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  1. I would recommend not to look a gift horse in the mouth! - but also to stand by for a cancellation
  2. Which is why I chose refunds - rather than FCC . Took a long time for the refunds to eventuate, but I am happy that we went this way. The future is too unclear for me!!!!
  3. Cruising is only one aspect of this - it is the entire containment cum elimination strategy that is unsustainable. The reason that there will be no cruising for a long time is because the adherents of the containment/elimination strategy are currently dominant.
  4. I am thinking that another year or two IS a LONG time 🙂 Both in terms of the Financial viability of the Companies and the technical viability of the ships - ships don't like sitting around in the water doing nothing.
  5. There is a lot of "wishful" thinking affecting these future cruise bookings - plus of course all of those FCC's that have already been issued. We are seeing not only a second wave of Coronavirus - but also a second wave of cancelled cruises creating a kind of "compounded" FCC's situation - one FCC leading to another FCC which with sufficient blindness and wishful thinking will lead to triple compounded FCC's until THE END!
  6. What I was saying and continue to say is that these lockdowns/restrictions are unsustainable. I am also saying that the Coronavirus IS a big deal - in fact, much bigger than many/most can comprehend (as illustrated by the number of people on our Planet) and the current view of trying to hide under the bedsheets and hoping it will go away is unsustainable. This view alone will be enough to prevent any cruising for many years to come- so therefore be very wary about booking (and paying for) future cruises for a LONG time.
  7. You will however be required to pay the full deposit in February sometime ( depending on cruise departure date in August) - I am not sure that I would be wanting to pay P&O any money in February. This virus has a lot of room to manoeuvre all over the World left yet - 25 million have supposedly been infected around the World but there are 7500 million people still not infected.
  8. Bit of a shame about Pacific Dawn - we had sailed on her several times over the past decade and always liked her as a cruiseship . We did a 13 day transit on her late last year after her refit in Singapore and she was in the best condition we had ever seen her in!!!! Most of it was kind of cosmetic - such as the artificial grass on the pool deck and the outside deck above that - now it looks like she may be scrapped. Such is Life!!! One day you are a Rooster - and the very next day, you are a feather duster!!!!
  9. We lost $2400 to INSURE and GO - will never deal with them again. BUT, Mr Morrison gave us $3000 for free (as poor deserving Aged Pensioners) so I figure we are $600 ahead. Why Mr Morrison gave us $3000, I don't know because the virus had not affected our financial position at all (other then the Insurance loss) 🙂
  10. Our cruise was meant to sail in May ,many months after it was actually cancelled in February. When it was cancelled , I went to FC to find the TA who we dealt with was on holidays so another TA looked it up and simply commented that they were non-refundable flights ( and it was me who wanted to cancel the flights) - but that she would refer it to the actual TA when she returned from holidays. I heard no further for a few months and did not even bother to chase it up because I thought it would be a waste of time/effort. In the meantime, there had been a lot of Hoo-Haa about FC and cancellations on the News and in the Press and so about 4 months after my enquiry about cancellation, I did call them to see if there was any chance of a refund (expecting to be told "no") and my TA said " I was just about to call you - your refunds have just come through" !! I was VERY surprised as I really didn't think I would get these and was more concerned about getting my $30,000 refund from Cunard. You should tell them that you KNOW that people have received refunds for non-refundable fares.
  11. Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria are both off the southern tip of India - heading for ??? - at this time they look to be heading more towards the Persian Gulf than the Red Sea/Suez Canal
  12. 🙂 - Congratulations!!! We got our $30K back - but now don't know what to do with it!! 🙂 We had a coffee and cake which cost us $25 this week - the cake was very nice but it was the location that cost the most !! 🙂
  13. It will be a big shame if Pacific Dawn is broken up - we went on her last year for 13 days Singapore to Brisbane and she had only recently been refitted. Although old she was the best condition that I had seen her in for the decade that we sailed on her. We also liked Aria, Pearl and P&O UK Oriana - all smaller ships than the giants of today.
  14. I have to say that I got almost instant action from the moment I emailed the GM - we got a phone call about an hour later!!!! One thing else i did was to wait until Business hours before emailing - I started to believe that previous emails had all been sent outside of Business hours and were simply getting caught up in the "automatic reply" system.
  15. NZ has ensured that they have moved their part in the Coronavirus pandemic to a later date!!!! The old story about King Canute showing his Nobles that even he, the KIng, could not hold back the tide is relevant here.
  16. The death rate from this virus is quite low - it is not zero% however and never will be. 6 people have died from the virus in Qld this year - while 140 people have been killed on Qld roads in the same time . Don't know how many have died from cancer and metabolic disease (mainly caused by obesity/lack of physical activity). This virus is the least of my worries - at age 73.
  17. I find that most people who have this attitude have a comfortable income of some sort and a roof over their head!!!!!! One life saved is not necessarily worth1000 lives ruined!!!!!
  18. Although 15 million have apparently been infected around the World with Coronavirus, I remind people that the World now has 7500 million people - this virus has plenty of places yet to hide over the next many years - with or without a vaccine!!!
  19. I chose to get full refunds from Cunard cruises - and it took some months for them to arrive. I am happy that I did though because there are now people complaining that the same cruises that they had cancelled this year are considerably more expensive next year ( basically eating up all of their 125% FCC and more) - it is being said that this is because so many have moved their cruises to next year/ personally I recommend that you take a refund - the future of cruising is too uncertain now to take FCC.
  20. I knew all those Qantas sleeping masks we have collected over the years would come in handy some time!!! It's as useless as the proverbial "Tits on a Bull" - but it's a "mask" !!!!
