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Refund - Thank you Imagine Cruising
Dear Imagine Cruising Staff
We would sincerely like to thank each and everyone of you (and I understand this would have been team effort) for all your diligent, hard work in getting all our refunds for our 3 Queens journey - booking no IMA-09214.
We do appreciate how difficult it must have been and continues to be in the travel industry, while you juggle refunds, disgruntled, difficult and grateful customers and stay afloat.
We have been fortunate also in having received an 80% refund from our insurer RACQ, with whom we had Covid cover. As you would be aware travel insurance for the USA component of our trip was very expensive.
My partner John and I feel very blessed.
Kind regards and thank you.
Appalling Service and No Refund
Like a lot of other passengers on the CMV cruise to London in March we have found the service and information around refunds supplied by Imagine Cruising to be of the lowest standard. Communication by this company is poor and direct phone contact is discouraged. Their refund policy is not in the spirit of what's fair and the reasoning for not supplying a refund is poor at best. Their web site Covid 19 updates re- refunds were misleading. Their slow responds times made claiming against other travel insurance companies void. I would like to know ...how they can understand our frustrations in this matter and the anxiety with loosing huge amounts of money. I like many other passenger can not in all honesty recommend this business to any of our family, friends or colleagues. Choose your next trip carefully. We know we will.
Imagine Cruising/Holidays BEWARE!
Imagine cruising is a very very disappointing company. We booked and paid for a cruise months ahead of our travel dates. Due to Covid our cruise was cancelled. Apparently! Imagine Cruising, who booked our cruise and took our money, were not responsible in any way. Please beware before you book any holidays with Imagine Cruising, or their new incarnation in Australia, Imagine holidays. Please read the t & c. You are not covered for anything.
i would just like to say imagine cruising have done an excellent job on refunds considering the covid pandemic and minimal staff and keeping us in the loop from when our cruise was cancelled in march to now
i know imagine cruising have had a bad wrap from other customers but also alot has to do with the cruise company them selves whether they would give refunds but imagine have fought tooth and nail to get refunds so i thank you for our refund i know costa didn't want to give refunds only cruise credits but you fought for us
Still awaiting a refund
Still waiting on a refund of $9,000 from March 2020. They are blaming Costa Cruises for the delay. Costa advise they have settled with Imagine. They are also unable to comment re refund for flights with Emirates, I don't know why as Emirates own Imagine! Still saying it could be another 4-8 weeks before there is a resolution but who knows what the resolution will be.
Sounds great ! Beware!
Paid all booking fees before due date.
45 day cruise of a life time , lasted 5 days before curtailment , NO ports of call.
Phd IC day before flying out of Sydney, Yes all go ahead Assured by Staff IC.
Result lost over $20;000 , no credit refund offered. Less than 1/3 of amount paid. Happy to take your hard earned dollars when the proverbial hits the fan , lots of promises that’s it. Pathetic refund, total disgrace, ripoff off, no credits on flights hotels anything . Never Again , highly NOT recommend to any one. My 86 year old mother can not afford to lose this sort of money, her last big trip and a pathetic refund offered. Not Recommended at all.
After a couple of phone calls with Lincoln Capello and I am sure much frustration on his part, I am very happy with the recently booked trip to Adelaide including a trip on the Queen Elizabeth to Sydney. I found Lincoln to be very helpful and patient. My connection with Lincoln started when I needed to change my holiday dates. This was done quite easily. I also have booked two other holidays in 2022.
