Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What should I do next?
A. If we cannot operate your departure as scheduled, then Scenic Group will send you an auto notification letter, for the booking with the applicable Future Travel Credit details. We will automatically apply the Future Travel Credit on your record so there is no need to take any immediate action. Our reservations team will be working through these bookings in departure date order and would appreciate your patience in waiting for us to contact you. This will ensure we process the changes as quickly as possible. However, if you would like to secure your reservation now for a future travel date please contact your Travel Agent or our reservations team.
Q. Do I need to use my FTC all at once and on one booking?
A. No, as a part of our flexible Future Travel Credit (FTC) conditions, you can utilise your FTC across multiple bookings, whether this is a new or existing booking.
Q. What happens if I re-book but my cruise or tour is suspended again?
A. For any guests who are impacted again by a suspension, any additional FTC vouchers attached to your current impacted booking will also remain available for future use, meaning you will not lose any of your credit and/or applicable vouchers.
Q. When should I re-book and are there any benefits of me booking now?
A. As we are seeing an increase in interest in our 2022 and 2023 itineraries, we highly recommend booking now to secure your preferred departure, Earlybird offers and current pricing. Our Flexible Booking Policy* has also been included should you need to amend the date in the future. *excludes Russia, South America, Australia and New Zealand
Q. If I have a FTC for a suspended cruise booking why can I only re-book on a Scenic Group river or ocean cruise?
A. We would like to allow our guests the opportunity to re-book onto the destination that they were originally due to depart on, or a similar destination. Should you wish to book on a different destination, this can be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please contact our Reservations Team or your Travel Advisor to discuss further.
Q. What is the current situation and when do you expect to operate again?
A. We are closely monitoring the changing global situation and will continue to take guidance from Government advisory notifications and travel restrictions (including port and border closures). The inability to operate our schedules applies to all Scenic Group international cruise and tour departures for guests from Canada up to 30 June 2021 and for Scenic Eclipse Arctic and Americas season departures up to 5 October 2021.
Q. My booking has not been affected by a suspension and my departure is scheduled after 1 July 2021. Can I hold the funds in Future Travel Credit?
A. No, however you can defer your travel plans to an alternate departure date.
Q. What is your policy if I cancel my booking for a cruise or tour which remains scheduled to depart?
A. If you choose not to take up the option of the Future Travel Credit (FTC) for any cruise or tour that remains scheduled to depart, you may opt to cancel your booking under our standard terms and conditions. You can then consult with your travel insurance company to enquire if you are eligible to lodge a claim. If required, we can provide a letter to assist you in making your claim.
Q. Is there a flexible booking policy for Future Travel Credit (FTC) holders?
A.

The below flexible booking policy applies when using a Future Travel Credit to re-book:

 

• Included flexible cover means you can re-book with confidence and protection.

• You can defer travel after re-booking up to 60 days prior to travel*, with no Scenic Group fees (3rd party fees may apply). 

• Should you need to cancel your re-booking, you can do so up to 60 days prior to travel*, with no Scenic Group fee (3rd party fees may apply). Your Future Travel Voucher will then be held for a further 24 months to use on a future departure.

• Final payment is due as per your booking conditions. However, changes can be made up to 60 days prior to travel*, with no Scenic Group fee (3rd party fees may apply). 

 

 

This policy applies to guests who have been affected by a booking that has been unable to operate or who have cancelled their booking voluntarily under our COVID policy.

 

*Excluding Russia, South America, Australia and New Zealand Land Touring 

Q. What is a Third Party Fee?
A. Third party fees are incurred by Scenic Group when we contract other travel partners to help package your client’s itinerary. This may include airlines, hotels, Russian River cruises, Dalmatia Ocean Cruises coach and limousine transfers, exclusive access to venues and charters. In these circumstances, Scenic is subject to the third party terms and conditions and needs to make a claim for the costs incurred to deliver the services within your booking. For example, an airline may apply an amendment or cancellation fee on your air ticket.
Q. What is a Future Travel Credit?
A.

The Future Travel Credit (FTC) provides flexibility for you to re-book a river cruises or ocean cruise for travel in 2021 to 2024 as outlined in the policy applied for the date of departure for the reservation you are holding. 

 

To provide additional flexibility you can choose to travel up to the following dates; 

 

• 1 May to 30 June 2020 departures, re-book and travel up to 31 December 2022 

• 1 July to 31 October 2020 departures, re-book and travel up to 30 June 2023

• 1 November 2020 to 30 April 2021 departures, re-book and travel up to 31 December 2023

• 1 May to 30 June 2021 departures, re-book and travel up to 30 June 2024

• 2021 Scenic Eclipse Arctic season and the East Coast USA Adventure (701U) scheduled to depart on 27 September 2021, re-book and travel up to 30 June 2024

 

The FTC is also fully transferrable to another guest, booking or other Scenic Group brand.

Q. Is my Future Travel Credit combinable with all other offers available at the time of booking?
A. Some conditions may apply to the use of your FTC and they may not be combinable with limited promotions, such as Deposit Protection Plan, Super Earlybird Offers and Early Payment Discount.
Q. What if I choose not to take a Future Travel Credit?
A. If you choose not to take up the option of the Future Travel Credit (FTC), you can opt to cancel your booking under our standard terms and conditions, then consult with your travel insurance company to enquire if you are eligible to lodge a claim. If required, we can provide a letter to assist you in making your claim. Please email your cancellation request to Cancellations_CA@scenic.ca.
Q. Will the Scenic Group booked airfares be included in the Future Travel Credit?
A. All components of the Scenic Group reservation will be moved to Future Travel Credit and this includes any Scenic Group booked airfares. This means you are not restricted to book with the same airline or book your new airfares within a certain time frame.
Q. Can I apply the Deposit Protection Plan or Platinum Protection Plan to my new booking?
A. The Deposit Protection Plan and Platinum Protection Plan are not applicable for bookings using Future Travel Credit. After re-booking the Flexible Booking Policy will apply, whereby up until 60 days prior to departure you have the option to transfer to another departure, or cancel and hold funds in credit for a further 24 months. This will be without any Scenic Group charges or change fees. However, third party fees may still apply. Flexible booking policy does not apply to Russia, South America, Australia or New Zealand.
Q. Do I still get Scenic Group Status Points for the suspended booking?
A. No, as guests will receive a Future Travel Credit this is not applicable. However, upon re-booking you will accrue Scenic Group Status points on the selected departure once your journey has been completed.
Q. Can I extend my final payment? (All departures and all destinations)
A. Yes, we understand your concerns around payment final payment in the current environment. Please contact our reservations team to request a final payment extension review. 
Q. What are your on board safety and health protocols?
A. Scenic will ensure that we adhere to the highest standards of hygiene and cleaning protocols on all ships and all tours when operating. Thorough cleaning will be conducted regularly, and hand sanitizers are located throughout the ship to ensure the highest level of personal hygiene whilst on board. For further information, refer to our Cruise with Confidence information for River Cruises and Ocean Cruises and Land Journeys.