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  1. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/more-flights-to-get-stranded-australians-home-amid-coronavirus-restrictions Not charter, the government is subsidizing a limited set of normally scheduled flights.
  2. I don't know if it's for these folks specifically, but I saw an Australian news report last night about the government sending charter flights to several places to collect AU and NZ citizens.
  3. Yes. The 90% is calculated on any non-refundable amounts, anything that is refundable you get back with or without insurance. For example, if you cancel before the final payment and if your deposit had been a non-refundable, then you still would get 90% of that deposit back and HAL would only keep 10% and the platinum premium.
  4. That reduced deposit is really working for us this time, and there is another benefit. We have a June 20th trip that we are still sitting on. The timing worked out for us, before we paid the final payment, they moved it to 60 days before. So right now we only have $200 FCD deposit at risk. And we were told that if we cancel, that deposit will go back as FCD, so won't have the limitations of the FCC they are issuing now.
  5. What was the reason given that it didn't cover the interruption? In my reading of the policy, it seemed like it didn't have a lot of exclusions you normally see.
  6. And this is why the advice is to hold broadly diversified mutual funds, NOT individual stocks. If you had $1000 of Vanguard's S&P500 fund starting in 2008, even right now today, you would still have $1500 a 50% profit.
  7. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-20/wa-coronavirus-cases-jump-as-cruise-ship-lockdown-announced/12075846 "WA Premier Mark McGowan has announced any non-Australians who arrived at WA ports on cruise ships would be prevented from disembarking." ...... ""Those people will be required to stay on the ship until arrangements have been made for them to be privately transported to the airport to fly to their home country."
  8. Thanks. I managed to resist my urge to post in every thread I could find that had it misspelled. Maybe I should search for the correct spelling to feel better about it. 🙂
  9. I've been trying to ignore it, but I die a little inside every time I see it...... It's "Fremantle" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fremantle, no double e.
  10. Assuming you like Alaska for the scenery and cooler weather, then you will love any of the Norway/Iceland/Greenland itineraries. The round trips out of Amsterdam are the best, great hotel right next to the cruise terminal. Just walk on board when your ready, your luggage is handled for you.
  11. +1 The kdam was our last cruise. Totally agree, first time we thought a specialty restaurant was worth it.
  12. As someone who hails from Perth (aka Fremantle) now in California. I have flown thru Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Tokyo, Sydney, and Auckland in order to get to the US. I can earnestly report that they all suck.
  13. I just put in a buy on NCLH @ under $10 on the off chance we sail on Oceania or Seven Seas.
  14. Where is this info? At this point, contact your TA to confirm. It was listed in a FAQ to travel agents, but hard to find on the HAL site. This is the post with the info https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2739890-email-from-orlando-ashford-great-response-to-a-crisis/?do=findComment&comment=59580174 We have confirmed with HAL an April 20th final payment on our June 20th sailing. (And a promise we can still buy the platinum protection before that date, we will cancel if they renege on that)
  15. For June sailings they have delayed final payment to 60 days before the cruise. That was only updated in the computers in the last few days.
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