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Probably "Farewell" to Cunard for us :(


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Finally - all cruise refunds have come back to us - $30,000 AUD. It took  3 months from date of the 1st cruise and 5&1/2 months from date of the 1st cancellation by  Cunard in mid-February. Our 1st cruise was meant to be a 35 day from Yokohama to Vancouver on QE - with about 10 days each in Japanese and Canadian ports . That was cancelled very early in the Coronavirus situation - long before it metastasized across the World from China. As the situation developed in China, in late January it became plainly obvious to us that QE's cruises from the end of it's Australian cruise season was looking problematic and we knew that something was going to have to happen. So, although it took them a while to make a decision, Cunard finally cancelled our cruise and put out some ridiculously low priced fares for a cruise direct to Vancouver from Sydney via Honolulu . We very quickly  jumped on the opportunity to experience 25 nights in a Q4  Penthouse Suite- something that would normally be WAAAY outside of our financial capacity 🙂 But alas- it was not to be!!! 😞  Now - who knows what the future holds.? I don't believe that we will see Cunard ships in Australian waters for some years now - and any future Cunard cruises for us would require International flights - which I also think will not be viable for a few years either. But it has been great while it lasted - with two "3 Queens " cruises including the one starting at Southampton during Her Majesty's Silver Jubilee - and the last one with a Trans-Atlantic to New York on QM2 and a trip to the Norwegian Fjords. We also did a long cruise on QE from San Francisco to Sydney via many South Pacific ports and our very first Cunard cruise was on QM2 from Sydney to Auckland, That was only a short 4 day crossing - but we had previously witnessed QM2 for our first time enter Sydney Harbour in the early morning 10 years ago and it was a spectacle to behold - some years later we also saw her berthed in Southampton as we put-putted past her on the Hythe Ferry. We never ever dreamed then that we would eventually have 3 cruises on her - she is by far our favourite !!!!! 

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BINGO !   Barry. Take your dinner suit/tuxedo down to salvos shop, you wont need it any more. If you wore it on P and O Australia, the men in the white coats would take you away.🧑‍⚕️

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Don't give up!  We have the same love of QM2 as you and are still booked on a Montevideo -  New York WC leg in 2022.  We  had a spring TA cancelled and we took the credit....we're thinking of using it for an upgrade of the 3 week WC leg.

 

I'm optimistic.  A vaccine in 2021 and things back to a more familiar but  'new' normal in 2022.  Let's hope.

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1 hour ago, cruzzzinma said:

We have done two crossings on the QM2. We were supposed to board her today, in a Princess Grill Suite so we could see what it was like, for three weeks via a lot of cool places. Sad.

Cruzzinma, I'm sorry you had to miss it. Hopefully you'll get back on soon. It hurts, and I know that it's a "first world" problem, but lots of us have worked many years to get to a point in life to take these trips.

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6 hours ago, cruzzzinma said:

We have done two crossings on the QM2. We were supposed to board her today, in a Princess Grill Suite so we could see what it was like, for three weeks via a lot of cool places. Sad.

Sad indeed. QM2 is magnificent, unique.  Hope you do board her one day.

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