We sure have found ourselves in uncharted territory lately, haven’t we? Through hurricanes, tsunami’s, fires and more, the travel industry has continued to provide our clients with exciting adventures and FUNtastic experiences. The Coronovirus, unfortunately, has stopped us dead in our tracks and has – and is – playing havoc on the entire country.
The question on everyone’s mind is: should we cancel our travel plans? I wish I could give you all a well-informed, definitive answer but the truth is, if the travel supplier isn’t canceling your package/cruise, etc., then the decision as to whether or not to cancel is highly personal.
If you or any of your travel companions have medical conditions that could be compromised by the threat of contact then, of course, you’ll want to reschedule your plans. Dan is having a series of heart procedures next month that will put him in the 60-day window of hospitalization, so we’re having to cancel our amazing 16-day Transatlantic Cruise the first of June. We are heart-broken! We’d both looked so forward to visiting Ireland and Scotland – locations very high on our bucket list! But I know God has a reason for not wanting us to make that trip right now, so I have complete faith it’s all good. We’re now looking for a new adventure for later on so we can use our Future Cruise Credit.
If your employer is mandating a 14-day self-quarantine if you travel out of the country, then you may well want to reconsider traveling right now. I’m sure there are other reasons that may prompt you to reschedule – like I said, it’s highly personal and only you can make that decision.
So, what happens if you DO decide to cancel? It gets really tricky here and totally depends on the travel supplier and the type of travel you’re taking. I’m going to try to summarize the CURRENT policies – but keep in mind they change not only daily, but sometimes hourly!
If you’re flying and your flight was not part of a cruise package, the air lines are not issuing refunds. Even if you’re supposed to fly to a country that isn’t allowing visitors, the air lines aren’t budging. Some will waive change penalties if you reschedule travel. And, if you have CFAR (Cancel For Any Reason) Travel Protection, you can file a claim for a refund. If you don’t have CFAR, and you don’t rebook, you will very likely lose whatever you’ve already paid.
If you’re cruising again, cancellation policies vary from cruise line to cruise line. Here’s the nutshell version of both Carnival and Royal Caribbean’s policies: the two cruise lines that I currently have bookings for.
If you’ve booked your cruise through me, I’ve sent out an email outlining these policies so all you need to do is respond and let me know which option you prefer. If you have any questions about this (and believe me, I know it’s confusing!), just let me know!
Looking forward to this all becoming just a distant memory! How about you?
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