  21. Finally - all cruise refunds have come back to us - $30,000 AUD. It took 3 months from date of the 1st cruise and 5&1/2 months from date of the 1st cancellation by Cunard in mid-February. Our 1st cruise was meant to be a 35 day from Yokohama to Vancouver on QE - with about 10 days each in Japanese and Canadian ports . That was cancelled very early in the Coronavirus situation - long before it metastasized across the World from China. As the situation developed in China, in late January it became plainly obvious to us that QE's cruises from the end of it's Australian cruise season was looking problematic and we knew that something was going to have to happen. So, although it took them a while to make a decision, Cunard finally cancelled our cruise and put out some ridiculously low priced fares for a cruise direct to Vancouver from Sydney via Honolulu . We very quickly jumped on the opportunity to experience 25 nights in a Q4 Penthouse Suite- something that would normally be WAAAY outside of our financial capacity 🙂 But alas- it was not to be!!! 😞 Now - who knows what the future holds.? I don't believe that we will see Cunard ships in Australian waters for some years now - and any future Cunard cruises for us would require International flights - which I also think will not be viable for a few years either. But it has been great while it lasted - with two "3 Queens " cruises including the one starting at Southampton during Her Majesty's Silver Jubilee - and the last one with a Trans-Atlantic to New York on QM2 and a trip to the Norwegian Fjords. We also did a long cruise on QE from San Francisco to Sydney via many South Pacific ports and our very first Cunard cruise was on QM2 from Sydney to Auckland, That was only a short 4 day crossing - but we had previously witnessed QM2 for our first time enter Sydney Harbour in the early morning 10 years ago and it was a spectacle to behold - some years later we also saw her berthed in Southampton as we put-putted past her on the Hythe Ferry. We never ever dreamed then that we would eventually have 3 cruises on her - she is by far our favourite !!!!!
  22. Finally - all cruise refunds have come back to us - $30,000 AUD. It took 3 months from date of the 1st cruise and 5&1/2 months from date of the 1st cancellation by Cunard in mid-February. Our 1st cruise was meant to be a 35 day from Yokohama to Vancouver on QE - with about 10 days each in Japanese and Canadian ports . That was cancelled very early in the Coronavirus situation - long before it metastasized across the World from China. As the situation developed in China, in late January it became plainly obvious to us that QE's cruises from the end of it's Australian cruise season was looking problematic and we knew that something was going to have to happen. So, although it took them a while to make a decision, Cunard finally cancelled our cruise and put out some ridiculously low priced fares for a cruise direct to Vancouver from Sydney via Honolulu . We very quickly jumped on the opportunity to experience 25 nights in a Q4 Penthouse Suite- something that would normally be WAAAY outside of our financial capacity 🙂 But alas- it was not to be!!! 😞 Now - who knows what the future holds.? I don't believe that we will see Cunard ships in Australian waters for some years now - and any future Cunard cruises for us would require International flights - which I also think will not be viable for a few years either. But it has been great while it lasted - with two "3 Queens " cruises including the one starting at Southampton during Her Majesty's Silver Jubilee - and the last one with a Trans-Atlantic to New York on QM2 and a trip to the Norwegian Fjords. We also did a long cruise on QE from San Francisco to Sydney via many South Pacific ports and our very first Cunard cruise was on QM2 from Sydney to Auckland, That was only a short 4 day crossing - but we had previously witnessed QM2 for our first time enter Sydney Harbour in the early morning 10 years ago and it was a spectacle to behold - some years later we also saw her berthed in Southampton as we put-putted past her on the Hythe Ferry. We never ever dreamed then that we would eventually have 3 cruises on her - she is by far our favourite !!!!!
  23. Finally - all cruise refunds have come back to us - $30,000 AUD. It took 3 months from date of the 1st cruise and 5&1/2 months from date of the 1st cancellation by Cunard in mid-February. Our 1st cruise was meant to be a 35 day from Yokohama to Vancouver on QE - with about 10 days each in Japanese and Canadian ports . That was cancelled very early in the Coronavirus situation - long before it metastasized across the World from China. As the situation developed in China, in late January it became plainly obvious to us that QE's cruises from the end of it's Australian cruise season was looking problematic and we knew that something was going to have to happen. So, although it took them a while to make a decision, Cunard finally cancelled our cruise and put out some ridiculously low priced fares for a cruise direct to Vancouver from Sydney via Honolulu . We very quickly jumped on the opportunity to experience 25 nights in a Q4 Penthouse Suite- something that would normally be WAAAY outside of our financial capacity 🙂 But alas- it was not to be!!! 😞 Now - who knows what the future holds.? I don't believe that we will see Cunard ships in Australian waters for some years now - and any future Cunard cruises for us would require International flights - which I also think will not be viable for a few years either. But it has been great while it lasted - with two "3 Queens " cruises including the one starting at Southampton during Her Majesty's Silver Jubilee - and the last one with a Trans-Atlantic to New York on QM2 and a trip to the Norwegian Fjords. We also did a long cruise on QE from San Francisco to Sydney via many South Pacific ports and our very first Cunard cruise was on QM2 from Sydney to Auckland, That was only a short 4 day crossing - but we had previously witnessed QM2 for our first time enter Sydney Harbour in the early morning 10 years ago and it was a spectacle to behold - some years later we also saw her berthed in Southampton as we put-putted past her on the Hythe Ferry. We never ever dreamed then that we would eventually have 3 cruises on her - she is by far our favourite !!!!!
  24. 18K out of 30K arrived into our Bank Account yesterday - expecting the remaining 12K into our CC account soon. It is unfortunate that it required a direct approach to the General Manager of the TA to get some action!!!!
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