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  1. Best Wishes everyone. Fingers crossed for 2021. 🎄✨🛳️ DavidH
  2. Hi Andrew, Apologies for the delayed response. I've been unable to access the Forum website for the last few days for some reason. Don't know if anyone else has experienced the same "timed out" issue? As for the itinerary, I'm waiting until we get confirmation of the booking and our cabin allocation before considering whether or not to go ahead. I'll check the itinerary at that point - hopefully, during the course of the next week. Regards, DavidH
  3. Received an email from HAL in the early hours of this morning giving us an update on our planned cruise of Japan and Russia, scheduled for April 2021. Bear in mind that this trip was a already a re-booking of our cancelled April 2020 cruise. Referring to the recently released Framework for Conditional Sailing from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is what they had to tell us:- "As we continue to prepare and develop our plans, we have made the decision to extend our pause in cruise operations for all departures through March 31, 2021, cruises of eigh
  4. Back in February, HAL cancelled our Japan and Russia cruise and promptly refunded all monies payed. With the help of both Bolsover (through whom the cruise was booked) and Trailfinders (flights and pre-cruise land tour package), we re-scheduled the trip for April 2021. Bolsover have just informed me that the date for the cruise balance payment has been deferred by one month to early February 2021. I guess by then HAL will be making a decision as to whether or not the cruise can go ahead, thus avoiding taking final payments which would need to be refunded. If it does go ahead, we cu
  5. At least last time we were locked down, we had good weather which allowed for great walks/bike rides in our wonderful countryside. All those tracks and fields are a much wetter. colder, windier proposition now. Dancing shoes back in the cupboard. Table tennis bat likewise. Might have to rig the bike back up to the static trainer!! Boring!!! But, still with hope. DavidH
  6. So now Azamara have cancelled all cruises until Spring 2021. Quest will re-start on March 20th with a Spain Intensive voyage. Journey on April 9th with an Iberia Intensive. Pursuit on May 9th with a Greece Intensive. Or will they?????????????? DavidH
  7. Hi Graden, As I have no desire to cruise on "The Leviathon Of The Seas", I would welcome the opportunity to sail from more Northerly ports on the smaller ships. But, to where????? DavidH
  8. But unfortunately not in my lifetime, I'm beginning to think!!
  9. Relieved to say that Azamara have indeed cancelled our back to back cruises scheduled for November 2020. In general, they have continued the suspension of their operations until the end of October but the unique Quest November itineraries have also been cancelled. Our options are:- 1. 125% Future Cruise Credit based on the amount paid. As this was only the deposit, it doesn't amount to much. 2. Lift and Shift. As this was a one off itinerary which is not in their schedule for next year, this option is useless. 3. 100% refund. We have until 31 December 2020 to
  10. No words, Jenjen. So sorry. Stay strong. DavidH
  11. I think I have mentioned before on this forum that, despite all our thoroughly enjoyable cruises over the years, our favourite form of holiday remains taking our touring caravan across to France. Only a few days ago, I was checking out the pricing of a journey through the Chunnel but, that is back off the agenda for now with the latest twist in the European tale. We have, however, just had our first weekend of the year with the 'van at a Caravan & Motorhome site, meeting up with my sister and her husband for the first time since Christmas. Next week we're heading North for a few day
  12. No cruises - no issues to discuss!! "Simples"!! DavidH
  13. We have invariably selected our cruises in the past based on ports of call. However, we have occasionally returned from a cruise feeling as though we need a holiday to recover from the all action, port a day, routine. More recently, we have gone for a balance of calls and sea days. As for the future.....................................? DavidH
  14. Hi OWT, Have you considered Warner Leisure Breaks. Not in Kent/Sussex but we enjoyed a few days at Sinah Warren Hotel on Hayling Island some years ago, From their website, it would seem Warners are opening up from 27 July. DavidH
  15. Hi Anchors-aweigh, My wife and I, together with a couple of friends, are due to embark Azamara Quest in mid November in Lisbon, visiting the Canaries and Cape Verde Islands before crossing The Atlantic for calls in Brazil, with Buenos Aires as the final stop. Being a US cruise line, I do not expect the cruise to go ahead and, right now, I would prefer that Azamara cancel the whole thing. Preferably, before we are due to pay the outstanding balance in mid-August. Much as we enjoy on board ship life, it's the ports of call that inform our cruise choices and, given the state of pl
  16. DavidH

    Cruise Refund

    The Consumers Association has been majoring on this issue of refunds for several weeks now but to no avail. They make the legal position quite clear but it doesn't seem to matter one jot. I think the bottom line is we are not going to see refunds on cancelled trips until things ease enough for others to book and the travel companies start to get some cash flow back in. That's why so many are offering future credits - they just don't have the cash reserves. DavidH
  17. Hi towny44, As you've already been made aware, the answer is "none". DavidH
  18. After some internet research, a disappointing telephone conversation with a rather rude and very aggressive guy from Staysure and further discussion with current insurers, LV, we have gone with Saga for the next 12 months. Very surprised, as Saga were hugely expensive the last time I looked at them - mind you, that was in 2005!!!! As always, hoping we never have to claim on it. DavidH
  19. Have today received the renewal notice from LV for our Annual Travel Insurance policy which has a renewal date of 1 June. With no apparent change to the Premier cover level which we have and based on our current area of cover (we have worldwide excluding North and Central America, Caribbean and Bahamas) the premium quoted is almost 30% up on what we paid this time last year. As I referred to in an earlier post, with price comparison websites out of action for travel insurance, it makes a challenge to the price quoted somewhat difficult. DavidH
  20. Hi tekram (James), Very interesting. Wouldn't it be good to know, in current circumstances, whether or not you have developed an immunity as a result? Best not to try and find out!! DavidH
  21. Hi Panda, Hope you don't mind my asking but, why take out an annual policy if you only require cover for 2 months in the year? DavidH
  22. Well, this particular over 70 has taken the bull by the horns. Prompted by an email from Bolsover this morning (a follow up to an enquiry following the cancellation of our Holland America Japan and Russia cruise back in February) we have booked the same cruise again but for April 2021. Their just announced "Have It All" promotional package, combined with the 25% future cruise credit they gave us for the cancelled 2020 cruise, meant we had an offer from HAL that was too good to miss out on...…………………...or will we????????????? DavidH
  23. One would certainly hope so. DavidH
  24. I guess, if renewal is the only option, it puts paid to the annual ritual of seeking competitive quotes to knock the renewal price down. No doubt insurers will also be looking to recoup some of their extraordinary losses during recent months and the months to come. DavidH
  25. So, Larry Pimentel has decided to call it a day as Royal Carribean announce sweeping job cuts. Azamara being our favourite cruise line over recent years and with back to back cruises on Quest in the diary for November/December this year, we wonder if he is deserting sinking ships? Having been appointed President and Chief Executive in 2009, his will be a very hard act to follow, in my view. Fingers crossed for later this year. DavidH
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