Originally posted by:
Your report is the same but no answer to possible cancellations?
No, not the quite the same ewoodspark, just pointing out here we have been having this same general discussion for some time on a number of different threads on this forum. The fact that the British military suddenly got concerned is important, but as we talked about before, the US Coast Guard has been tasked with establishing TSPs in line with world air carrier security practices. Going to be lots of changes forthcoming in the realm of traditional cruising.
As far as cancellations go. If someone is making a last minute cancellation right now they could be out, unless they have insurance and even then they are mostly likely going to lose. But these threats are going to have far reaching and extensive negative repercussion for the cruise industry over the long term, not just over what might happen in the way of cancellations in the short term. Possibly meaning folks will begin to not even consider booking cruises into areas of unrest, let alone have to worry about canceling something already booked. In short, the industrial world as well as world travelers have a lot more to worry about than a few cancellations. My bet is that the cruise lines aren't going to be cruising to these locations much longer. In fact they have already began doing so.
As pointed out previously, we had a 5 week cruise booked for over 6 months on HAL and canceled it over 6 months before embarkation. The reason we canceled was due to political and sectarian unrest within 60% of the areas we were to visit. The cancellation didn't cost us one dime and insurance did not come into play.