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  1. DavidH

    Lock Down

    Received an email from HAL in the early hours of this morning giving us an update on our planned cruise of Japan and Russia, scheduled for April 2021. Bear in mind that this trip was a already a re-booking of our cancelled April 2020 cruise. Referring to the recently released Framework for Conditional Sailing from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is what they had to tell us:- "As we continue to prepare and develop our plans, we have made the decision to extend our pause in cruise operations for all departures through March 31, 2021, cruises of eigh
    6 points
  2. Thank you all so much for kind words It does mean a lot, funny we all seem to know each other quite well, maybe we have met in past on our voyages we have all done so many I think maybe they were the peak time when it was extra special
    6 points
  3. Highlights of the Day, do you think it could go something like this on no port cruises, "Good morning ladies and gentlemen, this is your cruise director speaking. Just before midday I would ask you to line the starboard side of the ship to cheer the "MV Going No Where" as she passes us going in the opposite direction. This will be repeated at 1500hrs as the "MV Haven't Been Anywhere" passes. The entertainment team will lead the cheering."
    4 points
  4. So sorry to hear this Jenjen. There is nothing anyone can say to make things any easier or better but please know you have my deepest condolences. We had been cruising on & off for 17 years when my partner died in 2012. Strangely enough, it would have been his 66th birthday today. Tony died in early June that year and I actually went on a cruise in October that year. It felt quite soon but was also partly driven by wanting to get his ashes scattered at sea. Various other options to do it hadn't worked out and I knew it was possible to do it from a cruise ship. P&O were fabulous in
    4 points
  5. DavidH

    P &O new ship

    Just another one that's too big for my liking. DavidH
    4 points
  6. DavidH

    Lock Down

    Back in February, HAL cancelled our Japan and Russia cruise and promptly refunded all monies payed. With the help of both Bolsover (through whom the cruise was booked) and Trailfinders (flights and pre-cruise land tour package), we re-scheduled the trip for April 2021. Bolsover have just informed me that the date for the cruise balance payment has been deferred by one month to early February 2021. I guess by then HAL will be making a decision as to whether or not the cruise can go ahead, thus avoiding taking final payments which would need to be refunded. If it does go ahead, we cu
    4 points
  7. DavidH

    Over 70s

    Well, this particular over 70 has taken the bull by the horns. Prompted by an email from Bolsover this morning (a follow up to an enquiry following the cancellation of our Holland America Japan and Russia cruise back in February) we have booked the same cruise again but for April 2021. Their just announced "Have It All" promotional package, combined with the 25% future cruise credit they gave us for the cancelled 2020 cruise, meant we had an offer from HAL that was too good to miss out on...…………………...or will we????????????? DavidH
    4 points
  8. Captain Kidd II

    How is everyone

    What a great thought asking how we are. Like many we are trying to stop the boredom, here in Nottinghamshire. Our garden is now manicured to the enth degree. We go for our exercise regularly along walks that are little used. As with many we have had 2 cruises cancelled one of which was with good friends. Our real disappointment was the cancellation of our son’s wedding but, again, this has been postponed to Match next year giving us something to look forward to. I am not sure when we will be able to resume our cruises but still look to see what is available Mid 2021 and beyond.
    4 points
  9. Captain Kidd II

    P & O Arvia

    It’s all to do with saving money. The shorter the name the less paint it uses 😂
    3 points
  10. Countrygirl

