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Verokaren

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About Verokaren

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Vero Beach, Florida
  • Interests
    swimming, snorkeling, walking on the beach
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Oceania, Regent
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska, Eastern Carribean

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  1. I believe I posted this in another thread, but I was booked on Regatta for the March 15th sailing. O cancelled on March 12th (we were en route to Tahiti). They said it would take up to 90 days for credit back to CC, but I received everything in full in one credit to my CC by March 31st. I was quite pleased considering the total upheaval within the industry. And, as for me, I want to be the first one back on one of O's ships ASAP!! The sooner, the cleaner, lol!
  2. I'm jumping in here. . . we were booked on the French Polynesia sailing of the Regatta that was cancelled on the evening of March 12th when we were en route to Tahiti. I did receive my refund today from Oceania, and was surprised it came so quickly after the frequent 90 day warning. The two excursions I had booked were also refunded. We booked everything else separately, including airfare, pre-cruise hotels and some excursions. I thought Oceania would reimburse us for the airfare cancellation fees that we still have not been able to recoup, but no communication from them regarding that. Frankly, I was thrilled to get the 100% reimbursement just weeks after the cancellation. I appreciate any other guidance on what else I should do with Oceania.
  3. Nancy, thank you so, so much for your encouraging words! I did speak with Oceania just a bit ago, and I had the person check on this current sailing. He said there have been no port cancellations, and none scheduled for next week either. Not sure if this is true or not. We do have plans to stay a few nights at the Hilton Moorea prior to the cruise, so wondering if we just extend our stay there and try to head over to Bora Bora as well for some time. I would so miss the Regatta, though, but want to keep everything in perspective.
  4. Is this true that the current sailing of Regatta has cancelled ports??? Where did you hear that? We fly out Thursday. Also, we will not be able to update our paperwork as we will be in country on Friday.
  5. Thank you, thank you!!! Yes, the nails are gone, and this has reached an all new level of anxiety. We are all packed with snorkels and fins and were set to go until this State Dept. advisory. Now what??? Will FP shut down ports? Will Oceania cancel? I was also an RN, like you (Critical Care), so understand the concern, but there are risks around everywhere. This is quite a bold statement. I so appreciate your thoughts, prayers and empathy!! Hopefully, all of this will pass by the time your cruise comes around :).
  6. Jancruz, When you say "there are talks going on. . . ." do you mean talks of cancelling ports? We are flying out on Thursday and due to sale on the Regatta starting the 15th. I am holding my breath hoping the FP government does not cancel the ports of call. Any word on that??
  7. We are going to French Polynesia. . . . at this point my attitude is "come hell or high water," or COVID 19! Hope not to regret it, and plan on not worrying too much once I get there :).
  8. Hi Terry! Thank you for your encouraging tales and photos!! We are supposed to be flying out on Thursday to join the Regatta on Sunday. Interesting to hear about the temperature checks after each port visit. Also, were there any other imposing or daunting changes on the ship? We are still leaning towards going on the trip, but don't want it to feel like a sailing infirmary. Thanks for any insights! Karen
  9. Well, I for one am happy with the 48 hour portion of their policy. It gives us the flexibility to react should a foreign government respond by closing ports. We are supposed to fly out to French Poly on Thursday for a next Sunday sailing that we have planned, like most of us, for months and months. I am now debating whether or not to jump on the Riviera down to the Caribbean, as that does not require a flight for me. Still the risk of being stranded on a ship for two extra weeks exists. . . so wondering if I should just take the FCC and go to Hawaii?? DESPERATELY NEED A VACATION!
  10. Thank you so much, Jake97. I just checked Delta's website (we are flying Air France next Thursday), and the update is the same as it was yesterday for FP: FRENCH POLYNESIA - published 04.03.2020 Passengers and airline crew who have been in Cambodia, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (SAR China), India, Iran, Italy (Emilia-Romangna, Lombardy and Veneto regions), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines or Viet Nam in the past 30 days must have a medical certificate, dated from maximum 5 days before their arrival in French Polynesia. The medical certificate must confirm that the passenger is free from Coronavirus (COVID-19). I suspect we still should get a Dr.'s note for 3 days out, but who knows at this point. I spoke to Oceania this morning, and they are still not willing to give any concession for cancelling, and said the sailing out of Papeete today went as scheduled, therefore, there was no reason to cancel.
  11. Hi Petoonya, This is so frustrating as it is changing daily. We are due to fly out next Thursday, but really debating whether not to cancel at this point. Did you have a trip insurance? I'm so sorry you had to change your plans! I have an appointment to get a doctors note on Monday but flying out on Thursday, so now must change all of that around.
  12. Does anybody know what the "health certificate" is? Can it be a note/letter from the doctor, or is it a specific form?
  13. Here is what is on the Delta website regarding French Polynesia: FRENCH POLYNESIA - published 04.03.2020 Passengers and airline crew who have been in Cambodia, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (SAR China), India, Iran, Italy (Emilia-Romangna, Lombardy and Veneto regions), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines or Viet Nam in the past 30 days must have a medical certificate, dated from maximum 5 days before their arrival in French Polynesia. The medical certificate must confirm that the passenger is free from Coronavirus (COVID-19). Below is the link to this document which sites the travel restrictions to many countries: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm
  14. Where did you hear that, Julig22? We are flying through Delta/Air France next Thursday, the 12th (actually early morning of the 13th). The Delta website has an international flight coronavirus update and this is what it said: FRENCH POLYNESIA - published 04.03.2020 Passengers and airline crew who have been in Cambodia, China (People's Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (SAR China), India, Iran, Italy (Emilia-Romangna, Lombardy and Veneto regions), Japan, Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines or Viet Nam in the past 30 days must have a medical certificate, dated from maximum 5 days before their arrival in French Polynesia. The medical certificate must confirm that the passenger is free from Coronavirus (COVID-19). Below is the link to this document which sites the travel restrictions to many countries: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm So. . . .from this I am wondering if they are NOT requiring a letter from your physician if you are from the U.S.??
  15. Again, thank you, Petoonya, for this heads up. We are sailing on the March 15 departure, hopefully!! It is hard to know what is required, specifically. Would a visit to an urgent care facility suffice? And again, Oceania needs to weigh in on this. I have friends sailing on Viking, and they are thrilled with their new policy regarding the 24 hour cancellation.
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