Yesterday, I made a hard yet easy decision to cancel my dive trip to the Red Sea later this month. First, I received a message that stated one of my flights was rescheduled which affected my entire itinerary. So, I had no other choice but to cancel everything considering the current events.
Meanwhile, here in New York, the National Guard has been deployed to the suburbs to help contain COVID-19. And people in the surrounding areas have cleared out most grocery stores. Even my favorite ice cream bars were sold out at Wholefoods.
I’m still working on refunds and/or credits from my travel partners but the major round trip cost from NYC to Cairo was immediately refunded. Thanks American Airlines! The dive liveaboard (Heaven Saphir) also allowed me to reschedule to later in the year.
I booked several hotels and connecting flights through Expedia, Brussels Air and Egypt Air. I can not even connect to their respective call centers at the moment. I’ve tried via telephone and received immediate busy signals and also tried their web-based chat boxes where available. No luck so far! If I can’t make progress in the next few days, I’ll ask my credit companies to help. I also have travel insurance and will file a claim if my efforts do not work. Hopefully, I’ll be able to resolve everything over the next few days.
Since I won’t be diving soon and will be spending a lot of time on hold with call centers. I figured I would put together a list of scuba diving related movies. Here’s a mix of informative and fun scuba diving related movies to help pass the time (if you are self-quarantined).
For Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) travel advice visit the World Health Organization. Stay Safe!