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Le Champlain denied entry in Puerto Morelos

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Just heard from my TA.

 

Ponant is still claiming that PM is the port. So, I have no choice but to pay final deposit. But, Iceland is on ice.

 

I had asked if I could cancel and transfer the deposit if the port is changed. The answer is no.

 

According to my TA...

"Ponant did say that guests will be given pick up points and transferred to any new port that will be announced in the event of a change."

 

 
 

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Got my e-docs today.  My TA also talked with Ponant and Puerto Morelos has been the home port since the original incident according to Ponant.  I had other questions, decided to go directly over the transom and spoke with a customer service rep.  She confirmed PM as the start port.  The transfer offer in the event of a port change is acceptable to me and IMO the least Ponant can do.  Though Mexican intransigence and possibly greed is not Ponant's fault, the responsibility to do right by their passengers is theirs.

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Hi Gary - my husband and I were also on the Boston-Puerto Morelos (Cozumel) Ocean Voyage and I agree with your assessment that Ponant did a great job getting us off the ship in Cozumel and to our destination on the mainland. It was remarkable what they were able to pull off with such short notice. We were not inconvenienced at all and sort of enjoyed the extra "drama" of it all. You had the German telling the older gentleman from DC to STFU, I had an English chap doing the same!

 

This was our third Ocean Voyage (first was Fort de France to Lisbon on Le Boreal and second was last April on Le Champlain Cayenne to Lisbon) and we also thought that things were a bit off. On our other Ocean Voyages, service and food were top notch. Now, on our the first one we had 83 passengers and on our second there were only 43 of us, so that might have played into the better service. You are spot on regarding the food - some hits, some misses and some WTFs, but it didn't make our voyage any less enjoyable. Like you we enjoy the lazy sea days. Give that we had two referrals ($600 each) and $500 ship board credit, it almost seemed cheaper than staying at home! You get free laundry with your second cruise, so book soon!

 

We're booked on Ponant again in March 2020 - Montevideo to Praia, Cape Verde. Should be an interesting voyage.

 

Perry

 

 

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22 hours ago, mediaprohi said:

I have an email with the article linked into my TA.  Hope to hear something on Monday after she checks in with Ponant.

Looking forward to hearing what your T.A. says. TIA 

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Check out my post from earlier today.  It gives both the response from my TA and Ponant when I called them direct.

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Here's a cc from my TA. ..

 

"From: Olga Sebestova <osebestova@cruisestrategies.com>

Sent: November 25, 2019 12:27 PM
Subject: RE: Ponant Le Champlain and Puerto Morelos
 

Hi Patrick,

I have been advised by our New York office that the ship is still scheduled to dock at Puerto Morelos in January. They advised that as soon as they hear otherwise, they would be in touch with you. They had to change for a couple of November departures but other than that, have not had any other further changes.

 

They are reaching out to the head office in France to make sure there is nothing else in the works. Will let you know if I hear anything else.

 

Olga"

 

Would appreciate it if the December passengers can confirm this.  Thanks.

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14 hours ago, mediaprohi said:

Check out my post from earlier today.  It gives both the response from my TA and Ponant when I called them direct.

Thank you I saw it.

 

We are booked on the 12/21 sailing on Le Champlain and our T.A. has provided mediocre service/response so we appreciate all the information you are willing to post.

Since you received your documents 15 hours ago, or so, this means we should get ours next Monday or soon thereafter. Our notifications our turned on should you post anything else here. Thanks again 

  

Edited by Fighterone

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19 hours ago, PBfromDC said:

Hi Gary - my husband and I were also on the Boston-Puerto Morelos (Cozumel) Ocean Voyage and I agree with your assessment that Ponant did a great job getting us off the ship in Cozumel and to our destination on the mainland. It was remarkable what they were able to pull off with such short notice. We were not inconvenienced at all and sort of enjoyed the extra "drama" of it all. You had the German telling the older gentleman from DC to STFU, I had an English chap doing the same!

 

This was our third Ocean Voyage (first was Fort de France to Lisbon on Le Boreal and second was last April on Le Champlain Cayenne to Lisbon) and we also thought that things were a bit off. On our other Ocean Voyages, service and food were top notch. Now, on our the first one we had 83 passengers and on our second there were only 43 of us, so that might have played into the better service. You are spot on regarding the food - some hits, some misses and some WTFs, but it didn't make our voyage any less enjoyable. Like you we enjoy the lazy sea days. Give that we had two referrals ($600 each) and $500 ship board credit, it almost seemed cheaper than staying at home! You get free laundry with your second cruise, so book soon!

 

We're booked on Ponant again in March 2020 - Montevideo to Praia, Cape Verde. Should be an interesting voyage.

 

Perry

 

 

Perry -- 

 

Glad you enjoyed the ocean voyage, too! We'll definitely consider doing another one in the future. Our next trip with Ponant will be in late August next year when we do a 7-night circumnavigation of Iceland. Really looking forward to that! 

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On 11/16/2019 at 3:32 PM, CabinForOne said:

Thank you Gary!  I appreciate your review and I'm glad you enjoyed your cruise.  The price of these ocean voyages is really a bargain which makes trying Ponant such a good deal before committing to a longer and more expensive cruise.  You confirmed what I suspected about some reductions in service and, perhaps, food quality.  Still, an all-inclusive cruise on a small ship with a balcony cabin and those relaxing sea days sounds wonderful.  I'm trying Ponant, Oceania and Crystal over the next couple years.  It will be fun to compare.  Enjoy the Iceland cruise!

 

I have decided to book a long voyage on Ponant (76 days) and have never sailed with them. I feel totally confident with all the research that I have done. Like the information on this thread, Ponant seems to have amazing customer service. I had a bump in the reservation progress and they took care of it immediately. They even reached out to a customer to change their stateroom so I could have the same stateroom for entire the sailing. Oceania was my first cruise after years on NCL. I do not like the size of the new mega ships. Oceania was a little too many people even, but I did love the food and had one of the best concierges (Ray) I have ever encountered.  Enjoy those sea days!

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