    Lock Down

    Yes another 4 weeks, but then I have not really been out much since we returned home from our last cruise on 17th March. I Just wish people would do as they are told then maybe the transmission would be lower. We maybe the older generation but we still want to get on with our lives. I look forward to be able to cruise again, so let’s wish and pray for a vaccine soon. LOOK AFTER YOURSELVES AND KEEP SAFE
    3 points
  11. I certainly agree with the comments by OWT and David above. As the mainstream cruise lines build ever larger ships, I think it would get more difficult for them to have regional departures, especially on a frequent basis. Liverpool could be reasonably well provided for, as long as the new cruise terminal eventually gets built. Places like Newcastle and Rosyth however would only seem suitable for those travelling by car. Additionally, Rosyth cannot take large ships as access is restricted by the Forth Bridges. Greenock can take fairly large ships but again, there is very little infrastructure
    3 points
  12. As afcandrew said, don't forget to come back. Everyone in the travel trade is complaining, the cruise companies cannot sail, travel agents seem only to be kept busy with cancellations and refunds, crews are back in their home countries itching to return to the ships to earn money for their families, writers and journalists have nothing to write about. Two cruise companies have ceased trading, ships are being scrapped whilst others are being placed in long term layup. Not much good news there. The good news is two new cruise lines are starting and river cruising has re-started in Europe. I am g
    3 points
  13. We have had three cruises with CMV, one on the Magellan and two on the Columbus and enjoyed every one. Also, Tilbury is a more convenient departure port for us than Southampton. So, really sad that they have been forced into administration. Like afcandrew, who I largely agree with, we have cruised frequently with P&O, who we also like but similarly we are not really interested in the larger vessels and the Aurora seems to be the pick of the remaining bunch. So, until now, our expectation was that we were likely to be travelling more and more with CMV in the future but sadly
    3 points
  14. Everyone is entitled to their own view Captain. Ignore those that shout you down and welcome back.
    3 points
  15. Is that really relevant. I love cruising as much as anyone but certainly at the moment would not want to go on an ocean cruise. As you are probably aware Spain has banned all cruise ships from its ports for the foreseeable future including the Balearic Islands, the USA has banned all cruise ships carrying in excess of 250 passenger from all ports, Canada has banned cruise ships until at least November, The CDC has just extended its ban on cruise ship sailings, the list of restrictions goes on and on. So imagine being on a cruise ship and there is a case of Covid-19, which port will allow you t
    3 points
  16. No cruises - no issues to discuss!! "Simples"!! DavidH
    3 points
  17. KeithnRita

    Over 70s

    We are in that '70s' category and have a B2B booked for Jan 2021, including insurance. Since our last cruise ended 01/12/2020 it would be almost one year, which is much to long a wait not to be on the high seas. We can only hope things will be okay by then.
    3 points
  18. Jenjen

    How is everyone

    Most of us have had holidays postponed or cancelled or just confused about when we come out of lockdown, isolation, or not able to see, hug kiss our loved ones. so my question is how is everyone? In the Forum names without faces we know so well, even though we have not knowingly met. my otherhalf has been unwell, nothing to do with corona virus I at times caged, don’t like not seeing my family, apart from FaceTime when we all tell each other we fine and dandy. I hope your all safe and well best Wishes jenjen
    3 points
  19. HLM

    How is everyone

    Like others keeping well at the moment, still working as we are both 'Key Workers' also working from home. With the exception of yesterday we've spent much of the time in the garden over drinking!!!!! after work of course. Missing our daughters and four grandchildren but we have to accept this is for the best and it won't last forever. We have been live chatting using "Happy House" which is nice. Stay safe, stay in and more importantly stay healthy. HLM.
    3 points
  20. mitch

    How is everyone

    in a way i am lucky in that i am isolated all the time, widower work from home,disabled so cant walk far, certainly cant get round a supermarket so i have always used online shopping. so nothing new for me lol. ive been lucky in that ive been able to get morrisons to deliver when ive needed it and i use wiltshire farm foods for some meals when i cant stand to cook. only drag has been the cancellation of hospital appointments for my back to get me mobile again, until they lift the restrictions i have to live with the pain. i will be looking for a last minute break when the cruises com
    3 points
  21. afcandrew

