outbreaks were toward the beginning of the pandemic when the number of people with the virus was relatively low. At that time, the chance of an infected person being on any one cruise ship was relatively small. Fast forward about two months and the US is currently approaching one million cases. The chance of getting on a large cruise ship now or in the immediate future and having at least a few of the passengers or crew positive for the virus is now substantially higher and probably more likely than not. I would be willing to bet that at least one person in a random sample of one or two thousand adult US citizens would currently be found to be positive. For us, the high likelihood of sharing a confined space with people positive for the virus in an environment where the infection is proven to be readily spread (along with limited medical resources on cruise ships and many distant ports of call) equals a pretty easy mathematical decision to put off cruising for a good while.
  6. Not until an effective vaccine is developed, not only for personal safety but for safety of other passengers and crew as well as safety of people that don't seem to be given a lot of thought by some cruisers: the folks who actually live at the ports that are visited (some of which are quite isolated and have limited medical infrastructure which would make potential outbreaks devastating). It is easy to say one has to go out and live life, and of course that is true to a certain extent. However, this disease can cause people of all ages and levels of health to very rapidly decline. Many Doctors describe patients who look relatively stable one minute only to be on the verge of death the next. Cruise ships have medical capacity but to my knowledge none has anything resembling an ICU with ventilators and Physician / Nursing ability to continuously monitor a critically ill patient around the clock. A rapid decline in respiratory capacity at sea or at any distance away from port is likely to equal death. All in all, some patience does not seem an undo burden to either me or my wife.
  7. An "update" that gives updates a bad name especially when many larger cruise lines are now announcing cancellation of cruises over the next few months (as a starting point for what I anticipate will be a long pause in cruising). When I try to "Book now" on the PG cruises web site for a cruise in June I cancelled a while back, nothing comes up. I don't know if this is a booking engine glitch or preparation for an actual useful update from them on cruise cancellations.
  8. We have a winner. Unfortunately, a vaccine is likely still at least 12 to 18 months away. How will the vaccine be developed? The same way as all the others were: hard work of dedicated scientists. Will it be effective and safe? Yes, that is the purpose of performing clinical trials before a vaccine is given to potentially billions of people worldwide.
  9. Source? I gave one link to Nadi Airport closure above and I'll give another below where one can hear clips of Fiji PM speaking to the issue directly. Fiji Prime Minister: "From tomorrow, Nadi Airport will be officially shut down to all scheduled passenger travel. There are currently three flights inbound to Fiji carrying Fijians returning home from overseas, these passengers will all be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon the arrival....We’re exploring safe, low-risk evacuation measures to get these folks home. We’re also working closely with embassies here in Fiji to repatriate foreign nationals still on our shores and get them home as well....From this Sunday, the 29th of March, all passenger travel to our outer islands will cease.... Anyone who regularly travels these routes should decide over the next four days where they’d prefer to spend the next few months.” https://www.fbcnews.com.fj/news/covid-19/nadi-airport-to-close-shipping-services-end-sunday/ At the beginning of your post you speculated that the hypothetical flight in question did not occur due to weather. I was simply pointing out as a matter of general information for those that might not know that absolutely no leisure travel to or from Fiji is occurring through at least the end of May.
  10. Your flight into Nadi was not cancelled due to weather. On March 20 Fiji Airways announced suspension of all international flights until at least the end of May, with the exception of twice-weekly services between Singapore and Nadi due to COVID 19. On March 24, they announced suspension of the Singapore flights as well. A few days later, Nadi Airport was completely shut down, again at least until the end of May, except for a few repatriation flights. https://www.fijiairways.com/en-us/flight-information/travel-alerts/?utm_source=browser https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/412658/fiji-s-airport-closes-and-authorities-investigate-covid-19-breaches
  11. Air Tahiti Nui travel advisory March 20: Effective from March 26th, through April 30, Air Tahiti Nui will undergo a temporary cessation of flights between Los Angeles and Tahiti. This estimated schedule reduction remains subject to change, depending on the evolution of the situation in French Polynesia and of course, worldwide. Followed by this information posted by mercruiser in the Pacific Islands section: Air Tahiti Nui will suspend all flights to and from French Polynesia as of March 28. "This will effectively end air links out of Tahiti after both Air France and French Bee said they were suspending their flights." https://amp.rnz.co.nz/article/1b7df4d3-bae6-4aec-828f-a441b3d095aa And for those considering Bali to Fiji charter arriving June 6 or Fiji to Tahiti trip beginning June 6: "Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, has announced that it will suspend all international flights until the end of May, with the exception of twice-weekly services between Singapore and Nadi…. The suspensions are in place until the end of May, and may be extended further if travel restrictions remain in place." https://www.fiji.travel/covid-19
  12. Update as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 4:00PM PDT Prohibition of entry into the territory of French Polynesia for all non-residents of French Polynesia. The Government of French Polynesia has issued an updated travel advisory. Effectively immediately, only Residents of French Polynesia will be granted entry. Accordingly, we regret to inform you that Air Tahiti Nui will only board for travel to Papeete, French Polynesia, passengers showing residency status in the destination. This is a temporary measure, expected to last two to six weeks.
  13. Air Tahiti Nui update (:https://www.airtahitinui.com/us-en/updates-march-18th-2020-1000am-pdt-0😞 Update as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 4:00PM PDT Prohibition of entry into the territory of French Polynesia for all non-residents of French Polynesia. The Government of French Polynesia has issued an updated travel advisory. Effectively immediately, only Residents of French Polynesia will be granted entry. Accordingly, we regret to inform you that Air Tahiti Nui will only board for travel to Papeete, French Polynesia, passengers showing residency status in the destination. This is a temporary measure, expected to last two to six weeks.
  14. My available cabin count came from the PGcruises.com site over the weekend and again this morning and did not include duplicate category types. As I said previously, I don’t know why such a dramatic swing occurred. Wife was planning on flying into Fiji for a prestay and flying out of Tahiti so PG getting creative with an itinerary might be problematic. If they can’t get into or out of Fiji, where do you think the cruise might reasonably start?
  15. Something funny is going on with their booking engine. I counted (twice) when I posted 114 number three hours ago but now see that online inventory is down dramatically from then to a number in the range of what you quote. I don't know which represents actual availability reality versus system glitch. In either case, all ports on the cruise are currently closed to ships and coronavirus problem is not going to disappear between now and early June. The main logistical problem at the moment would be the fact that Fiji is closed to cruise ships in an effort to keep their cases at zero.
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