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084: Cruise Contract Watch-out : Cruise Cancellation

Essential Cruise Tips

Release Date: 05/24/2015

Why That Cruise You've Booked May Not Run When No-Sail Ban Ends show art Why That Cruise You've Booked May Not Run When No-Sail Ban Ends

Essential Cruise Tips

I discuss the 5 reasons that the cruise you've got booked that is due to run after no-sail bans is lifted most likely will still be cancelled. Your cruise may well be cancelled even once cruise lines are given the all okay to sail. Many cruisers are assuming that once the cruise shutdown ends that the booked cruises after that date will operate. I explore why that cruise you've got booked may not run even after no-sail ends, as many cruisers in Europe have already discovered where cruising has resumed

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Testing Cruise Passengers Before Cruising (Podcast) show art Testing Cruise Passengers Before Cruising (Podcast)

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Will Testing Cruise Passengers Before Cruising be the key to the resumption of cruise vacations around the world. I explore the three approaches taken so far and how most have had issues to date, what we have learnt and what the major cruise lines are saying (and doing) on the role of testing cruise passengers to help open cruising up again.

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Cruise On-Board Changes ALREADY Agreed Due To Covid-19 show art Cruise On-Board Changes ALREADY Agreed Due To Covid-19

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I explore the on board cruise ship changes already put in place due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Cruise ship changes that are already in place with cruise ships sailing around the world, in Europe, French Polynesia, Iceland and parts of Asia, and also those announced as in place by the mainstream cruise lines ready for when they are allowed to start cruising again. These are changes on board cruise ships that we will have to get used to.

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Cruise Lines Go On The Attack In USA (Podcast) show art Cruise Lines Go On The Attack In USA (Podcast)

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Cruise Lines in the USA have gone on the attack and offensive towards the CDC (Center For Disease Control and Prevention) after almost 6 months of not speaking out against them. I review what they have said and why they are saying it now. I discuss what Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises CEOs have said on record on the cruise suspension and the CDC

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Cruise Lines Pull Most Cruise Ships Out Of USA (Podcast) show art Cruise Lines Pull Most Cruise Ships Out Of USA (Podcast)

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In another of my cruise update series, I look at why cruise lines have pulled the vast majority of cruise ships that are usually sailing in and out of USA ports and waters, and what it means and could signal about the timing and plans for when cruising is allowed to start up again out of the USA. At the time of the shutdown there were just over 120 ships operating in and out fo USA waters, at time of recording this has been reduced to just 32, with 18 leaving in the last few weeks.

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CRUISE CABIN UPGRADES : 8 Best Ways To Get one ! (Podcast) show art CRUISE CABIN UPGRADES : 8 Best Ways To Get one ! (Podcast)

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What is the best and easiest way to get a cruise cabin upgrade on your next and future cruises? I discuss the 8 things that I do that ahem led to me getting a cruise cabin upgrade on my cruises, and things that I have seen work for others using these cruise cabin tips to get an upgrade. So, why not discover how you too can get a cruise cabin upgrade in a proven and easy way?

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CRUISE UPDATE: More Lines Return. Some New Rules (Podcast) show art CRUISE UPDATE: More Lines Return. Some New Rules (Podcast)

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In my 10th cruise news update, I look at the latest news and what it means for cruisers like you. As lines like MSC Cruises and Carnival's Costa and AIDA begin sailing again this month, I look at 7 trends emerging including some new rules and protocols that these cruise lines resuming service have put in place which, based on discussions on my channel and other cruise forums, many cruisers may dislike and see as a reason not to cruise.

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Holland America For Your Caribbean Cruise? (Podcast) show art Holland America For Your Caribbean Cruise? (Podcast)

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Is Holland America a good choice for your Caribbean cruise vacation? I explore the pros and cons of cruising on a Holland America Line ship in the Caribbean. Holland America has been sailing for well over 140 years, but are they a good cruise line for the Caribbean? I look at the good and less good aspects to help you decide if a Holland America Caribbean cruise is right for you.

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Latest Cruise Covid Outbreaks : What Really Happened? (Podcast) show art Latest Cruise Covid Outbreaks : What Really Happened? (Podcast)

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Just as cruises started to resume around the world, cruising had a set back with a series of Covid-19 outbreaks on a number of ships like Hurtigruten Roald Amundsen, Ponant's Paul Gauguin and also among crew of Costa and AIDA lines. I explore what actually happened, what caused the outbreak and what mistakes and errors were made to make some of the cruising covid outbreaks more widespread than others. What we leant and what impact it is having on cruises and resumption of cruising

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Cunard And Princess Cancel Cruises Into 2021 (Podcast) show art Cunard And Princess Cancel Cruises Into 2021 (Podcast)

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In my 12th cruise update, I discuss the shock news that Cunard, followed by Princess, have joined other lines cancelling their 2021 World Cruises - and how Cunard have also cancelled all Queen Elizabeth's scheduled cruises to the end of 2021 and delayed resuming cruises for their entire fleet until the end of Q1 2021. I discuss why they did it, what will actually happen, when each ship will start sailing in 2021, what it means for Cunard and Princess cruisers

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Cruise Contract Watch-out: Cancellation

The cancellation policy for a cruise varies by line and you must understand what you are agreeing to when you make a booking. Always ask your agent what the terms are, or check the cruise line conditions online or in their brochure.

You will usually find deposits are non-refundable and only sometimes are even transferrable to an alternative cruise if you change your mind. A name change on a booking is often also counted as a cancellation and significant fees can apply.

You usually have to pay the full balance of a fare 90 days before a cruise, and in full if booking within this timeframe. Some lines stagger the cancellation charges the closer to the departure date while others will keep it at the full fare after paying this balance.

As deposits are usually lost if you cancel your cruise before the 90 days and full fare if after this time frame, you should consider taking out travel insurance at the time of booking to cover you incase you need to change your plans. The terms can be very strict and even illness will still see you loosing your deposit or fare if you have to cancel. So insurance is the best way to cover yourself against this eventuality.

When making a booking do not let the excitement of the idea of cruising cloud you making sound financial decisions to cover yourself against lost.