    How is everyone

    Thanks for asking Jenjen. As someone who has lived alone for getting on for 8 years now, I suppose in some ways it is easier to adjust - but that certainly doesn't mean it is any less frustrating or boring. I had a one-week cruise on Fred Olsen's Boudicca booked for 18th May which of course was cancelled. Fred were very sensible and their opening gambit was to cancel through to 23rd May. My cruise buddy and I took the option of an extra 25% cruise credit to book a 9-night cruise (also on Boudicca) for next June (2021). I also have a cruise booked on P&O Aurora this October, wh
    3 points
  22. DavidH

    How is everyone

    Hi Jenjen, Thank you for asking. My wife and I are fine, if somewhat bored. As you say, we would all probably have been elsewhere at this time. Other than that, life is not that different to normal as our family are miles away. Grandchildren in Scotland. We usually go up there every 6 weeks or so but at least had February half term with them at a Forest Lodge in Strathyre. Our Bedfordshire based daughter, as a professional singer and singing coach, is badly affected by the lockdown but is keeping the choir she runs going via online rehearsals. As with Countrygirl, we are fo
    3 points
  23. Countrygirl

    How is everyone

    We are doing very well and are managing to keep busy. We are lucky that we have a garden to sit in plus we can walk in the country without meeting anybody. Living in a small village makes it so much easier. We do feel sorry for those living in the city. My only gripe is, what it is about stay at home that a few people do not understand. I would hate the minority to spoil it for the majority. I like you miss the family we are able to ZOOM occasionally but it is not the same. Our last holiday was on Ventura arriving back in Southampton on 17th March. Having been away for 5 weeks
    3 points
  24. Countrygirl

    P &O new ship

    Me too David I prefer the smaller ships
    2 points
  25. Pesky Pirate

    COVID vaccination

    Good idea, I think you should be issued a certificate on your second vaccine to prove you have had the vaccine, this is what happened years ago on receipt of the likes of smallpox, yellow fever jabs etc. it could easily be signed off each year. I think that it might end up like the flu jab needing to be updated at least annually. Let’s face it with all the bugs you can catch on ships to insist on a vaccine jab, even if you have to pay for it which the flu jab only costs around a tenner, it’s worth it.
    2 points
  26. Oldworldtraveller

    Lock Down

    Like HLM I will not cruise with restrictions in place and not being able to go ashore and wander around. To me freedom to go where I want when ashore is high on my list of cruise 'Likes'. It's a time when you get to see the real culture of the area as opposed to what the tour guides want you to see. I can understand the logic of it under current circumstances but is not for me. My other worry is those that don't wash their hands after using the toilet, those that refuse to sanitise their hands prior to entering a buffet or restaurant, those that don't obey the rules. No one misses cruising mor
    2 points
  27. 2torts

    Lock Down

    I’d just about got used to wearing a mask for a short time in the shops but now they’re closing again. I still click & collect groceries as I can’t get used to people in all directions in the aisles chatting & blocking the way. It’s a shame for the smaller shops as they organised things well & will now lose a lot of Christmas trade - our local shopping centre has seen a lot of shops close for good already. I’m still hopeful for our 2 cruises next year but who knows. Keep well everyone.
    2 points
  28. HLM

