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  1. Yes - I received a phone call yesterday saying that I should be able to shout BINGO in 2-3 days. But seeing IS believing!!!!!
  2. Only 4 people in a lift allowed??? Well that is not going to work for Cunard voyages I have been on!!!!
  3. PMCL - please keep me in the loop regarding this. I have been asked three times by different people from this TA what are my Bank Account details - it is almost like it is a standard answer to an email to make us think that something is being down about our claim. Personally I think they are running a big Ponzi scheme!! I know that this TA has received my refunds over one month ago. I only get their standard email that says they are very busy and the expected wait time is now 12-16 weeks (from date of departure)
  4. Who here has read carefully through the fine details of Travel Agency Terms and Conditions of booking - before booking??? I must admit that I have only read them rather "lightly" . But from now on I will be much more careful!!!! I kind of knew what would happen if I cancelled a Booking - but what about if the TA or the supplier to the TA cancelled it??? But that's not like to happen though is it! or is it??????????? My TA appears to be applying the conditions to be applied if I cancelled a booking -- but at least it indicates that I am entitled to a refund with a LONG wait period. The conditions to be applied if THEY cancel the booking are even worse!!! But , of course, they are never going to cancel a booking - are they?????? or are they?
  5. OK - I understand where you are coming from. I agree completely with you. Many people will have a long memory of this event - but also the bureaucracy around the World in Countries, States and Cities will all be reluctant to proceed ahead as well. Who is going to be the first mayor, or Local Council or Government brave enough to say "OK , you can bring a shipload of passengers into my Port now!!" ??? But my thought is also that the 1918 pandemic was notforgotten quickly at all - don't really know - if it took say a few years for people to relax, an equivalent time these days will send all of the Cruiselines into bankrupcy.
  6. Did you book directly with Cunard? I have learned my lesson - will never book via a TA again!!!!!
  7. Yes - obviously there are very big differences - but some are good and some are bad. There are more people travelling around the World and throughout their own countries now than there were in 1918. The World now has 5 times the population of 1918. and while our Western world has a much superior medical system, psychologically we have become distanced from death much more than the people of 1918. However, regardless of the differences, we as humans today have the same memory capacity as people then.
  8. There are a number of places around the World that are now off my travel radar- Egypt, Turkey and now Hong Kong. Of course there are also a myriad of other places that were never ever on our radar . We have been lucky to get to see some that we would no longer worry about - eg fortunate to see the divers of Acapulco and the Forbidden City of Beijing.
  9. I have been told by Cunard that my 3 cruise refunds have been processed - and now my TA (the 1st One!) has told me that they have received the funds and asked me for my Bank details - but all this means nothing until I actually receive them. I am convinced (after some communications with the TA) that they are treating these refunds as though they were "normal" cancellations - ie cancellations requested by passengers. Plus of course the " We are very busy, you know!!" I will know when I do receive the refund - I am expecting a cancellation fee per person per cruise!!!!! Might have to go to the media about that if it happens- it was the trick that "Flights" TA were pulling until the media embarrassed them to change their policy.
  10. In 2018, we all had forgotten completely (or never even heard of) the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. I wonder when the World (post 1918) started to forget about their pandemic ( which by the way was WAAAY worse than this one) - 1920,1921- 22,23, 30???? However many years it was, that is how long it will take before a cruise ship sails again in the next decade!!!!! ( as we Westerners are much softer and psychologically weaker than people of those times)
  11. Invest it into a 90 day Term Deposit Account - and keep rolling it over until they ask you for it - if ever!!!!! on the day you die, your NOK will get a nice little present!!!!
  12. Take a look at the graph in the bottom right hand corner of this webpage https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html This virus is going nowhere for a long time Worldwide- and as airlines/cruiselines operate Worldwide too (as are the homes of all their staff) neither are cruises going anywhere soon!!!
  13. Was told by Cunard a week ago that they had "processed" my refunds in early to mid - June. So I emailed my TA yesterday and asked if they had any further info for me - almost immediately I got this reply " Hi Barry I can see the funds are back, can you supply with me with the following details, BSB: Account Number: Name on Account:" I have a sneaking suspicion that this TA will take as long as Cunard did to do their "processing" --- we are very busy, you understand!!!
