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I originally submitted this post in general cruise questions, but thought it might be more appropriate here.


My wife and I have been looking forward to our 50th Anniversary Queens Grill cruise on the Queen Mary ever since I booked it over a year ago. We’re due to sail from Southampton on 15th December 2022 for 26 days aboard.

On the 30th of May, all our hopes and dreams were dealt a cruel blow when my wife suffered a stroke at our home. She’s receiving excellent care, I’m an optimist and she’s a fighter, so we hope the scenario I’m about to discuss won’t come about. Nevertheless, it’s early days and I’m seeking advice to be as well prepared as possible.

We paid a deposit when we booked and the balance is due in September. We haven’t booked our insurance yet—who would expect a stroke seven months prior to sailing? That’s my first question—who will insure is after this event? I’m 76 and my wife is 73.

As I mentioned, I’m an optimist. My wife is making progress daily and we are hopeful she’ll be ready to go in December: No problem!

But what if she isn’t? I have a £20k cruise balance due in September which I intend to pay, but I’m not a wealthy man and I have no idea what my options might be at that point. Does Cunard have limits on levels of disabilities and are these negotiable? If she cannot travel (verified by a Doctor) can I recover any or all of my expenditure. Does Cunard maintain a waiting list for this kind of situation and would they return my deposits if the booking can be resold?

Apologies if this post had been disjointed. I’m still trying to get my head around y wife’s condition and I’m sure many more uncertainties will surface as we go along. Thanks in advance for any advice or assistance or fellow cruisers can provide.


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