    Lock Down

    Good question OWT. I personally don't see the cruise industry returning to any sort of normality for at least a couple of years even with a vaccine. I wouldn't even consider cruising until restrictions are lifted, cruising with face masks, social distancing, dining and shore restrictions doesn't appeal. It must be so difficult for Bolsover in the current circumstances, so I guess selling land based holidays is a way of keeping their head above water, but again in the current climate and travel restrictions not sure how viable it will be long term. Take care and stay safe ev
    2 points
  29. Last week I did a 5 day English river cruise and the company had thought about everything to make passengers safe. Yes, it was a very small ship, only 16 on board but they insisted on mask wearing in public areas, had devised a one-way system, each table was for two and separated from others by a clear perspex screen and each table had its own air supply. The table condiments, milk, hot water and drinking water stayed on that table as did utensils and the hand sanitiser dispenser. The whole ship had sanitisers at all entrances, temperatures were taken daily. The meals were as good as any of th
    2 points
  30. But of course, ship-only excursions would only be one of a number of restrictions. It would undoubtedly be accompanied by social distancing on board, mask-wearing whilst moving around the ship and in many public areas etc. I will be choosing not to cruise until most restrictions have been lifted. I would rather go to a land hotel where you can escape properly during the day and only have restrictions at breakfast and in the evening.
    2 points
  31. Our thoughts must be with those poor souls in Beirut with the thousands now homeless. It got me thinking, across the water in Turkey some wonderful cruise ships are being beached for scrap and around the globe there are countless others doing nothing but killing time. Surely to God SOMEHOW these wonderful floating homes could be put to humanitarian use in Beirut?
    2 points
  32. The whole concept of humanitarian aid is to aid our fellow humans - not their governments. Sadly, there are many governments that do not look after their population in an appropriate way but that doesn't mean the rest of the World should ignore the plight of fellow humans in desperate or extreme circumstances.
    2 points
  33. Cruise ships are a tiny part of Fred Olsen's turnover - unlike companies that only do cruises. I welcome the new ships. Fred is a fantastic cruise line for adults and we love their smaller ships. Don't care about balconies or loads of restaurants or all the rest of the stuff that P&O and others serve up as 'what customers want'. I'll stick with Fred, thank you, you can keep the rest.
    2 points
  34. No, no David. Think positive or we will all be living with depression!
    2 points
  35. I think I have mentioned before on this forum that, despite all our thoroughly enjoyable cruises over the years, our favourite form of holiday remains taking our touring caravan across to France. Only a few days ago, I was checking out the pricing of a journey through the Chunnel but, that is back off the agenda for now with the latest twist in the European tale. We have, however, just had our first weekend of the year with the 'van at a Caravan & Motorhome site, meeting up with my sister and her husband for the first time since Christmas. Next week we're heading North for a few day
    2 points
  36. I think we are all getting too worked up about the FCO guidance, it can be changed at a moment's notice, and I would expect that once the govt and EU, have agreed satisfactory covid secure protocols for cruises with the CLIA and the major cruise lines, that it will be withdrawn, the only question is how soon these negotiations can produce a workable solution. Since the EU are involved, these negotiations will also include the question of which ports will reopen to cruise ships, including the protocol for allowing very sick passengers to be disembarked to a local hospital.
    2 points
  37. Was reading an article about HAL releasing the four ships. The Cruise Director quoted was Steve cruse! [Wonder if his wife is called Ava?] 😉
    2 points
  38. I consider myself told off. But I am fed up with people complaining about things that might not happen. Let’s wait and see what the industry does to bring back cruising. Once we know the truth then we can comment and not second guess.
    2 points
  39. boy tough audience lol. ok assuming duty free was duty free, the cruiseline up their game on the entertainment and insurance etc were possible . then would you curmudgeons be interested?
    2 points
  40. Hi afcandrew and many thanks for the recommendation. It looks a beautiful hotel, however the price quoted is more than I want to pay for a quick break but thank you for taking the trouble to suggest somewhere. Hi DavidH and thank you for the suggestion. Had a look at Warners but unfortunately there is nothing available until the 31st July and we were looking for next week. Again thank you for taking the trouble to suggest somewhere. I am beginning to think that a hotel near the sea offering what they do in say Spain/Portugal at aa reasonable cost would make a fortune, however at 7
    2 points
  41. Could I respectfully suggest Anchors-aweigh the size of ship doesn't really come into it. What does matter is the PSR (Passenger Space Ratio). This is a statistical measure that compares the total public space on a cruise ship to the number of passengers carried. Therefore the higher the figure the more space a passenger has. In very large ships this is often in excess of 40. Oasis of the Seas is 42, Anthem of the Seas 40, Brilliance of the Seas 43 and QM2 a huge 57. Looking at older smaller ships Oriana was 37, Arcadia 37, Boudicca 34, Norwegian Spirit 38, MSC Opera 34 and Maasdam 34. Big is
    2 points
  42. RayO

