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  1. Pullmantur/RCL were to refund fares and deposits for cancelled Pullmantur cruises. My TA says that our application was received by RCL, but we have not yet received our deposit refund. has anyone? Our cancelled cruise was a Mediterranean cruise and we have been able to book a Celebrity cruise for next year with almost the same itinerary but for a huge difference in price. We hope that one will still sail (safely).
  2. We have sailed on Pullmantur many times and most cruises have been very enjoyable and great value. We always had the best cabins available and enjoyed the benefits of the Waves Yacht Club too. We never once had any communications from Pullmantur regarding what they could do better or asking for our views on how the cruise was, and the never had a successful loyalty program even though they did start one a ways back but it did not go anywhere. It is interesting that they are only now looking for input for their comeback. And since we neither speak Spanish nor use Facebook, I guess they are not going to be hearing from us. Too bad they have no appreciation of loyalty.
  3. Is the Horizon going to Elefsina? If so, would it be used as a refugee camp as there is one at Elefsina.
  4. We hope to cruise with Pullmantur again in the future. When they regroup I hope they will keep the formula the same, that is with a Spanish/European flavour, the Waves Yacht Club and an all inclusive but upgradeable drinks package. I had hoped they would have a loyalty program that would link to RCG but that is probably not in the cards.
  5. I have watched you tube videos of ships aggressively driven to beach at the Turkish break yards. Does anyone know the sailing protocol for doing this? The last captain of the Monarch was Captain Branka based on our cruise on the Monarch in January, and I can't see a captain being thrilled at beaching a ship he has been caring for up to then. We cruised twice on the Monarch and enjoyed it very much. I will be sorry to see it go.
  6. Yes. Pharmacies here in Canada give annual flu vaccines and they are free, and COVID19 tests are free too but only at testing centres. We miss cruising but will not cruise again until we are satisfied it is safe and that probably means until there is a vaccine. We doubt we will be travelling out of a Florida port for some time as the there seems to be a total disregard for containing the virus there. It seems that many are not prepared to make small personal sacrifices for a greater good.
  7. The Monarch now appears docked in Malta.
  8. Thanks for the replies. Very helpful. Now just have to wait and see when it will be safe to travel and yet still allow for an enjoyable experience.
  9. We are Elite Plus on Celebrity but are considering an Azamara cruise in 2021. We normally book a Sky Suite or better on Celebrity and the Club Continent Suite seems similar but a bit smaller. We also book for all 4 "perks" including premium drinks, free unlimited wifi and paid gratuities. Azamara attracts us because of the itinerary we are considering. Can anyone outline the major differences we can expect on Azamara compared to Celebrity considering what I have noted we are used to? Thanks.
  10. The disposition of the Pullmantur fleet is becoming quite a drama. The Sovereign has now done a 180 away from the Monarch which seems parked. Both are noted as "waiting orders", and the Horizon is one the way to Cyprus as noted earlier. Interesting.
  11. I think we all hope for a rebirth of Pullmantur cruises as many of us have enjoyed the distinctly different vibe of their ships, crew and itineraries. Unfortunately we are not getting any younger and the pandemic has stolen some valuable time we had hoped to use to enjoy our travels in retirement. Don't shut down this board prematurely, and maybe we can all share some of our experiences on Pullmantur until they get reorganized and start cruising again.
  12. It is strange that Pullmantur's web site does not yet mention the restructuring, and still is selling cruises post November 15. Also we keep getting emails from "Laura de Pullmantur" (in Spanish), promoting cruising and the merits of Pullmantur. Maybe there will be a whole new Pullmantur in a year or two with newer ex RCCL and Celebrity ships as the Spanish speaking market in Europe and South/Central America will still be there.?
  13. Our contact at VtG is Jean-Luc Hesslier and he is well aware of what is going on. His extension is 7570. We too have been on several Pullmantur cruises and will miss the experience. Fortunately we had only a deposit in place for the next one which was out of Athens to Cyprus and Israel. Here is part of the message we got from Pullmantur on June 10 about the cancellation.: Dear.Vacations To Go has received a very important notification fromPullmantur regarding the cancellation of your upcoming cruise on the Horizon. Please review the details in the notice below.Pullmantur will automatically provide you with a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) equivalent to 100% of the cruise fare paid plus onboard credit (OBC). You do not need to take any action or contact us at this time. It will be sent to you and you can apply it to any Pullmantur cruise booked at Vacations To Go's discounted rates through September 2021 .The notification from Pullmantur is copied below:"We are contacting you again to give you important information related to our operations and the COVID-19 outbreak.The impact of COVID-19 has forced measures to halt its expansion, most of which consist of limiting mobility. When the Spanish government declared the state of emergency, we halted our activities since the safety and well-being of our passengers and crew members are our top priority.The uncertainty regarding the evolution of COVID-19, as well as the uncertainty about the way in which we will be able to sail, once the limitations imposed by the different countries are lifted, has required us to cancel our cruises until 15th November 2020.We will take advantage of this period for better understanding about the implications of COVID-19 for operations on board of the ships and for developing enhanced health and safety protocols.As in previous occasions, our clients have a voucher that is granted and effective from today (10th June 2020) and that they will receive in the coming weeks.We are deeply sorry about this exceptional situation of force majeure that is totally out of our control and, once again, we ask for your understanding and support in order to overcome this reality together.The company hopes that these initiatives will allow us to return to the seas with absolute security and safety.Sincerely,The Pullmantur Cruises Team
  14. Pullmantur files for reorganization (bankruptcy) https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/23124-pullmantur-files-for-reorganization.html
  15. Since we would otherwise have lost our (smallish) deposit on the cruise that has been cancelled, we are hoping Pullmantur does come back for cruises in 2021 and have asked our TA can see if he get us a great cabin on the Holy Land cruise in 2021. Getting a credit towards the cabin cost will be a bonus. I am not as pessimistic as the YouTube blogger. Time will tell. .
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