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All good things must come to an end

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Well Friends, our World Cruise is coming to an end. Yesterday there was a town meeting with all the World Cruisers , the Captain, General Manager and the doctor on the ship. There was discussion about our new itinerary and questions from the guest. We left the meeting feeling good about our decision to stay on the ship until we return to Miami on the 17th of May. This morning around 7 AM we found a letter from the captain on our door. The letter read that they were canceling the World Cruise effective March 19th in Perth, Australia. Saying I was disappointed is an understatement, we were then faced with how in the world are we getting home. Ron and I both had different emotions and to be quite honest, we weren’t on the same page. We were going home, not going home, going to St Lucia, going to Tahiti, that itself was very taxing. Those of you that know us, well, know that Ron and I react to things totally different. We usually come out thinking alike but it takes us awhile to get there. The passengers that had decided to come home had had a day ahead of us to get flights home. We knew it would be challenging. We had already heard people were having to get flights that you were traveling 32 hours, 42 hours traveling through places most people don’t want to travel to. Now there were maybe 200/150 more people that were going to get flights through Perth, Australia. Our travel agent, Laura Baker, got on it immediately. We had some choices. Poor Laura has been through it. She says in on the years she has been in the business she has never seen anything like this. Anyway, when Ron and I finally were able to take a breath we decided it would be good for us if we could give this a little time to settle down but it would be best if we could get on US soil. We have decided to fly from here to Hawaii spend a week or so then relook at everything.

There were several things that went into our decision. We have heard from home that everything in Nashville is absolutely chaotic. We can’t stay in Australia off the ship more then two nights because of the Visas we got. We didn’t do our airfare through Regent because we were just traveling to Miami and back home to Miami so we used our AA miles. So we were basically on our own. Regent says they will reimburse us within reason . We can’t get an answer to what is reasonable. The airfare from Perth to Nashville was astronomical. Our flight to Honolulu is a 1/3 of that. When we get to Hawaii we can use our AA award milages to get home. We had planned to be gone for another 2 months so stretching this out maybe will help us get over the disappointment of our trip coming to a sudden end. Hawaii seems to be not as bad but we know that will probably change. We are trying to be very vigilant in making the safest decision for us so we just ask for your prayers that we have made the right one.

We hope all at home are doing well. Please slow down and take caution about your activities. Who would have ever thought when this started we would be where we are. If anything we know life can be fragile so tell your love ones how much you love them. We will keep in touch.

God Bless,
Ron and Caye

Posted by CayeRon 05:51 Archived in Australia

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