    Proof of Carnival shares

    As an addendum to the original thread. A few years ago I thought that I would do the same with RCI shares as with Carnival shares, they offered similar obc. I had to trade on the NYSE to buy the shares as they are not dual quoted like Carnival shares. I duly applied for my obc with RCI only to find that, unlike Carnival, they will not give you shareholder obc if you have any booking incentive obc. We had a small amount of obc from booking so were refused shareholder obc. Basically, it isn't worth the hassle with RCI if they are still doing the same as they were then. Just t
    2 points
  43. Oldworldtraveller

    Cruise Refund

    Perhaps when this is all over there is need for new legislation whereby a travel company has to have 2 accounts. The first is where your money is paid into and held until you actually receive the goods and a second where the money goes once you have received the goods. In this way if this situation ever happened again your money would be in the holding account and readily refundable.
    2 points
  44. I agree with HLM, we live on an island. It would have been easy to lock the island down from the first reported case. Anyone who lived here could come back and those that didn’t could leave the UK . Goods travel etc would be allowed. The other thing is, that if the report was right that they failed a pandemic test a few years back, they should have made sure that they had all the necessary PPE in storage should the need arise. I think it’s also time to bring back more manufacturing to the uk for the textile industry so that we can make our own gowns etc without having to order from a
    2 points
  45. dancing queen - your original post which was 'will the over 70's be able to cruise in the future' I can't see why not although obviously insurance premiums will be a consideration as I can't see anyone whatever age they are booking a cruise if the coronavirus was excluded, I would expect most insurance companies will in time offer cover but it will come at a cost so this may very well be the deciding factor for people aged over 70 on whether they choose to cruise again.
    2 points
  46. sinbad10

    Over 70s

    But if you have cruises booked for 2021 when it is likely cruise lines will be operating it is wise to have insurance in place in case of unforeseen circumstances nothing to do with coronavirus.
    2 points
  47. Oldworldtraveller

    Annual insurance

    Could I suggest that when enquiring for new insurance you ask these 2 questions of the insurance company. 1. Does the insurance include cruise and helicopter evacuation in cases of medical emergency to a private hospital as public health care in some countries leaves a lot to be desired . 2. Am I required to be treated at a public hospital only and only use public ambulances. The reason for the second one is important as follows. 2 summers ago I was in Bulgaria when friends in the next apartment arrived. Unfortunately the lady tripped getting out of the taxi and was in so much p
    2 points
  48. 2torts

    How is everyone

    Were also keeping to ourselves & so far all is well. Our garden has never been in such good shape at this time of year , the good weather having got me out there earlier then usual. We're still waiting for P & O to cancel our cruise in early June as we would like to use the FCC on a Baltic cruise next May. Our next cruise after June is in November so fingers crossed that things will back on track by then. Keep safe & keep well everyone.🛳 ⚓️
    2 points
  49. Pesky Pirate

    How is everyone

    I live in a village, home alone 🙁, whilst all my jobs have ceased I am doing some stuff for the National Trust at home scanning photos.... so whilst I have something to do as Queen sang ... I am going slightly mad lol. I escape once a week to shop but like David says the queues are dreadful in the town... luckily everyone is staying in but hopefully we will be allowed out more over the next few months. I feel sorry for those who have lost loved ones but on the other hand it would be nice if they could publish figures of those who have recovered from this dreadful illness. stay safe a
    2 points
  50. Likewise my wife and I are currently well. We have stayed at home since arriving home from a cruise on the 15th March. I am on 12 week lockdown being one of the 1.5 million 'Shielded' so have now managed to get up to date with my writing, gardening and jobs that I told my wife I would do 'When I have time'. Our daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren have been nothing less than fantastic doing the shopping. I find Thursday nights quite emotional as everyone in our close comes out and applauds the NHS with fireworks going off in the distance. Its a strange feeling with all arranged trips cancell
    2 points
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