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  1. I think you meant "small and expensive" ?? 🙂
  2. Almost nobody wearing masks where I live just south of Brisbane. Went down to the Gold Coast on Sunday - VERY busy (probably because school hols??) and no masks to be seen anywhere. This pandemic will just have to run out it's course (Worldwide) - this is going to take some years. We always knew that "flattening the curve" strategy was only ever meant to slow down the rate of effect of the virus to a manageable level but the success of this across the country have led many to believe that we can now adopt an " elimination - nobody must die " strategy. IMO impossible and unsustainable.
  3. Story told me by a person who hired a minimoke in NI. There is a Company which hires these mokes - I think there are only 3 of them and they are brightly coloured. The Moke was delivered to the hotel he was staying at and when he asked where should he return it , they said "Oh - Just park it anywhere on the Island - we will find it" TRUE!!!!!
  4. I would recommend not to look a gift horse in the mouth! - but also to stand by for a cancellation
  5. Which is why I chose refunds - rather than FCC . Took a long time for the refunds to eventuate, but I am happy that we went this way. The future is too unclear for me!!!!
  6. Cruising is only one aspect of this - it is the entire containment cum elimination strategy that is unsustainable. The reason that there will be no cruising for a long time is because the adherents of the containment/elimination strategy are currently dominant.
  7. I am thinking that another year or two IS a LONG time 🙂 Both in terms of the Financial viability of the Companies and the technical viability of the ships - ships don't like sitting around in the water doing nothing.
  8. There is a lot of "wishful" thinking affecting these future cruise bookings - plus of course all of those FCC's that have already been issued. We are seeing not only a second wave of Coronavirus - but also a second wave of cancelled cruises creating a kind of "compounded" FCC's situation - one FCC leading to another FCC which with sufficient blindness and wishful thinking will lead to triple compounded FCC's until THE END!
  9. What I was saying and continue to say is that these lockdowns/restrictions are unsustainable. I am also saying that the Coronavirus IS a big deal - in fact, much bigger than many/most can comprehend (as illustrated by the number of people on our Planet) and the current view of trying to hide under the bedsheets and hoping it will go away is unsustainable. This view alone will be enough to prevent any cruising for many years to come- so therefore be very wary about booking (and paying for) future cruises for a LONG time.
  10. You will however be required to pay the full deposit in February sometime ( depending on cruise departure date in August) - I am not sure that I would be wanting to pay P&O any money in February. This virus has a lot of room to manoeuvre all over the World left yet - 25 million have supposedly been infected around the World but there are 7500 million people still not infected.
  11. Bit of a shame about Pacific Dawn - we had sailed on her several times over the past decade and always liked her as a cruiseship . We did a 13 day transit on her late last year after her refit in Singapore and she was in the best condition we had ever seen her in!!!! Most of it was kind of cosmetic - such as the artificial grass on the pool deck and the outside deck above that - now it looks like she may be scrapped. Such is Life!!! One day you are a Rooster - and the very next day, you are a feather duster!!!!
  12. We lost $2400 to INSURE and GO - will never deal with them again. BUT, Mr Morrison gave us $3000 for free (as poor deserving Aged Pensioners) so I figure we are $600 ahead. Why Mr Morrison gave us $3000, I don't know because the virus had not affected our financial position at all (other then the Insurance loss) 🙂
  13. Our cruise was meant to sail in May ,many months after it was actually cancelled in February. When it was cancelled , I went to FC to find the TA who we dealt with was on holidays so another TA looked it up and simply commented that they were non-refundable flights ( and it was me who wanted to cancel the flights) - but that she would refer it to the actual TA when she returned from holidays. I heard no further for a few months and did not even bother to chase it up because I thought it would be a waste of time/effort. In the meantime, there had been a lot of Hoo-Haa about FC and cancellations on the News and in the Press and so about 4 months after my enquiry about cancellation, I did call them to see if there was any chance of a refund (expecting to be told "no") and my TA said " I was just about to call you - your refunds have just come through" !! I was VERY surprised as I really didn't think I would get these and was more concerned about getting my $30,000 refund from Cunard. You should tell them that you KNOW that people have received refunds for non-refundable fares.
  14. Pacific Dawn and Pacific Aria are both off the southern tip of India - heading for ??? - at this time they look to be heading more towards the Persian Gulf than the Red Sea/Suez Canal
  15. 🙂 - Congratulations!!! We got our $30K back - but now don't know what to do with it!! 🙂 We had a coffee and cake which cost us $25 this week - the cake was very nice but it was the location that cost the most !! 🙂
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