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    • Startup1985
    • By Startup1985 7th Oct 16, 3:35 PM
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    Can we be compensated? Hurricane
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    Can we be compensated? Hurricane 7th Oct 16 at 3:35 PM
    Hi, we are currently caught up in hurricane Matthew in Florida and as such have been confined to our hotel room because of a state curfew which is meaning we are missing around 3 days of our week long holiday. All the theme parks are closed as well because of the hurricane so the £600 we paid for them tickets have gone to waste.
    We spoke to Thomas cook a few days back and told them we feel like it would be best if they could arrange for us to leave Florida before the hurricane came but they said there was nothing they could do because they didn't even know if it would hit even though the Florida governor had declared a state of emergency. Now we are confined to our hotel room and wasted half the holiday. I know a hurricane is not anyone's fault but this holiday took us a full year to afford and was supposed to be a holiday of a lifetime.
    We have full holiday insurance but can we claim anything from either the holiday insurance or Thomas cook?
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    • duchy
    • By duchy 9th Oct 16, 4:21 PM
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    Disney will probably give you extra park passes valid indefinitely if you chat them up at guest services so could be used on future holidays.

    Ignore the smart mouths , some people are just plain nasty and revel in the misfortune of others ......very sad. Hope you get the most out of your remaining holiday. Get onto the dibb and look for ways to stretch your funds a bit further with meal deals etc whilst waiting for everything to reopen to help stretch your remaining funds.
    Last edited by duchy; 09-10-2016 at 4:26 PM.
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    • balletshoes
    • By balletshoes 9th Oct 16, 5:19 PM
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    Disney will probably give you extra park passes valid indefinitely if you chat them up at guest services so could be used on future holidays.

    Ignore the smart mouths , some people are just plain nasty and revel in the misfortune of others ......very sad. Hope you get the most out of your remaining holiday. Get onto the dibb and look for ways to stretch your funds a bit further with meal deals etc whilst waiting for everything to reopen to help stretch your remaining funds.
    Originally posted by duchy
    everything has re-opened now, the curfew was lifted at 2pm on 7th October in Orlando, and although restaurants in the area weren't all open that evening, yesterday everything was back to normal with the parks etc all open.
    • duchy
    • By duchy 9th Oct 16, 5:25 PM
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    It's amazing how fast it returns to normal. I was a Disney in Ca when an earthquake hit. All rides were closed for safety checks , within 90 minutes all the major rides and most of the minior ones were checked and reopened.
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    • Laz123
    • By Laz123 10th Oct 16, 12:23 PM
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    Not at all, this is an eminently predictable event that would have to be allowed for, by no means certain or even probable but a definite possibility.

    Schadenfreude doesn't apply, I have sympathy for people in a difficult situation but that is moderated by the actual situation and the planning, precautions and fall back options that exist.

    My view is that is you can't afford a couple of extra days when soemthing goes wrong on a holiday then you probably can't afford it, others views may differ but there are unfortunately consequences to actions, or indeed inaction, hopefully people live and learn for their experiences but there is no guarantee of that either.
    Originally posted by bigadaj
    I'm not sure a hurricane of this magnitude could have been predicted unless you visited a fortune teller. But I could be wrong and the OP had the weather forecast before they booked and decided to encounter the adventure as a sort of Bear Grylls survival expedition.

    However, the mere fact of replying to someone in distress instead of moving onto the the next thread and having nothing to positively offer and taking the high moral ground to me smacks of a superior stance verging on Schadenfreude. But I could be wrong.
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    • SnooksNJ
    • By SnooksNJ 10th Oct 16, 4:32 PM
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    I'm not sure a hurricane of this magnitude could have been predicted unless you visited a fortune teller. But I could be wrong and the OP had the weather forecast before they booked and decided to encounter the adventure as a sort of Bear Grylls survival expedition.

    However, the mere fact of replying to someone in distress instead of moving onto the the next thread and having nothing to positively offer and taking the high moral ground to me smacks of a superior stance verging on Schadenfreude. But I could be wrong.
    Originally posted by Laz123
    Save your money on a fortune teller. Notice the water temps off the coast of Florida and keep in mind you need 80 degree's to maintain a hurricane.

    • scotcheggs
    • By scotcheggs 10th Oct 16, 8:29 PM
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    Hi startup 1985. I'm really sorry to hear of your holiday hassles. Unless you took out very specific travel insurance that details compensation for hurricanes then I'm afraid that 'acts of god' are not generally covered. I also think that most insurers will not cover hurricane events in the Florida region. Thomas Cook are required to repatriate you to the UK and they will do so. I wish I could give you better news; perhaps try to make the most of your time left, if possible. Best regards.
    • Kim kim
    • By Kim kim 10th Oct 16, 8:59 PM
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    Save your money on a fortune teller. Notice the water temps off the coast of Florida and keep in mind you need 80 degree's to maintain a hurricane.

    Originally posted by SnooksNJ
    Really?
    We've had hurricanes in the U.K., I'll bet the sea barely reaches 40 degrees let alone 80!
    • Startup1985
    • By Startup1985 10th Oct 16, 9:32 PM
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    Hi all and Thanks for all the comments, we returned home today and really enjoyed our last few days after the hurricane day. The weather turned tropical again and everything reopened. I should have said I have a credit card but I really didn't want to have to spend anything on it especially as it's interest free period has ended. As it happened I took several recordings of the hurricane and uploaded them to my YouTube channel. A couple of US news channels linked to them and I recieved a hell of a lot of views which has currently earnt me £150, what a bonus
    • duchy
    • By duchy 11th Oct 16, 12:45 AM
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    Now that is definitely making lemonade from lemons lol
    I wonder if bigatwit predicted that too........
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    • SnooksNJ
    • By SnooksNJ 11th Oct 16, 11:50 AM
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    Really?
    We've had hurricanes in the U.K., I'll bet the sea barely reaches 40 degrees let alone 80!
    Originally posted by Kim kim
    I'm seeing a lot of remnants and Hurricane's that have transitioned to extra tropical systems on this list but not much in the way of an actual warm core Hurricane hitting the UK.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_cyclone_effects_in_Europe
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