I was unfortunately a victim of the Vasca De Garma saga and like all other, am still awaiting information and possible refund. Singapore ...Airlines have advised that they are offering a refund or future travel. Imagine did the booking and I stand to lose the $5000 for business class travel from London to Cairns. Of course I am disappointed that there does not seem to be a refund in sight of the $25,000 paid in good faith for the trip of a lifetime with a full refund promised while on the cruise. It would be good just to get advice from Imagine, that we are either going to get a refund or not would surely be the thing to do, instead there are lots of us just left in limbo. I would like the refund for my plane trip from England seeing as Singapore have offered it but it is in the hands of Imagine Cruising, as is the hotel accommodation in London. I would surely re-invest the refund in more travel with Imagine as apart from being disappointed about the cruise to London, I believe they run the show quite well. Mary Simmons Cairns
Extremely Good Service with Imagine-Cruising
Hi rang Imagine on 29 August 2020 and spoke with Lincoln Cappello to ascertain whether I could get an upgrade on the Ghan in 2021 from my Single to a cabin with bathroom facilities as I have bi-lateral osteoarthritis in my hips and did not want to be walking the length of the carriage to access bathroom amenities.
Lincoln rang me back yesterday being 28 Sept and advised a Gold Twin had become available.
I am full of gratitude and respect for this young man who in my opinion has excelled at his job.
Many thanks Cheryl Matlock
No refund Vasco da Gama cruise to England. IMA-06757
Imagine Cruising refuse to refund unused portions such as hotel accommodation, air fares, day trip.
Therefore dishonestly holding monies not entitled to. Must be illegal!
Imagine Cruising always pushy for us to making immediate payments - opposite to their return policy.
Also annoying that responses to our communications just thank us for the patience we don't possess.
Appalling customer service
We were also on the Vasco da Gama Voyage 17. Despite repeated reassurances that we will be be provided with information regarding refunds we have receive no meaningful information. Imagine Cruising’s response to multiple emails and phone calls has left us bitterly disappointed with the lack of information and evasiveness of their answers. After 6 months you would expect that any reputable company would have been able to provide their customers with a detailed response. If I could give them a negative score I would.
Also waiting on refund
We were on the ill fated Vasco de Gama Voyage 17 departing Singapore on 9th March. (Booking number IMA-06212 ) We were promised a full refund by CMV for unused portion of trip. We understand there are issues with CMV, however we have not even received a refund for accommodation in London and flights home, paid to you. We are disappointed that (apart from once) the only time we have heard from you has been when initiated by us. And, the usual response ...it is proving a lengthy process (or something of that nature) and thanks for your patience. Would it be too difficult to issue regular reports to not just us, but also to all our fellow poassengers?
We cancelled prior to COVID19 situation on 10 March,and were promised a refund of $2810. (We paid $14,498 but we totally understood this was the amount we were entitled to claim was $2810). Despite repeated requests no money was forthcoming so in May I raised a dispute with my credit card company. Imagine Cruising rang me on 26 June to say if I cancelled the dispute & provided written proof from MasterCard that the dispute was cancelled, a refund would be actioned that week. This was provided to them on 29 June. Of course, despite more plea...s from myself, nothing happened. When I rang MasterCard in early September to reinstate the dispute, all of a sudden I had another call from Imagine Cruising to say they would refund. It was eventually refunded on 14 September. Don't give up, try actioning through your credit card company
No refund for unused travel
Initially very helpful in getting us home after quarantine when no flights were available. Now, we have not had a single dollar in refunds for the
Flights and accomodation we never used. We have been waiting four months.
Waiting for a refund
My name is Donna Goldsmith. I travelled on the curtailed cruise on the 9th of March 2020, we have not received our promised refund. I understand the travel industry is in a difficult time but I would have thought they would look after exciting customers!!
I am very disappointed with the follow up from imagine cruising. We will not give up on the pursuit of our refund .
We booked a cruise after seeing the advertisement in the newspaper. Three couples having a 70th birthday celebrations sailing from NewYork to Spain. Sadly the pandemic had other ideas for us to mark those birthdays.
From the day we organised and booked the package the consultants I dealt with were amazing. Nothing was too much trouble with our booking and I was confident we would have had a great holiday.
Obviously the holiday was cancelled but we received many updates giving us the choice of cancelling or receiving a future cruise credit wit...
