25% deposit on Antarctic cruise?

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#1
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Joined May 2017
The agent we have been working with is requiring a 25% non-refundable deposit to book a 22-day Antarctic cruise 18 months out. This seems extravagant. Does anyone know what is the norm? she is giving us a discount, but we still stand to lose a lot of money if we should have to cancel.
#3
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Joined May 2017
The ship is Hebridean Sky and the cruise line is Polar Latitudes. You may be right about Polar Latitudes setting the deposit. We haven't signed a contract yet, but I'll have to ask our agent about that.
#4
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Cruise lines set the deposit and the terms. We booked a Ponant Antarctica sailing for January, 2018 in March, 2016 and paid a 25% non-refundable deposit. For the early booking, a very nice discount was being offered, so we didn't mind.
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#5
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Okay. Thanks. We are getting an early booking discount, too, and my husband tells me it is a 20% deposit, not 25%. Of course, we will also have trip insurance. So I guess this is not unreasonable.
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Silversea requires a 10% deposit
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#8
Gold Coast
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I don't think a 20% non refundable deposit is reasonable 18 months out on an Antarctica cruise.

If you go ahead, read the fine print on your insurance, to make sure you are covered for every cancellation reason. We are not covered for everything under our Australian insurance policies.
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#9
SF Bay Area, CA
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Yes we had to pay for the insurance within 10 days of booking to be covered if Silversea went under. Since our cruise is not until December 2018, we paid it, remember Renaissance cruises and their R ships?
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#10
ExPerth, Now Melb Aus
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Originally posted by MMDown Under
I don't think a 20% non refundable deposit is reasonable 18 months out on an Antarctica cruise.

If you go ahead, read the fine print on your insurance, to make sure you are covered for every cancellation reason. We are not covered for everything under our Australian insurance policies.
Lol you may not think it's reasonable but it's perfectly normal practice for polar expedition deposits to be up to 25%.
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Gold Coast
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Originally posted by PerfectlyPerth
Lol you may not think it's reasonable but it's perfectly normal practice for polar expedition deposits to be up to 25%.
My concern is "non refundable". 25% of the cost of an Antarctica cruise is a lot of money to loose, if you have to cancel due to reasons not covered by your insurance policy. I am not familiar with "cancel for any reason" insurance policies in Australia.
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Princess - Ocean Princess - 2013 - Dover to Iceland and Norway, via Shetland and Faroe Islands.

Princess - Ocean Princess - 2012 - Singapore to Sydney
Fred Olsen Black Watch - 2012 - The Baltic, with Norway. Dover to St. Petersburg, via Kiel Canal.
Celebrity Century - 2011 - Auckland to Sydney

CTMA Vacancier - 2011 - Montreal to Magdalen Islands. Amtrak - Toronto to New York
MSC - Poesia - 2010 - Kiel, Germany to NY. Amtrak NY to Niagara Falls, VIA Rail Toronto to Vancouver
MSC - Lirica - 2008 - Genoa, Italy to Fort Lauderdale
Royal Caribbean - Rhapsody of the Seas - 2007 - Honolulu to Sydney
Rivers of Holland Cruise - 2003 - to Amsterdam
Alaskan Marine Highway - 2003 - to most Alaskan ports of call
Star Cruises - Superstar Leo - 2003 - Sydney to Darwin
Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Naruik - 2002 - Bergen to Kirkenes
Angelina Lauro - 1971 - Sydney to Perth. Indian Pacific - Perth to Sydney (Put me off cruising for 30 years!)

P & O - Chusan - 1970 - London to Brisbane, via Africa, India and Sri Lanka (Suez closed).
Chandris Lines - Queen Frederica - 1969 - Sydney to London, via Panama, New York and Rotterdam
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ExPerth, Now Melb Aus
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No to my knowledge "cancel for any reason" is an American thing - definitely never heard of it in any Aus policies I have personally read.

In my case and in many other cases with various expedition companies the "non refundable" bit just means it will be moved over to another trip for the person involved. I have only heard of one person ever losing their deposit and that was due to a medical condition that meant they were not going to be ever able to travel again AND they were stupidly 100% uninsured. It was only weeks prior to the departure (and the final balance being due) and the expedition company gave them many options - like transferring the deposit to another trip, providing a credit for a family member, letting a random family member take the existing trip etc. It was too last minute for the company to recoup its own losses on a full cabin so it was within its rights to retain the deposit.

And I am pretty sure that couple learned the hard financial lesson about travel insurance.
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Sea Adventurer: Feb 2014 (East side of Antarctica Peninsular, South Georgia Is, Falkland Is).

Ortelius: Feb 2014 Bluff NZ, Ross Sea, West Antarctica, Peninsula, Peter 1st Island, Ushuaia
Other regions: too many to list so just the highlights:
P&O Oriana 1984 (Indian Ocean) and 1986 (Pacific Ocean), Superstar Virgo 2003 (Indian Ocean),
Radiance of the Seas: Nov 2014 Bravo Theatre Opera cruise - Noumea.

#13
London
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Joined Jul 2009
Hebridean Sky is actually owned by Noble Caledonia. In fact we are doing Antarctica on sister ship Island Sky next November. Check out the Noble Caledonia site , you may get a better deal booking direct with them.


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