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  1. In both instances the clients paid a "cash" deposit with their personal credit cards.
  2. I have air booked for a trip that begins in Bangkok and ends in Rome for March 2021.
  3. I don't know if this will help you or not, but I will give you 2 examples of clients cruises I have dealt with from Princess that are similar. Cruise sailing date July 11, 2020. Client decided they were uncomfortable with cruising and cancelled cruise on March 21, 2020. Deposit of $200 returned to clients credit card on June 28, 2020. Cruise sailing date August 16, 2020. Princess cancelled this cruise on May 6, 2020. I requested refund on clients behalf on May 13, 2020. Client still awaiting return of $200 deposit.
  4. Yes, DH and I are visiting Thailand and Cambodia independently next March, before we board the Grand Princess in Singapore. (Well, you know, we hope we are visiting them....) And we've been reading on this. Currently, we'll pay a $3,000 per person deposit to enter Cambodia, and that will cover the required COVID-19 test at the airport, and if needed, quarantine, medical care, etc. They've made it so that if one person tests positive on the plane, then we have to enter 14 days quarantine. We are keeping a watch on this, as we'll drop Cambodia from our trip rather than navigate this.
  5. You will also want to take into consideration that ships often practice rafting, whereby river cruise ships are docked side by side and the passengers need to walk through other ships to reach the shore, or when returning to their ship. Also, the gangway to the shore can be steep at times. This can sometimes create challenges for those with mobility issues.
  6. Oh darn, I was hoping that could be a solution. I hear very good things about Aqaba though, so should be a fun alternative.
  7. Did you see Avram's quote below yours about golf carts? This may be able to help you.
  8. We are on the Grand Princess, Singapore to Rome, March 23, 2021. Stops in Oman, Abu Dhabi, Aqaba (for Petra) and several other ports. DH and I are also on the Emerald Azzurra Red Sea cruise with a small group, Feb. 5, 2022, which starts in Aqaba.
  9. What do you think of the idea that Avram3 posted just after you on the tour to Petra with the possibility of adding the camel or cart for transportation? Do you think that would work for you. I'd be in for that tour if we kept it between 7-10 people (7 or more get us an English speaking guide for the full day). If you think that wouldn't work, the port town of Aqaba is a beach resort town with a promenade and some charming atmosphere.
  10. Hello windsor26, you might not have realized it, but this is terry&mike from over on the Grand roll call. Oman Day Tours does have a full day tour to Jebel Shams that we would consider. I'm also thinking of just taking a shuttle or taxi from the port over to the Mutrah Market area and strolling around.
  11. Scenic is in a very good position financially, and has continued to keep it's new builds for ships such as the Emerald Azzurra on track during this virus, so will likely fair okay when this is over. It is my opinion, but I believe your Douro cruise in October will sail. Portugal is on track to open earlier than most European countries for tourism, and river cruises will be able to navigate the new normal better than ocean cruises due to their smaller passenger numbers. I also have an October Douro cruise, but on Scenic's sister line, Emerald Waterways, and I think it will sail. If you don't feel comfortable traveling in October, then you might want to go ahead and cancel now and you should be able to receive a credit for your deposit which you should be able apply to your Russia cruise next year. If you already have a booking under deposit for Russia, that price is locked in. I am using should, as I'm assuming you are in the U.S., but if not there may be different procedures. Although Scenic isn't offering a money back option, they are being generous with the use of their credits. You can use the credit towards an existing booking, or towards a new booking, you can use the credit yourself, you can allow someone else to use your credit, you can use it on Scenic River, or on another one of their products (Emerald Yacht, Emerald River). As to options for paying your final payment on the due date, you will need to pay that or the cruise will cancel.
  12. I was able to get re-booked with Scenic, and received my new confirmation yesterday. Was booked on a river cruise to the South of France for July, 2020, which Scenic cancelled about a week ago. Re-booked same itinerary for September, 2021. Very pleased with Scenic's handling of the re-booking.
  13. Scenic just cancelled river cruises through August 31, so there went my south of France sailing. Trying to decide if I want to book a small bike and barge ship I found, or rent an apartment around Avignon or somewhere, or scrap the whole thing....
  14. I am in a similar place as you. I have a saved document where I have all of my information on cancelled trips, credits due, refunds due, and so on. It is a lot to keep up with. Thus far we have had 3 trips take a fall, including a fabulous trip to Kenya that I was leaving next week for. Our next journey involves a Scenic river cruise in France in July, I'm still holding out hope....
  15. notamermaid, I wanted to take a moment and applaud the government of Germany, and your Chancellor Merkel. During this interesting time in our world, your leadership seems to be a model for how to steer through a crisis.
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