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  1. I'm with Terry 2 on this. Once things start to stabilise we'll be back on ships and planes. So for next year I've already booked North Devon caravan site late June with 3 caravans for each of our children and their families, then a further week away just on own.
  2. Hi We're off to Warners Gunton Hall for a 3 night stay - 18th Sept. We went there a number of years ago and its was ok, so it will be interesting with social distancing in place. I'll let you know my views on return. On the subject of staycations. I've booked Ruda caravan park Croyde Bay, Devon for June next year with our families and grand kids. No cruises for us for the foreseeable future; still loads of places in the UK to visit.
  3. I do hope this is just scare mongering. Unfortunately I cant get to the whole article. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/if-you-want-a-refund-for-your-tui-holiday-cancellation-youll-need-a-doctors-note-3m902mfpq
  4. Further to my note #108 re the Competition Commission. Here is their promised response to tour operators playing hard ball. In a nutshell on the consumers side...result. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/882088/Covid_refunds_guidance.pdf
  5. So much for contacting people in order of their cruise date; mine was for 5th June still waiting for email. I see 'lovetoholiday' who booked for 20th June has received an email, but I did book through a TA, may be that the answer😐
  6. Further to Competition Commission note above; this appeared in todays press. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-travel-banks-block-billions-in-lost-holiday-repayments-n5rcgp93k Even the banks are now refusing to honour their legal obligations! :-(
  7. Came across this article published on Fri 24th April which advises that the Competition and Markets Authority have been flooded with complaints over holiday refunds and will next week set out measures to tackle concerns about refunds and cancellations in the travel industry. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/24/uk-watchdog-complaints-holiday-refunds-competition-markets-authority The CMA full report is here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/protecting-consumers-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-update-on-the-work-of-the-cmas-taskforce/protecting-cons
  8. Whilst browsing for information I came across this from ABTA. Its has a lot of useful information that may be helpful. https://www.abta.com/news/coronavirus-outbreak
  9. We are (or in reality were) due to leave from Corfu on Fri 5th June on Explorer. Thought I would check our reservation (booking on TUI site) to see if some sort of message would appear with an update. I was surprised to find that I could reserve our flight seats for £11 each. How lucky am I ....... :-(
  10. TUI's communication has improved as the days have gone on, with 3 updates today. Having worked in a operations role helping to manage such emergencies, they've not done a bad job when every hour the situation changes. I'll wait it out for now as we're not booked to cruise until early June.
  11. TUI Travel updates found here https://www.tui.co.uk/destinations/travel-information
  12. Interesting comments on here and other boards. We are due to cruise being of June from Corfu on Explorer with a stop in Venice. Specifically picked this one as we wanted to cruise in/out of Venice, don't think that will be happening now. Cest la vie. Agree with earlier comment that TUI wont be publishing any decisions before the end of March (or even in the last 5 mins) when a number of ships start their summer in the Med, but noticeable that the likes of RCI, Celebrity etc have already changed their refund policies and that the US Gov have recommended not to cruise. That's go
  13. We're on the same cruise but beginning of June. If I find any interesting info I'll post it here for you.
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