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  1. I decided to call my Travel insurance one more time and this time they were more sympathetic to my case and have agreed to look into it. It may take a week or so before they get back to me.
  2. Flossie009 Thank you for that. It is interesting that in the list of insurers and under the table of Annual cover it states that Saga would consider this on a case by case bases. I have been a loyal costumer to Saga over the years buying multiple policies (house and car insurance as well as travel) and on the subject of pressing the pause button on my insurance or a refund on my Annual cover (which was taken out in July 2019) I was told on two separate occasions by different people and also via e-mail, that a refund in shape in any shape or form was out of the question. No prizes for guessing which insurance company I wont be using in the near future.
  3. Hi,..very interesting topic and glad I found this as we are in a similar situation. We normally use Saga worldwide annual cover and our current policy is due to expire next month. We have used this for several years and once had to make a minor claim for medical expense. We have a cruise booked for Feb 2021 which was moved from March 2020, and it is unlikely that we will be going on that one as well. I called Saga today and asked about the Covid-19 cover, and as per the previous poster stated, I was reminded that any new policy would not cover for that. The lady also pointed out that at this moment in time, very few companies will offer cover,....but that may change. We have just booked a Transpacific trip for 2022 and in light of the current situation, I have no intention of taking out cover for that until within 12 months of the sailing and also once we get serious about air travel and hotels etc. My very limited research so far, tells me that the only way to get cover for covid-19 is one that has a policy that allows "cancelation for any reason" but that may come with a hefty premium. I will continue to look into this and will be interested to learn of others experience. By the way, I did call Saga several months ago to enquire that when the UK Government had impose a travel ban, that in effect made my Insurance void, could they press the "pause button" on my annual cover? ie I made it clear that I was NOT asking for a refund but only wanted my cover to resume once the Travel ban was lifted. I was told that was not possible although I now know that some insurances have done that.
  4. I finally took early retirement at the end of May this year. I had planned to retire in August this year anyway but the virus brought the plans forward due to cost cutting measures at work etc thus it was not a problem. I had already been working a 3 - day week for some time and also latterly from home for the last 2-1/2 months so it was an easy transition. Our retirement cruise was meant to be Alaska - Hawaii - Transpacific to Sydney on Ovation of the Seas this this September but that has now been cancelled. So,......we have now booked the reverse option from Sydney to Hawaii then onto Vancouver on Celebrity Eclipse for April 2022. We hope and pray that the world will be back to semi-normal by then in some shape or form.
  5. I am pretty sure our Ovation Transpacific in Sept / Oct this year will also be cancelled. I just saw in our news today that all three Cunard round the world cruises have been stopped and all passengers to be flown home. The ships will return to the UK empty. Difficult times for all.
  6. Sorry to read this but totally understand. We were booked to sail on Harmony on March 22nd this year but canceled, as we were afraid of being quarantined and not able to get back to the UK. Our “dream" cruise on Ovation is still 6 months away so fingers crossed, it will have all sorted itself out by then, otherwise we will need to make some serious decisions nearer the time.
  7. Amazing. Thank you for sharing. We sail to Alaska on Ovation later this year and we cant wait.
  8. Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to share your experience and fantastic pictures. It is very much appreciated.
  9. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to do this. We are on the very same itinerary in 6 weeks time. Thanks again.
  10. Hi StrartrainDD, thank you for clarifying and I only noticed your reply once I had replied to Tom. I agree, it is very confusing (for me anyway !) and even our Travel Agent had to double check, and it wasn't until we got written conformation from RCCL that we sealed the deal. Thanks again.
  11. Hi,..you are absolutely right. The only way we are able to do this is because we are staying on the ship after Hawaii and sailing onto Sydney Australia ie we are doing a B2B2B. Alaska - Hawaii - Transpacific to Sydney.
  12. I have just found this thread and is very apt. I am now planning to retire myself in Aug 2020. Thank you for sharing your story. Your World Cruise will come round soon enough. As a retirement gift to ourselves we are going to Alaska and then a TransPacifc to Australia where we will spend some time with friends. We then fly home via Dubaii and finally back to the UK by which time we will have gone right rorund the world. We wish it could have been on a World cruise such as your one but perhaps after spending 6 weeks on Ovation as a "taster" (never been on a ship that long) it will whet our appetite for a longer one. You never know....
  13. Hi, This is spooky as that is the same as what I did and it was 2 years out. As it happens, I had a follow up meeting again yesterday and was told the same, I could retire now if I want to. However, we are doing a B2B2B on Ovation ie Alaska – Hawaii - transpacific to Sydney for this Autumn so I will slow down / transition to a 3 – day week till 31st Aug and then that’s it. I'm done. I have been told that the company will keep my position open after the trip if I wanted to come back and I have said “never say never” but in my heart it is unlikely. I too love seeing the countdown days drop and its “only” 216 days till we leave for Ovation but we have a wee trip on Harmony booked for April to tide us over till then. However, as they say,…life is too short and we should make the days count not count the days !
  14. Hi, not sure if this is any help but have you looked at the thread for World Cruisers? as I seem to remember from browsing that thread time ago some folks asking about things like that, and what they do to prepare for being away for extended periods. Good luck and Regards
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