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Everything posted by Paulchili

  1. I would - A bird in hand...... Who knows what the future of cruising will be. You can always re-book that cruise later.
  2. Assuming that you have inquired about this, what is the answer/explanation Oceania is giving to you or your TA? If they have not yet provided an explanation you should insist that they explain themselves.
  3. In that case on what basis are you disputing the charge with your CC company?
  4. A June 26th sailing cancelled by O? That's newsworthy as the official cancellations are only till May 10th.
  5. Thank you Dave. Deep down I know that you are right and I was just grasping at straws. In the end I still feel I made the right decision as I would not have wanted to fly to Australia for an 8 day cruise - especially when 3 tender ports were cancelled and then I would have had to scramble for a return flight which I had with CX for miles. I believe the only stops they had were in Hobart and then disembarking in Adelaide. C'est la vie 😀
  6. Our situation is unique as well. We were booked on a 30 day cruise which was bookable as 2 separate segments (but we booked it as a single trip with a single booking #). SB changed the itinerary (last portion) significantly to the point that we did not want to take it. In view of this change they offered the option to cancel with 100% FCC. Subsequently the first segment was cut in half (due to Corona) and the second segment was cancelled altogether - both by SB, So 2/3 of our cruise was cancelled by SB but they would not offer a refund. Does any of this change matters?
  7. So was your final payment to your TA on April 1st?
  8. Dave - how about disputing a case where I was offered only FCC but I want a refund. FCC may or may not be of any value if either SB or I don't make it long enough to use it.
  9. Yes - if they cancel the cruise you'll have the option of a refund or 125% FCC. To make up for the inconvenience of this suspension, guests who are currently booked on voyages with embarkation dates from April 12 to May 10, 2020 will automatically receive a future cruise credit worth 125% of the cruise fare paid. This is our way of providing even more value to our loyal guests to cruise with us at a later date. This future cruise credit will be issued automatically and may be applied to any voyage on Oceania Cruises anywhere in the world through December 31, 2022 that is booked by April 1, 2021. All ancillary items purchased through Oceania Cruises will be refunded. Ancillary items eligible for refund include Oceania Care Travel Protection, transfers, shore excursions, hotel/land packages, air add-ons and fees, visas, beverage packages, and culinary experiences. For guests who prefer to forfeit the higher value of the 125% future cruise credit, a lower value full refund option is available. Please contact our Guest Services team no later than April 15, 2020 if you prefer to be issued a refund.
  10. Was your cruise cancelled by SB and you are waiting for a refund or did you cancel the cruise and are getting FCC from SB?
  11. I am sure that May will be cancelled and June as well, most likely. There is little appetite for people to get aboard a ship at the moment
  12. I agree with you but........ all my future cruises (May & Nov/Dec) are still there?
  13. We too have some cruises this Fall.I doubt that we will go but not cancelling just yet. Final payments are in July/Aug and we'll see how things look then. No advantage to cancelling now as far as I can see but if we cancel, we'll do so before any penalty phase.
  14. Agree with all of the above. Add to that the fact that many have huge amounts in FCCs and may not risk this happening to them again anytime soon as cruise lines will probably offer only FCC rather than refunds as cash runs low.
  15. Thanks Lyn - great pictures.
  16. Thank you my friend - I found it. Looks interesting - maybe for the future.
  17. I've seen Hudson river cruises on American cruise lines RT from NYC - not the ones you mention. What cruise line was that? BTW, that Hudson river cruise is more expensive than an average ocean cruise 🙂
  18. You are technically correct but what if Oceania does not survive in its current state or worse, not at all - that FCC could become useless. I certainly hope that is not the case, but.....A bIrd in hand....
  19. How is this behavior different from that of “antivaxers” you talked about? Those that attend these mass gatherings endanger the health of others there who then in turn will endanger the health of those that were not even there.
  20. What would you rather miss - your child missing his/her graduation or you or your parents getting COVID (with all the consequences thereof) because your child attended the graduation. There are many much worse things than missing a graduation, even if it’s the only one they’ll ever have. Dying of anyone because of ignorance of others is just one of them. I know what my choice would be. Some colleges are planning to postpone their graduations till June or July - why must it be in May? BTW - where is “here”?
  21. If they are asymptomatic with COVID and die of drug overdose then the drugs are the cause of death, IMO.
  22. To be more specific, if a patient is admitted with COVID serious enough to require hospitalization and then dies of a heart attack (or pneumonia, sepsis, multiple organ failure, etc), the cause of death is COVID IMO.
  23. Agree. If they die of a heart attack without COVID then heart attack is the cause of death.
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