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  1. If and when they start cruising again, can you imagine the lineups at the purser's desk, with all these 'trust us, it's automatically credited to your account'? I wouldn't be an onboard "guest services" employee for all the tea in China. It all presupposes that the land-side administration know what they're doing and get it all right, up front. Just like their website.
  2. It's a gamble In this situation, T5LHR, a bird in the hand might be worth 1.25 in the bush. To betting man, that's odds of 4:1 on. So, what it comes down to is do you think the odds on Carnival being able to honour their offer are better or worse than 4:1 on? And all this assumes, of course, that the price of a future cruise is roughly the same as now. There's a lot of variables. And finally, let's not forget the golden rule of gambling: never bet more than you can afford to lose.
  3. The form referred to in the red-type hotlink above applies not only to bookings directly with Cunard but those via TAs as well. This seems to be a departure from a fundamental tenet of Cunard and most other cruise lines. If the FCC option is selected and funds are credited to the customer's 'guest account' at Cunard, I wonder if this means that the ensuing future booking(s) must be made directly with Cunard also and not through a TA. Can anyone in the know clarify, please?
  4. I fear, brockstout, you are going to have to change at least one of your parameters, not least of which is going somewhere other than Alaska. In June 2021 there is just one cruise the whole month that takes 5 days: Norwegian Sun, June 17, out of Seattle. Of the 4 days away from port, 2 are sea days, one is In Ketchikcan AK and one is in Victoria BC. Not much Alaska, and not very far north - Ketchikan is just north of the Canada border - so no glaciers. Up to you but a lot of effort for very little Alaska. If you can wait until September, the Celebrity Millennium has a 6-day outing from Vancouver, visiting Ketchican, Juneau and Tracy Arm (glaciers). She sails September 03. You've stressed "affordable", so the Disney Wonder on July 07, also 5 days, out of Vancouver doesn't fit the bill. The irony is that there are 150 Alaska cruises currently available, but as others above has said, they are, by far, either 7 or 14 days.
  5. 1. My experience is that, in terms of durability, you get what you pay for. 2. For carry-on baggage, check the airlines' (latest!) maximum measurements and buy one that has two wheels, recessed as much as possible into the body of the case, and that is as close to those measurements (take a marked tape measure) as possible. That way, you maximize the usable space inside the box. 3. Do not buy right before you travel or you may be rushed into something that quickly reveals it is sub-standard. 4. If the baggage handler don't get you, those curbs and steps will ruin the tiny axles that the wheels spin on, if you don't take care there. 5. Remove any debris from the wheel hubs and add a tiny drop of oil to them to keep the case easy to pull along, as well as on the two handle extenders (they can rust and jam up after they get wet).
  6. Astonishing! Solent Richard and maggiemou: here are each of the first two pictures in the series you have both published above. Look carefully and you will see that you are both taking pictures of each other, and at almost exactly the same moment in time. Maggiemou, you were in or near East Cowes (I think?), with your camera aimed across the Solent (Spithead?) towards Lee-on-Solent. And Solent Richard, you were the exact opposite. And the positioning of the same two vessels in each picture mean that you must have taken these pictures easily within about a minute of each other. Astonishing! Take a look:
  7. We never used to have afternoon tea until we sailed with QM2 on a 'crossing' in 2016. Now, most days if we're indoors (which is a lot lately) we enjoy a nice cup of orange pekoe around 3 pm in our "Cunard 2016 Transatlantic Crossing" mugs which we are glad we bought while on board and still use, even if the design on the them is wearing rather thin now. Brewed for four minutes, with just a splash of milk. No cucumber sandwiches but we might run to a cookie or two (I do like Jaffa cakes but they are hard to find here). Occasionally, I will delight my wife by serving them with white gloves and a demure, slight bow. Sadly, no live string quartet to serenade us but a local radio station suffices at a pinch. Very civilized. As for the scones, well my wife will bake them as a special weekend treat sometimes too.
  8. I've just read this notice from P&O/OZ and I commend it to other readers here, as it states clearly and unequivocally what their position is and what they are doing and when. No vagaries or contradictions. Simon Palethorpe: this is how to do it.
  9. There are a lot more than this, Donald. Please see note 4 in my original post. The smaller the vessel, the shorter the distance it can travel (i.e. lower speed). Many of these (over 50 of them) vessels that offer onboard overnight accommodation sail out of Alaskan ports and never reach Canadian ports.
  10. Nice, if sombre, pictures, Solent Richard. With the help of Google Maps and some orientation, I'd say you were in or near Lee-on-Solent when you popped these photographs?
