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  1. That's so weird. Such an easy thing to document!
  2. Yes, Allianz was doing that. Unfortunately we used a different vendor. Noted in this interesting article. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/17/travel/travel-insurance-pandemic.html?referringSource=articleShare
  3. I should add, this sounds like a great strategy if a pre-existing condition is a factor. In those cases I understand that early insurance, right after booking, will offer protection.
  4. We asked the insurer directly. Our TA alerted us that we'd hear from them to formally agree to the credit but they contacted us directly and we asked. (I'm of the "it never hurts to ask" school of thought.) We usually don't insure until final payment, deposits/early penalties are usually covered by credit card travel coverage or are refundable. We still lost a few hundred $ but i hope that means my TA keeps her commission. If I hear otherwise i will challenge the insurance company to make her whole.
  5. Yes, we were offered that option and decided that it wouldn't work for us. Just interesting to see how different companies in the same industry approach things.
  6. Did not post previously for this roll call but am happy to report that we got our refund in about 60 days from time of cancellation notice in mid April for our cruise that was supposed to leave Reykjavik tomorrow. It went back to the two credit cards we used. There was an especially large amount on one of the cards and we were able to get it transferred to a bank account (different bank than the CC company), that took less than a week. Since we had applied our FCC to this trip i wonder if we can reinstate it if someday ever comes. Next project is trip insurance refund. Since there was no insurable event and they didn't have to cover any losses... I have heard that Allianz and World Nomads were providing full refunds though we used a different vendor which may require forfeiting a pro rated amount for the period before the cancellation when the policy was still active.
  7. Oh, i thought you did get a stock reply! That was a cute pun!
  8. Sadly people were still getting mixed messages as late as March 8. This a US mainstream news article from March 8 would lead one to think it wasn't a good idea but there wasn't leadership -- or news media--unanimity. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/08/us/politics/cruise-ship-warning.html?referringSource=articleShare This is local Florida coverage March 9. Note attempt at contact tracing. https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2020/03/09/vp-mike-pence-visiting-florida-to-say-cruise-travel-is-safe-may-have-been-exposed-to-coronavirus
  9. Glad to know early that it's not going to happen, still breaks my heart how much we took for granted looking forward to our trip that is no more. (June Reykjavik round trip Including upper Norway and Greenland). Given what's going on it's a pretty frivolous problem to have, we're very very lucky to be comfortable at home and grateful for the trips we've enjoyed so far and hopefully sometime again.
  10. Not sure that is a fair comparison to what we are all facing today.
  11. This article implies it only applies to ship leaving US ports? (Not my usual news source, just first link I found) https://www.foxnews.com/us/royal-caribbean-and-norwegian-suspend-cruises-amid-coronavirus
  12. Reliable sources include https://www.sciencemag.org/coronavirus-research-commentary-and-news?IntCmp=coronavirussiderail-128 https://www.thelancet.com https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Flatten the curve is Explained all over, e.g., https://healthblog.uofmhealth.org/wellness-prevention/flattening-curve-for-covid-19-what-does-it-mean-and-how-can-you-help
  13. https://thepointsguy.com/news/cruise-line-coronavirus-cancellation-policy/ Has a good summary of what’s currently on offer for cancellation, credits, etc
  14. "there was interesting talk on the ship yesterday about “regular” Seabourn passengers and last minute fill ins, and I think that’s the greater danger here than to refund in full or give credit." What does that mean?
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