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  1. I thought of you when I saw this. We have cruised the AmaWaterways on 3 cruises, and have loved them all. Enjoy!
  2. You can still be "in control" of our trip planning if you use a TA. I am the same way. I love the planning stage. I have the agent book the cruise, then I do my own air, pre and post planning.
  3. Strenz, just curious about the date for the new normal...Is that a lucky day for you? I do hope you get to take your Malta trip. I am anxious to hear about it.
  4. Windstar- They have a cruise that departs Venice, then makes stops in Croatia, Montenegro, Sicily and then to Rome, or Vice Versa. We took this cruise on Windstar Surf in 2017 and really enjoyed it. If you have not cruised on Windstar, check it out. It is a small line with 3 ships with sails and 3 yacht ships. We prefer the sailing ships (they mostly use their motor,) but sometimes put the sails up. They range from 150-300 passengers and are very casual. They staff is outstanding and the food it good.
  5. We had a cruise booked to depart May 27. I requested a refund and they said they were only offering refunds if you could not use the FCC by Dec. 31, 2022. ( You would have to wait until then to receive the refund.) They offered 110% , but they raised the price, and lowered or did not offer the discounts that we were given this year, so it was going to cost us $600 more. I told my TA to tell them that was not acceptable. She was on hold one day for 2 hours, then they were only accepting email communication. She told them by email that she needed to speak to someone in management. They finally agreed to my terms of same cabin, same price for June 2021. I would have preferred a refund, but at least I have this.
  6. I also recommend AmaWaterways. We have been on 3 cruises with them. The new Happy Hour prior to dinner was a welcome addition. I also recommend, if time allows, to add the Moselle section. For me, it was the best part. We did the reverse, started in Basel and ended in Amsterdam. I like to do the pre-post trips on my own because you can do it for so much less. We flew to Zurich, took a train (station is on the lower floor of the airport) to Lucerne for 3 nights. We stayed at the Renaissance Hotel which is 2 blocks from the train station. You can walk everywhere you need to go in Lucerne. We did take a trip up to Mount Pilatus, but you can walk to the starting point. We then took a train to Basel and then a taxi to the docking location. In Amsterdam, we stayed at the Kimpton. It was on the tram line, so it was very convenient. I suggest getting a Rick Steve's guidebook that covers the places you are going, especially the starting and ending points, He gives you very practical advice regarding getting around places and ways to cut down on lines to places you want to see. Good luck and happy travels.
  7. If you have insurance, the insurance should cover the whole amount that you have paid, provided that is what your policy states. I would go that route, then you would not be out the $400. Or, if you are planning on taking the trip next year, your might want to ask if you can move the dates on your insurance to next year, then you would not have to purchase insurance for that trip. I guess it depends on how much you paid for your insurance. Best wishes for a good outcome with your medical issue.
  8. TFREE, Call Delta. They are very accommodating. They will take care of you.
  9. I'm with you Jazzbeau. I was so depressed until I took care of all my plans that I had to cancel, and got something planned for next year. I was having "trip planning withdrawal". Now I have something to look forward to! Cheers to good trips next year!
  10. I must report back that Scenic has agreed to let us book the same cruise without additional cost for next year. My travel agent , forwarded my letter about what I expected them to do, and after speaking to management, they agreed. No refund, but at least no additional cost.
  11. Scenic is offering 110% future cruise credit through Dec,31, 2022, no refunds, which I am ok with. I would have preferred a refund, but am willing to accept this proposal. However, they are not honoring the original discounts that we were offered, and charging more for the cruise next year. Even with the 110% FCC, they want $600 more for the same cabin, same date next year. I am not ok with that. They will have had our money for 20 months by the time the cruise comes around. I hope when this if all over that Jazzbeau will do a recap of how river cruise lines handled this situation to help us make a decision as to which line to choose in the future. There are a lot of cruise lines to choose from, and Scenic should be aware their actions, may affect their future business.
  12. Praises to Delta Airlines for their courtesy and proper handling of cancellations at this time! I had a trip planned at the end of May that I had booked with SkyMiles. I called and was given the option for them to call me back rather than wait on hold. They returned my call, graciously added my miles back to my account, and told me the taxes would be refunded to my credit card. That's the way a class airlines does business.
  13. Johartrog, Please report back and let us know the outcome. We also had a Scenic cruise booked and have been told they will only offer a 110% FCC, and no refunds unless you wait until Dec. 2022. The 110% FCC is really not 10% extra, because they have raised the price for the same category and even with the discount it will cost us $300 more.
  14. I wonder if they have seriously considered the ramifications of this? What percentage of the cruise passengers would fit in this category, especially the higher end cruises. My husband is a retired physician and I managed the office. Doctors have enough to do without spending their time filling out forms such as this. Let them spend their time taking care of patients.
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