  11. If this is true, Cunard are doing themselves no favours with this approach. It would seem to be a blatant cash grab, since they are only acting as an agent for the excursion operators, to whom most of the money would ordinarily be turned over anyway. Legally, this is very thin ice. Especially since tours can be cancelled as late as being on board the cruise. bunkrest: if there is still no satisfaction from Cunard, I'd contact the tour operators directly and tell them your experience. My guess is they will be furious. Also, it begs the question, if they are prepared to do this with other people's money, which other third parties are next? Airlines? Travel agents? Hotels? The list goes on. Yes, very thin ice. Cunard also made the mistake of, as you recount, handing this issue to public relations. They should have referred it to their finance or legal specialists. bunkrest, I'd be grateful if you would let us know on here how your story unfolds. I do really hope, from everybody's standpoint, that Cunard relents on this and also, hopefully gives you an abject apology. If not, they could be digging a seriously big hole for themselves. And then it will go to the legal department, whether they like it or not.
  12. No crystal ball, no moralizing but what I can say is that, from a legal standpoint, customers who prepay a contract are unsecured creditors. Which means, it terms of pecking order, they are bottom of the pile, along with suppliers and payroll employees with no termination agreement. For what my own crystal ball is worth, I don't see Carnival folding, nor do I see insolvency resulting in the appointment of a receiver. Its balance sheet is healthy and well-ordered, in terms of quantity and repayment of debt. An important option open to them is to sell and lease back major asset(s), since they currently have relatively little in the way of lease commitments (i.e they own the ships). Such a strategy generates quick, potentially sizeable cash and has virtually no impact on operations, sales or customers' cruise experience. And with interest rates an rock-bottom levels, this is an attractive possibility for both lessor and lessee. It is a common practice in the transportation sector, where large amounts are tied up in large equipment. If I ran a leasing / finance company, I'd be sniffing around the cruise industry already, looking for a deal.
  13. Vessels carrying more than 500 people are banned from Canadian ports (all three coasts) until July 01, 2020. Here is a listing of vessels that intended to offer Alaska cruises in 2020 and whose passengers plus crew exceeds 500. Note 1. The list includes ships that turn around at USA ports, as the Jones Law does not seem to have been waived by the US government (advise if this changes, please). Note 2. For completeness, the list includes some ferries though the ban, at present, does not extend to them; but it might at some point. Note 3. The number of people quoted is the maximum complement on board; in practice it may be less (e.g. the ship is not sold out or the total is intentionally capped). Note 4. The 42 ships listed represent about half of the all the vessels that serve the Alaska market; so there are also as many vessels which are not affected by the ban. In terms of passenger capacity, however, the list accounts for 94% of the market. The list is sorted alphabetically by cruise line, for easy lookup of a specific vessel. Operator Vessel Total Alaska Marine Highway System (ferry) Kennicott, M/V 506 Alaska Marine Highway System (ferry) Columbia, M/V 562 BC Ferries (ferry) Northern Expedition, M/V 638 BC Ferries (ferry) Northern Adventure, M/V 640 Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Miracle 3,510 Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Spirit 3,510 Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Millennium 3,587 Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Solstice 4,670 Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Eclipse 4,691 Cunard Line Queen Elizabeth, M/S 3,508 Disney Cruise Line Disney Wonder 3,403 Holland America Line Maasdam, M/S 2,098 Holland America Line Volendam, M/S 2,365 Holland America Line Westerdam, M/S 3,179 Holland America Line Noordam, M/S 3,186 Holland America Line Oosterdam, M/S 3,246 Holland America Line Eurodam, M/S 3,454 Holland America Line Koningsdam, M/S 4,219 Hurtigruten Inc. Roald Amundsen, M/S 750 Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Sun 3,170 Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Jewel 3,935 Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Bliss 5,809 Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Joy 6,441 Oceania Cruises Insignia, M/S 1,175 Oceania Cruises Regatta, M/S 1,175 Princess Cruises Pacific Princess, M/S 1,177 Princess Cruises Coral Princess 3,295 Princess Cruises Sun Princess 3,343 Princess Cruises Star Princess 4,215 Princess Cruises Golden Princess 4,258 Princess Cruises Grand Princess 4,272 Princess Cruises Ruby Princess 4,872 Princess Cruises Emerald Princess 4,879 Princess Cruises Royal Princess, M/S 5,618 Regent Seven Seas Cruises Seven Seas Mariner 1,224 Royal Caribbean International Radiance of the Seas 3,404 Royal Caribbean International Serenade of the Seas 3,439 Royal Caribbean International Ovation of the Seas 6,119 Seabourn Cruises Seabourn Sojourn, M/V 870 Silversea Cruises Silver Cloud, M/S 519 Silversea Cruises Silver Muse, M/S 1,099 Viking Ocean Cruise Viking Orion, M/S 1,395
  14. A small point. The webpage at the above hotlink states (quote): "We understand the Canadian government has banned cruise ship travel containing more than 500 passengers". This not correct. This mistake has been made by others too. To correct this, change "passengers" to "people". In other words, the 500 maximum includes both passengers and crew. With a rule of thumb ratio of of about 2.5 passengers to 1 crew, this translates to a maximum number of passengers of around 350. Needless to say, the 3 vessels Cunard have carry way more than 350 passengers and are certainly affected by this ban. (In practice the ban affects all mainstream cruise ships, regardless of brand).
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