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  1. We always pay with AAA Visa--I will take my 3% from AAA in travel vouchers AND get the protection of paying by CC. Getting 3% from cruise line for transfer from checking is a chance I will not take.
  2. @Daisi, maybe you misread my post---I WANT the trip to be cancelled! I want to reschedule. This trip, under current conditions would NOT be enjoyable. I applaud your nation's efforts to keep me out! My fingers are crossed that the trip WILL be cancelled.
  3. Dear wife just read on facebook that Trafalgar travel has suspended all worldwide tours through Nov. 30. Offering travel credit through Dec. 2022. We have nothing booked with them, but just offer the info as news. As I've mentioned (perhaps too many times, LOL) that we have a Collette tour to Canada in early Sept. This gives us more hope that our tour will NOT run. Fingers crossed, but I cannot see Canada opening their border to Americans. Toronto Blue Jays recently denied permission to play baseball at home. Main reason given was all the back-and-forth border crossings between US and CAN by teams.
  4. We did the Rhine with Viking in early October, and aside from Heidelberg Castle, we didn't think any places we visited were crowded. Seeing how mobbed Heidelberg Castle was in October, can't imagine what it's like in summer. Strasbourg Cathedral was busy when our walking tour took us through in the AM (several tour groups were there), but was not crowded at all when we returned after lunch.
  5. We are retired but not Medicare eligible until next year, and our Blue Cross insurance covers us overseas.
  6. Very nice @Jazzbeau, the cottages near Acadia NP where we have stayed for the last 30 years is not opening, and may not open next year--owner is elderly, and cannot see how he and his staff could properly sanitize 1930's era cottages properly between renters--very sad situation. Enjoy! We are jealous that our state, MA, is not allowed into ME without a 2 week quarantine, or recent test. Given that NY, NJ, etc residents are allowed in, we find that to be a head-scratcher, since MA numbers are now low.
  7. I believe that Jazzbeau's reference was to Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. The "A" in the Scarlet Letter was for "adultery"---which is why my mind went in the direction of Hawthorne--he did not choose a "C" for "covid" but an "A", like in the novel.
  8. We were in the lowest level on Viking, and it was cool to watch the swans from water level--they came within a few feet of the windows!
  9. We've been told that our Sept. Canadian Rockies trip is "still on". 45 days out (late July) tour company will "re-evaluate". I am 100% we still won't be going. Here in MA, numbers are way down. In the "what, me worry?" states, numbers are exploding. USA is exactly where we were in April. If I was Canadian, I wouldn't let an American come within miles of my border! We need to let THEM cancel so we don't lose $$. So we just hope that a month from now, when the trip is actually cancelled, there will be openings NEXT fall--there are openings now for next fall. Fingers crossed.
  10. We have a land tour scheduled for September that we are convinced will be cancelled--we have no interest in going, frankly, until next year. Our tour company is cancelling trips 45 days out, I assume, to spread out the chore of handling refunds/rescheduling. So we expect (and hope) to hear from them late next month. If Viking or anyone else canceled an entire season all at once, handling all the cancellations/refunds/rescheduling would be a thankless task that would torque off a lot of people expecting instant service.
  11. I was hoping my post would not run afoul of the rules--sorry Jazzbeau, thought that would be OK, apparently not! I figured that since the not-to-be mentioned organization does lots of things, travel being only one of them, it would be OK. Lesson learned!
  12. @Daisi, what are you hearing about opening the Canadian border to Americans? Our Canadian Rockies trip starts on Sept 5, and frankly we are hoping it doesn't run! I have read some things in the Canadian press about maybe reopening the border in August, but with a 14 day quarantine? The sooner things become more firm, the sooner we can make rescheduling plans. The tour operator is making decisions 45 days out. Our final payment is due early July, and 45 days out puts us in mid-July. We're going to try to have the payment delayed a couple of weeks, so that we aren't potentially making our final payment, then 2 weeks later getting credits/refunds/rescheduling, etc. Thanks for your thoughts and info about things in general. My grandparents came to USA from Quebec, so I have an affinity for our neighbors to the north!
  13. There are 2 Zurich train stations. One is the main station in town, and the other is Zurich Flughaven, which is in the lower level of the airport terminal.
  14. OK, now I see what I missed. We had a land cruise cancelled last year. We had an Allianz policy for the 6 months prior to the trip. When the trip was cancelled 2 months before departure, I asked Allianz for a 1/3 refund, thinking that was a fair request (1/3 of coverage period was left). Allianz refunded the entire cost of the policy! That made me an Allianz customer for life--went way above what I had requested.
  15. If Viking cancelled the cruise, wouldn't the refund/future credit be coming from Viking, as opposed to filing a trip insurance claim? Terms Viking has been offering seem better than most. Unless there is some part of the story I'm missing.......
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