I can't lie, I was seriously worried about losing my $27,000, but now have my refund and travel credits. Our departure date was 31st May 2020. Although I initiated most of the communication with the Customer Support team, I received detailed replies with most of my questions answered. It has been a long wait, but I do understand how hard this team is working to get people their refunds. Very difficult times. Those still waiting, it's tough, but be patient, you will receive your money back.
The reviewer stated that an incentive was offered for this review
Worried about money returned after cancellation
We had a cruise booked for the Baltics , which end by the of the virus, but the people of Imagine did all to help us to keep informed of all, special thanks to Katelyn and her great team for all the help we received during this trying time...
Cheers big thanks will book with you again .
Cheers Marie and Ray Tatlow
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cruise Café/Imagine Cruising and all their wonderful staff for their support through these trying times.
We had booked a cruise for April leaving from New York and disembarking in Rome. We had paid for our holiday but due to Covid decided this wasnt the cruise for us. We have now received our refund for which we are most grateful.
In light of all the negative media stories we are hearing regarding travel and cruise companies I just want other people to know how professional and amazing Cruise Cafe/Imagine Cruising have been.
I can assure you that once we hopefully get back to some sort of normality we will be booking a holiday through your company.
Waiting for refund
Jean Parker/Geoff Parker
Booked a cruise and package holiday for 70th birthday costing $24,950 , leaving in May.
Been asking for refund for months but no action. Only had one phone call in April offering travel voucher .
All communication has been initiated from us.
- Verified customer
Same here, no refund for Northern Light Cruise
My planning departure day is 30/Sep/2020.
Same story. They said Cruise in Norway is not cancelled and therefore they were only offering the trip next year or credit.
I don't want risk my life with cruise so trip next year is not an option. Credit, well airline credit maybe useful but cruise credit, hell no.
I will wait till Imagine Cruising has to cancel the trip and demand the refund.
If they don't, I will ask QLD Consumer Affairs advice, it it doesn't work then I'll have to use Lawyer. Let's see.
Questions & Answers
Hi, as our travel departure date is 13/5/2020, we still have not received any communication from Imagine Cruising and we are starting to feel a little unsettled and anxious, we can appreciate that you’re very busy getting existing travellers home safely, but a short note keeping us informed would give us a feeling of maybe wanting to travel with you in the future.. we’d like to know if our options (once the logistics team finally is in touch with us), gives us the opportunity to take a refund and not be forced to take‘cruise credits’ , there’s 6 travellers in our group so you can appreciate there’s a considerable amount of money tied up with your company
We were on the Vasco Da Gama where the Cruise was cancelled 6 days after departure. We were returned to Perth. CMV has promised a full refund to be paid through Imagine Cruising. Our experience with Imagine Cruising prior to the cruise was one where we had to chase them for information. However, when we did they always got back to us. Nevertheless, from the cruise, through our quarantine in Perth and finally, our flight back to NSW Imagine Cruising kept us up to date and worked very hard to support our repatriation. We were very impressed with this. I would advise that you keep contacting them to ensure that your cruise is, indeed, happening.
Hi Martin, our flights from Brisbane have been cancelled and NCL have suspended all cruises until July, so I’m fairly sure we’re not going anywhere, my issue is we’ll be forced to take cruise credits and not given the option for a full refund
Customer Support TeamImagine Cruising
Good afternoon Cheryl.
Thank you for your question. I must apologise we have hundreds of affected holidays. so I can look into your specific holiday further can you pleas send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org ATTN Katelyn, I will provide you with as much information as I can!
Katelyn - Customer Support Supervisor
I wrote a review for ImagineCruising my Optus webmail not responding can you help me lodge same??
Customer Support TeamImagine Cruising
Good afternoon Jules, thank you for your question. I am unsure what the error is however I am ore tan happy to try to assist. Are you able to send me an email to email@example.com ATTN Katelyn.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review, much appreciated.
Katelyn - Customer Support Supervisor
Customer Support TeamImagine Cruising
Thank you for persisting Jules. Have a great day!
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