  14. Great to hear !! At least it appears that the cogs are turning - good for you. Cunard has advised me that they have "processed" my refunds on 12 June and 19 June. I had previously been asked over the phone how I wanted it all back as I had paid a combination of CC to TA plus direct Bank Transfer to TA , and I told him CC . I will be really happy when and if this saga is over. I am waiting on around $30K . We were to also experience the Queens Grill - it was too good a deal not to 🙂 - but it wasn't to be. Personally I don't think that any of us will be cruising again for a long time .
  15. Thanks Brian!!!!! 😞 The question then is - will they remain out of bankrupcy until mid -August????? 😞
  16. Where did you get that date of 15 June from ?.These are the exact words from Cunard to me " I am pleased to confirm that a refund for 2LDX4P has been processed in our system on 10 June, and for booking 2QHDMJ on 19 June. As these bookings were made through a travel agent, these refunds will be paid direct to the travel agent who will then issue them to yourself in accordance with their own terms and conditions. Please note that refunds via travel agents are done so through a cheque, which may take up to 20 business days to arrive from the refund date. " So - poor English expression there. "The refund HAS been processed and WILL BE PAID to the TA ??" -- When will it be paid? Has it been paid ? "Refunds are done through a cheque which may take up to 20 days to arrive " Arrive from where and to whom?
  17. The paranoia and hysteria that this virus has created is what is going to take years before we are back to normality. And there is every possibility that there will be no vaccine for this virus - there are plenty of human viruses that have no vaccine while others ( like the shingles virus) is only 50% effective. I am fortunate to live in Qld - but still much is still locked down here regardless of no new cases for quite a while. I am much more concerned about the possibility of my getting killed on Qld roads than contacting coronavirus ( there have now been 111 fatalities on Qld roads so far this year) - doesn't seem to be too much paranoia about that situation. If you insist on going to a supermarket - just make sure you don't drive there!!!!
  18. Yes - Cunard have advised me that they have sent cheques for our three cancelled cruises to our TA - but they have qualified that by saying that it could take up to 20 days to " arrive" - arrive where ?, I am not sure.
  19. Yes - I had used this email address before - but all I ever got was an automated reply which promised to contact me within 10 days - but never did. I did realise that I had been sending emails at "out of their hours" times and wondered if that was the reason for the automated replies with no human interaction - so yesterday I sent it during operating hours and lo and behold received a similar reply to yours. Now as you say - we wait for the TA action!!! I am with the 1st TA.
  20. FINALLY!!! - I have got an email from Cunard (written by a human being) that says they have paid a refund cheque to our TA on 12 June . This only happened after I wrote them a cranky email asking for a personal reply and not an automated reply saying "We are busy - don't call us, we will call you" because they never do call!!!! This was for a cruise which was cancelled by Cunard on 19 February, almost 4 months ago - one of the very first cancellations. At least I have an indication now that something is moving - rather than the total silence from all concerned up until now.
  21. I am willing to lay a bet that you have a regular source of income and you can maintain a roof over your head - with no thought or care at all for others who don't !!!!
  22. Nobody is discussing the difficulty the cruiselines will face re-crewing their ships!!!! According to media there are still 40,000 crew still unable to get home. I am thinking that many here are simply naive about what this and many other things are going to mean to the Industry starting up again even in 2021, and if it doesn't start by then it is all over. The next big thing to hit the industry will be the need to "cold store" all these huge ships which are still running hot.
  23. I would not even think of booking anything overseas in 2021 - except for maybe NZ and Pacific Islands. Have been burned so badly by booking ( and paying for ) things far in advance this year that I am now gun shy!!!! In fact from now on all holidays we go on will only be "last minute" offerings - in fact that is how we used to go on cruises , last minute bookings in guarantee cabins. We got some great deals !!!! Then we slowly started to book things a year ahead - not any more!!!!!!! Apart from anything else, at my age, unexpected health things start to pop up impacting insurance and other matters. Nope - last minute only from now on!!!
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