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  1. vana

    Coronavirus

    This was post today on our canadian government travel page: Avoid all cruise ship travel The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is recommending that Canadians avoid all cruise ship travel due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Cruise passengers include travellers from around the world who may be arriving from areas with known or unknown spread of COVID-19. The virus can spread quickly on board cruises due to the close contact between passengers. Older people and people with a weakened immune system or underlying medical condition are at a higher risk of developing severe disease. Recent cruise ship outbreaks of COVID-19 indicate that a large number of individuals onboard can become infected. While the majority of affected passengers may experience mild symptoms, there have been a significant number of cases requiring hospitalization and critical care, and some deaths have been reported. As the situation evolves, many countries are implementing policies and restrictions in order to contain the outbreak. These restrictions may impact a cruise traveller's: itinerary ability to disembark access to health care If an outbreak of COVID-19 occurs on your cruise ship: you could be subject to quarantine procedures, on-board ship or in a foreign country the range of consular services available to those on cruise ships, in particular in situations of quarantine, may be significantly restricted by local authorities upon return to Canada, you will be required to remain in mandatory isolation for 14 days at a location determined by the Chief Public Health Officer as per the terms of any applicable emergency orders The decision on Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease in Canada Order (Persons Not on Government Flight) is effective from February 19 to April 30, 2020. Canadians who choose to voyage on a cruise ship should also be aware that they may not be offered the opportunity to return to Canada on a government-organized repatriation flight, or could be responsible for the costs of repatriation travel. Government of Canada COVID-19 information line: 1-833-784-4397.
  2. Hello, When we cancelled yesterday, they offered me to roll our reservation to a new one.... since there was no incentive to do so (ie OBC, etc.) we chose not to and took the FCC and 25% refund because we had more than 35 days to go. So If you want to reserve on the spot I think you could. have a great Sunday
  3. Hello, We cancelled yesterday in the 75%-25% window and had the surprise of getting 25% back on a CC and 75% on a FCC. We didn't think of that, so that was a good news...we were within 4 days of getting 100% FCC. Hope this helps,
  4. vana

    Coronavirus

    Hello, We were on the April 11th cruise and we cancelled yesterday. Since we had more than 35 days to fo, we had the surprise of getting back 25% of our payment and 75% in FCC. It's something to think about. Just to let you know, last night was the best night of sleep I had for the past month.... it was a heartbreaking decision but we are so at peace with it and moving on to something else...priceless. have a great day
  5. vana

    Thank you AZ

    Simple words... but now we can make our own decisions based on our level of comfort with the situation. We will probably cancel, but we will be back!...
  6. vana

    Coronavirus

    Hello, we are suppose to stop in Sri lanka with our cruise on April 11. So now what? Mar 03, Colombo: Due to the coronavirus risks Sri Lanka has taken steps to immediately stop allowing passengers on cruise ships arriving at the ports of the country to disembark, the Health Ministry said. The Ministry of Health stated that the Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe has advised the relevant authorities regarding the matter. Meanwhile, all passengers arriving in Sri Lanka from Italy, South Korea and Iran will be quarantined for 14 days, as a precautionary measure, the Ministry said.
  7. vana

    Coronavirus

    Hello, AZ has a new travel advisory that states: 2. There will be mandatory specialized health screenings performed on: Any guest who has traveled from, to or through select countries impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19), within 15 days of boarding. Guests who are uncertain about contact with individuals who have traveled from, to or through select countries impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) within 15 days of boarding. Canada has 15 cases as of today. Therefore is it considered as a selected country impacted by the virus? Could this be more vague? Are we going to be able to stop anywhere? From Cruise Law News: “The Voyager of the Seas has 2 or 3 crew members with flu-like symptoms aboard. The Vanatu and New Caledonia islands are not permitting the ship to disembark passengers due to concerns over coronavirus. Noumea initially said that it will accept passengers and crew but a few hours ago no one was allowed to disembark after the ship which docked for a short time. It was a big mess on the ship with guests upset and security was involved with a dispute with the guest relations desk.” So if anyone gets a cold, it might prevent a whole ship full of tourists to be able to set a foot in a port of call. Really? This is getting ridiculous... no way I’ll be travelling soooo far to get turned around because someone has a cold... so AZ please take action and tell us that we can cancel. It will be afterwards our choice to do so or not... but right now, we are in this unknown situation of what can happen while onboard. I'm really not scared of catching the Coronavirus, I just don't want to ruin my vacation and travel so far to see NOTHING! have a great day,
  8. Hello all, Very puzzled...azamara and Celebrity, 2 different messages... Here's what Azamara states on its website travel advisory: Regardless of nationality, we will deny boarding to: Any guest who has travelled from, to or through mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Iran, South Korea, and the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto within 15 days of boarding. Any guest who has come in contact with anyone from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Iran, South Korea, and the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto within 15 days of boarding. The CDC characterizes contact with an individual as coming within six feet (2M) of a person. 2. There will be mandatory specialized health screenings performed on: Guests who have traveled through select countries impacted by coronavirus within 15 days of boarding. Guests who are uncertain about contact with individuals who have traveled from, to or through mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau within 15 days of boarding. Guests who report feeling unwell or demonstrate any flu-like symptoms. On Celebrity a similar note states, instead of the 1st paragraph of #2 of Azamara (instead of « selected country »: Any guest who has travelled from, to or through Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and Italy (all regions other than Lombardy and Veneto) in the past 15 days. So what do you think about that since Azamara will let us stay a few days in Singapore before our cruise on April 11th? This is getting very upsetting....
  9. Hello, Not sure about that because X is rerouting lots of cruises and if someone cancels, the usual penalty fees is in force. So we might have to take whatever they offer us even if we have to go through a lot of trouble (new flight, new departure port, new itinerary...) We are on the same cruise as sunlover33 and like said, we have to buy visas, excursions, pre night hotel, post night hotel, seats on the plane (we are on premium seats and wish to have the same comfort), etc. Since this is our 25th anniversary and the leg of the cruise we are doing is to finish our « around the world cruising tour », we will be very disappointed if Az cancels our cruise or change it in something we don't want. But if so, better doing it now than later so we can find something else and not make irrational decision. At least, if AZ is going to reimburse our fees (visas, pre booked hotels, etc.) flights fees, we won't loose much but it doesn't seem the case for now. So expecting the worst and hoping for the best Have a great day
  10. Hello, Don't drink all the Champagne and leave us some because I just realized that we are on the same cruise!! We are going to be easy to spot... going Nicolas Feuillates's champagne all the way....:-)
  11. Hello, we did the math. We looked at the excursion and we do plan to take all 700$ worth of shore excursions and I plan to take the spa credit. So we are going all in with the package (especially since we discovered that Nicolas Feuillates champagne was on the list 🙂 ). For wifi, we usually spend all our wifi credits onboard X (and it's half of it on AZ) and for the chef's table, we were going to take it. So all in all, it will be worth it for us. So we think.... We will let you know when we come back in April,
  12. Just to add, we are on a 15 nights voyage. I put my DH to the challenge of comparing both... results will be out soon (or so I think!)... thanks for the replies so far,
  13. Hell, We are cruising next April on Azamara and are looking at the benefit of the indulgence package. Since we are LCV Discoverer plus we are wondering if it is worth it or if it's better for us to take the 20% off a bev package, just enjoy what the LCV discounts gives us (laundry, limited wi fi, etc...) and pay for the extras (chef's table, etc.). Anyone did the math? Is it worth it? Thank you in advance,
  14. Thanks for the reply. I see the cruise I want, I just can’t see the price...Or any cabin selection, thank you
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