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mv dolphin cancellation

Discussion in 'Cruises' started by manumachin, May 1, 2020.

  1. manumachin

    manumachin Angel Fish

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    Hello,
    maybe i'm making a duplicate but i think my message has its place here

    il hope my translation is correct :

    We had planned a getaway for a few years on tubbataha, the trip of a lifetime for a european. Last year; on a snub stupidly the intermediaries, thinking of making some savings, and on a treaty directly with the boat mv dolphin / dolphinbaydivers.
    A friend had cruise on this boat.

    Very few exchanges with Jan the dive master, since he is on a cruise during the week.

    So no answers possible during the week and the weekend, 3 words: yes, no, transfer here, ...

    It is not very reassuring .... No contract sent. I guess this is the Filipino concept, I am "confident" because the the world of diving respects itself

    In short,
    I send 60% in October, by transfer to Tauber's account (the boss) ... a personal account? Okay

    The Covid arrives; no news

    I question them in March, and his return: boat at quay, no cruise.

    of course ; so what?

    So, postpone the cruise to next year, but ask for the remaining 40% of the cruise + 50% more for next year ....

    50% for the boat that does not move with its staff and divemasters.

    The cruise costs 1950 euros ; 50% I find it violent. … for two = 1950 euros more …

    i'm teacher in a small school ,

    Return yesterday : 40%, negotiation . And if I find that the cruise is too expensive I can make myself their hotel (the Dolphinbayresort) or consider another cruise.

    I would love your feedback, a little more experienced. I made myself well scammed or it is the rule of the game in the world of diving ??? :)

    40% from 1950, which means that my cruise, if it takes place, next year, will cost me more 6000 euros (for two)
    It does not make sense !

    this cruise is offered by dive providers, so i guess they are serious. So i can't understand.

    Now; I feel stupid, and stuck. Even if I endorse this 40% extra; I don't see myself on the boat next year to dive with a guy, who has just scammed me, at least that's my current feeling.

    Your opinions are welcome.
     
  2. Bob Dankert

    Bob Dankert Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Santa Cruz County
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  3. Bob Dankert

    Bob Dankert Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Santa Cruz County
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    I'm in a similar situation now! Tubbataha coming up mid June. Little chance of changing dates, The Dolphin hasn't returned the few messages I've sent. Facts: if flights open for June including Ph domestic since I am landing in Manila and must fly to Puerto Princessa to meet the Dolphin, I'm concerned if flights are shut down again while I'm still there, I'm marooned in the Philippines.
    If hotels shut, I'm screwed!
    I want to change dates, it would be professional for the Dolphin to at least get back to me, so far no assistance from the dive marketing agency that set me up.
     
  4. manumachin

    manumachin Angel Fish

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    it is not secure indeed, not pro; it's a shame because my friends who dived with the boat told me that the team was cool ...

    sorry for posting my message in the wrong place in the forum, but I don't know how to change it.
     
  5. Bob Dankert

    Bob Dankert Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Santa Cruz County
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    Wow! Just got word from liveaboard.com that I can transfer dates on the Dolphin. I've been on that vessel,
    really good crew and divemasters. I'm looking at early 2021 to Tubbataha. No transfer my flight to that date,
    SFO to Manila and I'm set.
     
  6. manumachin

    manumachin Angel Fish

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    do you have an extra cost for this change?
     

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