Cruising choices with an active Pandemic

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OK if you have a good one.Ours is usually able to get refunds within a week.Has occurred with cruise but also 2 days when we had to cancel a BA flight and BA had said 12 weeks until refund.
Tinkering with a Euro cruise July 2022. I miss cruising.
 
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We have one booked for February 2022.Keeping our fingers crosssed.But I find crossing my toes too hard. ;) :D
 

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February 2022

A few months back I might have given you better than a 50/50 chance of sailing ; now I have no idea.. zilch….
 

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We have an Israel, Jordan and Egypt River cruise booked for December 2020. We expect not to be able to go especially as an eye watering payment due August. Too soon. Going to a 60th in March which is instead of that persons now cancelled Egypt cruise as well. It's an Egyptian theme.
 
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Delusional is one word that springs to mind
His business must be a wreck though. Every week he was sprouting he was in a suite on a remote cruise site, flying in J or F, staying in a suite in some luxury resort. Now he's spruiking how wonderful SA is and how people should use him to book. Yeah. Nah.
 

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His business must be a wreck though. Every week he was sprouting he was in a suite on a remote cruise site, flying in J or F, staying in a suite in some luxury resort. Now he's spruiking how wonderful SA is and how people should use him to book. Yeah. Nah.

I much prefer Dennis Bunnik - much more down to earth
 

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I much prefer Dennis Bunnik - much more down to earth
Funny I was thinking of Dennis when I posted the earlier comment. Maybe because he makes everything sound like a new discovery, a joy, rather than someone who is just trotting out all the things they've done or doing, because that's what they do.
 

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So much for Ponant's NZ cruise season.
A cruise ship turned away from New Zealand is now stuck off the coast of New Caledonia, low on fuel with a significant storm approaching and no permission to dock.


Le Laperouse has an economic exemption to come to New Zealand for the cruise season but was last week refused entry after Immigration denied 61 of its 90 crew visas because they are not considered essential workers.

 

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Government acting erratically again.
6 months out: "You have an exemption so can operate here."
1 month out: "You need visas, which you've already applied for, but we decided to deny for no reason at all."

Just seems like some change of mind in some government department, causing disruption and losses to the business and NZ citizens who'd booked.
 

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Government acting erratically again.
6 months out: "You have an exemption so can operate here."
1 month out: "You need visas, which you've already applied for, but we decided to deny for no reason at all."

Just seems like some change of mind in some government department, causing disruption and losses to the business and NZ citizens who'd booked.
They know the electorate will support them 100% and that's all they care about.
 

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Just seems like some change of mind in some government department

It could be that, or it could be that the cruise line led the govt to believe that there would be a lot more jobs going to NZ citizens if the economic exemption was given, and instead it's trying to import cheap third world labour.
 

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It could be that, or it could be that the cruise line led the govt to believe that there would be a lot more jobs going to NZ citizens if the economic exemption was given, and instead it's trying to import cheap third world labour.
The cruise line operated with their standard model, which is both well known and been in place for many years. It's not a matter of belief, as if NZ citizens were required, then that would have also been stated as a condition, and the cruise line would have had to prepare with the extra training required in advance. And given how the government were trying to blame the cruise line, they would have stated if it was an actual requirement that was not met.

Instead they could only say visas were required, but no real reason for not giving them. Which is weak when another government department had already given approval months before. They should have granted approval in line with their commitment, then ensured they required citizens as a condition for future sailings if needed.
 
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