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Doing some research I came across a thread regarding non-refundable deposits and different fare categories. I have been looking at the Alaska 2019 itineraries and see no mention of non-refundable deposits or different fare categories. I did a mock booking and clicked on the Cancellation Policy and got this:

 

Caribbean; Panama Canal; Mexico; Canada & New England; Pacific Coastal; Pacific Northwest; Alaska and Alaska Land+Sea Journeys; Europe (except Prinsendam Europe, 30+ day Transatlantic and segments of 30+ day Transatlantic) and 27-day or less Hawaii sailings

75–57 days before commencing travel: an amount equal to deposit requirement;

56–29 days before commencing travel: 50% of gross fare;

28–16 days before commencing travel: 75% of gross fare;

15 days or less before commencing travel: 100% of gross fare.

 

Not sure where this non-refundable deposit information is coming from but is it still something to look for or has HAL abandoned it? It did mention "promotions" with non-refundable deposits.

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Various promotions like Explore4 also had non-refundable deposits.

Sounds like since your cruise isn't until 2019, HAL doesn't have any promotions thus you will make a normal deposit.

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We booked the 28 day R/T San Diego Hawaii Tahiti March 9, 2019 cruise of the Eurodam while onboard the Westerdam in October. We originally had Explore-4 tied to this cruise, but when Explore-4 dropped on Nov 17, the cruise price dropped by exactly the same cost of a 28 day SBP. So, we told our TA to drop the Explore-4, and re-fare us under the Cyber Sale promotion that got us $750 in pre-paid gratuities. Our final fare for a VB cabin dropped way more than the SBP. But looking at our cancellation policy, I saw something that I have never seen before. Our final payment date is Dec 9, 2018, but the penalty period for cancellation kicks in on Nov 8, 2018. That is 122 days from sailing. This cruise is unique in that there is only one sailing for the entire year, so HAL extends the cancellation period. We lose our $300 P/P deposit we got for booking onboard if we cancel within the 122 day period. Our cruise is 28 days and to Hawaii, which falls outside HAL's statement that the OP posted.

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Not sure where this non-refundable deposit information is coming from but is it still something to look for or has HAL abandoned it? It did mention "promotions" with non-refundable deposits.
That paragraph is for refundable deposits, which still make up the bulk of HAL bookings.

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Various promotions like Explore4 also had non-refundable deposits.

 

Is this true for all sailings with Explore4? We're currently booked on a 2018 sailing with Explore4, which included '50% reduced deposit'. But it looks like our cancellation policy appears to be HAL's standard policy as described by OP. In other words, we would not forfeit the deposit unless we cancelled inside of 75 days (when the penalty period begins). If we had to cancel prior to 75-day mark we would get a full refund.

 

 

Am I misunderstanding this? :confused:

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