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  1. 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 want to do business with a company that ignores their own contracts and treats their customers with such disdain. I do feel sorry for the PG crew, of course, as none of this is their fault. I certainly hope they can recover and get back to some semblance of normalcy. We will now plan to visit FP next year but it will be a land-based resort stay only. We're going to put cruising on the back burner until the industry gets itself sorted out. To everyone else, good luck and stay safe!
  2. 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
  3. 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: Access to the territory for all non-residents of French Polynesia is still suspended (since March 18, 2020), until further notice. Commercial flights will be resumed following specific regulations which will be announced in 15 days. Domestic flights will start their operations from May 22nd, with Air Tahiti flights serving only 10 islands: Huahine, Raiatea, Bora Bora, Rangiroa, Tikehau, Fakarava, Rurutu, Tubuai, Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa. Sailing yachts which have been welcomed in overcrowded mooring areas must leave and resume their trip. All companies and administrations will resume their activities. Restaurants, bars and nightclubs will resume their activities under usual conditions.
  4. 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 advertised in the glossy brochures and videos. Social distancing, forced wearing of masks, limited activities, and other necessary restrictions will unfortunately water down, not enhance, the overall experience. We desperately want the PG cruise we have dreamed of and planned for 2 years in celebration of our 50th Anniversay. But allow me the liberty to be nervous about it. ;) Sent from my iPad using Forums
  5. 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 continuing to offer our guests exceptional cruise experiences in Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji and the South Pacific. Māuruuru roa, Paul Gauguin Cruises
  6. 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>
  7. 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-residents but there is verbiage about medical clearance 72 hours before travel, a potential 14-day quarantine upon arrival, daily health monitoring, etc, etc that we have no details about yet. Hopefully that will be clarified very soon.
  8. Here is the English translation of the 5/20 FP announcement. I have no idea how the highlighted section will be implemented in regards to non-residents. There is no specific mention of cruise ships. This Wednesday, May 20, President Edouard Fritch announced the complete lifting of the containment, effective Thursday, May 21. All activities resume normally, with the exception of the sale of alcohol which remains subject to conditions. LGT • Posted on May 20, 2020 at 11:52 am, During a press briefing on Wednesday May 20, President Edouard Fritch announced the total deconfinement of Polynesia , starting tomorrow, Thursday May 21. " The virus is no longer circulating and all the cases detected are negative ." Everything resumes normally except the sale of alcohol The religious services can resume normally, the rallies , the practice of all sports and leagues . All primary schools resume normally on June 4 . In the meantime, the measures put in place remain in force. The colleges of the islands also resume normally from June 4. The student transportation will be replaced next week. The sailboats welcomed in excess in the mooring areas must continue their voyage. The bars and nightclubs resume their activities nominally. The parties and shows are allowed. Only the conditions for the sale of alcohol remain unchanged : Monday to Thursday until 6 p.m. Edouard Fritch welcomed a " return to normal life. Our efforts and sacrifices have paid off ." While recommending to continue the barrier gestures and physical distancing " until the discovery of a vaccine ". Air links to boost tourism Domestic air services resume on May 22. " I appeal to your patriotism , said Edouard Fritch, and to your love of the Country, to your solidarity, towards these small businesses of our islands, including Tahiti. " The President thus called to " consume local: consume your holidays in our islands, our fruits, our textiles ... " Air Tahiti Nui flights will resume from July 1st. 5,000 jobs are threatened in hotels. More than 19,000 workers will be weakened by " this unprecedented crisis ", announced President Edouard Fritch. The whole island of Bora Bora " is suffering [...] Our economy depends on external markets: vanilla, pearl, tourism," International tourism will resume according to a rigorous health protocol : negative test 72 hours before departure, fourteen on the territory in dedicated accommodation in the country or at home under strict conditions and new screening at the end. Daily health monitoring is organized by the State services with the possibility of checks by the police.Every non-compliance with the fortnight will be penalized.
  9. Actually, PG is still planning to sail as soon as early as June 6th (I'm currently booked on a July 4th cruise). They have not (yet) cancelled that cruise since FP hasn't committed to a firm date to open the islands to non-residents. We are all being held hostage until that happens.
  10. Here's the text of the FP COVID-19 Travel Ban update. It really just lightens up on FP residents, especially those on the outer islands, while keeping the non-resident travel ban in effect "until further notice." Doesn't help much for those of us still booked on a pending PG Cruise in the very near future. In accordance with the measures in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 in French Polynesia, the authorities have taken new measures effective from May 13th 2020. Access to the territory for all non-residents of French Polynesia is still suspended (since March 18, 2020), until further notice. Lockdown measures are lifted in the islands (except for Tahiti, Moorea, Maiao and Tetiaroa): all establishments welcoming general public will be able to reopen without any restriction. Maritime traffic between all the islands within the same archipelago has been restored. However, air travel between the island of Tahiti and the outer islands is still prohibited. For the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Maiao and Tetiaroa, the lightening of lockdown restrictions will continue until further notice as follows: gatherings of more than 100 persons will be prohibited, bars, restaurants and nightclubs will be able to welcome general public again by maintaining social distancing in all cases. However, dancefloors will remain closed. Movies theaters, event halls and sports clubs will also be able to reopen.
  11. Looks like they just eased up on the restrictions a bit but no mention of the travel ban for non-residents. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.rnz.co.nz/article/1d7705e3-3511-455f-a1f4-91f0a3bd4cf8 All restrictions imposed over the Covid-19 outbreak in March will be lifted in French Polynesia's outer islands as of midnight tonight. This was announced by the French High Commissioner to French Polynesia Dominique Sorain and the president Edouard Fritch after reporting that 28 days passed without any local Covid-19 case. Travel between the islands will be allowed from tomorrow morning while domestic air travel will be possible from 21 May. In Tahiti and Moorea, which account for the bulk of the population, a ban on meetings of more than 100 people remain, with a review due at the end of the month. Bars and discos will be allowed to open but patrons must observe social distancing. All sport events have been given the all-clear. Schools are gearing up for reopening on 18 May. A territory-wide curfew was already lifted last week after a court ruled it was illegal. A total of 60 Covid-19 cases were registered since March.
  12. Legally, it should depend on the ticket contract that was in place when you first booked and paid a deposit. But that apparently doesn't seem to carry much weight with PG and their new owners, Ponant. There are several threads here on CC about their lack of ethics in changing the terms and conditions midstream. What other industry can you think of that can get away with changing the terms of a binding contract without both parties agreeing? It seems they are taking the stance "We are a French company. If you don't like it, sue us!" Not good. The offer of a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) may be OK for some people, but others may not be able to travel in the future due to health or economic reasons, let alone doubts about pandemics or the cruise line's ability to stay in business. Such a shame as the real losers here will be the wonderful crew and staff of the PG and the good people of French Polynesia.
  13. Correct. We still have an active booking for the July 4th cruise. We are waiting to see if it will be cancelled before deciding to opt for a FCC or fight for a refund.
  14. I'd be happy to chat with you via PM. Especially if you have more info on PG's status. When I try to PM you, I get a message that says "This feature is disabled." What's up with that I wonder? I tried to PM a couple other folks and got the same error. Wonder why they did that.
  15. This is good to hear, TBK. Given their recent poor decisions, I was worried that Ponant might just wash their hands of the PG and let it fail rather than give any refunds. I sure hope you are right as we want this Dream cruise so badly. Was really hoping our 4 July cruise would happen but that’s looking less likely now. We shall see...
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