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  1. Ooops Sorry for my confusion. But happy for Happy Hoppies.
  2. Congratulations Swaxxy! Your set of circumstances matches ours in terms of dates. So maybe there is some hope for us as we patiently wait.
  3. I am longing to return to the QM2, but alas, as a senior citizen, I will not return until there is an effective widespread vaccine, and that does not appear in the near future.
  4. We usually skip breakfast, although it was always great on Seabourn. Instead I have fond memories of dinner in the Collonade as it is so informal and pleasant. The newer Thomas Keller dishes were pretty good. But I just like the informal atmosphere, coupled with the table service. Like a friendly neighborhood restaurant at home.
  5. I just now received an email with links that brought me to Oceania's web site. All of the summer 2020 cruises are available on the web site. So either they need to update their web site, or they are selling cruises that are not likely to sail, and thus in the business of holding customers cash.
  6. I love Seabourn and have lately been dreaming of a return. But I am waiting for thousands and thousands of dollars in refunds for cancellations, and am not willing to commit any more money to the corporation until there is a vaccine. I am 69 and too much at risk to board any cruise ship. I would love to cruise again in 2021 and Seabourn would be my first choice, but my crystal ball looks very cloudy right now. They are getting no more of my money in the near future.
  7. We received a brochure in the mail today, first one in a long time. It listed lots of cruises from August, 2020 on, basically the entire inventory and schedule, business as usual. The prices are low and it was fun to fantasize, for a hot minute. Then I realized that most of these will never sail. Will borders be open, will convenient flights to and from be available, can one be assured that no one with the virus will board in August/September/October? So what is going on? Is this some sort of desperate corporate game to get customers to make deposits and early payments to generate some cash flow? This left me feeling very cynical and without much love for Oceania.
  8. Well it could be worse than our unending waits for cruise refunds. Today I received an email from the company I used to rent a tourist apartment in Lisbon. Our cancelled Seabourn crossing was to have left us happily in Lisbon in mid-April. After the crossing was cancelled, I cancelled the Lisbon apartment and negotiated a partial refund around March 22. The email today apologized for the long delays in processing refunds and announced that all of us waiting will have to wait until September 1! Yikes! That's more than 5 months after my cancellation! I fear the rental company is going bankrupt, although the email continues to assure that refunds will be processed. On the other hand, today I learned that the hotel we were to have checked into in New York City on June 29 will continue to be closed. They have promised refunds, and even though we booked through a third party with a non-refundable prepaid, the third party has agreed to process a full refund within 30 days. Good news...and bad news.
  9. More bad news for the cruise industry. I think there will be other ports banning ships until there is a vaccine.
  10. Cruise scheduled for 10/3/2020 Cancelled by Seabourn 5/5/2020 Requested a refund of deposit 5/7/2020 No response from Seabourn 5/10/2020
  11. If there is a vaccine by then (doubtful), then you might be able to enjoy this super-cheap booze cruise. Otherwise it will be a super-dangerous super cheap booze cruise. Maybe the alcohol will make you immune? At least you have the option to cancel without penalty, so why not?
  12. I requested my refund of my deposit this morning. I'll be sad for a while.
  13. This evening we received an email from Seabourn that our back-to-back-to-back cruises this fall have all been cancelled. All on the Odyssey, through Europe and then on the Barbados. I should not have been surprised, but i was, and now I am very sad. We will have a discussion with our TA regarding what to do about FCC vs refund and our definite desire to sail with Seabourn someday when it is safe. But seriously, I don't know when that will be. Tonight I am sad.
  14. You made lemonade out of a lemon. Congratulations!
  15. Cruise March 28 Cancelled by Seabourn March 14 Requested Refund March 15 No Response May 5
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