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Hutchinj

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  1. Unfortunately I agree with all that. We were so looking forward to this cruise (we also booked cabin 767} but are now totally disenchanted with Ponant due to their total disdain for their customers. We got tired of waiting for a refund from Ponant which might never come and resorted to a credit card claim which I’m happy to report refunded ALL of our prepaid cruise fare. Whew! We are now booked to visit 3 islands and resorts in FP next year but will never again sail with PG as long as they fly the Ponant flag. I’m sure those currently booked on the PG will have a wonderfu
  2. Couldn't agree with you more about the aft cabins. There's just something very special about them. Although I must admit the promise of a free upgrade to a deck 8 category B cabin was certainly enticing! It's a win-win either way. ;) Sorry you chose to cancel your cruise but well understand. PG made that choice for us by cancelling our July cruise. We've already made plans to visit FP next year (and even added a few extra days) but sadly opted against another cruise until the COVID-19 precautions are a thing of the past (if ever) so we can enjoy the picture-postcard-perfect South P
  3. They offered us a 120% FCC which we also thought was fair but due to our particular situation (age, economy, finances, etc) we needed to insist on a refund which fortunately they now seem amenable to. Let me stress again that none of this recent strife (brought on by COVID-19) was the fault of the PG staff or crew. They were just caught up in the middle due to Ponant's initial attempt to refuse to honor the terms of their own passenger contract. Not PG's fault. I'm really happy for everyone who has managed to rebook a cruise and wish you smooth sailing in beautiful FP.
  4. Sorry for the duplicate post but wanted to be sure those pursuing refunds from PG/Ponant saw this: Only after some urging from my wonderful TA, I finally heard back from PG in regards to my request for refund from our cancelled July 4th cruise. Here's what they said: Your refund request has now been noted. The Covid19 pandemic is having an adverse effect on our economy, especially the hospitality and travel industries. We are doing our best to issue refunds, but due to the circumstances some delays should be expected, please allow up to 120 days for processing.
  5. Sorry for the duplicate post but wanted to be sure those pursuing refunds from PG/Ponant saw this: Only after some urging from my wonderful TA, I finally heard back from PG in regards to my request for refund from our cancelled July 4th cruise. Here's what they said: Your refund request has now been noted. The Covid19 pandemic is having an adverse effect on our economy, especially the hospitality and travel industries. We are doing our best to issue refunds, but due to the circumstances some delays should be expected, please allow up to 120 days for processing.
  6. Good call. Hopefully things will have settled down by then and even if not, it's still much easier to socially distance at land resorts vs any cruise ship. I'm sure you will have a wonderful time with your family! It's been over a week and I still have not heard back from PG in regards to my refund demand. I'm not surprised, unfortunately. So it looks like I'll have to file a dispute with my credit card company after all. Really a shame as this leaves such a bad impression on the Paul Gauguin and it certainly isn't the crew's fault. We still wish them all the best.
  7. As per the Tahiti Tourism Office announcement of June 5th, 2020, FP is once again open for business to international travelers effective July 15th: French Polynesia has had no active cases of COVID-19 since May 29th. The country’s authorities announced today the borders will be re-opening to international tourism in French Polynesia starting on July 15th, 2020. Timeline is as follows: July 15th, 2020: Quarantine measures will be completely lifted and French Polynesia’s borders will re-open to international tourism from
  8. We are already working with our TA to visit FP next August, with resort stays on Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora... no cruise ship. Pluses and minuses to that of course, but all in all I think it should allow for an even more relaxing itinerary. We have been assured no increase in resort prices as they usually do each year plus we're now able to add and additional day to our stays in Moorea & Bora Bora. Still haven't heard back from PG about our refund request. No surprise, though.
  9. I just heard from my TA that PG has now cancelled all sailings in July 2020. Not showing up on the PG website yet but that should be updated soon. And no surprise, their reservations department is saying you can't get a refund, only a credit. I will formally request a refund from them anyway and if (when) they refuse, I'll file a dispute with my credit card company. We've had their July 4th cruise booked for nearly 2 years now. Really is a shame since we wanted to do this cruise so badly. Would even consider risking it all and rebooking for a future cruise but no way I
  10. Just got this today (May 28th) from my TA... “FYI, PG had meetings today and are continuing them tomorrow to evaluate if they can sail or not in July based on what the Government/Air Tahiti Nui are advising... they said they plan to have a final decision tomorrow or Monday at the latest.” So maybe we will know something soon. We can hope! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  11. Here is the latest on the FP lockdown from the Tahiti Tourism office. The highlighted part seems to be a bit contradictory to the FP President's May 20th Announcement which stated ATN flights would resume July 1st (with restrictions). I guess the situation is still developing... https://tahititourisme.com/en-us/covid-19/ Lockdown lifted in French Polynesia starting from May 21, 2020 After two months of lockdown and following the improvement of the health situation, the authorities declared the end of lockdown in French Polynesia starting from May 21, 2020: Acc
  12. TBK... always the cheerleader. And a highly valued one, too. :) Have always enjoyed your posts and lovely photos! There is no question the first cruise after lifting the lockdown WILL be different from the past. Of course I’m sure the crew will do all they can to make it a good experience but within limits. Yes, it could be good. But it could also be very, very bad. It may be like old home week to you and others who have sailed with PG many times before. But for many of us newbies, this is likely a one-time bucket list trip that we cannot afford to replicate. We paid for a dream trip as ad
  13. https://www.pgcruises.com/travel-advisory Update: May 21, 2020 Ia Orana! We hope you and your family are safe and in good health during these unprecedented times. The safety and security of our guests and crew members has always been our top priority. The current global pandemic situation has led us to temporarily suspend the operation of voyages through the end of June 2020 aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. We are in the process of personally notifying travel advisors and guests with affected sailings. We look forward to resuming our voyages in the future and contin
  14. Thanks for the update, Fedex. So PG has cancelled all cruises thru June. That still leaves our July 4th cruise in limbo. I gotta admit, my wife and I are not necessarily thrilled with the idea of serving as PG's guinea pigs for their first cruise after the lockdown is lifted. <sigh>
  15. Interesting. All the cruises from June 6th on are still listed as bookable on the PG website. Go figure. Good luck if you opt for a refund. They seem to be saying NO to that even if they cancel the cruise. You may need to file a dispute with your credit card company if it comes to that. And I recommend you double-check your Cancel for Any Reason policy very closely. Most of those still have a general exclusion for epidemics/pandemics. Your policy may be good but don't assume, confirm. Yesterday the FP President eased up on restrictions including non-resident
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