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About Meliador

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  • Location
    South Bend, IN
  • Interests
    History, crafts, ballroom dancing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Caribbean, Med
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Eastern Caribbean

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  1. Instead of rebooking a westbound TA (original trip), we decided to hedge our bets (if we get sick) and rebook a cruise from NY-Quebec in October 2021. We have never been on a Cunard cruise, and we're not sure how the "new normal" is going to look like. That being said, we are excited about boarding on the majestic QM2.
  2. We cancelled our westbound TA on March 3. It was our first cruise on Cunard and we were booked in a Queens Grill stateroom. We received a cancellation from Cunard on March 10. We applied our initial deposit to a future cruise (Oct 2021) and had the remainder (USD $11K) refunded against our credit card. After 90 days and being promised multiple times that our refund was coming in soon (last promised date was Friday June 5), I lost patience and filed a dispute with my credit card issuer earlier this week. The reason for disputing the charge was: never received the goods/services. I tried everyt
  3. Just off the phone with Cunard and my TA. They did not want to move my future cruise deposit ($3100) for the cancelled cruise against another deposit for a future reservation. In order to reserve for the voyage I had selected (NY-Quebec, October 2021 -M133), Cunard requested that I pay a cash deposit (about $2.5K for a Q5), and then apply the $3K to the balance that I would owe in June of 2021. So basically I would pay for about 50% of a cruise to happen in 1.5 year. While it is Cunard's prerogative to offer this solution, their competition is a lot more flexible. So I resolved t
  4. https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-03-11-20-intl-hnk/index.html https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-outbreak-prompts-trump-to-question-europe-travel-restrictions-11583971156?mod=hp_lead_pos1
  5. President Trump, .2 min ago on national TV in the US. . No more flights from EU as of Friday for the next 30 days. UK not impacted for the time being. Situation periodically reassessed.
  6. My TA just got off the phone with Cunard (US). They are using the same approach as the UK's updated policy. Fairly flexible for what I personally needed, so am happy with the outcome.
  7. Eric, that's exactly what I'm worried about....I personally cannot afford the risk of a 2 week quarantine on top of an 8 days crossing. Even if I had access to a great internet connection (!!) it would still be very difficult to work remotely. I wished Cunard would accept to simply postpone my cruise...I would be willing to do that, but to penalize me by losing half of our original $3k deposit ($1550) is very short sighted. And to think that I cancelled a cruise on the new Regent's Splendor to try the Grills....ohwell. C'est la vie.
  8. My TA just got off the phone with Cunard: my cancellation penalty is $3101 (25%), but they are offering 50% of that penalty back as a Future Credit Cruise, which is subject to change at any time (!!). This is disappointing....
  9. In my opinion, this advisory might imply that if I choose to cruise and the ship is quarantined in some port across the world, the US gov’t might not be so inclined to evacuate me and quarantine me at a US military base...(“we told you so”). Of course this would exclude those already at sea. I agree with Hypercafe, it would be difficult to exclusively provide for FCC, under the circumstances. The next weeks are going to be challenging, particularly for any fledging cruise line or cruise lines that just launched new ships in service. i again checked the Cunar
  10. It’s official...the US State Dept has issued tonight a travel advisory on cruise travel, along the lines of CDC’s recommendation: Passengers on Cruise Ships U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship. CDC notes increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment. In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures that have denied port entry rights to ships and prevented passengers from disembarking. In some cases, local authorities have permitted
  11. Hi Host Hattie! You are correct, the deposits are refundable until payment in full. After that, if you cancel, it costs 25% of cruise and/or deposit, if you cancel between payment in full (120 days) and 91 days from sailing.
  12. I am on the June 21 sailing, westbound TA (8 nights with a stop in Le Havre). We are already paid in full for the crossing (deadline was Feb 22). Furthermore, I have another 15 days to cancel where we are charged 25% of cruise (after that it jumps to 40%). While I would have been ok taking my chances that I might not get sick, what concerns me is the fact that any of the 2000+ other people on that crossing might get sick, and we might be stuck in quarantine for another 1-2 weeks. My job is not conducive to remote work. I am waiting to see if Cunard will be flexible...I am happy with resched
  13. Sorry for the confusion, I meant the travel insurance info for emergency issues, not the contact info per se.
  14. My TA also tried to enter the emergency contacts (after my own unsuccessful attempts) to my online voyage summary. It did not work for her either. She called Cunard and was told the same thing: while this request appears on the US version of the website, it is intended for non-US version of Cunard website. They told her to ignore this while they fix the issue.
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